Monthly Archives: November 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to All in the US!

Although it is not a holiday here in the  UK we can always give Thanks for what we have and think of those less fortunate.

I hope everyone in the US has a wonderful day and stays safe with all the snow that is about.

Hugs, Susie & Treacle xx

DSC04141As you can see Treacle just can’t sleep with all the excitement of Thanksgiving and it nearly being Christmas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (this is an ironic statement!!!!!)

Christmas Shopping in Full Swing!

I went to Nottingham yesterday to finish my Christmas shopping and the rest of Nottingham had the same idea!!!  It was heaving with bodies.  The Christmas lights were up and the decorations are all out and it looked very festive.  It was one of those days where it didn’t get light early so the lights stood out and then the weather cleared and it was a very cold, frosty, sunny day! I also got the last of my Christmas presents and three Birthday presents!!!  (it is really annoying all these people who have Birthdays near Christmas!!!)

DSC04134This was our garden this morning with the frost on it.

DSC04135Looking out at the front of our house across the valley, freezing fog!

DSC04137I also had another surprise in the post this morning, our first Christmas card! It is from DH’s cousin who we think may be spending Christmas in Australia where their daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren live, hence the card arriving early!

We had lunch with our good friends today, one of the Birthdays, and it was really nice break to the day.  I have another basket of ironing to do tonight and then catch up tomorrow of business work.  Friday evening I am going to get all the presents wrapped and at the weekend more baking, this time mince pies and Christmas cookies. Photos to follow.

Mercedes paid tribute to their driver with a mock-up of Hamilton in the shape of the company's logo

DH and I watched the final Grand Prix of the season and Lewis Hamilton did it!  World Champion for the second time.  Saw this picture in the paper and thought it was very clever.  We, through our business, supply Mercedes AMG but our parts are not on the race cars! 

At least today the weather made if feel Christmasy!  I hope everyone is having a Thrilling Tuesday.

Hugs, Susie x


Sunday Cook In!


Yes I have carried on cooking after yesterday!  I have wrapped the two cakes up in grease proof paper and aluminium foil and into tins and this morning have “fed” them with French brandy.

DSC04129A few have asked about cooking the cakes with paper and brown paper round it.  This is done to protect the cake from cooking unevenly as it has a long cooking time of four hours at 140°.  Above are the two papers ready for putting into and around the tin.  This is for the round cake and the bottom is cut to make it easier for the paper to go into the tin.

DSC04125All done and ready for the oven.

DSC04130Here are the Christmas puddings in their bowls waiting for their “hats”!

DSC04131 DSC04132Hats done and ready for eight hours of steaming!

DSC04133Finally DH and I got the Christmas cards written last night and they are all ready for posting, Scout posting, or hand delivering!  One benefit of my sewing machine table for storage!!!!

DH and Youngest are off to the 50m training pool this afternoon for two hours of swimming, so I can my ironing done then and hopefully tonight get my baby quilt, quilted!!!! Yeah.

Christmasy Hugs, Susie x

DSC04118You can’t quite see in this picture but Treacle has a new Tennis Ball!

Saturday Cook In Update!

Well our Christmas cake is made and now cooling.  I have made the mixture for the two smaller cakes and got the Christmas pudding mix done and it is now sat in its bowl overnight to ferment!!!

DSC04128The large cake cooling

DSC04123The next cake mixture divided into two

DSC04124 DSC04125In the cake tin and wrapped up ready to cook, these will be round cakes.

DSC04127The Christmas puddings mixture fermenting

DSC04126Covered up for the night, in a Christmas tea towel of course!

I am just about to start writing our Christmas cards with DH and Youngest is also doing his.  Eldest may get his done at some point …..!

Hugs, Susie x

PS Treacle’s asleep in her basket now as she has been banned from the kitchen, in case she has a sneaky taste of my cooling cake!!!!!!!!

The Saturday Cook In! The Story So Far ….


The story so far…  I have made the first Christmas Cake and it is now in the oven for four hours.

DSC04114Here is the mixture half done.  My Grandma taught me how to bake and although I have made millions of cakes I still hear her instructions when I am creaming the butter and sugar together and then adding the flour! 

DSC04116The other side of my kitchen and of course you have to watch a Christmas film while baking, “Home Alone”!!!!!!!  Actually Treacle and I are Home Alone at the moment as DH and the Boys are out getting hair cuts!!!!!

DSC04115I hate to say it but I am generally a messy cook!

DSC04119All the ingredients are in now

DSC04120In the tin

DSC04121And all wrapped like a Christmas present!  Now just the four hour wait!

I have put all the bowls into the dishwasher now and then I will prepare the mixture for the two smaller cakes and get them baking when this one is out.  Tonight it is Christmas card writing!!!!

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas…!

More pictures later!

DSC04122Guess who’s helping?

Hugs, Susie x



What I Want To Know Is Why?

As you all know I had a big Birthday this year and up until now, and because of the treatment I had for my breast cancer, since my first operation I have been experiencing night sweats (!) But after my Birthday it was like a switch was switched and I suddenly started getting hot all the time! 

In the supermarket I would be walking round and I would just starting sweating!  I wouldn’t get, as some of my friends described, a rising heat from their feet upwards, I would just break out in sweats and I mean sweats as in ran ten hard miles!!!!!!  Now I know this is all part of a woman’s life but what I don’t understand is the full blown periods I am having as well!!!!!  Come on, give me a break!!!!!! 

The other week when I was Christmas shopping in Nottingham, a job I love, I was in my favourite store, John Lewis, when it started.  I could feel my back just start and well I won’t give you the gruesome details but :

The ice bucket challenge has nothing on me! 

It is enough of a job in the morning deciding what to wear, now I have to consider where I am going and what it is going to be like when I get there, as to what I wear.  For instance are they going to have the heating going full blast?  You know what its like; some stores have the air conditioning on and sometimes it is the heating and going from cold outdoors to warm indoors, well that is just a recipe for disaster!

At least in this day and age we are lucky with our clothes, we can try and dress to accommodate these episodes but how did our Victorian sisters cope dressed the way they used to?

Beautiful clothes which I must say can hide various bits we don’t like about ourselves, but no wonder the ladies were always fainting!!!!!

And another thing, I have this hair and it keeps growing on my face!  Fortunately I am lucky as I am a blonde so my hair is fair but it is like a wire!!  So now I spend once a week with my tweezers in my hand making sure it does not grow too big!!!

Well I send this out in to the Cosmos:

Please let me get through this phase of my life, without too many of these episodes and let me come out the other side still sane!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I hope your Thursday is nice and cool!!!!

Hugs, Susie x