Good morning! I have no idea what it's like outside yet; I got the freezer stuff in yesterday evening. Yesterday was a mix of a day with some sun and some drizzle and fairly mild.
Thank you all for your absolutely lovely comments about the wreath. I like it very much but I guess when you make something you are always looking for ways to improve next year. I've put myself at the top of the list for next year and have invited Beth to come along too - she will absolutely love it, I know.
The Christmas door mats are out and the usual ones are spanking clean and tucked away for a few weeks. The Christmas doormats don't do such a good job but they look festive!
I set to and had a go at mince pies, making my own pastry from the recipe Chris gave me which is actually a very old Mary Berry recipe. I needed to adapt it slightly as the fats were a mix of butter, hard margarine and lard. Beth can't have lard so I added the lard amount to the butter and found some 'baking fat' (delightful name) in M&S which is veggie-friendly (as is marg but M&S didn't have hard marg). Mum always used to say that lard made the best, shortest pastry but when Beth became vegetarian she stopped using it for anything that Beth might be able to eat.
I was a bit unsure but went for it.
And you know what - when I did the absolutely necessary quality testing, they were delicious. I may have found a pastry recipe that works for me, amazingly. What recipe do you use for shortcrust pastry?
They *look* OK too. :-)
Through the day I did some washing as I noticed the clothes basket was overflowing somewhat and later on I was able to do some ironing too although there's still plenty to finish off this morning.
I filled in an online form thingy relating to my booster vaccine tomorrow and must remember to check the route today.
Most of today is usual Monday stuff. Circuit training is back at Lindsey's again and tuition is the last before Christmas so I MUST remember the pressies.
The Christmas thing is getting the blue room sorted. I have Santa bunting to put up and a bed to make with a festive cover.
I have to pay my car tax today but that's a most simple matter, involving a few clicks, checking my mileage and entering payment details. Gone are the days when one had to trudge down to the post office and come home with a little paper circle to slot in the tax holder.
And finally, I think I will make a few more mince pies. It's on the calendar for tomorrow but I might not really feel like it tomorrow.
Today's Advent music is John Rutter's lovely 'Star Carol'
'Sing this night for a boy is born in Bethlehem'