It's December, I love December. This has to be my most favourite month.
I love the lead up to Christmas.
Getting my cards and wrapping paper and any present decorations
that are needed.
Getting all my tree decorations and all my house decorations.
Inside lights and outside lights.
Getting them all together and seeing if they still work or are still
in one piece. I try every year to be careful with my wrapping and putting away
of the decorations, but there always seems to be one casualty.
There are also a couple of birthdays to celebrate.
It was my eldest daughter Jess's birthday at the weekend
and she lives just over an hour away, so it was really nice to go
visit and have dinner with her and her partner.
I even made her a birthday cake, which to be honest I was a bit disappointed in.
It's a recipe that Sue from Sweetpea Family posted about one time,
called Lime and Coconut cake. It comes from the Carnations condensed
milk website. Now I've made it before and it is beautiful, so moist, sticky
and yummy. But...... this time round I didn't take into consideration
that I have a lovely new oven. I have always had gas hob, gas oven,
but when we had our new kitchen put in, back in the summer, I went
for gas hob, electric oven fan assisted. And this lovely new oven cooks
a bit quicker than my old one. So my cake came out slightly darker than
I wanted. But my Helpful Hubby, assured me that once I'd drizzled it
and put some decorations on it, it would be fine.
And to be honest it tasted no different to the ones I made before.
Jess loved it and was cutting into it, 10 minutes after us turning up and
there wasn't much left when we left her, later that evening :)
One of the presents she got was some Yankee Candle goodies.
When we walked in, her house smelt beautiful. I do love the smell of scented
candles and Yankee Candle do have such a lovely range of bits.
I already have some of their oils and a couple of their jar candles, but Jess had these.
Now I have always thought that these were just little candles, similar to the tea lights.
But not so. Many of you probably already know this, but this is new to me and I was impressed.
They are called Tarts and you put them in the top of your oil burner, light a tea light
underneath and the wax Tart melts, giving off whatever beautiful smell you have
chosen. It's a brilliant idea, so much less messier than the water and oil
method. So I came home dug out my oil burners from the back if the cupboard
and on Monday went shopping and treated myself to some Tarts.
Now my house smells all Christmasy and tonight my Helpful Hubby will go up
In the loft and get all my decorations and lights down.
And tomorrow I can spend the day decorating the house.
Take care everyone