Paris? Dont mind if I do…

Paris? Dont mind if I do….

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Its over!

So christmas is done with and its NYE. Folks!

So to sum up – christmas was lovely, my hubby M cooked a lovely Turkey and I am so proud of him. I pulled off the famous trifle recipe and felt I did my mum and my nana proud! I loved all the preparations, the decorating, the making of the napkins, the shopping, the eating, the present recieving (and giving!), the visiting…all of it and cant wait to do it all again next time! I also loved blogging about it all and can see myself doing more of the same type of thing as valentines day, easter etc roll around!

I can honestly say I had a lovely christmas and it was all fantastic, but there is always the post christmas slump for me to contend with. I guess that happens for everyone who has looked forward to something, planned for it and carried it off, and then is left with nothing left behind. I guess the only way to handle that slump is to start planning a new challenge of sorts, so thats what Im gonna do. I have enjoyed writing this blog, even if only two or three people actually read it, and have decided to start another one. Much like planning a holiday the minute you get back from a holiday, i am going to start a new blog about me and my life! I have discovered the joys of blogging (yes I know im behind by about ten years!) and I like being able to have a virtual diary of my life. I dont mind people reading about me and what I do, and its actually a bit like online therapy to me! I cant imagine my life is that fascinating to anyone that doesnt know me, but who cares!

So I hope you had a great christmas 2010 filled with everything you wanted it to be filled with! As 2011 rapidly approaches i wish you all the happiness, good luck and love that the world (and I) can offer you and hope you ring in the new year with a smile on your face, and a happy memory in your head.

See you next year – keep reading! xx

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DIY christmas – part 2

I did it! I made my christmas napkins! Took forever with the needle constantly unthreading, and having to get to know my sewing machine again, but I did it! They wont win any awards from Martha Stewart but I dont care!

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Neighbourly love!

Feeling pretty good right now..M and I just took our lovely next door neighbour a bottle of wine and a box of chocolates to wish him a merry christmas and to say thanks for being a nice neighbour. You know, hes the one who makes sure our bins are off the street, watches out for batman, takes our mail if we are not home and always has time to say hello. In this society, I think its rare to even know your neighbours name, let alone be able to say you have a great one, so to pat and all the other nice neighbours, we wish you a merry christmas 🙂

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T’was the night before Christmas…

Its here! Christmas Eve! Now that Im over my jet lag, the preparations for tomorrows big day have started in earnest! Thanks to my amazing mums christmas “to do” list, I feel quite prepared actually! Have re-arranged my living room into a dining area, peeled about 100 potatoes, carrots, etc, and the fridge is stuffed to the gills with turkey (such an ugly bird!), ham, brussel sprouts, cream, jelly and custard. Am trying not to think about the drinks and desserts that need to fit in there as well…

I have found a new recipe that I cant wait to try out tomorrow, its for brussel sprouts and bacon (see the link) and it sounds quite tasty! Im one of the few people that actually like brussel sprouts, but this recipe sounds even better than leaving them plain!

M is in charge of cooking the huge turkey, and I look forward to the results! Im super glad he is doing it, I cant think of anything worse than having to stuff a turkey! Hes off to make fresh breadcrumbs now for the stuffing…I love watching him cook, hes so good at it!

Here is ourt menu for tomorrows Christmas dinner:

Starter: Smoked Salmon Pate with irish brown bread and mini salad & Glass Moet Champagne

Main course: Turkey stuffed with sage and onion stuffing, topped with cranberry baste and bacon, Ham on the bone, roasted potatoes, pumpkin & carrots, Baked potato, Brussel sprouts and gravy, apple sauce and cranberry jelly. Served with italian red wine.

Dessert: Mums trifle & Christmas Pudding served with ice-cream and fresh cream.

Tea/Coffee – possibly an irish coffee!

Not bad huh? It sounds yummy to me! Fingers crossed it all goes to plan. As for all the potatoes, mike insisted on loads of spuds – it must be an irish thing 🙂

Heres the sprouts recipe, wish me luck! xx

Brussel sprouts with bacon

Sprouts as a traditional christmas veg are often overlooked and are not very popular with the kids! However when cooked in the right way they can be very tasty and full of flavour.
Serves 4-6

Ingredients

  • 500g/18oz of peeled Brussels sprouts
  • 100g/3oz of lean smoked bacon cut into strips
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 clove of garlic (chopped into tiny pieces)

Method

Steam the sprouts above a covered pan of boiling water for 20mins or until soft but with still a little ‘bite’. Cut one in half to check they are cooked all the way through.

Cut the bacon into very small strips- Put 1 tablespoonful of oil in a pan and fry until crispy brown add the chopped charlic and fry for 2 more minutes.

Take the steamed sprouts and add them into the large pan.

In the large pan, add in the brussel sprouts and gently fry altogether for a few minutes.

Heat an oven proof dish and keep warm inside until ready to serve alongside christmas dinner.

 

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Christmas in New York!

Hi kids, Ive been away in the awesome NYC over the last week, and have loved every minute of it. Ive been fortunate enough now to experience what christmas is in a few different parts of the world, and I can honestly say, that New York rocks! I particularly loved the rockefeller centre christmas tree, a very cool tradition started many years ago by the workmen who were there on christmas day, and to bring themselves some cheer they put up a tiny tree! Now its huge and attracts thousands of visitors a year! It was cold but so much fun, and the macy’s christmas windows were a sight to behold! All in all, a lovely way to kick off christmas cheer in my heart x

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What have you asked Santa for this year?

Whats on your christmas list this year? This is the first year i think EVER that im 100% finding it hard to come up with something! I guess Im just happy and in-love and anything else is a bonus! Yes I know thats cheesy, so to come back to reality…I would actually like the Danni Minogue book (dont judge me people!) and maybe a nice bag like grown ups have..you know, one that costs more than 20 Euro! What do you want readers?

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