And so this is Christmas…

Christmas has snuck up on me this year, and admittedly, I’m not feeling the Christmas spirit. Flyboy’s work roster was released mid December and as it turns out, the powers that be, don’t want him to be home for Christmas, so he’ll leave tomorrow morning (the 24th) and return home just before New Years Eve.

It will be sad for me, sad for the kids and especially sad for FlyBoy, but we’ve decided that tonight, we will have our special little Christmas dinner, even though it’s a couple of days early. I’ve been to my local Woolworths and stocked up on some yummy products from their Gold range. Have you seen these speciality products around the store?

I wanted to buy a Turducken (mainly because I’ve seen Hugh Fernley-Whittingstall make one on River Cottage). A Turducken is a combination of marinated turkey, chicken and duck, wrapped around eachother, ready to roast… but they’d sold out. So instead, I bought a Gold Turkey Breast Portion stuffed with fruit and nuts and covered with bacon.

You can’t go wrong with bacon, now can you?


GOLD Turkey Breast


I’ll probably roast some potatoes, pumpkin and steam some green beans and here we’ll have our little family pre-Christmas dinner.

We’ve felt some Christmas love from some of the companies I’ve worked with over the past year. We received a hamper, filled with Christmas goodies from the lovely people at Woolworths. It contained some yummy treats to feast on, this holiday season. A Gold Hidden Cherry Centre Pudding which I’m saving for Christmas day.

A Salted Carmel Selection, which we ate after the kids were in bed. Deliciously indulgent Gold Cranberry and Clementine Mince Pies, which were also eaten quickly. Have you tried them yet?


GOLD Cranberry and Clementine Mince Pies


With only a couple of days to go, it’s time to take the turkey out of the freezer, so that it’s ready for roasting on Christmas Day.

The presents are all bought, wrapped and under the tree. I would have loved to make more handmade this year, but ran out of time. There’s always next year… right?

How are your Christmas plans going?

Did you make as many gifts as you would have liked?

Are you having Christmas at your house?

What are you cooking, baking, making, preparing?


  1. What a pity Anorina. I hope you have a lovely night tonight. Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas. Hugs, Christine

  2. Enjoy your night tonight, there are still beautiful memories to be made together and in your new home. hugs to you all.

  3. yes enjoy tonight and your hubby will be back before you know it,merry xmas to you and your family Anorina.xx

  4. Christmas is all but over for us. We went away the weekend before last to share Christmas with my sister, her children, her sons-in-law, hoer grand-daughter, our mum, and our Dd and her family. On Tuesday, DD and family arrived here. Mum arrived on Thursday. On Saturday, we had Christmas (ha mad turkey with salad followed by a choice of Christmas pudding or fruit salad) here with my brother and his family, mum, mum-in-law, Dd and family. Yesterday we took mum to Strathfield station to make the trip home, then went to WM's extended family (he's the eldest of six and his mum has seventeen grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren) get-together . For the first time in 36 years of marriage, WM are having Christmas on our own.

    I know a little of the sadness you feel. wM worked shift work for many years and there were times when he slept through Christmas or worked during the day. We have never been separated at Christmas though. It's just an arbitrary date (the church took a pagan festival and turned it into the birth of Christ -- no sensible shepherds were watching flocks out in the snow!) so celebrate Christmas together when you can and celebrate it in style! Have a wonderful day.

  5. So sorry to hear about Flyboy!! At least you were able to enjoy a family gathering tonight :) ... We're visiting with family this year for Christmas. I've got most of the presents ready - a few more to make (lemon butter ;) ) - but I've certainly not made as many handmade gifts as I'd hoped to make through the year! Hoping to get in early and plan well in advance next year :) ... Wishing you a lovely day with your children on Wednesday!! Hugs!! xx

  6. as lond as you have fun then it does not matter what DAY you celebrate x Having had me as a mother my kids are used to it being when we can x (I was a nurse for 40 years xx)

  7. My husband works shift work so I know how you feel. The important part is you celebrate -- whenever it is - just celebrate. The kids will learn valuable lessons and you'll still have your memories.

    I made what I intended to make but I still feel the urge to play with holiday fabric so I'm continuing to work on a postage stamp quilt out of Christmas fabrics. More Christmas fabrics should arrive today.

    Merry Christmas!

  8. Your dinner menu is making me hungry. We've had one ham dinner and will have a turkey dinner on Christmas. I've made a few gifts, always need to make more. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas.


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