Friday, 12 December 2014

Mulled Wine & Giveaway

I have a super simple Mulled Wine for you today and a gorgeous giveaway from Lindemans Wine - just in time for Christmas.

Simply fill in the form below and you can enter multiple times via sharing on IG, twitter & Facebook.

The prize is this gorgeous Christmas box of 3 Lindemans wines (only 2 shown in photo).

With 1000 hours of sunshine in every drop of Lindemans wines - they are made to be opened, shared and enjoyed so what a perfect treat this Christmas time !

I wish I could give you all a bottle !!

Anyway here is a warming way to use your red bottle:

Mulled Wine

Spices - you can use the sachets for ease or add your own, I added a star anise & cinnamon stick to mine.
Orange slices
1 bottle Red Wine
Sugar (if you want to add this)

Simply add all the ingredients to the saucepan and simmer gentle until warmed through but don't let it boil.

Pop in a lovely glass and garnish with an orange slice, sit back, all cosy by the fire maybe - and enjoy your mulled wine !

I hope you are all having a lovely festive season - I love this time of year !

Merry Christmas !!

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Monday, 8 December 2014

Christmas Smoothie

I am SO excited about this delicious smoothie... who else is totally in the Christmas spirit now ?

Before I share this recipe though I have to say - the Vitamix is THE most amazing product I have ever used. I have had blenders and even the Kitchen Aid blender in the past but this is absolutely amazing. I know they are expensive and not everyone can afford, I will have to save up to buy one (I am just borrowing this one) but they are TOTALLY worth it in my opinion.

The one I have has settings for making smoothies, iced desserts & hot soups, so you just need to switch it on and leave it to do it's thing and it switches off when it's done with that particular setting. How amazing is that!

I have smoothies every day so this really is a life changer for me. I know it sounds silly, but when you have spent the last few months having lumpy smoothies, a smooth smoothie is just. so. wonderful.

So anyway on to my Christmas smoothie, what you'll need is:

Makes a bit more than one serving so you can go back for seconds - you'll want to !

2 cups milk of choice - I use almond milk
A banana
tbsp Almond Butter
2 Medjool Dates
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup sultanas
1/4 tsp Mixed Spice
1/4 tsp Cinnamon & more for sprinkling on top (be careful with the spice and can alter depending on how spicy you like it!)

All you need to do is pop all the ingredients in the blender and blend ! 

I put mine on the smoothie setting and it goes quite fast and blends for about 60 seconds. 

Pop it in a glass with a christmas straw with some ice & enjoy ! 

It's soooo delicious !! Tastes just like christmas... or a mince pie ! YUM x

I hope you are all enjoy the festivities & do check out my Christmas Bucket List to tick off all the lovely things you are doing ! Let me know in the comments what you've been up to ! 

Merry Christmas ! x 

*This is not a sponsored post but I have been sent a Vitamix to trial - all opinions are my own !

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Raw Christmas Cake - Inspiral

I am well and truly excited for Christmas already - who's with me ?

I have slowly been sneaking in a few decorations here and there and tonight the fairy lights went up !

So, after dinner I decided to tuck in to my Raw Christmas Cake that inSpiral kindly sent me. Some of you may know I am trying to be healthier and am enjoying discovering new products. Anyway I was so excited I had to share it with you....

Look how cute the packaging is...

Note: spoon not included.

I love the little jar the dessert comes in - I am already thinking about what I can do with it - maybe a Christmas Cake smelling candle...

Anyway, so on to the dessert, the first layer is a coconut cream and it's really delicious, then it's a marzipan layer which is a really delicious almond flavour and then a yummy concoction of delicious fruits at the bottom - it tastes just like Christmas cake - only better.

What's even better is they are totally organic, raw, gluten & dairy free !

I am SO in the mood for Christmas now !! (and not at all bloated, just satisfied!) Oh if only Christmas day could be like this....

I hear there are limited numbers of the desserts so if you are interested you can buy them here.

Have you tried any of the other Inspiral products ?

I LOVE the kale chips, they are so yummy !

Thanks for reading and do let me know of any products you think I might like & have fun preparing for Christmas !

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Happiness Photo a Day

Welcome to my Happiness Photo a Day challenge.

We could all use a little extra happiness in our lives and this is a way of sharing the things that make you happy with others in the hope of inspiring them and making them happy too !

This works slightly differently in that you can join in whenever you like as it will just roll on month by month and you can join in on whichever day of the month you like - just keep an eye on the hashtag to be inspired.

It's all about the little things and moments that make you happy, so they don't have to be from that particular day, for example if it's 'song' then share a pic of your Spotify or iTunes or even the CD or Record of a song that makes you happy - I am super excited about discovering lots of new music !

See below for a full explanation of each item (not restricted to these) and have fun !!

