24.04

Chimney-pots

Tuesday was our first full day in Edinburgh. We woke up kind of early (well, early for us, at least) and had a light breakfast of fresh fruit, juice, yoghurt and granola in the hotel before heading out to explore the city. The hotel we stayed in was called the Nira Caledonia (I’m going to write a little more about it in a separate post) and was in Edinburgh’s New Town (about a 15 minute walk from the Royal Mile). We actually really loved mile-or-so walk from our hotel into town! It stopped us feeling too sluggish from all the amazing food we ate whilst we were in the city, and the area of town our hotel was in felt peaceful and tucked away compared with the hustle and bustle of the city centre. We’d recommend it in a heartbeat! But I’m getting ahead of myself though…

Cucumber-water Mussels

After a couple of hours exploring the Royal Mile on Tuesday morning (including a stop to book tickets for a tour of Mary King’s Close, some hat-trying-on, and a little tweed shopping) we headed to The Crafter’s Barn for lunch. We’d given the restaurant a miss whilst scouting for a place to eat dinner the previous night, but decided it looked way nicer than we had initially thought when we walked past it the next day! And we were so glad we went in! The meal we ate there was some of the nicest food we ate in Edinburgh (and we ate at a lot of seriously good places!) and was pretty reasonably priced too. Jason ordered mussels and a glass of Chilean merlot that I ended up drinking half of (unwittingly sharing the Dutch courage Jason so badly needed for proposing later on that day!) and I ordered two smaller plates- haggis and Quail’s Scotch eggs, and spicy braised chorizo.

The whole meal came to £24- no bargain, but not bank breaking either! The Scotch eggs especially were super delicious, and Jason told me afterwards that even though he was too nervous at the time to really appreciate his mussels (too busy making sure I didn’t accidentally find the ring box in his jacket pocket!) they were really very tasty! ;) Oh and as a side note- that restaurant is Instagram-heaven! Drinks served in mason jars, exposed lightbulbs hanging from the ceiling, distressed wood tables- you name it, they have it!

Jason-1

 ^^ This is the face of a very nervous man. Not that I knew so at the time. I was completely oblivious to his nerves and stressing, and was just really enjoying my lunch! ;) ^^

Haggis-and-quail-Scotch-eggs

^^ Yolk porn ^^

Edinburgh-view

After we’d finished lunch, we walked up the hill (another one! Edinburgh is the hilliest place I’ve ever been!) and queued up to get tickets for the castle. We’d been so keen to get to the castle, and it didn’t disappoint! If you go, I’d really recommend taking one of the little guided tours round the castle. They’re included in the price of the ticket, leave every 25 minutes or so and are way more engaging than a standard audio guide. We also totally fell in love with the Edinburgh accent whilst we were in the city, so the tour was a great excuse to listen to it for a solid 20 minutes! ;)

Edinburgh-castle

^^ It was breezy though, as you can see from the mess on my head. ^^

Edinburgh-castle-tickets Scottish-flag Cider-with-Rosie-proposal

After we’d taken our little guided tour and wandered around a few of the specific sites of interest, Jason suggested we go to a little balcony that our guide had told us had some of the best views of the city. Not realising Jason was trying to get me to go somewhere beautiful and quiet so that he could propose, I said ‘Let’s go and see the prisoner of war dungeons first!’! So my poor nervous man had to traipse around the dungeons behind me for another 15 minutes, whilst I read all about the history of the prisons and tried to understand why Jason didn’t seem interested in it at all! We’ll need to go back to the castle next time we’re in the city, just so that Jason can get chance to appreciate it properly!

After we’d finished touring the dungeons, and I’d made Jason wait *again* whilst I stopped to buy water (he told me afterwards he couldn’t believe how difficult it was to get me to the little balcony where he wanted to propose!) we went out to the viewpoint to admire the city. And then, right there in the sunshine and the breeze, overlooking the whole of the city, Jason got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. It was perfect.

Afterwards I couldn’t even remember if I’d said ‘yes’ (the moment was so incredible neither of us can really remember it in too much detail!) but Jason assures me I did! A few of our friends and family had been asking if I thought Jason might propose whilst we were away in the city, but he’d done such a good job of keeping his proposal-planning and ring-shopping a complete secret that I was totally convinced it wouldn’t happen! The only people who knew it was coming was Jason’s team at Flourish (who guessed he’d been ring shopping after he went out for longer than normal one afternoon! They know him so well!) and my Mum, who Jason had asked for my hand in marriage the weekend before we went away.

