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Lifestyle: Cool Down With Teapigs Iced Tea

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The weather has definitely cranked up a level in the last couple of days, I don't know about you, but I'm boiling.

Its 8.40pm and I've already managed to have 3 showers today. When the weather's humid, it's important to stay hydrated and most importantly feel refreshed.

I've literally just finished a ice-lolly which really hit the spot and has successfully brought my body temperature back to a healthy level!

So you haven't had time to stock up on ice-lollies? So what's your alternative? I've the perfect recommendation for staying chilled this summer with teapigs' easy and refreshing iced teas...

You can simply make your own at home by brewing one of the teapigs' tea temples and you can make a natural and super-refreshing iced tea in just minutes.

So how do you make one?

All you need to do is brew one of your teapigs tea temples in a small amount of boiling water, top up with ice cold water, ice cubes and a fruity garnish (the garnish is key to adding a little more flavour and depth to the drink).

You can even add your own favourite tipple! The great thing about teapigs' is that all their tea flavour variations are all very low calorie, and don't include any added sugar.

Teapigs have put together some simple recipe for iced teas using some of their favourite infusions;

The classic one: Using teapigs darjeeling earl grey tea temples, a squeeze of fresh lemon and some lemon slices for decoration.

The tarty one: Using teapigs rhubarb and ginger tea temples, a twist of ginger rind and if available, why not freeze some rhubarb peelings into ice-cube moulds - they look great.

The "wow that's a lot of flavour" one: Using teapigs liquorice and mint tea temples. The peppermint leaves in these tea temples are the mintiest around and the liquorice provides lots of natural sweetness.

The fruity one: Using teapigs super fruit tea temples, two handfuls of fresh berries and the flesh of two passion-fruits. You'll never need to buy cordial again!

The lemony one: Using teapigs lemon and ginger tea temples, some lemon zest and if you're big on ginger, you can grate a little and add that to your iced tea too!

Enjoy over ice!

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Travel: Visiting The Cotswolds - The Lion Inn, Winchcombe

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The Place:
The Lion Inn is nestled within the quaint north street of Wincombe village, located in the south of the Cotswolds. North street is one of the main roads in Winchcombe and is lined with a couple of restaurants, pubs and little shops full of Cotswolds treats and treasures. 

The Lion Inn started it's life as a coaching inn back in the 15th century and in the last 6 years it has undergone an extensive 6-month renovation period of the building and its grounds. The owners, determined not to loose any of the inn's original quirk, charm and character have stayed very true to its roots. 

A favourite spot of mine was the resident snug at the front of the pub, complete with tipsy lampshades, mismatched armchairs and elegant, towering candle pillars which looked like they'd been pulled straight out of a medieval banquet hall and served up with a modern, vintage twist. 

During my stay this proved the perfect residence for snuggling down with a glass of wine and a good book, or just spying on passers-by at the window seat. 

The Rooms:
Relatively small in it's accommodation offering, the Lion Inn is currently able to offer 7 delightful double bedrooms all with en-suite bathrooms, including a suite with its own exterior entrance from the outdoor garden. You can see from the website that each room holds its own individual character and ambiance. 

We were staying the night in Room 2; one of the superior rooms featuring original beams and quirky period features, in particular a fairly worn, wooden rocking horse which clearly held it's fair share of history. Our room was located at the front of the hotel overlooking North Street, in the oldest part of the pub. 

Light and spacious with a comfy king-size bed - the room was an ideal cosy Cotswolds retreat for us. The only part that was lacking was the small "hobbit hole" entrance door into the bathroom - Alex did quite struggle to get through and I managed to bang my head a couple of times, however moaning aside, this little hobbit-like door adds to the unique quirk and character of this historic coaching inn. 

The Food:
Dining was a relaxed affair in a smart, shabby-chic environment. The menu is full of deliciously tempting food, theres an imaginative wine list and friendly, animated staff. Seasonal ingredients are sourced locally from the best suppliers in the area and the menus are based on what is fresh and available and menu items change frequently. 

