some pics

just a quickie ^_^

thought i would share some little videos and pictures if i can get them to work ^_^

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please excuse the quality my camera is in its twilight years ^_^

now those of you who know me will get this but for those who are new to my blog this is santa yeah I know you guessed ^_^ ok it is like this some years ago when having my first child I knew I wanted christmas to be extra special -it is a long story but briefly my parents never celebrated christmas and I didn’t want my kids growing up not knowing christmas so somewhere between first and second child I had finally muddled my way through learning things like baking, cooking, preparing a huge xmas dinner etc and I knew I was planning my next child as soon as nature would allow me and I managed to start my own little christmas traditions so each christmas eve it goes like this, get up early too excited to sleep anyways, bake and usually consume too much lovely food, play for a while, usually board games or charades etc, then we all sit down and make our own gingerbread houses now I make this bit easy because now luckily you can buy separate gingerbread pieces etc so each child makes their own house and I usually make a sweetie village in gingerbread using premade gingerbread and you guessed it lots of sweeties, then at some point I will make an excuse to use the bathroom and while up there I put on a santa suit -this year as you can see I invested in a new suit, the old one had seen a few years and was a bit worn out ^_^ then I put a couple of toys just something small for each child in  proper santa sack, and hubby keeps them occupied while I sneak out the back door, then I make a big show of coming up the front driveway, I poke my head round the front room window, all dressed as santa remember, I love getting into the role ^_^ I wave through the front room window, do some very throaty ho ho ho’s and listen while they all squeal ‘ santa is here’ in I go sit on sofa and give each of them little pressie and then make a big show of how I have to go because I have to go round the whole world delivering presents that night because it is christmas eve you know ^_^ and away off I go, this picture you now understand ^_^ after more playing I sneak back in and pretend to have been in the kitchen the whole time as they rush through and tell me I missed santa ^_^ during the evening we all sit quiet and watch its a wonderful life and polar express and then I recite twas the night before christmas and off to bed they go one very excited happy bunch of kids and yup even the 19 year old still loves it ^_^and of course there s an even better day to follow because next day is xmas day ^_^

so sorry about the quality but my poor old camera has seen better days it is over ten year old now so I guess that makes it an antique ^_^ but this was sunrise a couple of days ago how amazing are those colours they were actually much more vivid but my camera is a pensioner so this is best I can do right now

and last but not least ^_^


my famous baileys irish cream chocolate cakes


200g caster sugar

200g margerine I always use stork buts its up to you

4 eggs

300g self raising flour I always use bero, or for the super choclatey version use 200g self raising flour and 100g chocolate powder I use galaxy instant chocolate powder

vanilla essence

cream sugar and butter until pale and fluffy or until you can’t bothered anymore

beat in eggs one at a time or like me you can forget beat in two then remember and do one at a time for the last two it don’t really matter

get your electric whisk and give it two minutes full speed or sing she be coming round the mountain a few times you can dance at the same time I use this stage to achieve my usual covered in cake mix look I have perfected

GENTLY fold in flour/flour and chocolate powder if they falls flat during baking then you obviously  didn’t listen to me when I shouted gently did you next time do it gently !

add couple drops vanilla essence one last fold again GENTLY

use desert spoon per cupcake case and it gives you perfect amount for each

place in oven around 180 now I have no idea what that is in any other form i just know that it says 180 on my oven basically not as hot as you would do pizza but not as cool as when you do casserole and bake about 15 minutes is usually spot on

now when no one is looking you can lick the bowl I do its my one meal of the day I look forward too ^_^

ok place on wire racks to cool and

in a bowl mix together a splash a generous splash- ok about half a cup – of baileys irish cream,

then pour some in a mug, go on fill it right up, and place to one side,

take the bowl and mix into the baileys some icing sugar, usually around 100g but more or less until you reach a consistency you are happy with I like it quite thick,

drink some of the  mug you put to one side,

I also add some extra thick fresh cream and some tiny chocolate flakes and mix again,