Jason-and-Rosie

^^ The last photo ever taken of us as boyfriend & girlfriend :) ^^

Edinburgh-castle-views

And that was it!I forgot to take any more photos after Jason proposed (I could barely remember how to switch my camera on, my head was that foggy from joy and love and happiness and maybe the champagne a bit too) but the rest of the day was just beautiful.

We left the castle right away afterwards and walked back to our hotel (smiling like idiots at each other and every person we passed in the street the whole walk back!) and spent the afternoon drinking champagne in the little private garden our room opened up on to. There was a piper playing in the street just as we walked out of the castle, and even though Jason had never been too keen on bagpipes before then, the sound was so moving I think it’ll hold a special place in our hearts forever now. If I could have paused time and lived in that moment for an hour or two longer, where were standing listening to a piper play in a sunny Edinburgh street about five minutes after getting engaged and our hearts were full to bursting, I would have. It was magic.

And since all I want to do is talk and think and write about engagements right now, if you’re engaged, will you tell me how it happened? Did you cry? I didn’t cry one bit even though I’d always imagined I would!

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36 thoughts on “E D I N B U R G H :: The Crafter’s Barn + Edinburgh Castle. (& how Jason proposed!)

  1. em

    i swore at my boyfriend and told him to f-bomb it off, and was he serious…maybe not the best reaction..it was shock!! :) xx

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  2. Jordan

    This is so lovely! I love hearing about people’s proposals they’re so romantic and always so unique to each couple :D Congratulations to you both!!

    xxx

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  3. Ala Skrakowski

    Rosie, that is such a lovely story and definitely laughed out loud at wanting to go to the prisoner dungeons! I’m so oblivious to everything that I definitely would have done the exact same thing. Bless Jason for keeping his cool. Sounds like you had an unbelievable time – congratulations lovely lady! x

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  4. Michelle

    Aw this was lovely to read Rosie. Edinburgh Castle is truly breathtaking, I’d love to go back again soon. Poor Jason having to cope with your water and dungeon curiosity too! Congratulations again to you both – I can’t wait to read along with your planning for the special day.

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  5. Chloe

    You may not have cried but I am! Sitting at my desk blowing my nose! What a lovely story :) So happy for you guys.

    I love that he had such a lovely little plan and you kept making him wait! Poor guy!!!

    Who would have imagined when you were asking for Edinburgh tips you’d come back an engaged woman!

    Chloe x
    newgirlintoon.co.uk

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  6. Danni

    Aww this is so sweet! I was getting nervous reading know what was happening at the end! Sounds like you had a fab time and it was made better by the proposal! Congrats to both of you :D xx

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  7. laura

    Oh this is so lovely! I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again- Congratulations you two!! I love that he asked your mama (my guy asked mine too) and that it was on a lovely adventure. There is something so special about it being just the two of your for a couple of days, before seeing everyone isn’t there? My guy and I got engaged in Barcelona a couple of months ago and I still LOVE reading back over the post (here if you’re interested!) I wrote about it. This will be such a treasured memory for you :)
    xxx
    Chambray & Curls

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  8. Chloe

    This sounds beautiful! My boy planned a surprise trip to Paris for my birthday treat after exams – I thought we were headed for the Isle Of Wight! We spent an amazing day in Disney, 2 nights in the sweetest hotel and then had a whirlwind tour of the sights in Paris. His plan was to propose at the top of the Eiffel Tower but it was shut, and we had already done the padlock bridge. He was fretting just as much as Jason by this point! Nowhere else felt quite right, he said, so he waited until we got home to my childhood bedroom at my parents where we lived for a year, and did it there. It was perfect. Sorry this is a ramble, haha!
    You are a gorgeous couple and it’s SO lovely to see you finally engaged and over the moon, xxx

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  9. Laura Meredith

    Congratulations to you both! It sounded like the sweetest proposal! I can’t wait to see some posts on your wedding planning now :)
    I was the same when my hubby proposed – he had planned to take me to a lake opposite my parents house at midnight on Christmas Eve but it was so dark I got a little scared and made him walk back home (I had no idea he was proposing!) So in the end he took me round the corner to the little park we used to play in together as kids and proposed there! Laura xx

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  10. Sofia

    congratulations on the engagement! you seem to be susch a perfect couple. Thanks for an inspiring blog. Greetings from a reader in Sweden.

