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Friday, 13 October 2017

Spiced up

I show this each year, 
my typed Christmas cake recipe
used for the last 20+ years. 
 I don't used the orange juice,
I use the zest and juice of 2 oranges and 2 lemons
soaking over night
 I picked this tiny bunch of flowers from the garden
the vase is one from Win's house, her nephew let me choose a few items.
I have loads of flowers still in bloom.
Another good book
Set in Scotland
The house is full of spice, it smells lovely, I love cooking our Christmas cake, it will be in a low heat oven for 5 hours. It's the one cake I always cook myself. I have never looked for another recipe, this one works for me, I always use the juice of orange and lemons, if I'm using the zest, I like to use all of the fruit, the juice does not evaporate when cooking, so the fruit stays moist. Once the cake is cooked I turn off the oven and leave the cake inside until tomorrow morning, allowing it to cool down slowly.
I am sat here disappointed, we were promised a lovely sunny day here, yesterday was sunny but not that warm, I woke up knowing I could be outside today. BUT it's dull wet and not very warm. We have been promised a really good weekend of warm sunny weather.
I have my sewing machine out, I have one quick task to do before stitching Will's quilt together, my mind is full of the reading wigwam, plotting and planning how I am going to make it safe for a little boy. I have a few tricks which should make it work.
Hubby has been sorting our TV box, he has found me loads of TV series which I can watch again as the winter weather arrives, I am not good at sit and do nothing. I have Downton Abbey, Doctor Who, and The Handmaidens Tale, BUT I also have all 16 seasons of ER, with 12 episodes at 45 minutes long, it's alot of TV to watch. I watched every episode, always on the day aired, I loved every thing about this programme, I am looking forward to getting to know them all again. As for George Clooney, he was good looking but I always preferred Anthony Andrews ( Mark Greene).


  1. I've never made a Christmas cake, Christmas pudding or mince pies as none of our family eat any of them, we're such a funny lot. I loved Downton Abbey but I don't tend to watch programmes again. I stopped watching Dr Who when Matt Smith took over and I haven't ever watched The Handmaiden's Tale or ER.

  2. Last year I made a different recipe, and I used royal icing instead of the roll out icing and it wasn't half as good, good idea sticking to a tried and trusted recipe.

  3. leaving Xmas cake to son - he is so good at it! Loved ER from the opening sequence when Dr Green rolls that chair back and looks to see what's coming to the closing sequence when his daughter follows Dr Carter!

  4. Is there a post that I can find the Christmas cake recipe? I might give it a try this year. I've always wanted to try one and never have. I love Downton Abbey. I have a whole set of "Go to" winter shows/movies that I watch. Hoping to find some new ones this year to add to this list.


  5. I can just imagine how great your house smells when you are working on the Christmas Cake. It looks like you are prepared for winter watching. I stitch when we sit down to watch tv each night.

  6. If you look at my blogger profile blurb I mention ER! I've watched it several times over. When Marc Greene died I was actually so distraught, when I phoned my friend to tell her I'd finally watched it, I was crying so much, she thought I was ringing to tell her some real tradegy had happened! The final few episodes were so cleverly written too. Pure class. I dare not make a Christmas Cake because there is only me in the house who eats it. Maybe next year if I'm at my SW target! Definitely not this year!

  7. I have some old recipes which look exactly the same as yours - traditional typeface from a manual typrwriter!

  8. I use my late mother-in-laws Christmas cake recipe (in her handwriting too). Ingredients bought and all ready to bake this week. Your mix looks delicious.

  9. I'll take Noah Wylie. He has a new series, The Librarians. If you haven't see it, it is real good.



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