Over the weekend one of my lovely friends came to visit and we decided spend a day out in Canterbury.
Although I go quite regularly, Canterbury being the closest big town for some good shopping, I
never really hit the touristy places.
Sure, I walk past the cathedral every time, but it's been at least 15 years since I've actually went in. Due to the Sunday service taking place we didn't have the chance to visit the inside of the cathedral but we did spend a good amount of time exploring the grounds, gardens and crypt. It truly is a fabulous place.
We then continued strolling through town and taking in all the sights and we ended up by the canal where Emily begged us to go on a boat ride. The sky was looking rather grey at that time so we decided not to which made Emily quite sad. I can't blame her for wanting to go on the canal boats, it all looked very idyllic.
I foresee another trip to Canterbury very soon...on a day when no rain is forecast so my little Emily
These chocolates are so delicious, summery, fruity and full of flavour.
The packaging is simple yet stylish, making it A LOT more alluring than supermarket chocolates, but the main star here is the chocolate of course! Hotel Chocolat has a strong ingredients philosophy and only use wholesome, real ingredients. Their overall mantra is "more cocoa, less sugar" and this definitely reflects in the creamy texture and full flavour.
The island smoothies selection box offer four different flavours
apricot smoothie (Magnificently fruity and tender apricot ganache wrapped in soft white chocolate.)
banana smoothie (Lashings of banana paired with our high-cocoa white chocolate.)
passion fruit smoothie (Tangy, juicy Passion Fruit truffle blended with sumptuous white chocolate in a milk chocolate dome.)
Saint Lucian breakfast smoothie (Lashings of zesty lemon and grapefruit blended with smooth coconut, all soothed by creamy white chocolate.)
I served them for dessert with a selection of fresh fruits and they went down a treat.
My favourite was the banana smoothie closely followed by the passion fruit one!
At only £10 these are a bargain and ideal as a teacher gift, as a little surprise for a friend or even as a treat to yourself and oh...just think about how happy you could make the hostess of the next bbq you're invited to when you bring a box of these along for dessert!
I cannot believe I haven't written anything in TWO weeks!
Time just seems to fly by.
One minute it was Christmas, the next it will be Easter.
Everything in between is a blur.
Seriously, am I the only one who seems to be caught in a time warp!?
So, two weeks...
A lot has happened.
Mothers day for instance,
and yet I have not found the time to document this.
We had a great day of course, a great weekend even.
Simon had to work which was a bit of a letdown,
but it didn't stop me and the kids having a fun time.
On Saturday I took them on the bus to Canterbury.
My main goal was to visit the Cath Kidston store but somehow we ended up in Build A Bear!
You should have seen the look on my kids faces, both their eyes lit up when they saw the cute big bears, big little ponies, Easter bunnies and don't even get me started on all the outfits.
I wasn't going to buy them one of course,
but somehow, when we walked back out, both my kids were holding a new bear.
In my defence, I did manage to talk them down to a tiny bear instead of a big one.
A purple chick and a monkey to be more precise.
On to Cath Kidston.
Emily and I were delighted to look at everything and I had to tell her more than once to not touch that cute mug or open the moisturisers to sniff them.
Dylan on the other hand wasn't too bothered, cute florals and girly things don't really do it for him!
I choose my mothers day present (the reason we went in the first place) which was a new wallet, and treated myself to a new mug as well.
Sunday I was woken up early and Emily (with help from dad) brought up a cup of coffee, jumped on the bed and gave me her cards. She was so proud to show me the card she'd made in school. It was too cute!
Dylan had a bit of a sleep in and stumbled down half an hour later wishing me happy birthday!
Hahaha, he was still half asleep and obviously a bit confused.
The cards he'd made me in school and scouts were very sweet.
I just loved all the adorable figures and knew they would be delighted as well.
One of the first things I noticed was the careful wrapping and packing.
Having broken eggs is not a lot of fun and Hotel Chocolat does keep that in mind!
The egg itself came in a gorgeous and sturdy box, which Emily has already laid claim to, no doubt to store some of her many treasures.
The main star here is of course the chocolate which is just so delicious.
I would recommend everyone who reads this to head over to their nearest Hotel Chocolat shop or go to their website and have a look at their egg-citing (see what I did there, haha) Easter range. You won't regret whatever you add to your basket and you certainly won't regret eating it.
So, back to the You Crack me Up Easter egg.
Both shells are made from their delicious blend of 40% milk chocolate and high cocoa white chocolate.
It makes for the creamiest and smoothest chocolate ever.
Me and my camera were to slow to capture them, before I could blink they were gone.
Blame it on this munchkin and her dad!
I really wish you could have been here to hear the exciting squeals as my kids saw the adorable figures.
Both of them immediately pointed out which ones they wanted to try and continued on to read the menu to find out what was inside these delightful pralines.