Filo Pastry Mince Pies Bites

I don’t really post about it here, but I belong to Slimming World. I rejoined recently to eat healthily and mindfully.

Tonight we have a taster session, effectively a buffet full of healthy food designed to give you a pile of ideas for food to try at home.
After a bit of googling and checking of syn values I settled on Filo Pastry Mince Pies Bites. I bought a jar of Mincemeat from Waitrose which came in a 1 syn a TSP, and after playing round came up with a recipe.
These a 2 syns (or 40 calories) a bite/pie. They are really light, and more inspired by Mince Pies than anything but when your average Mince Pie can be 11 syns (220 calories) it’s a nice alternative.

Two Sheets of Filo Pastry.
Jar of Mincemeat
Egg (for binding and glazing)
Frylight (to grease)
Preheat the oven 180°C (mine is fan assisted) and spray a 12 hole cupcake tray with Frylight.
Lay out the two Filo pastry sheets, lengthwise ontop of each other. Cut in half, and half again.
Layer the pastry together and cut into thirds.
Lay out twelve squares of Filo on a clean counter top.
Crack and beat an egg, using now using a pastry brush, lightly brush egg into the centre of the pastry.
Add the second piece of Filo ontop of the twelve squares, in a star type pattern. Add a level teaspoon of Mincemeat to each Filo star.
Fold one corner of the pastry in over the Mincemeat, level out if needed. Using he pastry brush egg wash each section of pastry before folding another section ontop. Repeat until folded into a parcel.
Place each Filo bite into a hole in the cupcake tray, and add an egg glaze ontop of each.

Bake on on 180°C for 10 minutes, turn out onto a wire rack to cool.


(These are family approved, I left these on the cake plate Sunday evening and by Monday when I got home from work they had all been eaten.)

A collective Boots, Superdrug and Lush Haul

Hello, today I have a collective drugstore haul for you. I’ve been picking up a few bits over the two or three months and thought it was the perfect reason for a blog post!

I also feel the need for a self imposed spending ban. All those little purchases add up!


Leafy and Lovely Hand Lotion.  £1

I picked up this hand cream just before my trip to Liverpool. I suffer from psoriasis and generally have dry hands, with no psoriasis flare up I would likely to forget my hand cream so this was an insurance purchase.

I wouldn’t recommend this as no matter how often I reapplied this product my hands still felt dry, Nivea Creme is a much more accessible option pricewise.

Barry M, It’s a Brow Thing: £4.99

After getting hooked on Hannah Gales videos and seeing how this product works in her routine I had to pick it up in the lightest colour. Sadly it is comically dark for my skin tone.

I applied this on my brunette mother, and dark blonde sister and it still came up too dark on the both of them. Please make this in a lighter shade Barry M, as both the texture and application are awesome.

Collection: Primed and Ready – £4.99

I was browsing Superdrug and spotted this. I love this Collection concealer, and the idea of having this in a palette makes me so happy.

Initially I couldn’t work out if I wants carry this around with me everyday, or save it for my main makeup bag. I’m playing about with this product, its lovely under the eyes but if you have dry patches it makes things look patchy.

MUA : Pro Base – £2.50

Sally has talked about how good MUA is previously, and I really needed a new powder so I thought this was the perfect introduction. I really like the colour match and set my foundation perfectly.

Tanya Burr – 12 Day Beauty Calendar – £15

I really want to try some of the higher end beauty calendars this year (No 7 and M&S I’m looking at you). The price of this makes it a lovely entry level product, and the few Tanya Burr products I have used have been lovely. If you want a sneak peak try this Fleur De Force post. (Another beauty calendar post work a glance is this one by Elle Simpson)

My only hesitation with this, is that I wish this had one of two of the new lipsticks in it 😕💄


L’Oreal Pure Clay Detox Mask – £4.99

I am a big fan of The Sanctuary charcoal mask so when these clay masks came out this went straight in my basket. I’ve used it a couple times, but it’s not one I’m actually reach for. Though my skin feels lovely afterwards, it is distinctly uncomfortable for the first few minutes.

