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Seasons Greetings

December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas everyone! Hope you have a great day.

Dawn xxx

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Eggnog Day (and also Christmas Eve)

December 24, 2017

I have to confess I have never had eggnog, but I love the idea of it so today we are celebrating Eggnog Day (and Christmas Eve). You can buy it in shops, but I am sure home-made eggnog is far superior to shop bought. Here’s a wee recipe for you to try (I certainly will be):

You need: 3 ½ cups of milk; 1 ½ teaspoons of vanilla extract; 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon; a cinnamon stick; a pinch of ground cloves; six egg yolks; ¾ cup of granulated sugar; one cup rum (optional); one cup double cream; ¼ teaspoon of ground nutmeg.

Method: put the milk, vanilla extract, cinnamon, cinnamon stick and clove into a medium sized saucepan over a low heat. Bring it to a slow boil. Once it starts to boil, take the saucepan off the heat and let the cinnamon stick steep for two minutes before removing. Place the egg yolks and sugar in a mixer and whisk until pale and fluffy. With the mixer on low, add the hot milk mixture to the yolks and mix. Put the mixture back into the saucepan and heat on medium for about five minutes, stirring continuously.  Don’t let boil. Once thick and creamy, take off the heat and allow to cool a little. Stir in the rum (if using), double cream and nutmeg. Allow to fully cool before putting in the fridge overnight.  To serve: place in nice glasses and sprinkle with cinnamon. For a non-alcoholic eggnog leave out the rum.

 

Merry Christmas everyone!!

 

 

 

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Bake Cookies Day or as I Like to Put it ‘Bake Biscuits Day’

December 18, 2017

Personally, I think there are far too many Americanisms becoming the norm in British society, so I am renaming this Bake Biscuits Day. It’s your day to bake the biscuit of your choice and then sit back and enjoy the buttery deliciousness of your creation with a refreshing cup of tea.

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Gingerbread House Day

December 12, 2017

Oh, how I love gingerbread and gingerbread houses and what’s more Christmassy than the warm spicy smell of a gingerbread house pervading your home?

Today is Gingerbread House Day when gingerbread lovers are encouraged to make and decorate their own gingerbread houses. Failing that you can buy a kit or an already decorated one in the shops. It doesn’t matter how you get your gingerbread house, just that you have fun making it, displaying it and eventually eating it. Yum. Enjoy.

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November 30    My birthday, St Andrew’s Day and Stay Home Because You’re Well Day

November 30, 2017

As well as being my birthday and St Andrew’s Day (patron saint of Scotland), today is also Stay Home Because You’re Well Day.

Now I’m not advocating you phoning in “sick” to work and taking the day off, merely highlighting that today is the day it is.

Founded by Thomas and Ruth Roy, the point of this day is to take a moment to slow down and enjoy life. 

So if you’re up for it, take an annual leave day and stay home. Put your feet up, watch the telly or better still read a good book.

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November 23 Fibonacci Day

November 23, 2017

Today, which is also my friend Jane’s birthday (happy birthday Jane), commemorates the Fibonacci sequence and the man who brought it to the world’s attention in 1202…Leoardo of Pisa. He was the first to bring the sequence to the European world and raise awareness of its importance in the furthering of science. It first appeared in Indian mathematics and was connected with Sanskrit prosody.

To celebrate, study and research the sequence and where it appears in nature.

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November 17 Button Day (this day is dedicated to my friend Sharon who works with buttons)

November 17, 2017

Big and small, plastic and metal, ones with hols, ones with shanks. Buttons are everywhere and come in all shapes, sizes and colours.

Button Day was founded in 1938 as a celebration for all those who enjoy collecting and crafting with buttons (I am one of them, I love buttons).

To celebrate, start your collection. Snip them off old clothes and start a button box (or jar in my case). Reuse them in new projects.

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