Coffee Adventure – Eleto Chocolate Cafe.

Hello there, and welcome back to another coffee adventure post. A couple of weeks ago I decided that I would visit Eleto Chocolate Cafe in Canterbury. After many recommendations from a friend of mine I decided that I needed to visit and see for myself what this cafe was all about.

As I arrived it was quite busy outside and downstairs. I took a menu from the counter and made my way upstairs.

First impressions? Kinda quirky and rustic and definitely a place I could get some writing work done. It reminds me of a coffee shop I used to go to a lot during my time at University. I want to visit there again at some point, maybe next year.

I managed to get a window seat, I scanned the menu and omg! I was so spoilt for choice. I wanted something sweet and full of chocolate because after all this was the chocolate cafe. I ordered a Belgium Waffle and a cappuccino. When it arrived I was immediately taken to chocolate heaven, no exaggeration! It was so sweet and was just what I wanted. The cappuccino was on point too!

It will definitely be a place that I will be visiting again. I also picked up some chocolates and truffles to take home with me. They were divine!

Next time I visit I want to try one of their milkshakes and maybe some cake. They also have a branch in Folkestone so I might visit that one next!

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Eleto Chocolate Cafe, Canterbury
1 Guildhall Street
Canterbury
CT1 2JQ
t: 01227 464 164

Have you visited here? What were your thoughts?

Also, I am making it my mission to visit more and more coffee shops around Kent, and the UK so if you have any suggestions for coffee shops to visit please let me know.

Much love,
Hannah x

Coffee Adventure – The Curious Cupcake Cafe.

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Hello and welcome back to another Coffee Adventure post.

For this post I decided that I would take a trip over to Margate and visit The Curious Cupcake Cafe. I’ve been wanting to visit here for the past year.

Upon arrival, I managed to snag a window seat. I took out the menu and decided what I wanted to order. Of course, I knew that cake was going to be my number 1 choice!

The interior was very cosy and welcoming. Big thumbs up for the fairy lights around the room! As I made my way up to the classic counter that I had seen oh so many times over on their Instagram. There was quite a large range of cakes, snacks and cupcakes.

After much indecisiveness from me, I decided that I would order a chai latte I’m so obsessed right now, a piece of coffee cake and a chocolate cupcake. The staff were so friendly and offered for me to take a seat and they would bring my food to me.

I so wanted to love this place, but if I’m completely honest it just didn’t live up to my expectations. I felt that the cake was very dry and maybe store bought. The cupcake too I felt was dry and claggy. As a baker myself, I just expected more.

I really don’t want this post to be a negative one, I just feel that I wanted to share my experience.

When I visited it was very busy. I feel that it’s the type of place that you wouldn’t visit alone. I’m all about taking a good book or my laptop and just powering through work or reading. I did get my book out for a while though. I just didn’t feel that this was a place that you could do that very comfortably. Or maybe it was the time that I visited?

I would visit again, however next time I wouldn’t go alone. Next time I would probably branch out and grab myself some lunch too, their sandwiches looked lovely!

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The Curious Cupcake Cafe
4/5 Market Place
CT9 1ER,
Margate,
Kent

Have you visited here? What were your thoughts?

Also, I am making it my mission to visit more and more coffee shops around Kent, and the UK so if you have any suggestions for coffee shops to visit please let me know.

Much love,
Hannah x

My Morning Summer Smoothie.

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I’ve been doing my breakfast smoothie diet for a couple of months now and I’m absolutely loving it.

Here’s what I add to make my summer smoothie.

2 Bananas
1 Cup of Strawberries
1 Cup of Yogurt

AND THAT’S IT.

It’s that simple, but I love it.

I have it every morning and it really adds that healthy and positive element to my day. I hope that you guys give it a go.

If you do, remember to tag me in your pictures over on Instagram. My username is: @paint_me_a_smile_

Much love,

Hannah x

The Two Month Update.

I’ve lived here two months already? I can’t believe how fast it’s gone. I feel pretty much all settled in now.

Work is going well. Josh and I are doing great. I’m feeling quite independent and empowered which is great. I think because I moved out then moved back in with my family a couple of times in the past, I forgot how great it is to have my own space and my own routine. I mean, don’t get me wrong I miss my family though, especially my sisters sarcastic jokes!

All in all I’m so happy that I’ve made the move!

I haven’t really talked about on here what happened with my therapy sessions and why I quit. There are a lot of things that I want to write on here that I feel that I can’t right now so I will keep this very basic. Moving away was needed for a number of reasons. Firstly, because of mines and Josh’s relationship. Secondly, I needed to grow as a person (as cliche as that sounds!) I needed to step out of my comfort zone. Although I’ve moved away before, 5,489 miles to be exact! There was something different about this move. I wasn’t running away as I had done previously. It was about building upon the life I had learned to love. For a long time I would use the phrase “I want to start a fresh, or a new life.” But this time, it has been more about moving to a place that I liked the look of, with a person that I love dearly. It’s about sharing and creating a life with Josh as well as making myself proud of who I am and what I have and will achieve.

We only live one life and I want to make it my absolute mission to live it!

I guess what I’m trying to say is, I’ve been in and out of therapy for as long as I can remember and right now I want to live in the present. I don’t want to talk about the past. I do have a lot I need to work on and I do have a lot of things (mostly OCD habits) that affect me daily. But! I’m working on it. There have been many times (especially this week) that I’ve had to sit myself down because I’ve stressed myself out that much about work, about cleaning, about the things I should have done. I care… I just care and obsess about things a little too much sometimes. I will start therapy again, maybe in a couple of months.

