Before I get on to Christmas, I think I should cover Halloween. On Wednesday I abandoned my beloved to look after the cats and hand out chocolate to the neighbourhood
The house lends itself to eery decor...and the lights and cobwebs and candles could only help.
|green hand lights|
|edible stone roses and spider cakes|
|Mary and Kimbo|
ChristmasYou may have noticed that I enjoy a bit of baking. I particularly like cake decorating - and Christmas is such an opportunity. There are those who may call me stingy, but I like homemade gifts. There are number of friends and family who get a Christmas cake every year (like it or not!). So I made four cakes on Friday and another on Saturday. I soaked the dried fruit (raisins, sultanas, currants, apricots, cranberries, cherries etc) overnight in chai tea to make sure the cakes end up moist.
|mixing the Christmas cake batter|
|Christmas cakes ready for the oven|
|Christmas cakes fresh from the oven|
|pricking the cakes|
|feeding the Christmas cake|
|all tucked up in kitchen foil|
let it snow, let it snow, let it snowActually, I don't really like snow. Yes, it looks pretty (before it turns to muddy ice) and, when you don't have anywhere to be, it is fun to make a snow man or go tobogganing, but I hate driving or walking on ice. However, today's snow was here and gone before you could say Jack Frost.