Tuesday, 6 December 2011
All will be revealed below!
As I mentioned in my last post my daughter came up to see us at the weekend.One of her requests was.......................to make mince pies! Nothing delights me more than sharing some festive activity so I made up some pastry.
I am a great fan of bog standard good old fashioned Robertson's Mincemeat. I have tried lots of different brands..with brandy, extra fruit, low sugar, with cherries etc etc but for last last few years I have come back to this old British favourite, which I really think is difficult to beat. I know I do not make my own, but there are just not enough hours in the day for me to manage that. (Well I suppose I could just take the whole of December off work, now that is a lovely but very unreal thought!)
As you can imagine there is no way my mince pies can be left plain on the top-
Of course they need to be decorated.
I am a great fan of cross purpose craft items. I decided that as well as the trusty holly leaf and tree cutter which I usually use, we could use the new snowflake and ivy leaf cutters. I bought these for using with my precious metal clay. (No I did not have time this year...plans for next year though).
These are some of the fun shapes we cut out from the leftovers of pastry (and yes we also both ate the very last scraps, we still L*O*V*E raw pastry!) I still have memories of watching my Mum bake and hoping there would be lots of scraps left. There usually were.
These are the designs which Milly came up with, note the very large holly berries. Her excuse is that way you get even more pastry! My girl does love home made mince pies.
We managed to make up 2 trays worth and popped them into the oven for 30 minutes.
Also at the weekend I bought a couple of wreaths for the house.
One for the front door and no guesses where the second one is.........
I could not leave my studio out now could I? The smell from them is just delicious.
I am so enjoying seeing all my fellow bloggers also decorating their houses for Christmas all around the world. Keep sharing......It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas ;o)
And now the weather has turned chilly you can guess what Billy is doing a lot more of indoors can't you?
Yes, he is flat out preparing for Christmas.
Back soon with another Countdown to Christmas post,
Bye for now,