Hi everyone, hope you have all had a wonderful Christmas! I’m going to try and let the pictures do most of the talking, I have had a fantastic three days all starting on Christmas Eve…
I had a delicious breakfast using all of these recipes along with some creamy full fat Greek yoghurt and then I hit the town. I treated myself to a Toffee Nut latte, got some fresh honey spelt bread and cookies from the deli and some treats from M&S. Then I got ready to head out for drinks with pretty much all of my favourite people – James, best friends, family and the children and babies in the family – I love that all of us are so close and come together like that, my best friends are family to us :-) Then it was home for mulled wine and random snacking before falling asleep with Christmas Father Ted on TV! Just a perfect day.
Our tree looked so beautiful it was almost a shame to have to take the presents out from under it! This year I went for brown packing paper with brightly coloured ribbons and patterned tags. I also popped a few amaretti biscuits on the tree for added decoration. After exchanging gifts with James (he got me a leather biker jacket and a lovely bracelet) we had an amazing breakfast – eggy bread for him and french toast for me (i.e eggy bread with cinnamon and vanilla) with bacon, maple syrup, apple and amaretto chai stewed dried fruits. Then we got ready and visited all the family before settling in at my parents for lunch along with my Grandma, Sister, Bro in Law and two adorable nephews. We had broth with bacon to start, traditional turkey and beef with veggies and then some chocolate lime cheesecake for dessert (a Nigella recipe). I was spoilt with so many lovely presents including lots of smellies, chocolate, pyjamas, teas, socks, Topshop gift cards etc. I’m a very lucky lady :-) Then we chilled out with some mulled wine and lots and lots and lots of cheese, crackers, olives and chocolate. Yum!
We spent all day in our PJ’s which I think should be made law on Boxing Day! Breakfast was toasted honey spelt bread, one slice with butter and one slice with peanut butter plus some Greek yoghurt mixed with chestnut puree, Christmas granola and pomegranate seeds. A salad was much needed for lunch – with harissa hummus and chilli olives followed by apple, persimmon and cookies (I had many more than those two pictured!). I hit the online sales and made orders with Urban Outfitters and ASOS – lots of pretty dresses! To use up some leftover boiled sprouts, I fried them with butternut squash and ate with spinach, goats cheese, dried cranberries, roasted almonds and a few pomegranate seeds – utterly delicious. Then it was a few amaretto and cranberry raspberry juice cocktails drank in the bath followed by lots of Green and Blacks Burnt Toffee dark chocolate. A great end to three days of festivities and feasting!
How was your Christmas? What was the favourite thing you indulged in? Do you have any Christmas Traditions? Have you hit the sales yet?