Christmas treats

I love the smell of baking at christmas and makeing lots of differernt christmas treats so i thought i would share some of my treat ideas with you.

1. Candy cane heart lollies
Ingredients
 ~ candy canes, white chocolate, sprinkles to decorate. you will also need lolly pop sticks.
Method
 ~ Break candy canes to desired size and sit them together in a heart shape on a baking tray with a baking sheet on it.
~ Melt the chocolate in a bowl over a pan of boiling water
~Pour the chocolate into the heart shapes
~ Sprinkle on decorations, i used red sprinkles and popping candy
~ Leave to set in the fridge
~ when set ENJOY!



2. Chocolate christmas puddings
Ingredients
~ Chocolate, rice crispies, leaf decorations and icing sugar.
Method
~ Melt chocolate in a bowl over a pan of boiling water
~ Mix the rice crispies into the chocolate and spoon balls of the mixture onto a baking tray with a baking sheet on
~ Leave to set in the fridge
~ Add water to the icing sugar to make thick white icing
~ Trickle the icing on top of each ball and add a leaf decoration
~ Leave to set in the fridge
~ Serve to family and friends or eat them all your self :)



3. Christmas biscuits
Ingredients
~ 4oz butter, 6oz flour and 2oz sugar
Method
~ Cream together the butter and sugar
~ Stir in the flour, roll out the dough and cut out the shapes
~ Cook for 10 minutes at 180c/gas mark 4
~ decorate using icing and sprinkles i used red sprinkles and popping candy to match my candy canes
~ serve on a plate with a hot chocolate


These will all look great on the table at a party or for guest at your house, you could even put them in little bags tie a ribbon around them and give them as little gifts.

I would love to see any pictures of treats you make ~ instagram dot danielle.
Danielle x


Munchie the bunny rabbit!

I have always wanted a bunny rabbit for as long as i can remember but i couldn't at my mum and dads as my dog wouldnt get on with it. My boyfriend new how much i wanted one (all the hints at the pet shop may of helpped :) ) So a week ago he took me out shopping and we ended up at the pet shop, naturaly i went over to look at the rabbits and he told me to pick one. I was so excited and happy it was the best christmas present.

We got her a big cage, a wooden home, litter tray, food bowl, water bottle and toys to make her home complete. She always has a soft blanket under her cage so she will always be comfy. Her cage has a door on so we can open it up when we are in the living room with her to let her explore. She is loving it at home with us and we are loving it with her.

 
 
 
 


 Let me know what you get for christmas or any pets you have i would love to see some animals pictures - instagram dotdanielle.
Merry Christmas Danielle x

christmas

Christmas is my all time favourite time of year, spending time with loved ones exchanging gifts and singing far to loud to those classic christmas songs. I love alot of things about christmas and i just wanted to share with you a few of them.

Christmas stockings have always been a tradition in my house so this year i got me and my boyfriend personalised ones. These will look great hanging above the fire and even better when there full of treats.

Candles are a must have at christmas lighting up a mulled wine or apple and cinnamon sented candle really makes me feel christmasy.

For me the only thing i love about early dark nights is getting to switch on my twinkerling fairy lights as soon as i come in from work. I love looking at everyones christmas lights on my journey.

Adding crackers, candy canes and chocolates to the tree is a favourite of mine. Someone will always catch me trying to sneak one when i think no one is watching.

I like to fill my home with lots of christmas things from pillows to signs to candle holders, the more the merrier.

And of course a christmas jumper, everyones got to have one even if you only wear it once. Nothing makes me feel more chritsmasy then sitting by the fire with the fairy lights on watching a christmas film wearing my chirstmas jumper.

I would love to know your favourite things about christmas.
Danielle x


Christmas cake pops


Its not christmas without some home made baking so i made some christmas cake pops. I have never made these before, they are fun to make but the decorating is quite difficult but they are worth it in the end. The main part of the cake pop is made of cake mixture then i made buttercream to decorate. Heres how i made them ...


