16.04

Wealden-Times-Midsummer-Fair-Ticket-Giveaway

Do you remember that fair in Kent I went to last November, the one that ended up being so gorgeous it warranted having two full posts written about it? The one with so many stands full of unique clothing, gourmet food, artisinal produce, and gorgeous homeware I could have happily drained my entire bank account five times over and come home with a lorry-load of purchases? Where I ate that Christmas pudding truffle that blew my mind? Well, this June, I’m going to that fair’s twin sister, the Wealden Times Midsummer Fair! And it’s going to be awesome! And you can come too! For free! (So many exclamation marks!) Phewph. I feel like I need to take a moment to breathe after finishing that paragraph!

The lovely folk at the Wealden Times have been kind enough to offer me FIVE pairs of Midsummer Fair tickets to give away to Cider with Rosie readers! The winners will need to be available to come along to the fair at Hole Park in Cranbrook, Kent, on Saturday 7th June. I’ll admit that last year (when I was invited along to the Midwinter fair) I wasn’t sure if the event would be worth making the 1 and a half hour journey from home over to Kent, but was proved so happily wrong! There were so many wonderful exhibitors there that my Mum and I spent hours and hours (at least four, I’d say!) wandering round the different tents, and that’s without factoring in lunch and coffee and cake from one of the food trucks! And the Midsummer Fair will be just the same, I’m sure! So if you’re based in the South of England and fancy coming along for the day (I’ll be at the fair on the 7th too!) then enter below to win a pair of tickets!

{Giveaway details!}
- Five pairs of tickets are available to win, for the Wealden Times Midsummer Fair on Saturday 7th June 2014. Car parking at the fair is free, and there is a train station with a service direct to Charing Cross approximately 20 minutes away from the event.

- To enter, just make sure that you follow Cider with Rosie via Bloglovin‘ and Twitter, and just pop a comment (saying anything you like!) at the end of this post! The winners will be picked 2 weeks from today, on the 30th April!

- The 5 winners’ details (name & email addresses) will passed on to the sweet folk at the Wealden Times, who will then contact each winner directly and get tickets sent out in the post!

Good luck! And if you win, I’ll see you on June 7th! :)

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21 thoughts on “Want to come to the Wealden Times Midsummer Fair? {Giveaway!}

  1. Lucy Carter

    This looks like a lovely opportunity – I love these sort of events :-) I follow you on Bloglovin’ and Twitter so fingers crossed! x

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  2. Sarah

    Hi Rosie, love your blog and would love to come along to this Fair :) I follow you on Bloglovin’ and Twitter – thanks for the giveaway! x

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  3. Jenny

    I remember your beautiful photographs from this fair, and of course I would love to go. I follow you already :) xx

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  4. Natalie

    i’ve followed on twitter but don’t have a bloglovin account :( as an american ex pat living in england.. i freaking LOVE this stuff!! x

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  5. faith

    woop woop! this sound so good :-)
    and i honestly love how your blog is laid out, its really nice!

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  6. Rachel

    The fair sounds wonderful! I’d love to go. I live in Kent and am always on the hunt for local experiences and attractions.
    Rachel x

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  7. Emma Stokes

    Hi Rosie!

    This fair sounds absolutely incredible. When I visited Leeds to see my boyfriend on the weekends a couple years ago, we always tried to find vintage/craft fairs to visit as they’ve always inspired me for picture posts. There is also nothing better than picking up that unique item that no one else in the world has. I would love to attend this fair and transport is absolutely no problem as I drive. This would also be the perfect opportunity to whip out the camera and take some beautiful shots of the day! I hope to see you there :)

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  8. Becky

    Ooh sounds lovely! I follow you on both, and as a Kentish lass myself, I’m pretty local to Cranbrook!
    Becs x
    miscriant.blogspot.co.uk

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  9. Jo

    I originally come from Kent, so was really excited to see the county mentioned in your blog! I’ve also been told about the fair by a friend who has just got a job with the Wealden Times so it’s such a coincidence (I get quite excited about these things!)

    I’m going to have to go and take a look at your last posts now! It sounds amazing and what a wonderful treat!

    Jo xx

    She Wears Burgundy

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  10. Jo

    I love going to fairs like this! Especially ones that involve food trucks! My best friend is getting married next year and is frantically travelling the country looking for one that will come to her wedding so she’d love it too! x

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  11. Sumiko

    I remember the photos from the last fair and it does look lovely :) These places are great to discover new things and I’ve been trying to get to more, but there just isn’t many in the East!

    xx

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  12. Tamsin | A Certain Adventure

    I’d so love to win this! This will mark the end of my first week of freedom after my finals examinations, and it’d be so lovely to get out of my university town to go to something like this :) x

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15.04

Four-perfectly0tousled-updos

 

{clockwise from top left}

1. Pinned-up, softly teased braids (and a beautiful warm blonde colour)

2. Half-up braided crown (and caramel highlights to die for)

3. Twists in a short bob (that’s making me want to cut all my hair off)

4. A curled ponytail with a teased-out crown (because OP can do no wrong)

p.s. More deliciously messy hair on my Pinterest board

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9 thoughts on “{Four} perfectly tousled updos.

