2016 finally ended. It sure has been a long ride with so many shocking events that happened from numerous terrorist attacks, through Brexit and Donald Trump being elected for president, to the deaths of many iconic celebrities.
For me this wasn’t the best year but it also wasn’t the worst. I achieved some fairly great things. I had a lot of memorable moments with my friends, met new people and got closer to some of my acquaintances. I found new favourite music, TV shows and books and rediscovered old ones. My mentality and my general outlook on life changed a lot and I became more confident. As Kylie Jenner said, this year really was “the year of realizing stuff.”
I know that the future is uncertain and things often go wrong but I do hope 2017 will be better. Cheers to the new beginning! See you again soon.
We have movies, we have gifts. What else do we need to really get into the festive mood? That’s right! Food. And nothing says Christmas better than some freshly baked gingerbread cookies. You can find more than 10 different recipes for this, but since I love to experiment I decided to come up with my own. So, here is how I made my Honey Gingerbread Cookies!
3 cups flour + some more for rolling out the dough
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons gingerbread spice mix
6 tablespoons melted butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup honey
In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and the spice mix. In a bigger bowl beat the butter, brown sugar, and egg until well blended. Add honey and vanilla and continue to mix. Once it is well blended gradually stir in the dry ingredients until you get a smooth dough. Wrap it in plastic and let it cool in the fridge for about 20 minutes.
Preheat oven to 200° C. Grease or line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Get the dough out of the fridge and roll it to a scant 1/2 cm thick. Use the additional flour to avoid sticking. Cut out cookies with desired cutter (don’t forget to make at least one gingerbread man). Bake for 10-15 minutes. After cookies are cool you may decorate them with powdered sugar glaze or Royal icing, or just eat them because they taste wonderful any way.
You can hear the sleigh bells jingling, but you still haven’t bought presents for your family and friends? Don’t worry, though! I am here with some ideas for Christmas presents that never go out of style!
“Ugly” Christmas sweater
There’s literally nothing more festive to give someone you love. No matter if you go for a traditional or modern pattern you can be sure that this is a gift everyone will love.
Practical and hilarious. Socks would always be a good idea, because you can find them with different themed patterns from food to Renaissance paintings and every person needs them.
Perfect for the person who is always cold or just loves to take naps. Also a present that will give you the perfect excuse to cuddle up with your significant other in front of the fire place.
Home-made baked goods
What a better way to say “You’re special to me!” than baking some delicious cookies, cupcakes, brownies or any other sweet goods? Just find an easy recipe, do some cooking magic, put your baked masterpieces in a cute basket and add a fancy bow.
A music box that plays Christmas melodies
An old-fashioned gift that would make even the grumpiest Christmas hater feel the festive spirit. These are a little bit hard to find which makes the present even more special.
Just like the socks mugs can be found anywhere and come in thousands awesome designs and shapes. You can never have enough mugs and all of them are cute. To make this present even better you can fill it with packages of the person’s favourite tea or instant hot chocolate.
A gift card
Probably the most trivial, but at the same time the best gift you can get someone because you can never go wrong with it.
Those were my gift ideas. I hope you find them helpful!
I said I was planning to do a post dedicated to my favourite things, but that’s not original and I hate having to choose one thing I like before another. So instead I found a post on tumblr.com with a question for each letter of the alphabet.
Without any further ado let’s go!
a – age
18 years, 5 months, 12 days and 14 hours.
b – biggest fear
Definitely darkness because God knows what can be lurking in it.
c – current time
d – drink you last had/are having
I had a cup of green tea just before I started writing.
e – easiest person to talk to
My mother. She is the one person I can share everything with.
f – favourite song
I hate that question so much! The music I listen to usually represents what I’m feeling inside so my favourite song changes depending on my emotions. I guess the one song I will always love is Hourglass by Catfish and the Bottlemen because of its lyrics.
g – ghosts, are they real
Honestly, I don’t know. I like to believe they are real since I’ve watched documentaries on that topic, but I’ve never seen a ghost and it’s hard to believe in something you haven’t seen personally.
h – heritage
I am too young to think about this.
i – in love with
k – kissed someone
As lame as it sounds I have never kissed someone on the lips, only on the cheek or the forehead.
l – last time you cried
A few weeks ago, probably. I don’t really remember.
m – middle name
n – number of siblings
o – one wish
Achieving what I’m aiming for in this short life.
p – person who you last called
q – question you’re always asked
“How do you know that?”
r – reason to smile
Animals, flowers, nature in general.
s – song last sang
Green Day- Bang Bang
t – time you woke up
I believe it was around 7 am.
u – underwear colour
Black (just like my soul).
w – worst habit
Furiously biting my pen; leaving dishes in the sink but never washing them; postponing.
x – x-rays you’ve had
Right arm when I was 7, left arm when I was 12 and my left leg a few years ago.
Since this is my first post I guess the rules of etiquette require a proper introduction. My name is Denitsa (such a scary Slavic name!), but friends and family call me Deni and on the Internet I often go by the nickname Luce. Born, raised and currently living in Bulgaria, Europe. I’m 18 year-old and in my last year of high school. The most stereotypical Taurus with an ascendant in Gemini and Scorpio moon you will ever meet. Besides procrastinating, sleeping and wasting my youth online my hobbies include reading, playing computer games, watching TV series and films and listening to music. I am not going to list any faves since I’ve planned to make a whole blog post on that topic.
So, if you want to join on this adventure of a lifetime make sure you buckle up your seat belts and prepare for many posts about books, movies, games and music, and probably a few tutorials and hipster photography posts for good measure.