Wednesday, 19 August 2015

A Wet Day Keeps Me In

Today it has been very wet all day, it was expected, my day was planned out in advance. Last night I let the Rayburn go out
This gave me a chance this morning to give it a good clean out and clean the flue, I got half a bucket of soot out of flue, The sweep is due next month,  the flue and soot box I do clear out on a regular basis, and the sweep pays us a visit twice a year.
She is now running lovely again.
It was then a trip into town to pick up some supplies, no point in wasting a fine day going into town.
When I got back I got started on making some Granola
 I used this as a basic recipe Granola Recipe and added dried blueberries dried apples and cranberries that I had in store and chopped nuts instead of the coconut.

 Next I got started on some mincemeat for Christmas,
I used Mary Berry's recipe here Mincemeat I omitted the peel and added cherries
It was smelling really Christmassy in the house while I was making this, It makes a change for me to get it made this early its usually an after thought and then its too late to make it.
 I will be donning full waterproofs later for a wet walk with Sol, his favourite part of walking in the rain is getting towelled off when we get home, shame he cant do the same for me :-)

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  1. Well done on being so organised for Christmas. I did laugh at you saying what a shame it is Sol can't towel you off!

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    1. I do lots of bits throughout the year for Christmas cant be doing with the last minuet rush :-)

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  2. Ooooh - now I'm craving mince pies. Fancy sharing you recipe? :)

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    1. There is a link to the recipe, I love mince pies and wait until christmas for them :-)

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  3. I can only imagine how heavenly your house smelled this afternoon.

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    1. I makes a change from the smell of pickling :-)

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  4. It was lovely & sunny here this morning we had coffee outside. However the rain has steadily poured down since 10 am! I bet your house smelt divine today x

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    1. This summer has been so wet I am hoping for an Indian summer :-)

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  5. It sounds like a great way to spend a wet day! With delicious results and smells too! xx

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    1. It was a choice between ironing or cooking the cooking won but the ironing may well be on todays list :-)

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  6. We had rain all day yesterday but blue sky sunshine today. Well done on getting so many useful jobs done today. Mincemeat making in august must be some sort of record breaker!

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    1. There is only 4 more pay days until Christmas :-)

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  7. I make an uncooked mincemeat, stored in a big earthenware jar, which I just add more fruit to, starting with layers of early windfall apples. shout if you want the recipe.

    Thanks for including the link to the granola recipe. I shall make some of that tomorrow.

    Wet days are for catching up (I nearly went grocery shopping too) and I have been shortening the hem on one of Tam's dresses today, and making pizza for supper.

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    1. Wet days are craft days for me would love to know your mincemeat recipe :-)

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  8. Ooh yummy, lovely seasonal smells!. I make my mincemeat in about November and love seeing it stored in the cupboard ready for mince pies and for presents of Christmas hampers. Also, our new house has a Rayburn like yours but a slightly lighter blue. Can't wait to get used to it!

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    1. I love the Rayburn its the heart of the home :-)

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  9. Another busy day for you, we spent a few hours in the car driving through the rain, but it's dry this morning.

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  10. Oooh I bet it smelt gorgeous in your house yesterday. Nice to be so prepared and spend a day doing all the indoor jobs.

    My dogs hate being towelled dry, two of them have seriously tickly feet too so it's a hot sweaty struggle to get them all done before I peel off my wet things and collapse in a heap :-)

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    1. I am teaching Sol to shake on command as well although he waits until I take my waterproofs off :-)

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