St Ives: Blemish Fighting Apricot Scrub – £4.19

After the recent Satori event (post coming) I realised how important exfoliating was so I went back to an old favourite here’s hoping I can keep this a part of my routine!

Botanics facial oil Organic

After finishing my no7 night cream, I needed a new night treatment. Enter this Botanicals product. Botanicals is a brand  that Sally has written about in the past, and I’m a huge fan of face oils. Let’s see how I get on with this one…


Shower Jelly – Snowman £3.95

I’m more of a bath than shower person, but his product may just convert me. This smells amazing and leaves your skin feeling equally incredible.

Lip Scrub – Sugar Plum Fairy £5.95

I love a lips Scrub and this Christmasy sugar scrub is just dreamy.

Body Conditioner – Christingle £9.95

Probably my favourite Lush product. This minty tingly product enables me to be lazy efficient by combining my shower gel and moisturiser whilst feeling very indulgent.

Bath Bomb – Golden Wonder 34.25

The bath bomb I feel in love with at the Lush event, that has left my bedroom smelling just beautiful. I’m a little sad as this has started to crack which affected the experience of the bomb, but I still enjoyed it. My skin felt gorgeous and soft afterwards.

Soaps – Shooting Stars and Santa’s Postbox

Two Soap samples. Shooting Stars is already a firm favourite with it’s incredible Starburst-Esk scent.

Hand Lotion – Charity Pot £3.50

This product is a repurchase anytime I pop into lush. The hand cream is slightly on the greasy size, but it’s very moisturizing and get to work quickly. This is an older tub as my new tub went straight on my desk at work.

Toner Water – Eau Roma Water £8.50

As with the exfoliator satori really drums into me the importance of a toner in your skincare routine. I picked this one up on at the recommendation of one of the lovely lush staff. The Rose in this product is meant to be good call skin prone to redness.

Bath Bomb – Monsters Ball £4,25

I also picked up a Monsters Ball which made bath time very fun, how could this cutie do anything else?


Aside from the Lush items I picked all these up with my own money. Lush Plymouth were kind enough to gift a few products , and I picked up a few on the night. The Charity Pot is a desk essential for me…

Crafting for Christmas. Making Bunting.

I have always loved one of a kind, hand made crafts. The fact that they are so personal and made with such love makes them so much more beautiful to me. Now I`ve never been particularly creative but luckily I have an amazing mother who is extremely talented when it comes to all things textiles. So with mother keeping an eye on me, I attempted to make my first ever lot of bunting.


*DISCLAIMER* I got a good way through and forgot to take photos so there will be a gap but I will try my best to fill it in with words.



First thing I did was get an example of bunting that my mum had made to use as a guide but you could always just use anything triangular shaped or go free hand.


Then I traced around it to create my pattern for my own bunting making sure to leave a seam allowance.


This will be the pattern to use for cutting out the fabric and it can be kept for making more bunting at a later date.


Next choose your fabric. I got these three from a local haberdashery shop and they were nice and cheap as they were run offs.


Folding over the fabric for when you cut out the pattern just makes life easier as you will need two lots of fabric for each bit of bunting.


Keep cutting out until you run out of fabric.


Place two bits of fabric with the pattern sides facing each other as you will need to sew inside out. Now ids where I stopped taking photos because I`m super useful but from there you would pin the fabric in place and head to your sewing machine.

From there you sew all the way around the outside leaving a gap of about 4cm on one of the sides of the triangle so that you can turn it back to the right way round. Once you have turned it inside out to the pattern facing out cut some red ribbon into lengths of 10cm fold in half and place in the hole that is left.

Sew up the hole with the ribbon inside to make it look like the trunk of a Christmas tree.


Find some fabric or ribbon that you want the bunting for hang from and attach using a button to look like the star on top of the Christmas tree.

Tidy up all the stray bits of thread and repeat the process for all the bits of fabric you have cut out until your bunting is complete.


And there you have it, a quick little guide to the worlds simplest bunting. Let me know if you try it out.

I hope everyone has an amazing Christmas and a very happy New Year.


Thanks for reading. Speak soon – Sally 🙂