Hello! I haven't written a post in over a month and I feel very like I don't know what I'm doing. So let's hope that what I am about to write will actually makes sense.
First of all, welcome back to What Sarah Writes. I hope that you had a lovely time over Christmas break. Unfortunately, I wasn't feeling that well on Christmas day but that only provided me with an excuse to watch even more Christmas films so it didn't turn out as bad.
After the longest break from blogging, I have returned and I will be trying to get back to my normal schedule as soon as possible. I have many fun posts already planned and even a few collaborations which I hope that you will all enjoy.
Today I decided to round up a few of my favourite posts of 2016. They don't necessarily have the most views or the most comments but rather the ones that I really enjoyed doing the most. Don't get me wrong, I love every post that I published but these were the ones that stood out for me and that I love looking back to from time to time.
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"Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there."
I don't know about you but this poem brings back great memories from my childhood. We had a pop-up book that told this poem and during the Christmas season my brother and I would make our mum read it for us. Reading this nowadays makes me remember about all the excitement of waiting for Father Christmas and wishing to be child yet again!
A few days ago I was flipping through some old albums and I came across these photos of me taken a really long time ago. (Definitely made me feel old) So here's little me during my first few Christmases and my brother who joined in the festivities a few years later. I thought that it would be fun to share the photos with you and this way I will actually be able to look at them. Otherwise they will probably remain hidden away for a couple more years. Christmas has always been one of my favourite holidays and although some of the magic surrounding this time has disappeared, I still continue to love it.
This December has been quite busy one especially on the blogging part. 12 days of blogmas was quite demanding. Although the posts took a lot of time to put together, I had a lot of fun coming up with all the Christmas themed ideas and taking the festive photos. Obviously I enjoyed reading everybody else's blogmas and they definitely helped me to get into Christmas spirit.
With that said, I have a lot of important projects to finish during the Christmas holidays and therefore I will be taking a short break from blogging. I will still be posting on Instagram and Twitter but What Sarah Writes will be a lot quieter. Hopefully I will return in 2017 with a refreshed mind and better content!
I wish everybody a merry Christmas filled with happiness and joy
and food. Thank you for being part of my year and making it special! See you soon 💗
First of all, where has the month gone? It's already the 22nd and Christmas is only a few days away! Today I finally finished the first school term and I'm quite happy that I won't have to go back for another two weeks. But on the other hand it only means that my A levels are now even closer!
With the Christmas parties and events in full swing, I thought that I would share an outfit that is both easy to put together and warm enough for the cold weather. You can never go wrong with putting together monochromatic items and adding a pop of colour. I love this type of outfit as all of the items are simple yet full of details. The polo neck* has a scalloped neck with crochet details on the front while the jeans has a velvet flower pattern down the leg. You cannot do without a coat during this season and this one has been my favourite. I love the fur attachment around the neck of this grey suede coat*. It is also lined with an extra layer on the inside so it will keep you snugly and warm while looking stylish. Heels are optional when it comes to dressing up for the holidays but I think that they make an outfit more put together. The bag* is the last festive staple. The gold chain ties in perfectly with the gold detail around the heels the the red adds a bit of colour.
What are your festive outfit staples?
I love to bake and from time to time I like to try something new. Today I decided that I wanted to make ginger bread latte cupcakes since I wanted something a bit festive. So I found a recipe for a ginger bread latte and tried to turn it into a cake!
This recipe required a lot of guessing to be honest since I kind of made it along the way. A few weeks ago I bought a Christmas tree cupcake mold that I had been meaning to try so I decided to put it to the test today.
For the batter:
Vanilla cake mix
3 teaspoons Golden syrup
2 shots of coffee
1 heaped teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
a splash of milk
White melting Chocolate
1. Preheat the oven at 180℃.
2. Follow the directions on box of the cake mix. You can also opt to make a simple vanilla batter from scratch. Once the batter is done set it aside.
3. In another bowl mix the coffee, syrup, ginger, cinnamon and milk together.
4. Gradually add the syrup to the cake mix, mixing every time you add more. You don't have to use all of it as this depends on how strong you want the taste to be.
5. Carefully fill in all the cupcake cases with the batter. Tap the dish gently so any trapped bubbles will rise to the surface. Place the dish in the oven for around 20 minutes.
6. Your cupcakes will be done once upon inserting a knife it will come out clean. Take out the cupcakes and leave them to cool.
7. Melt the chocolate while waiting for the cupcakes to cool.
8. Once they are cool enough transfer them onto a plate. You can decorate however you want. Since I did not find any green food colouring, I decided to just drip the white chocolate from the top and to add a few sprinkles to finish. You can also use Nutella or decorate them using a piping bag.
I hope that you will enjoy this recipe and try them out as I love how they turned out.
What are your favourite festive cupcakes?
December has been going by so quickly! The month is already nearly over and 12 days of Blogmas will soon come to an end. In today's post I will be talking about the 10 things that I love the most about Christmas since it's one of my favourite holidays!
❄ Putting up the decorations with my family
❄ Watching all my favourite Christmas films
❄ Socialising with friends and family
❄ Going Christmas shopping for presents
❄ Joining in the Christmas fun
❄ Eating advent calendar chocolate the first thing in the morning
❄ Listening to Christmas music
❄ Putting on a cozy Christmas jumper
❄ Walking down streets decorated with pretty lights
❄ Eating all the delicious food in the Christmas lunch
What are your favourite things about Christmas?
Elf // Who hasn't watched Elf?! It's one of the best Christmas films ever. Buddy is so lovable. The story will definitely warm every cold heart.
Scrooged // I'm going to be honest here and say that I only watch it for the first time this year but I'm sure that I'll be watching it again. This film revolves around a huge tv executive whose only aim in life is to work. All in all I enjoyed this modern day take on A Christmas Carol.
The Polar Express // This is another childhood favourite of mine. Who wouldn't want to watch a movie about a train that takes children to the North Pole on Christmas eve? It also blows my mind that Tom Hanks voiced many of the characters in this film!
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York // Can I even write a Christmas films post without mentioning Home Alone? This is my favourite film from the Home alone Series because I love all traps that Kevin sets and the fact that its set in New York is an added bonus.
Fred Claus // This film is about Santa's brother, Fred who has lived his whole life in his brother's shadow. I find this really interesting since it is a different approach to the usual image of a Claus.
How The Grinch stole Christmas // This is my all time favourite film to watch. We used to watch it a lot when we were little and I continue to watch it now. I just love the cute town, all the festive decorations, the singing and obviously the Grinch!
Which films are your favourites?