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2016 in Pictures | A Year of Change

2016 in Pictures | A Year of Change

I thought, as the year draws to a close I would write a little annual summary. It’s fair to say, I think, that 2016 has been a year of unexpected changes for us as well as a time for achieving things I never thought  I […]

Help a Homeless Person this Christmas

Help a Homeless Person this Christmas

Last year, as I walked through our town centre with arms filled with Christmas shopping and treats I passed a young homeless woman. I was taken aback by how much seeing her sat there, her pet ferret huddled in her jumper, got to me. Christmas […]

Christmas Crafts | Festive Hot Chocolate Stirrers

Christmas Crafts | Festive Hot Chocolate Stirrers

Ah it’s that time of year again where I get to to get a bit creative with decorations and gifts. This year we’re hosting Christmas dinner and so I wanted to give our guests a little something as an after dinner treat. On the hunt for inspiration I took to Pinterest and found these and so thought I would adapt them to make some Christmas Hot Chocolate Stirrers.

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It was actually easier than I thought it would be.

Melt your chosen chocolate down over a bain marie.

Fill 10 plastic shot glasses to the half way point and stand a wooden lolly stick in the centre of each one.

Place them on a tray in the fridge and leave for two hours to set.

Meanwhile, fill a festive chocolate mould with the remaining chocolate and leave to set.

Once set, you’ll need to remove the Choc Shots from the glasses. Grab a cup of fairly hot water and dunk them into it holding in place for around 10-20 seconds – this should melt the outside layer of chocolate just slightly so that you can gently remove the shot from the cup.

Now, with any extra melted chocolate you have, stick the characters from the moulds to the top of the chocolate shots.

These would make great table place names – just wrap them  in cellophane along with some mini marshmallows and a candy cane and attach a name tag to each one.

Pip Squeak!

 

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Christmas Markets in Kent and why everyone should pay them a visit

Christmas Markets in Kent and why everyone should pay them a visit

I do love a good Christmas Market! Sean and I have been to two already this year and I am seriously working my diary around the upcoming ones local to us. Here’s a list of Christmas Markets in Kent for my local readers and a […]

Winter Warming Comfort Food | Beef Stew & Dumplings

Winter Warming Comfort Food | Beef Stew & Dumplings

You know those evenings when all you want to do is wrap yourself up on the sofa, light the candles on the fireplace and sit in front of the TV with a big bowl of comfort food to warm your belly? This is one of […]

We Moved Out!

We Moved Out!

So… here are we then! After the most bonkers and busy 7 days, here I am sitting on the floor of our new Sofa-less Living Room in our new home wondering how on earth I managed to pull off such a hectic week with hardly any hiccups.Living Room

On Wednesday last week, after an utter nightmare with our Estate Agents, we finally picked up the keys for our new home. Believe it or not, Sean hadn’t actually seen the house until we popped around to check on everything that night. I’d viewed the house while he was away doing the Three Peaks Challenge and I just knew it would make a perfect first home for us so we put the application in. It’s just around the corner from my Mum so not too far from ‘home’ and it means we can drop Alfie round there while we’re at work as it was one of the conditions on our tenancy.

We didn’t actually start moving our things in until Monday as I had the Know Your Normal Ball on Thursday and then we went away on Friday for the weekend to Hayling Island. Mum had bought a few things around while we were away but the serious packing, unpacking and then packing some more cycle commenced as soon as we returned home with a little help from our Brother & Sister in Law and Sean’s Mum. We moved pretty much everything in apart from our mattress and our DFS sofas which are due to arrive next week.

We spent the night here for the first time last night and while it’s going to take a little bit off getting used to, especially for Alfie, this little home of ours just feels right. And I just cannot wait for what comes next for us here.

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Summer Reflections & Looking Forward to Autumn

Summer Reflections & Looking Forward to Autumn

Well it seems Autumn has made a quick and sudden arrival this year. It was almost as though the clock ticked over into September 1st and  over night the flipflop and ice cream weather was replaced by drizzle and leaf fall. Not to mention the […]

2016 Goals | Part Two

2016 Goals | Part Two

With 2016 flying by I thought it would be a good idea to refresh the goals I made for myself back in January. R A I S E   £ 1 5 , 0 0 0  F O R   C H A R I T […]