Sunday, 27 December 2015

Christmas Week

I'd just like to say that I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas. Sorry that this post won't be long one but I still wanted to put something up so I thought that I share a few photos leading up to Christmas as well as on the day.

Nottingham Christmas Market.

Me and Holly went to Costa to exchange presents. This resulted in us opening them and Holly making a little collection...

How pretty?!

Christmas Dinner wasn't on the small side. Stuffed.

My presents off Carter.

My presents off my parents and close friends.

My brother Sam's presents off our parents and close friends.

Me and Sam.

Family! Oscar (Nephew), Sam (Brother), Hughie (Nephew) and Me.

The house was starting to fall so we decided to dismantle the house and some kept eating all of the 'cement' (icing).

 Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed

Chloe x

Sunday, 20 December 2015

The Christmas Tag

As this time next week Christmas will already be over, I thought I'd cram in another Christmas related post as it hasn't gone yet! This got me thinking about what I could do and then came across 'The Christmas Tag'. Please feel free to write your favourite question and answer it in the comments.

What is your Favourite Christmas Movie?
My favourite film and the one which makes me feel in the spirit the most would have to be Polar Express. I have always watched this film every Christmas so I have a lot of memories behind this.

Do you Open your Presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas Morning?
Christmas Morning. Me and my brother would go into each others room to see if the other was awake whilst our parents went downstairs to check if Santa had been. Mum would then shout us down and record our reaction and the duration of us opening our presents.

Do you have a Favourite Christmas Memory?
I don't have a favourite but I have a few that are special to me. Although, one thing that does stand out to me is making the sausage rolls which were featured in last weeks post and is something I look forward to doing each year.

Favourite Festive Food?
Chocolate Yule Log! I love chocolate anyway so this may not come as a surprise but I will always have a slice... even if it is 5 hours later after my dinner.

Favourite Christmas Scent?
Cooking. This can be either any baking that I have done ready to offer anyone who comes round or the smell of the roast cooking on Christmas day. The smell of cooking just helps to make it feel more homely and Christmassy.

Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?
The one tradition we have always done in my house is that you are able to open the present that was always put to one side. It would always be a new set of pyjamas. This is due to my Mum filming us every year and she wanted us to have a different set each year and give us a little something to open.

What Tops your Tree?
This year we have changed the theme of our tree. It has been multi-coloured for as long as I can remember. Now that me and my brother are older, we decided that this year the theme would have a change and it was going to be white. The old angel my brother made when he was at nursery has been replaced with a wooden star to link with the rest of the tree.

What’s the Best Part about Christmas for you?
Spending time with family and friends. I am a people person and love having people around me. This time of year is perfect for me as people are coming round to see each other, having a laugh and spending quality time together.

What is your favourite part about Christmas?

Have a wonderful Christmas!

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed

Chloe x

Sunday, 13 December 2015

Christmas Cooking: Sausage Rolls

Half way into December, it has now become a tradition to make our own sausage rolls. We use ready-made puff pastry as it is so much quicker and simpler and obviously sausage meat. They don't last very long as they're that nice and even more so when they have just come out of the oven and we have guests round.

Start by laying out the sheets of puff pastry.

Cut the sausages up individually as this will make the next step easier.

Using a knife, score the edge of the sausage as you want to remove the skin keeping the shape.

Lay out the meat into rows and cut the pastry into strips.
You may need to spilt sausages up in order fill the length of the sheet.

Whisk up 1 egg as this will create the glazed effect on the pastry.

Fold over the rows to cover the sausage meat inside.

Place them all onto 1 sheet as there isn't a need to have separate sheets anymore and it makes another step much easier later on.

Using a fork, seal the edges by pressing the 2 ends together.

Glaze the edges where you have just pressed down.
(This is optional as it can be done later)

Using a pizza slicer or  knife, cut the rows to make individual rolls.

Cut the top of the rolls and glaze with the egg.

Place them all onto the tray together to make the process much quicker to cook and place them in the oven for 20 minutes at 230 degrees celsius (FAN).

Voila! Homemade sausage rolls (ish!)

Do you cook a certain recipe that reminds you of Christmas? Do you do something which only happens at Christmas?

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed

Chloe x

Sunday, 6 December 2015

Favourite Things About Christmas

I really enjoy this time of year! Not because it's my birthday a few days after  (always a bonus) but the fact I can come home, get all warm and cosy in my pyjamas straight away and have a chilled evening.

I love being around people so Christmas is something that I really enjoy. It just makes things so much better knowing that there's going to be lots of people who you are going to see and always have a laugh with. I love spending quality time with family and great around Christmas as well.

Another thing that I love is how much happier people become. Even though there is rush ensuring everything is sorted in time and you have everything you need, people in general seem to be in a better mood.

I couldn't do this post and not mention the food. If you ask anyone that knows me, they will tell you that I love my food and I have a major sweet tooth so Christmas is perfect for me and gives me a great excuse to eat away.

I love going out and buying the presents, looking around the Christmas markets and finding little decorations to put around the house and for the tree. We have a tradition at mine where we put the tree up with the music on in the background and I love it!

Do you have any traditions that you do? What is your favourite thing to do at Christmas?

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed

Chloe x