Thursday, 19 December 2013

Gifts for the teachers and the elves!

When I came back from the school carol concert, which was wonderful, I finished the teacher presents then bagged and tagged them; my amaretti, raspberry kisses and marshmallow snowballs - simple but effective. I absolutely love giving homemade things, at any time of the year, and Christmas seems just made for this pleasure! 

I should add that the snowballs are something children can make really easily. Just melt them some white chocolate, dip the mallows in it and then put desiccated coconut in a plastic pot with a lid and give each one a gentle shake. When covered they only take a little while to dry then they can be kept in an airtight box for about 10 days or bagged up as gifts.

Also, after tea this evening me and the boys made elf cookies. It was simple as you just use something like a honey nut loop, coat it in chocolate and then cover in festive sprinkles! The hoops are not so defined as they could be but the boys loved making them and are sure the elves will really like them!

These are just drying on some baking parchment before we keep them in a box until Christmas Eve!

Hope you liked my yummy treats to eat?

Catch ya later. xx

It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year - for a trip to Lapland!!


Well, here we are and only six days to go until the big HO HO! However our journey to visit Santa in Lapland begins on Sunday morning with an early flight from Manchester!
As a family we are really getting very excited, the spare bedroom is full of our things still to be packed, but that will be done shortly and we have a lovely family meal planned for Friday evening.

We will be getting the boys up early on Saturday morning to tire them out so they are ok to get up very early on Sunday, therefore I have Christmas muffins and hot chocolate with marshmallows planned along with a festive film for when they get up. Mmmm, may have to have some myself!

Before that I still have a few school things to do. I am off to the carol concert in a little while and very much looking forward to that. Then tomorrow is the last day of term so teacher presents will be delivered in the morning, will post pictures either later on or tomorrow.

Must dash so catch ya later! x

Sunday, 15 December 2013

Deck The Halls With Boughs Of Holly!

Hello there and a merry Christmas! I don't think I have actually wished you that yet.

I thought I would share my decorations with you as I just love this time of the year and even as close as we are I keep adding things here and there. Plus, seeing as we are going away in a week I really should stop, but what the heck!

Let's start with my favourite decorations, the mantlepiece

and the kitchen shelf.

The Peter and Pam book on the left, you may remember, is my boot fair find and along side it is a childhood book I still love to this day and enjoy reading to my boys.

This Peace peg is one of my own Christmas makes now sitting on our tree.

I think it is important to decorate as many spaces in your house as possible, hence the corner near the kettle,
and atop the microwave get the festive treatment, too! And finally the tree. Our fake, white one this year due to us going away and I LOVE it. Lots of things the boys have made, including popcorn garlands, are on it plus some of my things.
I also absolutely love the vintage filter I have added to the picture which I found on my mobile!
Ok, finally finished this post after accidentally publishing it when it was not quite ready. Hoping to get back here before we leave for Lapland, however with school Xmas plays, carol concerts, last visits from family members AND packing it may only be a quick Ho Ho Ho before I go.
Catch ya later. xx