Sunday, 1 December 2013

Sunday Summary - 1st December

christmas tree

Well looky here. It's December! It is officially OK to put up your Christmas decorations and drink mulled wine to excess! Hurrah! We always put our decorations up the first weekend of December, which luckily this year means the 1st of the month.

I am a little nervous about putting our tree up this year as Ruby (the cat) has never been with us for Christmas and her playful nature and love of all things shiny might be an issue. Although, I don't want to speak to soon, but so far she seems utterly disinterested.

Update The peace lasted all of about 3 hours, we've had to take off all the decorations within her reach and turn the lights off. Merry bloody Christmas.

Butter Wouldn't Melt

How was your week? Get up to much?

I've been busy at work as per usual. Managed to squeeze in a night of comedy on Wednesday though, it was Red Raw night at The Stand Comedy Club in Newcastle. It is £2 on the door and you get to see 10 new acts trying out their material. A friend of ours (Julian Lee) was doing a set, so we went along for support. We had an absolute blast, ended up not getting home until 1:30am, which in hindsight might not have been the best idea as we had work the next day. Thursday was awfully long and sleepy.

I've been doing some Christmas shopping this week too, I am pretty organised with presents so far but don't even talk to me about the food! I have no idea. I think we have settled on pork for dinner, but apart from that I haven't thought about anything else. Although, I did manage to order my Christmas meat on twitter this week! Huge thank to Charlotte's Butchery for their advice and cannot wait to pick up my pork shoulder and ham!

I have some old favourites in my recipe arsenal, like these Mulled Wine Frangiane Pies which are a great aternative to boring old mince pies with the added bonus of making your whole house smell amazingly festive. Or there is always good old fashion gingerbread, always a winner

Speaking of Gingerbread, if you are in Newcastle and looking for something to do today, get yourself down to the Hancock Museum from 2pm for the Gingerbread House Challenge! Lots of activities for the kids, and some amazing gingerbread creations to see (and eat!), its all for a great cause; The Sick Children's Trust.

If you have any winning christmas recipes, please do share them in the comments.

Finally, I wanted to end this little rambling post with some of my favourite blogs of the week, I read so many wonderful blogs, so I thought I'd share some of the highlights from the last week;

Overnight Cinnamon Buns from M Bakes.
Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Icing from London Bakes.
French Onion Pastry Puffs from Joy the Baker.

I also stumbled across ThatGalJenna through instagram, and although it is not food related, I want to steal this girls entire wardrobe!

Hope you all have a lovely week!



  1. What a pretty Christmas tree you have! I don't really blame the cat for not being able to resist it ;)

    PS Thanks for the link to my cupcakes!

  2. Hari Om
    Pretty tree - oh dear pussycat!! Ah well. all part of the fun. YAM xx

  3. Noooo don't steal my wardrobe!! It's taken me years to collect it all haha :) Following you via bloglovin now!

  4. I am so jealous of your show collection! Following you back xx

  5. Thanks Yam. Hope you had a lovely time in Baylham!

  6. Thanks Kathryn, that peanut butter icing is on my hit list. :)

  7. Ooh these look so good, thanks for adding them to my cranberry linky :)

  8. I just baked these for family Christmas treats and they were amazing! Thanks so much for the recipe! I did burn the cranberry jam though the first time round - I found on my gas hob I needed less time to reduce it.

    So excellent - thanks!! :)


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