Monday, 23 December 2013

Spin Daughter

Today daughter wrote her letter to Father Christmas.  She sat with paper and pencil trying to start when she suddenly said,

"I don't know what to put"

"Well, " I said, "Father Christmas wants to know that you've been good, so why don't you tell him that you've done your piano practice without moaning?"

"I haven't", she said.

"Well, how about you've helped mummy with the housework?"

"I haven't"

"Well, it sounds like Father Christmas won't be bringing you any presents"

She sat and thought for a minute, then she wrote

"Dear Father Christmas

I hope I have been good, if I have, I would like............."

That girl is going to be a politican!

Sunday, 22 December 2013

Gingerbread House

In addition to our Christmas Cake this year, daughter wanted to make a gingerbread house.  I've never tried making one, but I thought "I'm sure it can't be that difficult" (famous last words).  So I dug out my old Christmas editions of Good Food and found this one:


Then Mary Berry did one on this week's Great British Bake Off Christmas edition and made it look so easy, so, armed with Mary's wise words we started.

It did take us nearly an entire day, but I think the result was worth it:



Daughter wants to eat it immediately, but I can't bear to break it up at all!

If you have a spare 7 hours this Christmas (ha ha!) and would like to make one, the instructions can be found here.

Saturday, 21 December 2013

Christmas Cake 2013

It's that time again.

The Working Mum Christmas Cake.

I made my Christmas cake in October half term.  This year it was decided (mainly by daughter) that we would try a chocolate christmas cake, ie a chocolate fruitcake, so I used this recipe and have been feeding it copious amounts of brandy ever since.

Now it's time to decorate.

Much discussion now ensues between daughter and myself to decide the annual design and this year we went for this one from Good Food Dec 2012 edition:

Here's our effort:



If you want to try it yourself, here are the instructions.

Sunday, 8 December 2013

The Great Gingerbread Challenge

Christmas is coming.  

We did our house decorations yesterday (it was the only day in December when we were all at home to do it) and it made me feel really Christmassy.

So today, despite the long list of jobs, I decided it was time for a mummy and daughter bake off challenge.

This time it was a decorating challenge.

We used the same gingerbread recipe, but we each had carte blanche to make Christmas designs.

I went for Baubles and Snowflakes 
(with a cheeky gingerbread man):



Daugher went for Running Reindeer, Falling Snowflakes 
and Gingerbread Men:



Hubby was the judge and declared...................


........................ a draw!