Blogmas Day 12 – Merry Christmas🎄

1 SLEEP TO GO!

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Hope you have all got your presents wrapped and sitting down and enjoying Christmas Eve, wherever you are!

A little hint to get the children excited – you can track Santa’s journey and play Christmas themed games at Norad Santa – click here.

Have a lovely Christmas tomorrow and enjoy all the festivities. We will be back shortly after a few days off with our families celebrating!

Thank you for reading.

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Blogmas Day 11 – Festive Cocktails🍸

Christmas is the best time to party and celebrate with family and friends so why not celebrate in style with a few Christmas themed cocktails. Don’t worry we are going to show you a few ideas, ingredients you need and how we make them.

We have chosen simple, cheap and easy cocktails for all able to make – you don’t need to be a professional mixologist for these! You will need a cocktail shaker to create the following.

All the cocktails serve 2 people.

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The Red Queen:

What you will Need;

  • 100ml of Cranberry Juice
  • 80ml of Gin (we used Bombay Sapphire)
  • 40ml of Elderflower Cordial
  • ½ a Lemon
  • Fresh Cranberries to garnish
  • Ice cubes

How to make this Cocktail:

  1. Add a handful of ice cubes into your cocktail shaker.
  2. Add the Gin, Cranberry Juice, Elderflower cordial and the lemon juice.
  3. Shake vigorously until well mixed.
  4. Using a strainer pour the cocktail mix into two glasses.
  5. Add the fresh cranberries to garnish.
  6. Bottoms up!

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Christmassy Gin Fizz:

What you will Need:

  • 100ml of Gin (Bombay Sapphire)
  • 25ml of Lemon Juice
  • 25ml of Simple Sugar
  • 50ml of Cranberry Juice
  • Prosecco
  • Ice cubes

How to make this Cocktail:

  1. Add a handful of ice cubes to your cocktail shaker.
  2. Add the Gin, Lemon Juice, Simple Sugar and Cranberry Juice.
  3. Shake well until mixed (around 1-2 minutes)
  4. Using a strainer pour the mix into two glasses.
  5. Open the prosecco and top up your cocktail.
  6. You can add a strawberry or raspberry to garnish.
  7. Cheers!

The Christmas Holiday Mule:

What will you Need:

  • 25ml Simple Syrup
  • 25ml Cranberry Juice
  • 75ml of Gin or Vodka
  • 100ml of Ginger Beer
  • Ice cubes
  • Rosemary sprig and orange slice for garnish

How to make this Cocktail:

  1. Add a handful of ice cubes to your cocktail shaker.
  2. Combined simple syrup, cranberry juice and gin/vodka.
  3. Shake well until mixed.
  4. Pour over ice and top up with ginger beer.
  5. Add rosemary and the orange slice for garnish.

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These are 3 of our favourite Christmas themed cocktails for this time of year. We hope you try them and enjoy!

Thank you for reading and get in touch to let us know your favourite cocktails all year round or for any season!

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Blogmas Day 10 – Our Favourite Christmas Chocolate🍫

Christmas is the best time to eat a load of chocolate, today we are going to tell you what our most favourite is to eat which is… QUALITY STREET.

Quality Street have a good selection of chocolate flavours and are an amazing a Christmastime. These are sold in most shops over Christmas season and a great gift to anyone.

If you have not had Quality Street selection tub before here are a few different chocolates we have picked out to tell you about and what we think!

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Toffee Penny and Toffee Finger:

These are both toffee. The Toffee Penny is a round circle of pure toffee whereas the Toffee Finger is a stick of toffee coated in milk chocolate. These are both hard toffee and can be quick chewy. People often say the Toffee Penny is about to take your teeth out as it’s chewy and hard.

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Orange Cream and Strawberry Delight:

These are flavoured creams in the middle coated in dark chocolate. The red one contains a strawberry flavoured cream wrapped in dark chocolate and the orange sweet contains a white, orange cream wrapped in dark chocolate. Personally, our favourite is the Orange Cream out of the whole tub!

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Coconut Éclair:

If you like coconut, this is the one you! This is similar to a Bounty but chewier centre and not as strong on the coconut.

