Wednesday, December 23, 2009

As I play around with my new blog I find myself wishing on the one hand that someone might read it and leave me a message and on the other hand hoping no one reads it. Like my attempt yesterday. I was sure I had accidently removed my entry so wrote again, only to find I had two messages and I have not yet worked out how to delete one of them either accidently or on purpose!

My aim was to have a blog that recorded my daily creative endeavours. I can see now it could easily turn into a journal of newsy bits and pieces for family and friends. I will try to get my self sorted by New Year! Maybe "doing" something creative every day is not that easy. The hens laying an egg every day seemed to me wonderful but if those hens were to record that daily it could become tedious!

So what arty thing did I do yesterday? I created seven small christmas cakes to give away. Using Mo's easy Christmas cake recipe, I baked them in some enamel mugs Bob and I found in a hardware store last year, and spent a peaceful afternoon icing them with almond icng and then royal icing. Ann was at the dining table typing away on the computer doing her London PR job. Steve was out and about mowing lawns et al.

Mo's Easy Christmas Cake

1 kg mixed dried fruit
1 1/2 cups water
250 g butter
1/2 teasp cinnamon
1/2 teasp mixed spice
1 tsp vinegar
1/3 cup sherry

Place fruit and water in a large saucepan and bring to boil. Simmer until water reduces somewhat. Remove from heat and add butter - allow butter to melt.
Add: 1 tin Highlander Condensed Milk
1 teasp Baking Soda
Add: 2 cups flour
2 teasp Baking powder

bake in 9" tin @ 120oC for approx. 2 hours or in 4 small tins for approx 35 mins.

Today is working bee day - putting wedding invitations together!


  1. Love your cakes!! and what an easy recipe. I keep forgetting to ask you if you have a spare copy of Mo's recipe book. I treasure family recipes.

  2. Hi Marilyn. Thank you for your message! I've had other requests for Mo's little recipe book - so I'll send you one. I will update it and add a few more of his recipes. Love J

  3. By the way Happy Christmas to all the Youngs. See you up North! J. XXXXXXXXXXX