How we spent Christmas..

Hi guys,

Happy Boxing Day! I hope you’re having a fantastic festive season – if you’re braving the sales today: good luck!

I thought I’d just give you an update on how OH and I spent Christmas yesterday. We had spent Christmas Eve watching all the Christmas specials until around 3am. We both opened a present at midnight (family tradition). So Christmas morning we woke up quite late – 11am for me as I promised my sister I’d make her dauphinoise potatoes to go with the roast lamb for Christmas lunch.

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Lunch was at around 3pm as Dad had underestimated how long it took to roast a lamb leg! We had roast lamb, roast potatoes, mash, dauphinoise potatoes, carrots, sprouts, Yorkshire pudding and lots of gravy and mint sauce (not very SW, I know), followed by some Christmas pud & custard.

Presents followed and although I didn’t really want anything, I did get a few great presents. All the chocolates have been given to my OH to snack on when he’s gaming!

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These are just a few of the things I received. OH got me a special money box as well as the bookmark/pen set (I love stationery and books!) and he made me a vase with little turtles and ladybirds which I thought was super cute. My mum bought me a watch (which actually fits – my wrists are usually massive and won’t fit normal watches). I also received an owl, some money, an iPod nano for my car and a vent phone holder (really useful).

No Christmas is complete without Christmas leftovers and in true form I got myself a lamb and mint sauce sandwich (again not SW friendly) but absolutely scrummy!

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Now I’m tucked up in bed watching rubbish TV and having a snack of clementines. I’m feeling today’s food weighing down my stomach at the mo so I’m looking forward to more SW friendly food which seems kinder to my insides!

I think tomorrow (Boxing Day) will be spent prepping my food for Sunday so I don’t have to worry too much on the day. Other than that I think my house needs an absolute blitz. All my pre-Christmas baking has made my kitchen look like a flour bomb has exploded in it!

So, I shall leave you for now. I may blog on Sunday with all the (not-SW-friendly) food and then it’ll be back on the wagon for me.

Until next time.. x


Merry Christmas

Hi guys,

Sorry I haven’t posted much in the last couple of weeks. We’ve been overrun at work and I was inundated with my exam revision so my body’s been telling me to take a rest! I have been pretty busy with last minute wrapping and baking & now it’s nearing the end of Christmas Day, I’m finally snuggled up in bed, catching up on my favourite Youtube videos and generally just chilling.

I hope everyone is having a fantastic Christmas! We had a lovely Christmas dinner with a roasted lamb leg and lots of veggies (and mint sauce!). As I may have mentioned before, I’m having friends over for another Christmas and I’ll be eating as I want on that day.

FRIENDS’ CHRISTMAS MENU: roast pork belly with stuffing, dauphinoise potatoes, roast new potatoes, carrot and swede mash, sprouts, roasted parsnips, sausage meat stuffing with chestnuts and sage, pigs in blankets and gravy. We’re then having Chinese hotpot in the evening so there will be meat slices, enoki and oyster mushrooms, winter melon, chinese leaf, fishballs galore and prawns – so excited!

I will be eating relatively healthy from now until then. I haven’t managed to make the past two weigh ins as I’ve just been so busy. I’m looking forward to Tuesday’s as I believe we will be getting new packs! Definitely exciting to see what new changes are in store.

So.. to sum up, I hope you’ve all had a fantastic day and not worried too much about what is passing your lips. I hope you’ve had a great day with family and ready to bring in the New Year!

Until next time.. x

Early Christmas Present & Christmas Plans

Hi guys,

So Christmas is just under 2 weeks away and it’s pretty insane how this year has flown by, especially the last few weeks. I was really surprised the other day as my sister surprised me with an early Christmas present! This has become a bit of a tradition for us as it is almost ALWAYS baking related so I can use it to make some sort of Christmas baking for presents.

This year she bought something I didn’t even know existed! A personalised rolling pin (for the final roll) which says Made by YB.

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I’m excited to use this as I’m making shortbread so I think it’ll be nice to personalise it. I’ll definitely let you know how it goes. The plan is to roll it out using a normal one and then rolling over with this to imprint onto the surface. So happy 🙂

My baking plans are a bit crazy this year. I’m baking for slightly more people than usual (though the hamper for my Aunt is being made later as this year we won’t be seeing her until after Christmas). I’m making a total of 9 hampers of various sizes and I’m planning on making a start on them after my exam on Thursday.

I’m making the following: chinese sausage and cheese scones, cupcakes with various fillings, carrot cake, chocolate brownies, gluten free chocolate brownies, gluten free madeleines, mini cheese and onion pies, flapjacks, shortbread, sate chicken skewers, egg tarts and pineapple buns.

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I made my Christmas baking list yesterday and it’s absolutely insane! Luckily I bought The Mirror yesterday as it has a £15 off voucher (on a £75 shop) so I’m going to hopefully get a bulk (if not all!) of the ingredients as well as some bits for Christmas and a food shop as well. We’ve changed our Christmas plans a bit this year and will just be having a quiet one at home so Dad’s in charge of the turkey and I’ll probably be in charge of side dishes.

Also on the 28th I’ll be having a few friends over for a Christmas dinner/roast. We’re cooking for around 10 people so the plan is that we’ll do a roast rolled belly pork with stuffing, roast new potatoes, Dauphinoise potatoes (sister’s request), carrot and swede mash, sprouts with bacon, pigs in blankets, roast parsnips and gravy. We were going to have turkey but I only have a small oven so I figured belly pork would take less room (and less cook time!). We’ll be having an afternoon of playing board games and watching films and everyone is bringing an item for Chinese hotpot so it’ll be nice spending a lazy day with them. I mentioned that our friend is moving back to China, so this will also kind of be a leaving party for him so hopefully the food will be good!

What are your Christmas plans? Are you more chilled about it or do you enjoy taking everything on? Let me know in the comments 🙂

Until next time.. x