Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Festive fun.

We popped into town this morning to pick up a few things. It seemed as though half the population was there today. The shops are beginning to look pretty bare.
In the middle of the shopping centre was a stall raising money for a MS charity. I didn't catch which one it was unfortunately. They were doing a roaring trade in gift wrapping people's presents for a small donation. While you waited for your gift to finish being wrapped you there was a tombola to play.
 I as always picked the most ridulous numbers but clever Hubby won a beautiful Christmas book. We started reading it at bedtime and it's already a new favourite!

We have also been doing plenty of Christmas themed crafts. After all Christmas just isn't Christmas without cotton wool ball snowmen! 


Saturday, 10 December 2016

Busy, busy.

The last 2 weeks of school term are full of participation! I feel like I should be wearing a uniform as I'm attending so much.
Last week there was a parent teacher meeting for DD2,  a ukulele recital for DD1, and I also attend a course at the school on Friday afternoons. 
This week I have a PTA meeting, DD2 speech therapist visit, DD2 nativity, DD1 carol concert,
I also have to remember which day each of the girls have their class parties (meaning non uniform days) and finally Friday is Xmas jumper day. They also finish at 1pm.
 Ill be needing a large sherry after juggling all of that lot!

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Sunday, 4 December 2016

Frugal decoration's and Elf high jinx.

The Elves have decided to decorate the tree again! This time it was covered in tasty iced biscuits. Usually I make biscuits for the tree but I spotted these in the poundshop with very convenient holes in the centre.
By bedtime there were only a few left at the very top of the tree. I'm sure Hubby will enjoy polishing them off shortly.

We spend a happy afternoon decorating one of the lounge windows. 
 We made a star from string and rolled newspaper, a garland from fragrant orange peel, and lametta tinsel from empty (and cleaned!) Crisp wrappers.
I finished it off with a Christmas village drawn in chalkboard pen. 

It really is beginning to look a lot like Christmas.


Saturday, 3 December 2016

BBQ Pyramids recipe

BBQ Pyramids by Mrs E.P.Ducks on

1 slice of bread per person.
Cover each slice with cheese  (sliced), on which place a ring of pineapple, 1/2 tomato and a small rasher of bacon rolled up on a stock. 

Bake in moderate oven for 25-30 minutes.

(To make more of this dish, mushrooms can be fried and added around the bread.)

The Random Household version;

We toasted our bread first to speed up the process. And omitted the bacon as we'd run out.
It made a lovely warm lunch though with little prep.
I'll definitely be keeping a tin of pineapple rings in the cupboard from now on so I can whip this up occasionally.


The naughty elves of advent

Well! The Elves have very kindly brought our Christmas tree down from the attic.  
Not to sure about the underpants for decoration!
Naturally the children think it's hilarious, not to mention Hubby as well.

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Friday, 2 December 2016

Look who's back

The Elves arrived back from the North Pole yesterday. The children are of course thrilled to see them again. 
They arrived with advent calenders and countdown activity book's. 

I set the table up while the two eldest were at school.  They came home to find the first acidity sheet ready to do, and some Christmas themed colourin pages.

It all went down very well.

This morning the Elves were playing with the Duplo bricks. They are brought the girls a craft gift to make after school.
 Wonder what they'll be doing tomorrow morning?


Thursday, 1 December 2016

Charity knitting.

I've had a few request for information  on the blanket squares.

They need to be 6 or 8 inches square. 
All colours,yarns and stitches accepted.

The lady making the blankets has a Facebook group called;
Blankets for homeless IOW/Hampshire.

If you are on Facebook you can also join the group;
Knitting and crochet charity corner 

Each week or fortnight a new group challenge starts and we all make items for that charity. Each time the charity and items needed change. Currently it's blanket squares, next we're making hearts and stars for a baby charity, after Christmas we're making lots of tiny purple flowers for an Alzheimers group.
It's a great way to support lots of different charity groups and not be stuck knitting the same items over and over.

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