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Friday, 9 December 2016

Made Me Happy This Week

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This week has disappeared before my eyes, there's so little time left before the end of the year and days keep going by faster and faster. The past few days have also been full of lovely things. It was Paul's birthday so we had lots of cake, visitors and presents, we've started watching all the Christmas films we can. And, yesterday I started looking at wedding dresses! I've started to think that I'm maybe not the the biggest fan of them but then again, it could have just been the wrong store for me. I'm sure we'll be back out soon to try somewhere else, but the rest of the day was a lot of fun.

1. The scent of our very favourite Yankee Christmas candle currently filling the house. Red Apple Wreath is the smell of Christmas for us and I love it.

2. Birthday cake leftovers.

3. Copper wire Christmas lights that were a bargain find in Asda.

4. My very soft and fluffy dressing gown that I'm currently wrapped up in because I forgot to turn the heating on. It's keeping my nice and toasty while the house warms up.

5. The atmosphere in Edinburgh at the moment, it's so fun and festive. It seems to leave almost everyone in good spirits.

6. Christmas films and blankets.

7. My new leopard print coat, it's just what I've been looking for and I found it in the sale -perfect!

8. My new Starbucks Christmas mug and my new china teacup. Both lovely and both presents from my mum and Paul's mum while we were out shopping yesterday.
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Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Three Recent Favourites

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three-recent-favourites

Over the last week or so there have been three completely random things that I've been enjoying, so much so that I wanted to mention them here. Each very different but they've been leaving a smile on my face.

The first, and I think by far my favourite is 'This Modern Love' by Will Darbyshire. This was a surprise gift from Paul -he's such a thoughtful little thing. The book is the most beautiful collection of words, phrases, thoughts and letter all curated by Will and presented in a way that takes you through each stage of love. Some of the letters are quite funny, some are so heartwarming they bring a tear to your eye and what I love most about it, is the way they've been kept raw and just the way they were written. They haven't been edited or spell checked, just left with the feelings they contained at the time they were thought up. I'm only half way through but I can already tell it's a book I'll pick up whenever I want something to smile about.

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Next are my elf socks, and they honestly do make my heart sing! I love novelty socks, I have very few plain pairs because life is just too short for boring socks, but at Christmas time my love for them grows. We were in Asda to pick up some food bits and of course got distracted by all the festive fun, Paul spotted these socks and I had to take them home with me. They're so soft, especially the fluffy bit at the top and while most of they time they are covered with boots seeing as it's so cold, it's nice knowing theres a little bit of Christmas fun hiding under them.

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My last little favourite was a gift from my Grandma. She knows how much I love Raffaello and very kindly picked me up a box while she was out. Somehow, they've lasted the past couple of weeks and have been my little treat with tea in the evening. If you haven't tried them before they are delicious and filled with a creamy filling then covered in coconut. If Ferrero Roches aren't your thing then you should give theses a try.

What random little things have been making you smile lately?
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Tuesday, 6 December 2016

A Frozen Morning

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One of my favourite things about this time of year, is waking up to a blanket of frost covering everything in sight. Even the most simple of things start to sparkle in the moring sun, almost as if they've been covered in glitter. I love these cold crisp mornings, when you can see your breath in front of you as you walk, and you're fingers freeze if you take them out from your coat pockets -especially if you forget you gloves...as I always do. 

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We've been waking up earlier and earlier these past couple of weeks, before the suns up, while it's still dark outside. We've been making the most of it by having big mugs of tea in bed and watching as the world outside starts to wake up too, it's such a lovely way to start the morning. The other day we decided to make the most of a quiet frosty morning and headed out, thoroughly wrapped up for a walk in the early sunshine. There's something much quieter and more peaceful than the early morings in summer time. As out walk, all you hear are the frozen leaves crunch beneath your feet and the sound of birds in the trees.

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a-frozen-morning

We seemed to catch the attention of quite a few squirrels too, who normally don't come quite as close as these little guys did. I'm pretty sure they thought we had treats for them, as when they realised we weren't offering them anything they lost interest.

We didn't stay out too long, as pretty as it is, it's still cold, so with red noses and a puppy with cold feet we headed home for breakfast. Are you a fan of the frozen mornings, or are you looking forward to when things start to warm up again?

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Friday, 2 December 2016

Made Me Happy This Week

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One of the happiest things about this week has to be that it's now December. It's officially the month of Christmas and it's really started to feel that way too. This weeks been full of festive things in fact, Christmas markets, hot chocolates, present shopping and advent calendar making. This Sunday is Paul's birthday, so tomorrow I'll spend most of my time making his cake and a giant Reeses cup -but don't tell him, that last parts a secret. 

1. The most wonderful Nutella hot chocolate from the Christmas market. So wonderful, that it came with a generous teaspoon of Nutella stuck into the whipped cream.

