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Christmas birthdays and wheat free chocolate madeira cake recipe

Chris and my dad share a birthday. In December. Cue panic double present buying…
Christmas in our house doesn’t really get started until after their birthdays. As a child, we used to decorate the house with my grandparents the weekend closest to Dad’s birthday. Chris remembers something similar in his home when he was growing up.
This year (and actually last year as well, thanks Facebook for the reminder 🙂 ) I asked Chris when he would like to decorate and he said the sooner the better! Phew, we are both big kids at heart and now we have kids Christmas is so much more magical.
Next panic is the birthday cake. I sneakily made a wheat free cake so that I could enjoy it too, hurrah!

Here is the recipe if you fancy making it yourself!

Chocolate madeira loaf cake

175g butter or soft marge
175g golden caster sugar
3 eggs
200g SR flour (I used Dove’s Farm gluten free)
50g ground almonds
1 tablespoon cocoa
  1. Preheat oven GM3 or 170C
  2. Butter and line 900g loaf tin
  3. Whisk together butter, sugar and eggs.
  4. Fold in flour, almonds and cocoa. Add a generous splash of milk if the mixture is a little dry (gluten free mixes usualy need extra liquid)
  5. Bake for 55  minutes. Cover with foil for the last 25 minutes if starting to catch.
  6. Cool in the tin for 15 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
  7. For the butter icing I combined 100g soft marge, 200g icing sugar and 25g cocoa
  8. I decorated with coffee chocolate beans and a cake topper from Inspired by Alma, yay!


This year Chris had the day off for his birthday and we treated ourselves to the brand spanking new Star Wars film. It was amazing!!!
But even more amazing is having Chris in my life. We are perfect together and our shared love of Star Wars is just one example (I’m wearing the Rebel Alliance symbol necklace he bought me for my birthday!) May the force be with you…

Vlogmas Chocaccino Mud mask

I haven’t used a face mask in ages, possible not since having Anya! I will definitely getting back into the habit of using them!
This was by the till in Primark at the Lexicon in Bracknell and I couldn’t resist it!

My skin an hour after washing off felt absolutely amazing, so soft and smooth. This one contains coffee seeds to it has an exfoliating effect when you massage it in on application and when washing off.
The fragrance of this is so delicious, very chocolatey and rich without being cloying. I have fallen in love!
It is also vegetarian. I will be honest and say that although I am a vegetarian, I haven’t ever really given much consideration to whether my consmetic and skincare is so I will exploring this more in the new year.
90p from Primark and many others in the range, I will be heading there again asap!
If you want to see me looking peculiar then watch my video 🙂

The Christmas Tag

Thank you to Lauretta at Home and Horizon for tagging me in The Christmas Tag. Please head over and read her answers to these festive questions!
OK let’s get started!
What’s Your Favourite Christmas Movie?
Ummm Home Alone, Die Hard and Muppet Christmas Carol.

Have You Ever Had A White Christmas?
I don’t think so but I don’t really want one as the travel chaos would be awful for families.
Where Do You Usually Spend Your Holiday?
As a child we alternated grandparents. Now my sister and I take it in turns to host our parents. Last year Mum and Dad were with us plus we also had Chris’ mum with us as it was Zach’s first Christmas.
What Is Your Favourite Christmas Song?
Band Aid’s ‘Do They Know It’s Christmastime?’
Do You Open Any Presents On Christmas Eve?
Absolutely NOT!

Can You Name All Of Santa’s Reindeer?
Dasher and Dancer, Prancer and Vixen, Comet and Cupid, Donner and Blitzen, Rudolph. Is that all of them…?
What Holiday Traditions Are You Looking Forward To This Year?
Traditions that we are creating for our family. So stockings by the fire, decorating a Yule Log, putting out a mince pie and carrot for Father Christmas and Rudolph.
Is Your Christmas Tree Real or Fake?
Fake and drowning under the weight of tinsel and baubles 🙂

What Is Your Favourite Holiday Treat/Food/Sweet?
I love crisps so having big bags to nibble from throughout the season is great
Be Honest, Do You Like Giving Or Receiving Gifts Better?
Before I had kids, I definitely loved getting presents. But since having kids, it is brilliant to watch them be so excited and thrilled with the gifts.
What Is The Best Christmas Present You Ever Received?
This might sound strange but a desk when I was about 8. I still have it, it is currently in our bedroom.

What Is Your Dream Place To Visit For The Holiday Season?
I love being at home and can’t imagine being anywhere else
Are You A Pro Present Wrapper Or Do You Fail Miserably?
I am useless at wrapping presents even something straightforward like a cube/box
Most Memorable Christmas Memory?
I don’t think any stand out….

What Made You Realise The Truth About Santa?
I think friends at school had told me. One year my mum told my sister and then looked at me nervously and said ‘You did know…?’
What Makes The Holidays Special For You?
Time together with the family. No work, school or homework to worry about.

Right, those are all of my answers, I now tag Anna at Anna Nuttall, Lisa at Mummy Gummie, Deb at My Random Musings, Kira at Unconventional Kira. 

#MySundayPhoto winter warmer

Outside the temperature is in minus figures so we are enjoying the roaring fire.

I am feeling incredibly grateful for my home and family this weekend.
On Friday I was in London and saw several homeless people. I hope they have found somewhere warm to shelter in this bitter weather and I hope they find love and kindness at this festive time of year.
To borrow a phrase: do they know it’s Christmastime?

#StayClassyMama linky 7th December 2017

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