This week’s been full of so many amazing, exciting, and extraordinary things that I can’t wait to tell you all about, but just for now, let’s focus solely on the littlest moments. The sinking into plush hotel beds, the smooth take offs and landings, the homecomings. Because that’s what these posts are for, aren’t they? Treasuring the small and the seemingly insignificant, as well as the grand and exciting? So here’s to the little things, with 10 things that’ve made me happy this week!

1. The sweet man on the plane next to me on Tuesday, who talked to me right through take off because he noticed that I was maybe just a little bit terrified. He told me all about how he and his wife met, and was just so generally sweet and lovely and I couldn’t have been more grateful for his kindness.

2. Wearing Essie polish in the shade ‘Smokin Hot’! And the fact that’s it’s lasted so long without chipping, that’s been pretty happy-making too.

3. Cashmere socks, & roaring fires.

4. Every single song on Haim’s album. I’m having a love affair.

5. Leaving notes scattered round the house for Jason to find whilst I was away. There was one wrapped up in some pasties I’d left in the fridge, one in his trainer laces, and another in the toothbrush holder in the bathroom! I leave notes for him whenever I go away on trips, and it’s one of my favourite traditions we have. Jason’s still got one I wrote him during the first couple of months we were together, a tiny green post-it that I tucked into his jacket pocket one morning!

6. Managing to zip up my suitcase. It required the full weight of my body, and a lot of shoving, but I did it ;)

7. The cheese and spinach soufflé I ate on Wednesday night that pushed me from feeling comfortably full to just a little bit sick, but that was so incredible it was totally worth it.

8. Rising early, and breathing fresh morning air.

9. A certain vanilla mascarpone and peanut butter macaron.

10.  New tartan scarves! I’m building quite the collection, you know…

I’ve been so out of the blogging loop over the past couple of days, so in the comments, will you link me to your favourite post you’ve either read or written in the past week? Let’s share good things! :) And have a happy weekend!


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

  1. Jordan

    Mmm that macaron sounds heavenly! And I love that you leave your boyfriend notes while you’re away that’s so sweet! My boyfriend and I do the same thing and it makes it so special to find one!

    hellomissjordan.blogspot.co.uk xx

  2. arielle

    you and your fiancé are adorable! little notes are always so heartfelt and darling. and kind strangers are always nice, too. that is so sweet that he was perceptive enough to know you were struggling and tried to make it better for you.

    love, arielle
    a simple elegance


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It’s Thursday, so that means it’s the perfect day to add some wonderful new blogs to your Bloglovin’ feed, right? And it just so happens that I’ve got 20 of the sweetest blogs you ever did come across to introduce to you today! There’s a little something for everyone linked below- from food blogs to motivational and inspirational blogs to lifestyle blogs, and so many more besides! So have a little browse through, and get ready to find some new favourite reads :)

I’ve been following Quaintrelle for a good couple of months now, and let me tell you, it’s such a lovely blog to have in your reading list! Setarra lives in Washington DC, so in reading her blog is you get to vicariously live out your best American dreams- pretty great hey?! Quaintrelle is a lifestyle blog primarily, full the sort of sweet, unassuming ‘this is what my life is really like’ kind of posts that never fail to charm me. I love Setarra’s energy, the natural, organic feel of her posts, and the way her blog feels so totally unique and individual. I think that’s a pretty rare thing to find in a blog, these days!
Favourite post of the past week? What I’ve Been Up To In Real Time…

The Peppermint Pencil
It’s so easy to wax lyrical about Anya’s beautiful blog! I just adore it. If you’ve not yet clicked through to it and fallen in love (and why on earth not!;) then you’re in for a treat. The Peppermint Pencil is a lifestyle blog that leans more on the creative side than many others I know- full of beautiful still life photography and posts about Anya’s artwork. I just love her photography, and the beautifully calm, serene vibe that The Peppermint Pencil has. I really can’t recommend adding it to your reading list highly enough, you’ll just love it I’m sure!
Favourite post of the past month? Apple Pie Cocktail

Lisette Loves
Lisette’s blog is one I’ve been reading for a good long while now (a year at least!), and I’ve loved it ever since the first day I clicked through to it. Recently though, Lisette’s posts seem to have gone from great, to totally and completely amazing! Her blog is full of joy- a way of featuring the little things that make each week beautiful. There are recipes, weekend snapshots, and little lists of things Lisette is thankful for. And I’ll tell you what, I’m just straight up thankful that Lisette’s beautiful photographs and posts provide me with such wonderful and absorbing reading material!
Favourite post of the past week? Weekend Window

The What Now Blog
It’s such a pleasure to have Louise’s blog linked back in my sidebar again this month! I’ve just loved getting to know it lately. The What Now Blog is full of incredible posts, all designed to inspire thoughtful living, a healthy frame of mind, and a more positive attitude towards work. I love checking in with Louise’s blog whenever I’m in need of, or just fancy a bit of a pep-talk! Her posts are always so beautifully written, well thought out, and never fail to inspire. Definitely a blog to add to your reading list right away!
Favourite post of the past month? Don’t Neglect The Power of Imagination.

