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 ❤

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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 ❤

Rainy Day Bits and Bobs.

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Welcome to Blogmas day 21!

I don’t know about you but during the winter time I often have days where I’m feeling a bit fed up and a bit overwhelmed with all the Christmassy cheer.

When I feel like that it tends to make me feel quite down. This year I decided to buy a few things to keep my mind occupied.

I picked up some cross stitches, some magazines and a colouring book, all Christmas themed of course!

I’ve always found colouring quite comforting and having these things to do in the evening times has really helped relax my mind.

The best part is, you can remove the pages from the finished pictures in the colouring book to decorate your room/house. You can do exactly the same with the cross stitches.

What do you to relax your mind during the festive season?

– 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 ❤

Dogs Love Christmas Too!

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Welcome to Blogmas day 14.

How’s your December going?

Who else has bought some Christmassy treats for their pets? Penny (my parents cocker spaniel) has been spoilt this year. I’ve bought her an advent calendar (I will be honest, I think she is getting far too used to having a doggy chocolate in the mornings)

I also picked up some doggy mince pies from The Range. Penny loves them!

Pets are apart of the family, why shouldn’t they experience the gift giving too?

Are you buying your pets anything special this Christmas?

– Hannah ❤

Christmas Origami.

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Welcome to Blogmas day 13!

There are so many creative Christmas origami things you can make.

Last year I made some envelopes, hearts and bookmarks so I decided that I would do a few new things this year. I have also made some of the traditional snowflakes too, my mum will be using them as decorations around the house. I’m sure that I will post a picture on my Instagram.

This Christmas I have spent a lot of time doing origami. I find it so therapeutic and of course, it looks great around the house. I’ve been making bits and bobs to pin onto my inspiration board that I have next to my bed.

I’m sure that I will be posting lots of origami images over on my Instagram in the next few weeks so be sure to check them out. 

Have you made any Christmas origami?

– Hannah ❤

Festive Hot Drinks.

Welcome back to Blogmas day 12.

Today I’m going to be sharing with you some of my favourite festive homemade hot chocolates.

  • 1/2 cup of whole milk
  • 5oz of chopped chocolate
  • 1/4 heavy cream (you can add, but I decided not to)
  • Topping and sauce

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I used the same chocolate recipe and I changed the toppings and syrups to suit the taste of what I wanted.

I topped the hot chocolates off with Christmas sprinkles or different sauces. I don’t know about you, but I don’t think there is anything better than a drinking a hot chocolate and cozying up on the sofa watching a Christmas film.

What I love about making hot chocolates is that you can literally add anything you want to them.

Over this Christmas the hot chocolates I’m wanting to make are:

  • gingerbread
  • mint
  • peppermint
  • orange

I’m literally so excited to see how they turn out.

Make sure you’re following me on Instagram (@paint_me_a_smile_) to see all things Christmas related! I’m obsessed!

Thank you very much for reading this post.

What drinks do you like to make at Christmas time?

– Hannah ❤