1. Song - as above, any song that has a special meaning, makes you boogie in your lounge or helps you relax.
2. Film - a tear jerker, romantic comedy, whatever it is that makes you happy!
3. Book - could be an easy read, an inspiring autobiography or your favourite novel.
4. App - anything that cheers you up or you are just totally addicted to.
5. Drink - this can be hot, cold, alcoholic or not - even better your own concoction.
6. Breakfast - favourite breakfast on a Sunday morning, your go to or one you've seen you want to try.
7. Quote - a happy and inspiring quote that you love.
8. To relax - something you do to relax that makes you happy.
9. Exercise - what makes you really smile and makes you feel you're not actually working out.
10. Lunch - a favourite place for your midday meal or a special lunch at home you enjoy.
11. TV series - anything you love, always looking for new ones to watch !
12. Someone special - anyone in your life who makes you happy.
13. Dinner - favourite dinner to cook or have cooked for you, or place to go!
14. Place - a town, country or special place you like to go.
15. Hobby - something you love doing.
16. Dessert - oh yes, anything - looking forward to seeing this one in particular, share the recipe if you have it !!
17. Holiday - a favourite one gone by, where did you go or one you have planned and are looking forward to.
18. Sound - could be your loved one coming home in the evening, the sound of the sea...
19. Pamper - something you love to do to pamper yourself.
20. Occasion - one you love celebrating.
21. Act of kindness - something you have done for someone.
22. Gift - your favourite kind to receive.
23. Smell - mmm fresh bread, that kind of thing.
24. Object - something you own that makes you happy.
25. Activity - something you love doing, rock climbing etc..
26. Moment when... - a small or big moment that makes you happy.
27. Old photo - share one that makes you happy.
28. Celebration - a recent one or an upcoming one.
29. Feeling - this could be anything.
30. Taste - favourite food or flavour.
31. Anything - anything else that makes you happy.

Make sure you tag your photos with the hashtag #happinessphotoaday and the prompt & be sure to check them to see everyone else's photos, see what you have in common or be inspired.

I hope you will enjoy joining in and I look forward to being inspired myself and spreading the happiness,

Thanks for reading,

Michelle x

Monday, 3 November 2014

Easy Pinboard

I have been wanting to create a pin board for our new office for a while now, I wanted something that I can just lean on my desk up against the wall - so not a heavy duty one that I need to attach to the wall (renting) so I thought I would try one with foam board.

I was really happy with it so I thought I would share it with you...

What you'll need:

A1 Foam Board (£4 from Hobbycraft)
Glue (I used superglue but be careful!)
Drawing Pins
Flower Cabochons (Hobbycraft)
Ribbon - optional.

So start by making your pins, simply add a little glue to the back of the flower cabochon and stick the pin and let set.

I pinned a piece of ribbon to the top of mine to add a little detail and can change this if I get bored or want to change it with the seasons. 

Add all your lovely pieces and voila, super quick to make and really quite cheap ! 

I love that it makes my little workspace feel a bit more creative now ! 

Let me know if you make one and share a picture with me on instagram @spotted_rose.

Put the Kettle on Print from here.  Project Life papers from the A Beautiful Mess collection here

Thursday, 9 October 2014


Who wouldn't want a sundae for breakfast ?

Especially a salty, caramel, chocolate granola & coconut yogurt sundae.... that's what I was going to call it, but I thought it was a bit long !

This is SO easy to make and would be the perfect breakfast to serve up to guests on a sunday morning if they didn't fancy a fry up !

All you'll need is:

A selection of nuts - I used almonds, pecans, cashews & hazelnuts and I had a seed mix which included sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds.
A handful of oats (I used gluten free)
1 tsp Cacao powder
1 tbsp pure maple syrup
1tsp salt (I use pink himalayan)
COYO Coconut Yogurt - any flavour but I used Vanilla
Optional: Coconut flakes & cacao nibs (You could add crushed pecans on the top)

Pop everything in to a bowl and mix throughly.

Spread it nice and evenly on a baking tray and pop in the over on about 150o C for 10 minutes.  
Then let it completely cool.

Then in a nice dessert glass, layer up the granola with the COYO yogurt - it might be easier to use a piping bag or you can just dollop it on with a spoon ! 

There you have it - a yummy, crunchy, creamy breakfast sundae ! Super good for you and SO yummy! 

Don't you want to just tuck in ?

Do let me know if you make one and be sure to tag me on Instagram if you do - @spotted_rose

Thanks for reading xx 

Monday, 6 October 2014

Salted Caramel Kale Chips

So you've seen cheesy kale chips.....but what about salted caramel ?  Ohhh yes please !

All you need is some kale, some pure maple syrup and some pink Himalayan salt. All super good for you !

So start by washing your kale and dry with kitchen roll. 

