Festive gingerbread porridge in a bowl - bird view

Festive Gingerbread Porridge

I’m a great, unconditional fan of porridge. Some may hate it, but I certainly love it. It’s my staple breakfast which I eat on average 5 times a week – usually in the 5-minute, no-cook office breakfast version. It does its job and tastes great, but I’m always more than happy to use a chance to cook my porridge. Being in the festive season, I decided to create a Christmas version of my favourite breakfast. Here’s a recipe for my perfect festive, warming, aromatic, gingerbread porridge!

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Ingredients for cookies in a big glass jar, with a tag with instructions

DIY Last Minute Christmas Gift – Cookie Dough In A Jar

You probably know it already, but I’ll say it just in case: Christmas is just around the corner. Some of us have already finished their Christmas gift shopping. Others, perhaps, still haven’t even started. Whichever group you belong to, you might want to add some original, simple DIY gifts to your list. The idea I’m bringing you today will be perfect to use as a gift for someone who loves to bake. It’s very flexible too, so you can easily adjust it to further personalise this little present. The thing I’m talking about is a DIY cookie mix in a jar.

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DIY Christmas cutlery bands on the table, next to a plate

DIY Christmas Cutlery Bands

December for me is usually filled with cooking and baking. Honestly, it feels like I barely leave the kitchen! If it wasn’t for work, I’d likely build a pillow fortress in the kitchen for December, to stay there even for those rare times when I decide to get some sleep. This time, I took a short break from playing with food and decided to work on a little inedible project for the Christmas table – cutlery bands!

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A wrapped Christmas present

The Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide

Hey everyone! Christmas season is almost there – and that means we’re in the heat of trying to find the perfect gifts for our nearest and dearest. Last year, I compiled a huge list of ideas for Christmas gifts for him, her, parents, grandparents, a list of stocking fillers and more! Here’s a shortcut to all parts of the guide – I hope you find them useful! 🙂

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Heart mandala colouring page

Heart Mandala Colouring Page – Launching Downloadables!

Please forgive me for giving in to the ubiquitous Valentine’s mood – it will soon be over! But before that happens, I’d like to share a few more things. Today, I’m coming with another mandala – heart themed this time. It’s also a great occasion to finally launch a new section on this blog – downloadable resources! I’ve been meaning to do this for ages, and now, having released my Christmas themed book and a few colouring pages, it feels like a good start. So without further ado – here’s what I have for you today!

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A table full of decorated gingerbread cookies

Christmas by Alphe – My Festive Book

Today – the 2nd of February – marks the official end of Christmas in my country’s culture, tightly connected to religious aspect of Christmas (you can read more about our traditions here). This day makes a perfect occasion for my big Christmas-released project to be released for the first time. I’ve gathered all of my Christmas recipes, craft and gift ideas and inspirations that have already been published on this blog, added those that are still yet to be published (that’s right, I didn’t manage to post all of my Christmas adventures in December and had to schedule some for 2019) and arranged them all into a festive book. It took a lot of work, but it’s finally ready and available to download right now, for free, for everyone!

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A few piles of star shaped Christmas walnut cookies

Simple Cut Out Ground Walnut Cookies

These cookies are a perfect alternative for traditional gingerbread ones, if you’re bored with those. They are also great to use with cookie cutters – they hold their shapes perfectly, better than the best of sugar cookie recipes I’ve tried. Extremely delicate and soft, they just dissolve in your mouth. And the taste is simply divine! It will surely please all walnut lovers, I can guarantee that. 🙂

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A festively decorated Christmas table

5 Health Benefits of Christmas Food

I think we’ve all come to terms with the fact that around Christmas we’ll be guilty of eating unhealthily. That’s something we seem to simply accept, with a firm resolution that after Christmas – or maybe after the New Year’s – we’ll get back on track, eat whole, clean foods, hit the gym and put an end to all of our unhealthy habits. And although the majority of festive treats are, indeed, full of fat and sugar (both are fine when consumed in moderation, but the sin we’re most often guilty of is overeating – especially bad when you overeat on unhealthy food), demonizing Christmas food as a whole is a bit unfair. Here are a few health benefits of Christmas food, which you might have never thought about. And when you end up feeling guilty after this year’s Christmas dinner, think back to reading this article and don’t be too harsh on yourself.

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