Thursday, 27 December 2012
Today she inspires me with her boundless joy, amuses me with her endless wit and makes me amazed at my own capacity to love another person so much.
Happy birthday, my beautiful firstborn girl.
Monday, 24 December 2012
Tonight we'll be having a big fish pie before Nana Muddle, Big Muddle and I go to the candlelight carol service. I've always done a 'one-pot' dinner for Christmas Eve and used to do lasagne, but last two years I've done fish pie and it always goes well.
Tomorrow breakfast we'll have sausages, grilled tomatoes and eggy bread, made with ciabatta slices and duck eggs (nom!) to keep us going in the long morning slog!
Then the main event is prawn, pomegranate and grapefruit salad (from this year's Christmas Good Food mag) followed by:
- Turkey with lemon & sage butter (buttered today)
- Pigs in blankets
- Sausage, cranberry & lemon stuffing balls (prepared today)
- Brussel sprouts gratin (I don't like sprouts, but eat loads of this!)
- Honey roast carrots & parsnips
- Mulled red cabbage (cooked today)
- Cranberry & bread sauces
- Gravy made with stock from giblets (made in slow cooker today)
Saturday, 22 December 2012
Tuesday, 18 December 2012
|Big Muddle's Zingzilla book|
|Baby Muddle's 'Sing a Song of Sixpence' book and jigsaw set|
They have an entertainer (who's puppet Big Muddle stole!) and Santa comes back through the train to have pictures taken with the children after he's given out the gifts.
|Its a puppet!|
|Very pleased with her cookie!|
All in all its well worth while. I've really got my eye on one of their grown up dining services though, for some vintage luxury, but that will have to wait a while yet I think!
|I don't think she was that frightened of him, honestly!|
Wednesday, 12 December 2012
The cast included Sheila Ferguson from The Three Degrees as the Fairy Godmother, John Partridge of Eastenders fame as Prince Charming and the Grumbleweeds, who I didn't know, Big Muddle certainly didn't know and even Grandad Muddle scratched his head to remember! However, it was the latter who really were the stars of the show, I can't remember the last time I laughed so much!
The performance was fantastic, great effects including a flying horse and the costumes were stunning. Sheila Ferguson's solo was fab, Big Muddle said, "she sings vevee vevee beautifully"!
Because the Grumbleweeds were the main comedy duo, it did leave the Ugly Sisters with more of a sinister edge, so Big Muddle was a little scared of them, but that's really the most negative thing I could say!
It's my first panto in a long time and we'll definitely be looking into booking for 2013's performance of Peter Pan!
Friday, 7 December 2012
This morning we took a bag of food donations to our newly set-up local food bank. I find it incredibly hard to deal with that there are people that are going without basic groceries, and I want to instill into the Little Muddles that it is so important to be aware of, and look after, those who are less fortunate. We spent little over a fiver in Sainsburys and got plenty of store cupboard basics. I'm sure they will be of use to someone. I'm hoping to make the donations a regular monthly, if not fortnightly, thing, as its such a simple thing to do that makes such a difference on your doorstep.
We also received delivery of my Secret Santa present, organised by a forum I'm a member of. I couldn't believe how much care and effort my Santa had gone to. As well as three presents just for me, the girls each got a gift of a handmade crocheted tree decoration and a chocolate Santa lolly. I received a lovely bar of chocolate, a pack of glittery felt sheets, ready and waiting for Christmassy crafting, and a beautiful needlecord handmade roll for crochet hooks. I was overwhelmed by the generosity.
I think 'random' and charitable giving adds so much to the Christmas spirit, I know I've ended the day feeling very festive indeed!
Monday, 3 December 2012
Yes, that's why I've been awol from the blog for so long! In order to get this finished everything has been terribly neglected, the house is more cobweb than home, the children run feral and the cat has left in search of a full food bowl.
But it is more or less there now. Obviously I can't share with you as yet the contents of the glittery parcels, but I will definitely do a roundup after the big day!
On Saturday me and two friends had our second, and last, co-op crafting day for our hampers. This is positively the BEST way of making Christmas hampers, I would highly recommend it! It's so much more inspiring and motivational than doing it on your own and it's soooo much fun to actually be able to catch up with my mummy friends without the little wonders interrupting every five minutes!
I'll leave you with the words of my ridiculously sensible Big Muddle, when taken to see Santa this Sunday:
"Yes I do like chocolate, but I don't want lots or I will feel poorly"!!
She is far too old for her years sometimes!