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1 Day 12 Pics January 2019

Well, I failed my first 1 day 12 pics of January 2019! I’ve been trying to pack away Christmas all day and because I was so busy and because I was doing much the same job all day, sometimes I forgot to take a photo and sometimes I didn’t really have anything to photograph!

I managed 10 photos I think and I’ll add them to the post tomorrow because right now, I’m just too tired!

1 Day 12 Pics January 2019 – 1

1 day 12 pics January 2019 - first coffee of the day
First coffee of the morning and I’m trying not to think about the huge task I have ahead of me. It usually takes a couple of days to pack Christmas away and I can’t be bothered to start!

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excel spreadsheet for my boxes of Christmas decorations
My excel spreadsheet to help me keep my Christmas boxes organised

3

Christmas storage boxes
Some of our Christmas storage boxes

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Watching Who wants to be a millionaire
Taking a break while we have lunch and watch Who wants to be a millionaire?

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another coffee, this time in my winnie the pooh mug
Another coffee, this time in my Winnie the Pooh mug

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candles burning
These candles I had for Christmas smell wonderful

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Christmas decorations made by the children
I found a tin of Christmas decorations that the children have made over the years. I’m keeping them safe because they’re all too old to be making things like this in school and college anymore!

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the Christmas tree is still up
I didn’t get around to the tree. I did manage to pack all the kitchen Christmas things away, though 🙂

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starting a new cross stitch kit
Going to do the rest tomorrow and tonight, to help me relax, I’m starting a new cross stitch kit. This is a stamped kit and it’s the first time I’ve tried a stamped one. It takes a little getting used to but I think I’m going to enjoy doing it.

Merry Christmas 2018

My family and I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas 2018 and we hope 2019 is a wonderful year for you and yours.

Merry Christmas 2018

The Christmas Song

“Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire”

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire
Jack Frost nipping at your nose
Yuletide carols being sung by a choir
And folks dressed up like Eskimos

Everybody knows a turkey and some
Mistletoe help to make the season bright
Tiny tots with their eyes all aglow
Will find it hard to sleep tonight

They know that Santa’s on his way
He’s loaded lots of toys and goodies
On his sleigh
And every mother’s
Child is gonna spy to see if
Reindeer really know how to fly

And so, I’m offering this
Simple phrase to kids from
One to ninety-two
Altho’ it’s been said many times
Many ways
“Merry Christmas to you”

Merry Christmas 2016
Merry Christmas 2017

5 Best Cold Brew Coffee Recipes You Can Make Right This Instant

There isn’t anything better first thing in the morning than a good cup of coffee. Almost everyone has their favorite version of coffee – plenty of sugar, a little bit of cream, or even black coffee can help perk you up in the morning.

 

However, everyone also has a preference over what kind of coffee they drink. Not just a light or a dark roast but whether you want your coffee piping hot or nice and cold. For those of you who prefer the latter, here are 5 cold brew coffee recipes that you can make to soothe your caffeine cravings.

coffee cup and saucer with coffee spilling out

A Basic Recipe

 

This recipe is rather simple because you only need a mason jar and a sieve – no fancy equipment required! It takes only a few minutes to put together and then all you have to do is let it chill for about 12 hours. This makes it the perfect recipe to throw together before you go to bed to have a nice cold brew to start your morning with.

 

The first thing to do is to mix together about a ⅓ cup of ground coffee and 1 ½ cups of cold water. Then, all you have to do is to let it rest overnight. You don’t need to leave it in the fridge, though. It’s better to let it sit at room temperature.

 

When you get up in the morning, just take the coffee mixture and strain it through a sieve. If you don’t have one, a coffee filter works in a pinch. Then, simply pour the coffee concentrate into a tall glass with ice and make it to taste just like any coffee drink.

 

A quick note – if you don’t like the way ice waters down your coffee, take the time to throw some coffee in an ice tray and leave it to freeze. This way, when the ice in your coffee melts, it’ll stay strong!

 

Condensed Milk Cold Brew

 

If you want something a little sweeter in design, this condensed milk cold brew might be just the recipe for you! You’ll need some regular cold brew coffee to start. For this, you can use the recipe above. When you’re done, you might want to reduce the amount of water you use when fixing your cup of coffee because this recipe works better with a strong brew.

