15.09

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If you, like me, are fond of the contrast between hot and cold (think burying down under a heavy duvet but leaving the windows wide open on chilly autumn nights, and the satisfaction of changing into warm dry clothes after getting soaked with rain), then taking a flask of hot chocolate along on a country walk this autumn will most certainly be a thing to try. We did it this past weekend, and drank our way through several mug-fuls of piping hot chocolate whilst enjoying the crisp autumn breeze on our faces, and watching Teddy charge around us chasing crows. I think it’s set to be my new favourite way of making a routine weekend dog walk feel extra special this autumn.

p.s. I’m wearing jumper from Brora (past season, similar cut here), shirt from Hollister, jeans from GAP (on sale right now!), and Hunters. Jason’s wearing shirt from H&M, jeans from Tommy Hilfiger, and Hunters. Teddy is wearing a rather handsome black spaniel coat he grew all by himself.

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20 thoughts on “{Try this in Autumn} :: take a flask of hot chocolate along on a walk.

  1. Cath

    Love this. I want to take a similar photo series of doing this with Minty. The image series would run like this: Img1 – Dog stands on rug while Cath is trying to lay it out; Img 2 – Dog barges up under Russ’ arm while he tries to pour hot chocolate and spills it all over Russ’ leg and the rug; Img 3 – Cath sips hot chocolate straight from flask like gin while sitting on dry bit of rug with Dog standing on her lap trying to lick her face while Russ stands some distance away, taking deep breaths.

    It. Would. Be. Amazing. Not the same as this beautiful series of photos. Not that kind of amazing. The other kind. ;)

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  2. Michelle

    I don’t know how I’ve lived 30 years and not ever taken a flask of something on a dog walk before!! Someone blew my mind with tea last week and now you (adorable) guys and the hot chocolate – I really need to get on this.
    Gorgeous photos Rosie.
    M x

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  3. Beccy

    Lovely post Rosie – I completely agree about the contrast between hot and cold. I’m always leaving windows open and then snuggling down under blankets and duvets. Oh, and those Gap jeans are just brilliant – I bought my first pair a couple of months ago and am addicted!

    Beccy : Bluebell & Bumpkin

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  4. Clare Marie

    Ah, I thought I was the only one that left the windows wide open but wrapped myself up in my quilt! I love your dog, he’s so adorable in these photos.

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  5. Saskia

    Great pictures! Makes me want to do exactly the same (I LOVE hot chocolate).

    Saskia / girlinbrogues.com

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  6. Menekse

    Ooh I am sooo trying this. I love autumn, I just hope it’s not too wet so we can enjoy the crisp air and changing leaves by spending lots of time outdoors! :)

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  7. arielle

    your little family is the absolute cutest and I this idea is just lovely! also, I have been watching the great british bake off as per your recommendation and my (fairly masculine) husband and I are hooked! you haven’t lead me astray yet :)

    love, arielle
    a simple elegance

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  8. Abigail

    I love taking hot chocolate out on walks, especially in Richmond Park, as if it’s raining (no matter how hard) you can hide under the rhododendrons and stay completely dry whilst you warm up!
    x

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  9. Deenie

    Oh man, this looks like the perfect day out. I live only a short train away from a really adorable little forest so it’s a lovely day out when we do go, and my dog loves it! The falling leaves would be the perfect scenery for a few snaps- and of course I’ll be hauling flaskfuls of tea and hot chocolate!

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  10. Sarah

    Genius! I have recently been taking my travel cup with tea in it when I take my dog out but hot chocolate is taking it to a whole new level! I loves it! xx

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  11. Cat

    I’m considering a little stroll to the fields tomorrow so I might be tempted to do this! That hot chocolate looks so lovely and creamy :) x

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12.09

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I woke up this morning with a serious case of post-workout ache (the type that hurts the very second you move in bed after waking up, and you just know you’ll be in for a day of it), and feeling oh so very glad it’s the weekend. This week has felt like a ‘catch up’ week- the kind where you feel like you’re always one step behind where you need to be and can never quite make up time. I’m looking forward to heading out this weekend for a long walk in this blissful autumn weather, and for a day spent in London on Sunday. I hope you have a lovely weekend ahead of you too! Here’s what’s made me so very happy this week…

1. A Thursday afternoon coffee date with my little sis! We drank vanilla lattes, and she filled me in on all the gossip from her school. So fun!

2. The temperature right now. For me, these warm afternoons and crisp breezes are just completely perfect.

3. Smashed egg on rye for breakfast (with juice and coffee on the side).

4. Teddy’s obsession with socks. It’s insanely annoying (when he takes every opportunity to steal whatever socks I’ve been wearing in the day, or am just about to put on, or am in the process of putting into the washing machine) but the proud way he carries them around just melts my heart!