2. Spending the evenings sitting beside our beautiful tree and all of it's twinkling lights.

3. Advent calendars are once again in our life...I can feel my chocolate addiction growing already.

4. Grabbing a couple of bargains in the Black Friday sales, one of which is a beautiful pair of suede boots. One day I will buy appropriate footwear for where I live.

5. Taking our huge fluffy queen sized throw up to bed. It's honestly so hard to get out if what is now a big pile of covers, pillows and throws -especially on those really cold mornings.

6. Elf socks!

7. Walking into Tesco and being met with nothing but decorations and Christmas music.

8. Cake and tea, and an afternoon with Paul's grandma.
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Thursday, 1 December 2016

A December To-Do List

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...it's the most wonderful time of the year.

And it really is! Something magical has happened today, we've had our decorations up for about a week now -I just couldn't wait this year, but today, there's that festive Christmas feeling in the air. Suddenly all the decorations, the twinkly lights, the advent calendars and the frosted gardens seem so much more exciting. I want to make sure that this year, we enjoy as much of the excitement and the build up, as we do the day it's self. We have so many things we want to do over the next few weeks, and these are just a few of them...

Watch as many Christmas films as possible. I can't wait to spend as many nights -and days, watching as many Christmas films as I possibly can. Some of the best days in December are spent pottering around the house, with a big mug of tea in hand and a Christmas film on in the background.

Listen to as much Christmas music as I can. I have to be honest and tell you all that I've been playing it for months already. But now it's more appropriate so I wont get those funny looks.

Make a gingerbread house. We have made plenty of gingerbread men over the years, but we've never attempted a house, but 2016 is the year! And when it's dry and perfectly decorated (and many pictures have been taken) we will smash it up and have it with tea. I know they can last for weeks as decoration, but that seems like a waste of good gingerbread to me.

Go on a few more shopping trips. I am one of those odd people who enjoy the madness, the chaos that descends on the shops at Christmas time. I love the buzz of it all, it adds to the excitement of the season. Trying to find a parking space, trying to grab the last seat in a cafe it's all just part of the fun. We've very nearly finished our gift shopping, but I'm sure we'll make a few more trips out, even if it's just to make the most of the festive drinks before they're gone.

Do lots of Christmas baking. I mean, there's already a lot of baking done in this house -it's even in the name of this blog. But at Christmas time there's just nothing better than the smell of cinnamon, vanilla and spices filling the house.








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Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Breakfast for Dinner

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One of our favourite things to have for dinner is breakfast. I suppose in some funny sort of way it feels a little rebellious, as if you're going against the order of meals and breaking all kinds of rules by doing it. But one things for sure, its complete happy comfort food at it's best.

When I was little having pancakes for dinner was a huge treat and usually only ever really happened on Pancake Day. Do you ever wonder who makes these decisions?

Last night Paul was working late and I was going to be eating dinner alone. The thought of putting together a whole evening meal just wasn't appealing, and there wasn't anything that was relatively quick and easy that I could have had. But then I spotted the oatbran! I've mention before that I much prefer oatbran to porridge oats, I buy the medium cut and it's quite a bit finer. You could compare it to adult Ready Brek I guess. I served it up with a generous teaspoon of Nutella and got snuggled up on the sofa in my fluffy dressing gown.

...sometimes theres just nothing better for dinner than breakfast.

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Monday, 28 November 2016

Christmas at the Farm Shop

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Craigies Farm, just outside of Edinburgh is one of our very favourite places to spend an afternoon. Be it picking punnets of fresh juicy berries in the summer, and stopping for a cool drink and a homemade custard cream after. Or, spending a freezing cold afternoon sipping hot lattes with a large slice of cake, we spend quite a lot of time there. They've recently finished a huge renovation to the cafe and deli area so it's now much bigger -making it much easier to get a table when it's busy, and this year, to make perfect use of the new space available they've also got a Christmas shop!

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We had a free afternoon last Friday, it was the most perfect frost covered day and when we arrived it was that beautiful hour when the sky is turning all shades of pink and orange.

Before you even open the door you're met with glimpses of glitter, silver and all kind of sparkly trinkets. After pouring over the beautiful decorations and finally deciding on five glittery stars to take home and add to our collection, we headed straight to the cafe for some hot drinks. Seeing as neither of us can pass on the chance of cake, Paul picked up a homemade custard cream, and I went for a slice of white chocolate caramel shortbread. While caramel shortbread is something I have quite a lot (especially in Costa), the white chocolate version always feels more festive to me. We sat by a huge frosted Christmas tree, with a mini one on the table, while looking out over the frozen fields.

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Christmas-at-the-farm-shop

It was such a lovely way to spend an afternoon, and even nicer that we very nearly had the whole place to ourselves. We left to make our way home and put up our Christmas tree, but we couldn't leave without something from the deli counter to take home for dinner.

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