18 December 2012

Merry Christmas!

So the big day is nearly here! Hasn't it gone fast? 

This time next week I imagine the family will have full tummies and a content heart. Since hearing about the terrible tragedy in Connecticut, my heart has felt so heavy. Words cannot describe how awful of a time the parents and families are having, especially at this time of year. Something like this makes you appreciate the family you have and reminds you to be thankful for everyday and normality.


So what have you been up to? So far I haven't watched as many Christmas films as I had wanted to, but we've baked loads! Over the weekend we made Nigella's Yule Log, it tasted divine! It was so light, it didn't feel very 'naughty' at all (although it had lots of butter so I'm sure it was!).

         

We also made some Gingerbread. There was dough leftover so Ian & I decided to attempt making a gingerbread house. We cut the dough freehand and hoped for the best! 



It turned out really well. We were like two naughty children, with icing, marshmallows and glitter everywhere. It was so fun! We had so much of a laugh that we decided to make it a little tradition, although I think we will be rivals next year and will be having a small competition at who's looks the best.

I have been circling the programs I want to watch over Christmas in the Radio Times magazine. Do you do that in your home? It's such a tradition in ours, even if we end up not watching half of it! It's so nice just to sit and plan with a huge cup of tea.




It's my birthday on Sunday so i'm looking forward to a yummy cinnamon roll breakfast and then lunch out with my family. It's so close to christmas, sometimes i'm not sure that I like it THAT close but once it's here it's nice as everyone is jolly (although waiting for presents all year is a pain!).

If I don't manage to pop back on here before it arrives, have a wonderful Christmas!!

Gemma xXx

7 December 2012

Getting Festive!

From Left to right. Things I bought from Center Parcs. Candy Cane, Wrapping Presents for a friend, Pretty Lights, Crafting, Candles, Triple Chocolate Cookies, A Christmas Angel, Apples ready for baking, Christmas things from Sainsbury's, Making Rocky Road (so so naughty but so good!), Fairly lights on the mantel, A Snowflake, Keeping warm, My crochet votive, Our Christmas Tree.


I have been doing a lot of my favourite things recently. Christmas is well and truly here and i'm trying my hardest to make the most of it and soak every last bit up. Putting up the decorations and tree, baking, crafting, lighting candles, making things look pretty and getting cosy with my handmade blankets have been my favourite festivities so far!

We haven't watched any Christmas films yet. We had planned to but we started getting sucked into watching 'The Walking Dead' as we'd heard so many good things about it. A week later we have watched all of it up to date (Half way through season 3. We had some very late nights!). Probably the least Christmassy TV series ever but still fantastic!


So this weekend we are definitely going to be watching something festive...I'm hoping Elf as it's a favourite of mine. Other plans for the weekend include going to see the James Bond film finally (Thank you Lee!), baking and staying indoors keeping warm.

Happy Friday!

Gemma xXx

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