Happy New Year Blog Post!

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and an even memorable New Year!

I’ve been so busy with the festivities that I’ve been pretty much M.I.A on both my blog and twitter. So before anyone sends out a search party, you can rest assured as I’m back and ready to give you a mini feedback of things I’ve done and things I’ve discovered!

First and foremost, I’ve decided to combine both my personal blog with my gluten free blog! I had usually kept them separate and just blog about gluten free recipes and reviews on this one, but because I’ve been doing this, I’ve kind of been neglecting my other personal blog! So from now on, I’m gonna be blogging both gluten free recipes and the odd personal blog post on here!

[Christmas Toby]

I also had a fabulous Christmas and it was so great to spend some quality time with the family, see my friends from back home and just get involved with the usual shenanigans! But, I don’t know about anyone else, but it just didn’t feel that Christmassy this year? But then again, that might have been something to do with the lack of snow, the mild temperatures etc, but non the less, I still loved every minute of it!

[me and my amazing Grandad on Christmas day]

I also discovered a new gluten free goody! I left most of my Christmas food shopping till the last minute, and realised to my horror when I got home, that I hadn’t bought any gluten free stuffing to go alongside my turkey! I thought about making my own gluten free stuffing and I really liked the recipe by ‘GlutenFreeMrsD‘ which I saw featured on Caleigh’s blog: GlutenFreeks ‘Free From & Festive‘ post! But I knew I was going to have a million and one things to do on Christmas morning that I wouldn’t have the time to make it from scratch [although I’m still going to definitely try this recipe real soon to go with my Sunday dinner!]. So luckily for moi, I did find one, lonesome box of gluten free stuffing at my local Sainsburys!

It was so yummy and in my opinion ‘just like the real thing’ that even my Auntie Joanne preferred this gluten free stuffing to the ‘normal’ gluten version! So the Hale & Hearty definitely get two thumbs up from me!

[Yummy gluten free Christmas dinner!]

 I also got the most gorgeous cupcake stand off my amazing mum for Christmas which will ‘fo’sho’ get an appearance on my blog soon as I have some amazing cupcake recipes in the pipeline for 2012. So the cupcake stand will be a great way to show them to you all! I also got a Cath Kidston oven glove from the gorgeous Pam (SpamellaB) which has come in handy since my only oven glove is a complete state and should really be chucked out!

I also had an unforgettable New Years Eve with my nearest and dearest in Manchester! We threw a houseparty / belated house warming party and even created a ‘Disco Room’ complete with disco ball and lights! It was great to say goodbye to 2011 with friends and cheer on the new year – Just wish I could remember most of it!

[me and Rachel on NYE]
[me and Pam NYE]

Come New Years Day, I wasn’t really in the mood to do much else then lounge about in my PJs and watch random telly!  I certainly wasn’t in the mood to do any cooking what’s so ever, so I was really lucky to have had Dietary Specials: Bontà d’Italia Margherita  pizza in the freezer! The pizza has to be the tastiest and greatest gluten free frozen pizza I have ever tasted! The crispy stonebaked base is so delicious that it’s hard to believe that it’s even gluten free! Even Mike wanted to share it with me and absolutely love it! So do look out for that pizza in Asda as it’s the nicest I’ve tasted!

So all in all, I’ve had a fab time but I am really excited to see what 2012 has in store for me! I have some great recipes lined up for you al along with some more gluten free product reviews! Hope you all had a fab festive holiday!

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