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Blogmas Day 15

Etsy Christmas Jumpers

I have found 5 Christmas jumpers on Etsy that I think would make brilliant party pieces or gifts.

The Shed Outlet have a brilliant Drake jumper for £19.95.

Bachelorette Shirt stock the must have Buddy the Elf jumper. This is one of my favourites because I like gaudy and festive.

The winter vibe is strong in Game of Thrones, so Print Bar are right on the money with this jumper.

PRZM Creations have an awesome Grinch jumper for sale. This is a close second to the Elf jumper for me.

Any Peaky Blinders fans out there? Here’s a blinder of a jumper from AC Print Workers.


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Blogmas Day 14

We Got Our Jingle On

Whilst procrastinating on Pinterest, I saw a fun idea that hasn’t really taken off in the UK…yet. ‘You’ve been Jingled’ is a great way to spread some Christmas cheer to friends and neighbours.

I told my daughter about it, and she begged me to start off a jingle train. Our targets… her besties.

We bought a gift bag and filled it with some treats. We made a little poem to explain the concept to the recipients and to encourage them to join in.

When you jingle someone you’re not supposed to be caught leaving the treats. As this was near impossible in our situation, us Mums had a chat before hand, but the children were none the wiser.

We had good fun doing this. It is always a bonus knowing we’ve put a smile on someone’s face too.

If you want to get your Jingle on, here is the poem we created:

‘You’ve Been Jingled!’

We wanted to spread some Christmas cheer,

After all it’s that time of year.

These goodies come from us to you,

With hope that you will do it too.

Leave your treats, but don’t get caught,

Show someone they’re in your thoughts.

Merry Christmas!


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Blogmas 13

Free Christmas Cookbooks

I downloaded 5 free, Christmas cookbooks from Amazon last month. I have read through them all and will give you my honest review. I am an amateur in regards to all things cooking, so I will base my reviews on the quality of the instructions and simplicity etc. I will include links for you to get your copies if you wish.

Holiday Cooking Made Easy by Les Ilagan

My Review:

I give this book 4/5. This cookbook is crammed full of recipes, some new to me, and some that are twists on old classics. A lot of effort has gone into compiling this, and the recipes are laid out well.

Christmas Recipes by Cheryl Leonard

My Review:

I give this book 3/5. This is not quite my cup of tea, but thats not to say it won’t be yours. Some recipes require expense such as crab meat.

There are no pictures in this book, so I can’t visualise the meals, but it is laid out well, and a vast array of dips, sauces, butters, and spreads are included.

Christmas Drink Recipes by Kelly Michaels

My Review:

I give this book 3/5. I never knew there were so many Christmas drinks! The various hot chocolate recipes are right up my street, but as I’m not a fan of coffee or peppermint, that rules out quite a few.

There are no pictures in this book either, but the recipes are simple and concise.

Favourite Christmas Cookies by Various Authors

My Review:

I give this book 3/5. This book is based on the favourite recipes of the characters in the authors book- Ten Christmas Brides. It’s a cute idea.

There is an introduction to the recipe in regards to the characters which was unique, but the recipes themselves didnt excite me. I wouldnt say they were all that Christmassy either.

Easy Recipes for Christmas Cooking by Various Authors

My Review:

I rate this book 4/5. This book is crammed with content. There are pictures with each recipe and the recipes are Christmassy.

There’s even a planner, so you get the timings of all aspects of your Christmas dinner spot on.


The opinions expressed here are those of K.J. Chapman and no other parties

All books reviewed on this blog have been read by K.J.Chapman

K.J.Chapman has not been paid for this review

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Blogmas Day 12

The Great Sprout Debate

After getting into a debate about the importance of a sprout on my Christmas dinner plate, I decided to do my own research for Blogmas day 12… an Instagram poll, of course.

I know you’re just dying to find out what percentage of people enjoy a sprout with their Christmas dinner.

*Drumroll please.*

Well, there you have it. Instagram has spoken. 71% do enjoy a sprout with their Christmas dinner.

Now, the real debate is how long you cook your sprouts for. I like mine soft, but my husband likes them with a bit of bite to them. (I think overcooked are less bitter). That is a whole other post that I do not have time for. Maybe next year. *Edges out of sight*.


Do you enjoy a sprout with your Christmas lunch?


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Blogmas Day 11

Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate

When I saw this recipe on Delish.com, I just had to have a go. My slow cooker is a vital part of my cooking. I love the dump and run idea behind them. I’ll hold my hands up and say that I’m not the best cook, and slow cookers disguise that fact.

I wanted to make this recipe on the night our local Christmas lights were turned on. The lights turn on starts the Christmas season in my household, so topping it off with scrummy hot chocolate was a must.

Ingredients:

1/4 cup cocoa powder

1 1/2 cups choc chips

1/2 cup sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup heavy cream

6 cups whole milk

Mini marshmallows

Combine ingredients in the slow cooker and stir well. Cook for 2 hrs on low.

The recipe calls for the marshmallows to be added 10 mins before serving to allow them to melt a little. I am not a marshmallow fan, so I skipped this bit and simply garnished my husband’s and daughter’s drinks at the end.

Family verdict… O.M.G. It was delicious. I implore everyone to have a go at this recipe (see link above). It was so easy to prep and the result was nommy.

A great way to end a festive night.


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Blogmas Day 10

Donations not Cards

Blogmas day 10 is all about something I saw for the first time yesterday. Dontsendmeacard.com is a site set up to stop people wasting money on cards and postage etc and to make a donation to charity instead. It is a great way to cut down recycling and help charities.

It’s such a simple yet ingenious concept. You pick your charity, choose how much you would have spent on cards, compose an ecard with your message of choice, pay via card or paypal (the money goes straight to that charity), and then send up to 100 ecards to friends and family.

Unfortunately, I have already sent Christmas cards this year, and I have given to charity, but this is a must for me next Christmas. I would also be thrilled to see that someone I know has donated to charity in lew of giving me a card.

I just had to share!


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Blogmas Day 9

Unisex Secret Santa Gift Ideas

There’s nothing worse than being a secret santa to someone you don’t really know, or someone who is hard to buy for. The small budget makes everything ten times harder. That is why I’ve taken it upon myself to find 5 unisex, secret santa gifts for under £10 each.

Grow Your Own Bonsai Tree

This is such a simple, but elegant gift. Bonsai trees are suited to both male and female recipients.

Alcohol Brewing Kit

Alcohol is a go to secret santa present for the over 18s (UK). This kit is a little more thoughtful than just giving a bottle of wine.

Funny Quote Mug

If you want to go down the humourous route, this mug is the perfect secret santa gift. Who doesn’t want a new mug for work?

Desk Calendar

Do you work in an office? Desk calendars are the perfect unisex gift.

Self Stirring Mug

‘Not another mug gift’, I hear you cry. But just wait, this one not only looks like a camera lens, it self stirs!


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