Category Archives: Christmas 2012

Turkey Leftover Recipes

So you bought a turkey big enough to feed 20 people and you only have to feed 5! By now you are probably feed up with turkey sandwiches so we have done the hard work for you and found some great recipes to use that turkey up with.

These Turkey Enchiladas from All Recipes looks scrummy and very easy to make.

BBC Good Food has a great recipe of Turkey Cacciatore.

Looking for something spicy? Try this Turkey Chilli Recipe from Simply Recipes.

This Easy Turkey & Pesto Risotto from the Food Network is quick to make and I bet it tastes divine.

Want comfort food, then Jamie Oliver’s Turkey and Sweet Leek Pie is for you. I have seen him make this on one of his Christmas shows and it looks amazing.

Still got the turkey carcass? Why not make Delia’s turkey soup.

Finally we have our own Turkey, Bacon and Thyme Hotpot.

What do you do with your left over Turkey?

Homemade Gifts: Christmas Biscuits

I make these biscuits every year, they are great to have at home if guests arrive or give away as gifts. We make different shapes including snowman, bells, Christmas trees and snowflakes. However if I have making then for gifts I often do snowflakes as you can get much more out of your dough.

This is how I make them:


  • 110g Soft Butter

  • 110g Caster Sugar

  • 220g Plain Flour

  • 1 egg (beaten)

  • 2 tsp. of cinnamon

  • White icing

  • Optional – silver balls

To Make

  • Cream to sugar and butter together until fluffy.

  • Add the beaten egg and mix in.

  • Add the cinnamon to the flour and mix and then add to the butter, sugar and eggs mix to form dough.

  • Wrap in cling film and chill in the fridge for at least 30 mins.

  • Roll to approx. 1cm thick and cut out your shapes.

  • Bake in a preheated oven 180oc/160fan for 12-15 until golden brown. Leave to cool on a cooling rack.

  • Decorate anyway you like. We cover in white icing and then add some silver balls.

  • Store in an airtight container they will approx. 7 days.

If you are giving as gifts pop then in a cellophane bag and wrap with ribbon or add to a gift basket.

These are great fun to make with your children.

Free Printables: 6 Christmas Activities for Children

Keep the children entertained this Christmas with these free printable’s we found online. Perfect for a wet afternoon or for stocking fillers. have a great selection of activities for kids including Christmas Word Searches and Dot to Dots. They also loads of colouring sheets and craft ideas.

Over at they have 10 pages of Christmas Colouring print outs.

Make Christmas Dominos with DLTK. Print on black and white so you can colour them in yourself.

Cbeebies have a lovely Christmas Decoration to make on their site.

Children can colour in their favourite Disney Characters with these great colouring sheets over at Disney Junior.

Nature Detectives have a huge selection of things to do from nature walks, decorations and colouring sheets.

These should keep your children busy over the festive period

Festive Food

We love a bit of festive food this time of year. Its a great time to try something new and get creative in the kitchen.

Whether you are looking for something new to try or want to keep the kids entertained we have found some great festive food recipes for you.

Ali at Over a Cuppa has been making Spiced Cranberry and Apple Pies (a great alternative mince pies) and for the children Edible Reindeer Poo!

Over at Here Comes the Girls they have a fab idea of Christmas morning breakfast Snowman Pancakes! Staying on the Snowman theme their Snowman Cake Pops look awesome.

Try some festive baking with the Children and make Hertfordshire Mummy’s Stained Glass Window Biscuits.

Life at the Zoo are making Cookies & Ornaments that are easy for the children to make too.  Great gift idea!

We are loving these Reindeer Cookies & Gingerbread Men from Domestic Goddesque.

Actually Mummy has been making a Ginger Bread House.

These M&M Gift Jars on Make it, Bake it are so simple but make a great gift.

Lastly Yellow Days has this yummy recipe for Raspberry & Coconut Snowman Biscuits.

If you have a festive recipe you want to share with us, add it to the linky below.

Stocking Fillers under £10

This is the last in our gift guides and it’s all about stocking fillers.  I think I spend more time on stocking fillers than I do on the main presents.

The trick is to find great gifts but not break the bank, here are our favourites and they are all under £10!

Top Row:

Glitter Babes Decorate Your Own Jewellery Box £8

Wallace & Gromit Egg Cup n Cosy £3.50

Praline Piglets in Blankets in White & Milk Chocolate £6.50

6 Bracelets 50p

Second Row:

Botanical Butterfly Handbag Mirror £4.95

Fun and Funky Beanbags – Set of 3 £7

Revlon Ceramic Curling Tong and Brush Set £9.95

Cowboy Crush Mug £5

Third Row

Eco Friendly Cow Torch £2.50

Coffee Set £6

Juice Carton Small Crescent Bag £5.95

20 Chubby Crayons £2

Bottom Row

The Gruffalo Gift Tin of Coloured Pencils £7.49

Cotton Rich Fair Isle Heart Print Vest & Shorts Set £6

Thomas The Tank Engine Dynamo torch £4






Meal Plan Monday: 10th December (Week 4)

Almost two weeks until Christmas! We are really getting excited now.

If you missed it checkout our Homemade Calendars which makes a great gift and the cost under 40p each to make.

Keep your eyes peeled this week as we have stocking fillers and some yummy recipes coming up.

This is what we are having this week:

Monday – Chicken & Pesto Pasta

Tuesday – Pork Meatballs

Wednesday – Slow Cooked Pork and Cheesy Mash

Thursday – BBQ Pulled Pork Subs

Friday – Sausage Casserole

Saturday – Homemade Burgers

Sunday – Slow Cooked Beef in Black Bean Sauce.

Don’t forget to pop over to Mrs M’s blog to see the other meal plans


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Christmas Gifts for Pre-Schoolers

We have covered babies and toddlers and today we share our Christmas Gift Picks for the Pre-Schoolers.

Top Row:

Countryside Train Set from Bigjigs Toys £39.99

Strictly Come Dancing Dress-Up and Dance! £6.95

VTech Innotab Tablet £59.99

Middle Row:

London In A Bag Wooden Play Set from Not On The Highstreet £12

Honey Bee Tree Game from ELC £12

Arthur Wood Spaceman Children’s Tableware Set £15

Bottom Row:

Carddies Nativity £8.99

Father Christmas on the Naughty Step £4.89

My First Crazy Characters Game £5

Homemade Christmas Gifts: Calendars for under 40p each

This year me and my daughter are making gifts for the family and yesterday we made this calendar:


They are really easy to make and even better they don’t cost a lot at all.

I got the calendar blanks for Baker Ross you get 10 for £1.80. You can also get them in colour for £1.99.

I got the photos printed at Snapfish I paid £2.09 for 10 prints including P&P but of course if you print them yourself its much cheaper.

That makes them 39p each!

I already had the glitter glue and sequins. You can use whatever you want to decorate them.

It’s a great activity for a rainy day and family (especially) grandparents will love to receive them.

You can make each one different, we have a few different pictures and BG has made each one unique.

Give them a go and let us know how you get on.

What’s On Your Tree?

Yesterday after looking at the other halves shifts for December we realised that it was the best day to get the Christmas tree up or it would have to wait until Christmas Eve.  So after a quick dash to Homebase for a new tree we put ours up.

When I first lived on my own I was obsessed with having a colour scheme for my tree but as I have gotten older and amassed a collection of individual decorations my tree is full of them and ones my daughter has made in the made in the past few years.

We make a new one every year and buy one new one and its becoming a family tradition which I love.

So what’s on your tree? Do you have a colour scheme?