Make Eat Get Read Go – December 2018

Or as we should possibly call it – the Christmas 2018 Edition.

Make – Christmas card

I’m of the increasing minority of people who likes to send Christmas cards. Now L is in school we made some for the staff at her school. As someone who spent a decade working in Primary education you’d think I have an idea as to what teachers link, nope. However one thing I know that will always go appreciated is a card made by the child. 

With that in mind we set up a production line. The trees were stamped with a cut up kitchen sponge and the baubles were painted on with a end of a cotton bud. Once dried we then decorated with a star using silver ink. 

 Eat – Beth Bakes Brownies

brownies baked by Beth Bakes with a gingerbread layer on the bottom and topped with a green meringue christmas tree

Or should that be what haven’t we eaten. This year has been the first time I’ve hosted Christmas at our house and in true style I never knowingly under cater.

I didn’t make Christmas cake this year, but did make a rather tasty Christmas pudding in the slow cooker and a stollen (using a recipe almost identical to this one from River Cottage).

One bitterly cold winter Sunday we headed in to Lichfield for their Christmas Food Festival. The food festivals held in Lichfield city centre are well worth a visit and there is no entrance fee.

While there in my continuous quest for brownies I came across Beth Bakes and her cute Christmas tree brownies. Such a simple yet effective way to decorate a brownie with meringue. The base of this brownie was a layer in gingerbread.

Get – Blossom Tree table centrepiece

christmas centrepiece made with greenery and pine cones in a tall grey weathered pot. In the centre is a thick lit white candle.

As I was hosting Christmas for the first time this year I wanted a candle centrepiece to see us through the festive season. I gave my florist friend Kerry from Blossom Tree a budget and rough idea of what I liked and she made this beautiful centrepiece for me.

As I write this, a week in to January, the beautiful centrepiece is still going strong.

Read Watch – Calendar Girls the Musical

My mum isn’t the easiest to buy for. She doesn’t drink, isn’t fussed about chocolate, smellies or fashion and always insists we don’t need to buy her anything. We’re not having any of that.

What she does enjoy is going to the theatre to see musicals once in a while. Early December Calendar Girls The Musical reached Liverpool and along with my sister we took mum for an afternoon at the theatre.

The catchy songs written by Gary Barlow and Tim Firth matched the story well and it was an enjoyable couple of hours at the theatre with an audience that was predominately women. The cast were fabulous and even managed to make slightly cold hearted me shed a tear.

Mum has requested that the next musical we take her to is Full Monty, so guess what we got her for Christmas?

Go – Liverpool Santa Dash

A child in their red and white santa suit getting ready to run the Liverpool Santa Dash 2018

Around the UK in December you may catch crowds of people dress as Father Christmas running the streets of cities to earn themselves a medal.

One of these races takes part in Liverpool and starts at the Liver Building. As well as the 5km race there is a 1km race for kids. Hubs and my sister did the 5km race before I ran the 1km with 4 year old L.

Even though L was full of cold and had a hacking cough she insisted on running the 1km with all her might. It may have been the novelty of running with mummy & daddy dressed as santa or the incentive of a medal and Cadburys selection box along with the crowds cheering and beating drums that kept her going.

I can see a Santa Dash becoming a new festive tradition for us. Even though it was cold, wet day there was a great atmosphere. Who knows I may brave the full 5km next year.

This is the first post I’ve written with the new WordPress 5.0 so excuse the odd bit of formatting weirdness, still getting used to new editor layout!

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