Tagged: Christmas

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Christmas is Coming

It’s not long now!!! We’ve just had a weekend at my parents house for a pre-Christmas family gathering and when we got home it was time to put up the Christmas decorations. It was the usual sort of visit to my parents house where we took the opportunity to do a few things that can...

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Christmas 2018 at Ynyslas

Well, we had a nice quiet family Christmas at home once again. I was a little preoccupied with server issues that I was trying to sort out for my clients but I put that to the back of my mind and managed to have a lovely day at home. Christmas Eve was spent getting ready,...

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Christmas Cake Decorating

Having baked the Christmas cake quite a few weeks ago, it was finally time to start decorating it today. I used a different recipe for the cake this year and had been feeding it with brandy for about 6 weeks. It seemed a little more moist than cakes of previous years but was looking good....

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Christmas Lunch in a Box

Food Boxes We’ve been doing well with our boxes of food this year. Gousto, Hello Fresh and MyCookbox have all been living up to expectations and better still, thanks to the referral program and people using our links to sign up to receive cut price boxes we’ve earned lots of free boxes ourselves as well....

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Christmas with the Coles

Despite just being the three of us for Christmas it was still fairly hectic. Morgan didn’t break up from school until 3:30pm on Friday afternoon and Anna finished work at the same time. Morgan however had basket ball from 4-6pm after school so went straight there. Back at home I had the house cleaned and tidied and...

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Christmas Dinners

It must nearly be Christmas and the office festive dinners are in full swing. As ever there always seems to be a clash with everything happening at the same time. Yesterday was no exception and I had an admin team Christmas lunch at the university and a Psychology Department Christmas dinner in the evening. I...

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I do Worry about our Friends Sometimes

Thought I’d share a Christmas present label that had us intrigued. As you can imagine we had been wondering what this could be for a while. All was revealed on Christmas Day when we opened this. Maybe I don’t have such a dirty mind after all – It looks like a loaf of bread to me! If...

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Christmas Day in The Cole Household

That was a lovely Christmas Day in the Cole household. The highlight being that we managed to successfully pull of the installation of a ground-level trampoline in the front garden and keep it a secret. Morgan was suitably impressed, surprised and delighted. Christmas Day Christmas Eve was the usual story with Morgan not being able...

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Installing a Ground Level Trampoline

If there’s one thing Morgan had wanted for Christmas it was a trampoline. You know the sort, the big blue ugly things that everyone seems to have rusting away in their gardens. He’s been wanting one for ages and we had always categorically said no. We had loads of reason why not as well. They’re ugly. I didn’t...

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Giant Stollen Baking for Christmas

I had quite a bit of marzipan left over after baking and decorating our Christmas cake this year. That’s nothing unusual as I did have more than 1kg of the delicious yellow almond paste and with only one cake to cover this year I didn’t use it all. The leftover marzipan would usually sit there, gradually...