Our social plans for today fell through sadly. My father and his girlfriend could not come here with her granddaughters due to the persistent germs that are everywhere this year. We will see them after the holidays now. Instead I took the girls to town. And I didn't complain about the traffic, I found a parking space without teaching them new words, and we had fun. Mostly in the kitchen shop. We have stocked up on squidgy bottle type things for decorating the cookies with icing on Friday. So that we all have our own, including my mum. That should make the job go quickly, theoretically.
To decorate the cookies you first have to make the dough. I did that today. It will happily keep in the fridge for three days, or more, if well wrapped. This gingerbread recipe is not for the faint hearted or small family that doesn't have a sugar fetish. The recipe makes a huge amount of cookies.
|Can you see how full the mixer is?!|
The only other Christmasy thing I have ticked off my list today was to unwrap the Christmas cake, breathe in its luscious boozy, fruity aroma - and then melt some apricot jelly and brush it all over the cake.
Half a pound of ground almonds, some sugar and egg yolks - and the handy, dandy mixer again - some brisk work with the rolling pin and my cake was covered.
Guess I should go and make a couple of cushions then. Rather sit here and look at other blogs though. I wonder if I will give in to temptation?
My tummy is rumbling and my eyes are getting bigger...not quite as big as my tummy yet though!ReplyDelete
You make your own marzipan! Now that is one of my favourite things!
Sorry that your family plans fell through - the gingerbread cookies sound amazing and I will be emailing you for the recipe as Z and I would appear to fit the criteria required to get our hands on it!ReplyDelete
Y'all have the strangest traditions over there! I have never seen such a recipe...what is that white stuff on that cake? **teethy grin**ReplyDelete
Oooh I love boozy Christmas cake! In fact I know I would just love Christmas in your house full stop! Next year! JxoReplyDelete
Oh, go on, go blog hopping! You deserve some R and R!! Your cake looks amazing!ReplyDelete
Aww, sorry your dad and co couldn't make it over, but so glad you were able to make other plans that didn't involve teaching the girls new words ;o)ReplyDelete
My mum marzipanned our cake at the weekend, and she's icing it tomorrow I believe...
Take advantage of the quiet time just you and the girls :-) And have a ball with your mum! (and I know where any excess gingerbread dough could go...not that I'm greedy...)ReplyDelete
ps samosas in the freezer this afty! Thanks sweetie xReplyDelete
I havent even started baking..I think it might be a quick trip to the shops for me to get Christmas biscuits!ReplyDelete
(I'm completely insane at this point- two days left at work and a million bibs to make for a friend who is having a baby by Thursday- I swear by Friday I'll be normal again and back to responding to email and catching up on blogs. It feels like forever since I wrote a post for my OWN blog!)
Assume Mr Tesco did that to my cake too!ReplyDelete
Too busy panicing to cook!
Can't wait to see the biscuit decorating - I'd love the recipe but will probably be making a half (or even quarter!) portion...with an ailing hand mixer. I won't he making them this year though so there's no rush for the recipe! I'm getting some butter tomorrow to make the mincemeat tarts - can't wait to taste one!ReplyDelete
Your cake looks perfect - nobody likes it in my house except me so I stopped making them - poor old me.ReplyDelete
Glad to hear you are controlling the girls' vocab.
OK Susan, hand over the recipe and no one gets hurt. I'm a gingerbread cookie freak. We're swapping Chrissy cake for red velvet cake this year. Well done to you and your little elves on that cooking expedition!ReplyDelete
Wow, you're cooking up a storm over there. Looks so good. Did you get the cushions finished?ReplyDelete
You have been busy in the kitchen this week! Have fun on Cookie Day!!ReplyDelete
I made a cushion for Mr.Romance today and also a batch of cookie bars. I would love the gingerbread recipe to make with the grandkids on Friday. But, don't stress over it if you don't have time to send it xo.ReplyDelete
Sounds like you've been busy! All those sweets look (and sound!) delicious!ReplyDelete
Oh I was I had the ability to bake! It all loks fabulous! I'm doing the headless chicken thing!ReplyDelete
where do you find the time...!!ReplyDelete