15 December 2008
full steam ahead
The pudding is made. Once again we missed Stir Up Sunday (must put it on the calendar for next year ... it's the Sunday prior to the first Sunday of Advent), but the deed is done. It's pictured here awaiting its baking paper, tinfoil and string in preparation for the long four hours of steaming. I managed to keep up the boiling water all afternoon, topping it up from the kettle regularly as we pottered around making mince pies, but then retired to the lounge room to watch The Life of Brian (an excellent choice for Christmas viewing) and the pot boiled dry. Good thing brandy custard covers a multitude of sins.
The mince pies, made by three boys and I (the mister was on the roof, festively clearing out the gutters). Sharp eyed readers will notice that one child claimed three and spelt out his name. They taste fantastic, despite over-enthusiastic pastry kneading by Son #2 who has suddenly developed an interest in cooking which I am strongly encouraging and cultivating (we made chocolate cake together the following day).
The lounge room is looking suitably festive with the angel chain up, and the statue wearing her December headwear. The Advent Fairy even turned up last night with the stable. Better late than never I spose.
And that shot is for Sarah, who asked her readers how we decorate our kitchens for Christmas. It occurred to me that I don't actually decorate my kitchen - all the decorations are in the lounge room with the tree and Advent table, cards, Advent calendar, angels et al. Feeling suddenly inadequate for neglecting my poor kitchen, especially upon hearing that Badger has three Christmas trees in her house, I remedied the situation with a festive windowsill arrangement. Soft trees from Stephanie's pattern, made ages ago, and yes they match my skirt), with a knitted Christmas pudding from last year, and a red paper flower made by Son #3.
Ah, that's better. Now, I just need to actually commence the Christmas shopping and card writing.