Thursday, December 2, 2010

My Creative Space

I SHOULD be getting ready for this Sunday's Devonport Craft Market on the Windsor Reserve (part of the Devonport Christmas Festival). I SHOULD be updating my online shops in time for last minute Christmas orders. And I SHOULD be busy making Christmas presents for family and friends but guess what? My sewing machine is throwing a complete fit this morning so I have left it to rest for a while in the hope that it will be in a better mood later on and instead, I'm making Christmas fruit mince.


This is going to be SO good. I can't wait to stick it in Christmas mince pies. Yum! It has to soak for a few weeks though. It's meant to be a month but I'm counting on the amount of alcohol in there to do the job quicker! 


I was loosely following a Women's weekly recipe for Fruit mix but I've basically added the contents of my baking cupboard. There's sultanas, dates, fruit cake mix, 3 grated apples, lime juice, a grated and chopped mandarin, some crushed pineapple that was sitting in the fridge, ground almonds, mixed spice and lots of cointreau in there. I'll add some more goodies like glace cherries and ginger and probably some more fruit cake mix once I've been to the supermarket. It smells so good already. Even my 4 year old told me it smelt like Christmas. How does she know? Amazing what these little ones pick up on and remember from year to year.
Keep your fingers crossed that my sewing machine recovers and pop over to Kootoyoo for some fab Creative Spaces.

11 comments:

Rosalind said...

good to get in early as the supermarket always seems to run out of mince pie/christmas cake ingredients at Christmas?!!! go figure :-)

Seaside Siblings said...

Don't you just love this time of year, with all the yummy christmas food to be made (and eaten!)

spectacularfairywren said...

i love 'smells like christmas'... Impressed that you are waiting, and waiting

Belinda Saville said...

Fingers crossed that your sewing machine recovers in time for the Christmas rush! The mince looks yummy (and I bet it does smell just like Christmas!)

Chantal said...

wow that looks good - and very Christmassy!

m.e (Cathie) said...

now I really have to get my act together! no where near started anything.
mmmm...can smell it from here Sarah ♥

Angel.Pearls said...

Sounds you have a lot to do are busy..good luck with all your plans! Eva

Chicken Willow said...

That looks delicious! Hope you're sewing machine recovered.

Michelle said...

Looks delicious. I would be embaressed to tell you how old I was when I discovered that fruit mince pies were minced fruit and not a mixture of fruit and minced meat.

Caroline said...

One of my fondest memories of childhood Christmases were my Grandma's mince pies (but she used to make them with lard pastry which is not really the go these days!). I love your comment about the alcohol, maybe you better ration them to your kiddies? :)

littleminx said...

ooh, I can smell it from here, yum! Happy Christmas mince making x

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