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  11. Michelle

    This is just gorgeous, go Jason!
    C and I shared the same goofy perma-grin after ours too, I’ve just written about it in honour of our 7th (eek!) anniversary next weekend! Boys can be very romantic when they want to be :o)
    Another massive congratulations from me. And the highest of fives to Jason for persevering through the dungeon tour!
    M x

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  12. Ruth

    Congratulations Rosie and Jason, ever since I started following you I’ve been waiting for this announcement.

    (WARNING: Long comment)

    I’ve been married just over a year now. Marriage is so great!
    My husband proposed on Christmas Day, we had been long distance for 6 months after I moved to London that summer – and he obviously couldn’t take the long distance anymore and made me his :)
    He wrapped up the ring as a stocking present, it was at the bottom. I had no idea, his whole family knew, my family had had a small phone call from him after Christmas dinner. I found it very strange as there was a video camera directly pointed at me and we’d stopped taking it turns to open presents… haha, then he jumped down of the sofa and proposed. Apparently, I leaped into his arms and we locked lips for quite some time before saying yes. Fun times, all recorded on video.. :)

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  13. Lisa

    This is the sweetest story! Congratulations. I love that you made him wait without even realising it and it’s so cute that he was nervous.

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  14. Shireen

    Lovely post! ahhhh we went to Edinburgh as well these easter holidays and it was perfect,dont u just love the architecture as well its beautiful! I loved the whole city and have been smitten by their beautiful accent as well :) take a look at my post too :)

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  15. Rocio

    AH…. I Cried reading your story! Well done Jason for having so much patience, he must’ve been so nervous!!!

    My engagement story happened two years ago in the South of India at the very end of our 2 month trip backpacking all around the country.
    It was sunset time and I was walking along the beach listening to the soundtrack of the film Into the Wild. My then boyfriend joined me after a while and asked if I wanted to go for a little swim before the sun was completely gone. I said yes! And whilst we were swimming and looking for pretty shells in the water, he dove in the water and came out saying ‘I’ve found a treasure! Look!’, he was holding a little treasure box and inside was a ring covered in sand. You can imagine the rest of the story… I cried and cried and we hugged in the water for ages. Possibly the best day of my life!

    Enjoy every bit of every moment, these days and months until you get married are very precious. Congratulations again and I wish you all the happiness. <3

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  16. Theresa

    Edinburgh Castle holds a special place in my heart too, because that’s also where my husband proposed!

    It was at night, and we climbed the steep hill (I was in heels too, as we planned to go out to dinner afterwards – mistake!) to take in the views from the castle. It was all lit up and looked very pretty from below. However, there was a huge amount of scaffolding outside as they were putting in new structures for the Edinburgh Tattoo so not quite as picturesque as my husband had hoped. Nevertheless we were standing near the wall admiring the views and just before he proposed, I noticed he was acting very strangely. I thought he was having chest pains, as he kept rubbing his chest and looking very pale, but in fact he was checking his inside coat pocket to make sure the ring was still there (pretty sure the paleness was from nerves!). Anyway, I asked him if he was okay and he said “Yep, in fact I was thinking it was about time we got engaged to be married”. Cue squealing and crying from me, and a very relieved husband to be – Once I’d remembered to actually say YES! He’d forgotten to get down on one knee so I made him do it later in the hotel. Not that it mattered really.
    Like you, I was convinced it wasn’t going to happen. We’d chosen a ring already, although I had no idea he’d bought it at that stage, and I knew he had spoken to my dad, but I just didn’t know when he planned to propose. So although I knew we would be getting engaged at some stage, I had no idea he would propose in Edinburgh. Dinner that evening was a complete blur – a very small and random restaurant with only one other couple that were barely talking to each other, and no alcohol licence so we had to buy a bottle from the nearby shop. The next day we booked a much fancier restaurant but I’ve forgotten the name of it which is a shame.
    Fun memories! I’d love to go back!

