December Bucketlist

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I am a self-confessed Christmas lover and I'm obsessed with all things festive, there's only a short amount of time to cram as much of the fun in as possible. I usually find that I have all these grand plans and ideas and yet time just dissolves, so I thought it necessary to make a list of all the places I would like to go and see, as well as the important bakes and food I want to make... some of which I can already mark off (because yes I am that eager!)

Ice-skating at Hampton Court Palace
Kew Gardens
Somerset House and visit the fortnums and Masons lodge
Brunch at Dalloway Terrace (It looks just like Narnia right now)
Enjoy the Christmas decorations at Claridges, The Ritz, Covent Garden, Carnarby Street
The Nutcracker Ballet
Elf at the Winter Garden for backyard cinema
Winter Wonderland (has to be done doesn't it even though its got far more gimmicky and expensive each year)
Christmas Carols at the Royal Exchange
Mulled wine at the Southbank Christmas market

Make a yule log
Gingerbread men
Mince pies (plenty of these will be made!)
Cinnamon buns
Wreath bunt cake
Candy Cane mint cake

Are there any traditions or things that you really wish to do before the Christmas season is through? Some
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November in a Nutshell

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November is birthday month, Matt and I have birthdays that are less then a week apart. Lucky for Matt the weather for his birthday was perfect, not so much on the 5th of November (typical bonfire night) I spent the day doing nothing - so lucky I had spread out the celebrations beforehand. I had a lovely Birthday night out with my favourite girls, dining at Bronte and sipping on cocktails at Mabels.

Birthday eve BIG breakfast at Infiinity Foods in Brighton, having a pamper session at my favorite nail bar London Grace, Fireworks in Essex.


Matt's birthday, we finally visited the London Cat Village, had cake and coffee at the new Mae Deli, enjoying all the Christmas lights in town, birthday cocktails at the Bloomsbury bar.



AMAAAAZING Cats at London Cat Village.


Seriously tasty cocktails at Bloomsbury.



We went and saw(possibly one of my top three movies of 2016) Arrival at the Dukes cinema at Komedia in Brighton - super cute little theatre that even serve vegan pizza yaaaas, enjoyed some of the tastiest sushi at one of my favourite places to eat in Brighton, Loving Hut. Visited the deer in Brentwood and fed them pretty much the contents of a supermarkets vegetable aisle. 



Many trips to pretty places, sipping coffees at Aubaine in Covent Garden, trying the new waffles at the best free-from ice cream parlour and checking out the pop-up Reformation.


Ending the month with Pizza East and ball pit bars as you do!

All in all a pretty good month, but now it's December (the best month of the year imo, bring on the mulled wine and mince pies) I hope you all had a great month as well!

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Sunday Brunch Banana oat baked french toast

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If anyone is looking for a little weekend brunch inspiration, then this is a pretty simple one and doesn't involve lots of complicated and fancy ingredients.

Ingredients
1 small banana
1/4 Cup unsweetend almond milk
1 Tbsp Nut Butter (I used natural PB with coconut, but almond or cashew would be lovely too) 
1 Tsp Maple Syrup
1/2 Tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
1 slice of hearty bloomer loaf, cut into cubes
1/4 Cup Rolled Oats

Method
Preheat oven to 180c and lightly grease a medium sized oven safe dish. 

Combine the mashed banana, almond milk, nut butter, maple syrup, cinnamon and vanilla in a large bowl, mixing until fully combines. Cut up your bread and add to the mixture and use a fork to gently press down so that they absorb most of the liquid.

Add in the oats and gently store until everything is evenly incorporate, if the mix seems to dry add a splash more almond milk.

You can add some optional extras in to the mixture maybe try raspberries and bluberrys, or sliced thin apple.

Transfer the mixture to your prepared dish - you can add a few slices of banana on top if you desire. Bake for about 20 minutes until the bake has turned golden brown.

Serve as it is or with toppings of your choice, I like to have coconut yogurt, cut up strawberries, toasted almonds and pumpkin seeds.


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