Happy 21st December {Blogmas}

Yesterday, I attempted to make a gingerbread house! Now, I have been really looking forward to making it and I wanted to give myself lots of time on it!

Yesterday, I attempted to make a gingerbread house and it went dramatically wrong!

I mixed the dough and it was so wet, it stuck to everything.. I ended up spending more time cleaning the mess up, than actually making it! I had a little google and tried my hardest to make it more pliable.. I managed to make it to a consistency I was fairly happy with and began cutting it all out. By this point I was past making it and wanted to give up, but I persisted and managed to get the gooey, sticky mess onto a lined baking tray..

12 minutes later I pulled out the goods from the oven, it smelt good enough.. I looked in horror as some of the sides had risen to triple their size! I cut away at them and thought they looked ok, but by the time I was ready to assemble they actually wouldn’t meet, and don’t get me started on the icing sugar!

I am slightly cak-handed and although I managed to put the icing into the piping back, somehow it made its way back out the top! After several attempts of trying to put this thing together, I gave up and ended up throwing it in the bin, it started to resemble the gooey mess I had started with!

Next year, I am going to buy a ready made gingerbread house where all I have to do is put the thing together! I was going to Moo and H to help me, but I am rather chuffed I didn’t! I am not sure my stress levels would of coped!

So until tomorrow, I shall leave you with this…

Here comes Santa Claus, here comes Santa Claus, 
Right down Santa Claus lane
Vixen and Blitzen and all his reindeer
Pullin’ on the reins
Bells are ringin’, children singin’
All is merry and bright
Hang your stockings and say your prayers
‘Cause Santa Claus comes tonight!

All You Need Is Family…

The last few weeks I have come to realise that it’s family that make you smile..

I have wonderful parents, although not together any more, both have moved on and both are happy and I am extremely lucky for both relationships I have with them..

My sister is one of my bestest friend and I know she would drop everything for me {if only she drove} She is always there at the end of the telephone. She is just a short drive from me, and we meet on a regular basis. My other sister works a lot and has a very busy life with her 3 boys and I take my hat of to her, she does so well and although I don’t see her regularly, I would hope she knows I am only a telephone call away.. Then there is my step brother, who I hardly see at all, but I know I could phone or FaceTime and we would have a right ole giggle..

My other family are Mr B’s family and I have gained two wonderful parent inlaws who I get on so well with and I am very fortunate to have in my life. I have also gained two very lovely, kind hearted, loving sisters who again mean the world to me, they are so special to me I couldn’t ask for anyone better to become my “sisters”

I have to friends I still see from school and although it’s not very often I see them, they are friends that you can pick up where you left off, and I am lucky to have them. Then there are friends I don’t see very often which is a shame, but school life gets in the way and sometimes its hard to find the right time to meet up, but I know If I was too call or text, I would get a hello or a reply and they would be there for me..

Then there is my best friend who I talk to everyday, have FaceTime calls with on a weekly basis and text near enough everyday.. He is so special to me, and I know if I needed something he would do his damn hardest to help..

And lastly Mr B, my bestest friend ever, my soul mate, my husband and my confident, the man I say “I love you too” the man I shed tears too when I need to let them fall and the man who listens to me and keeps me level headed and down to earth.. I am so very lucky to have him and I am so glad he is mine..

At the end of the day, all you need is family..

Happy 20th December {Blogmas}

This year throughout December, I have seen lots of lovely traditions. My favourite being, the book advent which KA over at life as our little family started prepping in November. I love this idea and it one I want to do next year.

We have little traditions but they are the bog standard ones, Christmas Eve pyjamas being a recent one for us since having children.. Mr B always received Christmas Eve pj’s and he has just carried that on..

Others which I want to start doing, maybe next year now because its a bit late, are the Christmas Eve boxes. I love this idea and think it so sweet when they open them up to find lots of goodness inside to get you through Christmas Eve!

This year I did buy a book for Christmas Eve, a special Christmas book.. I am so excited to read it, the first was a huge hit in our household and had us all laughing out loud!

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What traditions do you have when it comes to the month of December?

So, until tomorrow, I shall leave you with this…

The snow’s coming down
I’m watching it fall
Watching the people around
Baby please come home

Happy 19th December {Blogmas}

With only 6 days till Christmas Eve, and so much more to do, I am quietly panicking!

Today, is Moo’s last day at school and H’s last day at play school, whilst they are out of the house, me and Mr B will be cramming in as much wrapping as possible! We are struggling as to where to put the wrapped presents. The flat had its perks when we lived there, a loft hatch in the main bedroom which was accessible when 2 little children were asleep. Now we have a loft hatch in the hall and with Moo and H’s bedroom door open there is no way we can get the presents down with either one noticing! Plus Mr B will no doubt wake them up with all the commotion!

We have a tiny room at the back of our lounge, with a door. We have had to cover it up with a blanket, add a lock and for the next 6 days that is where the wrapped presents will live. I am hoping they don’t go and grab a chair and let themselves in!

What do you do with your wrapped presents? Do you have a special hiding place? I always remember my mum used to hide them in the wardrobe or under the bed! {I was one of those children that went peaking!}

So until tomorrow I shall leave you with this…

Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer 
had a very shiny nose. 
And if you ever saw him, 
you would even say it glows.

Love The Little Things #51

Happy Friday peeps… Another week has passed and its time for another little catch up with all the lovely bloggers that link up with Morgana and their #littleloves

Today is thankfully school holiday day! Its been a long time coming and I think Moo {and me} are so ready for it!

