Countdown to Christmas: Christmas cake time

santa suitWith just under 2 months left to go till Christmas, it’s the perfect time to get into the festive spirit by making a traditional Xmas cake. It may seem early to be embarking on the Yuletide bake-fest, but making your cake well ahead of time will allow it time to mature and fully develop a tasty depth of flavour. If you like your Christmas cake on the boozy side, making it now will give you plenty of time to feed it regularly with your spirit of choice before the 25th December. Baking your own cake might seem like a daunting prospect, but once you’ve gather all your ingredients it’s not as difficult as it looks and the rewards are well worth it. Just imagine popping your cake in the oven and filling your home with delicious seasonal aromas of dried fruit and spices! Continue reading

Shopping for fancy dress online is the key to a Merry Christmas

Adults-Christmas-CostumesEven for those of us who love the joy and excitement of the festive season, there’s no denying that it’s a busy and often stressful time of year. Organising Christmas cards, finding the perfect gifts for family and friends, decorating the house, planning the menus, buying the food – there’s a whole lot to get done before you can settle down and enjoy the Christmas cheer on December 25th. Continue reading

Countdown to Christmas: say Merry Christmas in style with a fancy dress family photo

nativityPersonalised cards always bring that little extra bit of cheer at the festive season. So why not spread the joy this year by taking a great seasonal shot for your family Christmas cards? For some real festive photo fun, and to get yourselves in the seasonal spirit, dress the whole family in Christmas costumes before taking your snap. Remember, there are already less than 8 weeks to go till Christmas so it’s time to start thinking about getting your cards organised. Continue reading