Monday, 26 December 2011

The Mince Pies, The Table And The Tree

Yes, some got  a little burnt!  Must have been the cooking sherry!

The Gingerbread House 2011

I don't think I need to say anything more about Gingerbread Houses that hasn't already been said, but here is our latest one that we made on Christmas Eve.

Friday, 23 December 2011

Happy Christmas

I know I've not been blogging much recently and I intend to rectify this next week - I'm going to start as I mean to go on.  But to all those who have taken the time to read my meagre offerings - thank you and I wish you and your families a very happy Christmas and I hope that Santa Claus brings you all that your hearts' desire.  Good luck with all the cooking over the next couple of days and hope that you find the time to enjoy every moment of it.  MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT.


Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Time Is Running Out ......................

Does any one else feel that they are running out of time already?  I haven't had time to blog or make any cakes - I feel pulled in so many different directions - and this week is the last week to finish the girls' presents because school finishes at lunchtime Friday.  I like to have everything bought and wrapped for them before school finishes, otherwise there is the risk of being "caught in the act", so to speak.  When they were small, I would hide everything until Christmas Eve and then after they had gone to bed I would wrap their presents - doesn't quite work like that anymore really.  I think once I get to Monday I should be able to concentrate on just the food - if not, I think a stiff drink of something will be called for (to be taken with food every four hours - not really, only joking).

And, I'm sorry if this is going to offend but did anyone actually ask Sally Bercow for her opinion on Kirstie Allsop's programme?  If it was so awful, why was she watching it?  So, for the record, I like it, my younger daughter and I like watching it together and  are planning to have a go at the snow globes and the gift tags - I've ordered my metal letter stamps - just need the acrylic paint.  So, Sally - it may not be your cup of tea - but it suits many of us and if you think you are being insulting - you are not.  I would rather be like Kirstie Allsop any day than be anything like Sally Bercow - my advice to you would be to spend a little more time being a supportive wife and mother and less time on your self promotion and ridiculously childish attention seeking behaviour.

Right, I've got that off my chest, I should really get a twitter account - in fact that's going to be on my list of things to do for the new year.

So, off to continue with the Christmas run-up frenzy - good luck.

Friday, 2 December 2011

The Gingerbread House

Finally we made the Gingerbread House yesterday, although I had originally planned to make it earlier so that we had plenty of time for decoration.  Anyway, we decorated it last night - spent a good hour and a half - felt rather sick at the end from eating so many sweets!  The house has gone into school this morning - hope it looks just as good tomorrow and that it sells raffle tickets!

Here are the photos, although they're not as good as I would have liked, and it's too late now to take more, will just have to wait until we make our own - next week probably.

The snowmen are looking a little drunk, but on the whole we are rather pleased with it - maybe the photographs of our own - when we make it - will be somewhat better.

Thursday, 1 December 2011

The First Wish of Christmas

I received an email from my sister in Australia this morning - so I thought I would share this with everyone ..............

Dear God,

My Prayer for 2012 is for a fat bank account and a thin body,

Please don't mix these up, like you did last year.


So, pinch punch for the first day of the month to you all.  Day one of the Advent calendars has been opened.

Today's task is to prepare the Gingerbread House for decorating this evening by myself and youngest daughter to take to school tomorrow - raffle prize for Saturday's Christmas Market.  Pictures to follow tomorrow.

My second prayer would be for the parcel I sent to my sister on 9th November to arrive today!  Can you guess what it is I sent her in what I thought would be good time.