Well, that’s it for Halloween so down here in Oz, (as we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving), our next big event in the calendar is Christmas. On with the Christmas baking. In my kitchen I have dried fruits and glace fruits and nuts soaking in brandy and orange juice for the Christmas cakes I will bake next week. I always make one for us and one for my parents. Miss Arabella asked, ‘Why only two, mum? Can’t you make more?’
‘Who for, Arabella?’ ‘I don’t know’, she said, ‘It would just be nice to have a few more’. Feel free to place your order.
In my kitchen I have real marzipan (not that awful paste made with artificial flavouring) and royal icing to frost my cakes with. I have in the past made my own royal icing but it wasn’t able to be rolled. I do like to roll icing over a Christmas cake so I buy the packaged icing. I bought these items today because I live in fear of there being none left at the last minute like that scene with the ham in Christmas at the Kranks.
In my kitchen I have a new soap. I’m always washing my hands and I became tired of using supermarket brands and felt my ageing hands could do with some VIP treatment. I indulged in this beautiful lavender fragranced soap which is beautifully packaged and looks lovely on the window sill in my kitchen – a touch of blue which is exactly what I’m trying to introduce.
In my kitchen I have a lovely Romy hand cream that I won at Lorraine’s Halloween party for the best death scene. It was probably also the longest and most drawn-out death scene of the night and some would put that down to talent, others to excessive alcohol. I’m actually very familiar with the Romy brand and have used their products a lot. It’s an Australian owned company and all the products are made using natural ingredients. I believe that if you travel first class on Qantas you’re given Romy toiletry gift packs.
In my kitchen I have new placemats and let me tell you, this upgrade was long overdue. My other sets are stained and faded and I’ve had them for so long I was just tired of looking at them. I bought this blue set that I think will be most useful with all the upcoming summer entertaining.
Not quite in my kitchen but just outside the door is my laundry basket filled with air-dried beautifully clean washing. And making a nest in my washing basket is strictly forbidden however, when it comes to my two girls, I’m known for glossing over their sins. Most dachshunds are born with springs in their legs so they can jump up onto furniture like sofas and beds which is actually very damaging for their backs. But my Ruby was born without any springs and she has never ever been able to jump up onto anything. Except for clean washing. If clean washing is around, suddenly she finds her springs. And for that accomplishment, I leave her be.
So that’s what’s happening in my kitchen this month. If you’d like to share with us your own kitchen goodies, please link up with Celia at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial. If you liked this post, you’re welcome to share it.