Morning, everyone. It's been a chilly night here and I strongly suspect we have a slight frost - not that I am planning on going out and checking as I'm nice and cosy in pjs, slippers and oodie. Today looks like being a bit 'orrible, according to the BBC - heavy rain and a moderate breeze, starting mid morning and going on all day. Oh, well, it is what it is!
Yesterday was a really lovely day. Just one of those gentle, pottering, satisfying sort of days. I got a lot done . . .
made the Delia veggie sausage rolls
made the pigs in blankets
made the Christmas puddings
brought in the Christmas china
sorted out two cupboards so the Christmas china is now away behind doors
bit of washing and bit of ironing
The not-sausage rolls and the piggies are in the freezer now, having been open frozen so they are all separate while the puds will go in this morning, having cooled thoroughly overnight. They smell absolutely amazing, all spicy and 'plummy' and festive.
I had decided to buy mince pies this year rather than make them but, after yesterday, I am wondering whether to make them myself as I had so much fun. My shortcrust pastry is naff but Thermione would do all that for me. If I do, do I freeze them raw or baked? Decisions, decisions!
Strictly was a bit of a surprise as both those I thought would go weren't even in the dance off. No spoilers but we are now well into the last part of the competition and pretty much any of them could possibly win. Of course, it is as much a popularity contest as a dance contest - the judges provide the dance critique, both on screen and afterwards privately while the public vote is about popularity - and I'm as bad as anyone in voting for favourites, whether they have danced that well or not.
On to today and there's two things in the diary. The first is circuits at Lindsey's which I always look forward to.
The other is something I'm looking forward to - we have a new Food Warehouse (aka Iceland) in town, opening tomorrow. This new outlet is on the same precinct as Matalan and HomeSense and much easier to get to that the current shop which is in town and doesn't have much of a car park. With frozen goods, that's quite important.
Anyway, there's a pre-opening thing called the Slimming World Event (Iceland are the sole sellers of the SW ready meals, etc) from four to eight this evening with 10% off everything for SW members.
I don't have much freezer space but I do love a good nosey round, as you know, so I'm looking forward to it and also pleased that I'll be able to buy SW meals more easily from this time on. I don't use them much, don't like quite a lot of them, but there are some that I think delicious and having a few in the freezer is always handy.
And while we are on the subject of Iceland, I only recently learned that they do an ongoing 10% off for over 60s on Tuesday's, no minimum buy needed. That's another reason why I am interested in having a good nosey round this evening as I'm not all that familiar with what they actually stock.
Do you use Iceland? What do you get?
In between those two events, there's the usual - housework, more sorting and clearing, and so on. Not nearly so interesting but very necessary!
Have a lovely day, everyone. I hope any bad weather doesn't spoil your plans. xx