Friday, December 27, 2013

From the (very festive) week...



1. Festive favours of the homegrown garlic variety
2. The teen's completed gingerbread house
3. Ahem. Oh dear!
4. Revisiting some old favourites
5. Pecan pie - yum!
6. A particularly festive salad
7. New season cherries...so good!
8. She snaps.
9. Local swimming..
10. ...and rope swinging!
11. Homemade raspberry schnapps (following this recipe over at Elastic Mom) 
I used gin, raspberries and a little bit of sugar.
12. The most amazing birthday present. Can you believe it's even handquilted!!
(Thankyou sooooo much Mum xxx)
13. Hoping your week has been completely wonderful.


18 comments:

  1. Lovely pictures. Oh, how beautiful and special is that quilt? A true treasure!

    Cheers - Joolz xx

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  2. Lucky you with that quilt Chris! And happy Boxing birthday. :)

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  3. Lovely pictures, Christine - glad you had such a treat-filled week. And that quilt is absolutely gorgeous!!

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    1. Hi Quinn! Hope you have a lovely new year. x

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  4. gorgeous photos Christine, what a lovely quilt.

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    1. The quilt is super soft and snuggly, Sue!

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  5. I love the garlic with the Christmas ribbons and the quilt from your Mum.....WOW, that's definitely made with love for sure hand quilted as I know how long that takes. Regards Kathy A, Brisbane, Australia

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    1. Yes, I can't imagine how long the handquilting must've taken, Kathy. It's just beautiful. :)

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  6. Happy Birthday! What a special present! I see your raspberries are producing. They look great.

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    1. Thanks, Linda - the raspberries are a bit light on this year..(are yours the same?). Luckily we had ample supply in the freezer from last summer for the schnapps!

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  7. Beautiful quilt from your mum, how special! How did the schnapps taste? Certainly is a sensational colour, just right for Christmas. I have done raspberry vinegar before and that was lovely in salad dressings. Ahh, rope swinging, definitely a great family christmas activity.

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    1. The colour of the schnapps was a complete surprise! It is so beautiful when held up to the light. :)

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  8. And how did the raspberry schnapps taste? It looks magnificent.

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    1. Oh, Cath..it was (is!) really, really good!! Imagine raspberry cordial that is bursting with the summer taste of the sweet, zingy berries..with barely a hint of the gin noticable. It goes down veerry smoothly..almost too smoothly! Thanks so much for the recipe, it has been a real hit! x

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    2. That's great to hear. One day, when we have more than just a few raspberries on our bushes, I plan to give it a try. I made apricot schnapps which turned a little brown in colour rather than keeping that brilliant orange tinge, but otherwise looks clear and smells good. I have yet to taste it.

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    3. Mmm, apricot sounds divine, too! If it's any consolation, our raspberries are performing really poorly this year..barely enough for pickings whilst watering! I do wonder how other berries would go though..blackberries, blueberries..etc. Happy New Year to you and your lovely family, Cath. :)

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Hi there, so nice of you to stop by! Thanks for sharing your thoughts, I love hearing what you are up to. Christine x

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