Good morning! It's really drizzly and damp this morning and, I think, a bit colder. However, Beeb says it will be dull and boring all day - not quite like that, I hasten to add - so I'm not expecting much in the way of sun.
Yesterday was very productive. I drove to Slimming World because I had quite a lot to carry, I had a short shopping list for Morrisons and it had turned pretty foggy, the worst it's been this year. Luckily, it is close by so not hard to drive, especially as it was before it get's busy with milk run traffic (the hall, Morrisons and the school are all close to each other).
It was a lovely meeting. I had lost just a little bit of the previous week's gain, much to my amazement. I'm not sure how but I'm not arguing! People brought a nice selection of nibbles. We gave Jen some flowers as a thank you; she really is a good group leader, so encouraging and cheerful.
There is a meeting next week, Christmas Eve, but just for a drop in weigh, no talky bits afterwards. I asked and she said yes, she's appreciate my help as usual so that's going to be a pleasant start to Christmas Eve.
By the way, we do all wear masks and we socially distance.
Once home again, I set to with the Christmas Cake. I had just planned to marzipan it but ended up also putting on the icing, after reminding myself of how to do it all via YouTube. What I didn't do was put on the decorative bits - the holly icing, the little figures and the ribbon. I have that on the plan for Sunday - well, the holly and the ribbon anyway - but might leave it until later on in the week as there's precious little that actually NEEDS doing.
I now have fifteen nice, chunky slices of stollen individually wrapped and in the freezer.
As there's still some marzipan left, I'm going to make another stollen but with different fruit, nuts and spice. Again, I will make the dough in Thermione, adding my own Festive spice mix, and I will just make sore I have the same weights of nuts and dried fruit as in the recipe.
And I will do it in a loaf tin - the first effort was free form. It was fine but it would be nice to have a different shaped slice for the second effort.
I think I am going traditional with that lovely old carol, Away in a Manger, sung by King's College choir.
I always understood the original version to be written by Martin Luther but Wiki tells me that it is now thought to be wholly American in origin. You live and learn.