Friday, 28 December 2012

Surviving Christmas

We survivied Christmas.  I would describe it as a generally happy day, but a little tinged with sadness.  A difficult day to get through, but now it's done.

Father Christmas came and brought daughter a new bike and a surprise i-pod (TGFTesco Clubcard Vouchers!).  Although her favourite present seems to be a retro "Beetle" game; exactly the same as the one my brother and I played at our grandparents' house.  The old ones are the best!

I got a load of DVDs to keep me amused in 2013 including all three series of Downton Abbey and the complete "Good Life".  Hubby also surprised me with tickets to see "Wicked" next November (I'd been umming and ahhing about buying some), and tickets to see Robbie Williams and Olly Murs at City's Stadium in June (guess where he got that idea.....)!

I bought hubby a book of City Supporters' Songs which he has been regaling us with since Christmas Day.  What was I thinking?  And some kind person bought him a City gnome which I will try to hid in the shrubbery in the garden.

I've been cooking up a storm for days, but today is a day off; no visitors, no trips, no cooking.  I've been looking at booking a cottage for a week in the summer, but when did holiday cottages go up to £750 a week in the school hols?!

Think I'll put a DVD on and hit the Quality Street instead.

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Saturday, 22 December 2012

Christmas Cheer

This year has been a very difficult one for all my family.  In August hubby lost his mum, in October my mum lost her brother and then very recently my sister-in-law's father was taken ill, described medically as "near death".  Hence I want to make Christmas dinner as lovely as possible this year.

I've planned the menu:

Mushroom Tartlets with Quails Eggs

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Roast Turkey with Cranberry Relish and Cherry & Pistachio Stuffing
Vegetarian Christmas Pie

Roast Potatoes
Pigs in Blankets
Brussel Sprouts with Chestnuts & Bacon
Roast Parmesan Parsnips
Maple & Pecan Carrots

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Christmas Pudding with Brandy Sauce
Chestnut and Amaretto Roulade 

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Coffee and Chocolates

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I've made my own Christmas Crackers containing individually chosen presents.

I've got beautiful things to dress the table.

I've made a Christmas playlist on my i-pod to play during dinner.

Daughter has practised playing Christmas Carols to entertain everyone between the main course and dessert.

Is is going to be lovely.

Fingers crossed.

Christmas Cake 2012

I wasn't going to make a Christmas Cake this year.  

I wasn't in the mood.

Then I saw a recipe for a fresh Cranberry and Hazelnut cake.  

I thought I'd give it a go.

I wasn't going to decorate my Christmas Cake this year.  

I wasn't in the mood.

Then I saw this video for a Shooting Star Cake.  

I thought I'd give it a go.

Here's the result:

Not bad for not being in the mood!

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Two Days

It's been a very busy last couple of weeks.  I've had Carol Concerts, Carol Services, a Dept Christmas Do, daughter's Christmas Concert, etc, etc not to mention getting ready for Christmas!

Then, on Wednesday at 4.00am, hubby set off on a jolly to Munich (armed with our largest suitcase to bring back lots of presents!).  All I had to do was to get through Wednesday and Thursday then daughter and I would be off for the Christmas hols.

Oh, the best laid plans.........

On Wednesday lunchtime I got the phone call:

"Can you come and collect Izzy from the church, she isn't very well"

She said she didn't feel well in the morning, but I thought she was just tired and couldn't face a long day; she had a trip to the Pantomime in the morning, followed by rehearsals at church for the school Carol Service, then a walk back to school, three hours to kill and then the Carol Service.

I had told her that, if she still felt ill at 4 o'clock, we wouldn't go to the Carol Service.  I thought that if she could face until 4, she might then manage the rest.

But no.

I had to go and pick her up and when we got home she promptly threw up.

It was tiredness. 

Exhaustion, in fact.

She needed a day at home to rest.

But...... I had to attend school the next day for the final day and all those last day jobs that only I could do.

What was I going to do?

I rang my parents to see if they could come and stay over and look after her, but they were going to a Christmas do.

"I'll come early in the morning" said my dad.
True to his word, my dad set off at 6.15am to come and look after his granddaughter.  Not only that, he came armed with a tin of Heinz Tomato Soup and a bread roll for Izzy - exactly what he used to give me when I was ill!

Bless you, dad!

Not so bless when I got home to find he'd also done with Izzy what he used to do with me; lots of science experiments, mostly involving using up all my bicarbonate of soda and vinegar!

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Just like Mma Makutsi

Remember when daughter took her Grade 1 Theory Exam a few weeks ago?  

When she emerged saying that she had got at least 90% and I said, "We'll see"?

Well, she got the result today.


Just like Mma Makutsi!

Sunday, 2 December 2012

Izzy the Merciful but Persistent

Today daughter wrote her letter to Father Chrstmas.  This time I left her to do it herself without any input from me.  When she'd finished, she showed me what she'd written.  In amongst the requests for horse related toys, books and DVDs was this little gem:

"Also Bridge who is a year 3 girl at school wrote you a letter about Demi which you mite know about. I think Demi still deserves presents but that’s up to you."

Daughter comes home from school about three times a week moaning about Demi, how mean she is and the horrible things she says and does to other girls.  I keep trying to get her to understand that there must be a reason that this girl is mean and to give her another chance.  

I think she's taken it on board.

She did finish with this parting shot, though:

"Also I would love something which I know I wont get in a million years .A pony or horse, so good luck trying to get that one Santa"!