5. Dancing to Otis Redding songs with Jason of an evening.

6. Trying out new dinnertime recipes. I’ve been having a ‘mix things up’ kind of week, and it’s been fun to test out new meals. (p.s. tonight is lemon and herb chicken, with a chickpea + tomato casserole kinda thing on the side)

7. Jumpers, knee high socks (+ digging out winter boots).

8. Wedding planning in the evenings after work! We’ve been making preliminary decisions about what food we want to serve, the suits Jason, his best men and my godfather (who’ll be giving me away) will wear, and how the bridesmaids will have their hair styled. It’s still early days of course for all these details, but so exciting nonetheless!

9. Seeing the leaves begin to turn colour and fall. This time of year is so beautiful, isn’t it?

10. A thrown-together apple, cinnamon + brown sugar galette, made to use up some leftover rough puff pastry that’d been lingering in the fridge.

Three posts I’ve loved reading this week :: Tom’s Pinterest round up || Mara’s autumn essentials || Sophie’s incredible photos from Charleston!

What’s on your happy list for this week? :)

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16 thoughts on “10 things that’ve made me happy this week!

  1. Hanna

    You have a lot of things to be happy about this week! I agree on the weather, I wish these early autumn, sunny and crisp days could last all year round! And I’d love to try that apple galette, if you are going to share the recipe :).

    On my happy list for the week is definitely arriving in Glasgow for university and liking the city a lot (plus meeting nice people hear!). Also binge-watching the British Bake Off (so much fun!) and skyping with my best friend who is coming to visit at the end of September.

    Have a lovely weekend Rosie! xx

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  2. Rebecca

    Rosie,
    Everything sounds so divine? Swap lives for a week with me please? Ha!
    The whole fun of wedding planning is underway I see and boy will you enjoy it. It is such an exciting and special time for you both and I hope you have a magical day.
    Sounds like you have some more fun and frolics to look forward to this weekend, so enjoy!
    Rebecca xxx
    http://www.queenbeady.com

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  3. Candy

    The weather right now is my absolute ideal climate. Temperate! I’m going to be living out of suitcases for the next couple of months while we very very slowly move house (I wrote a whole blog post about what a faff this is going to be!) so I’ve been enjoying trying to curate a kind of capsule wardrobe to last me until we’re installed in our new place. I’ve also been really enjoying trying out new recipes. There’s something about the changing of the seasons that makes me get creative in the kitchen! <3

    Owl Girl | A London lifestyle blog

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  4. Tamzin

    This post makes me happy it’s always uplifting to here what makes people happy! I too am loving the change of season, my big happy thoughts though this week are my friends wedding that I will be attending tomorrow and the thought of going in holiday Monday yay! Enjoy your weekend : )

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  5. Millie

    My dog used to love stealing my socks then she grew out of it and now I miss it so much, no matter how annoying it is enjoy it whilst it lasts!

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  6. Fi

    I love your weekly round up posts – they’re also so fun! It sounds like you’ve had a lovely week, aren’t sister coffee dates the best? As for the weather I couldn’t agree with you more. A crisp autumn day is my favourite kind of day. Enjoy your weekend!

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  7. Mimmi

    I totally agree – the temperature this time of the year is just perfect! And I love all of the golden leaves :) It’s so exciting that your wedding plans are slowly coming together, btw!

    xx Mimmi, Muted Mornings

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11.09

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We’ve talked about peanut butter, and transitional dressing, and golden hour sunlight here so far this week- but we’ve not had a proper catch up for such a long time now! So let’s catch up!

I’m going to start with a wedding planning update, since it’s sitting right at the forefront of my mind these days. Okay, so here’s the score. Bridesmaids dresses- 2/4 sorted! Venue/church/caterer- all still sorted! Stationery/flowers/colour scheme-umm…nope. Band- definitely not. Menu- hahaha. Photographer- YES! And he is incredible! It was actually Jason who found him even though choosing a photographer was supposed to be my task (given that photography is my bag, and all) so Jason’s feeling pretty smug right now ;) it’s a relief to know that such a crucially important part of the day is sorted!

Wedding anxiety dreams are happening every couple of weeks, and pretty much always centre around my hair going appalling wrong on the big day, and me having to walk down the aisle looking like Shirley Temple. But aside from hair-related paranoia, wedding stuff is going well! Now, let’s talk about juice. I’ve been making my way through that batch of Uzuma juices that arrived a couple of weeks ago, and am sad that I’ve almost finished the lot. They’re just SO tasty! If only it weren’t such a ginormous faff to make juice at home, I might consider investing in a juicer. I feel also like the peak season for buying wonderfully cheap and fresh produce for juicing is most definitely over, now that autumn is here. I went grocery shopping yesterday at the little local farmer’s market, and almost fell over looking at the price of courgettes. Not that you’d ever want to juice a courgette, of course (CAN you juice a courgette?) Thought for the day.)