A Little Lusciousness
It’s always such a treat to have the lovely Rosie’s blog linked in my sidebar! A Little Lusciousness is a food blog, and a brilliant one at that! It features the sort of recipes that’ll help you out in a ‘what on earth should I cook right now?’ fix- just straight up, delicious, unfussy food. And what’s really amazing is that over the past few months, Rosie’s taken her foodie skills to the whole new level and now hosts pop up private dining events at her home in Acton! Isn’t that just the coolest idea you’ve ever heard?! So,  let’s all go for dinner at Rosie’s house soon, okay?
Favourite post of the past month? A Little Lusciousness Pop Up 20th September

The Awkward Blog
Oh, Angela is a darling. Her blog is just the biggest ball of sunshine and loveliness and gorgeous photographs and beautiful writing and…oh. I just love it! The Awkward Blog is a lifestyle one, full of charming posts about Angela’s life in London with her fiancé Robin, and their two sweet kittens. I love the mixture of posts that Angela shares- her London restaurant reviews especially are some of my favourites! You should know that this month, Angela posted photos of a fried chicken and waffle burger*. I KNOW! Well, what’re you waiting for, the link’s below!
Favourite post of the past month? Bird (is the word) Shoreditch.

Cocktails and Caroline
I’m so glad that Caroline chose to start advertising here on Cider with Rosie, all those months ago. It’s been such a pleasure to watch her blog grow, and get to know it better and better over the past few months! It’s always such a brilliant read- Caroline’s posts are so engaging, full of photos of delicious food, envy-inducing travel destinations, restaurants to die for, and not to mention that handsome pup of hers! If fun, exciting, charming lifestyle blogs are your cup of tea, then Cocktails and Caroline is a blog you’ll want to add to your reading list right away!
Favourite post of the past month? Eggs, Bacon & Jimmy Chew

A Dash of Ginger
Kirsty’s blog never fails to impress me. Her recipes always look divine, her photography and styling are a dream, and I challenge anyone to click through to her blog and not add at least recipe to their ‘must try’ list! This month, Kirsty’s rounded out the Great Blogger Bake Off by making chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting (I KNOW!) as well as sharing recipes for peri peri cauliflower bites with garlic dip, AND hazelnut mille feuille! If that’s not enough to tempt you to click through to this most wonderful of blogs, I don’t know what is!
Favourite post of the past month? Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting. 

Daydream In Blue
Oh, I just adore Tom’s blog. You know how oftentimes people look at a blogger’s site/Instagram and say ‘Ooh I’d like to live in their world!’? Well, I totally want to live in Daydream in Blue world! It’s just such a chic place he’s got going on over there! Tom’s posts centre around home decor, inspiration, photography, and product reviews. They’re always so clean and beautifully put together, and draw me in time and time again. I can’t recommend it highly enough!
Favourite post of the past month? Lovely Stationery from Fox and Star!

Supernaturally Healthy
Kezia is such an inspiring lady. She’s a font of nutritional knowledge, and her blog is just the same! Supernaturally Healthy is designed to encourage and promote healthy eating and a balanced lifestyle, and is full of helpful tips and advice. I especially love Kezia’s food posts- in the past month she’s shared posts about super foods like cacao, busted myths about gluten, and shared her own personal goals for the month! One to follow along with, especially if you’re on the road to greater wellbeing and a healthier lifestyle!
Favourite post of the past month? Dreams & goals for October!

Dutch Lady Digi Design
Dutch Lady Digi Design is a darling little Etsy shop, run by Daphne! Daphne offers Blogger templates, blogs ‘extras’ (the sweetest signatures you ever did see!) custom blog headers, and so much more besides! One of the questions I get asked most frequently here is where to go to for blog design, so it’s always lovely to be able to point people in the direction of an online shop like Daphne’s! I love how delicate and feminine her design work is, and it’s all amazingly affordable too! Perfect for anyone looking for a blog upgrade or refresh!
Favourite designs? These sweet post signatures! 

Bumpkin Betty
Bumpkin Betty is quickly becoming one of my most frequently read blogs. I just love it! Jaclyn’s posts (and her blog itself, you must go and see her beautiful design!) are always so beautifully put together, her photographs are gorgeous, and her posts never fail to leave me feeling inspired. Jaclyn and I first met months ago when we were working on a small project together, and it’s been so lovely to watch her blog develop and grow since then. I just can’t get enough of it! If sleek, chic, elegant lifestyle and ‘creative inspiration’ type posts are your cup of tea, you’re going to just love Bumpkin Betty!
Favourite post of the past month? 5 Instagram accounts to get lost in.

