It’s CHRISTMAAAAAASSSSS!!

Merry Christmas everyone!!

 

 

Hope you’re all having a fantastic day wherever you are, whatever you’re doing and whoever you’re with 🙂

 

Xoxo

Major stress attack!

Ok, I can finally breathe again now! Our Internet is down at home thanks to a fault with Sky (could be worse I guess, it could be the television). So here I am at my Grandmas using her wifi, multitasking like a trooper; blogging, baking, stressing! The cake doesn’t seem to want to bake very fast and I’m on a tight schedule, trauma. On the plus side, I’ve still managed to take some pics for the blog so I can share the cake and recipe with you all sometime after Christmas and when the net is fixed.

I’ve scheduled a blog for tomorrow, because nobody wants to be blogging Christmas Day, but I felt the need to do a Merry Christmas post…..there goes the element of surprise haha

Best check the cake, ciao for now.

Xoxo

Christmas stress!!

I’m officially getting a teeeensy bit tense now for the festive period. In the next 48 hours I need to:

  1. Make Shortbread
  2. Make Double Choc Choc Chip Cookies
  3. Make a birthday cake
  4. Make some jam
  5. Make a batch of bath goodies
  6. Put together my Grandma and Grandads mini goodie basket
  7. Sort out the boyfriends mini hamper
  8. Wrap the last few presents
  9. Go delivering said presents
  10. Make Nigella’s Grasshopper Pie
  11. Find the god damn Creme De Cacao Blanc for the above pie
  12. Tidy my room
  13. Do a pretty large amount of washing, including bedding (or should I buy some new…….)
  14. Take a trip to Halifax to buy a birthday present
  15. Go to M&S to exchange some clothes
  16. Go to the vets to top up on cat food, tablets and for my cat to have his steroid jab
  17. Cry.

The last one may come within the next few minutes. I guess I can at least check one thing off of the ever growing list right?

And does anybody else ever get paranoid that the things you’ve bought just don’t look enough now they’re wrapped? Whatever happened to the good old days where you could buy a lot of LARGE presents that were reasonably cheap yet looked like you’d spent a load? Nowadays everything costs more but is so much smaller (yes APPLE I’m looking at you!!) So you have a few small presents sat under your tree looking a little but sad but in actual fact, these presents cost you well over £150! It’s madness I tell you, madness!

Right, I guess instead of having a merry old rant on here I should maybe make a start on that list (did I mention that my car also needs a new battery so only starts when it feels like it, add to the stress why don’t you!)

Xoxo

Box of chocolates birthday cake

Today was the day I finally decided what cake to make for Christmas eve! It’s mums fiancés birthday (hope I’ve used the correct spelling there haha he’s a man, just so ya know) and I thought it would be nice to do him a cake again, last year I did one which tasted great but….didn’t look the best, it was my first ever attempt at a cake. SO given that he’s an absolute chocolate addict, I thought I’d do a cake like a box of chocs 🙂

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This is the cake that inspired me. I’m writing this from my iPod so the pic may need spinning around haha but you get the idea! I shall keep y’all posted.

Xoxo

January sales!!

Is it wrong that we haven’t even got Christmas out of the way yet but I’m scoping out the shops for the January sales? Every time I go into Topshop or New Look I keep thinking, ooo I’ll look out for you in a week or so, or, ooo open Boxing Day! I’m even scouring Net-a-Porter too! Not that you can really predict what’s gonna be in the sale online so I don’t know why I’m bothering on that score but, I-just-can’t-help-it!!  I have my Christmas money burning a hole in my pocket but the Yorkshire person in me is saying ‘don’t spend it yet, just wait until everything has come down in price’.

This is what I feel like!!

I don’t want to sound like a stamping Stan but when you come away from what’s supposed to be a productive day shopping with nothing but 3 packs of raisins and a bag of prunes (I also have a Holland and Barrett obsession), there is something wrong my friends.

