Wednesday, 24 December 2008

Christmas Baking.....

Christmas Eve is almost over here in Australia. Everything is ready to celebrate Christmas with our family.

I have enjoyed some time in the afternoons doing some special baking. I made the fruit cake a few weeks ago now and have been enjoying it this week.

These are some delicious Almond Butter Balls - they just melt in your mouth - YUM!

I have never had much success with roll out biscuits, but was determined to have another go at making some. I found yet another recipe on a blog somewhere ?! . It worked out really well.

The biscuit mixture rolled out beautifully and cooked to perfection.

The fun part was of course the decorating.

The gifts are under the tree and the desserts that I was asked to provide have been made.
I am off to bed for a blissful sleep.
Christmas Blessings to all.

Monday, 22 December 2008

Vintage Christmas Greetings......

I thought I would like to just share these images from some beautiful Vintage Christmas Cards.

I have a beautiful old box full of precious memories, that my dear Nana, Eleanor had saved throughout many, many years.

These are the beautiful old Christmas cards that she had saved for so long. They are just wonderful and I am so glad that I have been able to have them here this Christmas. Some of the names I recognise. I am sure that the senders and their greetings were very precious to my Nana.

I know these must have been very special to her, as I would imagine she would have received many hundreds of Christmas cards during her lifetime.

So to you my friends - Vintage Christmas Greeting to you.

Thursday, 18 December 2008

Christmas.. at Eleanor and Ruby

The days are just flying by here at our house. We continue to churn out the Christmas fare at the bakery, which at times seems too huge to cope with.

I think it's almost two weeks since I had a moment to post, so it's lovely to be at home this morning to enjoy a moment by myself.

I took the children to Brisbane last week and had a lovely day in one of the major shopping centres there. We really enjoyed ourselves and I made a great start to my shopping and almost finished it. Just a little to go and I will be organised in that department anyway!

Yesterday afternoon, after work at the shop, I was able to get all of the wrapping done of the gifts so far. This year is a red and white Christmas here at Eleanor and Ruby!!

The Christmas tree is mostly red, white and glittery decorations. So of course the wrapping had to match!!

I am quite pleased with how the decorations on the sideboard turned out this year. I just love this felt angel that I made quite a few years ago. I have placed all the lovely glass containers and cake domes amongst the berry garland. The glass jars have been full of red, white and green sweets but it seems that the family "mice" have had a lovely nibble on those - so had better replace them soon!!

Can you see the lovely polk-a-dot paper lantern reflected in the mirror? I was instantly drawn to these when I saw them. I have them hanging from the lights and from the doorways and one as the centre of a swag of greenery above one door opening.

I love the lights on top of the hutch. I think they may just live there all year round.

So as Christmas Day approaches at top speed, I am looking forward to hopefully some Christmas baking and maybe even a little stitching this weekend. Or, then again, I maybe just dreaming! I hope the last of the gift shopping is done today and then we can gently slide down into the celebrations next week.

Wherever you are this Christmas, I pray that you will enjoy the company of lovely friends and family and that the true Peace of Christmas will live in your heart, not just for one day but during the year to come.

So, if I don't get to post here again in the next week, I just send my love and Christmas wishes to each and everyone who visits here.

Happy Christmas!

Saturday, 6 December 2008

Christmas at the Bakery.......

Christmas is coming just too quickly. This is just a glimpse of our Christmas goodies that we make and sell at our bakery.

Fruit cakes, small and large, Fruit Mince Tarts, White Christmas, Rum Balls, Apricot Balls, Shortbread Drops. YUM! We purchase the Gingerbread readymade - but SHHHH don't tell anyone!!
We're off to a very hot start to summer here with quite a bit of very welcome rain as well. The grass and weeds are certainly enjoying the season!
With school finished for another year the past week has been much more manageable with only work to worry about. We are counting down to a very much needed holiday at the end of the month, so I am starting to feel excited in anticipation, despite the work that will have to be done between now and then.
Alexandra and I had a wonderful afternoon yesterday. We put on some lovely Christmas music and decorated the house. It was the first time she has stuck with me through the whole process - I didn't know whether to be happy or sad since it must mean she is growing up. I won't try to include photos today as my internet is on the very go slow at the moment, next week brings fast access again!
I have started some gift shopping but dreading having to really get organised! I find boys and brothers so hard to buy for. Any ideas?
Another storm on the way this afternoon, time for a cup of tea and a bit of a rest for awhile! Hopefully, to listen to some more beautiful rain on the roof.