. . . . . . . like CHRISTMAS!
When today's date - the 20th - popped up as I opened
the laptop, I realized I need to get moving with the remaining
holiday baking for the Christmas Eve open house.
Shopping is done, cards mailed, wrapping is completed,
decorating done - although I'm always titivating the holiday
vignettes, and added a lot more candles yesterday.
I'll be using fresh greenery on the mantel soon - it's ready
on the porch, in water, because it's just really warm and sunny
and needs to quench its thirst before coming into the cottage!
Brilliant sunshine this morning - the beautiful light meant
'take more photos' of course.
I'll soon be heading to the kitchen to make traditional little English mince pies.
My filling of rich dried fruits sat overnight soaking up a nice swig of rum - so
I'll be off soon to make pastry and get those little gems into the oven to bake.
I also baked most of Friday and then again yesterday afternoon.
This afternoon I'm hoping to grab one of these mugs (CALM looks perfect)
of hot chocolate, a cookie, and just sit outside in the sunshine for a while.
Knowing the baking is done, only the house cleaning is left to keep me
busy during the next day or so.
Are things are ready around your home?
These next few days will definitely fly by fast.
I'm just waiting for the 25th to arrive.
For us it will be that lovely quiet and peaceful day -------- time to enjoy
the true meaning of Christmas without all the commercial clutter.