Good morning and welcome to another lovely list, written in the warmth of my living room while the rain pours heavily and lashes against the window panes. It's been another chaotic week, though the weekend so far has allowed me some respite, for which I am thankful. Today I have lots planned; firstly I want to get started on my homemade advent calendar as we only have a week left until the Christmas season truly begins, and secondly on a similar theme I'm aiming to get my Christmas pudding on the go, as mentioned in November's Something for the Diary post. So I think a bit of Christmas music alongside these activities is definitely in order! I also want to finish up the redesign and organisation of my crafting / writing space - check out the blog in just over a week's time for the results. Phew! So much to do, so I best get on with the lovely links that have been gracing my screen this week...
For a budget-friendly seasonal meal try this wholemeal pizza with kale pesto recipe (only 44p!). Or if you're after something a bit more indulgent, but still just as seasonal, try this chestnut and bacon focaccia.
I love Lou's Nature in the Home series, and this week's selections are simply beautiful; lots of inspiration for my own home.
A unique, interesting and inspiring interview that delves into the idea of 'intentional living'. You need to read this.
Trying to stay frugal over the Christmas period? Then these helpful posts - one and two - on how to survive Christmas on a budget are for you, and for us too, as 2015 is the year of our wedding, and we're trying to save as much as we can.
What have you been up to this weekend? Any posts I should be reading?
P.S. As mentioned in the last lovely list, I’ve been nominated for the UK Blog Awards 2015 (#UKBA15) – it’s the first blogging award I’ve ever been a part of, so if you like what you see on Creative Countryside, I’d be very grateful if you could spare a minute of your time to vote for me!
Eleanor is obsessed with stories. She writes for a number of online spaces including This is Your Kingdom, edits Creative Countryside, curates #aseasonalyear and teaches at Chalk House. In addition, she is currently studying for an MA in Creative Non-Fiction Writing. You'll find her roving the fields of the Lincolnshire Wolds or planning her next rural adventure.