The 10 Posts of Christmas

“On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to meeeeee…. a beautifully decorated flat and a pretty Christmas tree!”

And so the Christmas preparations come to a close.  I’ve been putting my decorations up, and am pleased with the results!  My flat looks nice and homely and ready for the winter holiday.

And here’s a reminder of all the projects that I did over the last couple of weeks:

Post 1:  Candles and Cones

Post 2:  Cute Christmas Trees

Post 3:  Christmas Tree and Heart Garland

Post 4:  Glitter Baubles

Post 5:  Christmas Wreath

Post 6:  Mum’s Mince Pies

Post 7:  Failproof Christmas Cake

Post 8:  Icing the Christmas Cake

Post 9:   Non-Alcoholic Mulled Wine

Post 10:  Christmas Chocolates

So there you have it, my homemade Christmas!  Hope you’ve had a go doing some cooking and decorating yourselves 🙂

Happy Christmas everyone, hope you enjoy the food, family and festivities!

xx

Christmas Part 9: Non-Alcoholic Mulled Wine

This actually ties into the Cheap and Cheerful category as well as Christmas,but I’m including it on my Christmas countdown!

This is another easy recipe to make (which is great for Christmas, as everything is always so busy, it’s often hard to get time to yourself to do all the necessary things like making the Christmas cake, mince pies, mulled wine, etc etc…

It’s also another family favourite that gets pulled out of the recipe folder every Christmas.  Part of the putting-up-christmas-decorations ritual with my Mum and brother (Dad was always at work) was to stick on a Christmas CD, and I would go make this mulled wine whilst my brother sorted out the boxes and put together the christmas tree.  The spices are really warming and will make your whole house smell christmassy, and can be drunk any time of the day due to not actually being alcoholic (do you really need any more reasons to make it?).

Ingredients:

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground ginger

1/8 tsp ground cloves

3 dstsp castor sugar

2 litres grape juice (though apple also works)

1/3 litre orange juice

1/3 litre water

1 orange, peeled and chopped, flesh only.

1 small apple, peeled and sliced thinly

Recipe:

1)  Put all ingredients (except the fresh fruit) into a aucepan and heat gently.  Do not allow to boil.

2)  Taste, and add more juices / sugar / spices to taste.

3)  Add the fruit and allow to warm in the mixture for about 5 minutes (so that they absorb some of the liquid).

4)  Serve in mugs, and garnish with a cinnamon stick if desired.

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I hope all of you are nearly finished with preparations for Christmas!… I still haven’t finished my packing of presents due to a craaaazy busy week (isn’t it always during the run up to Christmas?!)… But I’m looking forward to going to my parents’ housr tomorrow and celebrating Christmas with the family!