Well most of you will be in to Boxing Day by now as I write this. We did something a bit different this year and went for a night at the Royal Marriott Hotel. Stunning!
What a great night of fine dining, chatting with family and friends via Skype, sitting in the coffee lounge, followed by a luxurious sleep and a wonderful breakfast. Loved every minute of it. A.L and Shehan, hope you guys are having a great time in NZ.
Then to top it off as we were waiting to go home we received a call from our mate Kerryn in Australia. You may remember Kerryn from our adventurous travels to England through France with her. So cool to hear your voice and look forward to catching up with you again in future.
Well, Merry Christmas to you all and we hope you had a great time celebrating this special birthday.
Friday night was the hubbies work Christmas party entitiled Plunder the Pyramid. Located out at Ashton Court it is a large venue that caters to all types of groups. We were just one company amoung many which added to the festive mood. With an Egyptian style setting including belly dancers it was an interesting night. Everyone was dressed quite formally so that is always good to see people go to some effort to look great. During dinner a show was performed with a bit of fire dancing thrown in.
Afterward the “fun fair” opened and you could either have a boogie on the dance floor, go on the dodgems, have a game of Blackjack or Roulette, try your luck on the strength machine or throwing the rings to win a prize. Not a bad night out all in all.
At a chilly 4 degrees today and everyone starting to depart for Christmas holidays it seemed a good opportunity to stay home and bake. As Shaz will remember from last Christmas it is time for the Christmas cakes to be baked.
However, with little (actually) NO baking implements, ingredients or tins I did have to do a quick shop. Having powered my way through the trolleys, granny bags, sniffling children and a ridiculous number of Tesco staff in the aisles I made it home with the ingredients minus the brandy essence! Oh well, who needs fake booze in a Christmas cake anyway.
My nana provided this recipe to me a couple of years ago, which I believe actually comes from a lady Aunty Marge knows…..anyhow, it is easy peasy and tastes fabulous even if you will be working it off over the next year.
I love making these and dressing them up in lieu of a purchased present. So here they are and how they turned out wrapped up. Not my best work but not bad with the limited resources here.