Fabulous Mince Pies

I have perfected my mince pie recipe and you must give it a go! For the pastry I made a sweet shortcrust and added the zest of an orange to it which makes the most delicious pastry. I add cranberries soaked in orange juice and zest to the bought mincemeat and it results in delicious mince pies, you will never buy another one in a shop again!

For the sweet shortcrust pastry:

150g plain flour
50g cornflour
100g chilled and cubed butter
2tbsps icing sugar
1 medium egg

Plus:

Zest and juice of an orange
1/2 jar mincemeat of your choice
30g dried cranberries

Combine pastry ingredients in a food processor until it comes together adding a small amount of water if needed.

Wrap in cling film and chill in fridge for at least an hour to allow the pastry to relax. Soak the cranberries in the orange juice for this time and then add to the mincemeat with some more orange zest.

Roll out the pastry and cut out the bottoms and stars for the tops, fill with mincemeat and bake at 200 degrees for 15-20 mins until nicely browned. When cool, sprinkle with icing sugar. Stores for a good 5-6 days in an airtight container if they last that long!!

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Advent Box

I finally finished my Advent Box after changing my mind several times about the colour, decoration etc!! Nothing new there! I made it as an heirloom for future generations and hopefully it will be treasured.

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Christmas Box

Inspired by Jo Austin, thanks Jo! I had to give this a go as I have had the matchboxes for yonks! I used the FF retro CD collection to decorate it, added some stickles and some Christmas card candy.

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Christmas presents

My eldest daughter and her lovely family
Jack with his new keyboard – following in Dad’s footsteps!

My beautiful girls, Katie and Laura

Katie and Ryan

Liam with his Cars Aquadraw mat – he loves Cars!!
A few pics of the kids with their presents. We had a lovely Christmas and we are all spending New Year’s Eve together for the first time so we are really looking forward to it.
Happy New Year to everyone, hope 2011 brings all you wish for.

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Mini crackers

I found these cute little chocolates in M&S with little crackers to put the chocs in, so bought one and made a pattern for more. They are each filled with a chocolate penguin, snowman etc. Just a cute little decoration for the tree or table. They are 4″ long.

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Black and White Joy card

I’ve not had a very good week healthwise and have been in a lot of pain. I spent this afternoon with my lovely daughter and grandchildren and made this quick card with just black and white card and some silver snowflakes as I needed one to send.

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Very Productive day today!

Due to being snowed in I have had a very productive day!! I finished Katie’s Princess chipboard album at long last using the gorgeous Imaginesce papers and bits and bobs and made my grandsons’ christmas card using Peppers Christmas chipboard shapes. I made them an easel card and used the FF papers to make an insert.

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