Sunday, 27 November 2011

Christmas Cake

This year one of my friends has made her Christmas cake from one of those Waitrose Delia's packs where everything is included for you and even the dried fruit has been pre-soaked in booze.  I have always (and probably always will) made my cake from the recipe my mother used as her mother did and goodness knows how far back into the family it goes.

The rather tatty and cake mixture splattered recipe that I wrote out 34 years ago when we were first married is slavishly followed every year.  I have never ever iced a cake in my life as we always have a rich Dundee cake and it must be served with Wensleydale cheese!

The cake is in the oven now (minus quite a few spoonfuls of the mixture as I adore raw cake mixture) and it smells delicious!

Do you buy your cake or do you have a favourite family recipe?

Friday, 18 November 2011

My Haven

I recently hosted a give away for an enamel sign from Ramsign and someone told me they were disappointed they couldn't enter as their house didn't have a number, which was a shame. We have both here. Our house was built in the 1890s and has always been called 'The Haven' which I think is a lovely name for a home. It is certainly my haven as I love my home and whenever I am away from it I can't wait to return.

We recently bought some rusty letters and have mounted these above the inside of the front door.  We have also had a new wooden front door and window fitted as the previous owners had installed a upvc door which was totally out of keeping with this house.  I have painted the inside but still have the outside and the porch to paint.  Then the floor tiles outside the door are all wrong, especially the colour and we could do with a better number sign (though, of course I couldn't enter the competition).

I also bought the EAT letters which are in the kitchen

though I never need reminding to eat especially where these blueberry muffins, baked yesterday, are concerned.

We have also been adding some new things (new to us) on the wall in the hall.

Have a lovely weekend, everyone.

Thursday, 17 November 2011

You Tube Dog Talking

You may have seen this already but it makes me laugh each time I watch it!

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

And the winner is....

And the winner is Jonathan.  Thankyou for all who entered the giveaway which was offered by Ramsign who manufacture quality enamel signs.  I am sure Jonathan will be delighted with the sign he chooses for his home.

Monday, 14 November 2011

Giveaway Ends Tonight

Don't forget my giveaway of an enamel sign from Ramsign ends at midnight tonight.

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Birthday and Bodhi

Last weekend it was my birthday and our daughter came to stay with her new puppy, Bodhi.  He is a miniature Schnauzer, miniature poodle which is a recognised cross breed called a Schnoodle and he is a little sweetie!  He is just 12 weeks old so was able to venture out for his first walk and socialising with other dogs.  We went down to the beach and he was in his element running around and dragging seaweed along to play with.  Of course the walk took simply ages as so many people stopped to tell him how gorgeous he is (these compliments are totally wasted on dogs and babies!!) and he wanted to make friends with everyone.

This weekend Bodhi is coming to stay again but I hope he doesn't leave me quite so many presents this time!