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Christmas - bring it on!

Well, I think I've finally got in the swing of the Christmas thing this year, I did a mammoth shop in Birkenhead today and all but finished my Christmas shopping, feeling suddenly inspired by gift ideas for people who had been "difficult" up till now. And luck was definitely with today, just as I was struggling in the china department of Beatties with about eight bags of goodies, Julienne spotted me from the cafe, so I went and had coffee with her and she looked after my bags while I finished my last bits of shopping, and then gave me a lift home, that was so helpful...

I've also managed to find good homes for a few of the boxes of mince pies which I acquired last Sunday, I'm down to a manageable number of them now...And I've made a load of gift tags today, the space under the Christmas tree is gradually filling up with presents...And the boys have finished school...I've got all my food in for Christmas, Asda sent a whole lot more sprouts than I ordered! (so if any one has any interesting "sprout" ideas...)

Lots of things to do and people to catch up with in the next couple of days... but all fun, so I'm letting myself start to feel excited!!!


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Dec. 21st, 2006 06:31 am (UTC)
sprout ideas
First the fun one:

coat them in melted chocolate and wrap them in gold foil to try and pass them off as a Forrero Rocher!

Now the practical one:

Blanch them and freeze them. You blanch them by boiling them in water for a short time and then immediately plunging them into ice cold water. Then freeze them.

Alternative one:

Give them to the same people you gave the mince pies to. Although, by tomorrow they will be expecting your spare turkey to complete their Christmas meal.
Dec. 21st, 2006 06:54 am (UTC)
Re: sprout ideas
-Blanch them and freeze them.
OMG I must have skimmed the bit about the sprouts and I thought you were telling Viv to blanch the mince pies *g*
Dec. 21st, 2006 09:48 am (UTC)
Re: sprout ideas
Blanched mince pies!!! LOL - sort of stretches the imagination, perhaps I could blanch the leftover cakes and biscuits too!!!!!
Dec. 21st, 2006 09:46 am (UTC)
Re: sprout ideas
The first one really appeals!!! So beware of gold wrapped sweets at my place over the next couple of weeks!!! The last one made me laugh too, though it might not be as silly as it sounds....
I might blanch them, or might just serve sprouts with every meal until they are all gone....
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