Santa Clause is coming ……..

Hope you are all ready for the Christmas Festivities or in the words of Dave ‘Bah Humbug’!

We had hoped to celebrate Christmas in Spain this year but we are still waiting for the elusive buyer for our house!

Excel shopping spreadsheet complete and up to date – sad I know but I have maintained this for the past 6 years so that I don’t buy people the same present again!  Food list complete and half of the items bought, the only dilemma now is a Christmas Tree.  Due to us thinking we would be in Spain this year all our attic was cleared and put into storage, including the Christmas Tree, baubles, tinsel, wreath and laughing Santa!

A plan is hatching………  buy a real Christmas Tree a few days before Christmas and then ‘borrow’ Christmas Decoration’s from work!  (Note to self – return in New Year).  If it was down to me I could do without the Christmas Tree but as it is Luther’s 1st birthday (our GSD) we feel like we have to make the effort.  No doubt in hindsight we will wonder why we bothered as Luther’s favourite toy is branches, big big branches!  Vision in my head, Christmas Tree in little pieces, whilst fallen baubles are being batted around the lounge by Jacob and Monty (our cats!)  As if an absent Christmas Tree isn’t enough to send you over the edge, it was announced on the news today that Bird Flu is prevalent in Europe and all chickens and turkeys must be kept indoors for the next 30 days!  Looks like another Black Friday day at the supermarket may occur, battling for a big bird!

As you will probably know I like to end my blog with a recipe.  Below you will find my favourite Christmas Cake recipe which I make every year!  Enjoy!



* 2 cups flour
* 1 stick butter
* 1 cup of water
* 1 tsp baking soda
* 1 cup of sugar
* 1 tsp salt
* 1 cup of brown sugar
* Lemon juice
* 4 large eggs
* Nuts
* 1 bottle wine
* 2 cups of dried fruit


Sample the wine to check quality. Take a large bowl, check the wine again. To be sure it is of the highest quality, pour one level cup and drink. Repeat. Turn on the electric mixer. Beat one cup of butter in a large fluffy bowl. Add one teaspoon of sugar. Beat again. At this point it’s best to make sure the wine is still OK. Try another cup… Just in case. Turn off the mixerer thingy. Break 2 eggs and add to the bowl and chuck in the cup of dried fruit.

Pick the frigging fruit up off floor. Mix on the turner. If the fried druit gets stuck in the beaterers just pry it loose with a drewscriver. Sample the wine to check for tonsisticity. Next, sift two cups of salt, or something. Check the wine. Now shift the lemon juice and strain your nuts. Add one table. Add a spoon of sugar, or some fink. Whatever you can find. Greash the oven. Turn the cake tin 360 degrees and try not to fall over. Don’t forget to beat off the turner. Finally, throw the bowl through the window. Finish the wine and wipe counter with the cat.

Please note the wine can be replaced by whisky, vodka or brandy or if you are in a festive mood, all three!

Bingle Jells!

Feliz Navidad to everyone.