Sunday 3 January 2016

Saying Goodbye to Christmas & Instagram Challenge Round Up

I'm a little sad as today is the end of Christmas. Mr. FFID and I are absolute Christmas nuts and have been celebrating all month of December by overindulging and now it's the end of it, I could almost cry! We got a big real Christmas tree for our tiny apartment for the first time ever and it was a delight to see Mr. FFID discovering a craft beer every single day in his Christmas craft beer advent calendar.

I just love Dublin in December with all the Christmas lights and everyone celebrating the best month of the year, it's just magical. I made sure to have a few meet ups with my favourite people over food and drinks as much as I could. Probably my favourite night of the Christmas season was the 'official' FFID Christmas party when I invited a few friends up and cooked up a storm for them. We opened a magnum of craft beer (and lots of other drinks), ate, chatted, laughed and even played a foodie board game. A fun night was had!

This year I spent Christmas with my parents in France and it didn't feel like Christmas so much with the weather being so sunny and warm. Christmas Eve dinner (which is the main event) lasted 6 hours to go through the 6 course meal I prepared, quite a foodie challenge, isn't it?

On my return to Ireland I spent the evening in Delahunt with a group of bloggers thanks to Patrick and Russell from Gastrogays who had the idea of gathering us all. I really enjoyed meeting up with people who I had only ever spoken to online.

In December I also ran a Christmas Instagram challenge for 24 days and it was just lovely to go through all the pictures every day. I want to thank everyone who took part in it! I have selected my favourite picture for each day but I suggest you to have a browse at the #FFIDXMAS15 hashatag over on Instagram for a little bit of Christmassyness before properly starting back into the most depressing month of the year that is January!




I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and are ready to tackle 2016. Even though I didn't want Christmas to end I feel fully energised and ready for a busy and exciting year ahead.

Happy New Year again!