Beauty in the Ordinary

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"And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it." Raold Dahl

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

It's A Wonderful Life

Presents are awaiting the finishing touches

Tomorrow will be baking a few
new things


225g soft dark sugar
200ml apple or orange juice
1kg grated cooking apples
225g currants
225g raisins
50g chopped nuts - walnuts, almonds
rind and juice of a lemon
scant teaspoon each of allspice and

Melt the sugar in the apple juice and add all the other ingredients once the sugar has dissolved.
Bring to the boil and simmer for 30 minutes until you have a soft mash. Put in sterilised jars while hot. Will keep for a couple of months.
Thank you Rosemary

The snow has fallen and softened
the world outside

I'm ready for the star

and the story

Happy Christmas Everyone!

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  1. Merry Merry to you and bless us every one.


  2. Looks wonderfully delightful.

    Blessed Christmas, Jacqueline

  3. Happy Christmas to you too Jacqueline and thank you for the mincemeat recipe :) We are adding the finishing touches to our gingerbread house today.

    Best wishes for a glorious Christmas!

    Jeanne xxx

    PS...loving the bird in the hat photo!!!

  4. Cooked mincemeat - that's something I've never tried. Thanks for the recipe.

  5. The recipe is Rosemary's at Share My Garden, but it sounded so lovely, I'm going to give it a go today. Can't bear the thought of all that suet in the original kinds. Let me know how it works out if anyone else makes it!

  6. Happy Christmas Jacqueline and Victoria xxx

  7. Dear Jacqueline, I do hope that you will like the mincemeat. I forgot to mention that I usually pour a little brandy into the jars when they have been filled. It isn't a long keeping recipe, but that's no problem, mince pies never last long in this house!
    It is a tradition in Yorkshire to eat a mince pie in silence to give you a month of good luck. You can deduce from that that we shall all be eating at least twelve, but I do make them quite a dainty size!

  8. Rosemary, I'm hoping that my mouth is so blissfully full, I won't be able to utter a word!

  9. Happy and warm Christmas to you Molly...snuggle round that fire!


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