Boozy Truffles!

Simple but delicious treats!

  • 225g Milk Chocolate
  • 60ml Red Wine
  • 1TSP Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 TSP for dusting
    1. Melt chocolate in a heat resistant glass Pyrex bowl, over a saucepan of boiling water.
      Whilst it melts pour the wine into a bowl and whisk in the ground cinnamon.
      Once the chocolate has melted mix to spiced wine together until you have a smooth and thick consistency. Put the ganache in the fridge for 1-2 hours until it has set.
      Use a scoop or teaspoon to scoop out balls of the ganache, 1-2cm the size of a coin then roll them between your palms.
      Place the truffles on a plate and dust with cinnamon. Keep in fridge until ready to serve – or are demolished by the family!

    Serves 14

    What better way to round off the extended weekend!

    My Wessex Way Challenge 2018

    This week I have been busy walking to raise funds for The Wessex Cancer Trust – Old Sarum and back home on Monday and virtually walking/cycling at the gym during the rest of the week.

    In order to help with my challenge Parkwood Health & Fitness Salisbury have very kindly agreed to donate a months membership with access to all facilities, gym, pool, sauna, steam room. (See link)

    This is a great opportunity to tone up and get fit! I will be auctioning this off this prize to the highest bidder. Closing date 31 Jan 2018.

    In addition Nat an experienced PT at Parkwood has kindly donated two free personal training sessions that will be auctioned to the highest bidder. Closing date 31 Jan 2018

    if you would like to win either of these prizes. Please message me with your bid by 31 Jan 2018. Feel free to share this post with friends and family or anyone that you think would be interested in the meantime.

    Good luck everyone!

    Many thanks.
    Linda x


    As 2017 rapidly draws to a conclusion…….. we look forward to what 2018 will bring!

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    Health Check – Simple steps to help keep an eye on your health!

    If you want to keep an eye on your health, you could do worse than to spend a few minutes scrutinizing your body in the mirror. Are your eyes pink? Have your nails turned brown at the top? Noticing small changes can nudge you into paying attention to potential problems, as I found out during a recent facial. “Do you have high cholesterol?” creamy spots round my eyes? which could be full of fatty cholesterol. Of course, it’s vital not to let symptom-spotting get out of hand: Trivial signs are often just that. It’s when they persist, or are combined with other symptoms, that they become important. If that’s the case, see your doctor.

    1. Going grey before 40
    Premature greying can have a medical cause. “If you have 50% grey hair before the age of 40, it is worth being checked for diabetes.

    2. Rough spots
    Crusty blemishes, or keratoses, are usually benign. Dark ones often run in families, but are harmless. Solar keratoses, however, are triggered by sun damage and are an early warning of skin cancer, so seek advice.

    3. Short brows
    Losing hair from the outer edge of your brows is a sign of an under active thyroid. It thins hair on your head too, but treatment is available that will soon restore your crowning glory.

    4. Hooded eyelids
    They may look sultry, but have them checked — the cause could be more than aging or a family trait. If they droop so much that your sight is impaired, this is the one time you can have an eye-lift on your insurance.

    5. Not-so-white whites
    This usually means you’re tired, hungover, or just made that way, but watch out for whites that turn yellow when you’re run down — it may be a sign of Gilbert’s Syndrome, where bilirubin builds up in the blood, causing jaundice. “Pink eye” is a common name for conjunctivitis. If it persists, have a test for chlamydia, which can inflame eyes.

    6. Creased earlobes
    Earlobe creases probably increase with age, as does the likelihood of heart disease, diagonal crease can up the risk of heart disease by a third and 77% if both lobes are affected. The theory is the line shows a lack of elasticity, which also affects the arteries. But the culprit also could be also aging:

    7. Flushed face
    Red cheeks and nose (rosacea) often affects women aged between 30 and 55. Stress, sun, and spicy foods make blood vessels dilate, so limit your exposure. Rosacea can affect the eyes and is sometimes confused with lupus. See a general practitioner, who can prescribe antibiotics.

    8. Cracked lips
    Cracks at the corners of your mouth are sometimes caused by a shortage of B vitamins or zinc. With long-term cracks, a fungal infection may set in. Treatments for oral thrush may help.

    9. Sunless tan
    Darkening skin is worth reporting to your doctor. A rare cause is Addison’s disease (failure of the adrenal glands), which also makes you tired, sick, and achy. If you do have it, the good news is that it can be treated.

