Entertainment: Top 40 Christmas songs

2. “Like It’s Christmas,” the Jonas Brothers 3. “Make It to Christmas,” Alessia Cara 4. “Christmas Wrapping,” The Waitresses. 5. “A Hand for Mrs. Claus,” Idina Menzel feat. Ariana Grande 6. “Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays,” NSYNC. 7. “Drummer Boy,” Justin Bieber feat. Busta Rhymes 8. “Christmas in Harlem,” Kanye West feat. Cyhi the Prince and … Continue reading Entertainment: Top 40 Christmas songs

Food: Mary Berry’s Yule log

Ingredients For the chocolate sponge 4 large free-range eggs 100g/3½oz caster sugar 65g/2½oz self-raising flour 40g/1½oz cocoa powder For the chocolate ganache topping 300ml/½ pint double cream 300g/10½oz dark chocolate (around 35-40% cocoa solids), broken into small pieces For the cream filling 300ml/½ pint double cream, whipped To decorate icing sugar, for dusting a toy … Continue reading Food: Mary Berry’s Yule log

Mental Health: December self care reminders/Ideas for optimal festive fun

Whilst this is known to be the most magical time of the year it is also stressful. So here's some self care reminders. Work out your total budgets for presents/decorations after you've paid all your monthly bills. Perhaps you could agree that you concentrate on gifts for the children rather than the adults in your … Continue reading Mental Health: December self care reminders/Ideas for optimal festive fun

Writing: FREE Making Memories Christmas advent calendar printable

I got the idea from a friend of mine on instagram who's little girl has several disabilities and can't eat chocolate. Use this to keep the kids busy this Christmas! Right click to save the image, print out and have fun! You can gather supplies from most pound shops and recipes for the salt dough … Continue reading Writing: FREE Making Memories Christmas advent calendar printable

Book review: A Christmas gift by Katie Flynn

Rating 5/5 Genre: Historical fiction Plot: Liverpool, 1939: Sixteen-year-old Lizzy Atherton is forced to flee her violent step-father in the middle of the night, and finds herself stranded on a station platform completely alone. Desperate to know what has become of her beloved mother, who she had no choice but to leave behind, Lizzy returns … Continue reading Book review: A Christmas gift by Katie Flynn

Cooking lesson – week one: Shortbread and Gingerbread

Today with my beautiful assistant Melanie I learned how to make Gingerbread and shortbread. I will say I only needed assistance cooking the gingerbread mix on the hob, putting the biscuits on trays and using the icing bag. Here's what you need to make the gingerbread: 40grams of unsalted butter 2 table spoons of ginger … Continue reading Cooking lesson – week one: Shortbread and Gingerbread

Food: Christmas tree decorations – Sugar cookies

Ingredients Cookies 2 3/4 c. all-purpose flour 1/2 tsp. baking powder 1/4 tsp. Kosher salt 1 c. unsalted butter 3/4 c. granulated sugar 1 large egg 1 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract Sanding sugar, for decorating Royal Icing 3 large egg whites 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar 16 oz. confectioners' sugar Directions In large bowl, … Continue reading Food: Christmas tree decorations – Sugar cookies