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  17. Ceri

    Huge congratulations!! So pleased for you :) Engagements and weddings always make me cry, and I’m so not a cry-y person, but they get me every time! Trying not to cry at work after reading this! :) xxx

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  18. Caroline

    Aww this is the loveliest loveliest post ever and what a perfect proposal!!! Huge and massive congrats!! I really feel for the guys when they spend a whole day trying to act casual but making sure everything is perfect…mark proposed to me after we’d spent the day decorating our house for Christmas, three sets of fairy lights and two trips to homebase later he popped the question! What was most amusing was that he’d been trying really hard not to get annoyed abt the lights to make sure the day was special, despite raging inside!! I didn’t cry either though!
    Edinburgh is such a beautiful city, I’m lucky I only live 90moles down the road, definitely want to head to that restaurant now :)
    Happy wedding planning and I really hope you’ll be doing lots of pinning!!!

    Caroline xx
    Allaboutthegirlblog.blogspot.com

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  19. Kathryn

    Congratulations! This is such a wonderful post full of love and happiness. You two are going to be so very happy together.

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  20. Rosie R

    Blimey that nearly made me cry too!
    Ours was on our two year anniversary, at the pub we had our first date. He made me drink an entire glass of water so that I would have to nip to the ladies, and he could pre order some champagne without arousing my suspicions. I had no idea what was going on and wondered why he kept telling me I looked thirsty, and to drink some more water. Haha! Like Jason, Chris was also nervous throughout the meal and hardly noticed what he was eating! I was very shocked when the dessert plate came out the kitchen with a little square black box on it. Turns out every single person in there new what was about to happen except me! C got his words a bit mixed up and I think he just said “would you do me the honour?” and we both went a bit wobbly from there!
    Congratulations again! very happy for you, you look like a lovely couple! Rosie R x

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  21. Jess

    That is such a lovely story! And it’s so cute that Jason asked your mum first! Wishing you all the best :) x

    Jess from
    jess-inretrospect.blogspot.com

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  22. Georgina

    So many congratulations! What a beautiful sounding proposal! You lucky lady. I don’t have my own proposal story to share, so instead will share one of some friends. They met online, and on their first date T turned up wearing a false mustache. As you do. Fast forward two years, and they’re walking along a pebble beach. A hears some rattling about behind him, and turns to see T, on one knee, wearing a false ‘tache. “I mustache you a question,” says T. “Will you marry me?” And then he fell over on the pebbels. Scene.

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  23. sammie

    I don’t think I cried when my husband proposed – I do remember the first thought that came into my head (and yes, I did verbalise it…!) – “what the hell would you do if i said no now?!” Of course I didn’t, and now we’re married but I think the surprise caught my brain-to-mouth filter off-guard!

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  24. Alice

    This is so so SO cute Rosie! Sounds absolutely perfect. My brother recently proposed to his girlfriend/ fiancee- he’d planned to take her out to the beach and propose there, but when he asked what she wanted to do that day she said “I’m dying to do some gardening, can we just stay here?”- scared she’d guess if he pushed going out to the beach, he just went down on one knee in the living room in his dressing gown. Bless!
    Huge congratulations to you both again!

    Alice xx | The Cup and Saucer

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  25. Jo

    That’s such a lovely engagement story! I made it hard for my fiance to propose too, I think I said “why are you being annoying” at one point!!! When he finally managed to do it I cried before his knee fully hit the floor and about 20 mins after all the tears, kisses and hugs he said “you still haven’t answered my question…” x p.s Wedding planning is the most fun I’ve ever had, enjoy every second!

