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Thursday, December 24, 2009

MY CHRISTMAS WISH FOR YOU


My Christmas wish for you, my friend
Is just a simple one
For I wish you hope and joy and peace
Days filled with warmth and sun
I wish you love and friendship too
Throughout the coming year
Lots of laughter and happiness
To fill your world with cheer
May you count your blessings, one by one
And when totaled by the lot
May you find all you've been given
To be more than what you sought
May your journeys be short, your burdens light
May your spirit never grow old
May all your clouds have silver linings
And your rainbows pots of gold
I wish this all and so much more
May all your dreams come true and
May you have a Merry Christmas

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS CAKE




Countdown to Christmas Day in on....... O days now, only hours away, but there
is still time to make this delicious cake. This is one of our favourites, it smells
scrumptious, and I promise I only tested 1 nut to make sure they are crunchy!


Night before Christmas Cake
175g unsalted butter, softened
225g brown sugar
275g self-raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
175ml buttermilk
2 eggs
Grated rind of 1 lemon
Grated rind of 1 orange
225g fruit mince
2 tbs brandy
Florentine topping
50g hazelnuts
50g blanched almonds
85g brazil nuts
140g red glace cherries
100g golden syrup
Icing
2/3 cup (100g) icing sugar
2 tsp lemon juice
Method
Preheat oven to 160°C. Grease and line base of a 20cm springform cake pan. Beat butter and sugar in bowl of an electric mixer until light and fluffy, sift flour and baking powder and stir into butter mixture with buttermilk and eggs. Stir in rinds with fruit mince and brandy. Spoon into pan and bake for 1 hour.
Meanwhile, for florentine topping, place nuts, cherries and golden syrup in a saucepan and warm over a medium heat. When cake has cooked for 1 hour, remove from oven and spread topping over. Return for a further 15-30 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Cool, then transfer to a rack to cool completely.
For the icing, mix together sugar and lemon juice, place in a piping bag with a small nozzle and drizzle over cake. Decorate with ribbon, if desired.

A BEAUTIFUL LITTLE FACE

I put this beautiful little rose in my kitchen
window, and each time I went back into the
kitchen, the sun had moved a little further
around.

Here the sun seems to be shining right through
the petals, and see the reflection in the window?





By now it is almost dusk
It's such a pretty face.




Friday, December 4, 2009

CHRISTMAS PARTY 2009



Sharing fun and happiness... NOTHING could have been
more entertaining! To each and everyone a heartfelt
thankyou for a wonderful year of love and learning.
Now sit back, relax and enjoy the Movie

video
Go here and click to make your picture full screen,
and join in the fun.
http://www.youtube.com/user/7birdsonawire