9 April 2016

Yorkshire | Fleur & Grey - A beautiful home and gift shop

My mum has been telling me about home and gift store, Fleur & Grey for a few months now but my first opportunity to go wasn't until Easter bank holiday weekend. 

Fleur & Grey is based in Huddersfield, it has good curb appeal (complete with a flag) and lovely dressed window, with a very welcoming shabby chic stylish interior and the prices are surprisingly really affordable.I go to alot of gift shops like this and in comparison the prices were really refreshing. 

I think its clever really as there were beautiful items for all prices ranges and usually if you were looking for a little something in a few other places I have been before you would end up with a small scented candle for £5 instead of a lovely heart mug and bunny spoon for £6.50 like I did here at F&G.

The store is a small space but it didn't feel jammed, so you could browse everything with ease and the layout was like a home from home so you could plan where you could place the item in your own home if you decided to purchase. I especially liked the huge table in the middle of the room and a open draw near the counter with bits and bobs in it.

There was a lovely choice of cards available too, very Kate Spade!

This bunny print cotton cushion with inner included was only £12!

As you can probably tell by the name there is a theme of grey throughout which is very popular in home decor right now. There were some brands like East of India featured, but most of the items available I hadn't seen before and if you wanted to splurge they had more expensive items too. 

As soon as I saw this large grey bobble jar, it had my mums name all over it. With only one left in store, I said mum you need this and for only £25 we thought it was really good price. I think if we had left the store without it, we would have probably regretted it.

The cheapest thing I bought which has ended up being my favourite is this LOVE spike for only £1. It was shown in a couple of times throughout the store in different ways but I mostly liked the idea of including it in my roses to add a bit of something.

It was easter weekend and there were plenty of bunny themed items available, look at this cute bunny spoon for only £2.50 and heart mug for £4.50!

My final purchase was something that I think had been around since Christmas but I was sooo pleased to find him! Look at my new copper stag bottle topper!! He is the perfect new addition to my Bar Cart (see previous post here).

The owner behind the counter was so nice and she really added to the experience in store and you felt so relaxed just having a look with no pressure to buy, I can't wait to return.

You can follow Fleur & Grey on Instagram @fleurandgrey, where they post pictures of stock so you see more of the products they have available.

Fleur & Grey is also on Facebook and the postcode is HD8 9DA if you wanted to drop by. The store is open Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 4pm.

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4 April 2016

Food | Time for coffee and baking cookies

This weekend I attended a food and gift fair at a local college, as always there are some highs and lows when attending events with alot of stalls. You don't know what is going to be there, and you need to take cash as most can't take cards, so I went with £20 in my pocket and was going to be selective.

I am a sucker for cheese so thats what I was mostly looking forward to buying. As you can tell this post is mostly about coffee so I didn't buy any cheese! Infact there was only one cheese stall and it didn't offer anything much out of the ordinary and didn't seem to stock anything local. 

I love talking to the different sellers so passionate about their product for sale and you feel so bad for not buying from all of them and one in particular stood out which was organic skin products and soy candles which all contained wax from her dad's bees! 

If you follow me on Instagram, you will know I am a coffee addict, so when I spotted Beanies Coffee stand on the way round with flavoured coffee's available I was so happy. Originally buying Very Vanilla and Coconut Delight for a surprisingly low price of £2.50 each, I then went back for few more - Nutty Hazelnut and Irish Cream. I know my dad will be happy with these purchases - as he will enjoy trying them too.

I've only seen flavoured coffee's like this before for french press so I was pretty pleased with these instant options!

I have tried all flavours now, and I think the one that has the most taste out of the 4 I purchased was Nutty Hazelnut. They all smell amazing, but they do have no added sugar to keep their low calorie guarantee so some can be quite bitter but nothing half a sugar can't hurt. 

While at the fair there was a man selling mixes for making your own cookies.. I thought cookies is one of the most simple things to make.. so I went home inspired and I made some using ingredients I had already in. Here is a recipe I use to make some quick and yummy cookies.

5 minutes to prepare, 12 minutes to bake.

You will need (makes up to 15):
200g Butter
300g Caster Sugar
275g SR flour
1 egg
75g Cocoa Powder
Dash of milk
1 bar of milk chocolate
1 bar of white chocolate
1 bar of dark chocolate

Mix all ingredients together except the chocolate until fluffy in a mixer, then break all the chocolate up into squares and then mix by hand. In a pre heated 200c oven, place spoonfuls onto a non stick baking tray with plenty of space, as they will spread. Tanya recommends to make 10 which is what I did, but they were super size, so I think aim for 15 would be best for portion size.

Remove after 12 minutes even if they do not seem cooked as they will remain soft and squidgy. Based on a recipe by Tanya Burr.

To make a less chocolatey version. Leave out the cocoa and swap the chocolate for 4 tubes of smarties instead :-)

Happy Monday!

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