A few more blogs to read + fall in love with ::
Living for the Now || Favourite post? :: It’s okay to…
The University Project || Favourite post? :: Things that made me happy #8
Life Into Words || Favourite post? :: Currently 001
Rosedog Blog || Favourite post? :: Mini Burgers Rosedog Style
Ji Ji Kiki || Favourite piece? :: Russian Doll Stud Earrings
Up and Down in Surrey and London || Favourite post? :: Berlin in Pictures
Every Bit Samantha || Favourite post? :: Happy Wednesday Mars Bar Cupcakes
The Fox and Furrow || Favourite post? :: Hiding from the rain in Borough Market

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Last weekend, I persuaded Jason to come along to the Taste of Autumn festival with me at RHS Wisley. ‘It’ll be fun!’ I said. ‘We can taste autumn!’ I was expecting that autumn would taste very much like overpriced apple cider and delicious pastries and maybe pork burgers with stewed apples and caramelised onion. That is what autumn should taste like, right?

In reality, the festival wasn’t quite so great as I’d anticipated it would be, but the beautiful displays of pumpkins and squashes everywhere almost made up for it. I’ve never seen so many different varieties all in one place before- who even knew there *were* so many types of pumpkin and squash and gourd! It’s almost, almost tempted me to get a pumpkin for us to carve and pop outside our house for this Halloween. I don’t think I’ve ever carved a pumpkin before, but the prospect of being able to toast, salt, roast, and eat an entire pumpkin’s worth of seeds is kind of tempting me to try.

After a short wander around looking at what the festival had to offer, we headed up to the herb garden to sniff rosemary and sage and all those other herbs that smell exactly like Sunday roasts. Jason dreamt of having his own vegetable patch (ideally one brimming with produce year-round), whilst I just dreamt of being able to keep herbs on the kitchen windowsill without them dying due to overwatering/exposure to excess cold/heat, and indiscriminate snipping.

Giant-Halloween-pumpkin Red-and-yellow-apples Country-autumn-festival Autumn-produce-cart Artisan-loaves Purple-sage Marbled-squashes Barbour-quilted-wax-jacket

What I wore :: Top || Jeans || Boots || Jacket || Hat (similar)

And now, fun things! I’m flying up to Edinburgh today for a three day press trip with Barbour, hurrah! So as you read this, I’ll be busy trying to squish my entire wardrobe into a small cabin bag, and praying that this crazy old mini hurricane doesn’t ground my flight! If you’d like to follow along with what I’m up to in Scotland over the next few days, Instagram’s the way to go! Find me at ‘ciderwithrosieblog’ :) Catch you in a couple of days!


19 thoughts on “Taste of Autumn festival, + other such things.

  1. Martina

    Have fun in Edimburgh darling!!!<3 A little break in the middle of the week it's always wonderful and regenerating!!!

  2. Ala Skrakowski

    Beautiful photos as per usual Rosie! It’s a shame that the festival didn’t live up to your expectations, your version sounds much more appetising to me! Have fun in Edinburgh, weirdly enough today was the first day of the year I’ve whipped my Barbour jacket out of the wardrobe! x

  3. Polly

    Love how Autumnal your outfit is! Do you mind me asking where your bag is from? Enjoy Scotland! I’ve just come back and it was beautiful. x

  4. Tori

    Lovely post! I adore that hat – am definitely inspired to buy one. I have a similar blog, but from Jersey (i.e. not the mainland!)x

  5. Daisy

    Really beautiful photos, I blimming love food festivals! Shame it didn’t live up to your expectations. I’m hoping to go to a Christmas market and have mulled wine and christmassy things in the next few months :)


  6. arielle

    that festival actually looks super fun! I’m sorry you guys didn’t have a better time. there does seem to be a crazy lack of food. you look adorable, though. I love you hat!

    love, arielle
    a simple elegance

  7. Lindsay

    That’s a shame the festival didn’t quite live up to your expectations but at least you got some wonderful photos! The pumpkins, squash and gourds look huge! Have fun with Barbour, I can’t wait to see what you get up to!

  8. Chiara

    I’m sure you’ll have an amazing time in the Burgh! As an Edinburgh girl myself, I’m sure it’ll deliver all and more :-)


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I love a toffee apple, I do. My first memory of eating one was when I was around 5 or 6, at a Bonfire Night firework party hosted by my infant school. My Mum, Grandma and I had gone along for the evening, and they treated me to a toffee apple (which was exciting for 5 or 6 year old me! All that sugar! Yes! I win!), but the toffee was so thick and hard that I couldn’t even crack through it. If I remember correctly, the fireworks began shortly after that, I burst into tears (wasn’t fond of the loud noises, you see) and the whole night fizzled out like a soggy Catherine Wheel. Not the best.

