Starting early

In less than 24 hours, Halloween will be over and we’ll be launched full throttle into planning for Christmas. Am I the only one who can’t believe how quickly this year has gone? But to be honest, I love Christmas. I tend to turn everything into an event; a day when we decorate the house with cups of eggnog and Christmas songs playing in the background, wrapping presents with a cup of piping hot mulled wine. Everything is to be celebrated and I love that.

We always have people to stay over Christmas, which gives me an excuse to make the house look as festive and welcoming as possible. This year, before the aesthetics come into play, and so that our friends and family don’t freeze, I’m going to have to invest in a new duvet, to keep them warm in the oh-so-cold Scottish winter. Whilst I’ve been browsing, I came across BedStar, which has a great selection at a really reasonable price.

As soon as I have the duvet, it’ll be time to decorate the room and make it feel as homely as possible. Candles and throws are always a must and I tend to put a selection of magazines in the room too. These are all little things that other people have done for me when I have stayed with them and I find it makes for more of a home-from-home experience.

After the house is ready it’s time to start Christmas shopping. I always try to start shopping as early as possible, so as not to give my credit card too much of a beating. I tend to do most of my shopping online now, using my smartphone or tablet, whilst lying on the couch sipping hot chocolate. It’s so much more relaxing than facing the crowded shops.

Do you start your Christmas preparations early, or are you more of a last-minute person?

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Guy Fawkestail

Remember, remember the 5th of November. What you also need to remember is to take something warm with you to drink whilst you watch the sky light up. It’s undeniably one of the prettiest nights of the year and so if you want a hot cocktail to keep you warm, pop on over to AO at Home where you can find my recipe for a Guy Fawkestail. It’s delicious and will definitely help to keep you warm.

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Pumpkin pins

Autumn is my favourite time of year. I love its orange glow, the leaves on the ground, Halloween, and of course, pumpkins. I’m a huge fan of that huge orange vegetable and have got completely carried away pinning ALL the pumpkin recipes I could find. You can see them all over on my Pinterest page, but in the meantime here are a few of my favourites.

1. Harvest pumpkin soup 2. Pumpkin bread with streusel topping 3. Pumpkin pie snickerdoodle bars 4. Pumpkin pie muffins 5. Pumpkin pasta with sage 6. Pumpkin dip 7. Pumpkin buttermilk biscuits 8. Pumpkin pie oatmeal 9. Pumpkin pie.

What pumpkin recipes will you be cooking this autumn?

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Not so well rested

I saw this card on Pinterest today and it made me laugh. Coming from someone who is currently battling jet lag, it sums up exactly how I’m feeling at the moment.

Last night I went to bed at 11pm and fell asleep at 4am. I was up for work at 7am. Right about now my body has no idea where it’s at, but was it all worth it? Hell yes. New York was everything I thought it would be and more, and as soon as my body is a bit more clued-up on what it should be doing and when, I’ll fill you in on some of the highlights from my first taste of the Big Apple. Until then, I hope you are all well (rested).

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New York, baby

This is my last day in Edinburgh for just over a week. Tomorrow morning, I fly to New York with two of my closest friends to celebrate turning 30. We’ve been planning this holiday for years and it’s hard to believe it’s finally here.

Last night was spent packing my case with a Martini in hand while Sex and the City was on in the background. Today, I’ve been obsessively flicking through guide books and making lists of things to see, places to eat and where to shop, over gin and red wine with my husband.

And so it’s farewell from me for a little while. But before I go, if you have been to NYC and have any recommendations for me, please send them this way. Have a great couple of weeks everybody!

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