We will be seven for lunch, but I am determined that we will be non-traditional, I am very determined on that. We will BBQ some beef, have hot Pink Eyes from the garden, salads and thats about it. My brother is bringing one of his famous trifles, hopefully bursting with fresh raspberries from his garden, and Sarah and Karina are bringing salads. Sarah mentioned she still had a Christmas pud in her freezer from last year so I am sure she will add that to the menu...I will make sure there is plenty of cream and I may just stretch to making some brandy sauce, just in case. Chris has pointed out that we have a jar of deliciously lemony fruit mince in our refrigerator from last year as well, so there may also be a plate of mince tarts on the day.
My nephew has phoned to ask us all to his place for Christmas eve drinks, so we will catch up with that section of family, which will be lovely. He is a fabulous cook and host and I am looking forward to seeing his recently renovated back yard.
I finished off my third assignment for the unit I was completing at UTas...I struggled a bit and thought I was going to be sweating it out at the deadline, but like most things, once you put your mind to completing the job, it gets done. We have to wait until late February before our marks will be available, but that is not a problem for me...it is done to the best of my ability and it is an ungraded pass unit and I already have 50% from the first two assessments...all good.
Also I have sent off a few more Christmas cards...I got a bit sneaky though as I wanted to use cards I already had in my boxes. I went through them and pulled out several with red or green card bases, added some glittery sequins or red sprinkles, whatever went well, added a sentiment and they were good to go...I think they were nicer almost than the ones I made specially.
I have also completed two journals...both for design teams (I am now officially on two of them!) and although they won't be released until January, which is when I commence my term of office, I have included a tiny sneaky peak of them here...watch for more on this exciting topic come January...
Better go, my job for the day is the kitchen...I still have the refrigerator and the large oven to clean, but I do need to pace myself, so these bits may take a day or two to finish off....
I hope your run-up to Christmas is as relaxed and pleasant as mine...(but then, I'm not doing any shopping!),