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Milk Choc Block:

Don’t worry if you don’t like any of the fancy flavours this is great for you, this is simply a block of milk chocolate. This can be quick rich as it is a big block but is great for a break from all the flavours. This the green rectangle sweet.

Caramel Swirl:

This is a small and less sickly chocolate filled with soft, smooth caramel and wrapped in a thin layer of milk chocolate. This just melts in your mouth!

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Also, the return on the Toffee Deluxe for the Christmas period.

 

Thank you for reading and we would love to hear what your favourite chocolate selection is!

The World Is Your Oyster🌍

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Blogmas Day 9 – Snowman Marshmallows☃️

Day 9 already?!

That means only 4 days until it is CHRISTMAS!

We have a lovely, cute tasty treat idea for you guys today!

Marshmallow Snowmen are really simple and easy to make, also don’t cost much. You can use whatever you would like to decorate your snowman and even give him a hat. These are perfect to keep the children entertained to create for that Christmas gathering and great for the children and adults.

To create ours you would need the following:

  • Large marshmallows
  • Cocktail sticks
  • Black, white and orange icing pens
  • Mini smarties
  • Mint Matchmakers
  • Strawberry laces

Step-By-Step Guide to making Marshmallow Snowmen:

  1. Push the cocktail stick through 2 marshmallows.
  2. Draw 2 dots for eyes using the black icing pen and 3 on the bottom marshmallow
  3. Then using the orange icing pen create a triangle shape for the carrot nose.
  4. Gentle tie the strawberry lace around the middle of the two marshmallows for the scarf.
  5. Finally snapping the matchmakers until a smaller length stick into the top of the bottom marshmallow for the twig arms.
  6. You can created your marshmallow snowman.

You can decorate however you like by adding a hat, different sweets and even adding some edible glitter to sparkle for Christmas. You can even add 3 marshmallows for the body to have a larger snowman.

Thank you for reading and we would love to see your snowmen designs!

The World Is Your Oyster🌍

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Blogmas Day 8 – Our 50 Blogmas Ideas📋

Hi guys,

Today we are going to talk about BLOGMAS!

For people who don’t know what this is, blogmas can be over the 25 days of advent leading to Christmas day or you can do a shorter version (if you are busy as it is Christmastime) which is the last 12 days before Christmas Day. This is where bloggers and vloggers post at least once every day something dedicated to Christmas.

As you have probably seen we our doing ‘12 days of Blogmas’ and one of the hardest things is trying to think of the best ideas to blog about so for day 8 we are going to help you by creating a list of  ideas of what we have come up with!

Here is a list to help you start up your new blogmas calendar or stuck with your next post:

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  2. Secret Santa Gifts
  3. Gifts for Him
  4. Gifts for Her
  5. Gifts for Mum
  6. Gifts for Dad
  7. Stocking Fillers
  8. Christmas Decorations
  9. Christmas Playlist
  10. Favourite Christmas Songs
  11. Favourite Christmas Films
  12. Christmas Day Plans
  13. Christmas Markets Experience
  14. Christmas Day Games for The Family
  15. Christmas Advents Review
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  17. Events You Attend
  18. Christmas Holidays (UK or Abroad)
  19. Christmas Cocktails
  20. Christmas Themed Healthy Snacks
  21. Best Christmas Cracker Jokes
  22. Christmas Nails
  23. Christmas Make-up
  24. Christmas Outfit
  25. How to Make Christmas Dinner
  26. Mince Pie Recipe
  27. Christmas Biscuitsthumb_25530740_10210628576941679_1124841463_o_1024
  28. Reindeer Brownies
  29. Marshmallow Snowmen
  30. Gifts for Under £10
  31. Arts and Craft Christmas Decorations
  32. Homemade Christmas Cards
  33. Favourite Christmas carols
  34. Your lead up to Christmas
  35. How to eat healthy over Christmas season
  36. How to make a Gingerbread House
  37. How to wrap a present like a Professional
  38. Christmas Pudding Recipe
  39. What does Christmas mean to you?
  40. Christmas Jumper Ideas
  41. Letter to Santa
  42. Hot Chocolate ReindeersDSC_1417
  43. Christmas poems
  44. DIY Christmas Gifts
  45. DIY Christmas Wreath
  46. Host a Christmas Giveaway
  47. Christmas Quiz
  48. Christmas for Students
  49. Favourite Childhood Christmas Memory
  50. Family Christmas Traditions

Thank you for reading and we would love to hear what your ideas are and read about them!

