Sunday, 30 March 2014

Superheroes Assemble!!

Calling all superheroes!!!  
My boy waiting patiently for his party

bunting and balloons
My gorgeous boy is growing up and last week was his fourth birthday. We celebrated by holding a superhero party in his honour - the theme was his choice and a jolly good one I think. I put my thinking cap on and came up with some pretty cool ideas (if I do say so myself!) and the day went off without a hitch  - perfect!

This was the first year where we had a celebration purely for his little friends, in the past we have had family get togethers but this year was full-on kids' party action. So the first thing on the list was of course invitations. Having designed some really cool ones it was of course sods law that our printer decided to break as I tried to print them which also scuppered my plans for some cool decorations. Thankfully there are so many awesome free printables all over the internet now meaning the possibilities are endless.

House decorated
We did manage to print some invitations from this handy site and our boy loved them! Guest list organised, invitations delivered and RSVPs received I set about planning the party games.











Firstly I decided to have on standby the old faithful musical statues only this would be musical superhero statues where everyone has to freeze in a superhero pose. Next I chose another twist on a classic party game with pin the spider on the spiderman...I used a posted from a magazine and drew some different spiders.



Finally I went super old school and bought loads of cans of silly string - FUN!! I bought a special gun attachment since little fingers weren't quite strong enough to press the nozzle on the can. I cut out some pictures of superhero villans from a selection of old editions of superhero comic magazines which my boy had - my nemesis, the broken printer, wouldn't stop me this time! (Maybe I'm getting too into this?!)








The children had sooooo much fun doing this - it was a total hit!











When I asked my boy what kind of cake he would like he asked for an Iron Man cake. Now, me being me, I couldn't just make any old simple Iron Man cake - no, I decided that I would make an Iron Man cake complete with light up Arc Reactor (chest light thing-y). Off to Amazon I went and found a cool, motion activated cupboard light which I though would be perfect for the job. After having a mini-panic (read Major panic!) that I had bitten off more than I could chew I was back on track and made a two-tier cake.

The top tier (mask) was a two layer vanilla sponge filled with buttercream and the base (chest) tier was a two-layer chocolate sponge again filled with buttercream. I hollowed out a section for the light and iced the bottom layer according to the old school Iron Man suit (from the comics and cartoons) then I inserted dowls into the top which would help to support the top tier. I decorated the top tier and positioned onto the base. Then I covered the joins and tidied the whole thing up. I was so happy that this came out as well as I had hoped - especially since, as usual, I was making it up as I go along! The children were thrilled I think the light definitely impressed - PHEW!





For the rest of the food I made Batman ham sandwiches and Thor hammer snacks - aka - cheddar blocks on mini breadsticks. There were also carrot sticks, cucumber sticks and hula hoops. I made cinnamon palmiers and Viennese fingers for the adults as well as meringue kisses as a gluten-free treat for a guest with Coeliac disease. 


Next came the subject of party bag/going home gifts/party favour type things.....again I had what I thought was a great idea - again, I had a mini-panic at the scale of what I was planning but after some soothing words and cups of tea from my lovely husband I was fine and it all worked out perfectly. 

I made each child their very own superhero cape, complete with their initial on the back - I was very happy with how these turned out. I bought some cheap and cheerful dress lining fabric from eBay in a selection of colours and set to work. The fasten at the neck with velcro. The children all looked so cute in them and I think it was a nice touch and something just a bit different. 
So, after lots of games and food, playing both inside and out, upstairs and down - it was time to say goodbye and let the clean up commence - oh yes and the drinking of gin!!!!



But wait, there's just one more thing. This party was held on the Sunday at our house and my boy's actual birthday was the Tuesday after and he was at nursery school that day which meant that he needed to take some treats in for all his other friends.....cue one more moment of mini panic when I remembered this on Monday afternoon and my boy requested a Captain America cake!!! I knew I was catering to up to 30 children and teachers so it seemed logical to go with one big cake and not lots of cupcakes - that way I couldn't get the numbers wrong and no one would miss out. So, here we go again - a double layer chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream cleverly disguised as Captain America's shield. They ate the lot so we can assume they all liked it! 

