Elf on the Shelf: Day 7: Sleep Over!

Last night the boys wanted to take Elfie and Chippie, our Elves on the Shelf to bed with them.

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Elf on the Shelf: Day 6: All Aboard the Shoe Shoe Train!

Our naughty elves got the boys shoes out last night and lined them up like a train and then sat in them with some of the boys toys.

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Elf on the Shelf: Day 5: The Advent Calendar Caper!

Our elves have been up to no good last night and have eaten some of the chocolates out of the wife’s advent calendar!

Elf on the Shelf: Day 4: Elfie and Chippie Come Back!

As mentioned two days ago, Elfie and his new friend Chippie didn’t return to our home after a day of extraordinary bad behaviour from both boys.

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Elf on the Shelf: Day 2: The Day Of Sorrow!

Unfortunately today our Elf on the Shelf Elfie hasn’t returned to us and has in fact taken the whole house he had built back to the North Pole with him.

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Elf on the Shelf: Day 1 Elfie Returns!

Our Elf on the Shelf is back and he has brought a friend, we will bring you more on the new elf as and when we have it, name etc!

The boys were ecstatic to see him and literally squealed with delight at seeing his house (a post on how to make your own coming soon).

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Prep – The Builders Are In!

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Our Elves are on their way back to us so they’ve sent the builders ahead to prep for their arrival!

We woke this morning to discover this scene including a crack in the wall.

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Where have we been?

Its been almost a year since we last published a post on 2 Bottles of Milk, so where have we been? 

Last Christmas I was so ill that I spent most of Christmas Day in bed asleep and it got me thinking about how hectic our lives were and how we needed to relax and let something rest for a while and that was unfortunately the blog! With everything that Leo had gone through and a new baby, as well as life in general it was the easiest thing to let go and allow more time for all the other stuff that was going on at that point. 

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Christmas Paperchains HYATLC # 9

One of the most basic and oldest Christmas Decorations are Paperchains. This year we decided to make our own and to do this we used a variety of shop bought and some my brother in law printed off. 

The shop bought ones we got for £1.00 out of Home Bargains but they are available in many stores. They were pre-cut to size and came with double sided tape to stick them together and create the chain. They look fantastic hanging across our living room. 

The ones my brother in law printed off were on A4 sheets so we had to cut them up and the stick them together with tape. The design on these was simple but effective and looks great in our hall way. 

The humble paperchain can be used in many different ways including, amongst other ideas, made into a Christmas tree as we saw recently during a stay in hospital. 


Make Your Own Limoncello: HYATLC # 8

It’s that time of year again. Yep, we know it’s all prezzies and decorations, Black Fridays and crap themed movies, but the Pièce de résistance of the festive season is the rubber stamp for gluttony. Food and drink, in plentiful supply.It’s also the time of year when beer and wine get some new friends to join them at the table. Baileys? Not just for nanas. Mulled wine? Not just a warm, fuzz inducing antidote to schlepping around the shops. What about limoncello?

Limoncello is something a little bit more Italian and different for the table. We made a few bottles last year, and have to say, they make great presents, with a handmade touch. As long as they’re not downed on the day, it can be brought out all year to drizzle over ice-cream, make a great cream used for desserts, or simply as an aperitif with ice when you feel like it.

The ‘expensive’ part is vodka. But that can range from dirt cheap to eye-wateringly expensive. The upcycle bit is using things like empty cordial bottles. Belvoir bottles are pretty elegant to use. You could even sit down with the kids and make your own labels.

It may not be the cheapest present, but it does mean you do a bit of recycling, you can be creative with labels, bows and ribbons, and you’ve handmade something that’s personal.

Hint: if you have a go, and accidentally decide to use brown sugar instead, that’ll be why it looks like a murky brown colour! (Oops) … but still tastes delish.

For best results, store for 30 days before use, or serve after 7.

Recipe from BBC Good Food


5 unwaxed lemons

1 bottle vodka

750g caster sugar

700ml boiling water


1. Pare the zest from all the lemons, taking care not to include any white pith. Put the zest in a large clean jar and pour over the vodka. Cover with a tightly fitting lid and leave for a week, shaking the jar each day.

2. Put the sugar in a heatproof bowl and pour over the boiling water, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Add the vodka and peels and leave for a further week, shaking the jar regularly.

3. Strain into decorative bottles, adding a few strips of lemon zest to each bottle.

 Written by Gary Lewis who blogs @ Gary Lewis Writerwpid-my_logo-1.png