Speaking of yesterday, Jason and I ate peanut butter and jam sandwich cookies (well, half a cookie each, because they are monster) whilst watching the GBBO, and it was a pretty heavenly combo. Spoiler alert if you’ve not watched it yet- but did anyone else totally call the ‘not sending anyone home’ thing in advance? I just had a feeling. Thank goodness, because Kate and Richard are my favourites and I was so sad thinking that one of them might have to leave. I also put this on Twitter already, but did anyone else have that scene from friends where Rachel makes the trifle with a layer of ‘beef sautéed with peas and onion’ when Mary was running through the layers of those green mound cakes in the technical challenge?

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This weekend I’m going to London, for the first of so many trips to London this month! On the agenda is a wander down the King’s Road with my lovely friend Cath, with pitt-stops into Anthropologie and Hummingbird and Zara and countless other places too. I’m not shopping for anything in particular, maybe just a new mug or two from Anthro for drinking hot chocolate by the litre throughout autumn and winter. Though if the right scarf presented it to me whilst I’m out, I’m not sure I’ll be able to walk away from it you know?

To finish off, let’s do a round of quick fire news, because that’s just my all-time favourite way of sharing nonsense from our lives! :: A new coffee machine arrived at our house this week, and it’s amazing! Our dishwasher is still broken! I’ve become totally hooked on the flavour combination of butternut squash and feta, and the new rosemary plant I bought early on this week has already been massacred for use in meals! Teddy has eaten approximately 5 thousand of the 4 million beech nuts that’ve fallen into our garden over the past few weeks! Jason’s back is so badly seized up he’s wincing with every other step, but in typical man style will *not* make a call to the chiropractor! ;) We’ve been listening to Maroon 5′s new album on repeat (and both have a tiny crush on Adam Levine!).

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Right, all caught up! What’s going on your end? Anything exciting? Or happily mundane?

p.s. Photos all taken from my Instagram over the past few weeks. Find me at ‘ciderwithrosieblog’ if you’d like to follow along :)

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14 thoughts on “Let’s catch up! {+ an Instagram round up}

  1. chelsea

    Love a good catch up. I do not envy your wedding planning, nor would I ever want to go back and do it again;) It was simply not my thing to be in the spotlight so we planned and did the whole thing in three months.I also have no dishwasher, and it;s the pits. So hoping you get yours fixed ASAP, and London sounds unbelievably amazing. Enjoy!

    http://www.hollandsreverie.blogspot.com

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  2. Chiara

    I haven’t tried butternut squash and feta but you’ve definitely inspired me! And those muffins look so scrumptious x

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  3. Menekse

    Ahh, I have a major crush on Adam Levine but have yet to get the album. You may well have just inspired me to go and buy it on Amazon right this minute!

    DYING for some of Anthro’s teacups for the coming months… We are going to London to meet up with some friends for my birthday next week so I may just have to pop in and get some! Poor Jason, hope he feels better soon! Men and their manliness, hey?

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  4. Amanda @ Rhyme & Ribbons

    Kate and Richard are my favourite too. When I say that they were the bottom two and knowing that they were one contestant shorter than usual at this point, I had the feeling that they wouldn’t send anyone home either. xx

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  5. Lauren Bargiacchi

    It all sounds very exciting! And no, you were not alone with the whole ‘no one being sent off’ on the GBBO; it was so close!
    Hope you have a wonderful time in London.
    Lauren x

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  6. Amanda

    Quick fire response – PEANUT BUTTER AND JAM SANDWICH COOKIES SOUND SO TASTY! You must be loving the wedding planning, how super exciting! I remember being a bridesmaid and loving trying on dresses and being all girly! All of the food pics are making my stomach rumble. Oh and Adam Levine is gorgeous!x

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  7. arielle

    um, yeah. my husband is totally way more into adam levine than I am. it’s really interesting to watch him turn up the radio every time a maroon 5 song pops up. and your insta photos are so vibrant! absolutely gorgeous!

    love, arielle
    a simple elegance

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  8. Jess

    Lovely post Rosie! (I’m so nosey, I just love this kind of post) And I totally called that bake off twist! Such a relief! It’s probably embarrassing how much my sister’s and I get into that show.. J x

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  9. CG

    Feel your pain on the broken dishwasher! The part that fixed ours just came tonight after 2 months of dishes by hand. What was it like in the olden days? I appreciate that one modern luxury.

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  10. Holly

    Love a good round up of insta pics!
    Also love that someone else is having wedding paranoia dreams… I have quite a few, always about no makeup and bad hair!!

