Mulled Apple Juice

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When you think about Christmas you think, Mince pie's, Christmas markets and drinking warm mulled drinks all wrapped up! But why does your favourite mulled tipple have to be drank when out and about and not in the comfort of your own 'christmassy' home? 


 For this recipe you will need:
Apple Juice or Cider
2 Cinnamon sticks
4 Cloves
Orange peel
Lemon peel 
1 apple
Honey to sweeten

This recipe is so easy and takes 15 minutes to prepare and make. First add your Apple Juice or Cider to a pan and boil gently. Start by adding in your cinnamon sticks, cloves and your Orange and Lemon peel. After 5 minutes add your Honey (2 tbsp) then simmer for another 10 minutes letting all your ingredients infuse.
Separate your ingredients, add Apple segments and 1/2 a Cinnamon stick and serve in your favourite Christmas mug!






Merry Christmas
Fergierox
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Gingerbread men

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Who doesn't love Gingerbread men... they taste amazing all year round, they remind you of being a Child, you can decorate them however you please and finally you can choose whether you eat a leg, an arm or a head first.

To make these little fella's all you will need is: 
325g plain flour
125g unsalted butter
100g dark muscovado sugar
4 tbsp of golden syrup
2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp bicarb of soda

For my decorations I kept it very simple I used sultanas for buttons and white icing for facial features. (I must have felt like being healthy when baking these as right now I would used m&m's for buttons and would pipe chocolate for the face).


Turn your oven to 170 degrees, melt your butter, sugar and syrup together stirring until melted. Take off the heat and sieve in your flour, ginger and bicarb of soda. This should then make a stiff dough. Roll your dough on a lightly floured surface until you've got your dough at about 1/2cm. Now the fun begins....



Get your Gingerbread men cutter and start cutting out your little guys. Once all cut out pop your gingerbread men onto your baking tray and put in the centre of the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes, these should come out golden brown. (If you have any spare dough you may as well use it so make whatever shapes or letters you want)
Once out the oven leave to completely cool and then decorate as you wish.





I hope you like this recipe and enjoy making your own gingerbread men!

Merry Christmas

Fergie Rox
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Christmas cupcakes

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On a Winter's night sometimes all you need is a nice chunky cupcake to get your teeth into. 
This recipe is my own recipe that i've tweaked throughout the years. I'm sure it once came from someone... however, i've been doing the same one for so long that the quantities and ingredients always change depending on how i'm feeling.


Christmas cupcake recipe

To make 6 cupcakes you will need...
20 grams cocoa powder
4 tsp hot water
2 medium eggs
85g butter
85g golden caster sugar
50 grams self raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon powder
Frosting
I cheat and buy frosting for my cupcakes as it just saves me so much time and cleaning (Dr Oetker)
pre bought sprinkles (mine are from Waitrose)
Extras
Rolo's
Cupcake cases


Firstly... Preheat your oven to 180 degrees celsius.
 Pop all your ingredients into a bowl and mix. I usually add my butter and caster sugar followed by the eggs then flour and finally additional extras.
Get your Christmas cupcake cases and spoon evenly, after their all in case place a rolo chocolate piece on top. Put them in the oven to bake for 10 minutes (give or take) To test, poke a knife into the centre of your cupcakes if there's any residue.... they ain't ready sisterrrrr! Keep checking every 3 minutes or so. 





Once your cupcakes are baked, leave them out to completely cool. (I know the urge to get the frosting on them is intense but you have to push through and be patient). 


Once cool, Go crazy and decorate however you choose. I used chocolate frosting and christmas sprinkles.




I hope you enjoyed this festive recipe,  let me know if you get your bake on! 
Merry Christmas 
Fergie Rox
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Snowman Recipe

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 After I put my Christmas tree up I wondered what I could do to keep myself feeling festive so I came up with a few recipes to keep me in the Christmas spirit.
The first recipe is Marshmallow, meringue snowmen! This is a quick, fun and easy recipe that you can whip up if you have any guests round.

The ingredients can be changed to whatever you think will work best. I used...
Chocolate creams 
Mini merguines 
White marshmallows
Black regal icing
Yellow regal icing
Honey

Snowman hat
Chocolate creams
Rolo's

 Use the chocolate creams as your base, pop a meringue on top and stick into place using honey. Slice off the top so you can place your marshmallow on top using honey to stick both in place. Roll black regal icing to make your snowmen eyes and then roll yellow/orange icing to create your snowman nose. 
You can give your snowman buttons, hats or arms, get your creativity going!






