Nelly Elliott

Newcastle based blogger, mama, creative, coffee-only with my oxygen, vegan, plus-size fashion lover and feminist.


A Very Merry Christmas 2012.

Isn't it funny how we spend months and months planning, shopping, preparing and before you know it, it's all over.

Don't get me wrong I love Christmas and part of the excitement is the build up, but I just wish the day itself would be longer! I want more time to cook, more time to drink bucks fizz and open presents, I want it all... again! (Excuse me while I have a straight leg toddler tantrum.)

anyway, back to business. How was your Christmas?

Mine was just lovely! I was lucky enough to have two Christmas days this year, one at home with the boyfriend, and one down in Suffolk with my sister and auntie.

My home Christmas was perfect, relaxing, romantic and with enough food for about 12 people! I was lucky enough to be sent a Christmas hamper from Knorr. This wonderful box of seasonal food contained pretty much everything you need for a Christmas feast, including a Seldom Seen Farm Turkey, Longman's Farm Butter, Emmett's Mild Cure Back Bacon, Foreman and Field Christmas Stuffing,Chapel Down Nectar Dessert Wine, Mince Pies and Knorr Gravy Pots.

I have never cooked a roast of this size, and was pretty nervous but was delighted with how it turned out. The butter and bacon kept the meat moist and there was enough leftovers for the following 5 days of meals! (crazy!)

Our dinner was just perfect and as you can see from Paulie's face, he was very pleased. Alongside our monster turkey we had both roast and mash potatoes, mashed turnip, carrots, yorkshire puddings, stuffing balls and knorr gravy.

Special shout out to Knorr Chicken Gravy Pots, so easy to use and not a lump in sight!

I *may* have made a bit much for just two people, but it meant I got to get creative with left overs. I made Turkey and Cranberry pies, turkey enchiladas, sausage meat balls and spaghetti... Alongside many sandwiches and snacks.

It is now nearly January and we have just run out of leftovers, the sign of the perfect Christmas dinner if you ask me!

My second Christmas took place in Suffolk with my family. My sister's (pictured) birthday is on the 20th of December so we had a double celebration. We had a lovely meal at a local restaurant for my sister's birthday and went to watch a Christmas Spectacular show in Snape Maltings (There is actually a place called Snape! My inner Harry Potter geek was thrilled, sadly it was too dark to get a photo of the sign.

While we were down south my Auntie was having a clearout out and I scored massively! I got boxes full of china and bakeware, I'll blog about this haul very soon.

I was very blessed in the present department, I got some lovely cookbooks, cake carrier and tin from lakeland, smellies, booze and yankee candles. I am a very lucky girl!

As always Christmas was all about the games, I was victorious once again in Scrabble, Monopoly AND Cluedo, not that I am overly competitive in the slightest...

So, I hope you all had a lovely day and Happy New Year to all my lovely readers!