There’s Always One by Holly Geely | Advent 2018 – Day 23, 4th Sunday

There’s Always One By Holly Geely “My chestnuts are talking,” said Phillip. “I don’t need to hear your personal business,” said Mary-Anne. Phillip was her boss, and there are things about one’s boss that one never wants to hear. “No, really, my chestnuts are talking,” said Phillip. He held up his paper plate, recently filled at the buffet. Several of the roasted brown nuts had … Continue reading There’s Always One by Holly Geely | Advent 2018 – Day 23, 4th Sunday

Magical, Boozy, Nutty Christmas Cake by Marjorie Mallon | Advent 2018 Day 22

Thank you so much to Solveig or inviting me to participate in her Advent Calendar. 

Magical, Boozy, Nutty Christmas Cake

Simmer and Stir!!!

175g butter, chopped

200g dark muscovado sugar

750g luxury mixed dried fruit

Finely grated zest and juice of one orange

Finely grated zest of one lemon

100ml Amaretti plus at least 4 tbsps more 

85g macadamia nuts

3 large eggs, lightly beaten

85g ground almond

200g plain flour

Half a teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon ground mixed spice

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Quarter teaspoon ground allspice

Mugs of steaming mulled wine for you to drink while baking!

Some Christmas music in the background.

  • First things first grab a helper. A friend, family member (my daughter helped,) or a pet to keep you company whilst baking the cake. Be sure to offer the friend, or family helper a steaming mug of mulled wine but keep alcohol away from your cat or dog. Some doggy or cat treats would suffice instead.
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Christmas Away From Home by Katharina Barten | Advent 2018 – Day 21

Christmas Away From Home By Katharina Barten A year ago I was in Canada living with a host family and I was experiencing some Christmas traditions that we don’t have here or at least that I don’t practice. One of them was baking a gingerbread house. I had never done that before but I got to say that I really enjoyed it. Another thing that … Continue reading Christmas Away From Home by Katharina Barten | Advent 2018 – Day 21

A Child at Heart by Angela Guidolin | Advent 2018 Day 19

A Child at Heart

By Angela Guidolin

Anna’s necklace is simple, just the thin gold chain her grandparents gave her on her christening, and the long hankered for heart-shaped moldavite pendant her cousin Laura donated her on her birthday, almost a year ago.

Anna couldn’t believe her eyes when she opened the small cream box. Moldavite, one of the most powerful crystal on Earth, the one that brings about accelerated spiritual transformation and therefore changes in its owner’s life faster than any other crystal, was finally hers.

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Operation Santa Claus by Corina Carrasco | Advent 2018 – Day 17

Operation Santa Claus By Corina Carrasco Christmas, for most of us, is a very emotional time of year. It brings back memories, both good and bad; it brings us face to face with the end of the year and failures, both real and perceived. This is true for me, just like it is for everyone else. This morning, as I sat inside my idling car, … Continue reading Operation Santa Claus by Corina Carrasco | Advent 2018 – Day 17