My Captured Moment!

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Christmas 2008

I am sticking with a Christmas theme.

In 2008, Liverpool was the European Capital of Culture.

It was a fantastic year to be in the city, there was so much going on.

One of the city’s sights is the Superlambanana and in 2008, replicas were placed all over the place as part of a trail.

We spent a fabulous summer finding Lambananas in the most ingenious places.

So you can imagine our glee when we went to see Father Christmas that year and we were greeted by a Lambanana in his Christmas outfit.

This picture always reminds me of that great summer and Christmas excitement.

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Have a lovely day!

Fake v Real : The Dilemma!

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You do know I mean Christmas trees not body parts don’t you ha?

When we were first married we always had a fake tree, well we were childless and far more interested in going out on the town and hosting parties.

Gradually though, I leaned towards a real tree and after much persuading, Himself wasn’t convinced, that is what we have had for about the last ten years.

I love a real tree, it feels homely, welcoming and, each one is different.

However, because I like the tree to be in the window, we have found ourselves a bit restricted for space in our new home.

Last year, we literally had to cram out lovely Norwegian Spruce into the small space that usually houses the pouffe.

It was crooked the whole time, despite my daily attempts to straighten it.

So this year, I have bitten the bullet and faked it once more.

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Actually, I am rather pleased with it.

It has beautiful lush branches that have been flocked to within an inch of their lives, which I think looks really pretty.

Also, because it is one of those slim sorts, unlike me, it fits the space perfectly.

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I have gone for the Nordic look this year and the tree is decorated completely in white.

But I think this tree would look lovely decorated any which way, I think I will switch to bold again for next year.

It is just the smell that I miss, there really is nothing that says Christmas more than the smell of a real Christmas tree, is there?

 

Do you fake it or have a real one?

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Have a lovely day!

My Captured Moment!

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August 2005 : Eureka, Halifax.

Sorry about the glare from the Himself’s jacket in this old picture.

It was taken at Eureka, The Children’s museum in Halifax.

There was lots of excitement when we got to this exhibit because “Daddy” works for the Post Office.

He celebrated his 30th year in the job earlier this year, that is a lot of Christmases.

He gets so exhausted, that by Christmas Eve, when I hand him my present to give to me ha!, he is usually full of cold and fit for nothing.

So as we approach this ridiculously busy time of year, I thought it would be nice to pop a picture on here to remind us all of what he looks like ha!

And, for those of you who don’t already know, that excited 2 year old is giving the ultimate Christmas Present this year, she is donating her hair to The Little Princess Trust.

This is a charity that  makes wig from real hair for children who have lost their own.

If are looking for a charity to donate your Christmas card pennies to, she does have a Just Giving Page.

To me, this is what Christmas is all about!

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Thank you Heledd for hosing x

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Fudge!

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One of the best things about Christmas surely has to be the food.

This fudge like creation has become a regular feature in my December kitchen.

It is eye wateringly simple!

I often pop a few pieces in a bag with a pretty ribbon and gift it.

Now it isn’t actually fudge in the true sense of the word, in fact I would argue because we are not using tons of sugar, just a tin of condensed milk, with dark chocolate, it is almost a healthy option, isn’t it?

Go on give it ago, get older children to join in.

Ingredients

350g Dark Choco;ate

1 tin of condensed milk

30g Butter

Whatever else you want to add -see end for inspiration

Step 1

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Add all the ingredients into the pan together.

Step 2

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Gently stir on a low heat until everything is melted and combined.

At this point you add whatever you want, then give it a good stir.

Step 3

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Pour the mixture into any foil lined dish.

Pop it into the fridge to set.

Step 4

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Cut it into pieces, any size you fancy.

I then pop it in a plastic container into the freezer.

It doesn’t actually freeze and can be eaten straight from the freezer.

Enjoy!!!!

Suggestions

Vanilla Extract

Cranberries

Pistachio nuts

Brazil nuts

A few dashes of rum and raisins

The possibilities are endless!

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Have a lovely day!

Five On Friday!

I am so thankful it is Friday!

The lurgy continues to linger in our house, thankfully it is only effecting the adults.

Thank you to everyone who left lovely comments last week about the youngest’s hair cut.

The response has been overwhelming and she has already  been inundated with sponsor money from her school friends.

People have shared some very touching stories and one, in particular, made us both very emotional earlier this week.

I am so very proud of her!

So on to the rest of our week.

One

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It has been a funny old week when not much went to plan. However, I think it is becoming our norm and I am learning to roll with it.

Just as I was preparing the Christmas cake to go in the oven last Saturday, we received a phone call from the eldest telling us that her heating had broken.

I knew it had snowed in Manchester the night before and that it was bitterly cold.

So, we made an unexpected mercy dash to the wilds of Manchester with our little fan heater.

Of course, there was much recalculating involved because the cake needed nearly four hours in the oven and the youngest was going out for the afternoon.

The little one came home early and I turned the oven off before the end but left the cake in.

She was delighted to see her sister and the cake was absolutely fine.

The eldest was very grateful!

Two

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The eldest works in a pizza restaurant and so we made a booking in  another name and surprised her.

She was shocked but delighted!

Three

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As a bonus we got to explore the Manchester Christmas Market.

It was absolutely packed on Saturday night, there were so many lovely stalls and food vendors.

I think we will have to have another trip before Christmas to have a proper mooch around.

It definitely got us in the Christmas mood.

Four

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I have spent a lot of time this week wrapping presents.

Himself is the youngest of 7, most of them have families of their own and some even have grandchildren.

We buy them all, so I have to start the shopping early or I would be panicking by now.

I really don’t like wrapping Christmas presents because there are so many in one go.

So I have tried to space it out a bit this week and whilst it was better, it is still not my favourite job!

Five

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I think I bought this book intending to give it as a gift.

However, I love it and have decided to give it to myself as an early Christmas present ha!

It looks brilliant and there are a few things that I want to try this weekend.

So there it is,  my five for what it is worth this week.

We are planning a quiet weekend, himself is working, it is so busy for him at this time of year in the Post Office.

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Thank you Amy for hosting.

Have a lovely day!