My scrumptious starter comprised of confit pork belly, pomme puree, pancetta, apple, black pudding and a rich jus - priced at £6.50 for a starter, the pub is looking to adopt a sophisticated gourmet menu which can be reflected by the slightly higher than average ticket price. 

The pork belly was delicious and in all honesty, it was the first piece of pork crackling I've been able to eat without breaking my teeth - which is always a bonus - chefs take note! My main - let's just say the chef clearly took a liking to me as I received the biggest portion of lemon sole on my dinner plate! The food was tasty and filling, the company even better. 

Visiting the Cotswolds:
If your looking to visit the Cotswolds, The Lion Inn proves an ideal base from which to explore some of the most beautiful locations in the Cotswolds. The towns of Chipping Campden, Broadway, Stow-on-the-Wold, Bourton-on-the-Water, The Guitings, The Slaughters, Cirencester and many other smaller beautiful villages and hamlet are all within 30 – 40 minutes by car.

This characterful pub with rooms features enviable rustic decor throughout - the ultimate in countryside chic and oozes charm. Its the perfect place to stop and take in the beauty of the Cotswolds, which is all around you!

For more travel reads, explore Elounda's picturesque fishing village with me in my previous travel post. 

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(*) My overnight stay and dinner at the The Lion Inn was provided on a complimentary basis in exchange for an honest review on my blog. All opinions expressed here are my own (*)
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Fashion: Wide-legged Palazzo Pants

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I've been dying to get my hands on a pair of floral palazzo pants, especially a pair that didn't make me look hideously wide. These are the perfect design for my shape, highlighting my waist and flaring out on the hips.

I'm all about rocking the palazzo pants this summer and New Look definitely have me covered when it comes to wide-legged trousers (luckily minus the wide-legs!).

Talk of the town is that loose tailoring is the new season essential, so I can work this look comfortably, while staying perfectly on trend!

I feel like I'm channeling a hippy, 70s vibe with these bold print floral wide-legged trousers, I love the fact I can wear my chunky cross-over sandals with these and the trousers are still long enough in length to sit nicely on top without rising up too short.

As you probably already know I'm heading to South Africa in two weeks (my god!) which will be during their winter, so its going to be warm during the day in the mid-twenties, however at night the temperature is known to plummet to as low as 5 degrees and of course, the early morning game drives while in Kruger Park will be pretty chilly.

Brrr, its got me cold just thinking about it. I can tell this holiday is going to be an awkward one to pack for. I've got to consider all bases, so bikini's plus my warmest fleece and hat and scarf? Mad!

Of course, its going to be essential that I pack a range of clothing options for this holiday and loose fitted, long trousers are definitely on my checklist. They will be perfect for the chiller evenings when out for dinner and loose-fitted trousers are recommended on an evening to keep pesky mosquitos at bay.

What's even better is these floral wide-legged palazzo pants are currently in the sale for £10!

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Baking: How To Make Giant Smartie Cookies

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I'm a big fan of cookies. Especially those of the GIANT variety.

This morning I decided to make another popular cookie variation which I know you guys will likely love; lots of giant smarties cookies!

I've been keen to make smartie cookies for a while, unfortunately I couldn't get my hands on any 'giant smarties' in the shops, however I'm questioning whether Nestle even sell these still? so I had to settle for the normal sized smarties.

However, I've made up for that by going large on the cookie base, so you're guaranteed to get a lot more smartie per centimetre.

The main reason I made these cookies is because I was asked to help out a local tea room on their opening day (today) and as my mum is going to be working in the tea-rooms part time, knowing I like to do a bit of baking here and there, she asked if I could help out and bake something sweet for the locals to try during the day.

With short notice and not much time, cookies were definitely my fail safe option, plus who doesn't look a MASSIVE cookie with their tea or coffee? Exactly.

If you need any more persuading - all of these smarties cookies were gone and gobbled by customers in the first thirty minutes, so why not bake a batch yourself?

