gingerbread buckwheat muffins // london bakes

I’m quietly confident that today will be my last proper day of work for the year. Yesterday was my last day in the office until 2015 and I’m racing through my final to do list before we head to Vienna this evening for a weekend of Christmas markets and gluhwein and probably quite a lot of cake.

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As soon as you hit December, life seems to move at warp speed. It’s a constant barrage of noise and lights and slightly frantic attempts to get into the holiday spirit at any cost. There are always a lot of articles at this time of year about maintaining balance and staying healthy during the holidays. I tend to roll my eyes at a lot of it, particularly the paragraph I read in one of them about how you should only have food which you eat with a knife and fork thus avoiding any canape-related calories. Whatever. Christmas is not Christmas without a mini quiche or three.

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Clearly, we do not celebrate Thanksgiving here in the UK (although it’s always a good excuse to watch this). Having been in the US for the few months though, I’m feeling quite full of the spirit of the season. I’ve purchased a few sparkly turkey decorations to hang around the house and watched one of the Thanksgiving episodes of Brooklyn Nine-Nine at least 17 times (I’ve definitely exhausted the entertainment options on British Airways). We even had a Thanksgiving potluck in the office last week although our contributions were limited to whatever we could pick up at the local supermarket.

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Normally, I think that I do a relatively good job at keeping all the moving parts of life – work, family, my relationship, this blog, some semblance of a healthy lifestyle – in some sort of balance.  Sure, there have been times when one or other of them has taken a backseat but these last six months, since I first come out to the US in May, has without question been the longest period in which one of them – work, in this case – has dominated to such an extent and everything else fallen by the wayside.

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