I have not met with foul-play. I am alive and well but yes, I have been a little absent of late. I started a new job to supplement the income from my freelance job and although the new job was meant to be very part-time, it has in fact been more like full-time with over-time.
It has been so lovely to receive your calls and text messages announcing your fears that I was under a bus but actually, my only excuse for not sending you posts and updates has been because I’ve been stretched like an elastic band. Even Archie has received calls from his friends saying, ‘Is your mum okay? She hasn’t posted for a while’, and so I have urging from my teenager to get my act together.
So, with no further rambling, I will start my blogging afresh and it just so happens that the clock has ticked over to a new month which gives me an opportunity to give you a tour of what’s happening in my kitchen. If you’d like to do an ‘In My Kitchen’ post, be sure to link up with Celia from Fig Jam and Lime Cordial. But please don’t follow my example, as I rarely play by the rules!
In my kitchen (but not actually because it’s on my front door), is a new Christmas wreath. The old one was just so tired looking especially as it had been harshly hit by the western sun and all the decorations were completely faded so I felt this year, I needed an upgrade. I bought this a few weeks ago at David Jones and what I love most about it is not just its simplicity but also that it has lights!
On my mantlepiece, (so not exactly in my kitchen either) is a nativity I’ve had for a very long time. It comes with a book by Priscilla Lamont called No Room at the Inn and every day you add another character into the Inn to help build the story. Today Alfie added the Star of Bethlehem.
On another mantlepiece slightly closer to my kitchen are some Santas that a beautiful friend gave me many years ago. They are like those Russian dolls that all fit inside each other and are carved from wood. My children all love these Santas.
On the same mantlepiece and heading closer towards my kitchen is an Advent Calendar I bought for Alfie. Everyday until Christmas Eve he will open a door to build a story.
Heading closer to my kitchen is yet another Advent Calendar of a different style. This one is a Santa and yes, he has certainly seen better days. He has lost the pom pom from his hat and he is a little stained and a friend has already done some repairs with her hot glue gun but he’s a family favourite and every year is pulled out of hiding. He is stuck to the wall and everyday leading up to December 24 you move a tiny Santa on the end of a piece of red ribbon from one pocket to the next. If you’ve been very, very good you will find a chocolate treat in the next pocket. This morning Alfie found a chocolate aeroplane.
In my kitchen as in my actual kitchen I have fruit soaking in brandy for the preparation of my Christmas cake. Usually I make my cake in October giving it time to mature in a cool dry place but this year I’m running a little behind. I will bake the cake this week but I’m just trying to source some green glace cherries. I consider green cherries essential in a Christmas cake to give that brightness of colour. The only ones I’ve been able to source this year have been from supermarkets and they are dull in colour, tiny and look like they’ve been hit with a hammer.
In my kitchen I have more dried fruit soaking in brandy in readiness for another Christmas cake because I always make one for my mother. The bowls the fruit is soaking in were given to me as an engagement present many years ago and I treasure them.
In my kitchen I also have another bowl of dried fruit soaking in brandy. We’re all getting intoxicated purely from all the brandy fumes! This bowl of dried fruit is for my mother’s Christmas mince pies, coming soon to a blog near you!
In my kitchen I have Mum’s Christmas shortbread. Something I made during the week that will be coming to a blog near you later this week.
So that’s what’s going on at the moment. I’d love to see what’s cooking in your kitchen this December.