Friday, 18 December 2015

BLOGMAS DAY EIGHTEEN: Chocolate Reindeer Cookies

"but excuuuuuuse meeee," I hear you cry "where are days sixteen and seventeen??"

Well. I'll tell you. Some moron breathed on me and I caught the plague, so, until now, I have had no energy to write anything. Today was a chill-day for me though, so I was able to lie in and spend most of the morning in bed. 

I also made cookies!! Yaaaaaaaay!! (obviously the correct response to anyone when they announce they've made cookies.) They are ridiculously easy to make, here's how I did it:

85g unsalted butter [at room temperature. this is important.]
100g caster sugar
200g plain flour + some extra for when you roll out the dough
50g cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 large eggs
a pinch of salt

1. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees C or GM4.
2. Line your baking trays with greaseproof paper.
3. Mix together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. This is why you need soft butter.
4. Whisk the egg and vanilla and gradually add to the butter and sugar.
5. Sift in the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. 
6. Combine to form a dough. It will be quite sticky, but don't worry.
7. Wrap with cling film and pop into the fridge to chill for an hour.
8. Sprinkle your surface and rolling pin with some flour and roll out the dough.

9. Cut into whatever shape you want, I chose reindeers because it's Christmas, and place carefully onto a baking tray.

10. Bake for 10-15 minutes. When you remove them from the oven they may still be slightly soft, but they will firm up a lit when cooled. Anyway, sometimes I like a softer cookie.
11. Once completely cooled, it's time to decorate them!

I'm looking forward to eating one later with a giant mug of hot chocolate with whipped cream and marshmallows! *drools*

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

BLOGMAS DAY FIFTEEN: Dried Orange Slices

Is there nothing more festive than the citrusy scent of oranges wafting through your house? (no. there isn't.) 

Two weeks ago when I went to Waddesdon Manor (click here for what I got up to), I bought one of these beauties from the market:

So I decided to try my hand at drying out oranges myself! Not to make anything like this (I would if I had the time though!) but I'm hopefully going to make something with them.

It's such an easy craft to do, I can't believe how simple it was.

1. Buy oranges.
2. Chop up oranges into thin slices.
3. Put onto kitchen roll for awhile to soak up excess juice.
4. Preheat your oven to as low as you can go. 
5. Line a baking tray with grease-proof paper. (Everyone on the interwebs seems to have different methods, but this one is working for me.)
6. Arrange slices onto tray.
7. "Bake" for 2-3 hours, although it may take longer depending on your oven, turning every 30 minutes.
8. Remove from oven.

Here is what mine looks like:

SIMPLES! Apparently they last for years if you keep them in a airtight box.

Has anyone else got any tips on drying out oranges? 

Monday, 14 December 2015


What’s your favourite thing about Winter?
Frosty mornings when the sun is shining. 

Scarves or beanies?

Favourite holiday movie?
White Christmas.

Favourite winter nail polish?
I love painting my nails red this time of year. Something glittery is also good too.

Favourite holiday drink?
Snowball! Advocaat + lime juice + lemonade = AMAZING!

Top 3 winter essentials?
Fluffy socks. Snuggly pyjamas. Fleecy blanket/throw.

What’s 1 item on my Christmas list?
Inside Out dvd. I haven't asked for much this year as I don't really need anything.

Must have winter lip product?
Lip balm! My go-to at the moment is either a tube of Carmex or Honey Trap by Lush.

Favourite winter candle scents?
Yankee Candle's 'Sugar Cookie' is my current fave.

What’s your Christmas day outfit?
Pyjama's all day long if I can get away with it!

Sunday, 13 December 2015


Peace on earth, can it be
Years from now, perhaps we'll see
See the day of glory
See the day, when men of good will
Live in peace, live in peace again

Peace on earth, can it be
Every child must be made aware
Every child must be made to care
Care enough for his fellow man
To give all the love that he can

Saturday, 12 December 2015

BLOGMAS DAY TWELVE: Festive Nails #1

Today marks the half-way point of Blogmas 2015! *gulps* I still can't understand how I've managed to get a post written and up for 7am each morning. I did plan on writing lots of posts in advance, but that plan has gone out the window lately. Maybe this weekend I'll catch up. Who knows?

Today is also the day of my work's Christmas party and I'm not going this year because I am a Party Pooper. Seriously through, I just can't be bothered to get dressed up just to stand awkwardly in a cramped place with loud music with people I can barely tolerate most days (not talking about all of the lovelies I work with - just the majority!). So I'm gonna spend it curled up on the sofa watching Strictly and then probably a Christmas movie.

But who says that just because I'm not leaving the house, my nails can't get festive? 

