It is of course that time of year when there are lots of preparations going on all around the world for different things. Christmas, thanksgivings, the changes in seasons. So many things to prepare for.
I have been sadly lacking in the preparation department - there are still Halloween pumpkins sitting on the doorstep! A few presents have been bought - because I happened to see them - and I dragged all of my Christmas craft kits out that I hadn't made up before last Christmas and I am working on some of them in the hope that I will get them finished to use this year perhaps.
If you had asked me a month ago, I would have said that I was pretty organised for Christmas because I thought I knew what I was doing. Since then my plans have been tossed in the air and thrown about and landed in a big mess, so I don't really know what we will be doing which is making preparing rather hard.
I thought that I would be safe making Christmas cake though as that will get eaten at some point no matter what. Having looked back on my blog I see that last year I was rather earlier making Christmas cake, so not only would I be safe making it, I really needed to get on and get it made soon! So I turned to Delia yesterday and went shopping for the fruit and put it into soak for a few days with some booze!
You might notice that there are two large bowls of fruit soaking. That is because I am contingency planning and making two cakes so that if my original plans work out there will be a cake in the right place and if the plans that have been thrown at me happen I will also have a cake in the right place.
Although I cannot control what is happening I can control the cake!!!! It feels good to be able to do one thing at least.
I will bake the cakes later this week or at the weekend and will then wrap them up in greaseproof paper and foil and tie them with string and open then up once a week to be speared with a skewer and they will be fed some more booze! After that it will be time for marzipan and icing and decorations. I better come up with a design hadn't I.
What preparations are you making?