I have been loving lots though this week, so without further ado…

Read

Righto, I bought my self an amazon gift card so I could download some books for my kindle.. I have a long long list of books I want too read and I just do not know where to start!

I also bought a TV mag this week {I think the last time I did that was when I lived at home with my mum!} Sometimes I think its better to have it there in front of you rather than flicking through a planner on the screen! I have already gone through and circled lots to watch this christmas!

Watched

The Missing?!?! My word.. It ended in a climax didn’t it? I am pretty gutted that the next season will not be about the Olly case and a completely new one, as you are left wondering was it him! I am sure it was, but as an audience watching we need firm facts it was! I had a feeling in the penultimate episode who had caused all of this mess {trying not to give spoilers away!} If you haven’t watched it yet, it was such a good twist and well played to the BBC for such a good series!

Heard

I heard Moo sing her heart out at her school production.. She did ever so well and made me extremely proud!

I have also been listening to lots of Christmas songs, and this is one I am always singing along too..

Wore

I actually got dressed up last week for Mr B’s work do.. I wore a lovely pink dress and some mink heels.. Its really not often we get to go out, so it was nice to spend time together {albeit it being a work do} but the main thing was actually socialising! Mr B drank a little too much and as I was chauffeur I stayed off the drink! It was nice to dress up though!

Made

This week has been a lazy week for me, Mr B has been working late’s so I have been eating pretty badly! Sunday I made a toad in the hole though!

‘And lastly..’

My confidence has been knocked hugely when it comes to blogging, and I was so close to closing this blog down and giving up on it all this week.. I am still having a few confidence issues and hopefully over the christmas break it will get better.. This blog is my space I share my life with and when something happens it makes me think.. This week has been a bad week for me and I really really hope it eases soon and I can write with the passion I had before.. I am constantly looking over my shoulder now, wondering whats going to be said about it and I just wish I could forget about all the things that have happened..

Hope you all have a lovely weekend!

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Happy 18th December {Blogmas}

Its all about my top 5 christmas songs today.. Its been a struggle, but here they are starting at 5..

Santa Claus is coming to town {Bruce Springsteen}

Christmas {Please come home} {U2}

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Merry Christmas Everybody {Slade}

I wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday {Wizard}

So until tomorrow I will leave you with the above songs to get yourself into the christmas spirit {If your not already of course!}

Fairytale of New York {The Pogues}

Christmas Productions…

On Tuesday, I went to see Moo in her school production. This year she played the part of a choir member. She was slightly upset that she wasn’t actually on the stage but I told her she had a very important part, I mean, you have to have a lovely singing voice to get into the choir don’t you?

Moo has been practising so hard with her singing at every opportunity. I hear her singing when she is on the toilet {best place to practise if you ask me, no distractions!} Having a shower, and at bedtime, H I am sure was fed up with it all I am sure, he complained several times she was keeping him awake!

I managed to get front row seats, and although Moo was slightly shy and at first wasn’t giving it her all, she soon settled into it and belted out each and every song.. The whole class did exceptionally well and really worked really hard to pull the production together..

It was lovely to watch and I was so proud of Moo, even though it was a little part {I can’t complain, she was the star last year, which was kind of a big part!} She did good and its all about the taking part!

Happy 17th December

Along with my lovely picture thats taking pride of place on my fire surround, I also have some other little trinkets around the house..

One being these cute little crocheted puds.. I am yet to master the skill of amigurumi crochet, I managed to pick these little cuties up at Moo’s bazaar.. I would love to be able to make these and so much more to decorate my house in {I feel like I am turning into an old lady!}

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Maybe next year…

So until tomorrow I shall leave you with this…

Oh the weather outside is frightful
But the fire is so delightful
And since we’ve no place to go
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

Happy 16th December {Blogmas}

Decorating is the key thing at christmas and along with the tree and the lights, I love all the little things you can get.. Last week was Moo’s school bazaar and I managed to pick up some really very cute crochet puddings.. I like them so much I managed to get another 4 and some cute little santa faces..

I also got one of these lovely little pictures, I am loving all the christmas decorations this year!

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So, until tomorrow, I shall leave you with this..

Sleigh bells ring, are you listening, 
In the lane, snow is glistening
A beautiful sight,
We’re happy tonight.
Walking in a winter wonderland.

Happy 15th December! {Blogmas}

More food posts, as these are just adorable and I will be making them *hopefully* with Moo and H next Monday.. again, I have cheated and nabbed the recipe from Good Food, but I am sure you can tweak it to how you want them, I won’t be using pretzels for mine, I will use some other form of chocolaty stick..

Ingredients

  • 200g fondant icing sugar
  • 6 white marshmallows
  • 6 large cookies
  • 24 mini chocolate beans
  • 6 pretzel sticks
  • tube black writing icing

Method

  1. Put the icing sugar into a bowl and add cold water a teaspoon at a time until the mixture is runny but thick enough to coat a spoon.
  2. Ask an adult to snip the marshmallows in half using wetted scissors.
  3. Spoon a little icing onto each cookie and attach half a marshmallow. Using a little icing, stick the other half on top at an angle. Drizzle a little more icing onto the cookie to make melting snow.
  4. Break the pretzel sticks in half and place on the cookie for arms. Stick orange chocolate beans on for the noses. Stick three chocolate beans on each cookie to represent buttons.
  5. Using the writing icing, pipe small blobs for the eyes and mouth. Leave to set.

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Picture courtesy of Good Food

So, until tomorrow, I shall leave you this with..

Frosty the Snowman,
was a jolly happy soul,
With a corn cob pipe
and a button nose,
and two eyes made of coal.