Is it too late to say Happy New Year? Probably but I’ll say it anyway as My Little Online Tea Room has been awol for a while as the busy Christmas festivities took over and we said goodbye to 2015 in a haze of Prosecco and a mountain of shortbread and peanuts.
Usually January sends me in to a pit of despair as the Christmas tree lies decoration-less in the back garden, we barely see daylight, all the cheese and nibbles have been scoffed and I’ve made un-realistic new year’s resolutions for myself. This January however I’m putting a new spin on things.
In recently reading one of my favourite blogs Rock My Style, I came across the feature ‘Six Things Helping Me Make It Through January’ so it got me thinking about my mindset for the first month of 2016 and what is getting me through a usually penniless and grey start to the year.
- Firstly just before Christmas Mr Tea Room and I finally got our new kitchen which has perked me up no end as it wasn’t until all the to-ing and fro-ing of Christmas was over I could start putting back all my best kitchen crockery and utensils (including my new favourite teacup from Anthropologie courtesy of best friend) and start obsessing about keeping it clean and tidy all of the time.
- Yes, like everyone else there is that January feeling of having over indulged in all of the deliciousness that Christmas has to offer, (I had three Christmas dinners – not all on the same day I hasten to add) but this time I’m not going to stress about it and plunge straight into a juice diet whilst crying over that big box of shortbread I’m not supposed to eat. I’m just resuming normal practice of regular exercise and my usual diet and enjoying those left over treats. Plus I have Mary Berry’s Baking Bible recipes to get stuck in to. In true January style however, I have also pre-ordered the Deliciously Ella Every Day cookbook to keep me on the straight and narrow.
- The dark and cold winter days just mean I can enjoy more nights by the fire, wear more layers, make more soup and go to bed early. My first batch of January soup, and my favourite, was Jamie Oliver’s Spanish Chorizo and Chickpea recipe, minus the grated egg.
- This isn’t strictly Tea Room territory but to get my face through not just January but all of winter and hide the dark circles from the late Christmas nights I was recommended the Estee Lauder Double Wear Light Stay-in-Place make-up that works a treat as a lightweight foundation.
- Twinings Ginger Tea is definitely getting me through January. It has soothed my sore throat, settled my over indulged tummy and conquered my irritating cough.
- Finally, we may have vowed to go dry in January and can’t wait to get back to eating beans on toast but it doesn’t have to be a month of hibernation. Top of my cinema list this month having read the book is Room the movie.
January may be long but it’s not so bad and after such an eventful year I can’t hold a grudge against it. 2015 was the year I got married, honeymooned, started my blog, hen partied like mad, tried Michelin star food for the first time and a Matcha Green Tea Latte for the last. We ended the year at a beautiful friends wedding so how can we not start the new one on a high.
Hello 2016, I’m ready for you.