Recipe: Mince Pie Cheesecake by BAR + BLOCK’s Paul Fletcher

Mince pie cheesecake, Bar + Block, #whatkatydidUK

Yum: Mince pie cheesecake

Oh hello Advent! Look, let’s be frank, the chances of me actually finding the time to make this myself are slim to none (have you ever tried Christmas shopping with a toddler?!)

But. It looks gorgeous. So I’m sharing it in the hope someone who isn’t about to spend the next month telling a one-year-old to Stop. Touching. Those. Baubles. will feel inspired.

Happy baking!

INGREDIENTS

• 150g Digestive biscuits
• 75g Butter
• 900g Full fat cream cheese
• 200g Caster sugar
• 200ml Sour cream
• 45g Plain flour
• 2 Large Eggs
• 1 Egg Yolk
• ½ tbsp. Vanilla Essence
• 200g Mincemeat

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Lest we forget: What to do with your poppy

Poppy, Remembrance Sunday, what to do with your poppy, #WhatKatyDidUK

Not just for November 11: Putting your poppy on your tree will keep our armed forces in your thoughts over Christmas too

So, Remembrance Sunday has been and gone. Armistice Day commemorations have been marked with a two-minute silence at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

I imagine your poppy is still pinned to your lapel, your coat, or your bag… but as the week closes, what will you do with it? Keep it there, until battered by the elements, it falls off? Will you throw it away? Or stick it in a drawer, forgotten about in the muddle of pens and receipts and long-ago-written notes?

Well, if you’re keen to do something more, here’s a custom I started more than a decade ago, when my poppy fell to the floor of our little cottage.

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Don’t let Christmas be the death of you… is your smoke alarm working?

When I was four years old, before I went to bed every night, I demanded my dad check the smoke alarm at the top of the stairs was working.

Thanks to this advert, I was petrified of a fire burning down my home while I slept.

TV adverts were a whole lot scarier in the Eighties. But it did its job. We most certainly had a working smoke alarm throughout my entire childhood and beyond.

And with Christmas now SO CLOSE, the scary truth is that people are 50 per cent more likely to die in a house fire over Christmas than at any other time of year. It’s not difficult to see why. Candles? Check. Roaring fires? Check. Fairy lights. Check. Lots of booze? Check.

Which is why you NEED TO CHECK YOUR SMOKE ALARM IS WORKING. And if you don’t have one, get one, for pity’s sake.

This leads me seamlessly into a service which, if you live in Essex, you would be totally mad not to take advantage of.

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Oh baby, it’s your first Christmas!

Okay. I admit it. I’ve gone a *little* bit overboard this year. But it is my first baby’s first Christmas, and I figure if I can’t indulge my inner Mrs Claus this year, then when can I?

Anyway, in pursuit of the perfect festive-wear for Sonny Jim (there are rather a lot of outfits in his wardrobe. Xmas pud? Check. Elf? Check. Reindeer? Check. Candy cane sleepsuits? Check…) I’ve come across some really lovely outfits.

So, here are some of my favourites…

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Party dresses: Ready to frock and roll

Christmas party season is creeping ever closer. Here’s my pick of the best dresses…

Life and Home in Essex magazine, fashion, Katy Pearson

Life and Home in Essex magazine

Life and Home in Essex magazine, Katy Pearson, fashion

Life and Home in Essex magazine

Life and Home in Essex magazine, fashion, Katy Pearson

Life and Home in Essex magazine