Christmas can be a difficult time when you have special dietary requirements. Especially if your a bit of a foodie like my teenage son who has type 1 diabetes.
This Cookbook written by Stella Bowling and published by diabetes UK had been a godsend since I discovered it.
It contains some excellent recipes including this fail safe Christmas Pudding recipe, as well as recipes for Christmas cake and mince pies.
This recipe is always a hit and you honestly cannot tell that it doesn’t contain any added sugar. Perfect!
100g plain wholemeal flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground mixed spice
100g soft margarine
2 eggs, beaten
1 lemon, grated rind and juice
1 Apple, grated
2 large carrots, grated
100g wholemeal breadcrumbs
50g chopped mixed nuts
50g glacé cherries, rinsed and chopped
(Makes 20 servings)
In a very large bowl sift together the flour salt and spices. Add all the remaining ingredients and stir well till evenly combined.
Divide mixture between two pudding bowls (approx 1 1/2 pint) and cover with grease proof paper and then foil. Secure with string.
Steam the puddings for approximately 4 1/2 hours.
The puddings will keep for up to two weeks. Not as long as a traditional pudding, but that is because the sugar that would usually act as a preservative has been left out.
If you are looking for some more inspiration to keep mealtimes interesting whatever time of year I highly recommend checking this book out.
As all the nutritional information has already been broken down for you it also makes carb counting simpler.
So I’m kicking of #blogmas with a round up of some of the best Christmas jumpers available on the high street.
I love a Christmas jumper but I’m not a huge fan of anything too gaudy. This selection of jumpers have that festive feel whilst still looking super stylish.
This first one I’m in love with, it’s so pretty! Alas I will be refraining from purchasing one as it doesn’t fit in with my project333. See I’m committed!
Sequin Graphic Reindeer Sweater – Hollister £29.
Slogan Sweater – Topshop £34.
Sequin Gingerbread man Sweater – Topshop £36.
Strictly speaking this next one isn’t a Christmas jumper. It has the feel of one though and who could resist the star of John Lewis’s Christmas advert ‘Buster the dog’?
Buster the Boxer Sweater -John Lewis £49.
Who knew a Christmas jumper could be ‘dressy’? This one from Coast at John Lewis proves that they can be.
Black festive embellishment jumper – Coast @ John Lewis £79.
This is my Christmas Jumper for 2016. It is from Joules so I can wear it at work. Unfortunately it’s not actually on the website at the moment as they had a half price offer on Cyber Monday so most of the sweaters sold out. I know there are still some available in store though.
I love it as its a little bit cheeky!
Game Bird Sweater – Joules £49.95.
Do you like a Christmas jumper? Are you a gaudier the better or do you like to keep it simple?
Image sources: retail websites for illustration purposes
Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a gift set from Baylis & Harding. I’m sure I receive one most years.
That’s why when I was kindly sent the Garden House Slipper set £10 by Tesco Beauty for review I was pretty darn chuffed.
The set contains a pair of white fluffy slippers, a foot soak and some foot lotion perfect for pampering yourself on those days when your feet are aching from all that running around life chucks at you.
The sent of the lotion and foot soak are a very light floral, nothing too strong or overpowering. I’m really not a fan of strong florals so this is perfect for me.
The foot lotion is fairly light and absorbs nicely without leaving you with slippery feet. Has anyone else ever had one of those post foot cream accidents? No…..? Just me then!
I do feel if you are someone with very cracked heels this wouldn’t be a rich enough foot cream for you. If you are like me though who just gets a bit of hard skin if ignored then this cream is suitable.
My favourite part of the set is the super fluffy slippers. I have actually had a similar set from Baylis & Harding in the past that included the exact same slippers. The quality of them is great and I’ve only just thrown them out mainly as they were covered in spilt tea. Yes I’m a messy moo. Luckily I now have a new pair to replace them with.
Tesco have lots of great Christmas gifts on offer right now. You can also double up on your club card vouchers to save yourself some money. I have seen this set in store, but if Internet shopping is your thing then you have until December 21st to order using their free click and collect service.
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Christmas at Lush is one of my favourite times. Their creators seem to get more inventive and everything has extra sparkle and added fun twists added to them.
‘The Magic of Christmas’ bubble bar £5.95 is no exception to this rule;
Novelty factor – ✔️
Sparkle – ✔️
Festive scent – ✔️
Looks good – ✔️
When I saw this cute wand shaped reusable bubble bar I knew I was going to have to give one a whirl.
Key ingredients include cinnamon leaf oil, sweet orange oil and almond oil. With the addition of cloves and star anise this really does smell like Christmas.
The sweet orange oil ensures that the scent is refreshing and not overpowered by the spices.
Lush also get bonus points for using a cinnamon stick for the handle and including a cute red ribbon and mini bell.
As this is a reusable bubble bar rather than crumble under running water you hold it underneath the water flow to release the bubbles.
Immediately the water starts to turn a pretty golden colour. You need only hold it underneath for approximately 10-15 seconds as like most Lush bubble bars it creates an impressive amount of bubbles.
If you like more bubbles than this then simply hold it under the flow of water for longer.
I really enjoyed using this bubble bar, I like the novelty element and the inclusion of almond oil as it left my skin feeling lovely and soft.
The bar itself will also last a long time as a little bit goes a long way.
My only negative is that I would have liked the scent to last for longer as it doesn’t last on the skin. This maybe because I have had this bar sitting in my to use pile since early October. I’m sure when it was fresh the scent was stronger.
Have you tried this bubble bar or anything else from Lush’s Christmas range? As always feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section.