Blogmas Day 6: Favourite Christmas Films

We’ve made it so far to day 6! Are you still with me? Are you bored of me yet? Today I thought I’d share with you some of my favourite Christmas films.

Christmas films are relatively new to me. I don’t think me or my brother were particularly brought up with Christmas films. I know we’d never watched Home Alone or the Grinch or Elf or anything! The only one I know I watched when I was younger is The Snowman.

I think I only really started watching Christmas films last year! So I thought I’d share some of those that I’ve watched and loved!

Nativity!

Nativity is a brilliant film where we follow a class of children as they prepare to perform their Christmas nativity show… But when rumours spread things get a bit out of hand!

I also love Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger and Nativity 3: Dude, Where’s My Donkey?! but the first one is definitely the best! πŸ™‚

Elf

Believe it or not, I only watched Elf for the first time this year! I’ve heard so much about it but it wasn’t on Amazon Video, Netflix or Sky last year! So when it appeared on Prime Video this year I couldn’t resist watching it!

Home AloneΒ 

Again, I only watched this for the first time last year and I can’t believe I’d never watched it before! It was brilliant and I can’t wait to watch it again!

Arthur ChristmasΒ 

I LOVE Arthur Christmas! I watched it for the first time last year, but have already watched it around 3 times this year! It is such a cute film and is definitely one of my favourites.

Polar ExpressΒ 

I’ll admit Polar Express has taken a couple of attempts for me to get in to. I didn’t like it at first but it has since grown on me and I really love it! πŸ™‚ I can’t wait to watch this one again this year!

Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone

Can you call this a Christmas movie? I think so? It always makes me feel a bit Christmassy watching it! πŸ™‚

The Snowman

My dad bought me the DVD of the Snowman a couple of years ago (we did have it on video) after I said I wanted to watch it again! No Christmas is complete without The Snowman right?!

Are any of these your favourite Christmas films? What other Christmas films would you recommend to me? πŸ™‚

I hope you enjoyed today’s post! πŸ™‚ I’ll see you again tomorrow πŸ™‚

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Blogmas Day 5: Christmas Clothing

One of the best things about reaching 1st December is that it gives you an excuse to dig out those Christmas clothes that have gradually found their way to the back of your drawer/wardrobe since last year!

I now have a nice little selection of Christmas clothing, to the point now I’m having to stop myself buying any more because it only comes out for one month a year! Well, except the pyjamas which you can get away with for a bit longer!

In today’s post I thought I’d share with you some of my favourite Christmas clothing bits and bobs πŸ™‚

Photo 30-11-2017, 09 52 57Β Christmas jumpers! I love both of my Christmas jumpers, but my favourite is definitely the reindeer one. I got my first Christmas jumper in 2014 (the Penguin one) from Tesco and the Reindeer one is from Fat Face in 2015. I’d love a third one, but I don’t feel I can really justify it when they only come out once a year! 😦

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Christmas Scarf –Β I love this scarf! I bought it from Fat Face a couple of years ago and originally I just used it as my everyday scarf during winter, but it didn’t seem right to when it had reindeer on!

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Christmas Pyjamas – Finally, my favourite is my Christmas pyjamas! πŸ˜€ The two penguin jumpers are both Cath Kidston jumpers. The grey one is super warm as it is part Cashmere but it makes it a bit of a pain to wash!

The Cath Kidston London snow pyjama bottoms are probably some of my favourite Christmas pyjamas because they’re so comfortable and snug! The other two pairs of pyjama bottoms are from Fat Face. The white ones were part of last year’s collection, while the blue polar bear ones you can still buy (here). Finally, are my Cath Kidston polar bear pyjamas (you can buy here) which are so snuggly and warm!

Have you got any favourite Christmas clothes? πŸ™‚

See you again tomorrow πŸ™‚

Blogmas Day 4: My Advent Calendar

So I may be 24 and my brother 26, but our parents still bought us both advent calendars this year! πŸ˜€

This year both me and my brother have Cadbury Heroes advent calendars. Each day contains a chocolate the size (and variety) of the Cadbury Heroes tins πŸ™‚ The only bad ones are Fudge, they’re alright but not my favourite!