Here's how:

  • 135g unsalted butter (melted)
  • 80g caster sugar
  • 80g soft light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
  • 190g plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 4 tubes of smarties
How to Make Giant Smartie Cookies: 

  • Preheat the oven to 170 degrees / 325F / Gas mark 3 and line two baking trays with greaseproof paper. 
  • Grab a mixing bowl and using either a hand-held or electric whisk, or just with a spatula, cream together the butter, both the white and brown sugar, then break in the egg, add the vanilla essence and mix well together. 
  • In another bowl sift together the plain flour, salt, cinnamon and bicarbonate of soda and then add to the already creamed mixture. This is usually best done in two batches. Ensure to mix thoroughly until a dough starts to form.
  • This is where you will need to add your cooking filling - the smarties! Mix in 3 out of the 5 tubes of smarties and mix evenly into the dough.
  • Now break off pieces of the dough (about 3 or 3 tablespoons in size, depending on how big or small you want your cookies to be - for these I did about a golf ball in size).
  • Roll them into balls in your hands - bearing in mind this part can be a little messy!
  • Once rolled into balls place them onto your baking tray. I decided to use my 4th tube of smarties for pressing a couple into each ball so there was smarties both inside and outside of the cookies. 
  • Allow about 5 cookies per tray (especially for these big ones) and make sure to space them apart from each other so they have room to grow. Believe me they grow big! 
  • Place in the oven and bake for about 10-12 minutes, or until the cookies are a light golden on top. The key with baking your cookies is if you want a gooey middle you'll need to take the cookies out of the oven while they still feel soft and squidgy. 
  • Don't worry - once you leave them to cool they will firm up quite quickly and you definitely won't regret taking them out a minute or two early. 
  • Once out of the oven, leave on the baking tray to cool and firm for about 10 minutes, before transferring over to a wire rack. 
Check out my other cookie recipe (very similar to this one) where I included white chocolate and cranberries for the giant cookie filling

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Travel: Taking A Wander Around Elounda's Picturesque Fishing Village

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Elounda, is a picturesque fishing village in lovely Mirabello Bay and nowadays attracts people far and wide looking for a seaside holiday in a place which is ideally not too busy, nor too isolated. With a spectacular coastline, shaded beaches, crystal clear seas and archeological interest, there's plenty here for all types of travel-goers.  

This pretty little seasside town is located on Crete's northwestern coast. It's an up and coming luxury retreat that revolves around a colourful harbour and the main square just next door. Elounda is packed with authentic Greek tavernas and friendly bars eagerly awaiting your arrival. 

When staying at the Elounda Village Hotel we were a brisk 45 minute walk away from Elounda's harbour. The walk was quite uphill in places, however Crete as an island is rather hilly so you need to expect some uneven walks! 

We learnt that all of the 4-5* hotels located in Elounda are all located about 30-45 minutes walk away from the Harbour itself as they are all scattered across the Cretan mountains overlooking the beautiful, crystal clear bays. 

Elounda's harbour is known as the "Gult of Korfos" and is a natural, blue lagoon which is bordered by rugged peninsulas and the sandy beach looks out onto the island of Spinalonga, sheltered close by. It can be quite a lively spot, but nothing unspoilt, but if you want more action there is Agios Nikoloas just a mere 15 minute drive away.

We chose to wander down on a sunny friday morning, taking the brief hills in our stride. We spotted a beautiful Taverna on the waterfront, nestled in the heart of the bay, where all the boats were moored (unfortunately I really can't remember the name). Some part of me is convinced its simply called the Taverna and its almost like a floating restaurant bobbing on the water, with enviable views across the beautiful bay and the perfect spot for alfresco dining by the glistening waters edge. 

We sat here for quite a while just taking in the scenery and enjoying the peaceful buzz of market day. We devoured a lovely pizza here, made with the freshest ingredients; most importantly the most amazing melt-in-your-mouth, gooey mozzarella! 

We finished off with a walk among the cobbled, narrow streets, littered with cute little shops left right and centre. I couldn't help but steal away into one of the local touristy shops and ended up purchasing some cute friendships bracelets as a souvenir from my Cretan travels. 

For more information on where to stay in Elounda, see my blog post on my stay at the Aquila Elounda Village Hotel in Crete

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