It’s a wrap!

IMG_2517 2It’s December 22nd 2013. Only 3 sleeps to go! Hopefully most of your present shopping has been completed and all that’s left to do is lots of wrapping of gifts and placing them under the tree. If you have done all that but still haven’t managed to buy your wrapping paper then don’t rush out, just do what I plan to do and dip into your green (recycling) bin. Continue reading

Mother-in-laws-Sprouts

sproutsIf you read my previous post you will know that I am not a fan of Brussels sprouts with my Christmas dinner. The nasty after taste. The “just one on your plate”, which always turned into more than that. It’s not that I haven’t tried. I have. Even Delias “Brussels Sprouts with Riesling and Bacon” turned out (in my humble opinion) to be a waste of good wine and bacon. A couple of years ago I stopped doing them altogether as they always ended up in the bin. My mother-in-law has never forgiven me. This year she is our guest again. (don’t get me wrong, she is very welcome!) Continue reading

Countdown to Christmas…

P1010840It’s hard to believe that I have managed to make it all the way to mid-December before mentioning the “C” word. For me Christmas is all about traditions and memories. Remembering our own and creating them for our kids.

Taking down the boxes of decorations, the “discussions” regarding which traditions from our own childhood should be continued when my husband and I have different memories. So I asked my family to brainstorm things that make Christmas for them so I could compile an A to Z. There were some letters with tough competition to win the spot, others were easy because some things just had to be included. So here it goes. Continue reading

When Pad came to town.

padThe first time my Dad (Pad) came to see the house (site), he came prepared. Mentally I mean. He gets us. The madness of it all. He has seen what we can do and believes in us. So when I rang him one evening and told him we had an offer in on a house I should not have been surprised when I got a phone call the next day. He called to say he was sitting on the steps outside the house and was I in the neighbourhood? Continue reading