Merry Christmas!

25 December, 2011 § Leave a comment

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!

And as tradition goes in our family, the ‘official’ Christmas photo is of our little pooch, Jessie, sitting in front of the tree, even if it takes over half a day and two dozens of shots to get it right. So here it is, with a few behind the scene shots too.

What are you looking at? I'm getting my hair done.

Are we done yet?

 

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Inspired by… fluffy white dog cupcakes

16 December, 2011 § Leave a comment

Just been sent this ADORABLE photo from Ren.

Who needs snowman cupcakes this Christmas if you can make lots of fluffy white dogs and dot them around the dinner table!

Adorable cupcakes of fluffy white dogs

An evening of mince pies and mulled wine

4 December, 2011 § Leave a comment

Hubby has been busy wrapping presents and trying out a new recipe for mince pies. So it’s only right that I offer a little help by warming up some mulled wine to go with it.

Usually we use shortcrust pastry for mince pies but I rather like shortbread pastry similar to the ones from M&S. After a bit of searching online, we came across one from BBC Good Food that uses butter, flour and golden caster sugar – practically the recipe for shortbread biscuits.

The verdict: it has the crumbly texture similar to shortbread but it’s still quite flaky. Perhaps we haven’t mixed in the butter and flour properly. I guess the only way to know for sure is to make some more!

Home made mince pies

Presents under the tree

Inspired by… Advent calendar

1 December, 2011 § Leave a comment

Christmas in our household ‘officially’ begins when the clocks change in October. We start baking Christmas cakes, mince pies and sipping mulled wine. But advent calendar still has to wait until December 1st.

Ever since I found a navity theme advent calendar from M&S for hubby Nick, which opens up in a 3D stable with chocolates hidden away on the rooftop, the challenge has been on each year to keep up with expectations.

This year, I’ve hunted high and low for inspirations but nothing seems to match up. Eventually I came across a few DIY suggestions on Pinterest and decided to make my own instead.

My DIY advent calendar filled with plenty of surprises!

To make your own, simply buy 25 little presents or individually wrapped chocolates, wrap them up in gift wrapping paper (or in my case, newspaper) and then number them 1 to 25.

And if you are looking for ideas, here are some really nice ones that I found on the high street.

M&S 24 Mini Advent Christmas Crackers with 3D Nativity Set (£20)

Hotel Chocolat Luxury Truffles to Share Christmas Advent Calendar (£25)

John Lewis Buttonbag Make Your Own Advent Calendar (£12.99)

Debenhams Advent Stocking Garland (£12.50)

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