Thank goodness there's a whole year before his next birthday - oh, and thank goodness for the gin!!!!



Thursday, 20 March 2014

The Mum Tag

Hello my lovelies- I could be here to tell you that our little boy turns four on Tuesday and that on Sunday we are having a SUPERHERO party at our house and that I'm in crafty/bakey overload in preparation for it - but I'm not. Instead here's what's gong on today:-

I have been tagged by the gorgeous Lucy over at Mrs Bishop's Bakes and Banter for this lovely little set of questions for us mums. Cheers Lucy and thanks for he tag!! Now there are quite a few questions and you know I'm never brief so be prepared and for anyone who gets to the end there's cake in it for you!!!

I tag my lovely friend Julia at Tea, Cake and My Boy and the fabulous Amanda from City Girl Gone Coastal if you would like to give it a go. xxx



1. Are you a stay at home mum?
Yes. I started my little Etsy store recently and also sell my wares at some local haberdasheries but it's very small time at the moment since it's hard to find the hours in the day!!!!!!

2. Would you have it any other way?
No way!!! I absolutely love it. 

3. Do you co-sleep?
Yes. I co-slept from day one - literally - in the hospital on day one. I had a c-section and it really was a pain to lean over and pick up my boy from the plastic crib thingy next to the bed - it just seemed to be at the wrong height/angle. My boy was a big eater too so it was like a million pick ups and put downs. Anyway after a couple of hours I put the side up on my bed, padded it with pillows and popped him in next to me. I could move him to breastfeed easily and wasn't in pain. It just seemed so natural to me. There was one nurse who kept telling me off but all the others seemed fine with it. Trust your instincts - mummy knows best! So when we got home we just carried on and that was for years. Now my boy has a double bed in his room (which acts as guest bed if someone comes to stay) but he still comes in with us halfway through the night and I love it!! It's where he wants to be and it works for us. Also when we do have guests he just sleeps in our bed so it's dead easy. 

4. What is your one must-have item for your baby?
Well, he's nearly 4 so not a baby anymore but when he was a baby I would have to say.....muslins. Such a simple silly thing but when I really think about it that was it. We never used bibs as I don't like the look of them, it's another thing to buy and he pulled them off anyway! Muslins acted as a bib, a burping cloth, a summer blanket, something to lie on in the park, a breastfeeding cover if it was chilly (he didn't like being covered so yes, I fed in public - without a cover - and never encountered a problem I'm happy to say, although it pains me that so many ladies do!) Muslins are so soft they can be a washcloth, help with nappy changes, mop up spills - there is no end to their magic and they are cheap as chips so I still use them for all sorts of things! Ok - I don't have shares in muslin production or anything and it's not a weird cult - I just like them a normal amount. 

5. How many kids do you plan on having? 
Well......if money were no object I would have loads!!! I love children, I loved being pregnant, I love being a mother and grew up as one of four so I love all the hubbub of having lots of people in the house. However, financially we're not in that place so while we would like more it's a bit tricky since we already have one who is healthy and happy and we want to be able to give him the best of everything so it seems hard to make a decision which would mean things changed....ok so as you can see this is not an easy question to answer but suffice to say if I won the lottery the first thing I would do is go about getting pregnant - Alex - go and buy a lottery ticket quick and both our luck might be in ;) 

6. Date night? How many per month?
Date night? What is this 'date night' of which you speak? We have been on precisely 3 dates since our boy was born - he will be four on Tuesday. But we are lucky as we spend so much time together since my lovely husband is self employed and works from home so I don't feel that we miss out. Although of course it's nice to get dressed up and go out, it's also one of my favourite things to curl up together, watch something good and get an early night :)

7. Your child's favourite show? 
Well right now he's into everything super hero related! He also loves Pocoyo and Phineas and Ferb. 