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10.09

PB-and-J-sandwich-cookies

I used to be completely addicted to peanut butter and jam on toast. Like, eat four slices in one go kind of addicted. In my defence, it was back when I was about 15 and was a typical hollow-legged teenager, so that makes it kind of okay, right? The classic PB and J combo is still a favourite of mine, though I try not to binge on it in quite the same way. Moderation is the thing, right?

Well, there’s nothing moderate about these cookies. Two soft, peanut butter flavoured cookies sandwiched together with peanut butter cream cheese frosting, and a big spoonful of blackcurrant jam. Not for the faint-hearted, these babies! Of course, you can use any type of jam you prefer, but blackcurrant cuts through the sweetness of the cookies and frosting so well that I’d recommend giving it a go. And if anyone were to fancy to ramping up these already heavily ramped-up cookies, we could also discuss the potential of replacing the frosting with a scoopful of creamy peanut butter ice-cream. I wouldn’t like to lead anyone astray though, so pretend I never said that…

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{Makes approx 10 sandwich cookies. Recipe adapted from Hummingbird’s basic chocolate chip cookie recipe, and frosting tweaked from a recipe found in the September issue of Waitrose Kitchen.}

Ingredients ::
{For the cookies}
225g soft unsalted butter
75g smooth peanut butter
300g soft light brown sugar
2 eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
400g plain flour
80g rolled oats
2 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

{For the frosting}
80g smooth peanut butter
80g full fat cream cheese
190g icing sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
A good half jar or so of blackcurrant jam

- Put the butter, peanut butter, and sugar into a large bowl, and beat until smooth, light, and fluffy. Add in the eggs one at a time, mixing between each addition. Lastly, beat in the vanilla extract before turning to the dry ingredients.

- Measure out the flour, oats, and bicarbonate of soda, and slowly mix into the wet ingredients until a smooth dough is formed.

- Roll the dough into golf ball sized portions, and space out evenly onto parchment paper lined baking sheets. Then put the baking sheets into the fridge, and allow the dough to chill for at least an hour. Mine had an hour and a half, and stayed nice and thick whilst cooking. Preheat the oven to 170 degrees celsius.

- After an hour, put the cookies into the oven, and cook for 10 minutes. They should be lightly golden when done, with a thin layer of cooked dough on the outside and will be almost raw in the centre. This is good! It’ll make them beautifully soft later on. Leave them to cool for a good 20 minutes or so on the tray, then transfer to a wire rack.

- Beat the cream cheese, vanilla, and peanut butter together, and then add in the icing sugar. Keep beating until the frosting becomes light and fluffy.

- When the cookies are completely cool, sort them out into equally sized pairs. Spread a layer of frosting onto the underside of one of the cookies, then add on a layer of jam. Sandwich is with the other cookie, and repeat until all of the cookie sandwiches are made!

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I’d love to see your sandwich cookie creations, so do tag me in any Twitter/Instagram photos using the hashtag ‘#ciderwithrosiecooks’!

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26 thoughts on “Peanut butter + jam sandwich cookies.

  1. Miho

    this looks and sounds like a serious treat for a fellow PB & J lover! if they sold these at my local bakery, I would be in trouble. these are definitely on my autumn baking list x

    Miho @ Wander to Wonder

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  2. Polly

    oh wow these look divine! I love peanut butter too! Though I’m a chocolate/ peanut butter fan. How about whacking in a chocolate ganache instead! eeeeek.

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  3. arielle

    these look delicious! I will definitely have to pin them for later. I pretty much lived on pb&j back in high school and it always brings back those memories of homecoming and eating on the lawn. thanks for sharing!

    love, arielle
    a simple elegance

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  4. Clare Marie

    Oh my gosh, these look amazing! I don’t really like peanut butter and jelly as a combination, but just peanut butter sounds like a winner.. I also saw some on Pinterest that have slices of ice-cream inbetween, which sounds amazing.

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  5. Leona

    WOW! These look like the most delicious treats I have ever seen! I have to try some of them immediately! Xx

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  6. Tamzin

    Well don’t these look delicious!!! Love peanuts and love jam together they are a match made in heaven so these are definitely my thing…would the recipe work well with gluten free flour do you think?

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  7. kezia

    Oh my goodness this is a like a dream cookie! I think I will need to go and make some grain free version of these so I can munch on them! I love PB and Jam – especially with homemade blackberry jam. Beautiful shots too

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  8. Melodie

    Ohh yum yum yum!! I basically love everything that involves jam so these cookies sound like heaven to me! Gotta try that recipe! Oh and i’ve tried 2 of your recipe this week: Banana bread muffins and Spinash and feta pasties…both delicious!! I’ll share photos real soon, thank you Rosie! :)

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