Then pour over a liberal amount of maple syrup and sprinkle on your salt. This is all personal taste but as a rule of thumb for a big handful I used a tablespoon of maple syrup and a teaspoon of salt. 

Using your nice clean washed hands 'massage' the maple syrup and salt in to the kale leaves, being sure to cover them all. 

Then spread them out evenly on a baking tray and pop them in the oven on 150 deg c for about 10 minutes until crispy. 

Let them cool for about 5 minutes then devour. I even topped my with some cacao nibs for a little chocolatey touch and extra crunch. 

If you have been wanting to get involved in the kale craze - these are a great way to start ! Super sweet and delicious !

Do let me know if you make some and be sure to tag me on IG if you do @spotted_rose, 

Thanks for reading xx 

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Co Yo Apple Slices

So when it comes to breakfasts, I am super fussy and have to have something with a but of crunch ! I can't just have fruit.

So I was really excited to discover Co Yo yogurts which are coconut yogurts that taste AMAZING.

I had tried the vanilla one initially and it's the creamiest most delicious yogurt I had ever tasted. I don't know about anyone else but I love the idea of yogurt, but don't like the sharp taste that sometimes comes with it but this is more like eating dessert.

So when the lovely people at Co Yo sent me some of their other flavours to try I was so excited and decided to try a few different things with them to inspire you to try them for yourselves.

So all I did here was cut an apple in to big round slices, cutting out the core and smoothed a layer of their mango yogurt on the top and sprinkled it with coconut flakes, cacao nibs and some crumbled pecans.

It's the perfect breakfast full of vitamins and healthy fats to keep you going ! Or perfect as a snack ! I love the juiciness and the crunch I get from these ! YUMMY.

Let me know if you try these and do tag me on IG if you do ! @spotted_rose xxx

You can check for availability of them near you here and I have bought some in Waitrose recently !

Also I thought I would tell you about a little 'blooper' that happened to me when I was creating this post... I had my plate on my window sill to take the photo but it was a bit bright for my liking so I stepped back to place the plate on the floor and didn't realise the dishwasher was yeah I feel flat on to the plates and then flat on to my back on the floor. The plate and apple slice went flying and you can see the force it went, by the way the yogurts on the floor here.....

So I just lay there for a moment in shock, then I may have cried a little. It was really painful and I had the worst bruise I have ever had that went totally black and lasted for weeks !! Ha ha so there you have it - the sometimes not so glamorous life of a blogger ! haha !

Thanks for reading xxx

Monday, 29 September 2014

Salted Caramel Crispy Bombe

I am SO excited about these. They are truly delicious and remind me of Lion Bars !
But... a lot healthier.

So what you will need to make these is:

Makes 12

Caramel Filling:
3 Medjool Dates
1 tbsp Almond Butter
1- 2 tbsp Rice Syrup
1/2 tsp Salt (I use pink himalayan salt) or more to your taste.

Crispy Ball:
Gluten free crispy rice (not puffs as they will go soggy)
3 tbsp Almond Butter
6 tbsp Rice Syrup

Make your own raw chocolate or I just melted Green & Blacks for this...

Start by making the salted caramel filling - add the dates, salt, almond butter & rice syrup in to the blender and blend until it all 'clumps' together.

The mixture will be extra sticky so add it to chopping board covered in baking paper and using a teaspoon and a knife to scrape it off, make little 'dollops' like below. Sorry, I know it's not the prettiest photo.

Then pop them in the freezer to harden up a little. 10 - 15 minutes should do it. Once they are out you will be able to roll them in to little balls. 

Then to make your crispy filling. Start by slowly melting the almond butter & rice syrup together and once it's all blended in, mix in the crispy pieces. Just as you did when you make chocolate crispy cakes, do a little at a time to make sure it all gets coated. 

Once it's all mixed in, get two dessert spoons (it's too sticky to use your hands) and take a little bit, pop a caramel centre ball in and then add some on another spoon and 'spoon' them together. Making them in to a bombe shape like below. Be patient as it's VERY sticky ! 

Then melt and temper your dark chocolate.  Or just melt like me if you are going to eat them quickly. 

Pop the melted chocolate in to a small dish so it's nice and easy to dip them in using a fork so you can spin it round and drip of any excess.

Pop them on some baking paper to dry. I set mine in the freezer as I was impatient !

Once set - DEVOUR.  This is a mini one I made.... yummy.

And one of the bigger ones... these are seriously SO good. 

Let me know if you make these AND if you don't want all the faff of getting them in to balls - just lay the mixture out in a dish, push the caramel balls spread out in to the mixture and then cut in to squares when it's set and you make them in to bars instead, 

I hope you ENJOY, I am off to make some more as I've eaten them all... 

Thanks for reading x 

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Chocolatey Chai Porridge

So seeing as it was the first day of Autumn this week - I thought I would TRY porridge again.
You see.... well, I just don't like it.

