Festive Gingerbread!

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FESTIVE GINGERBREAD RECIPE!
Hello everyone! I thought that for today’s post I would share a festive recipe with you since I love baking and may start posting more recipes on my blog. I thought it would be a good idea to make some festive gingerbread as it is Christmas time and gingerbread makes for a really nice festive treat. This recipe is super easy to do…all you will need is:

– 350g/12oz plain flour
– 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
– 2 tsp ground ginger
– 1 tsp ground cinnamon
– 125g/4½oz butter
– 175g/6oz light soft brown sugar
– 1 free-range egg
– 4 tbsp golden syrup

To start you need to sift together the flour, bicarbonate of soda, ginger and cinnamon into a large mixing bowl and gently fold in together.

Then add the butter and blend until the mix looks like breadcrumbs.
Once that is done you can stir in the sugar.

In a seperate bowl begin to lightly beat the egg and golden syrup together and then add to the main mixing bowl and whisk together.

When the mixture has entirely clumped together, tip the dough out onto a flour coated surface and knead briefly until smooth.

Then wrap in clingfim and leave to chill in the fridge for 15 minutes.

While the dough is chilling in the fridge you can preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas mark 4 and start to line two baking trays with greaseproof paper. Once the 15 minutes is up, roll out the dough out to a 0.5cm thickness on a lightly floured surface. Using cutters, cut out the gingerbread men shapes and place on the baking tray, leaving a gap between them. Then you can pop them into the oven for 12-15 minutes, or until lightly golden-brown. Once they are done leave them on the tray for 10 minutes and then move to a wire rack to finish cooling. When they have finished cooling, you can begin to get creative by decorating with icing and cake decorations.

Benefit Christmas Goodies!

One of the perks of working in the beauty industry is the freebies and discounts, So for Christmas we were given a few goodies as a thank you for all our hard work we put in at time of the year. I was lucky enough to get two of the limited edition Christmas sets from benefit.

Benefit Christmas Mini Haul

I chose the Cheeky Sweet Spot blush set and the Sweet Tintations gifts sets. I think the Benebalms are perfect for this time of the year as they give you a lovely pop of colour while still being very hydrating and moisturising for your lips which is definitely needed with how chilly it is in Scotland at the moment.

Cheeky Sweet Spot Open

Tasha xxx

 

The Christmas Tag

1. What is your favorite Christmas film?

Probably Love Actually, because it’s just so bloody good.

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2. Have you ever had a White Christmas?

Growing up I had a few white Christmas as I’ve lived in Scotland my whole life. However, my first white Christmas I was about seven years old when I visited my grandparents in the Highlands.

3. Where do you usually spend your holiday?

At home with my family. We don’t like to travel but love when family comes up to see us!

4. What is your favorite Christmas song?

Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) by Michael Buble or All I Want for Christmas Is You. Both miraculous songs. And I just love Michael Buble *fangirl sigh*

5. Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?

Yes. My brother and I have figured out at this point that every year we are allowed to open one gift on Christmas Eve and it’s always pajamas. And it is always the best gift because then I get to wake up Christmas Day with new pajamas!

6. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?

Dasher, Prancer, Donner, Vixen, Rudolph…no

7. What holiday traditions are you looking forward to most this year?

Christmas morning after we open presents and my entire family sits in their jim jams and eats a special Christmas breakfast and we just laugh and talk and be a family. This year has been really crazy for all of us, so I’m looking forward to spending some holly jolly fun with them.

8. Is your Christmas tree real or fake?

Real, nothing smells better.

9. What is your all-time favorite holiday food/sweet treat?

Anything with the word ‘cookie’ in it is usually good or gingerbread.

10. Be honest: do you like giving gifts or receiving gifts better?

In all honesty, I couldn’t tell you. As always, I look forward to the gifts that people are getting me this year and all that jazz. However, now that I’ve done my Christmas shopping, I’m really excited to see everyone’s faces after they open them. They are both great feelings.

11. What is the best Christmas gift you’ve ever received?

I’ve received a lot of great gifts over the years, but I think the one that I remember just being the overall best was the dollhouse my dad built. It was amazing!

12. What would be your dream place to visit for the holiday season?

New York. I would do anything to go see the Rockefeller tree and then see the ball drop on New Years’.

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13. Are you a pro-present wrapper, or do you fail miserably?

I am sort of a bit of both, it depends what I’m wrapping. My mother has the real talent, I usually put a nice boy on it to Jazz it up and hide any mistakes.

14. Most memorable Holiday moment?

There have been a lot, but I think one of my favorites has to be when we see the Nutcracker. Growing up, when we lived closer to the city, I used to go see a professional production every year. For the past eight years I haven’t seen one. This last weekend I flew to the city and my mother and I were able to see a production. Getting to see those performances makes Christmas so great.

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15. What made you realize the truth about Santa?

There’s a rule in my family. No belief in Santa, no Santa presents. I can’t tell you the exact age that the illusion was shattered, but I always kept the idea that I believed alive. I have a little brother and although he no longer believes, I tried to keep on the legacy. I don’t believe there is a man who comes down my chimney, but I do believe in the belief of Santa.

16. Do you make New Years resolutions? Do you stick to them?

Yes. In the past I’ve made resolutions that have just become ridiculous and end up never being fulfilled. I have now started to make realistic resolutions and I’ve been sticking to them. So go me!

17. What makes the holidays special for you?

Being able to get away from all the stress of school and work and concentrate on my friends and family. I am so blessed to have such amazing people in my life and being able to spend time with them makes the holidays special.

That is my Christmas tag! If you want to answer them too, either reply in the comments OR if you have your own blog, post them and put the link in the comments OR if you are on YouTube, post a video and put the link in the comments. I want to know more about you!

Have a holly jolly Christmas!

BOMB COSMETICS CANDLES: REVIEW

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Hi lovelies! Today I went shopping in the sales and while I had very little luck in the clothing department, I did find these little beauties hiding at the till point in Clinton Cards! They weren’t marked as sale items, but I figured as they were Christmas scents they probably were and I was right! One thing I always need at Christmas is more candles and these babies were down from £7.99 to just £3.99 each, which is amazing for such gorgeous quality candles, so how could I possibly say no?DSCF2727

Bomb Cosmetics Candles are very similar to Lily Flame candles, all presented in gorgeous little tins, with cutesy packaging and pretty little coloured wax shapes (in this case cute little hearts) stuck into the candle itself. Despite having Christmas names, I thought these two would still be appropriate for after christmas as they’re not obviously Christmassy looking and the scents are both pretty, sweet, girly scents, fab for all year round! Mistletoe Kiss is described on the Bomb Cosmetics site as “A luxurious oriental accord of patchouli, vanilla, warm spice and musk. A vibrant twist of mandarin, red berries and orange open the fragrance”, I do smell the fruit and vanilla, but at the same time, this candle is quite a light, fresh scent, while still having a warm, homely smell – just gorgeous! Snowberry Cupcakes is described as “A sweet treat of festive berries, glazed in caramel and sugar for a sweet cupcake delight. With pure myrrh and ylang ylang essential oils”, which I totally agree with! Again, its a warm scent and fills the entire room with it’s gorgeous fragrance, but it’s also super sweet, with fruity/ berry/ bakery scents all rolled into one beautiful, very girly candle.DSCF2734

If you can get to a Clintons any time soon, I’d definitely recommend keeping an eye out for these candles, particularly if you love sweet and girly scents. My Clintons also had other scents in Secret Santa and Chocolate Orange, but Bomb Cosmetics have a whole range of beautiful candles to choose from so it’s definitely worth a peek!

What do you think? What’s your favourite candle at the moment?