I love these advent calendars this year! πŸ™‚

What advent calendar have you got this year? πŸ™‚

Blogmas Day 3: My Christmas Wishlist

How are you all enjoying Blogmas so far? Are you starting to feel a little Christmassy? I know I am πŸ˜€ And I’ve basically finished my Christmas shopping now πŸ˜‰

Today I thought I’d share with you some of the things on my Christmas wishlist πŸ™‚ I already know that I’m getting at least one of these so it ruins the point a bit! Christmas definitely isn’t as exciting as it was when I was younger in terms of surprise presents!

TomTom Go 5100

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At the moment I keep stealing my mum’s SatNav when I have to head off for interviews/to visit people, and now I have my own car I figured that having my own SatNav wouldn’t go amiss. I know loads of people these days rely on their phones as SatNavs but that’s not my style XD So I’ve asked for this for Christmas πŸ™‚

Blue Planet 2 DVD/Bu-Ray

I’m in my element watching Blue Planet 2, although I think it must be a bit annoying to watch it with me! I tend to say everything and tell you everything before they’ve even said it! I’m not a geek or anything, I just spent 3 years learning it at uni! Plus it’s my interest really!

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Blue Planet 2 Book

To accompany the TV series the book is filled with more behind the scenes info and lots of pictures.

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Hummingbird Bakery: Life is SweetΒ 

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This is the only one of the Hummingbird Bakery recipe books that I don’t have. I love the other Hummingbird Bakery recipe books and would love to get my hands on this one to do some more baking!

Joseph Joseph Water Bottle

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I love these water bottles! They look brilliant and a good way to get all the water you should have each day. The last few weeks I’ve noticed how little water I’m drinking so one of these might encourage me to drink more!

Cath Kidston x Mickey and FriendsΒ 

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This one is a little bit of a cheat because I know that I’ve got some of this stuff but I’m really looking forward to it!

Paddington Bear

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I was absolutely gutted that I missed out on getting one of the Marks and Spencer Paddington Bears, still I hope that someone somewhere might have managed to get me one! Because you’re never too old for Paddington!

Paddington Pyjamas

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Because these are too cute and as I just said, you’re never too old for Paddington!

So there we have it, that’s my Christmas wish list! πŸ™‚ I hope you enjoyed today’s post and I’ll see you again for more Blogmas tomorrow πŸ™‚

Blogmas Day 2: Gingerbread Cupcakes

I was sooooooooo excited to make these cupcakes after finding them in my recipe book! πŸ˜€ They are honestly so good and taste amazing! Just don’t eat too many in one go cause they’re really rich (well the icing is anyway)!

The recipe says this makes 12-16 cupcakes (in muffin cases), but I ended up making around 20 with the mix because there is a lot of it!

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Ingredients

140g unsalted butter (or Stork)

200g caster sugar

60g black treacle

60g golden syrup

2 large eggs

2 egg yolks

310g plain flour

1 tbsp cocoa powder

1 tsp ground ginger

1 tsp gound cinnamon

1 tsp ground nutmeg

2 tsp baking powder

240 ml hot milk (I warmed it in the microwave)

For the icing:

600g icing sugar

100g unsalted butter

250g full fat cream cheese

1 tsp finely grated lemon zest

Edible Christmas decorations – I used these from Hobbycraft and the biscuits from Tesco

1. Preheat the oven to gas mark 5 (190 degrees) and line the muffin tins with muffin cases.

2. Cream together the butter and caster sugar until pale and fluffy, then add in the treacle, golden syrup, eggs and egg yolks and continue mixing until everything is well mixed together.

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3. Sieve together the flour, cocoa powder, spices and baking powder together then add to the egg mix in batches, alternating with the hot milk. Don’t add the milk all in one go or it’ll curdle! Once everything is in the bowl turn the electric mixer up to medium and beat for a while longer until the batter is smooth.

