Friday, 5 December 2014

Blogmas Day 5 - Favourite Christmas Music

I am such a div, yesterday I posted my Blogmas post but I stupidly gave it the title Day 3 and was promoting it as Day 3 even though it was actually Day 4!! I'm blaming the increase in hours that I am working at the moment, thankfully next week is the last week I am working these extra shifts.  Anyway moving on I thought I would list my favourite Christmas songs, there are loads to choose from but these are the ones that make me smile and sing-a-long (badly) to.  They are probably classed as quite old now but I don't think that they have dated musically at all as I'm sure everyone from 3-93 would know the words to these songs.
 
 
Fairytale of New York - The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl
It's a song that starts off a bit slow and builds up for everyone to belt out whether they are in a pub, car or in the office.
 


Merry Christmas Everybody - Slade
 IT'S CHRRRRRRRIIIIIIIIIISSSTMMMAAAASSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!



 
We All Stand Together - Paul McCartney & The Frog Chorus
 Even Debenhams loves this song as it's used in their advert.
 
 

Last Christmas - Wham
Obligatory Cheesy Eighties Christmas song.

 


Merry Christmas Everyone - Shakin' Stevens
Put on that Festive jumper and bust some Christmas moves like Shaky does.

  

Whats your favourite Christmas song?
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Thursday, 4 December 2014

Blogmas Day 3 - Candy Cane Vodka

Candy Cane Hot Chocolate


I saw a pin months ago for Candy Cane Vodka on Pinterest and thought that would be a fantastic gift to give people for their Christmas.  It's festive, handmade, easy to make and of course is alcohol so that makes it a winning present!

What you will need:

Bottle of Vodka 70cl
8 Candy Canes
Sterilised Jar(s)

How to make:

Place your candy canes in a freezer bag and smash repeatedly until it's mush using a rolling pin.  Or if you have a food processor you could use that instead but it's not as much fun for trying to get your aggression out if you have had a bad day!

Place the broken candy cane into the sterilised jar and top up with the vodka.  I would say to use a better quality vodka rather than an el cheapo (ie a value kind) as the vodka will have a smoother taste rather than the kick of paint stripper the cheaper ones tend to have.

Once the lid is on it will take 1-2 days for the vodka to dissolve the candy canes but give it a swirl a couple of times a day to mix the contents up.  Tip: Use the red and white canes rather than the ones with a hint of green in them as the vodka turned from a nice baby pink colour to a dirty dishwater colour overnight!!  Once the candy canes have dissolved the vodka will be ready to drink.  You could add it to your hot chocolate (recommended as tastes like a hot After Eight) or have it with lemonade as both are very nice.

Let me know if you give it a try or if there are any other things you could add it to.



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Wednesday, 3 December 2014

My Favourite Christmas Films

With it now being the month of December I have started watching Christmas films to get me in the festive mood.  Everyone has their favourites so I thought I would share mine.

Here are my favourites:

Elf


SANTA !!!!! Oh my god! He is here?! I know him! I know him!!!

Love Actually


Who hasn't danced like Hugh Grant at home when they think no-one is watching? Oh! Just me then?!


The Holiday


This film is maybe a chick flick but it is one of Mr M's favourite Christmas film, his favourite favourite is Die Hard (which to me is not a Christmas film)!!

Gremlins


Even though this film is 30 years old and I have watched it loads of times, I still love the scene where the Gremlins are in the bar drinking, playing poker and dancing! Also who wouldn't want a cute Mogwai as a pet?

Home Alone


KEVIN!!!!

Arthur Christmas


Watched this for the first time last year.  Loved it!!


National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation


Love  Chevy Chase in this and I have only recently discovered that Rusty is played by a young Johnny Galecki!!


Muppets' Christmas Carol


It's the Muppets need I say more?!



What's your favourite Christmas film?  Also to settle an argument, do you agree that Die Hard is not a Christmas film?


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Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Peppermint Bark Gingerbread Men


Festive Sweet Treats; Edible Christmas Gifts

These little Peppermint Bark Gingerbread Men are very cute and very tasty! I meant to make these last year and never got round to it but luckily my peppermint extract was still in date!  You could make these either in shaped moulds such as Snowflakes, Christmas Trees or even just line a baking tray with some grease proof paper and pour the chocolate in there and break into shards when set.  I picked up this sweet Gingerbread Men mould from Poundworld and have even used it to make shaped icecubes, perfect for your Bailey's while you decorate the Christmas Tree or wrapping up the presents.

They are so easy to make and you could have these Peppermint Bark Gingerbread Men along with your Hot Chocolate or you could wrap them up all prettily and give it to a chocolate lover for an edible gift.  Although I decorated mine with star sprinkles you could decorate them however you wanted, you could use those teeny tiny marshmallows that you can buy in the bakery section, red sprinkles or even holly and berry shaped sprinkles to keep in with the Christmas theme.


What you will need:

Milk Chocolate (depending on how many you want to make, I used 150g  for 12 Gingerbread men)
White Chocolate (same as above)
Peppermint Extract
Crushed Candy Canes
Sprinkles (optional)

How to make:

Place a heatproof bowl over a pan of boiling water making sure the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water.  If you are using chocolate bars then break them up into smallish pieces or if like me chocolate chips, then just chuck 'em in!

Keep stirring the chocolate until it has all melted.  Add 1/8 Teaspoon of Peppermint Extract to the chocolate mix.  I used 150g of chocolate for the first layer but it depends on how much you are making so increase the extract as required.

Once it is all mixed through, spoon the chocolate into the moulds or into your grease proof lined baking tray and sprinkle some broken candy canes onto the chocolate and place in the fridge until set.

Once the first layer is set repeat the process for the second layer with the white chocolate.  I used Christmas star sprinkles on the top layer instead of the candy canes.  Place back into the fridge so the top layer can set (making sure that the end of the mould is away from the fridge door so when it's shut it won't scrunch up the mould making your Gingerbread Men go wonky.  Yep, that happened to me!)




Let me know if you give these a try! Do you give people edible gifts for Christmas or do you just keep your makes to yourself?





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Monday, 1 December 2014

Blogmas 2014

Elf on the Shelf
Buddy our Elf on the Shelf


Happy 1st December!  I can't believe how quickly this year has gone by!  I swear that the older you get the quicker time passes.  Anyway on to a cheerier subject, I have decided to do Blogmas this year which means I am planning on blogging every day from the 1st-24th December but as I am working more than I normally do over the next two weeks there is a chance that I might miss a day or two.

There will be a variety of posts going up such as crafts, DIYs, recipes, lifestyle, hauls amongst a few others to get you in the festive mood.

I have also got an Elf on the Shelf (why should the little kids get all the fun) called Buddy so he can keep an eye on Mr M and make sure that he stays on the Nice list.  Follow me on Instagram to see what he gets up to every day.


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