I've made a few changes to the classic family recipe this year.
1) Soak the fruit for a week, stirring daily:
500g mixed fruit and peel
1 small pot of glacier cherries
200g mixed nuts
70cl (minus two shot glasses worth to taste...) cherry brandy
2) Mix 4oz butter and 4oz brown sugar
3) Add 2 eggs alternately with 6oz plain flour
4) Add this to the fruit mixture with 1tsp allspice, 7ml liquid glycerol, 7ml black treacle and bicarbonate of soda.
5) Cook in a cool oven (150 C) for two hours then cool.
6) Feed with amaretto weekly.
It was a pretty delicious cake that went down very well with the DH's father- always good! The nuts definitely added something to it and the amaretto and cherry brandy made it very sweet so it didn't really taste of fruit cake, so not a recipe for the traditionalist.
Next year I will put in less amaretto- it was incredibly gooey!
More Christmas crafts. I had wanted to make these up last year but I moved house and didn't have time. I opened some large clear glass baubles and filled them with glitter, simple but very pretty.
I hung some candy cane charms inside some of the baubles but it's a little hard to see them: glitter by itself is just as effective.
Still too early to hang them, though, so I've packed them up until December...
I know it's a little early for Christmas posts but I've been making some Christmas decoration in preparation.
I used scales from theringlord.com. They have excellent YouTube instructions and one of their kits makes about 20 poinsettias.
I think they will look great arranged around a candle, hung on the tree or attached to a wreath!
My SO welcomed a niece into his family recently and I'm very excited to have a small creature to make silly outfits for (particularly as I have been banned from making guinea pig costumes). I though that she needed something sciency to inspire her into the correct career choice and that baby grows look a lot like space suits.
She is only a month old so I made the outfit in the 3-6 month pattern size as I hear they grow quickly (the booties didn't fit!).
The main fabric was made from white sweatshirting (hoodie material) with stretch black ribbing to make the patterns.
I used shiny silver fabric for the base of the moon boots and was going to use it as a helmet on the edge of a hoodie but I wasn't sure if babies were allowed hoodies so didn't add it in the end.
I hope she likes it! And hasn't already grown too big to wear it...
You rip what you sew!