Christmas day outfit ideas | Christmas outfit lookbook

 

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♦ O U T F I T I N F O ♦

O u t f i t 1
→ Jumper: Last season Tesco
→ Faux fur scarf: http://www.boohoo.com/restofworld/scarves+hats/lois-longpile-short-length-faux-fur-scarf/invt/azz24541
→ Jeans: http://www.hollisterco.com/shop/uk/bettys-super-skinny-jeans/the-hollister-high-rise-super-skinny-jean-1225444
→ Boots: Last season River Island

O u t f i t 2
→ Jumper: Topshop
→ Jeans: http://www.topshop.com/en/tsuk/product/clothing-427/jeans-446/moto-black-joni-jeans-3486787?bi=21&ps=20
→ Boots: http://www.asos.com/ASOS/ASOS-EMPIRE-Chelsea-Ankle-Boots/Prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=3791039&cid=14225&sh=0&pge=0&pgesize=36&sort=-1&clr=Black&totalstyles=45&gridsize=3
→ Necklace: Primark

O u t f i t 3
→ Jumper: H&M
→ Skirt: http://www.boohoo.com/new-in/cerys-leather-look-pleated-skirt/invt/azz15595
→ Heels: Last season Hobbs

O u t f i t 4
→ Top: http://www.boohoo.com/restofworld/new-in/ellie-textured-stripe-high-neck-top/invt/azz18665
→ Jeans: http://www.topshop.com/en/tsuk/product/clothing-427/jeans-446/moto-black-joni-jeans-3486787?bi=21&ps=20
→ Heels: Last season Hobbs

O u t f i t 5
→ Top: http://www.hm.com/gb/product/46494?article=46494-C
→ Trousers: http://www.boohoo.com/restofworld/new-in/esmay-check-relaxed-turn-up-boyfriend-pants/invt/azz25517
→ Shoes: Primark
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H x

DIY Christmas decorations | How to make paper Christmas trees and decorations | Christmas work desk

I’ve recently started a new job within the Home Retail Group and every year they hold a “decorate your desk competition” where you have to…. decorate your desk!

I’ve only been in this job for about 4 weeks, so it was a little daunting having to compete with people I have just met. However I love decorating for Christmas and I thought why not? I have so much card at home from a few Christmas’ ago when I made A LOT of paper chains, so instead of spending money on buying decorations, I thought I would utilise what I had at home. I know a lot of people who also like to do DIY decorations so I thought I’d make a little how to video as a part of the Christmas themed videos.

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Enjoy and happy DIYing!

x H

Super easy christmas cookies | Frozen Inspired Olaf character

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I saw this cookie idea on Pinterest and I know a lot of little ones who love frozen, so I thought I’d give them a practice run before Christmas. They turned out AMAZING, I’m so happy with these! They taste so good too. It’s a really easy recipe and it would be super easy to do with the kids. I’m using this recipe for a number of different decorated cookies I’m doing over Christmas.

Let me know your thought’s and if you’ve given these ago share your picture with me on social media 🙂

Ingredients

  • 100g/3½oz unsalted butter, softened at room temperature

  • 100g/3½oz caster sugar

  • 1 medium free-range egg, lightly beaten

  • 275g/10oz plain flour

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

To decorate
  • 200g/14oz icing sugar

  • 3-4 tbsp water

 

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 190C/375F/Gas 5. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar together in a bowl until combined.
  3. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract, a little at a time, until well combined.
  4. Sift in the flour until the mixture comes together as a dough. You may need to add a few drops of water if the dough is too crumbly, add a few drops at a time as you won’t need much!
  5. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured work surface to a thickness of 1cm/½in.
  6. Using biscuit cutters, cut biscuits out of the dough and carefully place onto the baking tray.
  7. Bake the biscuits for 10-15 minutes, or until pale golden-brown. Set aside to harden for 5 minutes, then cool on a wire rack.
  8. For the icing, sift the icing sugar into a large mixing bowl and stir in enough water to create a smooth mixture.
  9. Carefully spread the icing onto the biscuits into a puddle like shape, make sure the icing into too runny otherwise it will go off the side of the biscuit.
  10. While the white icing is still wet, place a marshmallow into the icing on the side of the biscuit. Set aside to harden.
  11. Using the black, orange and green writing icing decorate your biscuit and build your snowman!

 

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H x

How to make crinkle cookies | Christmas cookie recipe

I think one of the best things about Christmas is all of the amazing food and it’s a great excuse to splash out and indulge. I’ve seen on Pinterest a few posts on these crinkle cookies and every recipe I’ve followed has been from a cake box, and unfortunately that’s not for me, I’d rather bake from scratch. So I decided to work on this recipe and OH MY GOD I think I have made the BEST cookies ever, honestly these are so good. They’re a great mix between a cookie and cake, I like to call them cakies 🙂

Anyway, here’s the vlog of how to make them and below that the full recipe for the cakies. Let me know what you think about this recipe, remember to subscribe to my YouTube channel for more of my baking videos and Christmas how to’s!

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Ingredients

  • 384g all purpose flour
  • 268g gran sugar
  • 30g cocoa powder
  • 2tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp barcb soda
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 170g Soft unsalted butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 5 tsp red food colouring (optional)
  • White chocolate chips
  • Icing sugar

Directions

  • In a mixing bowl whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt for 30 seconds, set aside. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whip butter and granulated sugar until pale and fluffy. Mix in eggs 1 at a time, blending until combined after each addition. Mix in milk, vanilla bean paste, lemon juice and red food coloring. With mixer set on low speed, slowly add in dry ingredients and mix just until combined. Stir in white chocolate chips. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and chill 2 hours or until firm enough to shape into balls.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Pour powdered sugar into a bowl. Remove dough from refrigerator, scoop dough out and with buttered hands, shape into medium balls (about 2 1/2 Tbsp each). Roll cookie dough balls into powdered sugar and evenly coat. Transfer to Silpat or parchment paper lined baking sheets and flatten slightly, then bake in preheated oven 13 – 14 minutes. Allow to rest on cookie sheet several minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.
  • *If you want them a little more chocolatey you can replace 2 – 3 Tbsp of the flour with 2 – 3 additional Tbsp of cocoa powder.

 

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Pistachio Cupcake Recipe

If you regularly follow my blog, you will know that a couple of months ago, me and my boyfriend Laurence went to Rome for a weekend get away (https://hellobiglittleworld.wordpress.com/2014/10/23/rome-italy/).

It was an amazing trip full of visits to lovely restaurants and cafes, it was hard to not get inspired by the food we ate. As I’m a big lover of baking, one place in particular was the Made Bakery down Via Dei Coronari near to the Pantheon, they had some amazing cakes and deserts in this place and we went in and had a pistachio cupcake to share. It was AMAZING, the pistachio gave the cupcake this very subtle savory flavor which with the taste of the sugary frosting worked extremely well. It may also have been that I only had half the cupcake but it was the perfect amount of sugar and I knew I just had to make something similar when I got home.

So last week I searched Pinterest like crazy to see if there were any pistachio cupcake recipes I could steal, and I was shocked that there wasn’t much at all. One thing I really don’t like with recipes on Pinterest is that a lot of them are using boxed cake mix which I’m not that keen on, I feel like I’m cheating!

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INGREDIENTS

For the cupcakes

  • 45 grams pistachios
  • 115 grams butter (room temperature)
  • 115 grams caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 100 grams self-raising flour
  • 2 tablespoons milk

For the icing

  • 140g softened butter
  • 280g icing sugar
  • 1-2 tbsp milk
  • few drops of green food colouring (enough to make the icing a pale green)