BASE COAT: Hyde Park - Nails Inc
COLOUR: The Black Knight - Butter London
TOP COAT: Westminster Bridge Matte - Nails Inc

I was definitely not planning on using a matte top coat but, alas! I seem to have mislaid my usual one. Heigh ho. I rather like the effect it gave my nails though!

See you all again tomorrow! xx

Friday, 11 December 2015

BLOGMAS DAY ELEVEN: Stocking Fillers for Children

and by "children" I mean, little AND big because if someone gave me any of these as a pressie, I certainly wouldn't complain!

1. Confetti Hearts Clasp Purse | £4.00 | Cath Kidston
2. Provence Rose Headband | £4.00 | Cath Kidston
3. Racing Car Pencil Case | £8.00 | Cath Kidston
4. Tiny Trains Drinking Bottle | £6.00 | Cath Kidston
5. Wind-up Penguin | £3.00 | Paperchase
6. Christmas Character Stickers | £1.50 | Paperchase
7. Christmas Stamp Set | £6.00 | Paperchase
8. Elf Bathtime Rubber Duck | £5.00 | John Lewis
9. Christmas Socks | £12.95 | Joules
10. The Twelve Days of Christmas | £3.00 | M&S
11. The Jolly Postman/The Jolly Christmas Postman | £9.99 ea. | Waterstones (here and here)

Thursday, 10 December 2015

BLOGMAS DAY TEN: Favourite Christmas Songs

It's December 10th already?? HOW HAVE I MANAGED TO POST TEN DAYS IN A ROW?!

Is there any better way to get into the Christmas spirit than to listen to Christmas music? Here are my Top 10 all time favourites in the form of a Spotify playlist. Enjoy.

A very special mention also goes to Michael Bublé's Christmas album because that is essential for when you are doing Christmas baking.

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

BLOGMAS DAY NINE: Christmas At Lush

We all know how much of a Lush fiend I am, and when the Christmas items come into store, I become 100 billionty times worse. I wish they could sell the festive items all year round but I guess we all need something to look forward to each year.

The only thing from their Christmas range that I don't like is Snow Fairy. FAR too sickly sweet for my liking!

These are a few items that I picked up recently. I haven't used any of them yet, but I'm definitely looking forward to! Bubble baths on a cold winters night are one my favourite things.

Dashing Santa bath bomb

Luxury Lush Pud bath bomb

Yog Nog bath bomb

Father Christmas bath bomb

Butter Bear bath bomb

What's your favourite item from Lush's Christmas products?

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

BLOGMAS DAY EIGHT: The Christmas Tag

HIYA EVERYONE! I've missed actually typing out words. Photo posts are all well and good but they can be a bit too much for some people! Especially 5 in a row! Anyways, as I very rarely go outside and do stuff, I think all you'll get from me for the rest of blogmas is chatty posts with pictures of food or christmas trees thrown in.

I saw this tag on another blog, so I thought it would be a great thing to do on mine. 

Favourite Christmas movie? 
Must I pick just the one? *sighs* 'White Christmas'. There is nothing I don't like about that movie. In fact, there is nothing I don't like about any Christmas movie. 

Do you open your Christmas presents in the morning or afternoon? 
In the morning, after breakfast. Even as a child, I used to open my stocking in bed and then have to wait until breakfast was over to open all my main presents.

Do you have a favourite Christmas memory? 
Having my grandparents (Dad's parents) over for dinner either on Christmas Day itself or Boxing Day. They used to alternate the days each year between us and the rest of the family.

Favourite festive food? 
PIGS IN BLANKETS!! yumyumyum!

Favourite Christmas gift? 
I can't remember how old I was, but my grandparents gave a box set of all the Narnia books one year and I finished reading the whole lot within a week.

Favourite Christmas scent? 
The smell of all the baking with cinnamon and mixed spice, mingled together with festive scented candles of frankincense.

Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?
I used to go to Midnight Mass, but as I've worked pretty much the last few Christmas Eve's, the only tradition I have is going home, falling on the sofa and watching either something carolly on the TV or putting on a Christmas movie! With a strong mug of coffee in my hand and a mince pie on my plate of course.

What tops your tree? 
An angel who you'll surely meet when we eventually buy our tree (real all the way). We've had her on our tree for as long as I can remember.

What's the best part of Christmas for you? 
Giving presents. Spending time with your loved ones. Everyone saying a hearty "merry christmas!" to each other even if they are strangers.

Monday, 7 December 2015

BLOGMAS DAY SEVEN: Waddesdon Manor - Part Five


Well. That's it from the Waddesdon Manor posts! I hope you enjoyed them and got some festive inspiration for tree decorating.

See you all again tomorrow at 7am! xx

Sunday, 6 December 2015

BLOGMAS DAY SIX: Waddesdon Manor - Part Four


  You can fly! You can fly! You can fly!


Peering into Narnia from the bright city of Ward Drobe in the far land of Spare Oom