My apple tree has produced so many apples this year I literally can’t keep up. I’ve handed out bags of them to friends and family, froze batches and cooked plenty of pies and crumbles.  I had been thinking of other things I could bake with my apples and decided to give apple turnovers a go.

It took me two attempts to get them just right as I tend to mix up a few different recipes and add in my own ingredients but I have to say, these turned out to be delicious and super easy to make.

If you fancy making these easy apple tunovers you will need the following:

Ingredients

A sheet of ready rolled Puff Pastry (320g)

6 large cooking apples

3 tablespoons of water

2 teaspoons of sugar

40ml of maple syrup

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon of ginger

1 tablespoon of skimmed milk

1 egg

Method

Pre-heat the oven to 200°C/gas 6.

Peel, core and chop the cooking apples in to small chunks and add to a pot along with the water, sugar, maple syrup, cinnamon and ginger. Cook on a medium heat for five minutes.

Roll out the sheet of pastry and cut into six even squares.

Fill the middle of each square of pastry with the apple mixture, brush the edges with water and fold one corner over to the opposite corner. Press along the edges to seal and gently press  a fork along the edge to create a pattern. Make a small hole at the top with the fork to let the steam out while in the oven.

Mix the milk and egg in a jug and brush the mixture over the top of the pastry and finish off with a sprinkle of sugar and cinnamon over the top.

Bake in the oven for approx 20 minutes until the pastry has risen and turned golden brown.

Leave to cool for few minutes before eaten.

It’s been just over a year and half since I moved into my house and I’m gradually trying to decorate each room. Now that I’ve finished the open plan living space downstairs, apart from purchasing a bookcase and emptying the last two boxes (I know, surely I don’t need whats in those boxes if I haven’t been in them for well over a year).  I’m now ready to think about decorating the next room, the master bedroom.

In the master bedroom I would love to lift the carpet as hidden underneath are beautiful white wooden floorboards that just need a lick of paint to bring them back to life. Once I have done that I would love to replace the bedroom furniture. When I moved in I up-cycled my old Ikea furniture which is badly needing replaced.

I’ve been searching for ideas on Pinterest and local furniture stores in Glasgow, particularly BoConcept and I’m currently lusting over just about everything in BoConcept. I would love to go for a white and grey colour scheme with a Scandinavian feel and BoConcept have just what I’m looking for.

The Lugona bed frame with a grey fabric headboard would work as the perfect center piece of the room.  I can already imagine myself spending cosy winter nights tucked up in bed watching box sets.  As well as the bed, I would also love the matching  Lungona set of drawers. I love how it has two sides which can be split into his and hers so me and my other half can have a side each. It is quite a pricey set of drawers but think of it for two for the price of one.

 

 

Now comes the fun bit, lets add some accessories. A cosy rug so when I step out of bed in the morning my feet don’t have to brave the wooden floors, a vase so I can display some fresh blooms, a super stylish clock and some candles to create that cosy Scandinavian feel.  Now, I better get saving so I can have everything on my wishlist.

 

*This is a sponsored post but these are my own thoughts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Only 2 hours away from Glasgow, Arran is the perfect place to visit if you want to escape the city for a few days.

We recently visited for an overnight stay and I was surprised how much we managed cram in during our 24 hours on the Island.

As soon as we got off the ferry we headed in the direction of our of accommodation, The Butt Lodge in Lochranza.  On the way we stopped off for lunch in this pretty little village Corrie and if you follow me on Instagram you will know how much I love a cute, little cottage so I was absolutely in my element.

After lunch we quickly checked into the Butt Lodge, parked up the car, dropped off our bags and walked down to the Isle of Arran distillery for the 4 o’clock tour which I had booked in advance incase it was busy. The tour lasted 45 minutes and included 2 tastings. The Arran Gold  which is very similar to Baileys was my favourite

Once the tour was finished we walked back to the Lodge for the complimentary tea and cakes  (I’m never one to pass up the opportunity of free cake) which we took back to our room so we could chill out before dinner and  take advantage of the beautiful views and the peace and quiet. I had booked the castle suite which was a beautiful big room with a four poster bed, a mezzanine and stunning views over the hills and golf course.

Later on that evening we walked down to the Lochranza hotel for dinner and when we walked in we were surprised at how dated the decor was but I’m glad we didn’t let that put us off as the food was delicious so I’m guessing with the food being so good they don’t have to worry about the interiors. On the way home the sun was setting over Lochranza Castle which was really stunning.

After a delicious full Scottish breakfast we checked out and headed down to Lochranza Castle to explore. I’m going to sound like a geek but I just love exploring castle ruins and reading about the history behind them so where ever we go I’m always on the look out for a castle.

Since the sun was shinning a wee trip to the beach was a must and Kildonan beach was a nice surprise, I didn’t expect it to be so sandy. It was also really quiet which was nice as we had the beach to our-self.

Our final stop was in Lamlash where we stopped for lunch before we set off for the boat home. Lamlash was another lovely village with cute little cottages. Can I live here please.

I really loved our our trip to Arran and can’t wait to explore more of Scotland, we really do have the most stunning scenery on our doorstep.

