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Simple Christmas survival cake recipe

Christmas is a time for giving and receiving, a time for remembering those less fortunate than you and spending time with your nearest and dearest. Meanwhile back in the real world, we’re rapidly approaching the time of year where we eat too much, overdose on sherry, argue with the in-laws and count down the god-forsaken minutes until we can go back to work. This simple Christmas survival cake recipe won’t change anything, but it tastes good and there’s enough brandy in it to make sure you’re half-soaked until New Year’s day. Ingredients To soak in advance:  3 x 500g bags of…

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Wyevale breakfast with Santa

This morning, we were lucky enough to be invited to attend Wyevale Garden Centres breakfast with Santa. We chose to go to Hereford Wellington Garden Centre because it is both nearby and in a lovely location. When we arrived, we were shown to our table where the children had a plethora of things to keep them entertained until breakfast time. Christmas crackers, colouring pencils, an activity sheet and chocolate coins. The look on Libby’s face when she was allowed to pull her Christmas cracker was priceless. She was also pretty pleased with the gift in her cracker. Who doesn’t want to be…

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Our Thursday Photo #81

This week, I’ve decided that I’m going to break the habit of a lifetime and actually buy some Christmas presents in November. I’ve never really had much awareness of the deals available on Black Friday in previous years. I now realise that the discounts make it financially preferably to be organised and do my shopping tomorrow. Having done quite a bit of research on the offers around, I thought I’d share my favourite offers, competitions and small companies who don’t reduce their prices. 1. Amazon I do quite a bit of shopping on Amazon because I find that it generally…

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Our Thursday Photo #80

I’m not one for starting Christmas early. But somehow, I’ve been swept away with the spirit of things this week and I’m starting to feel a bit festive. On Tuesday, we went to Webbs Garden Centre for their ice rink and Santa’s grotto. Yesterday I took part in the bloggers Christmas shopping challenge at Old Market Shopping Centre, Hereford and we saw them switch on the Christmas lights. So against my better judgement, I’m thinking about Christmas trees already. I’ve even started a Christmas Pinterest board for inspiration. I love the look and smell of a real Christmas tree but I don’t think…

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It’s Christmas At Webb’s Garden Centre

Last year a visit to Webbs Garden Centre was the thing that got us all into the festive spirit. Since our last visit, Libby has been asking me at least once a week when we’d be going again. It’s been a long 52 weeks but finally, the Webb’s Garden Centre Ice Rink and Christmas Grotto are back. So it may be a bit early but for me, Christmas starts here! My husband’s review of Christmas at Webb’s Garden Centre With hubby off work, we headed over there en masse today. My sister Soph came to give me a hand with the girls and…

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