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Valentines date with Just Us Box

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‘Just Us Box’ is a monthly subscription date night box company. They are revolutionising date nights. Just Us Box want you to spent some quality time with your partner each month. Where you both put down your phones and spend some time reconnecting with each other. Each month Just Us Box will send you a themed date night box straight to your door. So, all you have to do is pick a night that suits you and enjoy a date.

Our date night

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Our ‘Lovology’ date night box arrived in perfect time for Valentine’s day. This box was all about cocktails and gin, two things we both love. It contained 3 mini bottles of gin, a cocktail shaker, a spin the bottle game, a small hip flask and various herbs and flavourings for the cocktails.

As the Hubby and I met while working in a bar that specialised in cocktails, I already had an idea of how to mix a mean cocktail.

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Luckily I had opened up the box before the date night and had a read of of the date night plan. If I had not have done, I wouldn’t of known about infusing the dry gin or making up sugar syrups. Having read how to do this in the date night plan, I found the sugar hiding in the cupboard and made up the thyme sugar syrup and the lady grey sugar syrup. Leaving them both in the fridge overnight to infuse. I then opened up the dry gin and added the lady grey tea leaves and left to infuse over night.

On Valentines day we started our date by cooking a meal. It’s something we do every Valentines day. I set about making the first cocktail while our starters were cooking.The first one we sampled was a ‘Lady Grey Mar-tea-ni’. Reading the recipe, I wasn’t too keen when I saw I needed to use the white of an egg. I have a thing about stuff not being cooked properly. Particularly eggs… haha! However I made it up as per the recipe:-

Lady Grey Mar-tea-ni

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Ingredients

  • 50 ml of Lady Grey infused Anno Distillery Gin. (I had infused the Gin over night, basically just tipped the lady grey tea leaves into the Gin and let it infuse for a good couple of hours)
  • 25ml lemon juice
  • 25ml simple syrup (which I made up the night before)
  • 1 egg white

Instructions

  • combine your lady grey gin with lemon juice, sugar syrup and the egg white in your shaker.
  • shake well
  • add ice and shake again – this will chill the cocktail down.
  • strain into your cocktail glass. We used Martini glasses but if you don’t have any then any glass would do.
  • add lemon peel to garnish.
  • ENJOY

It was a yummy sweet cocktail, with hints of bergamot and citrus flavours. Followed by the warming feeling of gin. I wish I had enough to make another. We had this along side our starters of seafood.

While the main course was cooking I made up the ‘Cranberry and Thyme G&T’.

Cranberry and Thyme G & T

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Ingredients

  • 50ml of Anno Distillery Cranberry Gin (this smelt amazing on it’s own)
  • 25ml of thyme sugar syrup (made up the night before using the instruction booklet)
  • Tonic water
  • Cranberry sugar
  • Lemon Juice

Instructions

  • Rim your glasses with cranberry sugar and fill it up with ice.
  • place the gin and thyme sugar syrup to your cocktail shaker.
  • add ice and shake
  • add in the tonic water
  • strain into your glass.
  • ENJOY

I made this up in a martini glass as, just because I love they way cocktails look in these glasses, although a long glass would have been perfect.

First tasting this cocktail at first was very very sweet, but delicious. That cold sweet cranberry flavour which a hint of thyme was really lovely. Quite a surprisingly nice combination. We had this along side our main course of turkey poulets and vegetables.

On to the final cocktail, which I have to say I only made for the hubby as I don’t like the flavour of cloves, it reminds me too much of mulled wine which I cannot stand.

Gin Skin

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Ingredients

  • 50ml of Anno Distillery Sloe Gin
  • Long squeeze of lemon juice
  • 3 cloves
  • spoonful of honey
  • boiling water

Instructions

  • place your honey into a warm heatproof glass or mug (this is IMPORTANT)
  • add the cloves and lemon juice
  • top with boiling water and stir until the honey is dissolved.
  • allow to cool before adding the the sloe gin.
  • stir and add your garnish
  • ENJOY

I followed the instructions, more or less, however disaster struck when I heard a crack and my lovely glass mason jar split in two. The honey and hot water went everywhere. Clearly, my glass jars are not heat resistant like I thought. Luckily I had some more honey in the cupboard and hadn’t used any of the sloe gin already. The hubby loved the ‘Gin Skin’ cocktail said it reminded him of winter nights in front of the fire.

Sloe Gin and Prosecco Cocktail

I’m a Prosecco lover, so with the left over sloe gin (I wasn’t giving my half up for the hubby) I made up a lovely Prosecco cocktail. It’s simple, just put the sloe gin in the bottom of a champagne flute and float the the Prosecco over the top. Using a little tip I learnt in the bar; Pour the Prosecco over the back of a teaspoon which is held just above the Gin.  The Prosecco floats on top, giving you a lovely layered effect.  It tasted amazing!

just us box reviewWe didn’t play the spin the bottle game that was included, we opted for an early valentines night instead……

As we both love cocktails this was a great date night for us. I enjoyed that I made up all of the cocktails and the Hubby enjoyed drinking them. He did help clear up the mess I made when the glass broke though. I usually make a mess so i think he was prepared!

This month Just Us Box helped with a marriage proposal, so if you have any special requirements they will go out of their way to help out as much as possible. The March date night box is ‘Wilderness’ I have no idea what to expect but I can’t wait for it to arrive.

If you fancy trying next months ‘Wilderness‘ box, then make sure you place you order.

*Thank you Just Us Box for sending me out this fabulous date night box!*

 

Why we want a village life

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Moving into a village in the countryside is something we have been dreaming about for the last few years. I grew up in a village, attending the village school, making life long friends and having the close community around us. Everyone knew each other and all the children, so you could play out without too much worry. The Hubby however grew up on the outskirts of a town, attending a much larger school. Although he had a lot of family around when growing up, he didn’t experience that close community feel that I did.

We bought our first house before we had even thought about starting a family, it was in a town. However it didn’t take long for us to decide that we wanted the quiet life. I think that having a family has really made us want that lifestyle even more.

Why we want a village life…..

wanting a village life

When we visit family who live out in villages, life just seems more relaxed, more tranquil and more appealing to us. I’m under no illusions that a move will mean no more arguing with the kids about brushing their teeth, tidying their rooms or rushing in the morning to get to school on time. However village life seems more for us.

Raising our family out in a village would give the children that close community feel we don’t have in the town. Getting involved in local events, the children would attend the village school. We would love to have that full village life experience.

why we want a village life

We plan to have chickens for their eggs and grow some of our own vegetables. So we can help encourage the children to learn more about what they eat and where it comes from.

Not only do we have our two children to think about, we also have our 4 legged friends as well. Oakley and Tash our crazy Spaniels. It’s important that they get exercised daily, but also that we enjoy this as a family. So in a village surrounded by fields it will mean we are able to get out and explore more of our new home, but also be more active.

why we want a village life

We have chosen the village we want to live in, it’s about 20 miles outside of our town. Which doesn’t make it completely rural but far enough out to be surrounded by beautiful fields and woodlands. We can’t wait to be able to enjoy waking up to the sounds of birds singing, instead of a cars speeding past the house. Walk the children to school daily instead of having to drive them. Grow our own vegetables and collect eggs for breakfast.

Although our village dream won’t be happening anytime soon. One day it will happen and we can’t wait to embrace a new lifestyle.