then drink some more of the mug in fact don’t bother placing to one side keep in hand and sip whilst looking at the mix to decide if it is yummy looking enough

mix with one hand while sipping mug until you are happy

when it is all mixed up and yummy looking try to place what is left after you have finished ‘tasting’ it on the cakes and place some yummy chocolate buttons on the top or chocolate flakes then finish the mug of baileys

these ones I made for brownies my youngest goes to brownies but all the girls have given brownies a go over the years youngest seems to like it there for the moment, anyways these are same recipe as above only make red cream icing which is just red food colouring and icing sugar mixed with single fresh cream or double if you don’t care about calories and covering with tiny marshmallows no baileys but hey these were for the brownies anyways

next week I may cover making bread with baileys, it always smells lovely mind the baileys doesn’t actually go in the bread it goes in a mug which you sip from while waiting for the bread to rise, I have been told you can make the bread without getting any baileys but I reckon they were just mean nasty lies and am quite sure the bread will not taste anywhere near as good

love to all



13 responses

  1. I love these pictures!!! And you..xo

    1. aww thank you my gorgeous mims i rather think i have eaten too many though i feel so full and fat ^_^ i am trying real hard not to touch the brownies ones lets all pray now that they still exist tomorrow when we take them to brownies because i do not have enough time to bake tomorrow i is volunteering my hair ^_^ my oldest is training to be a hairdresser so guess who gets to be her guinea pig ^_^ i actually love having my own hairdresser it is fab ^_^ thank you my darling for dropping by hugs and loves to you forever xx

  2. Thank you for sharing your culinary secrets with us. I think I’ll try wit the Bailey cookies and I’ll let you know 😉 Cheers.

    1. oooh now that sounds good i never tried that darn if i didnt have to go out tomorrow i would do that give us a message soon as you’re done let me know how it went what you used etc i am always open to new (baileys) recipes ^_^ thank you for dropping my friend and for new ideas have a super day, hugs x

  3. OOOOOHHHH…I love Christmas at your house! It’s downright perfection! And I just know that your kids will all carry on with their own families one day, how could they not? And, wow…you put the recipe on here! Whoo Hoo…can NOT wait to try this. You are motherhood incarnate my lovely friend…you were MADE for this….xoxo

    1. awww my gorgeous rhinda i just tries me best ^_^ i have always hated cooking but my kids won’t eat other food they got too used to mine plus sounds odd but my kids hate junk food even when we have pizza its pizza i made! i do think i make the best chilli though i confess it bears no resemblance to any other chilli on earth but it is super and my kids love it i guess the secret though is being able to adapt i have tried over the years to adapt recipes others use to something my kids will enjoy although in the case of the youngest i just give up she will eat my bread and porridge odd but there you go ^_^ thank you my gorgeous for coming round my place twice in one day well one time zone ish ^_^ it is wonderful feels like its been a party in my blog today ^_^ love hugs and many cookery adventures my darling hugs you probably covering you in flour but loves all the way xx

      1. I welcome the flour shower! And I bet your kids love YOUR cooking because it’s filled with love. Bet my right sock on it (that’s cuz I can’t wear a sock on the right just yet and it’s available)…and yes…it does feel like a kizzylee party day…so much love coming from you today. Despite it all, you still manage it. Bless you….xoxo

  4. There’s a cake for that? You know, the Bailey’s Irish Cream? You’d waste it on cake?
    😀 😀

    1. you know what else is nice pour baileys over ice cream and crumble a flake on top now that is one seriously good desert ^_^ hugs xx

  5. Happy New Year – belated Merry Christmas and very belated Happy Birthday dear kizzylee!

    Looks like you had a sweet and lovely Christmas. 🙂

    1. hey wonderful to hear from you dear steffi and thank you for your kind words i hope you also had a lovely xmas and new year this new year does feel good to me i really hope it will be a good year for all of us thank you my friend for dropping by and saying hi and i hope you have a super weekend hugs xx

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