The World Is Your Oyster🌍

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Blogmas Day 7 – Christmas Tree Reveal🎄

We don’t know about you but we love to see other people’s Christmas tree photographs and designs! We believe that how you decorate your Christmas tree shows your personality by the shape of tree you buy, what you place on your tree and colour scheme. Everyone has a different tree in some way or another and it’s lovely to see different ideas and creations.

We would love to share our Christmas tree and how we decorated it!

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This is our first Christmas tree in our house together. We bought it for an amazing £5 last boxing day in the sales. We prefer an artificial tree as our families have both always had them. As it is our first tree together we haven’t collected many personal baubles. Our families’ main tree contains a number of personal baubles and holiday baubles. Our holiday bauble tradition is wherever we go on holiday whether in the UK or abroad we will purchase a bauble to remember that place. This year we had only been to Disney so we bought a bauble from there.

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We both agreed on warm white LED lights as we didn’t like blue or bright white coloured as the warm white lights up the room but creates a warm vibe. The blue and brighter white lights made the house feel cold and too bright in the room.

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We also picked the colour scheme red and gold as it makes the house feel warm and homely. We decided the white or blue colours made the house feel cold but also they do however make it feel like a white Christmas and reminds us of snow. So we bought red and gold, plain and glittery baubles and also matching tinsel.

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Finally we like to add Christmas crackers and candy canes to our tree as our families and grandparents have a tradition of doing this. This reminds us of our childhood grabbing a candy cane on Christmas Eve to eat and a cracker before our Christmas dinner on Christmas Day.

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Thank you for reading and we would love to see your Christmas tree revealed.

The World Is Your Oyster🌍

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Blogmas Day 6 – Our Favourite Christmas Candle Scents🔥

Our favourite Christmas candles of 2017. If you are looking to try a new smell over the Christmas period be sure to try one of these! Don’t worry about the price they don’t have to be expensive to smell really good, we often find the cheaper, the better the candle!

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Asda’s Christmas Spice Candle:

For the Candle in the photograph above this is only £2! For this reasonably sized candle for the price is amazing! The candle lasts a long time and the smell is the right strength not too strong but not too weak where you can’t smell it. I would definitely recommend getting this candle to get you in a Christmas mood. The candle gives off a warm, cosy smell lovely on a cold Christmas day with the family. Christmas spice candle smells of Cinnamon, Orange and Ginger spices flowing through the air. We love this candle and would say it’s our favourite this year.

Asda’s Frosted Mint Candle:

Another great value candle from Asda, this one does come in a few different sizes which vary in price. For us the Christmas Spice is a nicer Christmas smell as this one does just smell of mint which doesn’t scream Christmas to us. It still is a lovely refreshing smell to give your room a clean and open aroma. Again the candle does last a long time for the price which is good and for after the New Year when the festivities are over this would be a perfect aroma and a hangover cure smell!

25474105_10210623137845705_1724335152_o.jpgYankee Christmas Candles:

Yankee candles can become expensive but realistically for the 31 days of December/Christmas period the ‘Votive’ sizes are the right amount to last you the whole month and are only £1.99 online and in stores such as Collectables. These can be a lovely gift in a hamper or stocking filler with a pound candle holder for under £5 – just an idea!😉

Yankee Votive Candle: Season of Peace:

This is a lovely candle to remind you of the religious side of Christmas. It gives you a warm helpful feeling and is perfect to remind you of the birth of baby Jesus. This also is a lovely representation of untouched silently peaceful snowy land with a warm and relaxed feeling inside. Is has a lovely smell of walking out on that cold, crisp, snowy winter morning! A fresh smell and is not over powering and reminds us of a white musk smell. We think it doesn’t have a Christmas smell but lovely for the winter season.

25552894_10210635748880973_2028719833_oYankee Votive Candle: Christmas Cookie:

If you are a fan of the Spiced Cookie Latte this is the candle for you! This gives off that beautiful smell of home baked cookies but don’t worry it’s not a sickly, rich smell of them. We have given friends this candle in the past and always had positive feedback from it as well. To simply sum it up this gives you a warm, childhood feeling or your parents’ home baked cookies.

