Thank you all so much for the kind and encouraging comments about the little dog bowl mat. Archie Woof's is nearly finished!
So as the days speed by like that galloping stallion I like to make a final? list and think whether as many angles are covered as possible.
I really am trying not to be sexist but it is usually the women among us who have been engrossed in the finer details of the Christmas madness. Getting to 60 and practising yoga has taught me one thing. You should never do anything just to get thanked. Do everything because you want to show you love and you care. I try every day to put my ego to sleep. I want to enjoy the things I do. I do not need recognition. However, It is interesting that my appreciation and observation of my comment numbers shows that it is easy enough to say these things but harder to practise them :)
Anyway, back to the cooks. I wanted to make something just for them.
Good old Pinterest.
Stove Top Christmas Pot Pourri.
I tried a set out this week and the whole house smelt of Christmas. You can let it simmer very gently all day and by adding more water or mulled wine ( if you have a drop to spare) you can reheat it again over the next day or two.
On Christmas Eve and on Christmas Day I am going to pop a batch in the slow cooker and leave it somewhere out of sight just to get the gorgeous aroma.
This is just so quick and easy. Gather the ingredients.
1 tablespoon of whole cloves.
4 Cinnamon sticks.
A cup full of fresh cranberries.
And I added a sachet of mulled wine spices.
Here's one I assembled earlier. All tied up in cellophane and ribbon.
Pop in the bag and tie on a label. I wrote the instructions on the reverse and I think it makes a sweet gift for the special cooks at this time of year.
In case you want to make a little bag. Here are the instructions.
Slice orange and break the cinnamon sticks in half. Combine all the ingredients in a small pan. Add 1/2 to 1 pint of water and simmer very gently.
Add more water if necessary. Mixture can be reheated as desired. Enjoy the holiday scent.
Talking of cellophane and cranberries. Every year I take my square vase, a sheet of cellophane and some cranberries. Tuck the cellophane in the glass adding cranberries as you scrunch it up and top up to the very top with water. It looks just like a glass of ice with cranberries frozen in the cracks.
It takes literally two minutes. A pretty perfect solution at this time of year.