50 Shades of Grey Inspired Valentines

Since 50 Shades Darker is releasing for Valentines Day, I thought why not use it as a theme for Valentines Day.

Today’s drink will be a Perfect martini, with equal amounts of sweet and dry vermouth and garnished with pearls instead of olives.


Easy and elegant.


On the 9th Day of Christmas -Double Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

I love brownies and the best part of the brownie, for me, is always the sides …. where the crispy exterior meets the moist interior. This cookies is exactly that. Crispy on the outside and soft and fudgy on the inside. I made these cookies twice this weekend the first time I baked them for about 15 minutes… I forgot them in the oven, oops! They didn’t dry out completely, however they spread further making BIG round cookies. The second batch I only baked for 9 minutes, they were moist and not as flat as the first lot.

I loved this recipe the cookies were very chocolatey, my husband had three in one sitting. I think they’re really nice but I’m not a huge fan of chocolate so after 2 cookies it became too sweet for me, but that’s just me.

You can find this amazing recipe on sallysbakingaddiction as part of her Christmas Cookie Palooza where you can find a lot of other great cookie recipe’s


Recipe Rating 9/10


On the fifth day of Christmas – Ginger cookies.

While I was making these it brought back so many memories of when I was a child. My grandmother worked in a boarding School kitchen, and every Christmas they use to make huge batches of cookies for all the students. I remember visiting her in December while they were making these cookies and one of their bakes were ginger cookies.

Ginger Cookies


  • • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • • 1 cup white sugar
  • • 1 egg
  • • 1 tablespoon water
  • • 1/4 cup molasses
  • • 4 tablespoons white sugar

Original recipe from madetobeamomma.com

First you cream the butter and sugar together then add the egg and molasses.


Then mix the dry ingredients together and add to the butter mixture


After mixing refrigerate for one hour before rolling the dough into balls.Preheat the oven on 350 degrees. Roll each ball in sugar and place on a baking sheet. Bake for 8 minutes.

The dough can also be frozen if you want to use it at a later stage.


Recipe Rating 9/10

I’ve seen other recipe’s online and I’ve tried a few of them but found that recipe’s with lots of butter work better than others.


DIY invitation ideas.

When we got married one of the most unnecessary expenses were the wedding invitations. Fair enough if you want to spend a lot of money on your invitations but there are a lot of cute ideas out there that can help you make your own. Bare in mind that making your own invitations can be time consuming but it also allows you and your husband to spend a lot of time together if you do this as a couple. In addition spending lots of money on wedding invitations might be worth it, but lots of other occasions also call for invitations and its not always worth spending too much on invitations when you can rather spend it on food or other decorations.

Message in a Bottle

This is one of the cutest ideas I’ve seen. All you need is small little glass bottles and you can decorate them by throwing anything from sand to feathers in there with the invitation. Remember to attach the invitation to some string or ribbon so that it’s easy to remove from the bottle.

Boxed ideas

Another idea that I thought was really nice were the invitation boxes. You can fold a little box or use something like matchstick boxes and decorate them according to your theme, with the little invitation inside.


Using stencils is an easy method that could still make your invitations look elegant. The only drawback I have experienced is that when your fingers get some of the paint on it, you can stain your invitation, which could become frustrating.

Click on the links if you’re interested in how these were made.

  1. Gold Leaf
  2. Grey doilies
  3. Gold stencil pen
  4. Pink stencil from Etsy

Using interesting materials

Other easily accessible materials are also a great idea, for example using doilies or paint.

  1. Black wrought iron
  2. White lace
  3. Burlap
  4. Watercolors

If you decide to make your own invitations, I hope some if these ideas have inspired you!!!




1920’s Wedding/Party Ideas

“In the 1920’s the Parties were bigger, the pace was faster, the shows were broader, the buildings were higher, the morals were looser and the liqueur was cheaper.” F.Scott, Fitzgerald – The Great Gatsby

A few years ago we had a 1920’s theme murder mystery party. Everyone dressed and acted according to their character descriptions. It was great fun. No-one was who you thought they were. They were new and different people, the ones you trusted you couldn’t trust anymore…

In addition to our little party “the Gatsby Theme’ is something that has taken over parties and even weddings. Here are a few great ideas to incorporate into your event if you want the ROARING 20’s to make its appearance.

The Hair

Short bobbed hair and the finger wave and headbands was the thing to have, but if you have long hair you can still pull off a 1920’s look




Some more stunning hair ideas here

The dress

The flapper dress was a rectangular dress that showed none of the female curves but more modern versions of the dress is created to exemplify femininity.

The suit (Male outfit ideas)

In the 1920’s clothes weren’t tailored to fit you the way it is today therefore the men were loose fitting suits. Outfits often included wearing a polo shirt with a leather jacket for a more casual look but mostly gangsters dressed in suits to show that they were ‘business’ men.

The invitations

The Great Gatsby movie showed off the decadence of that era, and so should your invitations. Adorn them with cold, pearls,lace, diamonds and feathers.

The flowers

Be ostentatious, instead of only using flowers, you can use feathers, and gold painted tree branches adorned with pearls, and other jewels. If you have the’ dough’ to spend you can also add some white orchids or lilies to your arrangements.

The decor

DIY ideas

There are some awesome DIY ideas on the net that ranges from glittered feathers and bowls to gold painted tree branches and balloons. Decorating any of these with pearls, diamonds or glitter will also do the trick

1920’s Slang

When hosting a 1920’s dinner party or event adding some 1920’s slang on your stationary will also give your party a more mafia/gangster feel.

  • all wet – totally wrong
  • attaboy or attagirl – great job! (From “That’s a boy!”)
  • baloney – nonsense
  • beef – a problem
  • bimbo – a tough guy
  • darb – great
  • doll – an attractive woman
  • dough – money
  • gams – legs
  • gay – happy – never used as slang for homosexual
  • get-up – an outfit, clothing
  • high hat – a snob
  • hip to the jive – trendy
  • jack – money
  • joint – an establishment
  • line – a false story or lie
  • lollapalooza – a humdinger or wonderful time
  • live wire – lively person
  • razz – to make fun of
  • rats! – how disappointing!
  • rummy – a drunk
  • sap – a fool or idiot
  • shiv – a knife
  • skirt – a woman
  • spill – to talk
  • swanky – elegant
  • tight – attractive
  • vamp – to flirt with or seduce
  • wet blanket – a kill-joy
  • whoopee – wild fun
  • beat your gums – talk idly
  • beat it! – get out of here
  • don’t know from nothing – doesn’t have any information
  • don’t take any wooden dimes – don’t get cheated
  • get a wiggle on – start moving
  • I have to see a man about a dog! – I need to leave now (usually to buy illegal alcohol)
  • left holding the bag – to be blamed for something
  • mind your potatoes – mind your own business
  • now you’re on the trolley! – now you’ve got it!
  • puttin’ on the Ritz – doing something in style
  • take someone for a ride – to drive someone to an isolated spot and kill them
  • tell it to Sweeney! – tell it to someone who cares!