I thought when I retired I would have so much free time, that I could at times sit and do nothing!! Little did I know that my days and evenings would be so full that I never get chance to do nothing. I bet you all find life exactly the same, especially now with Christmas coming along. I have started my Christmas preparations, so I thought I would share some photos of what I have been up too.
The pickled onions are done, now I must own up here these were done by my DH, but as he is the one who eats the most of these, it's only fair - don't you think.
Here are all the ingredients for the Spiced Apricot and Orange Chutney, which I have now made, the kitchen smelt delicious with the spices and the ginger - so I can put a tick against that on the list. This is great with the cold meats that we enjoy on Boxing Day.
This is the mix for my Christmas Puddings, I leave this to stand overnight to let the flavours develop. It's full of goodies like the dried fruit and mixed peel, apple, lemon and orange zest , spices, eggs and dark brown sugar I use stout to mix it all together. I'll steam the puds tomorrow. I also plan to make my mincemeat tomorrow, so I have started.
I plan to go out Christmas shopping next week, I am determined not to leave everything to the last minute, wish me luck.
I have finished my Christmas exchange, just got to put it together, no photos yet of that, nor of any of my other stitching, sorry but like I said busy busy.
Received the magazine that I won on Vickie's blog, lovely ideas and more things that I would like to sew. Thanks again Vickie. Blog world really is a great place to be, I am so glad that June introduced me to it, I have met so many people and I value their friendship. If you are reading this and wondering if you should join blog land - go for it, it's great.
We have had a lot on the TV and in the newspapers about the US presidential election. The actual election is a very different system to ours in the UK so I have had to really concentrate so that I can understand how it works. It's all over now, done and dusted.
Back to the important things in life, stitching of course and at the moment Christmas baking, I would love to hear your tales about your Christmas preparations. Until the next time, do take care of yourselves.