Sunday, 21 December 2014

Mum's Advent Calendar 21, Days Left 4 turquoise - put among stars

I'm a star, find me.


Look the Christmas cactus is in bud again. There are some old flowers still clinging on but new buds are forming. Some of the new buds are falling off but I hope that they will produce a second crop of flowers this year.


Happy Winter Solstice.

xx

I am linking my Advent Garland to KC's Court again this year for a really Advent Bloggy Christmas.



xx

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Mum's Advent Calendar 20, Days Left 5

I'm sure I've done one this colour before.


My crocheted Christmas tree can double as a toilet roll cover when Christmas is over! :}
The stitch is called crocodile stitch.


Put that tree up and make it snappy. It's nearly Christmas.

xx



I am linking my Advent Garland to KC's Court again this year for a really Advent Bloggy Christmas.



xx

Friday, 19 December 2014

Mum's Advent Calendar 19, Days Left 6

Find the blue in two.


I made shortbread the other day. Actually I made a mess!


The shortbread is a 2-4-8-12 recipe.

* 2 tblsp cornflour
* 4 oz icing sugar
* 8 oz soft butter
*12 oz SR flour

Mix together until it forms a ball - probably not in a mixer because it throws up snow all over the work surface. 'Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.'


Roll out not too thinly and bake in a 150C oven for about 20 minutes.

Can you see where the tub of cocoa and the pen were?

The trick is to not let them go brown but still be cooked. Note the following picture is before I put them in the oven.


I've not shown you them cooked as I've not fully perfected the trick yet. :} Let's just say some will be eaten here rather than given as a gift! Maybe next year.


I am linking my Advent Garland to KC's Court again this year for a really Advent Bloggy Christmas.



xx

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Mum's Advent Calendar 18, Days Left 7

I don't look this colour in when I'm hiding. Isn't it difficult to get the light right in winter.


DD's stockings are waiting to be filled.


Here's a pic of one of her cats. He looks very content.


And here's a pic of one of ours - equally content.



Her pusscats have sent a Christmas card to our pusscats.


I hope FC fills their stockings so they remain happy!

xx

PS Now what are those stripy things? They seem to be multiplying.


Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Mum's Advent Calendar 17, Days Left 8

Gold for a King - find me.


Take one glitzy top that's too baggy, sew up the bottom and make ...


… a pressie bag.


The shoulder straps are useful handles for the bag.


The gold tinsel was once an angel halo and the golden tie is off a ribbony door hanging.

xx



Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Advent Calendar 16, Days Left 9

Where am I?


I suppose this is a 'not the kitchen window' post aswell as an Advent Calendar one. Things are pretty busy this side of the kitchen. As well as the stocking somewhere in the following pics there are some other festive preparations. In the Kilner jars are ingredients for Christmas muffins. I need to write some labels out with instructions for baking and fancy up the tops with some tinsel and baubles. I had to test the recipe again of course, just to make sure the muffins were edible. The green and white creation is hopefully going to be a present for Christmas - if I have time to finish it.


My Christmas plate is looking very Christmassy with baubles cards and sherry (for FC!)


And the matching jug and bowl are being useful and handy on the shelf.


2 Christmas cakes are iced and I've just one more to do.


The snowmen look on in wonder!

I am linking my Advent Garland to KC's Court again this year for a really Advent Bloggy Christmas.



xx

Monday, 15 December 2014

Mum's Advent Calendar 15, Days Left 10

Hang me up!


Now has FC arrived early? I think he's nearly packed everything - I hope he's not forgotten anyone.


I've not bought any wrapping paper this year and quite a few of the presents are in 'recycled' present bags or glitzy material with odd baubles and ribbons for decoration.


There's plenty of room for more around the base of the tree. I wonder if he'll call again.


xx