 

Instead of using cream or milk when fixing your coffee, use condensed milk. Be careful when you are learning how much to use since condensed milk is very sweet. When it’s done, this will give you a rich and creamy cold brew.

iced coffee

Tiramisu Coffee

 

Those who both love coffee and dessert have probably come across and fallen in love with tiramisu. Now, you can bring that dessert into your cold brew.

 

Once again, start with a basic cold brew. Then, grab a large glass or mason jar and use a white chocolate sauce on the inside of the glass. After that, add in some ice and 1 cup of cold brew and fix it up to meet your preferences. Finally, use about 2 tablespoons of tiramisu syrup to finish off the tiramisu taste.

 

Eggnog Cold Brew

 

During the winter, many people love to take advantage of the eggnog that is suddenly supplied in their favorite stores. With this recipe, you can add your favorite cold weather drink to your favorite cold brew.

 

As you might’ve guessed, you’re going to start with a basic cold brew. Then, you’ll want to grab a large glass and pour in your coffee and ice – make sure to leave a little room. Instead of cream or condensed milk this time, you’re going to make your cold brew tasty and creamy with a little bit of eggnog.

 

A Minty Cold Brew

 

Finally, let’s look at how you can make your morning cold brew with a minty twist. To start, take a large glass and drizzle it with dark chocolate just like with the white chocolate for the tiramisu cold brew recipe. Pour in your cold brew coffee and stir in some mint syrup and you’ll have a cup of caffeine with a refreshing minty taste.

 

About The Author
Hi there, I’m Woodworking Pete Alman.
I’m a former carpenter turned writer, and proud resident of Nashville, Tennessee.
When not working on a project in my shed, I’m lifting weights
or hanging out with my three dogs (Dobermans).

 

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Chocolate Dipped Halloween Marshmallows

Ella made these chocolate dipped Halloween marshmallows all on her own. They’re really easy to make and she enjoyed eating the leftover melted chocolate when she was done!

Chocolate Dipped Halloween Marshmallows

All you need is a bag of marshmallows, a bar of milk chocolate and some Halloween sprinkles.

Ella melted the chocolate in the microwave. She’s done it lots of times so she knew to keep to keep a close eye on it and check it every 20 seconds or so. It can burn really easily if you’re not careful.

Dip the marshmallows in the melted chocolate and put on a plate.

When all the marshmallows have been dipped in the chocolate, sprinkle them with Halloween sprinkles.

Chocolate Dipped Halloween Marshmallows

 

 

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Autumn Decor Ideas

Autumn is a great time for bringing the outdoors inside. Using lots of natural foliage you can create some lovely Autumn decor items such as table centrepieces, mantel decorations and door wreaths.

Autumn Decor

Table Centrepieces

Autumn Decor apple centrepieces
Little Green Notebook

Apples make great tea light holders and they’re very cheap at this time of year.

Easy pumpkin centrepiece - Autumn decor
Something Is Done

This has to be one of the easiest table centrepieces I’ve seen and I love the simplicity of it.

Autumn Wreaths

scented pine cone wreath
Hi Sugar Plum

We love making things out of pinecones and we consider ourselves lucky that we live in an area where we can collect them easily 🙂

Autumn Leaf Wreath
Uncommon Designs

This wreath looks like it took ages to make but it took just 10 minutes!

Autumn Mantel Decorations

Autumn mantel decor
A Pretty Suburban Life

Before I had a mantel I dreamed about having one and changing the decorations when each season came along.
Now I have a mantel I’m afraid to say the only time the decor gets changed is when the Christmas decorations come out. I really must make more of an effort!

Autumn mantel decor
TaterTots & Jello

I just love the pumpkin plant holders on the table, as well as the mantel decor, of course!

Do you change your decor to suit the season?

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Vegan Chickpea, Mushroom & Tomato Tarts #GBBOBloggers2018 Week 7

It’s Vegan week and Ant took up the challenge of making some vegan pastry. I didn’t have one of the chickpea, mushroom and tomato tarts but I did have a taste of the filling and it was lovely.