    10. Chicken skin
    Permanent goosebumps, caused by an overgrowth of keratin, are common — one in three of us have them, usually on the arms. They’re harmless, but if they bother you, use a soap-free body wash and plenty of moisturizer.  If they flare up, your dermatologist may prescribe a steroid cream.

    11. Red palms
    These can be an early symptom of liver disease — you’ll probably feel sick and lethargic, too. It’s wise to ask for medical advice quickly to limit the damage

    12. Unsightly nails
    A horizontal line (or Beau’s line) can be a sign of past illness or poor nutrition — or that you’ve hit your nail with a hammer. But if they keep appearing, take steps to improve your health. Spoon-shaped nails that curve outwards can be a symptom of anaemia. And nails that are pale at the cuticle and brownish-red at the tip could mean your kidneys are struggling.

    13. Cold feet
    They are a long way from your heart, so your feet are often the first place vascular disease shows up. Abnormally cold feet and hands are linked to Raynaud’s syndrome, where the blood supply drains from fingers and toes. But don’t just reach for your socks — Raynaud’s is linked to several autoimmune conditions, so it needs to be checked out.

    Winter Warmers & Spring Sizzles

    What an extremely cold winter’s week!

    Am I the only one that can’t wait for Spring and some warmth!?


    January is a time to protect yourself against the elements – wrap up, nurture your skin, relax and pamper, ready for a fantastic Spring!

    A sensible scarf, woollens and a fabulous cosy coat are always good investments whilst it’s chilly outside! Choose a rich body lotion to douse yourself with after a bath or shower, relax and invest in a fabulous moisturising face cream to help combat signs of dehydration.

    Ensure that you to look fresh and your skin is invigorated ready for the warmer Spring. Drink plenty of water with a dash of lemon to detox and remove any impurities from your body.


    Why add a new addition to the wardrobe!? A Beautiful Channel feminine luxe. This fit and flare dress is crafted with floral appliqué, featuring a tulle skirt, a detachable grosgrain tie, a sweetheart neckline, a lining, a back keyhole with button fastening and a side zip fastening. Pair with heels for a special occasion.

    Make sure your prepared for a fantastic year ahead and Lushious Life!

    Skin Conditions & Characteristics

    Did you know that certain skin conditions and characteristics are linked to your digestive health.

    If you are intolerant to certain types of drink or food, you might see certain parts of your face reacting to stress in the gut in a number of ways.

    Take a look – it’s fascinating.


    Lines and wrinkles on the forehead, sagging under the eyes, gaunt look to the face, painful pustular pimples all over the face, thinning of the skin, a grey/pasty white hue to the skin, thinner eyebrows.

    It can disrupt the bacteria in your gut triggering pimples.

    Face Mapping (an ancient idea that links parts of your face to organs in your body) indicates your digestive tract is linked to your forehead so you’ll see dry patches and pimples there.

    Spikes in insulin can put pressure on adrenal glands which in part control brow growth, so you can see thinning or sparse brows.


    Pronounced lines or redness between the eyes, droopy eyelids, enlarged pores, dehydrated skin with feathery lines across cheeks, reddish cheeks and nose, deep nasolabial folds.

    Alcohol is dehydrating which worsens lines and wrinkles.

    Face Mapping indicates the area between the brows is linked to liver health, so you can see more lines here.

    Alcohol can cause capillaries to dilate resulting in flushed cheeks.


    Puffy red cheeks, dark pigmentation patches or spots around chin.

    An increase in inflammatory reactions in your body, caused by gluten, can lead to bloated or flushed skin.

    If you react to gluten your immune system reacts which affects the reproductive balance, which can lead to hormonal pimples around the chin specifically.


    Swollen eyelids, bags and dark circles under eyes, small white spots and bumps on the chin.

    A common lactose intolerance can also affect the immune system leading to more inflammatory responses in the body. Just as a swollen ankle happens when you damage it, your eyes can become puffy and bags more pronounced.

    The estrogen and progesterone hormones in milk cause your skin cells to over-produce which block pores, bind with sebum and cause spots.

    Can you identify with any of the  characteristics?


    If you do, we help identify why!

    Is it a habit?

    Understanding what causes the reaction gives you to ability to deal with matters and promote inner harmony.