After recently spending a week in Lake Garda I’ve decided that I have discovered my new favourite holiday destination. It had everything I imagined and more. Stunning scenery, cobbled streets, beautiful buildings, colourful flowers, the best pizza on earth and my new favourite drink a Hugo spritz (prosecco, elder flower cordial, sparkling water and mint).

It’s so picturesque and an absolute instagrammers dream. Every corner you turn you will find the most beautiful little streets, I could have wondered for hours taking pictures.

During my stay I did manage to visit a few of the other nearby towns and the city of Verona so sit back and let me take you a little tour.

Limone

We stayed in Limone which you might already be familiar with as it features in the opening scene of a Bond film (Quantum of Solace).  We stayed in hotel all’ Azzurro which was a lovely hotel right on the edge of the lake. It was the perfect location as we were right in the middle of it all and close to the bars, shops, restaurant and ferry terminal. I felt that Limone had a slightly more relaxed feel to it than some of the other towns on the lake. We spent our days here going for nice walks, relaxing by the lake and sipping Hugo’s in the bars along the lake side. One of my favourite things to do was have afternoon tea on hotel terrace where you could watch the world go by.  Take me back please.

If you are looking for something more adventurous to do in Limone you can feel like James Bond for an afternoon by hiring one of the speed boats. It’s definitely something I would like to do if I went back.

Riva

Further up the lake you will find the lovely town of Riva. It can be reached by boat or bus but the boat is much more enjoyable and probably quicker. Riva is much bigger than Limone and has a new shopping centre if you fancy some retail therapy. I never got a chance to visit the shopping centre as we hired bikes and spent the day exploring the town by bike. It’s got a great cycle path so need to worry about busy roads. Riva has a lovely harbour which is great for a lunch or a Hugo stop.

Malcesine

Malcesine is directly across the river from Limone and again, best reached by boat. When approaching the harbour you are greeted by the beautiful castle and when off the boat you will find winding, cobbled lanes with lots of shops and restaurants. It is also where you will be able to take the cable car up to the top of the mountain.

Cable Car Ride

The cable car ride is an absolute must if you visit Malcesine. Not only will find the best views of the lake you will also find restaurants, nice walks and some farm animals. It’s still a mystery to me how the cows don’t fall of the mountain lol.

Verona

We also managed to fit in a day trip to Verona. This beautiful medieval town and home to Romeo and Juliette has a lot to offer. With marble pavements, Juliette’s balcony and a roman arena older than the Colosseum in Rome it’s a beautiful city to wander around and if you like shopping, via Mazzini is the place to go. It’s lined with designer shops and every beauty bloggers favourite shop – Sephora. You might also be interested to know Leonardo DiCaprio owns a home on the square.

Where is your favourite Summer destination?

There are so many products I’m loving at the moment but throughout the past few Summer months I’m finding these are the ones I have been reaching for on almost a daily basis.

Mon Guerlain

First up is this gold *simple knot cuff from Stella and Dot. I was gifted this at a Stella and Dot event I was recently invited to.  They had so many beautiful pieces of jewellery to showcase but this cuff was one of my favourites. The simple and classic design goes with practically everything I own. It’s the perfect piece of jewellery to finish off any outfit.

Next up is this beautiful perfume, *Mon Guerlain which I have been reaching for all Summer. I was introduced to this fragrance at St Enoch Centre’s Colour of Summer event where I met the lovely Harriet who is the business development manager for Guerlain. She was so passionate about the brand and spoke about the history behind the brand. Did you know Guerlain invented the lipstick and bronzer? Well, you do now.

This feminine fragrance inspired by Angelina Jolie is a delicate mix of jasmine, sandalwood, lavender, and vanilla. Don’t let the lavender to put you off, it blends beautifully with the rest of ingredients and smells fresh and oriental. Not only does the fragrance smell beautiful the pretty bottle is the perfect edition to my my dressing table.

st tropez

Another Summer favourite of mine has been the *St Tropez gradual tan tinted body lotion. It’s so easy to apply, in fact it’s as easy as applying your daily moisturiser and gives an instant Summer glow. It’s completely streak free and leaves my skin feeling moisturised as well as giving me a natural looking tan and healthy glow.  It can be build up over a few days for a darker tan.

L'occitane milk concemtrate

This L’occitane Milk Concentrate has been in my box of beauty supplies for ages. I’m sure it was in a set I received as a Christmas gift and now I have tried it I can’t believe I have left it lying in a box for so long. This body moisturiser feels amazing when applied. It’s perfect for dry legs and leaves my skin feeling super soft. I’ve currently been applying this on a daily basis and my skin has never felt softer, it also smells so good. It is a little on the pricey side so once this is finished it’s probably not something I can afford to lather all over my body on daily basis but lovely as a little treat every now and again.

The revitalising beauty booster from OM skincare was something I picked up recently in the Space NK sale. I had never heard of the brand before but I’m sucker for any kind of beauty boosting product as I find my skin can look dull at times. I was also sucked in by the really pretty packing but I’m happy to report this little bottle is god send. I have been mixing in with my foundation to give me that extra glow and stop dryness, all you need is one little drop. It’s also nice worn alone to give your skin a boost.

What are your Summer favourites?

*These items have been given to me as PR samples but this post contains my own views.