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We woke up to the most beautiful wintery day today.  Jack Frost had done us proud and I wanted to make the most of every glittery, sunshiney moment before I start a set of night shifts tonight.  We headed to Crickley Hill, which is our favorite spot for nearby, easy countryside walking.  Maisy is just too old and blind to enjoy these outings anymore, so we just took Bertie.  And it was breathtakingly, heart-stopping exquisite.  I’ve always hated Winter but these types of days make me feel so differently about this season.

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Banana Bread

I used to make the following recipe all the time.  It’s quick, easy, uses leftovers and comes out perfectly every time.  Somehow, I managed to loose the scrap of paper I had it written on.  I remember originally getting the recipe from Money Saving Expert‘s forum.  Roll on about four years later…and today I stumbled across it again!  Happy days.

So here it is, so I can’t loose it again!

You can play around with the ingredients, use less sugar, part whole wheat flour, add cinnamon or nutmeg, etc.

In your mixer bowl throw in…

2-3 over-ripe bananas
1 cup (or less) sugar (white/brown/whatever)
3 tbsp veg oil
2 eggs
2 cups self-raising flour

I like a teaspoon of mixed spice or cinnamon.  Adding chocolate chips are nice, as is raisins or walnuts.

Mix for a few minutes then put all the mix into a cake tin.  Bake at 180 degrees in a fan oven, for around 45 minutes.

Easy and delicious.  It’s also nice with butter and jam.  Mmmmmm.

 

Who said bad luck comes in threes?

1.  Pranging the neighbour’s bumper with our car……………………………..£180

2.  Dropping a new bottle of the dog’s insulin……………………………………£ 30

3.  The plastic housing coming off the water pump on the car…………….£230

4.  Dropping my phone and smashing the screen………………………………£ 70

5.  Add to that an expensive year anyway (unexpected trip to Kenya

for Lily for her Grandfather’s funeral, a school trip to Barcelona, etc, etc)

………………………………………………..EQUALS……………………………………..£0 left for Christmas.  Oh well.  It’s just as well that I had already decided that we would be focusing on the real meaning of Christmas this year anyway!

Last night for FHE we watched this video.  It is a really beautifully made version of the nativity story.  We also started a scripture paper chain and are planning to read from these each night.

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This is what it’s really all about. This is so beautiful.

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas…

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The Christmas tree went up yesterday. I think that’s the earliest we’ve ever started our Christmassey build up but we couldn’t wait any longer!

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After a rugby tackle, a headlock and a heated discussion it was agreed that it was Lily’s turn to put the star on the tree this year.

And our decorating theme this year is ‘the more the merrier’. Like it is every year. Otherwise known as ‘throw every decoration we’ve ever owned onto the tree’. And I love it!