It’s safe to mention the C word now isn’t it? CHRISTMAS!! Yippee!
We love Christmas in the Simply Homemade home, we start our build up at the end of November, putting our Christmas trees up in time for the RTÉ Late Late Toy Show!
Mr. S/H & I start talking food earlier than that, usually around this time. Planning and salivating over all the delicious sweet & savoury treats that we will all enjoy over the course of the festive season.
I don’t make christmas cake or christmas pudding every year, however the festive season would not be complete without mince pies, we love them. They are also a lovely gift to give or to simply bring to a friend’s house to share over coffee & a chat.
This weekend saw the mince-pie preparation begin with the making of the mincemeat. I have a mincemeat recipe here, though this year I’ve changed it up a bit and I’ll share that recipe during the week.
There’ll be lots of cookies baked to be ‘tested’ so the right ones will be left for Santa on Christmas Eve, this is a lovely tradition to start, the children are always so pleased with themselves leaving out cookies that they have made.
The children also gift their teachers festive cupcakes & mince pies, we get some lovely gift boxes to present them nicely and they head off to school delighted to hand over their gift on the last day before getting their holidays.
Last christmas, for the first time, I also gifted Chocolate biscuit puddings, the recipients of these were delighted so I shall be doing that again this year. People are always so appreciative of homemade gifts, be it food or something else, and it’s wonderful to be able to gift something that has taken time and effort on your part.
There’ll be meal plans for festive lunches, plucking recipes from the christmas issues of many magazines and of course the list of things I hope to make from Nigella’s Christmas but probably won’t get round to.
I absolutely love it all and look forward to getting stuck into all the prepping, the baking, the magic that goes with it all, making for some very excited children & the opportunity to share it with all of you here.
In the meantime, here’s Aldi’s 2014 Christmas advert to whet your appetite 🙂
I was not asked to include Aldi Ireland’s tv advert in this post.