Satsuma Halloween DIY’s


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Oooooo t’is the season to be spooked. Halloween us just around the corner so I thought it was time for some much loved Halloween DIY’s! These use one of my favourite fruits, the wonderful satsuma/clementine/orange. We have been using most of these makes in my family since I can remember, especially the Sharpied pumpkins! Enjoy my beautiful people…

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Pumpkin Treats
Peel your satsuma. Cut a small green piece of ‘sweet pencils/liquorice’ the type you get at fun fairs or just a small pipe cleaner (I twisted purple and green together). Push it gently into the centre of the peeled satsuma and voila!

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Pumpkin Faces
Simply grab a satsuma and draw faces on it with a permanent marker. You could get lots of satsumas and make a sort of Happy Halloween ‘banner’ or just draw pumpkin faces! We do this every year in our house!

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Pumpkin Lantern
This one takes a touch more effort. Carefully cut off the end of a satsuma and scoop out the centre with a spoon (you can add this to fruit salads if you wish). The easiet way to do this get the segments out separately, instead of doing one all round scoop. Clean the peel ad gently dry it off. Add in an electronic tea light or a real one, but I’m not sure how flammable that is. I cut a slot in the back of each one and slotted these cheapy £2.50 Christmas lights from Primark into the peel! I think it looks pretty good, if I say so myself! You could add the lid back on if you wish, but remember to clean and dry it.

Well, I hope you enjoyed this week’s post! Are you going to try out any of these ideas? Are you having a spooooky Halloween DIY fest? Let me know!

Lots of Love,

Lottie ♥

3 Hot Drinks for Autumn/Winter – Tea/Coffee Free!

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Hi everyone! Today we have my top favourite drinks for Autumn/Winter. I don’t actually like tea or coffee (I know, going against my British roots!) so having a yummy hot drink was sometimes a struggle, unless I wanted to drink hot chocolate every day. I found these 3 were my absolute favourute, I drink them ALL the time! I thought it might help some of you who are bored with drinking just water! So, here we go!

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1. Lemon and Honey

Couldn’t get more yummy than this! I know this is normally a drink you have when sick, but it’s too good to save for just a few times a year. Simply mix 1-2 lemon wedges and a squirt of honey with boiling water. This has SO many healthy benefits such as aiding the digestion system, clearing skin and boosts the immune system.

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2. Cranberry Infusion

This herbal tea is AMAZING. It’s really fruity so gives you a sweet kick, without the sugar! It has no caffeine, so perfect for drinking before bed and was only a £1 from Sainsbury’s. I stir the bag vigorously for 30 seconds, squeeze and throw away tea bag. You can add honey or sugar/sweetener if you like, but I don’t think it really needs it.

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3. Hot Squash

I love hot squash! Please bear the colour though! You wouldn’t normally drink squash hot but it really enhances the flavour. Just make it as you would normally would but with hot water. I like using orange squash, but summer fuits, lemon or apple and blackcurrant work well too.

Soooooo…what do you think? Are you going to try any of them out? Let me know in the comments!

Lots of Love,

Lottie ♥

Healthy Trail Mix With Dark Chocolate, Almonds And Cranberries

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Yoodles, lovely internet people. Now, it’s getting to the time of year where we’re starting to get into Autumn (or Fall, for you beautiful overseas peeps). I don’t know about you, but when the rain starts coming down more regularly than usual (that’s a bit of a record for Britain, to be honest!) I automatically fall (get it? haha I’m such a comedienne) into the chocolate-Digestives-whole-chocolate-bar-to-myself-anything-high-in-sugar routine when I need a snack. I don’t get it! When its sunny (which, to be fair, isn’t very often in England) I’m like ‘yassssss, let me just pull together a super smoothie or an all natural fruit ice lolly!’ but in the colder months it’s ‘blah. Just give me a cookie’. So, to try and banish these unhealthy habits, I’ve created one of my FAVOURITE trail mix recipe. So, without further ado, here it is!

*just a little note. Please feel free to bring in or take out whatever you like, this recipe is very flexible. Also, there are no super duper specific measurements, just eye the amounts!

Almonds

Pecans

Cranberries

Raisins/Sultanas

Dark Chocolate (preferably with a lot of coco content, but I know that can get expensive!)

Small baking tray lined with foil/greaseproof paper

Small tub suitable for  microwaving

2 teaspoons or 1 teaspoon and a toothpick

Tupperware

1. Melt a third of a 100g bar of chocolate in a microwave proof tub. I did it in 20 second shots and stirred every so often.

2. Dip in your almonds or pecans (or both!). Be creative! Dip in just half, dunk it whole, drchocolatepot_lotsoflovelottieblogizzle over lightly with a spoon…whatever you fancy! TIP: If you have any left over chocolate, drop spots of it onto the foil for homemade chocolate chips!

3. Put in the freezer for 15 minutes or so until the chocolate is solid.

4. Gently peal off the almonds and chips and throw in a tupperware box with the pecans, cranberries, raisins and a little bit of salt.

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5. And BAM! Super easy snacking! This may be taking it a liiiiittle too far but this would be super cute decor for your kitchen this Autumn in glass gars! Maybe tied off with some twine and a pinecone? Ooooo this is tooo exciting! Also this is a great way to get a sweet and salty treat at school. Just throw in your bag for a yummy snack for lunch!

Are you going to try this out? What are your favourite healthy snacks?

Lots of Love,

Lottie ♥