Saturday, 3 November 2012

Almost the season to be jolly...

Well half term has come and (in one day) gone. It has been so lovely to recharge my batteries ready for the Christmas term in school (my favourite term), which sees Christmas carols, endless nativity play practices and glitter, glitter and more glitter. Over half term I thoroughly enjoyed dressing up for Halloween. Thom and I dressed up for our first Halloween Ball in Banbury as the ever so stylish Batman and Zombified Amy...

Boo!
As you can see from my blog title above it is festively themed. Now that Halloween is out of the way I can get properly excited about the X-mas word. I LOVE Christmas, everyone knows, back in the days of uni I'd have the 'Studio Christmas' catalogue out in September. I love everything about it, the weather, dark nights, glitter, writing Christmas cards, wrapping presents, smells of cinnamon and the lovely warmth you feel walking round a Christmas market. 

So considering my undeniable love for the festive season you can imagine the pure joy I felt when I went to Starbucks on Friday and they had their RED cups back in. Mine was filled with Gingerbread Latte, and was just a cup of Christmas cheer. However I clearly need to work on my Irish accent here in England as when they asked my name to write on the cup they heard and wrote it as IME...

Christmas in a cup
Continuing the Gingerbread theme from above I baked these scrummy Gingerbread cookies tonight with dollops of white chocolate melted in the centres. I had to taste one (just to make sure they are edible in the staffroom on Monday). Before I bit into it I thought it would be hard and crunchy, but they are soft in the inside and the white chocolate compliments the cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. A cheap list of ingredients and a super festive treat, definitely recommend having a go at baking these!

White Chocolate topped Gingerbread Cookies. Website below

To finish this blog I wanted to share with you a little Christmas d├ęcor I created for our flat (an no it's not decorated just yet, I think I can hold out until December 1st). I bought a box of baubles for £2.50 in Primark, a blue beaded garland from Paperchase and just randomly placed the baubles and garland in a vase I already had. Cheap, Simple, Pretty...


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