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Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Travel: Auld lang Syne from Edinburgh

While quite a bit of the UK has been under snow over the past few days, we've been experiencing beautiful crisp wintry days up here in Edinburgh.

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Life: Glad Tidings of Great Joy (or Sending My Christmas Wishes Out into the Ether)

This year has been a hard one on a global scale; at times it seemed as if the world was suffering new disasters on a daily basis (it still is) so  it's been really nice for me to escape to this little part of the internet. For all of you who took the time to comment on my posts, thank you. I really do appreciate you taking the time to do so.

It's getting really busy here at chez Buttercup, the littlies are beyond excited and the puppy is very confused as to what's happening. We're enjoying all the fun stuff that Christmas brings and are really looking forward to catching up with our nearest and dearest over the next few weeks. I'll be posting when I can so do stop by.

Have a happy Christmas filled with every good thing,

Friday, 19 December 2014

Life: Five Life-Changing Steps to Happiness this Christmas

My usual way of getting into the Festive spirit is normally as follows: Buy and decorate tree; buy and wrap gifts; gluhwein at the German market; watch Love Actually; plan Xmas menu and become stressed beyond belief trying to figure out how I'm going to do it all!

This year however, I decided to be kinder to myself and made it my goal to remain as relaxed through December as I could. Christmas is now just under a week away and I can now happily report that I am far happier and relaxed than I was when I started. Here's what I've been doing since about late November.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Food: Apple, Blackberry and Blueberry Crumble (Gluten-Free)

I've been enjoying cooking some traditional puddings over the past few weeks and since it's been such a hit with the littlies, have been making Apple, Blackberry and Blueberry Crumble at least once a week. Probably not completely virtuous but at least it contains fruit!

Gluten-Free Apple, Blackberry and Blueberry crumble

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Food: Lamb Shank with Port and Prunes

There's something about the autumn that makes me turn to slow-cooking. Perhaps it's the fact that the oven being on for a few hours keeps the house quite toasty, or perhaps it's because I find myself spending more time indoors and enjoy the lovely aromas drifting from the kitchen?

Slow cooked Lamb Shank with Port and Prunes

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