After what was frankly rather a non week last week, the weekend picked up considerably around here. Still not a lot was done in many ways, but in comparison....
I did get the Christmas cake baked and also baked this tea loaf with some of the rest of the fruit. I like having more fruit than I need so that I can bake other things, tea loaf is a favourite of ours. The recipe is here.
The Christmas cake turned out very well and is now all wrapped up and ready. I will do a post with the recipe and more information shortly.
All of the cooking was done to the accompaniment of Christmas music of course! You cannot make Christmas cake without Christmas music can you.
The kitchen didn't look so special when I had finished though.
This isn't so bad though. It looked even worse after I made a batch of Pioneer Woman Veggie Chilli from her new Dinnertime book. It was delicious and I now have another 5 meals worth in the freezer. Excellent!
The Halloween decorations have all now been taken down and today I will pack them up to go away again for another year. The pumpkins remain on the doorstep, the weather has been so warm that we haven't had any frost so they are still intact. I will toss them before the end of the month though.
After much deliberation and consideration on my part I have also decided not to do a radically different mantel for this month, so I will make some adjustments to that and will again post that later in the week.
Lists have been started for something that I have coming up at the end of this month as well as Christmas lists. Everything seems to be coming at me fast right now. After a busy summer and lots of doing and keeping well on top of things being hit by the glooms and then the cold has slowed me down. I hope that I can pick up again.
On the crafting front I did finally manage to get some work done on the shawl for Basildon Park as well as a Christmas gift shawl. I am making another Sea Glass shawl, but in a sort of burnt orange colour this time. I hope that the recipient will like it! A few other bits and pieces have been made as well which I am sure you will see in time when they have been given and received.
The weather this weekend was pretty dire in that it rained a LOT! As I already said though the temperatures are unseasonably warm which has made my winter preparations look a little silly, but if that cold weather suddenly hits then at least I will be organised. So far all I have done is get out the bags of stuff that go into the car and add a few things. We always carry a shovel, boots, a bag of cat litter - which is to give grip if you get stuck on an icy road, it works really well, a blanket, spare scarf, hat, gloves and fleece coat, thick socks, water, shortbread biscuits and a big bar of chocolate, a torch and batteries. It might seem a bit much in some ways given that we do generally have mild winters, but we have had some bad ones and because we are not geared up for snow here it can be bad if you get stuck.
The plan for this week? Well, I have a date with a girlfriend later in the week to meet her new doggy which I am excited about - and seeing my friend of course! Otherwise it is all work work work around the house getting myself organised and getting tasks done. My hope is to get some Christmas shopping done too. What do you think the chances are....
I hope that you all had a great weekend and that your week ahead will be full of great things too!
I am linking with the lovely Karen at Pumpkin Sunrise to share what we did this weekend.