8. Name one thing you bought before you had your baby and never ended up using?
A breast pump and a bouncy chair thingy. I breastfed my boy - direct from me, not expressed for 15 months. It just seemed easier, no sterilising, no bottles, anytime any place - I have naturally sterilised bottles attached to me and was lucky enough that it all worked for us so I couldn't see the point in trying anything else. The bouncy chair thing - I wish it had worked but he hated being put down in anything so we were literally attachment parenting  I used to call him my 'limpet baby' as he clung on to me or his daddy all the time!!!

9. Your child's favourite food?
Cheese on toast, pasta, he's just got into carrot sticks which I'm very happy about. He's a lot less fussy these days and I love to see him trying new things. I think he is the only 3 year old I know who refuses to eat sweets or ice cream! He does love a bit of chocolate though (like mother like son!)

10. How many cars do your family have? 
One, a Toyota Prius. Cheap road tax, we live in London so because driving round town can be so congested we use very little fuel as it's a Hybrid and also- no congestion charge. It's good for the planet too :)

11. Weight before, during and after pregnancy and now? 
I don't weigh myself but I know when I'm bigger than I would like to be so here's how it goes:
Before pregnancy I was ok, a little bit over my ideal then in the first trimester I lost about 3/4 stone since I was so sick all the time!! After c-section I didn't shrink back in the tummy like you do with vaginal delivery since they cut through those muscles but after a few weeks I was doing a hell of a lot of walking so I went back to 'normal' and maybe just little bit less than I was before pregnancy. Now however I am bigger than I would like to be. Since we moved to a more suburban area I find that I walk less and drive more so I have become a bit too sedentary. I have never been sporty and hate dieting so have always luckily relied on eating well and nice exercise like walking and yoga to keep me ok-ish. I tried the 5:2 diet recently and it sucked!!!! I felt like shit and gave up. Healthy eating and moving more for me and I feel much better now. 

12. Dream holiday with your kids?
Wales, countryside, mountains, trains, beaches - FUN FUN FUN. Beautiful and so much to explore. When they are this young they get so much pleasure from the simple things and it's wonderful to see them become so fascinated by cool leaves or sandcastles.

13. Dream holiday without your kids? 
I don't actually want to go on holiday without my kids. When they are older it would be easier to take them on the kind of holidays which I like. I like cultural holidays and discovering the history of a place. I'm no good at sitting on a beach doing nothing. Give me some nice ruins then beautifully fresh local food and I'm happy. 

14. How has your life changed since having babies? 
Um....this is hard - clearly it has changed but apart from the obvious logistical ways I'm not really sure. It's better now though, I know that much!

15. Finish the sentence: 'It makes my heart melt to see....?'
My boy smile. That's it. It makes my heart melt to see my boy happy. 

16. Where do you shop for your kids? 
I like H&M and I like Next. Next have a nice selection for boys. I generally get a bit miffed that the girls clothes are always more exciting than the boys clothes - I don't mean pink tutus I just mean, nicer prints or design features. Anyway, M&S are also doing better recently. 

17. Favourite make up and skin care products? 
Concealer for dark circles!!!!! Cheap mascara and MAC eyeliner. Who has the time for fancy rituals?!

18. Huggies or Pampers? 
Pampers. We were given some Huggies once and tried them but had terrible problems with leaking so never used them again. 

19. Have you always wanted kids? 
Yes. Always.

20. Best part about being a mum? 
Every single minute. I know it sounds cheesy but being a mother is everything. My family are my whole world and even the not-so-good bits like teething or lack of sleep are fine by me because it's all part of being a parent and I definitely think that by embracing that and going with the flow it makes it much easier.

Phew - there you have it!!! Ok, I need some cake myself now. Laters y'all!



Saturday, 1 March 2014

My Mini Kitchen Makeover

Now, I should clarify - it's the makeover that's mini - not the kitchen - although thinking about it the kitchen isn't that big really, but not 'mini'.....I digress....you've not actually come to discuss the size of my kitchen have you?!