Let me see all your idea's
Merry Christmas! 
Fergie rox xx
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Pupcakes for a Poodle

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Roxie is my little sidekick, so every year just like humans I like to give her, "her special day" 
Today Roxie doodle, Roxikins, Roxie poods, Roxstar is 3 years old! I can't believe I have had her for 3 years, time has gone so fast.
She's helped me through so much, more than anyone could ever know. Dogs really are a human's best friend.
This year I decided to make her Pupcakes, Cupcakes but for dogs. When searching through the internet I found this recipe, tweaked a few things and made sure her favourite treats were packed in. 


Pupcake recipe

First- preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius 
Then add...
1 cup plain flour
1/4 porridge oats
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup shredded carrot
1/2 shredded apple
1/2 peanut butter
1 medium banana
1 large egg
1/4 cup honey (plus a little extra)
1/3 cup vegetable oil
Frosting
tub of cream cheese
more peanut butter




Once all measured pop all the ingredients into a bowl and mix. With the recipe I added an apple, extra peanut butter and honey as I know Roxie has a sweet tooth and she doesn't particularly like carrot or banana.
After all the ingredients are mixed pop them in your muffin cases and into the oven, my oven took 20 minutes but start checking from 15 minutes onwards (No need to worry about your cakes rising).



Whilst your Pupcakes are in the oven it's time to sort out your frosting, for this I used a plastic sandwich bag. Spoon all your cream cheese right to the bottom, layering peanut butter as you go, then cut a small hole at the bottom of the bag and tadahhh.... your very own disposable piping bag. 
Leave your pupcakes to completely cool before you start frosting otherwise you'll have soggy frosting.



I chose to decorate the tops of Roxie's pupcakes with dog version Terry's chocolate orange as chocolate is her ultimate favourite.









For a Dog who is particularly fussy I couldn't believe how fast she scoffed these, even Xena the cat wanted in on the tasting session. When this post goes up we will be having a birthday walk in the forest before tucking into another pupcake with poodle pals.
I hope you liked this recipe, the basis of this comes from Zoella's, try and recreate it and change ingredients to suit your best pals.

Happy Birthday Roxie Doodle.

Fergie Rox 
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Leather and electric

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Shoes- Office (Similar)
Coat- Missguided (Similar)




On a Friday night when going out for some drinks, occasionally the last thing I can be bothered doing is getting all dolled up after a long day at work. This is when a hair updo comes in handy. 
For drinks I usually team up a sharp edged top with some leather trousers, then I inject a pop of colour into my outfit through either my shoes or bag, for this outfit I went for electric blue heels from OFFICE. On these winter nights a coat is a necessary, and it doesn't need to be a frumpy old thing, your coat can be the bell of the ball.

FergieRox
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Autumn Wrap

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Coat- H&M- (Exact match)
Dress- Primark
Long Boots- Zara (Similar here)
Ankle Boots- Kurt Geiger (I bought mine 2 years ago and they are still available now)
Roxie Poodle (one of a kind and not for sale)


Having a Dog means lots of Dog walks needed, I always need to make sure my Outfit can change for whatever the day holds. My morning usually starts with taking Roxie for her first walk of the day so this means a warm coat for these Autumn days and flat shoes so I can keep up with her. I then usually need a quick change for Work so will swap my flats for my heels and i'm ready for the day. 



FergieRox xx



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Winter Florals

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POLO JUMPER- ZARA








This has to be one of my favourite outfits! I love this skirt so much, I know it's a summer piece but sometimes your Summer wardrobe mixed with your Winter one is the best combination a girl could ask for. Who wants to put all their Summer wardrobe away for another year, especially if you live in the UK and you hardly get to wear any of them.

The key piece in this look is the white patterned floral skirt,  so I decided to team it with a polo neck Jumper and ankle boots for a daytime look, and then switch it up for a nighttime look with my favourite leopard print heels and a wraparound bodysuit. 
This skirt makes me feel so confident and feminine, it's a piece that can live in your wardrobe all year round and for years to come. 


Fergie xx
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