4. Divide the batter into the muffin cases (I used an ice cream scoop to equally divide it) and fill them to 2/3 full. Bake for 18-20 mins then once cooked allow them to cool for a little in the tin before moving to a cooling rack.

5. To make the frosting, using an electric mixer, beat together the icing sugar with butter until the butter isn’t in large clumps, then add the cream cheese and mix on a high speed until light and fluffy. Stir in the lemon zest.

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6. Pipe or spoon the icing onto the cupcakes and top with the gingerbread or other Christmas decorations.

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So there we have Blogmas Day 2! πŸ™‚ Are you enjoying blogmas so far?

Blogmas Day 1: 2017 Blog Reflection

img_3223Welcome to Blogmas 2017 πŸ˜€ I hope you’re all excited for the lead up to Christmas with me! πŸ™‚ I’m hoping to post every day until Christmas (well I have posts planned so hopefully I’ll get them all up) and share Christmassy things mostly πŸ™‚

So without further ado let’s get in to Blogmas Day 1, where I’m going to share a little about my blog through 2017 πŸ™‚

I’ve now had my blog (and been posting properly on it) for 2 1/2 years. For the first 18 months of that I was only really posting book reviews, which I really enjoyed doing, however, back in January I decided that I would post more often with a new schedule of 3 times a week, posting more than just book stuff.

Posting three times a week has sometimes been a huge challenge for me. On occasions I’ve had so much inspiration and so much to post, but at other times I’ve had nothing and been struggling for ideas. This said however, I have seen a big growth in my blog, where I now have more readers and am getting more likes on my posts. I don’t feel like I get many comments though, maybe that’s because I don’t comment enough on other people’s posts?

I’ve enjoyed posting more varied content and have definitely been getting more views for it! This year I’ve also started to embrace family/friends seeing my blog. Before I would shy away from it. I have a separate instagram for my blog but slowly my friends are finding it and I’m not stopping them from doing so. It’s still weird but no one has said anything nasty… Yet!

Anyway, I don’t want this post to be too heavy for the first day of Blogmas! πŸ˜€ I’ve got my Christmas jumper on today! πŸ˜‰ Christmas is coming πŸ˜€ Do you enjoy me posting more times a week?

I hope you enjoyed today’s post and I’ll see you again tomorrow πŸ™‚

A sneak peak of tomorrow πŸ˜‰

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Bake With Me #12 – Double Chocolate Crunch Cookies

I’m sorry this post is upΒ  later than usual today! I’ve been really busy and fallen behind scheduling posts :O But I’m here now!

Today I’m sharing another baking post πŸ™‚ This time how to make Double Chocolate Crunch cookies. They’re kind of a cornflake chocolate cookie, simple to make but really tasty!

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The recipe makes 12 large cookies

Ingredients:

150g dark chocolate

30g unsalted butter

2 eggs

130g caster sugar

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

85g plain flour

1/4 tsp baking powder

50g cornflakes

giant chocolate buttons

1. Break up the chocolate into a bowl and add the butter. Over a pan of steaming (not boiling water) melt the butter and chocolate together gently and stir until smooth. Allow to cool.

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2. Put the eggs, sugar, and vanilla extract into a bowl and whisk until thick and frothy (it took quite a while on high speed on my stand mixer!). Stir in the chocolate mixture slowly (try not to knock out too much air). Once fully mixed, add in the flour and baking powder and stir in. Once all the flour is mixed in add the cornflakes. Cover the bowl and chill for 1 hour.

3. Heat the oven to gas mark 3/ 170 degrees.

4. Scoop up a tablespoon of the cookie and push it on to a lined baking sheet. Repeat for the rest of the mixture (I needed 2 baking sheets). Gently flatten each one with the back of a spoon.

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5. Bake in the oven for 12 mins then take them out and in to the centre of each one press in a chocolate button. Quickly return them to the oven for another 2 mins.

6. After 2 mins take the trays out and allow the cookies to firm up a bit before moving them on to a cooling rack.

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I don’t often make cookies but these were really simple and yummy! πŸ™‚ I hope you enjoyed today’s post and I’ll see you all again soon for Blogmas! πŸ™‚