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Sunday, 23 December 2012

Final preparations

We're winding down now, just making a few last minute preparations. We're having quite a few family members here on Christmas day. Husband fetched the turkey and sausage meat from our butchers this morning, I went to the market for vegetables on Friday. I've just made some candied orange for last minute gifts and a caramel Christmas cake from Dan Lepard's brilliant book, Short and Sweet. This made the house smell of spicy and fruity toffee. I hope it tastes as good. 

The house was decorated in time for our party, and most of the presents are wrapped.

Lovely table decoration from Tracey at Foxtail Lilly. 

Jolly accessories.

I bought lots of white cyclamen from the market, for £1 a pot and put them into an old copper pan. They look so pretty. 
I hope you are enjoying your preparations. I think Christmas Eve is my favourite part of the holiday, with everyone safely home, so I am looking forward to that most of all. Thinking about the people, homeowners and shop keepers, who are affected by the floods and wishing you all a safe, harmonious and peaceful break.

Happy Christmas!


  1. Your house looks so Christmassy and your cake delicious. Wishing you a very happy Christmas.

  2. Love your cases!
    That candied peel looks great. It's one of those things I've never got round to having a go at. If I remember rightly it's a bit of a long process isn't it?
    Happy Christmas to you and yours!

    1. I kept seeing the recipe in magazines, so thought I'd have a go. I boiled the peel strips for an hour, then cooled them, rolled them in caster sugar and then did the choc coating. It was a bit fiddly, but not too labour intensive!
      Happy Christmas to you, too.

  3. Aw the candied orange looks gorgeous, wishing you a merry christmas, Lucey x

  4. Hope you have a gorgeous Christmas
    Victoria xx