I think like Marmite, you either love it or hate it OR your force yourself to like it, knowing it's good for you, then you kinda grow to like it... a little bit.

Anyway, I was sent some goodies from the amazing Rebel Kitchen and Ombar Chocolate so I thought it would only be right to make a yummy chocolatey chai porridge and see if that does change things for me.

So what you will need is one carton of Chai Mylk by Rebel Kitchen, some oats (I used gluten free) & a 2 squares of Ombar Chocolate - I used the Blueberry and Acai for extra superfoodiness !

So pop half a cup of oats in your saucepan and add pretty much the whole carton, I added a cup first and it left a little bit which I just drank ! Ooh it's just SO yummy !

Then slowly heat on the hob until its all 'porridge like', keeping an eye on it so it doesn't boil or even worse burn and then pop in your bowl.

Cut the chocolate or make shavings and sprinkle on the top ! This slowly melts in to the porridge which is YUMMY !

So my feelings HAVE changed towards porridge.... but only when delicious Mylks are involved and a lovely piece of raw chocolate !

It's just SO good for you too... you can use any of the Rebel Kitchen Mylks to change it up a bit if you like, I might try the Orange Chocolate next...  ! They are just full of goodness, check out their website for full ingredients in each but they are predominately coconut milk so dairy free which is good for those with an intolerance.

Let me know if you try this and I really can't recommend their Mylks enough - they are all delicious and my favourite is the chocolate as is tastes JUST like old school chocolate milkshake ! YUMMY.

Some of the Mylks are now available in Waitrose or you buy them online here - they also do a pack where you can try one of each so that's what I started with ! Now I buy mainly the kids ones as they are a perfect size! I also hear they are on offer in Wholefoods at the moment if you are lucky enough to have one near you !

Ombar Chocolate is available in most health food shops but you can also buy online here. I LOVE their Coco Mylk one, the blue one - it's amazing and SO creamy ! How can chocolate taste SO good and be good for you ? It's like a dream !

Thanks for reading and let me know in the comments if you love or hate porridge and if this has inspired you to try it ?

* This is not a sponsored post but I was sent some samples to try and they are products I will continue to buy myself as I LOVE them.

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Secret Sausage Salad

OOh so I first came across these Secret Sausages about a year ago when I attended a foodie even in London and was so taken in by the awesome packaging and the idea that you would 'feel' like you were eating sausages or meat for example, but they are in fact all veggie. I remember it in fact because I told my Vegetarian Auntie about them right away.

So when I was given the chance to try some I jumped at it !! Thanks Secret Sausages !

How cute is the packaging !!

They come in all these delicious flavours & .....

I tried the Chilli and Coriander today and they are packed full of chillies, coriander, onions, sweetcorn & carrots.

I prepared them how I sometimes do with real sausages and chopped them in to little pieces and added them to some salad for lunch.

So all I did was using some kitchen scissors, cut them in to little pieces and lightly friends them in olive oil, both sides. Following the instructions I made sure there was enough oil for them to not stick.

So then I made up my salad - you can use anything you like here, I just had shredded ice berg lettuce (does anyone else agree it tastes SO much better shredded?) cucumber, tomato & some croutons. You can use gluten free ones if you fancy or even make you own !

I piled up my salad, topped it with my lovely little secret sausages pieces and added some salad cream ! (My guilty pleasure) I would add balsamic and olive oil when I am being super healthy !

And there you go ....

How much do you want to eat the below image ? I want it again now...

This is the perfect kind of salad going in to Autumn too as it's warming as well as healthy. 

And OH MY GOSH, I am not just saying this, but the sausages are totally delicious. I think doing them this way and having a crispy edge both sides makes them even yummier, they have a tiny kick to them being chilli and they kind of remind me of falafel in terms of taste, which I love.

I had two on my salad, but loved them so much I went back and made another so that made them one of my 5 a day ! Pretty awesome when you don't feel like you are eating vegetables !

Anyway, I just wanted to share this with you as I know some of my readers follow a healthier diet and even if not - how great to have a meat free meal once in a while. It's becoming a lot more popular to follow a flexitarian diet (flexible vegetarian) so why not give them a try !

You can find out more here including stockists or to buy some online.

Let me know if you do as I know I will definitely be having these again ! Thanks for reading xx

Thursday, 28 August 2014

The Great British Bake Off - Tiramisu

Well that was a melt down last night wasn't it ? Firstly - I just want to ask something, did anyone else think it totally unfair that Iains Ice Cream was 'left' out of the freezer without him knowing ?

Anyway - another great technical challenge, I loved that Martha won ! (She's my fave).

Here are some gorgeous slightly different takes on a Tiramisu for you to try... there's even a healthy one in there ! Enjoy ! x

Mele Cotte

This Rawsome Vegan Life

Oh Sweet Day