Recipe – Trifle

This is basically a recipe for a sherry trifle but you can adapt it to your own taste. The layers are simply soaked cake, fruit, custard, and whipped cream. So you will need; 8 Sponge Boudoir Fingers or 4 small buns (sponge or pound cake) 2 tablespoons of sherry Jelly of your choice, I used …

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Christmas Foods Around the World – part 1 of 3

Over the recent years, I have been learning new Christmas traditions and rituals in other parts of the world, particularly the UK. In one of my recent posts, I talked about Christmas crackers which was something new to me. Growing up in California, Christmas was a totally different thing. For one, we didn’t have snow …

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It Fits Everyone On Your List

Christmas is almost here and that means fun and festive times with friends and family! Delicious food, the smell of the Christmas tree, decorations, the holiday specials on TV, and the arrival of loved ones. After the festivities comes everyone’s favorite activity: presents. Now, I love to receive gifts as much as the next person …

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Recipe – Mince Pies

My kitchen smells just like Christmas today, I have been making mince pies and ginger biscuits today.  For the mince pies I made my own pastry and I made Rough puff Pastry.  You can use bought pastry and you can use shortcrust or flaky or puff it is all a matter of taste.  For the …

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Holiday Tea Time — Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is once again upon us. And tea is an important part of this annual gathering of kith and kin. No matter what you traditionally serve in your house, there is a tea that is perfect to go with it. Flavored teas are especially welcome at such times, and not just any flavors but typical …

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Christmas crackers are not for eating

When I’m not blogging, I work in a supermarket as a bagger and a cashier. My store carries these Christmas crackers during the holidays, which up until last year, I thought were edible crackers like Ritz or Jacob’s Cream Crackers. They sold for about $10-$12 which made me wonder to myself, “Why so expensive? They …

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The Day-After-Christmas Tea Time

It’s the day after Christmas and time to relax after all that stress, anxiety, planning, expectations, guesses, disappointments, and fulfillments. The season can be thrilling with all the colors and lights and music, but it can also be a time when we just feel overloaded to the point that the day after is a release, …

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Twas the Night Before… (a tea poem for Christmas)

One of the most famous poems around is “Twas the Night Before Christmas”, but there are other versions that are lesser known, like this one I just made up: ’Twas the night before Christmas, when in our small house We put on the kettle — just me and my spouse; The tea leaves were put …

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A Very Neighborly Pumpkin Pie Tea Time

Often these days we hear people bemoaning how isolated we live, not even knowing who our neighbors are. So a very neighborly pumpkin pie tea time was a welcome surprise. And a very tasty one! Some people have stated that they’ve lived next door to people for 15 years or more without even knowing their …

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History of Advent Calendars

Countdowns are a part of life, from counting down from birth to that first birthday, counting down the days until Spring Break in school, to countdowns on the launch pad for that lift off into space. And advent calendars are a fun way to count down to Christmas. They’ve become quite a tradition, in fact! …

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