Well that Christmas feeling is well and truly here, especially now the tree is up and decorated and the fairy lights and bunting are strung up around the house.
I'm getting used to the fact that with wee George in the house things are not going to stay where I leave them. He is loving all the new sparkly stuff around him and has been grabbing, throwing or chewing anything Christmassy he can get his chubby hands on. He has taken chunks out of a few of my tree baubles already. It is getting better though - today I have only had to rescue the candy canes from his sticky hands.
I was thinking of getting a real tree and then doing a "sticky" one - you know the ones I mean, all branchy, very popular in magazines at the moment. But our old faithful has come out yet again. I bought it in the UK and can't seem to part with it.
I'm going to be Nigella this weekend and whip up spiced peaches, steeped Christmas fruits and some chocolate pistachio fudge for teacher treats. I have a collection of preserving jars on the bench all ready to go. Some will go in the cupboard and the rest will be dressed up with Christmas ribbon and given as gifts. The recipes seem easy and I've bought all the ingredients needed, so we are all good to go!
I've never attempted a Christmas cake but would love to make Christmas mince pies as these would be my favourite treat for this time of year.
What treats are you making for Christmas?
Are you feeling in "Christmas Control"? Shopping done? Do you plan your Christmas day menu?
I'm hoping/trying for a simple Christmas this year. Laidback, stress free. The way I'm sure it's mean't to be...........