So, my kitchen is lovely (and more than adequate size-wise) but I absolutely hate the colour scheme we've inherited! The tiles are bright red and the cupboards are weird pale teal sort of colour - I just really don't think it goes together. There's no question of being able to re-do the whole thing - it would be a nightmare, not to mention how much it would cost. So what do you do when you hate your colour scheme but have to live with it?! Well, if you're me - you embrace it - you go with it - you make it work, get crafty and hit the sales!! Now we're talking - shopping and crafting sounds much more fun than grouting and plastering.

Here's the kitchen before - messy, mis-matched and dark!



I decided that my main problem with the colours was that they didn't feel planned, so I needed to make it look more intentional by picking up the colours in other areas to join it together - decorative accessories are the order of the day. At the time (I started this back in the new year) Debenhams were having a homewares sale and they had some gorgeous things and luckily some that were perfect for me!

Starting with storage jars. I don't like things to be too matchy and I loved these - they pick out the red and teal well but hint at other colours too. Phase one complete! I also had decided to chose some fabric to make bunting with but then I found 4 metres of this in the sale for £12 and knew I would spend more making it so I snapped this up and it's the perfect colour combo - lovely stuff.





At this point I have to say sorry for the photos but, we have a lot of stuff and personally I like the 'lived-in' look - it's a fine line between cluttered and lived-in so some of you may feel there's too much junk around but then i suppose that's ok because you don't have to live here! Basically, I don't know the meaning of the word minimalist!!



Next, I found this gorgeous oilcloth online and decided to use it to line the shelves, easy to wipe clean and much more interesting than white paint (which marks far too easily). I cut it to size, and stuck it down using double-sided tape and then scotch tape underneath. This way nothing's permanent so if i change my mind (as I'm prone to do!) it won't have ruined the surface underneath - good thinking huh?!






As you can see I also whipped up a little crocheted flower garland. I like this one a lot (you may even see something similar on my Etsy Shop soon)

Here's the shelf on the other side - again crammed with stuff and complete with a pom pom garland I made (any excuse to play with the pom-pom maker again!)

Spot the Tesco biscuit tin - very cute - great colours



















I even covered the window ledge. Rearranged some bits and added some flower fairy lights (fairy lights are always a good choice!)
Finally, we added a few touches....

Washi taped the frame for my cross stitch
I hate this frame - the wrong shape but we're embracing the change














Love this blackboard sticker! Washi tape accents
Bought a big roll from Amazon with free chalk
My two fave aprons and some pics of my boy :)


 So, it's not perfect but I'm so happy with the difference which is remarkable. The whole room has a different vibe and we love it! The colour scheme definitely works now and I don't mind it at all.

The whole thing cost around £45 so I'm certainly happy about that part! Now to get baking in my happy kitchen :) I may finally have worked out my salted caramel cake recipe so watch this space!

That's all folks.



Friday, 14 February 2014

Valentine's Day Meringue Hearts

Happy Valentine's day to one and all!!

The lovely peeps at Tate and Lyle * have shared this gorgeous recipe with me and now I'm sharing it with you - nice.

www.tasteandsmile.co.uk Has loads of yummy recipes so do check it out.

I tried these meringue hearts out myself yesterday for a little early Valentine's dinner I had with my lovely husband, I made a couple of small changes to the fillings and they were yummy! So I can attest that this recipe is moderately simple and in fact if you are reading this soon after I've clicked publish then you probably have time to make these for dinner tonight as you only need a few ingredients. So run now to the shops and you too can share the love in the sweetest way possible - with actual sugar!!

