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Needing a break after the Christmas break

Oft ... I cant believe its the 11th of January all ready. I've still not 100% recovered from the Christmas break yet either. I feel like i need another break.



I don't know why i ever expect the Christmas holiday to be relaxing ... You have more activities that you need to find time for, more family and friends to visit which means more hugging and if you have a horrible immune system like me, more time spent getting over all the bugs you have picked up from people.

Christmas is with out a doubt the busiest holiday EVER!

Thankfully we are getting back into our routine - Up early for school, having my morning coffee while paroozing pinterest and I've finally caught up with the mount crumpit sized washing pile. I can see the bottom of the basket and its beautiful :)

With the new year comes lots of new possibilities ... I don't make resolutions anymore as they never seem to stick but instead and continuing to work towards my 101 things in 1001 days and setting myself goals at the beginning of each month that i am wanting to hit.

One thing I'm trying hard to do is find balance between life, my Etsy and my blog ... Here's hoping 2018 is the year i finally learn how to juggle it all.

Fingers crossed

Conflicted

Let me preface this post with a trigger warning. I would hate to think that in trying to come to terms with my feelings, i inadvertently hurt someone else.

I feel conflicted today.

Today marks a hard anniversary for me and I'm struggling with how i should feel about it.

Twelve years ago i lost what would have been my second pregnancy. I felt different about it from the very start. Probably because i had already been through a miscarriage so i kind of accepted it had happened easier. Or perhaps it was because i wasn't going through that one alone. Whatever the reason, the second verse was different from the first.

I guess that was probably why i hated every second of my 3rd pregnancy with Agent M. Although i was happy to physically be pregnant with him and progress through the full 3 trimesters, i was a nervous wreck. To be honest I'm surprise he wasn't born pulling his hair out and biting his wee nails into stumps with all the tension and anxiety he must have sensed in there.

Luckily he was born a happy health 7lb 9oz of pure love. Even with horror movie that was his birth and the shit show that followed i would do it again a million times over for my little rainbow baby. He is my everything. My beautiful son that will forever walk this world holding a big piece of my heart.

A well needed Tuesday time out

Why must Christmas be so busy?

I've been swamped the last couple of days so not had any time to get my craft on and i totally forgot about Blogmas - Mia Culpa! I quite smugly completed the lions share of my Christmas shopping by November so today as i had to make the trip into town anyway, i thought i would get the last few bits and pieces.

Oft! I wish i had Hockey gear with me cause those people were mad! Shopping stresses me at the best of times but during Christmas season i feel like there should be referees on stilts ready to call time on the sneaky elbows and cheeky shoves out the way. People have zero patience and even less manners.

I ended up giving up half way though, figuring Amazon was probably designed for this very thing!

I did get to have a nice wee Coffee/Hot Chocolate with Agent M though which made it all worth while. I do love the time we have together and by the time we emerged from Costa the crowds had dissipated due to the rain so we didn't have to deal with everyone #Winning!

Grinch Hot Chocolate

"The Grinch hated Christmas! 
The whole Christmas season! 
Now, please don't ask why. No one quite knows the reason. 
It could be his head wasn't screwed on just right. 
It could be, perhaps, that his shoes were too tight. 
But I think that the most likely reason of all, 
May have been that his heart was two sizes too small."

Personally i think the reason the Grinch hated Christmas could have been cause he never got to try all the festive goodies the Who's had to offer. That Who-Pudding and the rare Who-roast beast ... or perhaps even a cup of delicious hot Who-coco.

Ok so maybe i'm overstating the yummy-ness of this drink but its delightfully chocolatey and definitely hits the right spot on a cold winters day. Even Agent M agreed that perhaps it might have put a smile on the Grinch's face - or at least gave him somewhat of a sugar buzz. 

The recipe below makes 3 medium drinks or 2 large drinks depending on how much you want (or are willing to share).

You'll Need
1 pint of Whole Milk 
100g White Chocolate
Green Food Colouring
Whipped Cream (Aerosol works best)
Green sprinkles (optional) 

To Make
In a medium saucepan, heat the milk on low.

Once warmed, gradually mix in the chocolate, whisking all the time until melted.

Add in the green food colouring. You will only need a few drops (if using liquid) or a tiny amount of gel. Mix well

The milk will start to steam and its ready to serve.

Pour into the desired cups/mugs and top with the cream and sprinkles.