The Little Christmas Shop on Nutcracker Lane Book Review

Happy New Year! Sort of… Welcome to 2021! December’s book for The Ramblings Book Club was ‘The Little Christmas Shop on Nutcracker Lane’ by Jaimie Admans. I chose this book not only for its Christmas theme but it seemed like the hallmark-type of content I was craving. Perfect for December. After 2020 being such a…

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Cancelling Christmas for Happiness

Yes, that’s right! ME! The ‘Extra’ Christmas girl. The woman who is slowly making her way to becoming Mrs Claus’s replacement, is cancelling Christmas this year. Not because 2020 has finally beaten me, not because I have Covid, not because anyone else has Covid. I have cancelled Christmas because I am DONE sacrificing my mental…

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Dear Mrs Bird Book Review

November’s book in The Ramblings Book Club was ‘Dear Mrs Bird’ by A J Pearce. I thought it suitable to mirror the month of remembrance with a novel set in 1941. I’m glad I did. War is hell, as they say and 2020 has presented it’s own kind of war. A war on something completely…

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Candy Cane Cupcake Recipe

Tis the season to be jolly! Well, that seems to be jolly well hard this year. Although the festive season might seem a little bleak and unpredictable, we can still take comfort at home and celebrate the 2020 way. Just like at the start of lock down when we all put our oven gloves on…

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Under 3 Christmas Gift Guide

My daughter just turned two this month and as I was hunting for Birthday presents for her (and Christmas presents) I noticed it’s really hard to find things suitable for under 3s. Every toy, activity set and art supply seemed to be branded with the 3+ warning. Which leaves what? A cheque? No! So, I…

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November Christmas Prep List

With all the craziness that goes on at this time of year (as well as the craziness of 2020) it’s always a good idea to start preparing for Christmas early. Whether you’re the Grinch and hate Christmas or practically Santa Claus himself, it’s always a good idea to get ahead of the game rather than…

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Basic Sugar Cookie Recipe

This is the recipe I use for a really quick and simple sugar cookie. Perfect for Christmas, Birthdays, baby showers or any occasion or holiday. Ingredients 100g butter (room temp) 100g caster sugar 1 egg, beaten 275g plain flour, sifted 1 tsp vanilla extract Method Preheat oven to 190ºC/ 170ºC fan/ Gas 5. Line a…

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Movies Made For Comfort

During this time, I want to help keep people’s spirits up as much as possible. Since we’re all stuck inside with more time on our hands, it’s easy to get wrapped up in this COVID-19 chaos, doom and gloom. We could all use a little mental escape and what better way than curling up on…

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