New Home!

My messyla blog has packed it’s vintage suitcases and moved to a new home! This January I moved my blog over to the Typepad platform. It’s been a slow process of moving over my past posts to their new home and starting from fresh with blogging, but I love the new look! Please follow my adventures at our new blog.. And remember to update your Bloglovin with this URL too!

All previous posts will stay here at wordpress and I am still in the midst of transferring posts to shopify. Who knew I had blogged so much!! It’s been so wonderful to see my past blogs. Like looking at a photo album!

Hope to see you all there.

With love,
La. x

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Christmas Eve

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DIY: Gingerbread Christmas Puddings

Happy Christmas Eve Eve! This season I have been wanting to make these little puds and thought that today was the day to do so. I am not a huge fan of Christmas Puddings – I don’t like dried fruit – but I love the traditional look they have on the Christmas table. When thinking of another desert that could work, I felt gingerbread muffins were just as warm and festive because they use cinnamon and ginger. Cinnamon has such a wonderfully Christmassy scent! And, of course, they are brown and could disguise themselves as puddings.  I hope you all have a lovely Christmas!x

What you’ll need:
250g Self Raising Flour                    1 Tsp Ground Cinnamon
½ Tsp Bicarb                                        175ml Milk
½ Tsp Salt                                              Pinch Nutmeg
2 Tsp Ground Ginger                         150g Soft Light Brown Sugar
2 Tablespoons Syrup                         1 Tablespoon Treacle
85g Unsalted Butter                           1 Egg

For the icing:
Ready to roll royal icing in White, Green and Red                      Scallop Circle Cookie Cutter
Holly and Berries Cutter                              Apricot Jam

Step One:
Preheat your oven to 190°C and line your muffin tin with cases.

Step Two:
In a large bowl, measure out and add in the flour, bicarbonate of soda, salt, ground ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and sugar. Use your hands to combine your dry ingredients.

Step Three:
Put your wet ingredients into a small saucepan and heat until the butter has melted and mixed with the milk and syrups. At this stage I recommend not adding the egg – to avoid a scrambled mess!! Coming from experience, scrambled egg muffins are not nice. ;)

Step Four:
Add your wet ingredients to the dry ingredients in your large bowl. Whisk your egg in a little bowl and then add into your mixture.

Step Five:
Spoon your batter into your muffin cases! I used an ice cream scoop to make sure they are all even. Bake for 20-25 minutes.

Step Six:
Allow your muffins to cool completely before starting to ice. Royal icing heats up quickly and becomes extremely hard to use!

Step Seven:
Add a dollop of Apricot Jam into a saucepan and heat up until warm and pliable. Then roll out your white icing until about 2mm thick. Cut out your little circles. On the reverse side, paint on some hot apricot jam to your white circle. This acts as a glue!

Step Eight:
Take the cases off your muffins ready for assembly. Then place on your white sticky icing circle and pat down gently.


Step Nine:
Next, roll out and prepare your green icing. Cut out your holly and berry shapes and apply some jam to the reverse side also. Stick onto your white icing! Then just roll some tiny little berries using your red icing. And ta-dah!

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Magical Pom-Poms

Ta-dah! Today I spent the day creating tissue paper pom poms for around our fireplace. It is Ruby’s first Christmas and we want to make everything magical for her. Tissue poms are simple to make and look so beautifully abundant.
All in all – including tinsel and twinkle lights – this decoration only cost about £15 and an afternoon of making. The perfect way to decorate and to really ‘wow’ your guests!

I will post a little DIY tomorrow on how to make these wonderful pom-poms. I hope you are all well and getting ready for Christmas with your families.xx

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Feeling Festive

Messyla is now closed for Christmas! Today I finished off the last of the festive orders and closed my online shop for the holidays. This coming week holds a lot of important events for my family that come with a lot of stress and focus.. So I thought it best to close the shop a little early because I know my mind will be elsewhere. I’m excited to wrap presents, bake, get extremely festive and enjoy this season! I hope you are all well..xx



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Merry & Bright Kitchen

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