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Lifestyle | November 30, 2017

TIPS FOR A COSY FESTIVE SEASON

woman making reindeer biscuitsbaking reindeer biscuits
 

The cosy festive season: It’s finally here. It might be getting dark very early now and the temperatures are low but I’m always looking forward to this time of year, to decorating the house and to getting all cosy. We just spent some time in North Yorkshire (there will be an extra post on our accommodation) which is where we started the festive season. I’m showing you what makes this time of year special for us.
 
 
woman wearing christmas pyjamas and drinking tea by the window

 
 

Baking biscuits

 

I love baking biscuits and usually choose foolproof recipes. I came across these cute reindeer biscuits on Pinterest and just slightly changed the recipe by using gluten free flour. I rolled the portions until they were about 5mm thick because gluten free flour is a lot drier and can break easily. If you do it that way the biscuits will be perfect!

 
recipe for gluten free reindeer biscuits
 

Method:

1. Throw all the ingredients into a mixing bowl and mix until the dough will create a smooth ball. Wrap dough with plastic wrap and chill in refrigerator for 30 minutes. cosy festive season

2. After cooling, tear pieces of dough and roll the portions until approximately 5mm thick. Use cutters of your choice to cut out shapes and place on a baking tray. Bake for approximately 9-11 minutes at about 180 degrees.

3. Allow the biscuits to cool before decorating them with chocolate and frosting. Place a little icing in the centre to help secure the reindeer’s nose. Use the chocolate glaze to draw the antlers and the eyes. That’s it, it’s so easy!
 
 
pink pom pom slippers

 
 

Getting all cosy in your PJ’s and warm slippers

 

I came across these adorable pyjamas and the furry slippers at Boden and instantly fell in love. It was the same for Joerg when he spotted these cosy pyjamas in gingham and the moccasins. This is our uniform for the home. Besides, they make the best Christmas presents and it’s currently all on sale. I do love these pull-ons for her and these ones for him as well. And how cute are these slippers?
 
 
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Our pajamas and slippers (currently on major sale!):

For her: Boden Cosy Woven Pyjamas, Boden Knitted Pom Pom Slippers

For him: Boden Brushed Cotton Pyjama Set, Boden Moccasin Slippers
 
 
man in his pyjamas is making a fire

 
 

A crackling fire

 

Is there anything more beautiful than a crackling and warming fire? We didn’t have a fireplace in our Swedish house in Germany because the insulation was so good that it would have been too hot. As houses in the UK are usually a lot older and often poorly insulated, a fireplace is nothing but perfect. And the atmosphere it creates! Bliss!
 
 

A warming mulled wine

 

Mulled wine just adds to the feel-good factor, doesn’t it? We bought non-alcoholic red wine because I don’t really like alcohol and this version was really good especially with all the spices and fruits. Preparing this mulled wine is honestly easy-peasy and very quick too!
 

 

Method:

1. Peel large sections of peel from the clementines, lemon and lime using a speed-peeler.

2. Put the sugar in a large saucepan over a medium heat, add the pieces of peel and squeeze in the clementine juice.

3. Add the cloves, cinnamon stick, bay leaves and about 10 to 12 gratings of nutmeg. Halve the vanilla pod lengthways and add to the pan, then stir in just enough red wine to cover the sugar. cosy festive season

4. Let this simmer until the sugar has completely dissolved into the red wine, then bring to the boil. Keep on a rolling boil for about 4 to 5 minutes, or until you’ve got a beautiful thick syrup. cosy festive season

5. When your syrup is ready, turn the heat down to low and add your star anise and the rest of the wine. Gently heat the wine and after around 5 minutes, when it’s warm and delicious, ladle it into heatproof glasses or mugs and serve.

 

drinking mulled wine by the firechristmas wreath at the windowman in his pyjamas enjoying a mug of mulled wine
 
 
And now we’re enjoying the festive season that is usually a lot quieter than the rest of the year. We love the cosiness at home. Not much longer and well’be visiting our families in Germany and I’m so excited. cosy festive season
 
Until then I hope the odd Christmas post and video will put you in the right mood and if you’re still looking for nice Christmas presents, there’s a guide for him and her on my YouTube channel.
 
 
man enjoying mulled wine by the fire
 

 
 

We were gifted the pyjamas and slippers from Boden but all opinions are our own.

 
 

Linking to Not Dressed as Lamb

Comments

thelifbissue43

Thank you Jodie! It’s true, those days are rare but if they happen, we enjoy every single second.x

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