Yankee Votive Candle Christmas Rose:

This candle states its dominating smell in the name, yes, roses. This gives off a lovely smell of roses flowers with a hit of a flower garden behind. We personally think this does give off a strong smell and after a while it can bring on headaches (depending on how you are with scents). This is perfect for them miserable winter days when you are dreaming of summer.

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Yankee Votive Candle: Merry Marshmallow:

This give us a happy and toasty feeling when lit. It reminds us of our childhood sat outside by the campfire making smores and toasting marshmallows with all the family. This candle gives of a lovely vanilla aroma and creating a toasty atmosphere. Merry Marshmallow doesn’t remind us of Christmas as it simply is a vanilla smell but still a lovely smell for the rest of the year to freshen up your home.

Yankee Votive Candle Christmas Eve:

This is very similar to the Christmas Spice candle from Asda but this has a sweeter, sugared plum and fruity smell to it with a subtle kick of spice for a Christmastime theme. This is a lovely candle and would recommend for a Christmas gift to anyone. This festive fragrance reminds us of Christmas with all the fruits and spices flowing around the house in the air. We love to light this on Christmas Eve to get the family in the festive mood!

25579191_10210635749240982_1167386670_oYankee Votive Candle Christmas Garland:

We thought this would be a strong forest smell but actually it is like walking into the garden store looking for that real Christmas tree to buy at the beginning of December. Lovely fragrance of freshly cut pine scent and not overpowering. This candle even has a subtle hint of cranberries to give that sweeter smell to the fresh pine. We have an artificial Christmas tree so lighting this candle still gives us that Christmas outdoor, spiced fresh pine scent around the house.

25577092_10210635749280983_16139920_oThank you for reading and we would love to hear about our favourite Christmas candle scent!

Have a lovely Christmas🎄

The World Is Your Oyster🌍

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Blogmas Day 5 – Our Favourite Christmas Films🎥

Found a good Christmas film, if not, don’t worry here is a list of our top 5 for you to watch. Maybe you will enjoy these as much as we do.

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  1. Love Actually:

This is our number one Christmas film, this is what we watch at the end of Christmas day snuggled up on the sofa with all the family! This film consists of 9 different love stories based around Christmas bringing joy, happiness and humour to our tele! This is a must watch in our families at Christmas every year.

  1. Elf:

This is a classic starring Will Ferrell as an oversized elf, called Buddy. Buddy was accidently transported to the North Pole as a child where he was brought up as one of Santa’s elves. On his search for his real father Buddy must overcome many obstacles. We love watching this on the lead up to Christmas as it is played on TV. This film is full of humour and reminds us of the most important thing at Christmas which is family!

  1. The Grinch:

The Grinch is Jim Carrey at his finest. This is an old classic children’s tale by Dr Seuss that everyone loves and will for many more years. The Grinch tries to ruin Christmas, but will he succeed? We love gathering round at Christmas with the family for a giggle with this film.

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  1. The Nightmare Before Christmas:

This is a lovely children’s musical film perfect for Halloween and Christmas! We love a good sing-a-long to all the songs. It is a cartoon and a bit dark for Christmas, but still a favourite of ours to watch before Christmas. This reminds us of our childhoods watching this every year knowing all the words!

  1. Home Alone:

Home Alone is a very popular Christmas film many people love. This film is very funny, which is about a young boy being home alone and having to protect his home from intruders. For us this is low down as it is an old film and slightly overrated, but still a film to have a giggle at.

Thank you for reading and we would love to hear about your favourite Christmas films!

The World Is Your Oyster🌍

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Blogmas Day 4 – Christmas Shortbread🍪

Another tasty, easy and quick treat idea perfect for gifts or a simple but effective party food, why not try this!?

Ingredients:

  •             125g Caster Sugar
  •             240g of Plain Flour
  •             250g of Unsalted Butter
  •             Biscuits Cutters
  •             Rolling Pin
  •             Grease proof Paper
  •             Baking Trays

To decorate you can use anything, we used icing sugar and ground cinnamon to create a Christmas twist to our biscuits.