Vegan Chickpea, Mushroom & Tomato Tarts

Vegan chickpea, mushroom & tomato tarts

Ingredients

Shortcrust Pastry

  • 225g plain flour
  • 115g Flora dairy free spread (cold)
  • 30ml cold water

Method

  1. Sieve flour into a bowl
  2. Rub the spread into the flour with your fingertips, until the mix resembles a breadcrumb texture
  3. Add the water and mix until the dough comes together and leaves the sides of the bowl clean
  4. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead gently with fingertips until the dough becomes smooth
  5. Wrap in cling film and place in the refrigerator to cool and relax (minimum 1 hour)
  6. Pre-heat oven to 200°c/180°c Fan
  7. Roll out on a lightly floured surface to 1 – 2mm thick (use short, even, forward strokes
  8. Line the tartlet cases with the pastry, trimming neatly. (If it breaks, just press back together, patching where required)
  9. Using baking paper and baking beans, par- bake for 7 to 10 minutes, until just golden brown
  10. Remove from oven, remove beans and paper and return to oven for another 5 minutes, to dry out the base.
  11. Fill and return to oven for a further 10 minutes.
  12. Do not remove the tartlets from their cases until cold.

Chickpea, Mushroom & Tomato Filling

Ingredients

  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 300g mushrooms, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp Herbs de Provence (mixed herbs with added thyme may be used)
  • 400g chickpeas in water
  • 250g baby plum tomatoes, finely chopped
  • Vegetable oil for cooking
  • Salt and pepper to season

Method

  1. In Oil fry off the Garlic for a minute or two, before adding the Mushrooms and then sauté until soft and just turning colour (approximately 5 minutes)
  2. Add the Herbs
  3. Stir in the drained Chickpeas (save the Water) and then the Tomatoes
  4. Cook gently, to heat through, and then add the Chickpea water
  5. Simmer gently, stirring from time to time, until the liquid is nearly gone (season with Salt and Pepper, to taste)
  6. Break the Chickpeas with the back of a large spoon, or gently mash
  7. Store in airtight container, or use directly

 

I’m baking along with Jenny from Mummy Mishaps and Helen from Casa Costello

Casa Costello

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October Viewing On Netflix & NowTV

Ant and I have the same taste in TV programs which makes choosing what to watch, very easy!
Here’s a list of some of our October viewing on Netflix and NowTV.

October Viewing – Netflix

The Good Place

October viewing - The Good Place series on Netflix

We LOVE The Good Place. I’ve always been a fan of Kristen Bell, she just seems down to earth and would probably make a great best friend!
Here’s a bit about it if you haven’t started watching it yet:

When Eleanor Shellstrop finds herself in the afterlife, she’s both relieved and surprised that she’s made it into the Good Place. But it doesn’t take long for Eleanor to realize she’s there by mistake. She hides in plain sight from the Good Place’s architect Michael and his all-knowing assistant Janet. Her seemingly perfect neighbors Tahani and Jianyu and open-hearted soul mate Chidi help her realize that it’s never too late. With the help of her new friends — and a few enemies — Eleanor becomes determined to shed her old way of life in hopes of discovering a new one in the afterlife.

The Big Bang Theory

The Big Bang Theory on Netflix

It seems like we’ve been waiting forever for season 11 of The Big Bang Theory to start on Netflix! We missed it when it was on whichever channel it was shown on earlier this year so had to wait for Netflix.
I’m sad that they’re only making one more season.

Chesapeake Shores

Chesapeake Shores on Netflix

KayCee and I love Chesapeake Shores. The others in the family, not so much!
It’s a family drama about a set of 5 siblings which starts out with their mum leaving when they were younger then comes back to the family now they’re all grown up.
They were brought up by their dad and grandmother.
We do get annoyed at the grandmother’s accent, though, I have to say. She tries to do an Irish accent and never quite pulls it off.
It was amusing at first but for some reason, it’s starting to annoy us now!