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22.04

On-the-beach

{ I’m publishing this post for the second time, because my site had to be restored from a backup today following server issues, and I lost the original copy of the post and all comments! I’ve had to re-write this post from a series of screenshots emailed over to me by a lovely reader named Penny! So if you’ve got a case of deju-vu whilst reading this post- it’s because you might have read it once before! ;) }

I want to thank you all a hundred times over for the sweet messages of congratulations Jason and I have received over the weekend. I’d been absolutely bursting to share the news here when we got engaged a week ago today, and have been so overwhelmed by all the sweet responses over the past few days! Jason and I read through all the comments on Saturday night just before going to bed, and they touched us more than we can say. Even though I only know a tiny fraction of the people who read this blog each day in person, it never feels like I’m writing to strangers when I share photographs and snippets of our life here. Jason and I have changed and grown such a lot as a couple over the past two years since I began writing Cider with Rosie, and I can’t even put into words how much affection I feel for everyone who follows along with us via my blog and how excited I am to have you all here to share with as Jason and I begin planning the day on which we become husband and wife! And I know that’s kind of a smooshy thing to say, but I don’t care a bit. If you can’t be overly sentimental when you’re riding high on a wave of newly-engaged joy, when can you? ;)

So, I hope you had a splendid Easter! We travelled down to visit Jason’s Dad and Stepmum at their new house in Dorset on Saturday morning, and spent a leisurely weekend enjoying the sea air with them both. Their house is just beautiful (it’s right on the edge of the New Forest, and about 2 miles from the coast) and Michaela is the most fabulous cook so we both came away with our jeans feeling uncomfortably tight. The feast she put together on Easter Sunday was so fantastic, Jason actually had to ask me to stop talking about it in the car on the way home. Apparently I’d mentioned it three times in the first 10 minutes of the journey. But there was slow cooked lamb, and potatoes cooked two ways (roasted in duck fat, and mashed!) and cauliflower cheese, and smashed parsnips! Oh man. It was a treat. I’m also very glad that Pilates starts again tonight after the Easter break, because I need it. And you know, wedding dress diet and all! ;) (I jest. I’m not going on a wedding dress diet. Not a chance.)

Flying-kiyr Teddy's-first-swim Skimming-stones

On Saturday afternoon, Jason, his Dad and I took Teddy down to Mudeford beach for a walk along the coast. It was Teddy’s first taste of sand and sea, and I really do mean ‘taste’ since Ted consumed liberal quantities of both. I was absolutely convinced he’d end up being sick from the amount of salt water he drank (great gulps of it!) but nope! The boy’s got a strong stomach (and a screw loose too, I think).

We watched people sailing, and kites flying, and hunted for pretty shells, and skipped stones, and I came home with Monica-Gellar-in-Barbados hair thanks to the salt air making it so puffy and textured. The one day I leave home without a hairband on my wrist…

Pastel-beach-huts

^^ Pastel beach huts! Aren’t they gorgeous? ^^

Seagull Isle-of-Wight Dorset-crab

^^ There were dozens of people lined up crab-fishing along the sea wall, with buckets full of teeny crabs sat next to them. I never realised before that crabs could be caught using little mesh bags full of raw bacon, and so was very confused seeing so many open packets of bacon sitting along the sea front. It was quite the struggle keeping Teddy from making mad dives towards the packets, let me tell you…. ^^

Jason-and-his-Pa Teddys-sand-beard

^^ Sand-beard. He needed hosing-down when we got home. ^^

Jason-and-I Tapas Champagne

After we came home from the beach, we ate tapas outside in the garden for our first al-fresco meal of this year. Also, champagne! Because we’re celebrating! I’ve kind of maxed out on the champagne-front over the past week or so! First world problem right? Seriously though, I haven’t turned down a glass of fizz once for a good few days now, and that, for someone who often goes weeks at a time without having a single drink, is quite the feat! Ugh. I know Dry January is a thing already, but I’m about to make Dry-May happen ;)

Pawprints-in-the-san

So tell me, how was your Easter? :)

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19 thoughts on “A few photos from our Easter weekend in Dorset!

  1. Laura

    Hah, as soon as you said “Monica Gellar in Barbados” hair, I knew exactly what you were talking about! And those colorful beach huts are absolutely adorable :)

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  2. Hannah

    Hoooooow can you never have herd of crabbing!? My boyfriend’s parents run a shop dedicated to it :P I’m uploading photos now for a blogpost on crabbing, watch this space :)

    Dorset looks loovely btw :)

    Hannah xx

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  3. Jessica

    Teddy is quite possibly the cutest dog I have ever seen – ever. I bet his puppy dog eyes are irresistible! Those pastel beach huts also make me want to pick up sticks to somewhere near the seaside! I’m still off on my Easter holidays (perks of being at school!) and I’ve spent the past two weeks dividing my time between revision, re-reading Harry Potter and watching Toddlers and Tiaras..