Here's the recipe:

Makes: 2 pairs
Prep time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 1 hour

Meringues:

  • 60g Golden Caster Sugar (so much better than nasty white sugar and get Fairtrade where possible) 
  • 1 large egg white (30g)
  • Food colouring of your choice (I just used some old school liquid pink which I have for baking with the boy but maybe the fancy gel colours would give a richer colour)
Filling: Here's where you can choose your own but the recipe I was given goes like this:

65ml double cream
110g cherry compote
Icing sugar for dusting again go golden and go fairtrade)
Crystallised roses for decoration 

You will also need: 
2 baking trays and some baking parchment
Piping bag with star nozzle
8cm Heart shaped cutter to draw around

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C / 400 degrees F / Gas mark 6

Using the cutter draw 4 heart shapes with a pencil on one piece of baking parchment, spaced apart as the meringues will spread a little. Turn the paper over so you don't get pencil on the undersides of the meringues. 

Tip the sugar onto the other baking tray and spread it out in an even layer. Warm through on the middle shelf of the oven for about 3-4 minutes or until the sugar feels hot to touch and has lightly coloured, stirring once. Don't let it caramelise. Pour it into a bowl. 

Reduce the oven heat down to 110 degrees C / Fan 90 / 225 degrees f / Gas mark 1/4

Don't forget to do the test!
As soon as the sugar is ready, using an electric mixer/whisk, whisk the egg white at high speed until it is light and foamy, for about 1 minute. Slowly add the warm sugar, a desert spoonful at a time and continue to whisk until the mixture has cooled and is very thick and glossy. Scrape down the side halfway through. This will take about 5 minutes. 

Using a toothpick add a little gel food colouring and briefly whisk again and check that it is the colour you'd like, adding more if not. 

Use a little of the meringue to stick the paper down to the baking sheet. Spoon the mixture into the piping bag and pipe the heart shapes. 

I piped around the edge and spread on the rest



Bake on the middle shelf of the oven for 55-60 minutes. The meringues are ready when they are crisp on the outside and the bases are dry and not at all sticky. Turn off the oven and leave them to cool for a few hours or overnight. 

To assemble, lightly whisk the cream, divide between 2 meringue hearts, spoon on the cherry compote, then top with the remaining meringue hearts. Arrange on plates, lightly dust with icing sugar, decorate with crystallised roses and serve. 

The meringues can be made up to 2 weeks ahead and stored in an air tight container. 




Now, here's what I did differently. I made the meringues as stated above - I used a heart cutter which i had but did not measure it then actually just drew freehand- this worked out fine. I used liquid food colouring, no issue with the meringue consistency so go ahead if that's what you have to hand.  I piped the edges of the hearts and then filled in the middle. I spread it out with a palate knife as I like the smooth appearance better. 

For the filling I whipped some double cream (I didn't measure I just used what looked about right) until it was very thick and stiff. I added a generous teaspoon of vanilla paste (the good stuff) and whisked to combine. I slathered 2 of hearts with 2/3 of the cream, poured some raspberry coulis on top (ashamed to say I didn't make my own but had some left in the fridge) then placed the other two hearts on top. I spread the remaining cream on top following the heart shape and sprinkled with the most girly pink sugar balls I could find - ta-da!


So these did taste yummy and you certainly need the fruit to tone down the sugar (in my opinion) and I will try the recipe properly another time but it's always nice to be able to put things together with what you have in the cupboards I think. Mine don't look as exquisite as the official picture at the top but I love the way they turned out and most importantly, so did my valentine!

Have you been baking up a storm of love this Valentine's day? I'd love to hear about what you've been making and if you give these a try then let me know how they turn out - maybe send me a pic - be great to see how we all personlise them :) Happy Love Day everyone xxx

* I have been sent some samples from Tate and Lyle as compensation for this post but as always I don't write about anything on here which I do not believe in. All comments regarding golden sugar versus white sugar and choosing Fairtrade are my own and if you see other recipes which I have posted you will notice that it is something I mention a lot!! 

Peace out yo!






Tuesday, 21 January 2014

The Year I Make It Happen - My Goals

Well hello there lovely virtual peeps....Happy New Year and all that (yes, I'm a little late). Firstly, in the interest of full disclosure I have been compensated for this post - you know i'll always tell you when that's the case and you know I won't write about anything I don't like so you're in safe hands - let's get to it.

