Thursday, 27 December 2012

Christmas 2012

Hello everyone! How are you all, and did you all have a lovely Christmas?

I had a wonderful time (despite still being slightly poorly!). I spent Christmas Eve making desserts for the big day and relaxing whilst watching Classic Christmas telly - and I definitely needed this as Christmas Day certainly was manic!

DC and I got up at 6am to open presents before heading out to see his family at 7.30am to watch his nieces and nephews open all of theirs. I have certainly been spoiled! A massive thank you to all of my friends and family x


We then had a lovely breakfast and went on to visit my family at home. It wasn't long before my Dad took us and my brother along to the pub for a couple of festive drinks (non-alcoholic for me, the designated driver of course!). By 2pm, we were back at home putting the finishing touches to the desserts, and then went back to DC's family for a delicious meal and Christmas fun for the rest of the day. I am proud to say that my puddings were a complete success! To start, I made a traditional Christmas Yule Log...

I found the recipe on Nigella's website, but for extra effect, DC covered the chocolate icing in crushed Flake pieces, and then I sprinkled icing sugar for that 'snowed on' effect - it really was delicious, even if I say so myself! I highly recommend this recipe.

Next up, Christmas Mess. I admit, I stole this idea from Cleethorpes' Coach House's menu (where we had our work Christmas do), but I am so pleased I did!


Simply whip up (literally) cream and add crushed meringue (I used shop-bought) and cranberries. To go with it, I quickly made a cranberry coulis (the recipe from Martha Stewart's website is here) which was so easy to make but so effective. I will be making fruit coulis all the time now!

Finally, I made my homemade Chocolate Truffles - both Nutella and white chocolate.


If you would like to know how to make these little delights, I have blog post about them here.

Of course, the calm of Boxing Day meant it was time to play with the presents! A very good friend of mine gave me a very pretty Tinkerbell ornament for the Christmas tree from Disneyland Paris, so of course I had to add it...


... I lit my little Christmas Rose Yankee Candle in my Christmas jar (both gifts from my brother)...


...whilst chilling in my Christmas Pajamas (a present from my Secret Santa!)...

(Please excuse the messy room!)

... and drinking Bucks Fizz in my funky new 'Fashionista' glass (and eating choclate!)


Coddy had been teasing me all week about his present, bringing out a giant box and saying he couldn't wait for me to open it... Inside the box, was another big box, which contained a smaller, wrapped box. In this, there was the brand new 4th genertion iPad!! I honestly did not expect this AT ALL!


I absolutely love it, I feel like such a lucky girl! So now I am on the hunt for a fab case or cover (if you know of any good sites, please let me know!)

Now I am going to recover from all of the good food I have eaten by stuffing myself with sweets and chocolate...

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