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2nd December 2017

Our Christmas Decorations Are Up :)

It’s the first Saturday in December which means it’s traditionally the day we decorate for Christmas. I love putting the Christmas decorations up and this year its even better because my dad has come to visit for a couple of days 🙂

Christmas decorations at the Ashmore house

Christmas Decorations

We managed to get the tree up with only a little bit of stress; I forgot to put the tree skirt on first! We had to undo the base and get it on while the rest of the tree was held up by the kids!

I put the lights on then let Aiden, Kaycee and Ella loose with the tinsel and ornaments 🙂

Christmas decorations - putting the tree up

Christmas decorations - putting the tree up

Christmas decorations - putting the tree up

Our Christmas tree

Christmas Trolley

One of our family favourites at Christmas has to be the treat trolley. I think I probably mention it every year but if you haven’t seen it before, here it is in all its glory!

Christmas treat trolley

Christmas treat trolley

Christmas treat trolley

It belonged to my dad’s mum, my Mama, who gave it to my mum when I was a child. When I got my own family, my mum gave it to me and I just love it.
Kaycee puts it together every year and fills it with all the goodies 🙂

Fireplace and Mantel

I always decorate the fireplace and mantel. It’s my favourite part of decorating. I love how pretty it looks when it’s done.

Fireplace

Fireplace

Fireplace

Bookcase

Last year we had my miniature village on the table. It looked wonderful with the Christmas train but it wasn’t practical.
This year I moved some books off the bookcase and set it up on the shelf. I also moved the books off the shelf above and decorated with some ornaments.

Christmas decorations

More decorations and a Snowball cocktail!

Another tradition we have is to drink Snowball cocktails while we decorate. Ant usually makes us all (except Kaycee who doesn’t like them!) a Snowball or 2 but this year Ella wanted to make them 🙂

Snowball cocktail

Christmas decorations

Christmas decorations

Christmas decorations

Christmas decorations

Christmas decorations

Christmas decorations

Christmas decorations

Christmas decorations

Ham And Broccoli Quiche – Slimming World Buffet

Welcome to day 2 of my 24 days of Slimming World Christmas Buffet Recipes. Today’s recipe is for a Slimming World syn free ham and broccoli quiche. It contains your healthy extra portion of cheese. If you’ve already used your healthy extra, you’ll need to syn a portion at 6 syns.
If you’re using it on the buffet table, you can cut into 12 portions at 2 syns each instead.

ham and broccoli crustless quiche

Ham & Broccoli Crustless Quiche

Ham And Broccoli Quiche – Slimming World Buffet

Ham And Broccoli Quiche – Slimming World Buffet

Ingredients

  • Low calorie cooking spray
  • 6 slices thick ham,visible fat removed cut into 1cm pieces
  • 300g broccoli - par boiled
  • 4 large eggs
  • 150g fat free natural cottage cheese
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 60g mature cheddar
  • 60g parmesan
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Add the broccoli to a pan of boiling water and par-boil for 5 minutes
  2. Fry the onion and add the ham. Season well and continue to cook for 4-5 minutes then set aside
  3. Preheat the oven to 190°C/170°C Fan/Gas 5.
  4. Spoon the ham mixture into a flan dish.
  5. Mix the eggs, cottage cheese, parmesan and cheddar cheese in a bowl and spoon over the bacon mixture.
  6. Bake at 190°C/170°C Fan/Gas 5 for 15-20 minutes until just set.
https://www.shelllouise.co.uk/2017/12/ham-broccoli-quiche-recipe.html

Tomorrow’s recipe is for garlic and herb dip with BLT bites.

Please note: I’ve lost 7 and a half stone with Slimming World and kept it off for four years, however, I’m not a Slimming World consultant. I haven’t been trained and I’m not affiliated with Slimming World so please check all your own syn values.

 

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