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Spreading some Christmas cheer

My mum always does this really lovely thing at Christmas. Perhaps other mums do it to, I’m not really sure…all I know is that my mum does it and I think it’s really great. There isn’t the same tipping culture in England that there is in the US, so when it comes to Christmas, those who do us a service in some way sometimes get a tip. My mum always buys a bottle of wine for the postie, the rubbish collection men and back in the day…the milkman! I don’t know our postie, and quite frankly, the amount of times he’s woken Molly up from her lunchtime nap with his incessant door bell ringing, (despite the sign on the door) I’m a little bit away from giving him a gift just yet. But there are a couple of people in our lives who really make us smile and for that, deserve something to say thanks. I don’t want to go mad with it, just let them know that we appreciate them. So, in the spirit of following my mum’s example, I baked some biscuits, packaged them nicely (thank you Target!) and delivered them to the people who serve us well in their jobs. And… not to miss an opportunity to be even more mum-like, I even used a recipe of hers.

For some reason they’re called Wine Biscuits. Terribly misleading and rather disappointing when you realise that there is no wine in them whatsoever. Humph. They are, in fact, basic sugar cookies really. But theyΒ are pretty yummy.

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Wine Biscuits

Ingredients:

12 ounces plain flour

3 tsps baking powder

6 ounces sugar

6 ounces butter

pinch salt

1 large egg

It really is as simple as this:

Pre-heat the oven to 150 celsius / 300 Fahrenheit

Mix all the dry ingredients together then add the egg. Roll out onto a floured surface and cut your biscuits into the desired shape (mine were reindeers, angels and stars). Place onto a baking tray, prick lightly with a fork and bake for 10-15 minutes. Remove from tray and leave to cool. My mum always glazes the biscuits with glace icing, but I rather prefer them naked! πŸ™‚

Now, box ’em up and give ’em away!

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In other news I’ve been sewing away again making another baby blanket for gorgeous little Lexi. I love doing these quilts so much and get really carried away with the endless possibilities of how it could look. It took me forever to decide on the final design for this one, but I’m really rather proud of it. Hope you like it Kell!

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We’re off to England for 2 1/2 weeks and it’s been a mad panic trying to get everything sorted this week. Molly has decided all she wants to do it stand or walk around whenever she’s awake…long gone are those days of just plonking her down on a mat to play and getting on with bits and bobs. I can’t help but mind when she pulls silly faces like this:

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She’s a funny bug!

Well, I’m off to do some more packing/cleaning/busybodying.

Next stop…ENGLAND!

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5 thoughts on “Spreading some Christmas cheer

  1. lady pumpkin on said:

    Hooray for unexpected gifts for the people who make our lives brighter! And that blanket is Just. Beautiful. Well done! And bon voyage. πŸ™‚

  2. That blanket is amazing Maddy! I have absolutely no idea how you even go about creating something that good with all the applique etc. Great work!

  3. Shelley on said:

    Hi Maddy. Love your blog. I went to Sixth Form College with your sister Caroline and found the link through her facebook page.
    Inspired by your gifts I made some orange biscuits as christmas gifts for a couple of people in the French village we live in. The mairie looked genuinely chuffed, as did the kids teachers. My french is still pretty rubbish but I’ve still managed to spread some christmas cheer. Joyeux Noel!

    • Hiya Shelley! Funnily enough, I’m pretty sure I remember seeing your work at your A Level show! So pleased you’re spreading the cheer in France, we lived in Germany for a few years so can completely understand the whole language thing…luckily biscuits and good will usually transcend language and all the confusion. πŸ™‚ Well done you for putting yourself out there…Merry Christmas!

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