Good morning! It's the third Sunday in Advent today so I've changed the banner again. Candles are so Christmassy, aren't they?
I braved the damp yesterday morning to get a few things from Aldi that I can only get from there. Stupidly, I left my purse at home but, thankfully, I checked my bag before I started shopping, avoiding an embarrassing moment at the checkout. Once I'd sorted that out, I picked up a parcel from the post office (Beth's Christmas present) and that's now wrapped and under the tree.
I made cinnamon shortbread (lovely recipe, I will definitely make it again in different disguises) and then some biscotti. The biscotti recipe didn't work quite as well and the results are rather rough and ready but I bet they taste good; they are now bagged and frozen. The shortbread is in a tin for Alex to make inroads into while he's here.
I was thinking about what I now have in the freezer ready. Pigs in blankets, stock for gravy, one main Christmas pud and one mini pud (for Dad), mince pies, cheesy biscuits, gingerbread, biscotti, vegetarian sausage rolls . . . we certainly aren't going to starve, are we? I do love home made Christmas food.
I must think about icing and decorating the Christmas cake this week. Maybe next weekend, which appears to be pretty free, will work. One I have done that, I will make some stollen with the leftover marzipan.
The nativity set is now out and looking lovely.
Tom is no longer with us but I think of him regularly with affection and admiration when the angel comes out.
(I love that some carol clips have the score - I always sing along with the altos)