New Year Reflection!

Hello everybody! Now before I begin this post, I would like to apologise for only having Nine Posts of Christmas instead of twelve. Last week was quite a hectic week and on top of that, I had fallen quite ill and basically didn’t leave my bed. On top of all that, my Wi-Fi was down and WordPress wouldn’t allow me to post anything. Once again, my sincere apologies, and let’s make next year a better one! For my last post this year, I am doing a reflection of all the amazing (and maybe not so amazing) moments this year! Read More

My Favourite Christmas Films!

Hello everybody! I can’t believe there are only 11 sleeps till Christmas! For my seventh post, I will be sharing with you my top Christmas movies for the holidays! I don’t really know which one of these is my favourite, but I certainly love some a little more than the others. I LOVE movies and when December comes around, I love watching old festive favourites with my family at night, snuggled up on the couch with the air conditioning on high. Yes, it gets hot! Here we go… Read More

Christmas Gift Guide 2015!

Hey guys, hope you all are having a great holiday season! There’s only 13 sleeps till Christmas! For my sixth post from Twelve Posts of Christmas (Yay! We’re half way through!) I am bringing you my holiday gift guide for your friends and family this Christmas! Whether it is for a Secret Santa present or pricey Christmas gift, there’s something in here for everyone! Here is a list of my top ten presents! Read More

An Alternate Ending…

Hello everybody! So, since the beloved “Hunger Games” phenomenon has come to an end, I thought I would share with you a piece of my writing from a couple of years ago when I first read this amazing series! Even though unrelated, this is my next instalment of Twelve Posts of Christmas. Let’s dive into an alternate ending of the first book, “The Hunger Games”!

 


 

They sit still in my hand, their colour running down the curved lines on my palm. They are small, yet they can determine my fate of life or death. One bite, one drop of their juice could end my life here, in the arena of the 74th Hunger Games. I look across at the hands of Peeta Mellark, which are stained with the same bluish purple juice as mine. If we both swallowed these berries, we would die here together, in the arena of the 74th Hunger Games.

I remember the weak feeling of hopelessness I felt when Claudius Templesmith’s voice boomed into the arena and declared that there would, in fact, be only one victor of The Hunger Games. I had felt defeat wash over me, for I now had two options. Read More

Christmas Décor Cookies

Hello everybody, hope you are enjoying my Twelve Posts of Christmas so far! So, for my fourth instalment I thought it would be a great idea to share one of the cutest Christmas cookie recipes that I know. Yes, I know I just posted another cookie recipe not long back, but I just couldn’t help myself with this one! These cookies are a great activity to bring people together in the kitchen! I love baking these with my sister and the best part is, you can hang them on a Christmas tree! So…lets get started!


 

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups self raising flour
  • 180g butter
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • Pinch of salt
  • Cookie icing
  • Assortment of sprinkles

 

Extras:

  • Shaped cookie cutters
  • Pen or pencil
  • Thin ribbon

Keep scrolling to find out how to make these!

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My Summer Favourites!

Happy holidays everybody! I come bearing a new post from Twelve Posts of Christmas! Here I share some of my favourites for the summer and hopefully give you some ideas of products to check out!


 

Books- Now, being a major bookworm means that I always have a great book at my fingertips. I’ve really enjoyed reading a few older books as well as re reading a few of my all time favourites! Some of my favourites for the season have to include…

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The Christmas Tag!

Hello everybody! Here’s the second instalment of Twelve Posts of Christmas!! After reading so many of other blogger’s Christmas Tags, I thought I would do one of my own! So, I searched for some of the best tag questions I could find and will now answer them. Also, I’m currently burning my “Lemon Pie” and “Green Lemongrass” candles form Dusk so my currently smells of lemon pies and heaven. :) Let’s get into it!


 

Favourite Christmas movie?

Ooh this is hard! I’m going to have to say Elf and Home Alone.

 

Favourite Christmas colours? 

The classic red, white and gold! Although I do love the white, silver, blue combos too.

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Peppermint Kiss Cookies

Hey guys! So for the first post from my Twelve Posts of Christmas, I am bringing you my favourite Christmas cookie recipe! Extremely chocolaty with a hint of peppermint, this treat is perfect as a gift or alongside a hot cup of cocoa and will surely make you feel like the holidays are here!


 

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ teaspoon natural peppermint extract
  • 1 cup white/whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • 12 Hershey’s kisses (or big chocolate chips/pieces)

 

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C/ 350°F
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar for 1-2 min or until light and creamy.
  3. Add egg and peppermint and mix thoroughly.
  4. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa, salt, baking soda and powder.
  5. Gradually add dry ingredients to the dry and mix until well combined.
  6. Take 1 tbsp. worth of dough and roll it into a ball. Take a Hershey’s Kiss and encase it in the ball of dough, rolling the ball until it’s hidden inside to add a surprise factor to your cookies.
  7. Repeat with the rest of your dough (makes approx. 12 cookies) and place the balls on a lined baking tray.
  8. Bake for 10-15 min.
  9. Transfer to a cooling rack, or eat them straight away!

 

I hope you enjoyed this recipe and be sure to give it a try! Feel free to leave pictures of your baking creations in the comments below! Also, what is your favourite holiday recipe? I would love to know!

 

Happy holidays! Signing off,

Shreya xx

“A beautiful life is created one sweet moment at a time.”     – Lee F.

 

 

 

Twelve Posts of Christmas

Hello everybody! Hope you are all having a great December so far! As Christmas is just around the corner, I thought I would do something I call “Twelve Posts of Christmas”. Basically, I will try and post something new and (hopefully) Christmas inspired for you guys. This may include recipes, favourites, reviews or just general updates! Wishing you a safe and happy holiday season, and stay tuned for a new post everyday.

Signing off,

Shreya xx

“Maybe Christmas, the Grinch thought, doesn’t come from a store.”

– Dr. Seuss