You will need . . .
- 3 eggs -self raising flour -caster sugar -butter/margarine -mixing bowl and spoon -cake pop mould and sticks -decorations

Ingredients . . .
4oz caster sugar
4oz self raising flour
4oz margarine
3 eggs

Method . . .
First you will need to pre heat your oven to 180 degrees to warm up while you prepare your cakepops. The firsts step of making the cake pops is mixing all of the ingredients together to make the cake pop mixture. Once you have the mixture spoon it into the bottom layer of your cakepop moulds filling them just bellow the top.


Next you need to place the top on your mould and put the cakepops in the oven for 20 minutes. Once cooked leave the cake pops to cool down fully before removing them from the moulds.
Once you have removed them you can add the sticks by gently pushing them into the bottom of the cakes. You will then need to stand them into somthing, i just put a few holes into a cardboard box. 


Now its time to make the butter cream to coat the cakepops.

Ingredients . . .
3oz butter softened
5oz caster sugar

Method . . .
Mix the butter and sugar together untill soft. You can then add some food colouring if you wish. I used red as it is a christmas colour. You can then go ahead and cover your cakepops with the butter cream. I then used different christmas sprinkles to finish decorating them.


This is the finished product, they look so cute and taste great. They will look great on the table for guests coming round or in a clear bag with a ribbon tied round them as a little gift or just as a tasty treat for yourself.

Let me know what you think and show me your finished products if you have a go on instagram - dotdanielle.
Merry Christmas Danielle x

Christmas tree decorations

Since this year was the first christmas of me not living at home with my parents i had to buy all new christmas decorations for my flat. Christmas is my favourite time of year so i wanted to get the perfect decorations. I am currently waiting for new carpets to be fitted so unfortunalty i cant put my tree up yet, but during a trip to the range i couldnt resist all of the cute tree decorations. All of these range from 49p to £1.99. So heres what i picked up ...









The hedgehog was my absolute favourite as it is so cute and i just love hedgehogs :)
The Noel sign and the light up presants were actually from home bargains, the noel sign is bigger than the other decorations so i will use that as the center peice on my tree. I thought the presants were great value for money they light up and change colour and were only 75p each!

I can not wait to put up my tree and and decorate my flat, i will upload pictures when i have on my instagram so if you want to see what they look like on my tree flollow me dotdanielle.
Happy decorating Danielle x


Barry M festive nails!



I was out and about doing a little shopping and decided to go for a wonder in new look. I was looking at all the makeup bars when i saw these festive limited edition barry m nail varnishes, they just screamed christmas to me! They had two different colours green and gold which are both so festive. They were £3.99 each but they had a deal on, you get one free if you spend £6 or over on any other barry m products. How could i resist i kindly asked my boyfriend to buy me a few bits for chritmas and i bought a few things so i got two free nail varnishes, such a bargain.



They look so christmasy! When i painted them i choose to paint a layer of gold underneath so there was still colour under the gliter. I think this added to the christmas effect and would also try green red or sliver underneath them.

To pick from lots of great barry m products and get your free barry m jingle bells nail paint click here.

Let me know what you think of these festive treats, Danielle x

Eye liner





I have always loved the dramatic cat flick eyeliner but have never quite mastered how to do it. I always used the traditional black eyeline pencil as i felt safe useing it as it was what i had always used but it just wasnt creating the look i wanted. So i finally gave in and went to boots to buy a new eyeliner.
I found the Rimmel london scandleyes waterproof gel eyeliner, its like a little pot of paint and a paint brush. I loved the results, the brush made it easy to apply as i was really worried about how i would manage with that and it made the eyeliner line so precise. The eyeliner colour was so intense the black was so dark and didnt fade throughout the day which was always a problem with the previous eyeliners i have used. The eyeliner didnt smudge at all and kept that sharp freshly done look all day.
I would most deffinatly recommend this eyeliner. You can buy this product from boots for £6.99 by clicking here.
 Let me know what you think if you have tried this eyeliner and let me know of any great eyeliners you have found.
Danielle x 

winter wardrobe

I think we can defiantly say summer has gone and winter has arrived, let the countdown to christmas begin!
I didnt have many winter clothes so i decided it was time to hit the shops and put a dent in the bank account. Here are the things i bought as outfits that i put together that will keep me warm in the winter months.