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  4. Emma

    Looks like you had a lovely weekend! Teddy is super cute, glad the sea water didn’t make him sick! Also, those little beach huts are so pretty! Makes me wish I lived near the sea! x

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  5. Kelly-Louise

    This looks so lovely!

    Could you check out my blog and follow it on bloglovin? I will follow back immediatley!
    I have a new blog post every day!

    Stay fancy!
    xxx Kelly-Louise

    fancysince1992.blogspot.de

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  6. Liesa

    So lovely to see you had a great weekend. Teddy sure seemed to have fun! (The sand beard really got to me, haha – so cute!) Gorgeous photos as well, makes me wishing I was right there! xx

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  7. sally

    Your Easter weekend sounds so lovely!!!! Gaahh i STILL can’t believe you’re engaged – that makes me so happy!!! I cannot WAIT! (which is a little ahead of myself!) but gaaah you must be SO excited!!!! I worked most of Easter unf BUT did get to spend Easter Sunday up at my parents in Scotland and meet their super duper handsome little arrival! They have just re-homed a 5 month old working cocker spaniel and he instantly made me think of Ted when we met him. He is BEAUTIFUL!!!! I just wanted to bring him home!!!!!! He has the sweetest softest little tuft of black hair on top of his little head that is the cutest. I could eat him!!!!

    Congratulations again for the squillionth time! Except i don’t care because it is the BEST news that you are engaged!!!!!!!xxxxxxxx

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  8. Imma

    I just discovered your lovely blog!
    It’s so cute and your photos are so beautiful!

    I’m glad you enjoy Easter and the food!haha

    I’m following you from now on, and I will add Dorset on my places-to-go-list.!:)

    xx

    Imma

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  9. Georgia

    Ah, it all sounds so perfect Rosie! I’m so happy for you both!
    Also, that tapas feast looks delicious!
    xx

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  10. Alice

    This looks perfect Rosie. That top picture is incredible, and now all I want to do is drink champagne and eat tapas outside. Might be one for the weekend actually- not that I have anything to celebrate, but any excuse!

    Alice xx | The Cup and Saucer

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  11. Jess

    Oh Rosie! This looks so lovely. And congratulations to you and Jason on your engagement!! I’ve been following along for a while now, and you two really do seem perfect for each other. Enjoy your engagement! xx

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  12. Rekha Monger

    Such lovely pictures as always and a splendid Easter you guys had.
    As a regular reader of your blog and follower on instagram, I couldn’t help but be so glad for you guys. Congratulations on the engagement. May all happiness be yours Rosie.

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  13. My Two Mums

    Congratulations :) Lovely photos. We live in Dorset and think you have captured what we love about the coast very well.

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  14. Maelle

    Awww i just found your blog yesterday and i’m already loving it! Warm and simple, i’m enjoying reading through your past posts to discover bits and pieces of your life :) also, i’m late to the party but congratulations on your engagement!
    xx

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  15. Hannah bee

    Congratulations love :) You’re literally a stones throw from my house in these pictures ( well a tiny bit more than that, but almost) xo

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19.04

So I guess I’ll just show you this…

Cider-with-Rosie-engagement!

…and tell you that on Tuesday, Jason asked me to be his wife. And I said yes!

Cider-with-Rosie-blog-engagement-ring

We are *giddy* with happiness!

<3 xxx

Rosie-and-Jason-engagement!

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104 thoughts on “I can’t quite find the words…

  1. Jo

    Oh my goodness! That’s so incredibly wonderful, and what a beautiful ring.

    CONGRATULATIONS!

    I can’t imagine how ecstatic you must be, but enjoy the moment and I can’t wait to read all about the wedding planning etc. I’m very very happy for you. What a special week!

    Jo xx

    She Wears Burgundy

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  2. ghostparties

    OHHH MYYYY GODDD!!! I am soooo excited for you, congrats to you both!!! Ahhhh <3

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  3. Lottie

    Congratulations! You are such a beautiful couple and I always love to read about your adventures. Enjoy this giddy time together! xx

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  4. Sonia

    Oh wow, I’m so happy for you Rosie! Amazing news. A big congratulations!! And you look beautiful. :)

    Sonia x

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  5. Saskia

    CONGRATULATIONS! I’ve always thought you guys look like a sweet couple together, all the best for the future!

