that fruit mix must be really lovely and moist
after soaking for so many weeks
- but no harm done at all !!
give it another stir and hopefully I will get to make it later today.
I want to make at least 3 cakes
so I really do need to get my act together
as I like the cakes to be able to sit and mature for a few weeks.
when I have the cakes baked & all wrapped up in plastic wrap
and a vintage tea towel all tied up with string
- sitting in my pantry, I am happy
& the pantry smells de-lish
but if i don't get baking soon, that won't happen.
two weeks before Christmas
I cut each cake into quarters, wrap it first in two layers of plastic wrap
then I put a sprig of holly
*you know, those vintage holly sprigs from the '50's*
on the top and wrap the whole thing in clear cellophane
*put the cakes in a basket in my foyer with vintage Christmas cake decorations tucked amongst them - old santas and reindeer*
ready to give to those that visit during the last week before Christmas.
I have done this for the past 5 years and it is now an expected tradition.
I succumed last night and I actually bought my first gift
- a collection of teeny marmalades for a family friend.
as to gift tags- I am going to make my own this year from luggage tags & collage them.
And somewhere last night, I found this wonderful Christmas site:
oh and I will be posting the Christmas cake recipe on *florence's cookbook* so watch for it!