Blogmas Day Two: A Festive Book Review- ‘Coming home to Glendale Hall’ đŸ“šđŸŽ…đŸť

I thought that for Day Two I would do a little book review. I an going to do a fee of these, as part of Blogmas, throught December as I am trying to read plenty of festive books.

Let’s take a look!


This lovely, cosy festive read takes us on the trip back to Beth’s hometown of Glendale, and more specifically Glendale Hall, the family home.

She fled at the age of 16 due to her pregnancy being rejected by her family.

She is now back or Christmas, 10 years after she fled, to see her ill grandmother.


What I particularly enjoyed about this book is how endearing the characters are, their characterisation is really nicely developed and you instantly like them, feel for them and are rooting for them. They are very real characters with a fluffy romantic edge.

And because you have this ease with the characters, you find yourself quickly immersed into the book and turning the pages feverishly, digesting more and more of the Glendale cosyness.

The story is very enjoyable and is written with a lovely festive feel that makes you ready for the christmas season, itching to put up your own decorations, see lights around the town and make a hot chocolate or six.

I couldn’t put it down.


So, apparently this is the part of the review that I’m supposed to write something I didnt like as much about the book… (Boo!)

… I knew what was probably going to happen in the end…???

My question is…Does it matter if you predict or don’t predict the ending when the journey to it is so enjoyable though?!

I’m really clutching at straws here because I bloody loved the book and am now on book 3!


So, if you want to get into the Christmas spirit, feel cosy, festive and ready to enjoy all things Christmassy then grab a hot chocolate and cosy down with this absolutely gorgeous seasonal delight.

Any festive book recommendations are welcome!

23 days until Christmas 🦌

Until next time,

Roseanne 🙂

Blogmas Day 19: Rocky Road Bombe recipe.

Here’s another delicious, festive recipe for you guys to try over, the Christmas period.

Its super easy and quite quick to make, but it looks impressive and really festive on a Christmas buffet/party table.

This is a Rocky road (are you sold already!!!) Bombe, decorated to look super festive as a Christmas pudding.

I love this idea and it’s so effective!! As soon as my husband saw this recipe he wanted us to give it a go.

The great thing about the Tesco Real Food website is that it has everything you need to know to make the recipe, tweak it if you want to add an extra festive touch but also, if you are doing your food shop you can add all the ingredients that you’ll need to your basket in one go, no hunting for everything you’ll need!!

You can add or take out too if you don’t want to strictly follow the recipe.

I’ll leave the link to the recipe below for you, definatly take a look at the page and some it their other yummy recipes too.

Tesco Real Food recipe

1. Melt the dark chocolate over some boiling water.

2. Whilst it is melting crush up the biscuits, don’t crush it too finely.

3. Once the chocolate has melted, pour it into the biscuit mix.

4. Add the raisins and mini marshmallows and stir altogether.

5. Make sure everything is coated in the dark chocolate.

6. Pour into a medium sized plastic mixing bowl. Flatten the top.

7. Leave to cool down and harden in the fridge.

8. Once it has cooled for an hour or so, take out of the fridge and ease it out of the bowl. Turn upside down onto a plate and lift off the bowl to reveal the dome.

9. Melt the white chocolate over boiling water. Once it has all melted pour it over the top to look like the icing on a Christmas pudding.

10. Garnish with a little sprig of plastic holly, to add the finishing touch. Serve.

Yummy!

Let me know if you have a go at making this.

Until next time,

Roseanne 🙂

Blogmas Day 16: My work Christmas meal đŸŽ…

On Friday I had my annual work Christmas meal. Every year we go to Ask Italian but, this year we decided to try somewhere different. .

..Not that different though, it was still an Italian haha but we went for Zizzi’s this time.

I think we had picked the same night as a lot of work groups, it was very lively!!

It was officially Christmas jumper day on Friday too so I wore my newest festive jumper to the meal.

The food was really good and I thoroughly enjoyed my meal.

I went for the Super Festivo menu starting off with the Mushroom style bruschetta (I can’t remember the official name)

Anything with cheese and mushrooms is brilliant in my book and this was very tasty.

For my main I had my favourite calzone from their menu, the pollo al spinaci.

I’ve always been a fan of the creamier pastas and sauces so this is so up my street as it has a white sauce instead of a red sauce. I was filled with a delicious creamy cheese sauce, mascarpone, mozzarella, spinach, chicken and mushrooms, SO.GOOD.

It also came with a really yummy tomato dip which was perfect for dipping bits of the crust in 👌🏻

Dessert was absolutely fantastic. Hands down one of the best desserts that I have had in a long time. It was a Christmas special and is a combination of two of my faves. It was half brownie, which was so rich and decadent, and half panattone, so orangey and fruity and festive, it was incredible.

Plus, you got an adorable chocolate pine cone on top!! How cute.

Amazing.

It was a lovely evening and nice to have some yummy food and a chat, away from the workplace.

Have you had your Christmas do yet?

Until next time,

Roseanne 🙂

Feeling festive 🎄☃ Blogmas day 13

I am so glad I had pre written this post as I’m ill & couldn’t face it today! Horrah for pre planning. 

So now that we are just over halfway to the big day it’s important to make sure you are feeling christmassy! So, if your not what can you do? Look no further!

1. Christmas songs: These always put me in the Christmas spirit, you only listen to these songs around this time of year so they’ll hopefully bring back festive memories & who doesn’t love a good sing song.

2. Christmas shopping: I know this can be a bit stressful but if you choose when/where you go wisely it can be really fun looking for the perfect gifts & maybe a few christmassy bits for yourself.
3. And if your ahead with your Christmas shopping why not do some wrapping? This will save you time later and it always makes me feel super festive.

4. Blogmas, yeah it’s a bit late to start it now but why not read some blogmas blog post to get you into the festive spirit? I love reading other people’s traditions/thoughts & celebrations of Christmas.

5. Put up your Christmas decorations: Being surrounding by decorations, tinsel & lights will definatly make it feel like Christmas is on its way. Why not get a few updated decorations or additios to your tree, for this year?!

6. Write or make your Christmas cards: It’s good to send these off around mid December anyway and it’s like wrapping in that it makes your feel festive. Make sure you write a list first though, you don’t want to miss anyone out.

7. Christmas markets: These are so lovely & great for getting the family together too. They are really festive, super cute and can be great to pick up unique Christmas pressies. I got myself a lovely snowflake brooch from a market recently & it’s so pretty.❄

8. Make Christmas plans: Decide what you are going to do on the big day & afterwards (Christmas eve too) This will get you organised and excited, again get family involved & make lots of fun plans together.

9. Go and see a Christmas film or show: Every year me & Tim go and see the Christmas rock n roll panto at our local theatre. It always makes me feel super christmassy and they are so much fun to watch. There are always a few Christmas films out at the cinema around this time of year, failing that pop your favorite Christmas dvd on 👍

10. Christmas baking: Grab a gingerbread cutter or a cupcake set and get baking. Your home will be filled with the delicious scents of Christmas and home baking, what more could you want?! And then there’s the taste testing afterwards of course. These are also great to share with Family & Friends. (Who doesn’t love a homade Christmas pressies? especially an edible one)

What makes you feel christmassy?  What are your Christmas traditions?

Today in my beauty advent calender…

Today I got this lovely bronzer! It’s a matte non shiny bronzer so this would be great to bronze & Contour too.

Ho Ho Ho 

Roseanne 🎅