It may only be September and true to say that I was horrified to see mince pies for sale in my local supermarket - BUT - I fully intend to be thoroughly organised this year. No more last minute dashes to buy presents, no more holding my breath wondering whether a present ordered online will arrive in time. I am reviewing my list of people to buy presents for and I'm going to make sure that overseas gifts will be despatched in good time.
So, as a start I direct you to http://www.thepinkwhisk.co.uk/ where Ruth Clemens gives instructions on how to prepare the fruit for your Christmas Cake - assuming you are making your own. Nothing too difficult, but with dried fruit being so expensive, preparing now will help to stretch out the cost of Christmas. You now have lots of time to find a design to apply to your finished cake later on.
I'll be back very soon with some more tips and suggestions.