  1. catherine

    The last one is my favourite. Olivia Palermo is always flawless. For me to get my hair looking like that, I actually have to style it first and then put it up! Seems ridiculous..

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  2. Bella

    Oh my gosh I love all of these! I’m obsessed with finding the perfect ponytail and that right there might just be it!

    Bxx
    b-jolly.co.uk

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  3. Ala Skrakowski

    These are gorgeous. I’m notoriously rubbish at doing my hair and pretty much just wash, brush and go (on hungover days the brush step doesn’t even happen), so I need someone to teach me! But this is definite inspiration for making more of an effort! x

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  4. Dannie

    These are so cute! I can just never get enough texture in my hair to get anything like this to work for me!

    Dannie
    life.stylehoney.com

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  5. Amanda @ Rhyme & Ribbons

    I’m so rubbish at hair that I just have to live vicariously through the beautiful hairstyles I see other attempt on pinterest because I’ll never be able to do them myself! x

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  6. Emily

    I love the look of the messy ponytail + teased crown. Such a simple look with amazing results. I just followed you on pinterest so excuse me while I go and re-pin almost everything! x

    Emily | HONEY LOAF x

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14.04

allnatural-dark-chocolate-peanutbutter-cups

You know how sometimes, you get a chocolate craving that just won’t go no matter how many times you sneak into the Nutella cupboard armed with a teaspoon and a ‘don’t care’ attitude? Well, that’s been the story of these past few weeks. All day every day, all I want to eat is chocolate. I don’t know what’s going on (not pregnant, just saying ;) And since 24/7 chocolate consumption isn’t generally advised upon, I decided I’d need to find a way to get a chocolate fix in the most satisfying yet saintly way possible. Enter the all-natural, no added refined sugars, mostly-organic peanut butter cup. Saintly chocolate. It does exist!

These peanut butter cups aint for kids. They’re dark and rich, so much so that just one will blast away a chocolate craving quicker than you can say Reese’s. And speaking of chocolate, let’s discuss cocoa solid percentages. (Doesn’t that sound like a great conversation starter?) In this batch, I used a mixture of Lindt’s 70 + 85% cocoa solid chocolate. It’s entirely up to you which type of chocolate you use (I’m no chocolate snob, and know that sometimes a bar of Dairy Milk hits the spot in a way that hand-roasted organic Guatemalan 85% dark chocolate just can’t) BUT using a good quality dark chocolate in this recipe does mean that you can eat peanut butter cups without feeling guilty in the slightest so you know. Decisions decisions. Pick your poison my friends, and let’s get to it!

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{Recipe adapted from Fifteen Spatulas. Makes 12-16.}
Ingredients:
450g dark chocolate. (I love Lindt & Waitrose 70% bars, & dislike Green & Black and Bournville)
1/2 cup (about 6tbsp) organic natural smooth peanut butter (Whole Earth is my favourite)
2 tbsp butter, softened
1tbsp honey (plus another 1tsp to taste, if you’re a sweet tooth!)

- Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Line a muffin tin (cupcake sizes) with large paper cake/muffin cases.

- When the chocolate has melted entirely and is smooth and glossy, turn off the heat underneath it but leave it on the hob. Spoon a dessert spoonful into each cake case, tilting each case a little so that the chocolate spreads up the sides. You can use your spoon to help spread the chocolate up the walls of each case too, if necessary. When all the cases have a layer of chocolate in them, place the muffin tray into the freezer for 15 minutes so that the chocolate can set, and cover over the bowl with the melted chocolate in with foil.

-  Whilst the chocolate in the cups sets, beat together the peanut butter, butter, and honey (with the extra teaspoonful if you fancy it) either by hand or in a mixer. After the cups have been in the freezer for 15 minutes, remove the muffin tray and divide the peanut butter mixture between the cups. Smooth flat, then put back in the freezer for another 15 minutes to set.

- Remove the cups after 15 minutes, and spoon another dessert spoonful of molten chocolate into each one. Give the tray a sharp rap or two on the counter to get rid of any air bubbles, then put back in the freezer for one last 15 minute stint.

