SINGLES’ CRISTMAS SURVIVAL GUIDE

48 and single at Christmas….. I knew the awkward question would be raised “So have you had any dates this year?” as much as I could guarantee the lumps in Mum’s gravy. But this was a record - 10 seconds after she opened the door….. first time she seen me in hmmmm a long time……

Reach a certain age, and if you’re not happily co-habiting/engaged/married or romantically-active in some form or other, then it’s going to be an issue - and never more so than at Christmas.

After all, the festive season was made for couples - or so it can bloomin’ seem…

Everybody knows the line between being romantically-hopeful and downright desperate is never so fine as during the festive season….. and if you do get lucky, it probably means you ended up snogging the idiot from IT at your work party, but more likely you go home alone feeling even more HOPELESSLY UN-LOVED than ever.

….. and who has the money for all these new sparkly party frocks? I’m lucky if I can afford a christmas cake by the time I’ve bought presents for everybody else’s kids and partners.

It’s fine. I actually quite enjoy watching my brother and his wife exchange their never-ending stack of gifts….. Sure…… and after a few glasses of wine, facing my mother’s interrogation about my worrying lack of suitors will be a walk in the park.

I’ve more pressing matters to focus on - like getting through the evening of movies without starting to sob and wail - “I know how Rudolph feels, an outcast, WAHHHH!”

SINGLES’ CRISTMAS SURVIVAL GUIDE

COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS
It’s easy to think the grass is always greener, but Christmas can be stressful for couples too. At least you don’t have to worry about pleasing two sets of in-laws for the time-being! Make the most of this and embrace the chance to do things all on your terms.

GIVE MISTLETOE A MISS
Who doesn’t want a kiss at Christmas? But if you’ve been single for a while the pressure to find romance can be immense at this time of year, which can leave you more deflated than ever if things don’t work out. Make the choice to forget about love this year and just enjoy yourself and spending time with family and friends.

TREAT YOURSELF
No special someone to exchange gifts with? Heck - by yourself that necklace, perfume or those gorgeous shoes. Think of all the money you’ve saved by not having to buy presents for your other half.

IN GOOD COMPANY
It may feel like it, but you are not the only person who’s single at Christmas. Make plans to catch up with a fellow singleton and go on a ‘date’ to watch that new movie together. If all your friends are loved-up, why not check out clubs and social groups in your area or look at volunteering opportunit. Anything’s better than moping alone and it could be really rewarding.

BE PREPARED
If you’re already dreading having to explain why you’re still single, or reassure ‘concerned’ relatives that you’re fine, just prepare a breezy response then laugh it off and forget about it.

LOOK AHEAD
Rather than feeling miserable about the things you don’t have, focus on what you could have - all because you’re single! This freedom won’t last forever, so make a list of things you’d love to do in 2014, whether that’s visiting tea shops in UK, learning a language or travelling - absolutely anything.

Merry Christmas
Lizzy

Kategorien Christmas, Easter & Holidays . Skrevet af LE 26. December, 2013 kl 16:06

Today, I’m apparently mastering the art…..

….. of puttering around the house in a faded, old PJ and a sad excuse for a ponytail.

Kategorien Christmas, Easter & Holidays, Comfort, Cottage Life / Cooking, Lizzy says, Personally . Skrevet af LE 1. January, 2013 kl 16:12

New Years Resolutions:

What are your top 5 goals you want to accomplish in 2013, and why are they on your list?

My goals are:

GOAL 1:
To complete and pass my exams in the beginning of the new year.

GOAL 2:
Work out all the details of my little company. Among the things this includes is: finishing my business plan, designing and writing all the content for We Love Wellness (currently under construction) and getting all my marketing materials finalized.

GOAL 3:
Continue to meditate and be mindful every day, since doing so uplifts my spirits and fills me with so much joy….. especially when I find that I’ve inspired someone else in the process.

GOAL 4:
To develop my art and brand in new, unexpected ways!

GOAL 5:
Be kind whenever possible. (It is always possible - Dalai Lama).

I hope that you and your loved ones will arrive safely and well into the new year - and that 2013 will meet all your hopes and expectations.

Happy New Year
Lizzy 

Kategorien Christmas, Easter & Holidays, Lizzy says, Lovely Quotes, My job - my passion, Personally, We Love Wellness . Skrevet af LE 31. December, 2012 kl 9:20

One little person…..

….. giving all of her time to peace, makes news.

Many people, giving some of their time, can make history.

Kategorien Christmas, Easter & Holidays, Lovely Quotes . Skrevet af LE 26. December, 2012 kl 11:22

May Peace be your…..

