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Christmas Eve

Merry Christmas Everyone!!!!

I hope your all having a wonderful Christmas Eve and I hope you have a fabulous Christmas Day tomorrow :)

This is only going to be a short post, as I have a load of things to do today :) So, without further ado, please, let me show you the things I have been baking for Christmas :)

As you all know, I love to bake :) So I have been baking for John and I, and for my dad and Pam, and Johns parents too :) For John and I, I baked a ginger cake covered in Cadburys Chocolate…

Gingerbread Christmas Tree’s…

And for John, a selection of almond biscuits including Christmas tree shaped ones (some have already been eaten before I took this photo, lol )

For Johns parents I baked them a big lemon sponge cake, filled and topped with lemon butter icing, then decorated with Christmas sprinkles….

(they loved it :) )

For Pam, I made her a Tiffin cake which she loves :)

And for my dad I baked him a lemon syrup cake (his favourite cake) but I forgot to take photos of it before I gave it to him :)

Also, John and I bottled our elderberry wine…

and gave a bottle to my dad and Pam, to Johns parents, and a bottle to our neighbours :)

And I took the blackberries out of the freezer, which I picked and froze a few months ago, and made more blackberry jam, and gave the smaller jar to Pam, as she loves it :)

I have also finished crocheting all of my Christmas gifts :) Here is the blanket I crocheted for Johns parents……

I put a Cathedral Edge Border on it, and it is a king-size blanket….

I have also crocheted another 2 pairs of his and her matching slippers, for my dad and Pam….

Some hair-bands / ear-warmers for Pam, one is in chunky cream wool, kept plain, the other is in navy blue with a crocheted flower sewn on, and the last is made in neutral, flecked wool, in the Chevron stitch :)

And I have crocheted Pam a plain beret as I already have crocheted her a fancy red beret ( you can see that in this post ), so I thought a plain one would be nice too..


And I have crocheted my dad and Pam a hankie box cover as they always have a box of hankies in their sitting room, so I thought it would be nice to crochet them a cover for it, and I have crocheted them in colours to match their sitting room décor….

And finally, I have also crocheted Johns parents a hankie box cover (of course they and my dad and Pam will be getting a box of hankies, with the cover on, not just the cover, lol ) to match their sitting room décor :)

And all the pressies are wrapped and ready to put under the tree, or to take to Johns parents house tomorrow :) ( you can see the other presents I have crocheted in this post here and in this post here ) In the morning John and I will have a lovely Christmas morning together, then my dad and Pam are coming for Christmas Breakfast, and we will all exchange gifts, then in the afternoon, John and I are going to Johns parents for Christmas Dinner and to exchange gifts, then come home and have a lovely night together, just the two of us, and on Boxing Day John and I will have our ‘second Christmas Dinner’, just the two of us :)

Okey dokey, I am going to finish cleaning, finish baking, change the bedding, have a bath and put my new pyjamas and slippers on, put the pressies under the tree, and sit down with my darling John to have a lovely Christmas Eve together, eating lovely scrumptious food, and watching Christmassy things on TV :)

I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas :) :) :) :)

Witches Brew

Hello Everyone :) How are you all on this Autumnal day? I am doing great, and believe it or not, I am loving this cold, wet and windy weather, I absolutely love it when the Seasons change and you can really see and feel the change, and I love Autumn and Winter, they are my favourite Seasons, so cosy and homely, spending your evenings at home, by the fire, crocheting, knitting or sewing, the smell of home baking wafting through the house, planning Christmas, it is wonderful :)

Anyway, on with my post :) Remember in my last post I said I was going to crochet a Halloween Witch, to sit on our hearth, or somewhere in our sitting room come Halloween, well I did and I love her, may I introduce Winny, The Friendly Halloween Witch :)

I love her stripy stockings and blue hair :) As you can see, she is a friendly witch with a cute smiley face :)

And she loves the warmth, sitting by the fire….

or even on the fire..

Someone saw the above photo on FB, and asked why was she on the fire, lol, I can not imagine what he thought I was trying to convey by this photo, lol, but the truth is I just liked the fire as a background, made it more cosy looking :)

So that is Winny, and she has been put away until Halloween, when she will be making her re-appearance and sitting warming her backside by the fire again, lol :)

Now to the Witches Brew part of this post :) John and I went out and collected an absolute load of elderberries last week, and we have turned them into elderberry wine, which should be ready by Christmas :) I do not drink, so I will not be sampling this, but we have made it before, and everyone who tried it liked it, so we have made more. I may not drink, but for some strange reason I love to make wine, especially with things from the hedgerows :)

Here is the bag of elderberries (about 4lb) with Jack The Cat guarding them :)

And here is my other bag, which I was gradually filling up with the empty stalks as I picked the elderberries off

And to pick the elderberries off the stalks, you need a very high tech piece of equipment

A fork, lol :) I have found this is the best, and quickest way to de-stalk the elderberries, though saying that, it still took me 3 hours to de-stalk 4lb of them!

The recipe required 3lb, so the pound that was left over, I have frozen to use with other things, in the next piccie is the left over elderberries and the book from which we took the recipe from :)

Now that all had been de-stalked, it was time to crush them in the food processor, to release all those lovely juices…

and put the sugar syrup on to boil

once all the elderberries were crushed, we had to boil them up with water

isn’t the colour glorious!

let it cool, add the yeast and sugar syrup and leave it to ferment for a few days. After a few days, it was ready to strain

and to add more sugar syrup to it, then rack it, and leave it until it is all clear and lovely :)

On the day we racked our elderberry, we also bottled our Red Clover Wine, which will be ready to drink very soon…

I love the label we made :)

I have also crocheted 2 more Jack O Lanterns

and I have crocheted a baby blanket, in pink and cream stripes, with a deep picot edge, for our great niece who is due to be born early December, but I have not took photos of that yet, and I am also crocheting a little pink teddy bear for our great nice too :)

Of my Halloween crochet, I have now got some better photos of the things I have made, so I thought I would share them with you :)

I’ll be spending the rest of the day doing the washing, putting clean sheets on the bed, along with an extra crochet top blanket, as it is chilly on a night now, and crocheting the teddy bear :)

Thank you so much for reading my blog and leaving your wonderful comments which I love reading :)

Take care everyone

Bye for now :) :) :) :)