But! These days, even though having grown up teeth makes eating toffee apples totally manageable,  I’m more fond of chocolate-covered varieties. They’re the easiest thing in the world to put together, look far more impressive than their caramelly cousins (in my humble opinion, at least), and would make a beautiful centrepiece for a Halloween party table. Or at least, the kind of Halloween party I imagine fabulous Americans host around this time of year. I’ve never met anyone who’s had a Halloween party here in the UK that wasn’t just all about cat ears on headbands, Pringles, and beer. But anyway! Make these for your imaginary extravagant Halloween party, make them for friends and family as fun gifts, or else just make them for yourself and eat three in one day!

Chocolate-covered-apple-recipe Halloween-chocolate-covered-apples White-dark-and-milk-chocolate-apples

Now, let me give you three guesses for the ingredients?

It’s a long list-
1. Apples.
2. Lobsters. Not really, the second ingredient is chocolate, of course. To coat six apples with chocolate, I used 2x100g bars of good quality dark (Lindt’s dark chocolate with sea salt is my favourite of all favourites!), 1x100g bar white chocolate, and 1x120g bar milk chocolate.

To make ::
- Take a few of your favourite apples (I used lovely crisp Braeburns), and use a thin, sharp metal skewer to poke a hold into the top of the apple (just next to the stalk) down to about halfway through. Then push a square-edged wooden skewer into the hole you’ve just made, being careful not to push it too far down into the apple.

- Melt each of your different types of chocolate in a bain marie (a bowl set over a pan of simmering water), taking care that the bottom of each bowl doesn’t touch the water. Carefully coat each apple in melted chocolate, making sure that the excess chocolate drains off. If it’s too thick, it doesn’t set nearly so nicely!

- If you want to dip the apples in extras (think cacao nibs, chopped nuts, coconut flakes, sprinkles) wait until the chocolate has almost set and is just tacky before doing any dippin’! I learnt the hard way that if you try and do sprinkles + a fresh coating of melted chocolate + apples, you and your kitchen will wind up in a whole heap of mess ;)

- To decorate with little ribbons of melted chocolate, cut a circle of parchment paper, then fold it in half once to make a half circle, and then twice more to form a small triangle. Fill up the little pouch with melted chocolate, fold over the top, then trim the tiniest snip of paper off the end of the paper pouch to form a piping bag. Draw a few lines of chocolate onto a board to test the flow of chocolate, then just go crazy! Layering up thin ribbons of different coloured chocolate created my favourite effect.

N.B ::
Good quality chocolate melts better than cheaper bars. I tried coating an apple with melted Galaxy chocolate, and it wound up thick, lumpy, and dull-looking. The Lindt bars I used set with a far more beautiful and smooth finish.

Ways-to-decorate-chocolate-covered-apples Gourmet-candied-apples! Halloween-chocolate-toffee-apples

p.s. Don’t forget to tag me in any photos and use the hashtag #ciderwithrosiecooks on twitter/Instagram/Facebook (can you tag on Fbook? I don’t know) if you have a go at making them yourself! :)

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18 thoughts on “Triple chocolate Halloween apples!

  1. Kezia @ Super Naturally Healthy

    This is a great way to start the week! I have just eaten apple crumble for breakfast so apples must be on the brain and this looks so much simple than faffing with a sugar thermometer to get toffee right…

  2. laura

    these look great! Me and my boyfriend always have an autumn weekend where we decorate pumpkins so I’m going to add these into the reportoire!

  3. Tash

    These look fab Rosie! I agree, the choc versions are way better looking than their caramel counterparts ;) Love the photography here too, they look super seasonal! I have my eye on those beetroot brownies big time, too! I’ve actually never had an apple like this (living under a rock, clearly!). Pinned x

  4. Jessica Edmunds

    Oh man they look beautiful, I love buying them but wish I liked eating the apple too haha! Might have to give these a go at home though xx

  5. Melissa

    We have just had the fair near where I live and these remind me so much of the treats I pick up there! I have always favoured the chocolate/apple combo x

  6. Cat

    These are gorgeous! They’re perfect for a party, not only because they’re so chic and adorable, but also because they’re so easy to make. Nothing like really pretty, tasty, yet easy food to put out for your guests :)


  7. Erin

    These apples look amazing! I’m American and I wish I could say I’ve been a Halloween party with such a lovely center piece, but the last H-party I went to was zombie themed, so the center piece was chorizo sausage made to look like intestine. You should throw a party this year and make these apples as your centerpiece. That would awesome, especially with an apple cider cocktail and some little treats.


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