Monday, December 30, 2013

Meal Plan Monday


Well...here it is..the start of a New Year. I look forward to a year of trying out new recipes in my menu plans. But, for this week, all tried and tested favourites. Tuesday is New Years Eve, so we are out to a friends to see in the New Year. Wednesday..New Years Day, has been prepared using leftover lamb from last Sunday.


Weekly Plan - 30 December 2013


Monday           Vegetarian Lentil Bake

Tuesday           New Years Eve Buffet at friends

Wednesday      Minted Lamb Casserole, Mashed Potatoes

Thursday          Sausage and Spinach Pasta Bake

Friday               Homemade Smoked Haddock Fish Cakes, Potato Wedges

Saturday           Vegetable Curry and Rice


Sunday              Roast Beef Dinner


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Saturday, December 28, 2013

Turkey and Cranberry Panini

Recipe
Even though we only had a small turkey for Christmas Dinner, there is still lots leftover. So for lunch today we had one of our favourites..Turkey and Cranberry Paninis. Very simple to make and absolutely delicious.

Love and Hugs
Phoebe x

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Friday, December 27, 2013

Thank you Guys

I know Santa works really hard, but what about his four legged friends. They are often forgotten, but how could he get around the world so fast delivering all those presents.


I found this on Facebook ...I thought it was so cute.  I notice that Rudolph has the biggest carrot..maybe the others should have let him join in their reindeer games

So Dasher, Prancer. Comet, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen and Rudolph... thank you for all your hard work..time for a well deserved rest. See you next year

Love and Hugs
Phoebe x

 

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Christmas with Miss C

 
I hope you all had a wonderful day yesterday. It seemed to come and go in a blink of an eye.Miss C and I started off the day with a grateful prayer to our Lord and Saviour, and our Heavenly Father

 Then got stuck into our Traditional Christmas Breakfast...Bacon Butties
It didnt take too long to open our presents

 Miss C loved her new slippers

I love what she bought me. I must admit I shed a tear

We had a delicious dinner

Then chilled out and watched 'Its a Wonderful Life'

I hoped you enjoyed your Christmas Day as much as we did

Love and Hugs
Phoebe x

 

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

He Came!

We left a glass of milk and cookies for Santa
and a carrot for Rudolph

I think they enjoyed it

Now I feel guilty for not leaving carrots for all the Reindeer
Remind me next year....please

Merry Christmas Everyone

Love and Hugs
Phoebe x



Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Christmas Blessing


And the angel said unto them, "Fear not! for, behold, I bring you tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
And this shall be a sign unto you: Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. 
                                                                      Luke 2: 10-12

I wish you all a Happy, Blessed and Peaceful Christmas

Love and Hugs
Phoebe x

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Everyday...

Lets not forget.......


The real reason for the season

Love and Hugs
Phoebe x

    

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Chocolate Cream Cheese Cupcakes

 
 These look amazing. And they taste delicious too.

 
 Find the recipe, which also includes a tutorial, over at The Cafe Sucre Farine.

 
Love and Hugs
Phoebe x

Friday, December 20, 2013

Chats on the Farmhouse Porch - 121

Its time to take a break from all the rushing around and visit Patrice over at Everyday Ruralty for her weekly Chat on the Farmhouse Porch. Why dont you join us.

Everyday Ruralty
Everyday Ruralty

Heres this weeks questions, and my answers

What is your favorite way to have potatoes?
I love potatoes...cooked anyway..boiled, baked in their skins, fried, mashed..especially with a little garlic mixed in. But  have to say, my most favourite must be roasted. Cooked in a little duck fat, light and fluffy on the inside, crisp and golden on the outside, a must with a traditional Sunday Lunch. Delicious!
Ultimate roast potatoes
Do you keep your house toasty warm or a bit cooler?
Now Im back in the UK and the weather is cold, wet and miserable, a warm and toasty house is a must, especially this time of year..I love nothing more than to snuggle down in front of a blazing fire, with a mug of hot chocolate and watching an old black and white movie..Heaven.
 

What would you most like to see under the tree?
To be honest with you... there is nothing I really need this Christmas. I have always told my children..just get me a nice card.. it means a lot to me that they took the time to choose the card and the sentiment inside. But, what I really want for Christmas, is for everyone, everywhere, to have a roof over their heads and to feel safe and loved. This winter I had the opportunity to see the other side of life and spend time with people who through a huge range of circumstances..had literally nothing.. no home..no family..no food.. nothing..All they had is what they could carry. It truly made me appreciate what I have. It was a real blessing and there, but for the Grace of God go I. Please spare a thought for them...especially this time of year

Do you have an Elf on the Shelf?This one may not translate to other countries- Just tell us something you want if you don't know what I'm talking about.
I think an Elf on the Shelf is a lovely idea. We dont have one in the Uk...but next year...I will.  But a regular on our tree is Sammy The Snowman. Made my my daughter when she was 4, out of a toilet roll, sticky paper  and cotton wool, hes been a regular ever since. It just wouldnt be Christmas without him.
 


Have you put up a Christmas tree this year?
This year, I am spending Christmas with my daughter in her new home. As its her first real home all her money has been spent on furniture, etc. And, as her job is so demanding, she completely forgot about a tree. To surprise her when she got home from work the other day, I went out and bought her a little one and decorated it. She didnt notice it  straight away.. but when she did.. she was over the moon

Love and Hugs 
Phoebe x 
 

Thursday, December 19, 2013

A Purrr-fect Combination

Christmas, Kittens, Pink
Three of my favourite things

Love and Hugs
Phoebe x

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

What a Good Idea - Cookie Rolls

Are you stuck for a last minute Christmas gift. How about making some Cookie Rolls. Very simple gift idea for those of us who love cookies. 

Print your favourite cookie recipe and baking instructions on white paper.Tie it around a frozen log of cookie dough wrapped in parchment as shown in Southern Living.

Make and Takes have a plainer example of packaging

Our Best Bites have an easy tutorial, plus some delicious cookie recipe ideas

These fabulous cookie logs can be found over on Design Dazzle, along with a delicious recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookies

Love and Hugs
Phoebe x

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Gingerbread Men Decorations

Everyone loves a Gingerbread Man. I spent the morning making some gingerbread men for my daughters school fayre tomorrow. The house smells wonderful.

Gingerbread men also make cute Christmas decorations. Here are some ideas for some simple decorations  that you can make

The step by step tutorial for this cute gingerbread family can be found over at The Trouble with Crafting and is so easy to make

This funny Half Eaten Gingerbread Man can be found on Elsie Marley. It has a downloadable pattern and clear instructions. I Love it !

Instructables have instructions for making these Gingerbread Man Yard Decorations. Aren't they great?

Here's a different way to hang your gingerbread man on your tree. Hobbycraft  show you how to easily decorate a mini bucket to place the little man in

For more Gingerbread ideas...why not pop over to my Christmas blog.. Phoebes Christmas.

Love and Hugs
Phoebe x