I will be making my presence felt though as soon as Boxing Day arrives, and I worry that I may look something like this….

The heat is on.....

SCORE!

Don't mess with a woman at a sale....

And then comes the reality that I can't fit anything else into my wardrobe dammit!

….and in that actual order! The Shopaholic film is one of my favourite films of all time, possibley because I can relate to her so well haha.

Xoxo

Online Shopping

I have to say, hand on heart, I do not know what I would have done this year without the internet! It has been my saviour this Christmas, I haven’t had to fight with people in the shops once, because when I’ve gone into towns, it’s been for pleasure and the odd bits! Though, yes, I did have the odd tantrum in Leeds because of Starbucks, they really should train their workers better, just the basics you know, like how to speak English! Always helps when discussing someones intolerances for a drink.

ANYWAY, I digress. Yesterday I helped my Grandma do her very first order online with Ocado and she’s so happy with them! They delivered tonight and everything was packed well for her and the dates were really good on the products. You always wonder don’t you if they’re gonna pull a Tesco on you and give you all the nearest dates so you have to eat 12 yoghurts, 4 loaves of bread, a pack of Flora, a bag of apples, bananas and oranges, drink 2 bottles of milk all within 48 hours! Never good. I have a feeling that now she’s taken the plunge once though, she’ll be a regular shopper with them now. Her back isn’t great these days and carrying carrier bags full of detergents does worry me. Not that you can really tell, I mean she decided to pull out the furniture the other day to do some cleaning, all by herself, she’s a one!!

Ah Christmas how I love thee!

I am well and truly in the Christmas spirit now too, Christmas films a plenty, Christmas songs and lots of food! I only wish Krispy Kreme did home delivery, that would be the ultimate…..although maybe not for my waistline! (Note to self: New Years Resolution must be to go walking for exercise!!)

 

Is it a bird, is it a plane, NO IT'S SUPER NIC!

 

I also got a lot of inspiration for my Christmas presents from Pinterest. Now I know I have linked to this site before but I LOVE IT! It’s a serious obsession and has been for a while now, I’ve made a couple of gifts for friends from it, hope they like them!

I’m off to get my Buble on now, you know it’s Christmas when Michael Buble’s on the tele. LOVE. So I will leave you with links to some of my favourite websites:

Getting Personal

Pinterest – of course!

Victoria’s Secret

Find me a gift

Amazon

Selfridges

ASOS

 

Enjoy my friends, I will be back!!

 

Xoxo

 

 

 

Christmas time in Frankfurt – lots of pics!!

Given that the festive season is now in full swing, I thought I’d flash back to a couple of years ago when I went with my boyfriend for a break to Frankfurt. He couldn’t decide what he wanted for Christmas so decided he’d like a break from the madness here in England. We timed it just right for the Christmas markets too, perfect!

We stayed at the Innside by Melia Frankfurt Eurotherm and without a doubt, it was the best hotel I’ve stayed in in Europe!!

Now, I’ll be honest, I struggled not knowing much German and I didn’t have a translator guide BUT I just about got by, especially when we ate at the hotel restaurant (which by the way was gorgeous!) It was the first time I’d had duck l’orange and OMG! I’m generally limited with food but back in 2009 I was really bad. Walking around at night trying to find a restaurant where someone understands you, sells regular food and isn’t packed to the point where you’re waiting 40 minutes was no easy feat and me being me, took my bat home slightly which is how we ended up at the hotel. Best decision ever.

The markets were so so festive. With our hats, gloves and scarves on, we braved the biting cold and explored for hours. Crossing the Rhine bridge was possibly the coldest thing I have ever experienced but some quality Gluhwein was waiting for us at the other end. I don’t remember much else about the day after that, I think it contained a LOT of rum as well as red wine. What happy times.

Hopefully sometime soon I’ll be able to experience something like this again, Winter in Venice (Las Vegas, Google it, you’ll fall in love) is the ultimate aim.

Xoxo

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