….. gift at Christmas and your blessing all year through!

Kategorien Christmas, Easter & Holidays, Cottage Life / Cooking . Skrevet af LE 25. December, 2012 kl 10:17

The homemade red cabbage…..

….. is almost ready…..

…..outside, snow lies as a thick cozy blanket.

I hope that you will have a blessed and peaceful Christmas, and that all your wishes will come true.

Homemade red cabbage:
2 onions
3 tbsp. sugar
1/2 tbsp. cloves
1/2 tbsp. cinnamon
3 apples
1 red cabbage
olive oil
1/2 bottle of red wine
2-3 tbsp. vinegar

Do this:

Chop the cabbage, onions and apples and let them simmer in a saucepan 10-15 minutes.

Add the rest and cook for 3 hours on low heat.

Season with salt and pepper.

Enjoy and Merry Christmas

Lizzy

Kategorien Christmas, Easter & Holidays, Cottage Life / Cooking, Recipes . Skrevet af LE 24. December, 2012 kl 14:18

Merry Christmas…..

….. and Happy New Year 

At the close of another year, I will like to wish you a happy holiday and a successful 2013.

Instead of sending cards or gifts, I support:  The child cancer foundation

Best wishes

Lizzy

Kategorien Christmas, Easter & Holidays, Cottage Life / Cooking, Lizzy says, Personally . Skrevet af LE 22. December, 2012 kl 9:58

When I’m sick and…..

….. cold, I firmly believe that a hot toddy will make me feel better than any cold or flu medicine I can buy.

I’ve experimented with many versions and varieties and this simple soothing concoction always does the trick.

This toddy isn’t overly sweet and lets the rye whiskey shine. It is a bit jazzed up with the addition of fresh ginger and its sweet side comes from honey.

Serve it alongside a plate of holiday cookies and cakes, or sip it on it’s own as a nightcap (it will make for a deep comfy night’s sleep).

Rye & Ginger Hot Toddy
All you need (1 drink)
1 1/2 ounces rye whiskey
2 teaspoons honey
2 to 3 thin slices fresh ginger, peeled
Lemon wedge
Hot water

Do this
In a teapot with one cup of water add the ginger.

Heat until the teapot whistles.

In a mug add the whiskey, honey, and juice of the lemon wedge. Strain the ginger infused hot water into the mug.

Stir to dissolve the honey and enjoy.

Note: You may wonder what is Rye Whiskey anyway? It’s a whiskey made from a grain mixture that’s mostly rye (at least 51%) and the rest can be corn, wheat, malted rye, malted barley or a combination of any of the above. Then like Bourbon it’s aged in new toasted oak barrels. The results range from robust and spicy whiskey to smooth sips tinged with vanilla and caramel flavors, making Rye whiskey the perfect pick for whipping up some hot toddies.

Kategorien Christmas, Easter & Holidays, Cottage Life / Cooking, Health, Kitchen & food, Lizzy says, Recipes . Skrevet af LE 19. December, 2012 kl 6:37

If Himalaya was…..

….. located in desert heaven….

This dessert is incredibly beautiful and tasty…… put it on the table one day you would like to impress (just keep it to yourself, that it was made in a jiffy - trust me no one will suspect it).

The best part is almost that you can prepare most of it in advance: Whisk egg whites, vinegar and half the sugar to a stiff foam. Turn the rest of the sugar and continue whipping until it’s all stiff again.

Grate the marzipan and add it to the meringue batter and fold together quickly. Place the meringue like a big mountain on a baking sheet with baking paper. Go for a diameter of 20-25 cm. Bake for 30-40 minutes. at 150 degrees, so it’s chewy and caramel in the middle. Set it to cool on a rack.

Just before serving, garnish with whipped cream and lots of berries. Finish with a dusting of icing sugar.

Pavlova with summer berries
1 dl of egg White
1/2 tsp. vinegar
150 g icing sugar
125 g Pure Raw Marzipan

¼ liter whipping cream
1/2 kg summer berries

Happy midsummer

Lizzy ♥

Kategorien Christmas, Easter & Holidays, Cottage Life / Cooking, Kitchen & food, Recipes . Skrevet af LE 22. June, 2012 kl 19:40

It is raining today…..

So I’ve come to the conclusion, that this monday should be spent in soft woolly socks, natural light, and with a colorful coffee pot nearby. Anyone else?

Kategorien Christmas, Easter & Holidays, Comfort, Cottage Life / Cooking . Skrevet af LE 9. April, 2012 kl 6:57

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