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Step-by-Step Guide:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 150OC
  2. Using grease proof paper, line 2 baking trays
  3. Beat the butter with a spatula until smooth and soft
  4. Add in the sugar and flour and mix together until a soft dough mixture
  5. Knead the dough mixture until sticking together
  6. Leave to chill in the fridge for 20 minutes
  7. Add some flour to a clean worktop and place the dough on top
  8. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough mixture until 1cm thick
  9. Using your shape cutters place in the dough and move to the baking trays
  10. Place in the oven for 20 minutes or until a light golden colour
  11. Then leave to cool for 5 minutes and then your shortbread biscuits are ready

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We used gingerbread men and Christmas tree biscuits cutter shapes which were a little small so when our biscuits grew in the oven they lost their shape a little. They did taste delicious and the right mix of ingredients. We decorated ours using icing sugar and a little mix of ground cinnamon which gave the biscuits a nice kick and flavour.

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This is an easy and cheap recipe to pass sometime or make a lovely tasty treat for family or work.

Thank you for reading and we would love to see your creations.

The World Is Your Oyster🌍

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Blogmas Day 3 – Christmas Biscuits🍪

Struggling to keep the children entertained whilst off school? Or looking for a cheap and quick treat to make for your Christmas party? Why not try this simple and quick recipe for making…

Christmas themed Biscuits!

This is a simple, quick and cheap activity with a delicious outcome. A perfect treat to take into work and keep your boss sweet or an activity for the children to enjoy on them cold, snowy days!

What you will need:

Everything can be bought from your local supermarket; ingredients and equipment to create these tasty treats. You can buy Christmas shaped cutters in most supermarket shops, we bought ours from Home Bargains for a fantastic £1.99, check them out here. In this pack, you get 6 shapes which are: Christmas tree, Angel, Bell, Snowman, Gingerbread Man and Shooting Star. These cutters can be washed and reused as much as you like.

To Bake:

  • 100g Unsalted Butter
  • 100g Caster Sugar
  • 275g Self-raising Flour (little bit extra to dust the side and rolling pin)
  • Vanilla Extract
  • 1 free-ranged Egg
  • Christmas Shaped Biscuit Cutters
  • Rolling Pin
  • Baking Tray
  • Grease proof paper

To Decorate:

  • Icing Pens

Or

  • Food colouring
  • Icing sugar

 

Step-by-Step Guide to Bake the Biscuits:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 190oC and line a baking tray (or two) with grease proof paper.
  2. Mix the caster sugar and butter together until a pale colour.
  3. Wisk the egg in a separate bowl and add bit by bit with the Vanilla extract until fully mixed.
  4. Once fully mixed add the flour bit by bit until a dough mixture.
  5. Sprinkle the flour on your worktop and place the dough mixture on.
  6. Using the rolling pin spread evenly until about 1cm thick.
  7. Using your shape cutters place into the dough and then onto the baking tray.25397697_10210607811622559_1062150080_o
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  9. Place your tray in the oven for 8-12 minutes (until they turn a golden colour).
  10. When a golden colour, remove from oven and let cool for 5-10 minutes.
  11. Then you are ready to decorate your biscuits!

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Step-by-Step Guide to Decorate the Biscuits:

For this step, you can either use ready-made icing pens from the store or follow the guide below to create your own coloured icing.

To create your own coloured icing, it is simple you just need to add 1 and a ½g of icing sugar to 1 tablespoon of water and add 2-3 drops of food colouring. You can add more food colouring to have a stronger colour depending on how much icing you have made. If you need more icing use the ratio of water to icing sugar until you have enough.

Now you are ready to decorate your biscuits how you like!

You could even buy edible glitter to sparkle things up.

Our First Attempt:

They don’t need to be perfect this is just a bit of fun and remember as long as they taste nice that’s all that matters!

Some of ours went a little too golden in the oven and we left ours for 11 minutes, but that just added an extra crunch! We aren’t professional biscuit decorators so we had a little bit of fun messing around creating these amateur designs! In total, it took us just short of two hours to bake and decorate but depending on how many you make this could pass a few hours.

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To make it more festive why don’t you play a few Christmas songs whilst you bake!

Thank you for reading we would love to see your attempts and photographs.

The World Is Your Oyster🌍

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