Cinnamon Recipes

One of my favourite things about Christmas is cinnamon. The smell of it coming from scented candles, its taste in a warm drink, or baked into delicious sweet treats all through December. I’m always trying to come up with new recipes that can feature this lovely little spice, so for now I’m going to pick out a few of my past cinnamon recipes, in case you feel like whipping up a little something as Christmas arrives.

Cinnamon Recipes

1. Cinnamon Sugared Almonds / 2. Cinnamon Parmiers / 3. Cinnamon Berry Granola Bars / 4. Cappuccino, Cinnamon & Pecan Muffins / 5. Cinnamon Nutella Cake / 6. Overnight Cinnamon Rolls / 7. Cinnamon Churros / 8. Apple Cinnamon Cupcakes

My Christmas Playlist

Over the years, I’ve made dozens of Christmas mixes, from CDs to play in my car to playlists on my phone or iPod, so I thought it might be nice to share with you my favourite Christmas songs to really enjoy over the holiday period. Granted, this changes over the years as great Christmas albums are released, but this has been pretty solid for the last few seasons and I just add the odd new one here and there. I love a mix of classic and contemporary hits, the old crooners in between the more modern singers of my time, and I hope you might take a look at some of these if you haven’t heard of them already. This is guaranteed to get you in the Christmas spirit, so jump in.

Christmas Playlist

5 Christmassy Date Ideas

Christmas Date Ideas

Oooh, I love Christmas so much – it really is the wonderful time of the year – and I relish the chance to spend time with my nearest and dearest around this time of year. We all get at least a couple of days off around the holidays to be together and we like to fill those days with all kinds of fun things to really make the most of it. I also love the days I get to spend with my other half over the Christmas season, either staying cozy indoors, or getting bundled up and heading out into the cold to buy gifts or pick up some warm drinks. This is going to be our last Christmas together before we become husband and wife, so it’ll be an extra special one, and I hope we get to do a ton of fun things before the New Year comes. I’ve decided to share a few date ideas, in case you’re struggling to find something to do with your loved one around the holidays. I hope to tick all of these off our list over the next couple of weeks, and I can’t wait.

Christmas Movie Afternoon

There are so many good holiday films around to keep you entertained for days on end, but if you’re super busy around Christmas then just carve out one afternoon to spend cuddled up with your significant other under a cozy blanket with plenty of snacks around you. Choose a bunch of different films, from Elf and Four Christmases to make you laugh to Miracle on 34th Street and It’s a Wonderful Life to make you cry, get yourself in the holiday spirit the best way I know. Bonus points if you turn off your phones and it’s snowing outside.

Window Shopping & Hot Chocolate

The best shops are just magical at this time of year, filled with decorations, music and just about everything to get you into the spirit. No, it’s not what Christmas is about, but it’s difficult not to get swept away in all the excitement with Santas around every corner and all the sparkly goodies on offer. You don’t have to buy anything, just enjoy the sound of excited children mixed with ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’ coming from the speakers. End your little window shopping experience with a hot chocolate, sitting in a coffee shop window with your love, talking about Christmas and watching the world go by. There’s little better.

Ice Skating

Yes, it’s a pretty standard choice, but most of us don’t get to experience ice skating all year around, so why not give it a go around the holidays? I haven’t skated in years, but would love to strap on some blades and get to swirling and twirling around under the Christmas lights, trying my very hardest not to fall over and spoil the whole illusion. Try to go at quieter times (like when school is on) to get the best experience – somehow I imagine it’s not so fun when you’re trying to avoid tripping over a ton of people.

A Roaring Fire

Not many of our homes have real fireplaces these days, which I count as a darn shame, as there’s something so cozy and infinitely Christmassy about sitting by a roaring fire, with a glass of wine or a mug of hot chocolate in hand. Over the years, we’ve managed to find a few local pubs which still have these awesome feature, and we’ve been known to spend hours in front of the flames, talking, reading, eating and drinking our way through an afternoon. Plenty of pubs and hotels still have fireplaces, so just check a few local spots and talk to other locals to see if there’s anything around by you.

Winter Fairs

Whether this is the kind where they sell crafts, food and drink, or the kind where there’s a bunch of fairground rides, get out there and have a wander around as many Christmassy fairs as you can. You can use this time to buy last minute holiday gifts at all the handmade gift stalls, or just to eat sugared nuts and sample mulled cider, it’s all pretty enjoyable. I’ve been to a couple of these type fairs over the last couple of weeks and have loved simply walking around to see all that’s on offer, smelling all the delicious food and drink and really appreciating all the hard work put into the goods on sale, picking up a few things along the way.

The Ultimate Gift Guide: For All Budgets (For Him)

And now it’s time for him. If you’re still looking for something to buy that special mister in your life, then you’ve come to the place where you’ll find ideas for most budgets. You can order until the end of this week (into next week in some stores), so you’ll still got plenty of time to get your orders in – you could even visit shops in person (oh, the shock). Take a look at what I’ve collated here and see if there’s anything that suits him just right.

Gift Guide: For All Budgets (For Him)

Under £10

£10 – £50

£50-£100

Six Months to Go…

6 Months to Go

Goodness, the time is just flying by! It feels like just yesterday that I was commenting on it being a year to go until our big day and now we’re at the six month mark. In fact, we’re 182 days away and I’m crazy excited. It still feels like a fair way to go, but I know once Christmas is over we’ll be looking to send our invitations and then it’ll be all systems go. We’ve come a little further than my last update in August, getting the cake and flowers sorted, but I’ll do a proper update once the craziness of Christmas has passed and there’ll be a ton to say. For now, we’re going to enjoy our last Christmas as an engaged couple before the countdown really begins. Ahhhhh.

The Ultimate Gift Guide: For All Budgets (For Her)

You’ve still got a few more days (until the end of next week in a lot of stores) to buy Christmas gifts, so I thought I’d give anyone still struggling to find the perfect gift a bit of help in picking up some ideas on what to buy that special someone. You’ll find a ton of bits and pieces here for all kinds of people, so I’m hoping you’ll see at least of couple of suitable items, from cheaper stocking fillers to the more expensive, special items that you can totally justify gifting at Christmas time. Here’s the first part – with everything you want for the ladies.

Gift Guide: For All Budgets (For Her)

Under £10

£10 – £50

£50 – £100