Monday, 15 December 2008

Christmas is coming



I start to realize Christmas is close when it's time to make the Christmas puddings. It's hard to find a continuous six hour stretch when I'm going to be home for cooking them, that doesn't include the preparation. I made them for years, then my father said he would like to give it a try, so he and my mother took on the task for about ten years. He asked last year if I'd mind taking over again as his arms aren't quite up to the mixing. I couldn't complain considering he was eighty seven last week. The small pudding is for them as a they are the 'official taste testers'.




We had some much needed rain over the weekend, it's hard to believe looking at this photo that it's summer. My poor roses were swamped with the deluge. The garden is now taking on a tropical feel, when the sun comes out, with all the lush new growth.


I'm trying to add some stock to my Etsy. I've added another small hand made journal, some more fabric and button kits, although I see one has sold which is great, Thanks Shirley.
I've had requests for my hand carved stamps in the past so I thought I'd give them a go too. The leaf one below will be in my store shortly.




27 comments:

Sam Marshall said...

OOOhh those puddings!!!Mmmm
Love the new items for Etsy. Your carved stamp looks fantastic!xxx

Steph said...

I keep telling myself that one Christmas I'll make pudding but the hours of cooking are too much for me! I'll stick to make a Christmas cake ! Cool stamp !

ginny said...

What kind of pudding???
I have only made persimmon pudding, but the persimmons are not to be found yet this year.
I love your scraps book in the previous posting.

Candace said...

Hi Ro!
Here, I no longer make puddings (my grandmother did so I really should continue that) but I make my mother's black walnut cake. Mmm. Nothing like hers but still...

Your stamps are lovely! And so are the photos of the gardens and areas. Here in the US of A we are having the cold and the snow and ice everywhere, it seems. It's great seeing that it's summer somewhere in the midst of this.

Your Correspondent in Georgia

Shayla said...

Mmmm! Love plum puddings. The stamp turned out really nice.

Dot said...

Hi there Ro

Your puddings will be delicious I am sure! And the new carved stamp looks wonderful.

I caught up with Jacky on Sunday and she gave me the beautiful collage she had bought for me from your exhibition. I love it Ro! And am so thrilled it is mine. I remember admiring this at the exhibition and didn't know that Jacky had bought it for me. It is beautifully framed too. Will find a lovely spot to hang it in my home.

And I popped over the Monica's blog and saw your 10 x 10 quilt piece for the quilt project. It is beautiful Ro - lot's of lovely color. I am so pleased we are in this project together.

Sending you love and good wishes for the festive season - wish I was a taste tester of your puddings :).

Dot xx

grrl+dog said...

mm.. That is something I should do before I die... there was a big debate on how using suet like the old fashioned way was actually better...but then..where do you get suet??

Jen Crossley said...

I love christmas pudding my dear mum used to put cold tea in her's.
Your new stamp looks great.Is there no end to your talents Ro
Jen

Jacky said...

Yum yum.... looove homemade Christmas pudding.
I used to always make one for our family in the calico cloth (my favourite part the skin!!!).
I'm the only one who eats it now, so have stopped making them.
Love your handcarved stamps and will definately keep an eye out for them. I used one of your leaf ones in my journal class and loved it!

Jacky xox

Robyn said...

Instead of the usual plum pudding, my mom used to make cherry pudding every Christmas. Soooo delicious!
I love the journal you are making in the last post Ro.

Jo Horswill said...

Ro, yes the "rain" wow, what a deluge, so needed...
Those plum puds look amazing! and I love your hand carved stamp!

femminismo said...

Any blooming flowers look good to this cold Oregonian! Puddings - you are ambitious. Have a slice for me on Christmas, with tea and cream and sugar. Love the stamps. I carved another lady face and bought two new blocks today. Maybe I will try something botanical. - jeanne

Chris said...

I'm going to get that journal! I better not be late!!

Jackie said...

How fortunate you are to still have bothparents. I hope they enjoy the puddings.

JuliaRose said...

Hi Ro,
Wishing you a very happy Christmas...enjoy the pud...and a prosperous and peaceful NEw Year...in 2009!!!...
thinking of you...Julia...xx

Jeane said...

Hi Ro = well I've heard of plum pudding of course, but I don't have a clue what it is - for us it is the pan of fudge that is tradition - so many variations and all the christmas cookies of course - your summer looks so nice - here we are in the deep freeze with a huge storm on the way - thanks for your kind comments on my blog!

Misty said...

oh Christmas Pudding? what is in it....six hours, now that is love! ;-)
Happy Birthday to your father and Merry, Merry Christmas to you and your family!
Wishing you healthy, happy, full new year!
xo

Abby Creek Art said...

How'd the pudding turn out, Ro? James makes fruitcake every year from an old family recipe. No one will eat it except Maise...hee hee...just kidding!

Happy Holidays!xox

Sandra Evertson said...

Your stamps are fabulous! Really have such a vibrant alive feel and look to them!
Season's Greetings!
Sandra Evertson

sharon young said...

Oh yummy!!! home cooked Xmas pud, I can taste it already!
Love the new journal and stamp.
Have a great Xmas and enjoy your tropical heat, I sooooo..... envy you.

yvette said...

never ate them.....happy hollidays

Waltraud said...

Wish you a merry christmas and a happy new year,
Waltraud

Holly Loves Art said...

Hi Ro and happy holidays to you! Yummmmy pudding. Looks like fun to make. I only remember making some on the stove (out of a box, sadly) when I was a young girl.

Hope you're having fun!

Holly

Julie H said...

I can almost smell the pudding, thank goodness Mum does all that though.

Have a safe and happy Christmas.

Chris said...

That STAMP! What beauty! I don't know what Christmas pudding is... it has to be stirred a lot? I'm a naive girl from a fly-over state. If it's not grits or fried chicken I don't get it.
I'll go look it up. I bet I can stir pretty good after so much cookie baking!

mcdc3s said...

Yum!
That stamp is great too.

Jane said...

Wow......woman, you're an ispiration.
I've got to check out those carvings.
Thanks for dropping by my blog.