Wednesday 6 December 2023

Virtual Christmas Cookie Exchange 2023


It's that time of year again when we share a Christmas recipe and maybe some quilty goodies. I love Christmas and enjoy the special family time. This year my grandson is very excited by all the Christmas trees. He will be 19 months and I know he will be joining in with all the fun. Thank you Carol for organising this blog hop, it really does get the Christmas season started with a wow.

I have made my Christmas cake but it will need decorating nearer the time. I'm thinking penguins and polar bears on the top this year. The tree will go up after this weekend once I've celebrated my birthday. I have reached the age of 70 and had to get my driving licence renewed. Thank goodness it arrived in time since we are going away for the weekend. As well as the tree the rest of the decorations will be put out next week. Earlier this year I finished a new Christmas stitchery and I can't wait to use it.

I'm also looking forward to getting my Christmas quilt out. I won the jelly roll when I took part in a quilt along several years ago and I love the fabrics.

My other Christmas quilt is already gracing my daughter's bed.

As well as making the rich fruit cake for Christmas we also like stollen and last weekend I made one. 

Stollen is a German bread, where it is known as Christsollen. It's made with dried fruit, candied peel, cherries apricots and is delicious. This stollen did not last long. I'll bake another nearer Christmas but I don't want to put on any extra weight over the holiday period so I want to be a little careful. My recipe was from Delia Smith's Christmas recipe book and you can find her recipe HERE The stollen is usually glazed or has icing sugar sprinkled over it but I like it without.

I also made a batch of mince pies or are they tarts? Half of them disappeared very quickly!

When my parents were alive we'd spend Christmas with them. Late on Christmas eve mom and I would bake a batch of mince pies to have with our coffee. While cooking we would often have a drink such as gin and tonic or wine and we would end the evening giggling a lot.

Now you need to visit the other blogs so here is the full list.

The Pinterest page for this hop can be found HERE.

  Thank you for visiting today and I'm looking forward to seeing you again soon.

Take care