About 10 years ago Christmas jumpers were the sort of thing your Granny gave you and with much embarrassment you were forced to wear in to eat your Chrustmas lunch in front of all of your family.  But the  last few years they have all become the rage and we even have a Christmas Jumper day!  This year it’s Friday 18 December. Chrustmas jumpers are worn to help raise money as part of the charity Event Text Santa.  Looking round the shops there are Christmas jumpers everywhere. Here are a few that have caught my eye:                … View Post

This a post about some of the handmade gifts I want to give this year to save money and the stress of shopping as I know some people who love a hand made gift. Getting someone a present you know they’ll really does reduce the stress and if you don’t have to trap se round shopped when they are packed to the brim even better! I love to spend any free time I have crafting. I love Papercraft, especially scrapbooking and also crochet. I knit a little but tend to find it very slow going and often make mistakes meaning… View Post

Over the past 12 months I have about a stone in weight. Personally, I’m not sure how. If I’m being honest I haven’t been trying particularly hard to do so but with one thing and another going on in our personal lives we’ve had quite a bit of stress. This has impacted upon my health over the course of the past year and it’s this I believe has been the reason for my weight loss. Fast forward to now and my winter coat is huge on me. I’ve had it the last 2 years and I lost about 1/2 stone… View Post

Christmas isn’t Christmas without mince pies. Flaky buttery sweet pastry encasing rich mincemeat full to the brim with rich decadent fuits and that lovely sticky sauce. If you’re lucky it will also have a little alcohol, brandy for example, mixed in as well. My Grandmother was a tremendous sweet pastry cook. He pastry was to die for. A quite simple yet gorgeous tasting rough puff pastry recipe. A recipe I use from her hand written recipe book dating back to the 1930’s. In our house from about now there at least 1 batch (24) mince pies cooked every week. Just… View Post