The end of the year always seems to be an excuse to create Christmas decorations and cook for family and friends. Isn't this just the best season? A time for planning, baking and tidying just so you can see family and friends you haven't seen all year! But it really can be a lot of fun if you have annual projects to tick off your 'to do' list.
I’ve baked three Christmas cakes this year. Why three cakes when I hardly eat it? Simply because I love baking the annual cake and giving two of them away.
I use an old fashioned wedding cake recipe from a 1970's cookbook, its a lovely rich fruit cake which is ideal as a Xmas cake.
I also attempted coloured shortbread for a change from regular Xmas shapes with cachous on top. I'm not 100% sure about colouring shortbread, but it was fun trying, the shortbread recipe is another oldie but goodie.
I like to change up the Xmas decorations for the front door, last year it was this paper wreath.
This year, I made this bauble wreath.
Both wreaths used a cheap foam ring from the craft store. The paper one was a great way to justify the hoarding of all those magazines you keep but never look at again!
Well this is the end of my first post. I can only hope I improve in 2016.
All the best to you and your loved ones.