19 December 2011

The week before Christmas

Its the week before Christmas and if you're anything like me you'll be wondering just where the time has gone?
Have you had any snow yet? Despite the weather warnings I've not had to dig my car out yet, unlike last year...

So what have you been up to this week? I was off work Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday (I can't include Monday as I slept the whole day after finishing the Sunday night shift). I have to admit to loving and hating the internet, I hate it because it is like a magnet when theres so many other things I need to be getting on with. I love it though because it means I can shop from the comfort of my PJs so I've ordered most of my Christmas shopping this way.
I have almost completed the last of my handmade gifts and I really wish I could show you but it will have to wait a week so as not to spoil surprises.
What I can show you though is some snippets of some of them as a bit of a taster,
They are a bit blurry and for once that is deliberate, I will show you the full pictures after Christmas.
What I can show you a proper photo of though is this

I love mince pies, not shop bought ones though, they have to be homemade! Admittedly I didn't make the pastry myself (thanks JusRoll) nor did I make the mincemeat (Asda) but I cut out the shapes and cooked them myself! I have seen some great looking recipes for mince pies since I started blogging and i've tried many different homemade ones but these are the first ones i've ever made myself! Not bad eh? They taste pretty good too!
Anyway, thats enough random ramblings from me, I'm off to Handmade Monday to see what others have been up to and I'll be back after Christmas. I hope you all have a wonderful time,
Merry Christmas,


  1. No snow for me yet - though plenty of ice. Have a great Christmas and New Year - Mich x

  2. A few flurries and some frost, but no heavy snow. thank goodness. Your mince pies look good - I love mince pies. Hope you have a great Christmas

  3. The mince pies look lovely :) looking forward to seeing the handmade gifts too. Happy Christmas x

  4. No snow here....and very unlikely to get any....Boooo-Hiss!!
    Haven't had any mince pies this year yet either....but that will soon be rectified ;)
    Have a great Xmas x

  5. Those mince pies look lovely! Still have some handmade presents to make, so can only admire you being so organised.

    Have a lovely Christmas,
    Alison x

  6. Can't wait to see the presents - the teasers shots are just that -- teasing!!

    Fortunately no significant snow this year and it sounds like the big day is actually going to be very warm (can't say I'm upset about that)

    Have a wonderful Christmas

    Ali x

  7. Helped myself to a mince pie. Yum yum. You are so naugthy just showing tantalizing bits of your makes. It's like giving a child a present and saying don't squish to feel whats inside!! Have a super Christmas and best wishes for the New Year. Hugs Mrs A.

  8. Oooh those mince pies look tasty!
    Have a good Christmas :)

  9. Apparently you are supposed to eat a mince pie on every day of Christmas for good luck - those look yummy!

  10. Very intriguing and those mince pies look scrummy.

    Have a very Happy Christmas

  11. the mince pies look yummy :-)

  12. Great teaser photo's, no snow here either, a couple of light flurries but nothing sticking, too much rain.
    Have a wonderful Christmas and a great New Year.

    Jan x

  13. Ready made pastry is a saviour. I love it (and my OH can't tell the difference, well he would because my pastry isn't great), and always have some in the fridge.

  14. Can't wait to see the gifts! It's like Christmas tho, you have to wait. :) As for mince pies, I love them, but my husband doesn't, so I never make them anymore. I used to back in the days when we had the 3 kids and the family came over for holidays, but now with just the 2 of us the last thing I need around is something only I like to eat! LOL
    But I've never made mincemeat from scratch, is it hard?? Sounds intriguing.

  15. We've had sleet. No snow yet! Mincepies look yum. Ray is making ours .. JusRoll, Mince and brandy! I'm definitely banned from the kitchen after melting the kettle.

    Anita said you liked the Bath Bombs!

    Merry Christmas, lesley

  16. Can't wait to see the gifts. Merry Christmas and hope you have a fab new year.

  17. Love mincemeat pies, and home-made or half-home-made ones make the baking occassion even more special :)bet yours were scrummy!

    i have recently tried mincemeat pies with a bit of custard in it and they were fab!

    happy new year! x


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