I’ve started getting back into exercising and doing yoga. I’ve started taking more time to rest and have self-reflection time. I want to get back into daily reading and drawing. In fact, I have a day off today so I might just do some painting after I’ve cleaned the apartment.

I feel like I’m rambling a bit now. So to sum these two months up? Great! Eventful! Busy! And overwhelmed by just how welcoming and loving the people around me are.

I hope you’re all having a fantastic weekend. Remember to check back tomorrow to see what I’ve chosen for next weeks Monday Must Have.

– Hannah ❤

Cakes, My Job, and Coffee Drinking.

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I’ve been meaning to write an update on here a while back but it’s been so hectic here. I’ve got so many things I want to share with you.

Work has been great, I’ve been loving working at the coffee shop. I swear it’s like my dream job. Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been getting more hours too which is great. I would quite happily work there everyday.

I’ve been so into baking cakes recently. especially cupcakes! I can’t explain it! I’m literally obsessed. I’ve been lucky enough to have the opportunity to sell some of the cupcakes and cakes that I make in the cafe. It’s so nice getting lovely positive feedback about my cakes. It’s also nice to hear about peoples thoughts about different flavours of icing or cakes they would like to try. It gives me much inspiration!

I’ve also been making my way around to different coffee shops. I found this lovely little coffee shop called The Little Kitchen. I absolutely love the atmosphere of this cafe. I ordered my standard cappuccino. I will be visiting again very soon.

So yes! It’s certainly been a very busy couple of weeks. I want to start vlogging more of my days with you guys so be sure to head over to my YouTube channel to see those videos.

How is your week going?

– Hannah ❤

Festive Baking.

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Welcome to Blogmas day 22! Today has been extremely busy as I’ve spent the good part of this afternoon baking.

I decided that I would make four different flavours this Christmas.

  • Coffee
  • Vanilla
  • Chocolate
  • Caramel

I added chocolate chips to the cupcakes to make them extra chocolatey.  I topped each cupcake off with some piped vanilla buttercream icing.

I added a few sprinkles on to the top of each cupcake.

I made 48 cupcakes. 6 of them I will be giving to one of our neighbours. 12 of them I will be bring with me on my trip to Kent and I will be giving them to my boyfriends family. The rest of them will be for family and friends.

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I love baking, especially around Christmas time!

What is your favourite thing to bake?

– Hannah ❤

Sweet Things.

Welcome to Blogmas day 16.

One of the amazing things about Christmas is the baking.

A few days ago I spend a couple of hours doing some Christmassy baking. I decided to make some coloured vanilla cookies and some caramel cupcakes.

I’m not too happy with how the flavour of the cookies turned out but I will be giving them another go at some point. The caramel cupcakes were beautiful. I added chocolate chips in the mixture too. I topped them off with pink vanilla buttercream icing and some white sugar sprinkles.

I decided that this year I will be making about 5 sets of 6 cupcake boxes full (30) to give away to friends and family. I’m so excited as it will give me the chance to make a few different flavours and topping combinations.

Over the next week I will start putting these boxes together.

What Christmas baking will you be doing this year?

-Hannah ❤

My Favourite Christmas Baking Recipe.

Welcome to Blogmas day 7. Today I want to share with you my favourite Christmas recipe. At Christmas time I really love to bake cookies rather than just cupcakes.

This year I have been making festive vanilla cookies!

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Here’s the recipe that I have used to make these:

  • 250g all purpose flour
  • 125g self-raising flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 250g unsalted butter
  • 125g superfine sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Bake at 200c (Gas 6) for 12-16 minutes.

I feel that this recipe is fantastic for all year round cookies.

I finished the cookies off by using some easy roll green icing. I used the same cookie cutters as I used to make the cookies to cut the tree shapes out of the icing.

Lastly, I used some icing pens to decorate the rest of the trees. I let them set then they were ready to enjoy!

What is your favourite Christmas baking recipe?

– Hannah ❤

A Step Into Christmas.

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Welcome to Blogmas day 1!

I’ve been waiting for this all year! Yes, ALL YEAR! Christmas is my favourite time of year.

I will be writing a post everyday all the way up till Christmas day!

My Christmas jumpers are out! Half of my Christmas shopping is done. My xmas playlist is playing and of course I can’t forget about my winter scented candles. The only thing left to do now is put the decorations up, bake some cookies and relax with a cheesy, yet adorable Christmas film or book.

Unfortunately, my mum doesn’t believe in putting decorations up till the second week in December. If it was up to me, they would be up in November!

I’m not kidding when I say to people that Christmas is my favourite three months of the year. November, December and January! It’s a three months thing for me. In all honesty, I would love it to be Christmas all year around but you know, that’s unlikely to happen!

I’m so excited to share the excitement that I have for Christmas! I hope you decide to follow my journey into Christmas!

If you’re doing Blogmas or Vlogmas, I would love to see what you’re up to! Please feel free to leave your links below and I will follow you.

Till tomorrow,

– Hannah ❤

Valentines Day.

Happy Valentines Day! ❤ ❤ ❤

Whether you’re single or in a relationship, I hope you have a lovely day regardless.

Did you tell your crush you like them?

Did you tell your boyfriend/girlfriend/husband/wife that you love them? 

What do you have planned for this special day?

I won’t be doing much today. I have work during the day. Maybe I will do some yoga. Then in the evening I will curl up on the sofa with a cup of tea, a bag of mini eggs and watch a few episodes on Netflix. Perfect evening ❤

This year I’ve created a Valentines Day playlist on Spotify. Listen to it here. 🙂

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Enjoy the rest of your day ❤

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Check out some of my recent posts:

5 Ways To Say I Love You.

GRWM | Valentines Edition