** Store either in the fridge if you’re a fan of cold snappy chocolate (I SO am!) or at room temperature. Note that since the chocolate hasn’t been tempered, it may bloom if stored at room temperature. Which isn’t a problem taste-wise at all, but may spoil the appearance of these glossy beauties just a little…;)**

And that’s it! Maybe the simplest recipe I’ve shared here in a long time, though the next one coming at you in a few days time (also chocolate themed, because that’s apparently the flavour of the month) is even simpler. Next time I make these, I’m going to experiment with adding a little spoonful of a natural date-based caramel sauce to each cup. I’ll leave you with that image…

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18 thoughts on “All-natural, dark chocolate organic-peanut butter cups.

  1. Tasha

    Ah they look so beautiful! I cannot wait for lent to be done because I can gorge myself on tasty wee treats like these!

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  2. Sara

    I’m wanting to leave work immediately just to whip up a batch of these.. They look incredible!

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  3. ZoeAnn

    Well that’s my diet for this week gone ! Thanks for the recipe cant wait to try these when I get home ! xx

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  4. Ellen

    Oh my lord! Peanut butter cups are my favourite anyway but these look insane. Gorgeous photos xx

    ellenunderwater.blogspot.co.uk

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  5. Avalon

    These look so good, love peanut butter cups. I’m with you on the Green & Black, problem is I have an almost full packet of 80% waiting to be used!

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  6. Ala Skrakowski

    As usual, fab photos! This is such a good idea, my dad LOVES dark chocolate so maybe I’ll try these out as a gift for him some time! x

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  7. Molly Nurse

    Oh my, those look incredible. I’ve got a bit of an obsession with the Reese’s cups which are full of so much rubbish I always feel guilty eating lots of them. These are EXACTLY what I need. Thanks so much for the recipe. Can’t wait to try them out!

    Molly x

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  8. Sarah

    Oh. my. word. I think I may have just died and gone to chocolate heaven, these look awesome! I am so off to the supermarket to buy whats need to make these bad boys! x

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  9. vicki

    eh yum these look amazin! I need these in my life, not sure though I might be too lazy to make them myself! lol xx

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  10. Rosie

    Ooh these look good. I make a similar thing, with dates, coconut oil and PB, rolled into balls and dipped in dark chocolate. I serve them with coffee at my pop ups and they always go down a treat (although most people are also V full by that point!! haha!)

    Rosie xx

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  11. Katie

    Yum! Peanut butter cups are my absolute favorite candy. I’m totally going to make these. Thanks for sharing!

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  12. Michelle

    These look good. Another healthy chocolate fix that I do is melting some chocolate and pouring it over some fresh fruit – strawberries are best. You only need a few blocks but if you use a dark chocolate it gives you that hit.

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11.04

Raindrops-on-blossom

I’m going to use this little intro bit here to add in extra happy things this week, because I can! NUMBER ONE! Having a brand new, non-smashed, fully functioning phone has made me very happy! I can’t tell you how great it is to have a phone that isn’t shattered and doesn’t keep flaking bits of glass everywhere and doesn’t randomly freak out and start pressing buttons of its own accord when I’m trying to type out an Instagram caption! It’s pretty darn great indeed! A zillion thank yous to my darling man who sacrificed his own upgrade for the sake of my sad, smashed up old phone. He’s the best! And now, NUMBER TWO! All the amazing recommendations left on my post about our trip to Edinburgh (and the ones that came in via email and twitter too!) just blew me away! Thanks so much to everyone who took time to recommend places for us to visit! You all are awesome, so so awesome! And I’ve been having fun Googling each of the places in turn, and am currently putting a hit list in the Notes on my new (non-smashed!) phone! See how I tied that all together there?! Yep? Aaaaand…scene. ;)

Now, let’s get to the actual happy list for this past week!…

1. Spelt crispbreads with Nutella and sliced strawberries. It’s insanely delicious (and has been curbing the chocolate craving that hits me mid-afternoon, every afternoon.)

2. Making lists. I’ve been running around like a headless chicken this week (for no good reason at all!) and lists are all that’s kept me sane!

3. Realising that Teddy has learnt that if he steals things (socks, dropped kitchen roll, letters etc.) and then gives them up nicely, he gets a treat. He’s now started running to the treat drawer and sitting in front of it the second I take stuff out of his mouth. Too clever for his own good, that dog. Or actually, too clever for MY own good!

4. Watching old Disney movies on Netflix. Tarzan and Thumbelina have stolen a good few hours of my time over the past week (evenings only, mind you). Maybe I cry every time Phil Collins starts singing in Tarzan. Which is quite frequently. Whatever.

5. A delicious lunch of cumin lemon and garlic quinoa, with chopped spinach, spice-rubbed roast chicken (leftover from previous night’s dinner) and sweet potato. So energy boosting and tasty!

