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The Post-Christmas Post

Well Christmas has been and gone for another year. I hope you too spent it with your nearest and dearest and received some goodies.

Ian and I spent our first Christmas playing host and hostess in our new home. As a couple, we have spent the last 7 or 8 Christmases together, alternating between our parents’ houses. Luckily, my Mum makes this decision quite easy for us because, being a nurse, she works every other Christmas. This year, we had Ian’s parents, grandad and dog to stay…and my urge to get a puppy has increased tenfold…




Even if he did wake me up at 7am on Christmas morning!


Our Christmas dinner was a success. We had duck and gammon and managed to get all the different dishes ready at the same time. It is funny how we spend 5 hours plus cooking a meal that is devoured in about 20 minutes…but it was worth every bite, and the leftovers were fabulous too!



I felt very lucky with my gifts from Santa this year. Here are a few of them:








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On Boxing Day, we headed to my parents’ house to do it all over again, which meant more food, more presents and more friends and family. We got my parents a new iPad so spent most of the time teaching them how to use it!




Now we are back home again, I am starting to get the urge to detox both my house and body. I am getting rather sick of feeling ridiculously full all day long so we will be cutting down on our portion sizes and eating a tad healthier again and I am also going to have a good wardrobe sort out and get rid of some bags of stuff to the charity shop. I have hit the sales over the past few days and am trying to impose the rule of throwing away something old for something new.

Overall, we have had a lovely Christmas and I’m happy to have spent part of it in our new home. I hope you did too and are enjoying the last few days of 2012!



About hannahhotcakes

My name is Hannah. I live near Bath in a lovely village in the Cotswolds with my husband Ian, the love of my life for the past 10 years, in our dream cottage. I have landed my dream job as a primary school teacher and I can’t think of anything else I would rather be doing. I am a self-confessed foodie and I love to cook, bake, and eat out as much as possible. Here are some things I love: My friends and family, travelling, fresh flowers, good books, having breakfast on my balcony, horror films, Christmas, tea, Las Vegas, lie-ins, red wine, Liverpool FC, music, sausage dogs, Spain, rare steak, fashion, cheese, American TV series and camping. And here are my pet hates: People dressed as animals, whistling, being rushed, being made to wait, girls who act stupid to impress a man, spiders, sunburn and rocket (it comes with EVERYTHING!)

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