We're talking New Year's Resolutions, you know, those things which you promise yourself you will do/fix/try/not eat but which usually only last until the start of February if you're lucky.....well, since they are so unsuccessful - we're renaming them. Obviously that alone won't make any difference but the intention behind them will!! Any kind of spots metaphor usually inspires success and so now we're talking GOALS - do not adjust your set, I promise not to talk about football - I really hate football.

We're going to need lists people - yes, any excuse for a good old list. Maybe even a Pinterest board (work in progress). Anything which helps with planning and seeing things through will be a bonus, which is why I quite liked the little Facebook App type thingy which Lloyd's Bank have created - Make it Happen. They are quite correct when they say that even just the simple act of writing down your goals will make you more likely to succeed and it definitely helps to share them with others too. So this Facebook thingy is where you can make your pledge - build an extension, learn a language, move out of your mum's spare room - whatever your 2014 goal is - go to the app, give it a click and the lovely people at Lloyds (yes there are some lovely people who work for banks you know, we musn't judge - some of my best friends are bankers ;) !) will then give you a personalised toolbox with loads of helpful stuff to achieve your goals - it's not jut money stuff either - the goal I selected was to fix up my kitchen and they took me to a beautiful Pinterest board filled with gorgeous interior design ideas / space saving tips etc. I would definitely hit the like button on this one Lloyds!

So this year I resolve to achieve my goals.

What goals are they I hear you cry?! Well, thanks so much for asking...allow me to elucidate.

1. Save money - we all want to do this right - say no more - read on to number 2...

2. Eat well -my lovely husband isn't too fond of veg and I'm not overly keen on meat to we tend to       circulate the same meals which can get a bit dull. I'm so glad we bought this Save with Jamie book. We've even eaten entirely vegetarian meals without Alex minding too much (a big deal). One thing i love is that this book breaks every recipe down into cost per portion (see number 1) and calorie count per portion - which brings us to number 3....

3. Be healthier...again this is something which we all say we will do and it often fizzles out. I find this is usually because we set unreachable goals in unrealistic time frames which put too much pressure on us and end up falling by the wayside. Well - no more I say. I have given myself a tough (but do-able) exercise regime with the help of some awesome youtube videos. I have my girly pink dumbbells and a floor space. I've cancelled the gym membership (don't worry - they didn't bring out Maria) as that never worked for me (refer back to number 1 - I'm doing it already - go me!) Doing this in my own home means there are no excuses - I look fat in my gym clothes, it's too cold, not enough petrol, it's Wednesday, my name contains the letter A - you have no idea how much I dislike the gym! So, new regime at home - I'm feeling the burn today but we'll see how it goes.

4. I really would like to makeover the kitchen - I'm not looking at expensive overhauls here but the kind of DIY we like in this Virtual Rhilaity...a bit of blackboard paint here, a bit of washi tape there, some nice finds in the homeware sales department - you know the drill and don't think I won't be back with some tutorials. I have big plans I tells ya.

5. My little Etsy shop Handicrafts of Nnon has done really well since it's launch at the end of last year and I'm thrilled. My items are also being stocked by some fab independent retailers to whom I am very grateful. This year however I plan to work a lot on my business. One of the first things I'm going to do is put my prices up - this is a hard decision to take but I've learned that if you don't value your own product/craft then others are less likely to do so- as in life - don't sell yourself short! I will also be adding many new designs/items in the coming months and I'm very excited about that. Last on my first business plan type list is to create the website - I've got it all ready and waiting to go - it's just a long and arduous process which requires a lot of time and attention - but it is a must and I know that if I build it they will come, so there's nothing to lose.

6. Last but by no means least is to carry on baking. I love to bake and it is one of the most relaxing things in the world for me - mostly because I can do it everyday if I like (I wish I could sit in a beach everyday but that's hard in London). I enjoy the bake and get a really lovely feeling from sharing my cakes with others so I must find make the time to bake!

Oh yeah and I go a new haircut which is helping me to feel a bit fab and I have a bit more confidence too - yippee!

