Showing posts with label christmas. Show all posts
Showing posts with label christmas. Show all posts

Friday, 1 January 2016

happy new year



Happy New Year lovelies!

I hope you have all had a wonderful Christmas and Santa bought you all you wished for.

As you will have noticed, it's been a while since I posted on the blog. I'm sorry to say life has got in the way (again)! I've struggled to keep the blog going due to circumstances but I don't want to bore with you with all that! Onwards and upwards! Positive vibes all the way!

I have missed being a part of this wonderful blogging community and feel sad that I have let things get in the way. All I can say is from today, I am going to be back here again doing what I love. New Year, New Me!

It feels good to be back.

Friday, 27 December 2013

a homemade, healthy muesli

I woke up this morning feeling slightly worse for wear, having eaten far too much over the last couple of days! I needed to eat something a little lighter for breakfast so I tucked into this delicious muesli. I made it a couple of days ago and it is full of Christmas flavours. It's so easy and quick to make and it tastes yummy!

Ingredients
400g porridge oats
75g unsweetened dessicated coconut
100g skinned hazlenuts
100g skinned Brazil nuts, roughly chopped
100g soft light brown sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon or mixed spice
1 tsp ginger
180ml water
120ml groundnut oil
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp fine sea salt
75g pitted dates, roughly chopped
75g dried apricots, roughly chopped
75g dried cranberries
50g crystallised ginger, finely chopped 

1. Preheat the oven to 170C/Gas Mark 3. Mix together all the dry ingredients in a large bowl and stir well.
2. Whisk the water, oil, vanilla and salt together and then stir in the dry ingredients.
3. Spread the mixture out in two, large shallow roasting trays. Roast in the oven for 20-30 minutes, stirring and swapping the trays occasionally, until the muesli is golden and crisp, checking frequently towards the end. Leave to cool.
4. Stir in the dried fruit and crystallised ginger. Store in an airtight container.
Makes about 1.3kg

It makes such a lovely breakfast. I had mine with milk but I'm sure it will taste great with Greek yoghurt too. 

Enjoy! I hope you have all enjoyed a very Merry Christmas!

Recipe taken from 'Christmas with Gordon'.


Monday, 23 December 2013

my top ten christmas playlist

These are my some of my favourite songs that I love to listen to when I'm busy wrapping presents, decorating the tree and baking Christmas goodies. As you can see, I have a very eclectic taste in music! 

My favourite song for me though has to be Dean Martin's Let It Snow. I absolutely love it; if there is one song that is guaranteed to brighten my day it is this one. Classic!

Click on the picture to hear them.


What Christmas songs do you love?

Have a lovely day everyone.

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

cape at christmas in broadway

Broadway. The Jewel of the Cotswolds! That is how some people refer to this beautiful village and I agree. A charming, magical place which holds a special place in my heart. I always get quite emotional when I visit here as it is still unspoilt and very beautiful. A piece of paradise.

Broadway dates back as far as the Roman times and at one time boasted thirty three public houses which there are still signs of today. Many of the limestone buildings date from the 16th century. The front doors of these lovely houses are just delightful in themselves.

This has to be my favourite row of houses in the village. Can you imagine living in one of these? 



We came across this guy driving an Austin 7 racing car that he was restoring. He looked like he would have been at home in 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang'! He posed for us and we gladly took a photo of him as he said he didn't have any photos of him in his pride and joy! Then off he went with a cheery adieu in his German accent!
I wore my much loved cape for this trip. I have a real love for capes and own quite a few in different colours! I wore it with a soft, comfy pink sweater and jeans and my Zara scarf. I spotted the booties when I was out shopping with my daughter. We both fell in love with them so we both bought a pair!




We stayed all day browsing round the village and quaint, little shops. I wanted to see the Christmas lights before I went home and I'm so glad I did; just beautiful. 

Have a lovely Wednesday.

Zara cape - last seen here
Topshop jeans - last seen here
Zara scarf - wardrobe
Primark booties
H&M satchel
Primark sunnies - wardrobe


Thursday, 21 November 2013

stocking fillers for her and him

It's coming up to that exciting time of year again and everyone loves stocking fillers! I don't know about you but I love shopping around for stocking fillers for the family! These are a few of my favourites for the ladies and gents this year. We all know good things come in small packages!