Keeping out the cold!

Hello guys!  How’s your weekends going?

Yesterday was mad busy at work. It was predicted that it would be the busiest day in retail and it sure felt like it.  There was Christmas shoppers in all every direction rushing around like the Mad Hatter.  I cannot believe there is only one week until Christmas and I’m super excited.

We decided to head out and do some of our Christmas food shopping today. My family are spending it with us this year, which will be nice as we usually spend it with Alfie’s family. We bought quite a bit already and it looks like it’s going to be quite a feast.


It was so frosty and freezing cold outside when I woke up, hence no run today.  Although I did get in a great home circuit work out that really put me through my paces.  Since it was so cold out I thought I had better wrap up warm and layer up.


OOTD: black vest top, H&M, laced top, Forever 21, skinny jeans, Tommy Hilfiger, fairisle cardigan, Forever 21, patent riding boots, Dune, grey beret, H&M, earrings. Forever 21.


This morning for breakfast I made a lovely squash smoothie with kabocha squash, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, maple syrup and an apple.  On the side I had a lovely toasted slice of rye bread spread with my new favouite sunflower seed butter and strawberry jam.  I’m loving my smoothies at the moment despite the cold weather and this really hit the spot. 


What really hit the spot yesterday before work was my first dose of mince pie filling oats.  I kept it simple with oats made with water and a splash of soya milk at the end with apple juice sweetened mince pie filling and topped it with creamy almond butter.  This is so gorgeous and festive. I loved every mouthful!


For lunch today I feasted on a salad made from lambs lettuce and mixed leaves, tomatoes, green lentils, a chopped apple, dried cranberries and homemade hummus drizzled with canola oils and sprinkled with smoked paprika.  A really simple salad but the smoked paprika on the hummus really made it.


For dinner I had a some of my Mediterranean Bean and Vegetarian Sausage Stew (old pic!) and served it with some leafy greens.  This certainly kept me warm and all cosy, definitely a winner for this time of year.


For dessert I thought it was time to delve into my stash of chocolate covered sunflower seeds.  Holy yum!  These are super good!  They remind me a bit like Smarties.  I used them as a topping for my soy yoghurt mixed with lemon curd.  I have since gone back for more to much on though!  I don’t think they will last very long in my house.

All of the baking that I’ve been doing a lot of baking today and the heat form the oven has been keeping me warm too.  I’ve made some vanilla fudge as another foodie gift and a veggie loaf as my non-meat alternative for Christmas lunch (recipe to come).  I can’t decide between that or a baked salmon fillet, but I have both so I will probably decide on the day.

What is your favourite way to keep the cold out fashion wise? I think lots of layers are the best way to go for me as you can always take something off later if you get too warm throughout the day.

What are you eating for your main meal on Christmas day?  Since I’m a pescatarian I made the veggie loaf as everyone will be eating either ham and lamb at my house. But, I am quite taken with the idea of baked salmon…hmmmm…


Filed under EATS!

25 responses to “Keeping out the cold!

  1. Love your outfit! ❤
    Yummy eats too! I need to get my hands on some chocolate covered sunflower seeds..I keep seeing them all over blogworld and would love to try them! 😀

    My favorite way to keep the cold out, fashion wise is with jackets/cardigans and scarves!

  2. Those sunflower seeds would last precisely 1.4 seconds around me.

    Glad you’re enjoying the festive oats too…I have finished my third jar of mince pie filling in what, a fortnight? This is becoming a serious addiction!

    Am I the only person that just does not feel the cold? I still need to run in shorts!


  3. Veggies and potatoes for me : )

    Yay to festive oats!!!!!!! x x

  4. Wow, I bet yesterday was MANIC! I’ve done almost all my shopping online this year; couldn’t handle the shops! I love your Fair Isle cardigan, it’s beautiful; I’m definitely one for lots and lots of layers – and a hot water bottle on my lap at work because the office is soooo cold 🙂
    And I’m not a vegetarian so I’ll be going for the turkey and stuffing but if I was, I think it’d be baked salmon all the way, love it!

  5. I’m having a bit of everything for Christmas. My immediate family is coming over on Christmas Eve lunch and I have been requested to prepare a roast. Then that evening, we are going to my boyfriend’s family’s for a pizza party. Actual Christmas will entail either turkey/chicken. I’m exhausted already!

  6. I love your cardigan. It looks great on you.
    Those chocolate covered sunflower seeds do sound good. I don’t think I have ever heard of them. I will have to check out our local stores.

  7. That outfit is so cute!!!! You’re too freaking adorable! 🙂 I think Christmas food shopping is my favorite kind of christmas shopping 😉

  8. oat bran or oats is better in nutrition facts?:)

  9. I really want to try chocolate covered sunflower seeds. They were sold at a bookstore I used to work at and all the customers thought they sounded awful, but I bet they would be really tasty!

  10. I’m definitely layers all the way too 🙂 I’m going to try making a stuffed seitan roll for my Christmas meal, its a bit experimental so I have my veggie loaf as a back up!

  11. I am always wearing layers- normally I would have a vest (often thermal), top, long sleeved top and cardi, then of course for going outside a hat, scarf, gloves and big coat. I hate being cold!
    The lentil veggie loaf sounds yummy- I think I am going to attempt something like that as I have a lot of time anyway, and if I don’t have it for Christmas day it will be nice for lunch and things I think.
    Love the sound of chocolate covered sunflower seeds. Oh and I have to say that the gingerbread tea you sent me is amazing! Having some every day right now- so festive 🙂

  12. How fabulous do you look! I love that cardigan x

  13. Love your outfit, you look gorgeous!
    That Mediterranean Bean and Vegetarian Sausage Stew looks so comforting and tasty 🙂

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