Yearly Archives: 2013
“Now we’ll need a babysitter for New Year’s Eve”
A quick, comforting supper
Not to be missed page turners
NO LIKEY, NO KEEPY Last year we spent £2.1 billion on unwanted Christmas gifts which included clothing, toiletries and ornaments but the most unpopular presents of all were Adele’s album 21 and the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy.
MERRY WOOF-MAS One in four people sign Christmas cards from themselves and their dog(s)
YUM YUM Many people, including diners at one of the world’s best restaurants, Noma, eat Christmas trees – apparently the freeze dried needles have a delicious citrusy tang. You can grind up dry needles and use as a garnish for soup or infuse them to make tea. They are high in Vitamin C (as much as five times that of lemons), Vitamin A and many other useful compounds (including potent anti-aging ones).
OLDEST ARTIFICIAL CHRISTMAS TREE Every year, Janet Parker of Chippenham, Wiltshire, UK, puts up her 12″ Christmas tree, which was purchased – possibly from Woolworths – for her Great Aunt in 1886.
OVEREATING The average person consumes 8000+ …
Now this is the type of corporate marketing we like!
Canapes – soooooo delish (and essential at this time of year)
Top 10 tips – a must read!
These stylish clothes give you an instant wow factor
A weekend of finals….
Sometimes it feels like Endurance Christmas, where we run about like delinquent elves with ‘To Do’ lists as long as a turkey’s innards. It’s worth it in the end though so let’s crack open the champagne and coast our way through the festivities! A big thank you to those lovely, stylish ladies at CountryWives for inviting me to share my blog (or cry for help) on CW this week. Where would we be without your sagacious advice, hilarity and warm-hearted pizazz? May you all continue to juggle your baubles well into 2014! It is that time of year again. I work myself to a standstill and then some old guy in a red suit takes all the credit. Worse still, I am complicit in perpetuating the lie. Thanks to my dishonesty, my son fervently believes Santa is up there with the superheroes. I hate to bring feminism into this, but how can we ever achieve …
Don’t know about you lot, but we are usually way too full of turkey or goose to eat Christmas pudding on the big day. So I love the look of these little Christmas Pudding Cake Pop treats which will really appeal to kids’ tummies (and bulging grown up ones!).
Recipe courtesy of the wonderful BBC Good Food website.
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Don’t miss these two programmes
Clever present for the under 12′s
Add this to your ‘tipple’ list!
Take advantage of early sales when buying Xmas gifts
So they say pride comes before a fall! And, quite literally days after blogging about how amazing I felt, how everything was good and life was fine, I fell again right back down – to a wholly miserable and sobbing place.
The other day, my youngest and I, went back to the marital home to try and retrieve a lost Christmas stocking. Having carefully explained to EH where I thought it might be, he hadn’t managed to find it so, as I am permitted to enter the house accompanied by the children (actually I can’t get in otherwise as I do not have keys!) we popped in. I really don’t like going there too much as it still represents what I have lost. Anyway, on the journey we chatter and my son tells me that a couple his Daddy and I used to be very friendly with are having a baby.
Anyway when I get home …
Fool proof bread!
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I am definitely not as organised as you Grace. I would like to blame it on the fact that OH and I were rather dreading Christmas as our youngest is not with us and that will leave a gaping hole however the whole spirit of Christmas seems to have crept up on us eventually and our garden now looks like Boris’ 4th runway for Heathrow! Lit up reindeer, 4 outdoor lit Xmas trees, Santas aplenty and holly with a few red berries carefully displayed so that the elderly and young do not injure themselves on it.
As I write this carols are blaring from the radio and BBC Radio 4 are about to interview people who hate Christmas! But I am about to don my pinny and make some of my favourite mince pies for some friends …
Belinda’s useful growing tips
One for the ladies and one for the boys!
Always a hit!
Fruity mince pies
Festive Food with the nation’s favourite baker & LTIH is nearly over
Our little boy is now 21 and, quite frankly, 25 December isn’t as much fun as when he was little. Instead of putting sherry and biscuits by the fire and waking up at 4.20am with son on our bed unwrapping the contents of his stocking, we put the sherry into our mouths and wake up at 4.20am dehydrated and gagging for a drink of water (and a quick pee – it’s our age you know).
So, although we still like Christmas, we have trimmed it all back a bit. Fewer gifts, smaller tree, less decorations. We began with a fruitless search for a bushy enough tree at our local rural smallholder’s which meant we had to resort to buying one from the local garden centre – and pay twice as much for this year’s needle dropper. And, to save a few pennies, we have used some mismatched lights (one set cream, one set white, one set …
Sophie Allport under one roof!
A wintry late lunch, best enjoyed with a lovely glass of red wine!
When my son and daughter in law (DIL) asked me to babysit for a weekend I was delighted. Wow, they trusted me to look after their very full-on, 19 month old, mischievous monster, delighting in the name of Winston. He has film star blue eyes, the strength of an All Black (his mum is a Kiwi) and all the stubbornness, energy and charm of Baroness Thatcher.
“I must be bonkers,” I muttered to my self like a mad old lady. “What am I doing? The first weekend away from his parents in his whole life?”
The flat, which they are living in, is in a posh part of London, Harley Street to be exact. It is on the fifth floor without a lift. Even worse, one has to pass the patient’s waiting room, the secretaries room, and, the consulting room of a very famous cardiologist just to go upstairs. You are quite likely to meet an elderly heartthrob, sorry about …
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Honouring our troops & cooking up a feast!
Have you ever hired a Nanny or been one yourself….read on
We want some!
A fresher, brighter alternative to Christmas coleslaw
Cashmere at its most practical
If you have time for TV this is the pick of the weekend!
Don’t forget to give your pet a Xmas treat