6. And on that same note, the following conversation with Jason (recounted word for word!) made me laugh so hard : ‘B what’s this stuff on my plate? ‘It’s rice.’ J: ‘What is it actually?’ Me: ‘I told you, it’s rice!’ J: ‘What. Is. It?’ ‘ Me:’…….it’s quinoa’. *Jason takes a mouthful, looks pleasantly (though begrudgingly) surprised at the taste, then mumbles…* ‘I knew it wasn’t *bleeping* rice.’ I laughed so much!

7. Almond milk! I tried it for the first time this week (in an experiment to see if less dairy = less problematic skin), and it’s pretty good! I like it in porridge a lot. Not in coffee though. Blurgh. (Also is it just me, or does it just taste like watery skimmed cows milk?)

8. Getting up earlier during the week. I’ve never been bad about sleeping in late or anything, but lately I’ve been trying to make a real concerted effort to be up and busy as early as I can manage during the working week. It’s definitely helping my productivity levels!

9. A mid-afternoon trip to Waitrose. I know that’s dorky, but it’s God’s honest truth! I love trips to the supermarket. There. I said it.

10. Life laundry- getting it done. Best feeling ever.

Three posts I’ve loved reading this week :: Michelle’s list of things she did whilst avoiding doing other things. || Joanna’s post about how to be happy || and Drea’s gorgeous DIY mosaic tile garden steps (I love!)

** What’s made you happy this week? :) **

p.s. To keep up with our weekend adventures, follow along on Instagram! Just search ‘ciderwithrosieblog’ to find my account! Happy Friday everyone!

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

  1. Bella

    If wandering round Waitrose could pass as a hobby, then it would be my favourite one – I love it :)
    xx

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  2. Carrie

    Almond milk is pretty rubbish in coffee! I’m allergic to dairy, so I use soya in coffee and tea, and almond for cooking and porridge, though almond is lovely on cereal! You should definitely try Blue Diamond’s chocolate almond milk, you can find it in waitrose, and even my dairy loving boyfriend agrees it’s the tastiest chocolate milk going!
    I love these posts by the way, they are just so lovely!
    Carrie xx

    carriebrighton

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  3. Michelle

    Netflix have just stuck Tangled on there too – not old but pretty damn marvellous!

    I need to go add supermarket mooching to the list of things I did instead of everything else.
    Have a lovely weekend
    M x

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  4. catherine

    I agree about almond milk. I love almond or soy milk in porridge as it adds a subtle, nutty sweetness, but in tea if it just not nice.

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  5. Beth

    Our beagle has learned that trick too! You can see him planning what to take next – slippers, shopping bags, bottles – and then he runs straight to the treat drawer. Worst part is that his sister expects a treat too, for doing absolutely nothing! Dogs are much smarter than we give them credit for…
    Beth
    swallowsandskylines.blogspot.co.uk

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  6. Deenie

    I really really need to try almond milk, I’ve wanted to for ages! And I am a sixteen year old girl and constantly ask my mum if she needs help with the shopping because I too love going to supermarkets. It makes me feel like I’ve grown up and got my own house and ahh. And who can resist a good Disney film?

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  7. Emma

    So happy to hear you have a phone in working order again! And that crispbread with Nutella and strawberries sounds like heaven. I have a slight addiction to the spread, it’s slightly worrying…x

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  8. Tickety Boo

    Almond milk makes a delicious milk alternative to hot chocolate and chai tea latte too – and
    Milkshake smoothies…. But definitely not dashed in tea or coffee bleurgh!

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  9. Victoria

    I have unsweetened almond milk in everything because cutting out regular milk (and yoghurt) got rid of my acne so I’m used to the taste. Luckily I don’t drink coffee though because it’s not very nice in it!

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  10. Caroline

    Aw bless little Teddy! It’s great when dogs start learning these little things. I’ve been trying to get Jimmy Chew to run to me when I call him on walks – he often gets distracted, usually by smells! With the crafty use of treats, I think I’ve achieved it! :)

    Caroline x
    http://www.cocktailsandcaroline.com

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  11. Jo

    I love trips to the supermarket too! And I make lists until they come out of my ears – it sounds like you’ve had a lovely week. I love this series!

    Jo xx

    She Wears Burgundy

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  12. abbie

    This post did make me laugh, I feel the exact same about having a new i phone that now does cut my fingers every time I scroll down the screen! MUST look after my new one better.

    Love the post! X

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  13. Sarah

    You should do some dairy free meals. From all your food posts i have no doubt you would find great meal. My daughter is allergic to milk so I’m looking for inspiration. Dairy free deserts too!x

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  14. Jenni

    With you on the Nutella and strawberries thing! I usually eat that on a extreme hardcore version of slimming world ryvitas called scan bran which is basically pure fibre so I can feel slightly healthy getting my chocolate fix lol

    Jen x

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