So there you have it everyone. I could add so many things to this list but like I said, I would actually like to succeed with this so I'm not being overly ambitious just now. If you've stuck with me to the end of this post then thank you very much!! Here's a picture of a cake as a reward. Feel free to share your own goals with me and why not give the Lloyds app a go - it has inspired me and I feel very positive about 2014!!


Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Cranberry & Clementine Chutney

Hello hello,

So in-keeping with the Christmas spirit I wanted to share with you a lovely recipe. I made this last year and gave it out as gifts (and of course saved some for us!)

Don't panic - this is pretty quick to make and although like any chutney it gets better the longer you leave it, it actually can be eaten pretty much straight away - so if you fancy some to accompany the post turkey and post Xmas pud cheese board (and if you have any room left!) then this is just the ticket.

Here we are then: All in all this makes about 2kg and only takes a little over an hour to make


3 Bramley apples (or about 650g)
4 clementines
2 large onions
1kg cranberries (fresh if poss but you can buy frozen now too)
200g sultanas
15 peppercorns (that sounds very precise!!)
300ml red wine vinegar
500g light brown soft sugar
1 red chilli


  • Peel, core and finely dice the apples and put into a big pan
  • Peel and roughly chop the clementines then add to the pan
  • Peel and finely chop the onions then add to the pan
  • Stir in 700g of the cranberries
  • Add the peppercorns, vinegar, sugar and chilli
  • Cook over a low-medium heat, stirring frequently to warm everything through and dissolve the sugar
  • Turn up the heat and simmer uncovered for about 45 minutes until thickened, stirring occasionally
  • Stir in all the remaining cranberries and cook for 10 minutes more until they are tender (but not burst)
  • Spoon into sterilised jars and leave to cool completely
There you have it - easy peasy lemon squeezy!!


I hope you enjoy this zingy chutney, it also goes well with left over turkey - of which we'll all have a lot I'm sure!!

Until the next time my lovelies. Not long to go now !!!!




Friday, 6 December 2013

Compulsory Christmas Viewing!!!!

Hello hello and a very Merry Season to you all.......
Today we have a Christmas list....not a list of present ideas for me (I've already written to FC himself and in Claus we trust so it's all good!)....this list is my top Compulsory Christmas Viewing - TV and films without which it simply wouldn't be Christmas! So, grab that festive Radio Times and a red pen then find these gems and circle them for mandatory Merriness - or, you know, if you're not over 25 then just Sky+ these bad boys (down with the kids yo!)

Here goes nothing - by the way, these aren't in exact order - it was just too hard in some cases but you're going to watch all of them anyway so it doesn't really matter right?

Elf - "Francisco, that's fun to say!"

Home Alone (1) "Merry Christmas ya filthy animal"

The Nightmare Before Christmas "Twas a long time ago, longer now than it seems, in a place perhaps you've seen in your dreams"

Miracle on 34th Street (the Dickie Attenborough version!)

Love Actually "Where the fuck is my fucking coat?!"

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Jim Carrey)

Die Hard (1) "Yippie-ki-yay motherfucker!!!"

It's A Wonderful Life - need I say more?!

The Santa Clause - "If something should happen to me put on my suit, the reindeer will know what to do."

A Muppet's Christmas Carol "Light the lamp not the rat! Light the lamp not the rat!"    

Meet Me in St. Louis Love a good sing song :)

Gavin & Stacey Christmas Special "MidgeUre - you know like MidgeUre cheddar!"

Black Adder's Christmas Carol "Merry Christmas Mr Slack Bladder"

White Christmas That's what I'm dreaming of this and every year!!!

Click the links below to see my reviews of the following lame, yet awesome Christmas films:

Mr. St. Nick

Single Santa Seeks Mrs Claus

Bernard and the Genie

Jingle All the Way


Special mention goes to any West Wing Christmas episodes - any episode of that show in general but they do a good Christmas episode!!

Last but not least:- I leave you in the capable hands of the amazing Bill Murray.

Scrooged  



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