Day 826 – #33 Try 50 new recipes

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Ok, so this isn’t the best photo.  It is taken on my phone….  But this is my alternative Christmas Cake that I made.  I don’t like traditional fruit cake and I’d seen these in the Lakeland catalogue every year and thought it looked like a great idea.  I’m not mad keen on too much icing so I didn’t do it quite as the picture on the box.  Instead I piped an inner line of icing inside each star and used that to stick the layers together.  The whole lot was then dusted with silver glitter and the top star with gold glitter.

I’m very pleased with the outcome and can confirm that the biscuit recipe was very nice indeed!  Merry Christmas 🙂

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Day 580 – #10 Fill in journal every day for 6 months

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Finally completed this one.  To start with I found it ok as I had a lot going on.  My first entry was 28th September, so it covered our October holiday in St Ives which was an excellent week, Toby’s wedding and then Laura’s wedding.  Then came Christmas.  It also covered us finally getting the dining room finished & looking lovely.  It covered my run in with Martin and the meeting with Sean to sort it out.  I read the entire Game of Thrones series of books!  Mum & I started Morris Dancing – which lasted several months before deciding that it really wasn’t for us…  But it did start to become a chore through february & march as I wasn’t doing anything other than going to work & sleeping!  Entries became more sparse and my final entry is 30th March where the highlight of my day was walking the dogs round the field by the river and watching the Only Connect grand final.  Heady stuff.

I don’t think I could keep up a full-time journal.  It ends up being a chore rather than a pleasure.  However, it is nice to look back on records of certain events and to be able to relive them.  So I’m glad I did it, but I’ve very glad it’s finished!

Day 389 – #46 Complete 3 unused jigsaw puzzles

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Can I just say, I am loving my dining room and having a big table to work on again!  I bought this puzzle to do over Christmas but then my Harry Potter puzzle was far more tempting so this one had to wait until that was finished.  It’s a lovely picture but by god it was a pig to do!  It was one of the puzzles where you’re not really sure if the pieces are right or not.  Coupled with the fact that there was a lot of black and a lot of snow – it was a challenge.  Luckily Mark got stuck in with me and we finished it this week 🙂

Day 360 – #53 Make a Gingerbread House

522118_10152607670883123_6529579643508749148_nHow lush is this?!  I wasn’t feeling too festive this year.  We had a lot going on in the run up to Christmas and so I wasn’t really in the mood.  However, when I finished work and had an afternoon to myself I decided I’d crack on with this task.  The walls and roof were pre-made but I did all the assembly, decoration and styling.  Oh!  And I made the gingerbread tree in the garden which is why it’s a bit darker than the house as I used treacle in my gingerbread.  I think it looks pretty good and I can’t wait to eat it!