Christmas fun and plans for New Years Eve
Happy Christmas one and all! I hope everyone has had a great few days. It’s been a whirlwind of driving, lovely dinners, so many amazing presents, and most importantly, spending time with loved ones. The photo above is of one of the cookies a couple of friends made for us, as part of a Christmas hamper of home made treats. Everything tasted so good!
This year we spent Christmas Day at Trout’s family’s home, and Boxing Day at mine. It was strange not spending it with my family, but so lovely to spend it with his, especially as his niece was there, too. It was so sweet watching her open her presents and play with them all. It reminded me of how obsessed I was with my set of plastic cans of beans and spaghetti hoops. When we lived in Yorkshire we had a table football and I put the lid on and made my own natural history museum, but all of the dinosaurs were made up of baked bean cans.
Waiting for Dad to bring the car round. She was pointing and shouting, ‘Daaaaaaadddddyyyy!’
This is the first year that I’ve made a Christmas Cake, and I have a feeling I’ll be making one every year. It was so much fun! Though I will remember to buy decorations earlier than Christmas Eve next year… Somehow I managed to forget, and let me tell you, it’s flippin’ impossible to find anything decent (or anything at all…) on Christmas Eve. I did the best that I could with what was available, and we ended up with twerking Santas.
These weren’t actually Christmas cake decorations, I think they are meant to be hung on a Christmas tree, but I went with it and pushed them into the blanket of icing and let them do their thing. The legs aren’t stiff, I think they are meant to sway with the branches of your Christmas tree, hence why each Santa is pulling a different disco move.
Trout’s Mum and I had a Battle of the Christmas Cakes – all the non-vegans sampled both cakes, but were too polite to make a decisive judgement, so no-one will ever know who won the battle.
I loved her icing shapes – definitely stealing this idea next year, especially as I had quite a lot of icing left over.
On Boxing Day we headed over to my parents house and my Mum and sister prepared an amazing brunch. We had vine roasted tomatoes, ciabatta, great coffee, garlic mushrooms, croissants and fruit.
After brunch we opened our presents. I was so spoilt this year! So many lovely gifts, and I hope everyone liked the presents that I bought them.
Jake and Jasper making sure that they are never more than a few inches away from my Grandad…!
After we had opened our presents we all sat in the lounge and Dad brought in a ‘bar’ with drinks for everyone, and bowls of snacks. I ate so many Pringles, they are just too good! And non-alcoholic Kopparberg, which tastes amazing.
Jake was so pleased to see us…
So, that was my Christmas! How was yours? What are your plans for New Years Eve? We’re off to Barcelona on Monday with a few friends, and I can’t wait. I can’t believe I’ll be seeing Laia in just a few days, wahoo! I don’t think we have any plans as yet – we may ditch the boys and do a spot of coffee, catching up and shopping. Speaking of shopping, has anyone braved the sales yet? I started with the sale most people wait for every six months; the Zara sale. I was quite restrained and only bought a couple of pieces, but I always pop back every now and again to see which lines have been added and what’s been reduced. I picked up a bag from Bershka that I’d been eyeing up a few weeks ago, and was super happy to see it reduced to £10. I also popped into New Look and spotted a pair of loafers that I’d seen months ago at the Oxford Street store and instantly fell in love with – but because we were rushed in time I didn’t even try them on. As sad as it sounds, I’ve regretted that decision ever since, and have been constantly checking their website to see if they had appeared again, or gone on sale. I couldn’t believe it when I found the very last pair, in my size, and for just £8. It was meant to be!
Today is a day for catching up with work. I’m still in my jimjams and don’t really plan on getting dressed until I’ve ticked everything off my to-do list. Trout’s off to watch the football so I’ve got the flat to myself, just me and Ras hanging out. Trout bought me a vegan burger cookery book for Christmas, so I think I’ll make something from that for dinner this evening. It’s such a good book! Trout knows I cannot resist a burger when it’s on the menu.
What were your favourite Christmas presents this year? Any plans for New Years Eve?