NowTV In October

The Leftovers

The Leftovers on NowTV

After two per cent of the world’s population disappeared without a trace, those left behind attempt to get on with their lives in a world that has inexplicably changed forever. Acclaimed HBO drama.

We’ve only got 1 season left to watch of The Leftovers and I read that they’re not making any more so I’m hoping it’s finished off properly and we’re not left with a load of unanswered questions!

If you want to watch The Leftovers, you need to get a move on because it’s going off NowTV near the end of the month.

9-1-1

9-1-1 on NowTV

I love Connie Briton and cried when her character, Raynor James, died in Nashville. I was very pleased to see her back on TV in 9-1-1.

She plays a 9-1-1 operator in this series and I love seeing this side of the emergency services in a TV show.
We wait eagerly each week for a new episode. Much the same as we do for the next and last how on my list:

For The People

For The People on NowTV

For The People is a new show from Shondaland and if you’re not familiar with Shondaland, it’s from the creator of one of our favourite ever shows, Grey’s Anatomy.

 

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Are You Prepared For Hidden Property Costs?

You might think that you’re ready to climb aboard the property ladder. By the time you are twenty, you will be constantly bombarded with adverts telling you that you should be purchasing a home and taking on a mortgage. Or, maybe you are starting to think about investing? We all think we know the costs of the property market, but do we really? Of course, we consider the deposit we need to save, the mortgage payments and the marketing but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Are there various other costs that you haven’t considered?

a couple getting the keys to their new home

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Buying? Don’t Forget The Survey

 

It doesn’t matter what type of home or property you are buying. It doesn’t matter whether it’s your first or your tenth. You should always be making sure that you complete a survey. A property survey is the only way to guarantee that the property you’re buying is worth the money you’re putting down on it. Otherwise, there is simply no guarantee this is the case, and you could end up with a home riddled with expensive issues that you won’t actually be able to fix. You don’t want to be in this situation, and a survey can save you from it. But they aren’t cheap. A survey like this must be completed by an expert, and the bill you take on might be enough to make you shy away from it completely. However, if you skip this step, you could lose a lot more further down the road.

 

Removal Teams

 

You do need to think about how you’re going to get your belongings from your current residence to your new home. That requires a removal team. These days, there are various DIY options to this issue including renting your own van, storage lockers, recruiting a couple friends and completing the move yourself. But again, this could be a mistake because it might be more expensive and even dangerous. Washers typically have concrete blocks in the bottom, and that could give the strongest man trying to lift one a hernia. Instead, compare and contrast the cost of different movers to find the one offering the best deal for your needs.

 

Remember, you can save a little by moving smaller items yourself, using your own transportation. Movers will often charge by the hour so you do want to keep their job as quick as possible.

 

Legal

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Don’t forget that a home purchase or sale is a legal contract. As such, you do need to hire the services of a property litigation team. They will make sure that everything occurs the right way and guarantee that the transaction is legal. Without a team like this, there’s no guarantee that the transfer of ownership will be upheld.

 

Emergency Repairs

 

If you’re used to renting, the first emergency repair in your home can be a nasty shock. When you rent, your landlord is responsible for handling repairs in your property. But when you buy your own new home, things change. Instead of a landlord, you have to handle the cost yourself, and it can be considerable. For instance, a new boiler can cost thousands which is another reason to pay for a thorough, professional survey of the home.

 

We hope this helps you with some of the hidden costs of the property world.

Brick house - when buying think of hidden property costs

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Three Home Improvements That Add Value to Your Home

Some home improvements are for your convenience. But others serve another purpose – they add value to your home. When it comes time to sell your home, the improvements can fetch you a better selling price. Find out which home improvements can add value to […]

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Slime Bubble – My Sunday Photo

We put a ban on making slime in our house when we got fed up of having to keep clearing away all the detritus left by Ella and KayCee.
I also got quite annoyed when I found a lump of it that had dried solid and stuck to the carpet in their bedroom.

Slime Bubble

Ella got around the ban by going to her friends and making it there! She brought home 4 tubs of it and gave some to KayCee.

With the recent hot weather, we’ve had the fans going constantly. This is KayCee using the fan to make a big bubble!

KayCee making a slime bubble using the fan

Photalife

 

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