Christmas

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Yesterday we put up our christmas decorations and brought the tree in from our back yard. I was a bit worried that it wouldn’t fit through the door… DSC_0110

Prim enjoyed the tree and the tree-decorating

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Every year we go to Gran’s house for Christmas.  Yesterday Billy and I made chocolates for her.  There are about half of them on that photograph, we made some in a chocolate mould too.DSC_0149

A few days ago I made marzipan for the cake (we don’t have icing, just lots of marzipan), I’ve put the marzipan on the cake but not really decorated it yet; so far I’ve just written Merry Christmas around the edge of it.DSC_0061s

With the leftovers Billy and I made balls of chocolate dipped marzipan, but we didn’t put enough chocolate on (!) so Dad added more chocolate to them and also made chocolate brazil nutsDSC_0144s

The only christmas crafting that I can show you are the crochet snowflakes that I’ve been making over the past month or so…DSC_0153

Three of them were made using the Attic24 snowflake pattern, the rest I made up myself.  I blocked them on cardboard using a mixture of water and pva glue (thank you Hannah!), they are pretty much dry now and they look really nice when they are stiff

There has been lots of kitten-loving since we got Prim, but don’t worry, Apple and Blossom are not being neglected :)

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Have a good Christmas and a Happy new year >:o)

Gingerbread

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The other day Billy and I made gingerbread.DSC_0167s

This is a terrible photo but it tasted really amazing (I suppose it’s all of that treacle and golden syrup). Whilst we were making we were planning to make ginger beer in time for Christmas!  Ginger is such a Christmassy taste, isn’t it?

This Week…

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The first of the lavender, yay!  I planted this from seed earlier this year, I didn’t expect it do flower so it was a nice surprise to see some flowers (three flower heads in total).  It wasn’t going to flower anymore though so I cut it down so that it will be tidy next year.

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This wasn’t my work.  I made one short string of onions, french plaiting them which was fun, Dad did the rest.  This photograph was taken during the process so these aren’t all of them, there are actually six strings of home grown onions in total.

On Tuesday we did some orienteering just above Carleton,  and we found, and picked lots of blackberries!  They weren’t by the road, so not many, if any people had picked them.  Later that day Mum (who had been in work) and Dad went up there again and picked some more.  Dad made blackberry jelly :)

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Apple Pie!  It’s an apple pie with a cheddar crust, which is amazing!  We picked the apples yesterday from a tree near us.  I think it might be the first pie I’ve made.  The recipe is from this book.  There is a bit of cheese pastry left so I told Billy that it’s his job to make cheese twists!

It’s yarndale tomorrow!  I got braces and a cold yesterday but I’m feeling a bit better now although I will probably want a lie in tomorrow.  I’m going to be there both days, part time assisting Hannah with her bauble workshop, and part time walking around looking at all of the things there and trying not to spend too much money!

Oranges and Lemons (and limes)

 

Today I have taken some photos of the things that I have made/am making.  I think there are too many for one post, so I’ll show you the crafty stuff later.

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This week I made orange sorbet!  I pretty much used this recipe, except that I used three oranges.  If I do this again (and I probably will) I would use more than one orange per person, because I used three oranges and it isn’t really enough.  We haven’t eaten it yet – it’s in the freezer – but when I tested it it tasted good!

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Also this week I made lemonade.  I made this up as I went along.  It was a bit like the sorbet recipe but with more water.  It tastes fantastic!

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And finally,  these are the diabetic chocolates that I made for gran, as a thank you present for looking after our guinea pigs while we were away.

I used about one and a half bars of this diabetic chocolate in total.  They were quite easy to make, the truffles were made by mixing chocolate and ground almonds together.  Gran was very pleased with all of them! :)

 

Elderflower Cordial

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This is elderflower cordial that I made yesterday, it will be ready tomorrow evening and I’m excited!  I used this recipe but with a few extra elderflower heads because I picked extra.

I love making this, it reminds me of summer and sunshine.  I’m feeling all summery this weekend, it was really sunny yesterday and it’s beautiful today, I think making elderflower cordial makes me feel summery and happy too. We make this every year, it’s so easy and it smells and tastes delicious.

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