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December 13, 2011

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There’s 60 kids in little universe’s year at nursery.  There was 6 at his old nursery.  It’s the xmas party tomorrow, and i made the school-boy error of starting to go through the list of names, hoping to eliminate some, by saying “do you play with XXX”.  Of course, the answer was ‘yes’ to every name (well, i soon realised that there was no point in reading out the whole list), and so i ended up with having to make and write 60 cards this evening.  Am somewhat shattered, and proud as i am of my ‘holly leaf motif, TM’, if i have to draw it again (this christmas) i may go slightly insane.

I’ve also started on the mince pies.  Experimenting with different pastries, rather than the normal shortcrust.  The mincemeat is very fruity, and am not entirely happy with my first attempts, need more sugar and longer baking time.  But will get there…trial and error.  Though need more guinea pigs to eat/try them, as obviously they don’t exactly fit with the “get into my size10 jeans by xmas” mission (which to be honest am way off, but there’s always hope).

... not so pretty

3 Comments leave one →
  1. December 13, 2011 10:36 pm

    I’d just like to add that pie is always pretty to me.

  2. December 14, 2011 8:24 am

    hello my dear

    size 10 by Christmas is insane for all of us, even those who have not given birth during the year. Give up and have another piece of cake.

    Now, pastry. I think lard is absolutely fantastic for things like mice pies. Pastry extraordinarily light and flakey. Butter, I think, more suited for plain fruit fillings, though lard works there as well.

    Must go off and write another list, it is my great comfort at this time of year.

    P x

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