Now I know I’ve been a bit quiet of late, but quite a bit has been happening! I had the flu (and proper flu at that – it lasted nearly 4 weeks and really knocked me off my feet).
It was horrid! My husband and I were supposed to be off to France to visit my parents but were too ill to go. Luckily they arrived here a few weeks afterwards for a visit so at least we got to spend some lovely time with them before Christmas.
As a consequence of the flu and the sheer hecticness of my life of late I’ve hardly been baking at all, but I promise to post some new recipes over Christmas and throughout January.
The other reason for the lack of baking is that I’ve just been rushed off my feet working and preparing for the festive season. I absolutely love Christmas, especially getting my tree and decorations up. My husband and I have been collecting decorations from our travels for years. I just treasure each and every memory.
Here’s my tree this year, and I must say I’m really pleased with it!
Once the tree was up there was Christmas present making, this year we made mini puds and chutneys for family and friends.
Finally there was Christmas cake decorating. The cakes had been steeping for over a month at this point so they are quite boozy!
Now it’s Christmas Eve and we’ve been over to my aunt’s. Every year for quite a few years now on Christmas Eve we’ve been there for pork baps and a good catch up with my aunt, uncle, cousins and all of their families. It’s a really special time and I can’t imagine Christmas without doing this. Each year we always take a family snap and this year it’s one of the best ones we’ve taken. It’s amazing to look back at the photos over the years to see just how much our family has grown.
Whatever you are doing and whether you celebrate or not, I hope this festive season you get to spend time with those you love and just enjoy it.
Thanks also to all of my followers for your support, it means a great deal to me to know that people read my blog and actually make my recipes. If you fancy making something festive you could try my cinnamon buns – they are wonderful and great to make with your family.
Much love and stay safe this Christmas.