Katie’s Taki Bar

It was about time I showed you around my pride and joy of my entire house. A true centrepiece to any party and a half-decent conversation topic. My home bar, named "Katie's Taki Bar", a twist on the good old tiki bars. You don't need a fancy cocktail cabinet, antique globe or oak cabinet to have an equally as impressive and functional home bar, maybe you're lacking space, funds or you live in a rented property (like me). Here, I give you, a piece of flat pack and functional furniture that I'm sure every blogger is familiar with, an IKEA BILLY bookcase.

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Antony Gormley: Another Place

The next post about my hometown during Christmas is about Another Place. I’m sure if you’re following my blog, you’ll have roots to either the North West or NewcastleGateshead, so the name ‘Antony Gormley’ might just ring a bell.

Most years after each Christmas or perhaps on New Year’s Day, we head to Crosby beach for a walk to “blow off the cobwebs”. This year marks the 10th anniversary of Another Place which makes it even more nostalgic. View Post

Dehydrating fruit using a crock pot

Stemming from my previous post, “Jingle Smells and Christmas Pre-scents”, here’s how you can dehydrate the oranges yourself without worrying about your electricity bill.

To dehydrate in the oven, you’ll need to have the pieces in there on a low heat (around 80c) for about 3 hours, I can imagine that would use a similar amount of electricity as boiling your kettle for a long period of time.

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Jingle Smells and Christmas Pre-scents

A Christmas blog series from me wouldn’t be right without a little bit of science.

Your senses can be exercised like a muscle. The more you practice your sense of smell, the stronger it gets and if you don’t use it, you’ll lose it! There’s nothing better than the scents that remind you of Christmas, just one whiff in a German market, a fresh pine Christmas tree or, for us, Bacon and Buck’s Fizz.

Christmas candles are great, but I’m literally setting my money on fire and I don’t feel like they last too long. Instead, I’ve come up with a little alternative that you can make yourself and put in your room to smell a little bit more Christmassy, or even give to a friend to stink up their stocking (in a nice way!).

A combination of a couple of ingredients can create a new “smell”. Here’s a little post on how to make a ‘Mulled Wine’ Christmas smell out of simple, Christmassy ingredients.

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How to do all of your Christmas Shopping without leaving the house

I’ve just got a bit sassy with a man in a carpark, the space WAS MINE. Chivalry is dead.

CBA with that, I like going out for a mooch but I get stressed when I’m on a mission and people are coming between me and my destination. I turned the car round and came home for a coffee and a pasty. Here’s a list of places where you can do all of your Christmas Shopping.

 

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This site is great, you can really get away with some beautiful, personal and bespoke pieces for not-a-bad-price. I’ve bought two special people their Christmas Gifts from Not on the High Street this year, I’ll show one of them as he’s not old enough to read yet.

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