Last Week

What a difference a couple of weeks and a couple of blustery days make! I don't know about you but this wintery weather has made me feel like hibernating this last week, the urge to hide under the duvet when my alarm goes off has been very strong. But here's some things that have cheered me, kept me going (and kept me from going back to bed!) Monday to Friday last week....

~Winter Salads~
I am a BIG fan of warm winter salads and earlier this week I made a favourite of ours - Pear & Walnut Salad with Gorgonzola. I sautéed the chopped pears in a little butter & honey; warmed some chunks of beetroot and steamed some green beans; tossed the warm ingredients with rocket & baby gem leaves along with cubes of gorgonzola; drizzled over a dressing made with olive oil, beetroot juice, lemon juice, honey & mustard and topped the salad with plenty of toasted walnuts.

~New Finds~
In my quest to buy lovely presents from brilliant independent retailers I have been discovering some awesome shops, both in person and online, that are just full of beautiful items. Don't worry, I will soon do a post with links and share the love.

~Christmas Countdown~
This year my lovely Muma made Will and I very special Advent Calendar. It is a pretty wicker basket filled with little wrapped and numbered presents. Half the presents are for Will and half for me so each day alternates whose turn it is to open theirs. We're always rushed in the morning so we have taken to opening them just before bed, it's such a lovely way to get into the Christmas spirit.

~The BEST Ice Cream~
We had our work Christmas do on Thursday, we went for dinner at The Primrose Café in Clifton Village. The whole evening was lovely - the restaurant is an adorable bistro and the food there is truly incredible but you guys my Christmas pudding came with CINNAMON ICE CREAM. I don't think *anything* I eat over the festive period is going to beat that!

What things keep you cheery during the bleak midwinter?

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