Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Tisserand De-Stress

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I've been eyeing up these little Tisserand oils for quite some time, so I decided to buy the 'De-Stress' blend to begin with. I'm a big fan of using my oil burners, I've actually developed a little obsession over them. Especially when the evenings are darker and much colder, it's always nice to light some candles and pour some oil into my oil burner. However, I've come to realise that buying quality oils to burn is a definite must. 
This little treasure by Tisserand is a blend of organic patchouli, sweet orange and ylang-ylang. More than anything, I've found it extremely calming. I get stressed out over the smallest of things, my boyfriend is constantly telling me to calm down! This was probably the best one for me to start off with...
As I've been ill with the flu this week, this oil has helped relax and clear my head a little.
It's extremely calming, I just love how it fills my bedroom with a gorgeous and refreshing citrus smell!
It's also made me really want to try their other blends : Sleep, Head Clear and Seasonal Joy (sounds perfect for Christmas doesn't it!) Check them out here. 

Tisserand also make little roller ball versions if you're not into oil burning! 

I've also been eyeing up some cute oil burners on eBay recently - Great to give as Christmas gifts as well. My collection is slowly growing...

Have you tried any of the Tisserand oils? What do you think of them?


Monday, 25 November 2013

Butternut Squash Soup

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Hello! I'm trying to get back into this blogging business again. It's hard when evenings are extremely dark and all I have is the weekend to take some photographs. 
Anyway, once again, I feel terrible about not keeping this up regularly. I really do want to get back into it...

Anyway, recently I've been really enjoying butternut squash! I had never tried it before I got to taste some butternut squash soup at a local cafe. It was so delicious, I tried to make my own at home.
I find this recipe extremely easy and adaptable and used a bag of ready chopped butternut squash and sweet potato I saw at Tesco's! 
I boiled the veg by covering them with enough water and popped in a cube of chicken stock. Add some herbs of choice, I used some coriander and chopped up some garlic. 
Once the veg has cooked, I leave them to cool at the side of our stove (still covered in the stock mixture) Once it's cooled down a little, blend it all together. If you prefer a thicker soup, drain some of the water. 
I usually store my soup in mason jars. These can be kept in the fridge for 1-2 days. Alternatively, you can freeze the soup in jars. 

Roasting the butternut squash also makes a very delicious soup. 
Try it!


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