Festive Fair …

It’s that time of year again ! I’ll be at the Fishponds Festive Fair again this weekend and have spent much of today preparing cards and framing pictures:

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I’m pleased with how these little prints look when framed in a simple white wooden frame.

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I’ve got lots of Christmas cards printed and ready to go, any that I don’t sell will be sent to family and friends!
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Baking with my Boy …

An afternoon baking with my teenage son was a real treat today. Together we prepared dessert for tomorrow’s lunch (Baked Alaska), a Chocolate and Orange cake (his choice, I’ve never made it before but it is delicious – definitely one to make again) and chocolate digestives.
The star of the afternoon was the Chocolate and Orange cake:

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This is a very light sponge where half the mixture has cocoa and milk added and the other half has orange juice and zest added. Once out of the oven I used a skewer to put holes all over the cake, I then brushed an icing sugar and orange juice mixture all over the top. As this seeped in to the cake, I dribbled melted chocolate over the top.

Making individual Baked Alaskas for dessert tomorrow meant that we could try very mini versions today! I made the raspberry ice cream yesterday and the lemon sponge base this morning. All we had to do this afternoon was make the Italian meringue. I’m really looking forward to the ‘full’ version tomorrow as the little taster that we had tonight was yummy!

The digestives were a quick treat for my husband as they are his favourite biscuits, we stamped them with
the instruction ‘eat me’ and then coated the other side with chocolate:

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Christmas is Coming …

Apparently Christmas has been coming for quite some time – we saw decorations up in shops at the beginning of October – crazy!! In a few weeks I’ll be attending a local ‘Festive Fair’ and I decided that I would need some Christmas cards to (hopefully) sell there. This is a design that took a surprisingly long time to create but now that I have it, I plan to fine tune it and then do a range of colour combinations:

The Colours of Autumn …

Autumn is possibly my favourite season of the year – the colours, the sunlight, the long shadows all combine to produce an abundance of beauty, that is, when it’s not raining! We have just returned home from a week in Northumberland where the autumn colours were showing off to stunning effect. We were really lucky with the weather and managed to miss out on the ravages of the recent storm. I’m looking forward to painting later on today but will leave you with an image of my ‘holiday scarf’ – the colours of the wool are absolutely gorgeous, these were the colours of our holiday: