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Yes, it’s that time of the year again where I have a little look back at the year that has passed and start to think about 2015. I can’t quite believe that it has been 15 years since we celebrated the millennium, let alone that another 12 months have slipped by!

January

We welcomed in the New Year with our best friend in London, watching fireworks over the city whilst sipping champagne.

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It was our ten year anniversary together so Ian and I celebrated a decade together with a slap-up steak dinner.

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We also attempted ‘Dry January’ which was torturous but kind of worth it in the end!

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On the blog I made my Cheeseboard Quiche to use up our leftover Christmas cheese, shared my bedtime beauty routine, tasted some new teas and tried out my new doughnut maker.

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February

We celebrated my Mum finishing her final cycle of chemo with a few beers and my blueberry cheesecake.

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During half-term, we headed to London for a few days with friends and a bit of pampering.

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The house improvements continued with new windows and doors being fitted.

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On the blog I mastered the perfect potato dauphinoise, shared some Valentine-inspired nails and enjoyed some dark chocolate and cranberry flapjacks.

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March

In March, Ian and I went to see one of our favourite bands, Twenty One Pilots, who were amazing live.

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We took a walk in the spring sunshine then celebrated Pancake Day in style with my bourbon and bacon pancakes.

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Ian and I enjoyed a fantastic ‘Pork Scratchings and Beer’ evening.

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I discovered Boots No7 skincare and Tiger!

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On the blog I shared my TV favourites (some good stuff and some trashy guilty pleasures!), made more flapjacks (white chocolate and apricot this time), tried a new manicure technique and wore a onesie to work!

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April

I spent most of my Easter break completing a little makeover of our conservatory.

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But we did find time for a mini break to the lovely city of Oxford for a few days.

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I fell in love with the Urban decay Naked 3 eyeshadow collection.

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On the blog I shared my recipe for Perfect Egg Fried Rice, tried out ‘reverse hair washing’ and went a bit mad buying rugs!

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May

May was a bit of a disappointing month as I found out that a trip to China I had been looking forward to for months had fallen through. However, I was soon cheered up when the sun arrived and we had our first BBQ of the year.

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I did a little makeover of our front gates.

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Ian and I tried out a great little pop-up lobster restaurant.

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I discovered the best time-saving item for my nails.

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We visited another food festival.

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On the blog I shared my mini carrot and cranberry loaves, my lemon nails and my giant cous cous recipe.

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June

This month, Ian and I went to Frome Independent, a great little monthly market nearby.

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I did my favourite ever manicure inspired by my love of anchors!

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My roses came out to bloom and my tomatoes and raspberries were doing well too.

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It was our village summer fete and we manned the bottle stall…and sold out!

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On the blog I shared a ham pie, some refreshing summer drinks and a French skincare haul.

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July

This month we started off celebrating birthdays with friends.

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The weather was glorious so we spent a lot of time outside gardening and BBQ-ing.

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Ian and I headed down to London for a weekend and enjoyed a fabulous meal with friends at Bob Bob Ricard.

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On the blog I shared a matte pastel manicure, my summer sandals and a lovely summer quiche recipe.

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August

My favourite month as it means no work! For my birthday and our first wedding anniversary, Ian and I went camping on the Dorset coast for a few days.

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We enjoyed an amazing tasting menu at Mat Follas’ new restaurant.

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I spent some time finishing off our hallway makeover.

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We also had a wonderfully relaxing week away in Majorca.

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And our best friends welcomed the beautiful Ivy Rose into the world.

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On the blog I shared my summer holiday packing tips, some Clinique goodies, a spot of upcycling and a tasty summer salad.

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September

My back-to-school month!

I gave our bedroom a much-needed makeover.

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We made another trip to Frome market.

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Ian was 30 so I took him to an ale festival…he bought himself a sports car (without telling me!)

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We ate at my Dad’s new restaurant.

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On the blog I shared my brush-cleaning tips, a houndstooth manicure, a delicious orzo pasta recipe and my summer book recommendations.

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October

Quite a greedy month for us! We enjoyed a great tasting menu at the Milking Parlour

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…and another one at our local pub, the Muddy Duck!

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We took another trip to London for a few days to enjoy some art, a show, sightseeing  and lots of food.

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On the blog I shared my meatloaf recipe, some new vintage furniture, my daisy nails and my love for Real Techniques brushes.

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November

We had a belated Halloween experiencing ‘Fear’: a terrifying set of mazes inhabited by zombies and other scary characters!

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I was a bit late to the Kale Chips party.

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On the blog I shared my mini lemon meringue pies, my meal planning tips, a new mac ‘n’ cheese recipe and some spotty nails.

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December

My favourite but also busiest month!

I loved my advent calendars this year from Ciate and Boots No7.

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My favourite things about Christmas.

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On the blog I shared my new breakfast shortcut, a festive manicure and some Christmas highlights.

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Phew! I loved writing this post – there were so many lovely things that I had completely forgotten about and it made me really excited about what 2015 may have in store!

All that is left for me to do now is to wish all my lovely readers a great New Year’s Eve. Having not been at home for a few days, I am planning a very chilled out evening. Ian is cooking scallops followed by ribs which is pretty much my Death Row ideal meal and we will no doubt welcome midnight in our pyjamas with cocktails and a bit of Jools Holland! xxx

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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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