You may well already know that I don’t like dried fruit. So why am I sharing a Gluten Free Mince Pies recipe? The reason is this, we decided to make the whole house gluten free I as found I was still suffering with the effects of being glutened regularly. After much debate we put it down to the kids. Although they understand my illness, they don’t always take the right care and it’s those stray crumbs that were doing me in. So our whole house is a Gluten free zone and I feel all the better for it.
Hubby is a massive Mince Pies fan and basically rolls from eating Hot Cross Buns for half the year to Mince Pies the next. So I could not deny him this pleasure. I am really pleased with the pastry texture for these Mince Pies and they got hubbies approval. Continue reading “Gluten Free Mince Pies Recipe”
When I said to my boys I was baking a Yule log. They looked at me with puzzled faces. A log? But they were delighted when it arrived on the table. For me I’ve always loved a Yule Log, as I hate dried fruit and most Christmas baking has it in. This however has never been touched by a raisin. Full on chocolate is called for. From the sponge, to the filling to the gorgeous silky buttercream bark!
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As I’ve got older I have often struggled with the question ‘What do you want for Christmas?’ because if I am being really honest there isn’t anything that springs to mind. I am happy with all that I have. I don’t need to receive anything to make me happy this Christmas. Time with my family, good food and some good telly is what makes my Christmas. However I do love to give. So I wanted to encourage everyone to think about the gift of giving at Christmas.
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I love to bring greenery into my home at Christmas. We always have a real tree and I love the scent of it in the mornings, when I come downstairs. We also hang mistletoe and holly around the house and decorate the table with flowers. This is why I give Christmas flowers as gifts. I want my friends and family to enjoy that feeling that Spring is not long away and cherish the greenery and lovely scents from them.
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I find the closer it gets to the Christmas the more organised I have to be. Or I would feel like my head is going to explode. What with everything I’m doing at school and all the events the boys have in the run up to Christmas. Organisation is the key. Plus there is all the usual, gifts to buy, cards to write, the big food shop and who needs to be where and when. So I thought I’d give you all and early Christmas present and share with you this beautiful set of Christmas planner printables.
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Since my diagnosis of Coeliac disease nearly three years ago. Christmas has always been a bit of a sad time for me, food wise. Gifts of boxes of biscuits and chocolates I can’t eat. The nightmare of buffets and people not knowing what to feed you when you visit. Add into that being a vegetarian and the invitations seem to cease. The main struggle I have found is that there hasn’t been much on the market that suits both being a vegetarian and needing to eat gluten free. Yet good things are on the horizon for this year. So I’ve rounded up my favourites so you can have a great gluten free vegetarian Christmas. Continue reading “How to have a gluten free vegetarian Christmas”
O.K. this is the last of my gift guides and I must admit the most packed. I just buying for women so much easier. Perhaps that’s because if they don’t like it I’ll happily take it back? Maybe…. So here is my Womens Christmas gift guide with what to buy for the women in your life or maybe just for yourself. Continue reading “Womens Christmas gift guide”
My gift guides have received some great feedback. You haven’t already read my Children’s gift guide and my gift guide for bloggers why not have a look. Today I’m sharing my Mens Christmas gift guide to inspire you to find some great presents for the Men in your life. Continue reading “Mens Christmas gift guide”
I know I am showing my age now but when I was young you didn’t really get much in your stocking apart from a chocolate Santa and a Satsuma. These days stockings have become a whole thing in themselves and finding the right stocking fillers can be a nightmare. So I’ve teamed up with Wicked uncle to share with you my stocking filler top picks this Christmas.
I do hope you find this guide useful when doing your Christmas shopping. You might also lie to have a read of my Children’s and Men’s gift guides. Continue reading “Stocking filler ideas with Wicked Uncle”
As I’ve said before we celebrate Christmas on Christmas eve night and so we avoid the night before Christmas over excited kids as they’ve had the whole day to run this off. I do know that a lot of my friends have turned to Christmas Eve boxes as a way of calming the kids down and making Christmas eve a special and magical night in itself. So here with the help of this beautiful North Pole Delivery crate from Vintage apple crates. I have compiled 5 great Christmas Eve crate ideas for young and old. Continue reading “5 Christmas Eve crate ideas”