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On the final day of 2015, it feels only right to look back at the year gone by before starting afresh tomorrow!


Ian and I had a low-key start to the year at home, drinking cocktails and watching Jools Holland before a brisk New Year’s Day walk.

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I started my ‘Sunday Catch-up’ series on my blog to round up my week as well as sharing my current favourite books, TV shows and podcasts. I also started writing in my 5-year journal.


In the kitchen, I made a pearl barley risotto, parma violet cupcakes and held a pitta pizza party!

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Finally, I celebrated 11 years with Ian and we booked our summer holiday to America…a good start to the year!



February saw one of my most stressful weeks at work after getting ‘the call’ and Ian completed the Bath half marathon.

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We treated ourselves to a weekend away and managed to fit in a trip to Windsor Castle and a meal at Heston Blumenthal’s pub, The Hind’s Head in Bray, where I had the most beautiful gin and tonic I have ever seen!

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At home, I finished tweaking our new drinks trolley and cooked a salmon quiche, coca cola cupcakes and some chocolate cherry cheesecake brownies.

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In March, we ploughed on with the last few rooms in our house that needed decorating and I painted our spare bedroom.

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Ian and I enjoyed a fantastic 5 course tasting menu at a local pub and went on some more country walks.

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We headed to London too to celebrate our friend’s 30th with afternoon tea.

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I got a bit obsessed reading Alexander McCall Smith’s books and made some noodle soup, more quiche and ravioli from scratch.

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It started to warm up in April and we enjoyed our first drinks sat outside.

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I carried on with some home improvements, putting up new blinds, buying rugs and painting my window frame the brightest yellow I could find! I also got a bit obsessed with Lily Flame candles.

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We had a great time at a German beer festival at Alexandra Palace, enjoyed cocktails and schnitzels at Boopshi’s and a great meal at Wahaca.

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At home, I perfected my ‘Carluccio’s Pasta’, experimented with overnight oats and quinoa and made a very Instagram-worthy chorizo and kale hash.

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May was a jam-packed month!

I visited Kilver Court with my parents, Hampton Court with my school and Liverpool for a family party.

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To celebrate the year we all turned 30, my best friends and I treated ourselves to a spa day.

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I discovered two of my favourite foundations and enjoyed picnics and pizza dates.

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In the kitchen I made a raw salad, baked mini Victorian sponges, tried nasi goreng and perfected arancini balls.

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One of my highlights this year was a surprise weekend away in Manchester to see one of my al-time favourite bands, The Movielife. We ate Mexican food, drank cocktails and danced away reliving our teenage years!

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I went sugar-free for a week which was interesting but a real challenge.


We helped out at our village fete and celebrated with my best friend as she turned 30 on a boat!

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Ian and I also added some vintage finds to our home and I cooked fish tacos and sugar-free banana pancakes.

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July was spent celebrating more birthdays and enjoying a comedy festival.

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Ian and I set off to New York to begin our American road trip. We loved our 5 days in NYC and did loads! I turned 30 too!

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My favourite month of the year! We spent the first two weeks in America travelling through New York, Atlantic City, Philadelphia and Washington DC. It was an incredible fortnight and we will have fond memories of it for years to come.

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As well as our holiday, we did a spot of dog-sitting, I went to watch Bristol City play with my bestie and visited Banksy’s Dismaland.

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I had plenty of time to potter about in the kitchen and made Sicilian sardine pasta, chowder, peanut butter bites, spiced chickpeas, coca cola chicken and a white chocolate chai tea loaf.

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I wrote about my ways to avoid the back-to-work blues as my summer holidays came to an end.

Ian and I went to Bath Chili festival, enjoyed a bonfire, spent the day at a beer festival to celebrate his birthday and had a brilliant time at Go Ape.

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On my blog, I wrote a set of Travel Guides for the American cities we visited and at home I cooked a chickpea stew, a chicken couscous salad, a prawn risotto, bakewell cupcakes and my best ever sandwich.

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In October, Ian and I ate at the new Burger and Lobster restaurant in Bath, had our last BBQ of the summer, went to watch Avenue Q and enjoyed a seasonal tasting menu at our local pub.

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I went for facials with my friend Cat then met friends in London for 2015 Stylist Live. In less fun news, I had root canal treatment too!

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At home, I made pumpkin pies, a sausage and beer casserole and some chocolate and cherry flapjacks.

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In November, Ian and I joined the gym amd are trying to keep it up. I went to Cambridge for my annual Thanksgiving with my uni friends.

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We went to see Josh Widdicombe and Chris Ramsey live and on the blog I shared our front garden makeover.

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A funny month this year and not filled with my usual festive posts. I made Ian an ale advent calendar and enjoyed Ciate’s latest offering.

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We had lovely Christmases with both of our families, eating great food, drinking too much and opening some wonderful gifts.

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And so another annual round-up comes to an end. I think my highlight would definitely be our America trip this summer but keeping a blog really does help you remember all those other moments that made 2015 a really good year.

Whatever your plans, have a lovely New Year’s Eve and a great start to 2016! x


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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