    Saskia / girlinbrogues.com

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  6. Julia

    I am so happy that Rosie is joining our family. It’s not a case of losing a son but gaining a daughter, Rosie really is as fabulous as she seems and I think my son could not have chosen anyone more perfect.

    Jason’s mum

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  7. Eleanor Peters

    Congratulations Rosie! I’ve been reading your blog for the past 6 months and it always fills me with joy on a daily basis. Although I don’t know you personally, I feel as though I do know you and I’m so pleased for you and Jason! Enjoy every moment of being engaged and married. X

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  8. Rachel Burnham

    Was awoken this morning with the phrase; “HAVE YOU HEARD THE GOOD NEWS?!”. Expecting something Jesus-related (it being Easter and all), I didn’t think much of it. Then I was told that you’d got engaged and we whooped and had a celebratory cup of tea. Is that weird? Don’t care. SO CHUFFED FOR YOU.

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  9. laura

    Congratulations to you both! That is just the most exciting news for you! I had NO idea how to tell anyone without just grinning stupidly :) I hope you have a completely wonderful Easter celebrating with your loved ones
    xxx

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  10. Ellen

    Congratulations to you both! This is so exciting :)
    Lots of love

    ellenunderwater.blogspot.co.uk

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  11. Alex

    I always get excited when the writers of the blogs I read get engaged but my jaw genuinely dropped and I squealed with excitement at this!! :) Congratulations.

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  12. Liesa

    I’m so happy for you both! Can’t put into words how excited I am for you! Congratulations! xxxx

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  13. Amber-Rose

    SQUUEEEEEE!

    I’M SO HAPPY FOR YOU! CONGRATULATIONS! YAAAAAAAY!

    Ring is gorgeous. You’re gorgeous. You’re both gorgeous. So happy for you. Congratulations!! :D

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  14. Ché

    Ah Rosie and Jason! Congratulations to the two of you! Yay!! Such exciting time ahead. I hope that all the feelings you are having right now last throughout your beautiful marriage! x have fun with all the planning! x

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  15. Emma

    Congratulations Rosie! I wish you two a lifetime of happiness together, can’t wait to see your wedding planning in action sometime soon perhaps…? ❤︎

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  16. Becca Louisa

    Congratulations, Rosie and Jason!! This is such beautiful news! Wishing you both a lifetime of love and happiness together. I really hope you blog about your wedding ideas because I am pretty sure they will be amazing! xxxx

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  17. Dannielle

    A massive congratulations to you both!!! And what a stunning ring. You seem like such a perfectly suited couple.

    Good luck wedding planning! xx

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  18. Esha

    I don’t usually comment but I have to say Congratulations! You must be chuffed to bits! All the best for the future!

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  19. Alice

    Such HUGE congratulations Rosie! So so so pleased for you both, and can’t wait to hear more about your engagement/ upcoming nuptials!! xx

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  20. Miho

    Huge congratulations Rosie and Jason! what an exciting and blissful time – you’ll make an exquisite bride, and wonderful wife (armed with all those incredible recipes!). xx

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  21. Claire

    Congrats to you both , wishing all the happiness you both deserve . Cant wait ti start reading all the weading posts and how Teddy might be involved

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  22. Peta

    Congratulations!! So happy for you both, beautiful ring too; I love the elegant simplicity of it :)

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  23. Jo

    Massive congratulations to you both. I think I must be a relatively new reader of your lovely blog and perhaps just assumed you were already married. Such wonderful news to pop up on my Instagram feed. It will be lovely following along as you approach you big day. You’re a joy to follow and this will be such a special thing to ‘share’in , in the way blog following makes you feel like you are sharing in someone’s life. I wish you both well xx

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  24. Shannon

    congratulations Rosie!!
    I remember reading a few of your recent posts and thinking to myself i wonder when these two will get married? you really are such a cute couple- love reading your posts!! Lovely news! x

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  25. Sasha

    Congratulations – amazing news! Have followed your blog for ages and consequently feel like I know you, so much so that when I saw this post I squealed, and then felt a bit silly telling my own fella why! So happy for you both xxx

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  26. Jessica

    Aaaaaaaah Rosie! I know I’ve already said congratulations, but it’s all so exciting! Your ring is absolutely beautiful! So, so happy for you and Jason – and Teddy!