This quilted grey jacket was my first purchase which was from bank and cost £25, it is super soft and cosy and will look nice with many outfits. I put it with a fleese like dark grey skirt from primark which was £8 and a pink lace peter pan coller top which was marked at £6 but when i got to the till was only £1! absolute bargain.


I needed a pair of winter shoes that would go with all of my outfits and last me through all weather types as you never no what weather were going to get. I found these gorgeous black real leather boots in new look for £40 and i had to have them they were just what i was looking for.


I wanted to get some colourful items as i always seem to wear dark colours in winter so this mustard yellow jumper jumped out at me in new look for £20. I couldnt go to colourful so i would wear this with the black high waisted skinny jeans i picked up from topshop for £36.


Sticking with the colours i found these shirts in primark for £9 each they had them in many colours but i liked the pastel pink and blue colour. They go just over my bum so i will wear them with these black leggings from new look for £10. They have a fleese inner so will still keep me nice and warm.

 This light brown t-shirt is from topshop and cost £16 it is really soft and comfy to wear as it isnt fitted to the body. I will also wear this with the black high waisted skinny jeans for a simple everyday look.


I couldnt get through the winter without a warm winter coat. I love the colour of this one that i picked up from new look for £55. It has silk material on the inside and fleese in the hood which makes it a very warm coat. I love that it will add colour to any outfit that i wear.

Thats everything that i picked up apart from my olaf pj's which you can see on my instagram (dotdanielle).
Danielle x

Autumn esstentials




These are some of the things i think are are autumn essentials.



Those rainy days are starting to creep back in so an umberella is a must to keep in your handbag so you dont get caught in the rain.


I love knitted jumpers and you always need a collection of them this time of year. I love this one as it is cropped so i can wear it with high waisted troussers and skirts. it is from select and i loved it that much i got it in black as well. 


I hate going out in the cold rainy weather so i always stock up on my favuorite DVD's to keep me company in the colder months.




My feet are usually the first thing to get cold so i always have slippers or fluffy socks on when in the house. I even take them to work with me.



Candles look so pretty near the fire and make the room look so cosy this is red berry and jasmine and smells so good. It was also a bargin at only £2 from primark.



I always get my wolly hat out at this time of year it does a great job of keeping my head and ears warm and is also perfect for whem im having a bad hair day.


I get the bus to work in a morning so i like to take a hot drink with me, i usually opt for coffee as it keeps me warm and wakes me up. My lips always get dry and chapped this time of year so i like to keep the moisturised. When im just at work or around the house i just use normal vaseline but when im out and about i like to use mabelline baby lips to add abit of colour. This is in the colour pink punch.

Let me know what your autumn essentials are, Danielle x 

What i love about autumn

Big jumper

Big jumpers and cardigans are a must have as the cold starts to creep up on us.The first thing i do when i get in from the cold is grab any from my wardrobe and chuck it on to instantly warm me up. 


Candles by the fire

Just looking at this makes me feel warm. I love sitting infront of the fire to keep warm and lighting candles gives it that cosy feeling. The smell from the candles is an added bonus.




Theres nothing better than snuggling on the sofa in front of the telly watching your favourite tv show or movie. You always need a nice soft blanket to keep you warm and cosy through the night.




I have always loved baths, i dont know why i guess they just relax me. I dont tend to have many in the summer so when autumn comes i cant wait to run a bath. I pour in some bubble bath, pop in a bath bomb, put on some music and relax.




Hot chocolate should be on everyones shopping list this time of year, topped with some squirty cream and marshmellows and im in heaven. I have to drink these with a straw otherwise cream gets everywhere!

I would love to know what you love about autumn.
Danielle x