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Father Christmas

Monday, December 22, 2014

On Saturday we took the children to see Father Christmas! It was at Chessington Garden Centre in Surrey, and boy was it amazing!! A little pricey (£11 per child and £3.50 for each adult) but well worth the money. You walked through a magical winter wonderland to get the the big man himself, which included themes such as Narnia and Alice in Wonderland! I tried to get some photos of it all but to be honest, I was a little too excited myself... :) It was pretty incredible. We were obviously a little unsure of how Alice would react to Mr Christmas, as last year resulted in some tears (and screams), but she was actually ok! She told him what she wanted for Christmas (one of those moments when you go... please say what we've already bought you! And thankfully she did!) and even high fived him on the way out. Of course, the one thing she wouldn't do was look at the blooming camera at the end, but you know. You can't win them all!

haha! This will always be one of my fav family photos! She looks so confused! Haha!


Gingerbread Biscuits

Monday, December 15, 2014

I love creating Christmas traditions! This year, Alice is at the age where she really understands Christmas and so I thought it was about time we made some of our own family Christmas traditions. And making gingerbread is definitely one of them! We had so much fun mixing, rolling and cutting out and decorating these biscuits. They smelt amazing and made the whole house smell of Christmas. And of course, they were delicious!

In hindsight, I wish I had made little holes in the top so I could hang them on the tree as little treats to nibble on!

 Oh, and she even helped with the washing up afterwards!


Lactofree Winter Warmer Drink

Saturday, December 13, 2014

How amazing does this hot chocolate look! Such a perfect winter warmer drink and so easy to make!

Here's how we did it:

Hot Chocolate (serves 2):
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 750ml Lactofree Semi Skimmed
  • 150g lactose free chocolate, chopped
  • 35ml Lactofree cream (whipped)
  • Ground cinnamon
  • marshmallows

First, heat the cinnamon stick, Lactofree Semi Skimmed and red chilli in a saucepan with medium-high heat for 7 minutes. Set aside for 10 minutes to allow flavours to infuse.
Place into a clean saucepan, discarding solids and heat over medium heat for 4 minutes (don’t boil). Reduce heat to low and then add chocolate and whisk until smooth. Pour and top with whipped cream and a handful of mini marshmallows!

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