    Jess x

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  27. Migle

    Oh my, I have somehow missed this post and didn’t know the happy news. Congratulations once again! You guys are so cute together :) x

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  28. bex

    I know I’m late to the party, but …

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!

    That ring – oh my gosh.

    I cannot wait to see all the little posts about the planning and dreaming.

    You both look SO happy

    All the love in the world xx

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17.04

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Two chocolate recipes in the same week? What can I say! It’s a phase. An addiction. An infatuation.

I’m going to level with you now though- this isn’t really a recipe. Because you can’t really call ‘take two ingredients, and pop one ingredient inside the other one’ a recipe, can you? Or…can you? It’s more…a pointer. A nudge in the right direction, if you like. Because you should probably make these, sharpish.

Chocolate and fruit together is my absolute favourite thing. Fruit fondue? Bring it. Strawberry/raspberry/blackcurrant truffles? You betcha. I can find a fruit truffle in a chocolate box quicker than a flash, no messing. I home in on them like a sniffer dog on a scent. Jason hates chocolate with fruit, which is totally perfect in my book since it means there’s noone around to fight me for the strawberry creams. He’s more a caramel/praline man, in case you were wondering.

These chocolate pomegranate cups explode when you bite into them, in the same way that a really great fruit truffle explodes all sharp and tangy and sweet when your teeth crack its shell. I like to keep them in the fridge, so that the juiciness of the pomegranate seeds- already impossibly juicy as they are- is intensified. Best enjoyed as a mid-afternoon pick me up, with a sweet flat white on the side and a napkin to catch any pomegranate-drips.

Now, let’s get down to the nitty gritty of this non-recipe…

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Ingredients:
1 cup (about 150g, give or take) good quality dark chocolate.
1 pomegranate, deseeded.

- Lay out about 12 mini cake cases- either silicone (as shown) or paper- in a tray/roasting dish. Deseed the pomegranate (I wrote about the fail-safe technique I use for deseeding pomegranates in this post here) whilst melting the chocolate in a bain marie over a gentle heat until glossy and molten.

- Take about half the pomegranate seeds, and then divide them between the cases. Pour some of the melted chocolate into each cup to cover the seeds, and then repeat the process (layering up seeds and melted chocolate) until the chocolate and seeds are all used up. 

- Give the tray with the cases in a sharp rap on the counter to knock out any air bubbles, and then place into the fridge for about half an hour, or until set.

As with the peanut butter cups, since we haven’t tempered the chocolate it may bloom if stored at room temperature. I’ve waxed lyrical enough about how great they taste straight from the fridge to convince you they’re best stored chilled though, right?
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25 thoughts on “Dark chocolate-covered pomegranate seeds.

  1. Franceca

    I don’t know if my comment got posted. Anyway, I was saying that we have lots of pomegranate here in Sicily, so I will try this. Looks yummy!

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  2. Amber

    I think I said this on instagram but I’ll say it again, I have absolutely no idea why I’ve never thought of this before! Hope you and JC are having a great time in Edinburgh! Love it there, beautiful place.

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  3. Becks

    I am a huge fruit and strawberry fan too! And I’m always the one who heads straight for the strawberry creams whilst most people hate them! Totally going to get these on the go this weekend!

    Becks xo
    thenotsosecretdiary.com

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  4. Kezia

    There is never the need to apologies for chocolate recipes. These would be awesome with goji berries too – my new found love!

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  5. Lauren

    Looks so yummy! Fruit and chocolate is the best combination. I’ve given up chocolate for lent and I will definitely be trying this out once I’ve eaten the ton of Easter chocolate I bought today in anticipation of Sunday! I reckon these would make really cute gifts too!

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  6. Cat

    Oooh these look good! Although I’m not the biggest fan of pomegranate seeds…I wonder if it would work as well with a dried fruit like cranberries!

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  7. Louise

    Oh myyyy these look so good, and I have some mini heart shaped mold cases (though meant to be for cupcakes, I’m sure it could work!) definitely need to try these! x

    The Little Things

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