I will post photos of our Christmas as it comes
The Big Day is nearly here ...so I thought I would post some ideas of some really impressive ways to present your veggies, fruit etc ...each idea is very easy to you to do ...and you will have such fun making them
Did you ever think that cheese and grapes could look so wonderful ...I just LOVE it ...again super easy to make
A lovely idea and even the red bow is edible ...made of fondant ...the little snowmen etc ..can be found in the baking aisle at your local supermarket or at special displays of 'Wilton' goods as supermarkets and even Michaels Craft Store
So lovely , so pretty , so easy and if made with dark chocolate ...so healthy
Bright and cheery ....simple but great idea
Yummy ....lots of parmesan on these little rolls
A modern take on the tradional English Sausage Roll
I hope that these little ideas will make your buffet table even more special ..enjoy your day in the kitchen
I will post photos of our Christmas as it comes
Merry Christmas everyone ..may all of your dreams come true
During this busy time of the year I thought I would just post some of my favorite Christmas Cakes and Victorian Cards ...Cakes that you can have a go at making and Victorian Cards that can enhance your scrap books or gift wrapping ...hope you enjoy them
On trend this Christmas of course are the Minions ...a sure hit with the Children as well as the adults
This would be precious printed out and used as a gift tag on one of your gift wrappings
Simple, Pretty and elegant
If you can't model a gorgeous deer like this just use an ornament ...the leaves are cut out of colored fondant icing ...so cute
These poinsettia's have been hand piped but they could be made out of fondant icing colored red .
Lots to make ahead of time on this cake ...the snowflakes can be piped on to parchment paper and left to dry with Royal Icing ...till it's hardened ..make more than you need as some are bound to break ..and the snowman is just simply modeled out of fondant icing as is the cake cover in it and then the snow is icing (confectioner's) sugar sifted very finely ...
Several layers of cake then covered in a Chocolate Ganaché and pine cones made out of sliced almonds ..very elegant and beautiful ..sprigs of rosemary add more charm
The Ultimate ...The Nativity ...the Reason for the Season ..each character carefully and lovingly moulded out of fondant icing ..can be made days or weeks before the big day along with the cake ...then just put them all together on the day before
Hope this has given you some inspiration
Happy Getting ready for Christmas time
Happy 241st Birthday to Miss Jane Austen
Today I am celebrating the birth of Dear Miss Jane Austen ...241 years ago ...Happy Birthday Jane
Jane Austen was born on December 16, 1775... 241 years ago in Steventon, Hampshire, England. While not widely known in her own time, Austen's comic novels of love among the landed gentry gained popularity after 1869, and her reputation skyrocketed in the 20th century. Her novels, including Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility, are considered literary classics, bridging the gap between romance and realism.
The seventh child and second daughter of Cassandra and George Austen, Jane Austen was born on December 16, 1775, in Steventon, Hampshire, England. Jane's parents were well-respected community members. Her father served as the Oxford-educated rector for a nearby Anglican parish. The family was close and the children grew up in an environment that stressed learning and creative thinking. When Jane was young, she and her siblings were encouraged to read from their father's extensive library. The children also authored and put on plays and charades.
Over the span of her life, Jane would become especially close to her father and older sister, Cassandra. Indeed, she and Cassandra would one day collaborate on a published work.
In order to acquire a more formal education, Jane and Cassandra were sent to boarding schools during Jane's pre-adolescence. During this time, Jane and her sister caught typhus, with Jane nearly succumbing to the illness. After a short period of formal education cut short by financial constraints, they returned home and lived with the family from that time forward.
Ever fascinated by the world of stories, Jane began to write in bound notebooks. In the 1790s, during her adolescence, she started to craft her own novels and wrote Love and Freindship [sic], a parody of romantic fiction organized as a series of love letters. Using that framework, she unveiled her wit and dislike of sensibility, or romantic hysteria, a distinct perspective that would eventually characterize much of her later writing. The next year she wrote The History of England..., a 34-page parody of historical writing that included illustrations drawn by Cassandra. These notebooks, encompassing the novels as well as short stories, poems and plays, are now referred to as Jane's Juvenilia.
Jane spent much of her early adulthood helping run the family home, playing piano, attending church, and socializing with neighbors. Her nights and weekends often involved cotillions, and as a result, she became an accomplished dancer. On other evenings, she would choose a novel from the shelf and read it aloud to her family, occasionally one she had written herself. She continued to write, developing her style in more ambitious works such as Lady Susan, another epistolary story about a manipulative woman who uses her sexuality, intelligence and charm to have her way with others. Jane also started to write some of her future major works, the first called Elinor and Marianne, another story told as a series of letters, which would eventually be published as Sense and Sensibility. She began drafts of First Impressions, which would later be published as Pride and Prejudice, and Susan, later published as Northanger Abbey by Jane's brother, Henry, following Jane's death
In 1801, Jane moved to Bath with her father, mother and Cassandra. Then, in 1805, her father died after a short illness. As a result, the family was thrust into financial straits; the three women moved from place to place, skipping between the homes of various family members to rented flats. It was not until 1809 that they were able to settle into a stable living situation at Jane's brother Edward's cottage in Chawton.
Now in her 30s, Jane started to anonymously publish her works. In the period spanning 1811-16, she pseudonymously published Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice (a work she referred to as her "darling child," which also received critical acclaim), Mansfield Park and Emma.
In 1816, at the age of 41, Jane started to become ill with what some say might have been Addison's disease. She made impressive efforts to continue working at a normal pace, editing older works as well as starting a new novel called The Brothers, which would be published after her death as Sanditon. Another novel, Persuasion, would also be published posthumously. At some point, Jane's condition deteriorated to such a degree that she ceased writing. She died on July 18, 1817, in Winchester, Hampshire, England.
While Austen received some accolades for her works while still alive, with her first three novels garnering critical attention and increasing financial reward, it was not until after her death that her brother Henry revealed to the public that she was an author.
Today, Austen is considered one of the greatest writers in English history, both by academics and the general public. In 2002, as part of a BBC poll, the British public voted her No. 70 on a list of "100 Most Famous Britons of All Time." Austen's transformation from little-known to internationally renowned author began in the 1920s, when scholars began to recognize her works as masterpieces, thus increasing her general popularity. The Janeites, a Jane Austen fan club, eventually began to take on wider significance, similar to the Trekkie phenomenon that characterizes fans of the Star Trek franchise. The popularity of her work is also evident in the many film and TV adaptations of Emma, Mansfield Park, Pride and Prejudice, and Sense and Sensibility, as well as the TV series and film Clueless, which was based on Emma.
I love anything artsy I especially love sewing and vintage prints and shabby chic ...pretty feminine things to adorn the home