a made christmas

This is my first christmas in my own home when I haven’t been weighed down with university work. The result has been thus far, prompt posting of christmas cards, several batches of mince pies, fruity vodka (see previous post), and some handmade decorations. It’s a bit of a standing joke, or maybe even a total pain in our family that I love Christmas and probably start talking about it in October. I am however, totally unashamed and would like to share a few visions of Christmas from around our flat.

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Paper trees made out of a copy of ‘A Christmas Carol’

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Attached to some thread…

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…to make some festive bunting

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Oranges + …

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Cloves + …

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Patience = …

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Some fantastic smelling table decorations.

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Only 12 sleeps to go! Have fun decorating, all!

Post by Lizzi

a christmas weekend, the first of many

Some weeks ago, Ali and I decided that the first weekend in December should combine many of our favourite things: our four year old niece, christmas music, christmas markets and baking.

Young Josephine and I hopped on a train to Taunton and had a wonderful weekend with Ali. It looked a little like this:

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The food at Exeter Christmas Market was something else…. We settled on potatoes and bacon in Brie and double cream, roast potatoes and stuffing in gravy and an assortment of cakes and Turkish delight.

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(Aforementioned potato dish, extra dress size on a plate)

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There will be several chunks of this fudge under the tree for Dad….
It was bitterly cold on Saturday and whilst this did add to the winter charm, some smaller members of the team were glad of a warm teashop stop and a fruit smoothie.

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It was the perfect opportunity to meet my dear friend Amy – Josie thinks you very cool Ams.

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Once home, we made an orange and clove Christmas decoration, baked some squirrel biscuits, decked the house with these babies from the 1980s (the lights!) and listened to some Christmas music.

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On Sunday morning, we (em)braced (!!) the frost and walked to The Cosy Club for breakfast. It was a beautiful morning and the perfect end to a wonderful weekend.

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Bunny was too exhausted to join us for the walk!

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this weekend? cakes.

I have spent the majority of time in the kitchen at various houses catering for a baby shower for a dear heavily pregnant friend and afternoon tea and birthday cake for Mother and older sister this weekend. I must add however, that I have not operated alone and owe big thanks to friends for all pulling together to put on such a spread for the shower. Both events were a success, with the odd miniature disaster here and there such as burnt shortbread, forgetting to pack the blade for the breadmaker and horrendous traffic to and from the supermarket on the morning of the shower. Feast your eyes on this calorific banquet (the theme was autumn) and think of me out running and eating salad this week. Who am I kidding…?

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Wholemeal bread dough

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Wholemeal bread rolls ready for the oven

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A congregation of homewares waiting patiently to be arranged

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Ginger muffins. To ice or not to ice?

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I decided to just dust them and add the cardboard toppers

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No table would be complete…

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…without flowers!

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Presents for the expectant one.

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Carrot cupcakes with butter icing and white chocolate carrot toppers

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Those bread rolls!

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Ready!

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Carrot cupcakes, rusks (couldn’t resist), wholemeal breadrolls and tiger bread with pâté, a pastry covered marzipan ring, salted popcorn, ginger muffins and out of sight: Ali’s salmon and watercress quiche.

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And there we have it, the autumnal baby shower.

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For the birthday cake the next day I tried Lorraine Pascale’s chocolate malteaser cake. Sickly 🙂

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