Today I'm back with another guest post on the subject of 'A Perfect Winter Evening.' You may have caught the one written by Adele that I featured earlier in the month, and today's comes from one of my favourite bloggers, Jasmin from Jasmin Charlotte Lifestyle. So, without further ado, over to Jasmin!
Cozy Nights In:
There is something a bit magical about winter, maybe I am biased as I am born in November but with the nights a bit cooler and the light drawing in earlier. Suddenly home becomes a little warm burrow! All that bad weather outside makes it so easy to lounge about around home, and after some very long day at work, a cozy night in is just what is needed! So I thought I would run through some of my cozy night essentials.
First comes warmth, the best bit about these nights in, is that you are not out in the cold! I personally pre Christmas go for as much Christmas regalia as possible, as I think it adds to the happiness. I am currently rocking these Christmas leggings from primark, some reindeer santa socks and a soon to be worn penguin Christmas jumper. I also think some kind of thick blanket or duvet is a requirement. As they say, I want to be as snug as a bug in a rug.
Second comes entertainment – my favourite definitely has to be some kind of series on Netflix which I can binge on. My top picks this year have been Orange is the New Black (hilarious comedy drama about a womens prison), House of Cards (Kevin Spacey goes power crazy), American Horror Story (people like to jump out at others) and at the moment we have just started Dexter (serial killer goes mainstream) which I have been loving!
Third comes food and drink! I love some warm drinks which go down pretty well in the evenings. I have been loving some green tea with peppermint, but also some mulled wine or cider are my favourites. I even make my own mulled wine by buying the mulled sachets at the supermarket, along with some other spices and cinnamon. Although I am currently doing ‘no-sugar November’ (don’t ask me why, I have forgotten the reasons in my chocolate deprived tears), my cozy nights usually involve some kind of delicious treat. I wanted to share a very quick recipe of something which I make quite often – Oreo Balls! These are quite possibly the easiest thing ever to make, but trust me 1. People won’t believe you when you tell them there are only 3 ingredients, and 2. You will probably eat them all before you can give them to others.
The three things you will need is a whole heap of oreos, a tub of cream cheese and some cooking chocolate. Smush up your packet of oreos until they are pretty small and combine with the cream cheese. Roll these into balls and pop in the fridge to set. Once they are set, melt some chocolate in the microwave or on the stove and dip your balls in the chocolate. Pop back in the fridge for a couple of hours and then devour! I like to mix it up sometimes with white, milk and dark chocolate. These then last in the fridge for 3-4 days (if you can actually make them last that long!).
So there we have my ideal cozy night in – Christmas jumpers, Dexter, mulled wine and oreo balls – perfect! It has been a pleasure to write a little guest post for the lovely Jennifer on her blog, if you would like to hear more from me, then you can come and visit my lifestyle blog at www.jasmincharlotte.com.