I ♡ Christmas Trees!

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The Christmas Tree ~ one of my ultimate favourite things at Christmas time!  I love trees all year round but there is something very uplifting for the spirit when you gaze at a beautifully decorated and lit Christmas tree!

It doesn’t matter what you put on it.  It can be minimal or eccentric or just simply a sentimental tradition with the same decorations every year! Or add ons as the years go by, making new memories that we remember each year at this festive time!

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I just adore this song, so wanted to share with you all.  I’ve been humming it all the time since we put up our tree and my little one has been singing along too!

I’m sure you will be humming it after reading this too ~

O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree! Thy leaves are so unchanging; O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree! Thy leaves are so unchanging; Not only green when summer’s here, But also when ’tis cold and drear.  O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree! Thy leaves are so unchanging!

O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree! Much pleasure thou can’st give me; O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree! Much pleasure thou can’st give me; How often has the Christmas tree, Afforded me the greatest glee! O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree! Much pleasure thou can’st give me.

O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree! Thy candles shine so brightly! O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree! Thy candles shine so brightly! From base to summit, gay and bright, There’s only splendor for the sight.O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree! Thy candles shine so brightly!

O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree! How richly God has decked thee! O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree! How richly God has decked thee! Thou bidst us true and faithful be, And trust in God unchangingly.O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree! How richly God has decked thee!!”

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A Roasted Sweet Potato Soup with Garlic Cream Cheese

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Recently in this cold, grey weather I’ve been fancying lots of hot drinks and soups and then I see this lonesome sweet potato sitting on top of its potato cousins.  It gives me an idea to roast it! (One thing my grandad loved to do!) And then I pictured a gorgeous striking orange soup.

So here we have it, my roasted sweet potato soup for one! Yes, me only! My boys had eaten so this was my perfect late lunch! With the aroma of oregano, garlic and the finishing of coriander leaves really does make this soup very special indeed. It is the roasting that secures the ultimate flavour and then the silkiness of the cream cheese to add even more depth to it!

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So easy, so simple yet so delicious! Even though I say so myself! 😉 Hope you enjoy! Have a peaceful day! Much love D x

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INGREDIENTS

1 large sweet potato
1 clove garlic crushed
1½ cups light vegetable stock
¼ tsp dried oregano
1 tbsp low fat butter spread/butter
1 tsp low fat garlic & herbs cream cheese
Dried coriander leaves to garnish

METHOD

• Preheat the oven to 200°c/400°f, wash and prick the sweet potato. Roast on a baking dish for 30-40 minutes

• Once soft and roasted, peel off the potato skin, dice into cubes

• Melt the butter with the crushed garlic, add the oregano and stir

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• Throw in the sweet potato, coat well in the butter and cook on a low to medium heat for 5 minutes

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• Pour over the vegetable stock and simmer for a further 10 minutes

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• Use a hand blender or soup blender to whizz the sweet potato into smooth soup

• Ladle into a large bowl and stir in the low fat cream cheese, garnish with the dried coriander leaves

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