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Staycations And A Holiday In The UK This Summer

Holiday in the UK - Cornwall Self Catering

Unfortunately, due to a number of things that have happened over the past 12 months, we’re not able to do any of the travelling we had planned for this year. However that doesn’t mean I’ll be staying home, no way! There are so many travel opportunities right on your doorstep with a holiday in the UK and I’ve been planning as much as possible for us to get away from home and see some of the world, even if that does mean staying in the country.

Holiday in the UK - Truro Cathedral, Cornwall

Holiday in the UK - Pet Friendly Cottages

Diane from Bimblebox asked me to share their cute info graphic with you guys and she has so many great reasons why a self catered cottage is great way to spend your holiday days this year and loads of them resonate with me personally:

// Saving money on a holiday in the UK will allow us to put aside a bit extra for next year to really go big on our travel plans. Our international travels may have fallen through this year, but they’re not gone for good. There’s always next time!

// Health wise, things have been up in the air recently and staying in the UK this Summer means we won’t have to worry about travel insurance or being too far from medication and hospitals.

// Because the Frank Monster is a rescue dog, we have a solid ‘no kennels’ rule so we have to work our travels around being able to get a dog-sitter. Hiring a pet-friendly cottage in the UK would not only mean we don’t have to worry about organising someone to look after him, but would also allow us to enjoy a holiday with him too instead of just weekend days out in the local park!

// The blissful peace and quiet of being completely alone is totally my thing. Travelling to an off-the-beaten-track cottage with a bunch of friends, plenty of wine and good food sounds like my dream holiday. If you’re organised enough, you won’t need to see another human being all week ;)

The UK has so many amazing places to discover such as Cornwall’s picturesque beaches or the wonderful nature & wildlife in Cumbria. I’ve spent a lot of time travelling up and down the country and there are so many awesome hidden gems, coffee shops, markets, boutiques and photo opportunities that are so close to home. There’s a whole bunch of places that I’m gutted to only have ever been to once, never mind all the wonders that I’m still yet to discover. I’m excited about spending this Summer exploring the UK!

If these are not good enough reasons for you to stay home and have a holiday in the UK, make sure you have a peek at Bimblebox’s info graphic below:

Why You Should Indulge With a Self-Catered Cottage Holiday

Where are you relaxing this Summer? Loves x xx

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The Perfect Mojito For Your Mexican Night

The perfect Mojito for your Mexican night

We’re not short of a Mexican night or two in our family, in fact sometimes it seems like we just hop around from one weekend to the next, eating Mexican food at a different person’s house and that is just my ultimate dream! Haha.

I usually only break the cocktails out at Christmas, but thebar asked me to try out some of their Summer cocktails to share with you guys and now I make a mean Mojito! Traditionally a Mojito is a Cuban drink so it will go great with tapas too, but I’m definitely bringing that bad boy along with me to our next Mexican night feast!

Summer cocktails ideas - Mojito

To make a solid Mojito, you will need:

White Rum (I went for Captain Morgan because it looks the coolest… call me shallow if you will!)
Caster Sugar
Limes
Fresh Mint
Soda Water
Crushed Ice

Pop along to thebar for the full Mojito recipe, but here’s my little run down. I made ours in these fancy whiskey glasses I inherited from my Great Uncle, but you could use any tall glass, jar or tumbler that can hold plenty of ice.

Cocktails for Spicy Food

If you’ve watched any bartender worth his salt make a cocktail you’ll know to start by filling your glasses with ice to make them super cool and cold (you’ll thank me later after all those jalapenos!), then pop the ice to one side while you throw in a bunch of lime wedges and a two teaspoons of caster sugar. Give them a good mush in the bottom of the glass, add a handful of fresh mint and mush that in too.

Pop your ice back in to about the 3/4 mark. Crushed ice is way better as you’ll fit more in and it’s so easy to prepare. Throw some into a bag and give it a couple of whacks with a rolling pin.

The perfect Summer Mojito

Now for booze! Add in your white rum (I’m a double measures kind of gal, but don’t forget to drink responsibly) and a dash of soda water to taste. We found that less is more when it comes to soda water as it has quite a bland taste if you overdo it.

Top up your glass with ice and add some more mint leaves and a lime wedge to make it super pretty! Serve with nachos and as much spice and cheese as you can get your hands on for the perfect Mexican night in.

How to make a Mojito

Cocktails perfect for Mexican or Cuban food

We also tried the Mint Julep, one of my ultimate favourite cocktails for a Summer afternoon and it turned out great. I had no idea where to get sugar syrup from, but they just had it at our local supermarket. It’s very similar to the Mojito, but if you’re a bourbon drinker you’ll love the sharp taste of the whiskey against the super sweet sugar and mint.

What’s your favourite cocktail? Recipes please!! Loves x xx

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