Christmas Dinner Made Easy with HelloFresh

There’s definitely a recurring theme on here this month; I’ve already hinted that you can make Christmas shopping easier with prefilled stockings, how you can tick off some of that list for your label-loving person in your life and now I bring good news about a great, stress free way to simplifying the Christmas day dinner with a HelloFresh Christmas box.

I’m no stranger to HelloFresh deliveries and have written about them a couple of times already so it’s no surprise that I’m a big fan of their festive box. For those not in the know, HelloFresh is a subscription meal delivery which you cook from scratch. You get an easy-to-follow-recipe card and high quality, pre-portioned fresh ingredients so they time allocated on each card it true, there’s no weighing or measuring. It also takes the hassle out of planning your meals for the week, I’m terrible at thinking of new things to cook, most weeks, I don’t have time to browse through with my recipe books, HelloFresh is a much quicker way of making sure my family get fresh, healthy meals.

And the Christmas box is no different.

You get all ingredients, including a turkey, along with a step by step recipe card. It starts you off prepping for the day before, giving times and foolproof instructions. And with the music cranked up, it was all girls in the kitchen (although had I not been severely jet lagged, I’m pretty sure I’d have managed to cook this on my own.)

On the menu were;

Butter Basted Roast Turkey with Pigs in Blankets

The BEST Rosemary Roast Potatoes

Creamy Brussel Sprouts with Garlic and Pancetta

Honey & Thyme Roasted Root Veggies

Slow Cooked Spiced Red Cabbage with Apples

Rich and Delicious Make Ahead Gravy

This was the first time I’d make a ‘proper’ gravy, like mums do, and was absolutely lush, it’s quite hard to pick out a favourite from everything we cooked. The slow cooked spiced red cabbage got a huge thumbs up, the creamy brussel sprouts with garlic and pancetta were probably, at a push, top of my yum list. (for the record, I’m in camp brussels, and cooked this way took that bitter taste away making them even more delicious.

I bring good news about a great, stressfree way to simplifying the Christmas day dinner with a HelloFresh Christmas box.

 

Our box came pre packed with enough to feed 4 people, but I’d say it would feed a couple more comfortabl,  no need to worry if there’ll be enough. HelloFresh offers Christmas boxes for 4, 6, 8 or 10 people with the option of adding a pudding on. At £69.99 for the 4 person box, it’s not the cheapest way of doing Christmas dinner, but you’re guaranteed fresh quality ingredients (which I can vouch for having used them for over a year now on and off.) And it saves time on going out to buy everything, it’s almost too easy having a box delivered straight to your door.

It almost like cheating, but I’m all for time savers and as I said previously, there was more than enough for 4 people so you’ll still get your boxing day bubble and squeak!.

I bring good news about a great, stressfree way to simplifying the Christmas day dinner with a HelloFresh Christmas box.

Disclaimer

This is a collaborative post, I was gifted a HelloFresh Christmas box for the purpose of this review 

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A Very Hungry Caterpillar Themed Party

What I love about toddler’s birthday parties is that I get to indulge my own loves and likes and step back into a my own childhood. If you catch them early enough, before they have very little opinion on what theme they’d like it’s perfect you can pretty much indulge yourself.

After 15 years of parties and having to give in to Thomas the Tank Engine, Rory The Racing Car and Lego City, I wasn’t even going to enter in negotiations with The Toddler about what theme he would like for his impeding 2nd birthday.

The little he knows about my plans the better. He’ll get his chance for many more years to come!

One of my childhood loves is The Very Hungry Caterpillar, a bright unusual book which I could stick my little fingers all the way through! I’m not sure why, or if there’s one sole reason for the appeal of the book. But one thing I DID know was that a book with pretty pictures for food and an underlying message about mundane looking caterpillars turning into beautiful butterflies has been one of my favourites to read my boys. (And possibly what inspired me to write a blog post about likening my teenager to a caterpillar!)

Or it could just have been the holes which ran all the way through appealing to my rebellious side.

So a Very Hungry Caterpillar party theme it will be for my boy. My only problem was having the time to get it all organised. So what does a busy mum do when there simply isn’t enough time in the day to surf the internet, sourcing party supplies? She heads straight over to Party Bags & Supplies and orders it all from one place!

If you do have time you can browse the site at your leisure you can fill your boots with all it has to offer or just like I did and pop a table wear set and pre filled party bags into your basket  and hey presto it’s delivered to your door ready for the big day.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar themed party for toddlers

 

My set came with a grass effect table cloth, plates, cups, napkins and party bags. You can even go all out with garlands, candles and a butterfly themed caterpillar though if you really want to impress the parents  kids. I must admit it really has taken the stress out of organising a kids party, I’m not sure what I find so stressful exactly but this year I feel so much better prepared.

And all I need to add now is cake!

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And that’s not all! If you’re feeling lucky Party Bags and Supplies are offering one lucky ready a £30 credit to their website ready for your next party. If you’re a UK resident and over the age of 18 you can enter below

 

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Win a set of trolly bags worth £16.99

If you find shopping a chore, or would love to cut down the packing away time, you’ll love this shopping trolly bag system. They come in 2 different sizes, and pack away easily when you’re not using them.

By staying up-right in your trolly, they make packing and unloading quick and easy. Perfect too for avoiding the government 5p carrier bag charge. They usually cost £16.99 from www.trollybags.com but I also have one set of the shallow trolly bags up for grabs.

Just enter via the rafflecopter link below.

 

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