Monday 24 December 2012

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

Cannot believe that Christmas has come around already!

After being inspired by gift wrapping ideas on Tumblr, I decided to use recycled brown paper and twine this year. For a festive touch I added holly and ivy and on some gifts I used candy canes:

I glittered my nails within an inch of their life. Because you can never have too much glitter.

On one of my days off I found time to explore Winter Wonderland:

... indulging in warm cider in one of the many German style huts

... and a venison burger with cranberry and cinnamon chutney

Inspired by this chutney gloriousness, I wanted to make my own over the festive period. I've read a lot about bacon jam on various food blogs and thought this would be a tasty accompaniment for our turkey on Christmas Day and Boxing Day. The proof will be in the tasting but so far, the apples in with the mixture make it smell a little like mulled wine - perfect for the festive season!

Taking some time out from all the Christmas cooking and prep, I went to sample Costa's festive menu. Their gingerbread latte is nice but as I don't drink coffee, I went for a honeycomb hot chocolate instead.

But the taste winner? Their gingerbread muffins. Words cannot describe how good these were. Even the icing was flavoured. The gooey golden syrup centre was a pleasant surprise

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas! 


  1. the present is beautifully wrapped! I loved the markets too :) xx

    1. Thanks Rachel! I'd love to go to a German one next year! x x

  2. I am in love with your wrapping!!



  3. Will show the little gingerbread cupcake to my mom, what a sweet idea!

    We had a German market here in my city however being at work I wasn't able to view it as much as I'd have hoped! The hotdogs looked amazing though and so delicious.

  4. all that food looks so good

    Happy new year!


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