A week of festivities have been well underway at Fabulous Times H.Q. In the midst of the tinsel, turkey and treats, I thought I’d share a mini photo diary from all of us here, to wish you a very merry Christmas! We decked the halls of our pad in Manchester’s Northern Quarter ready for a season of good will, indulgence and soirees with some of our BFF’s. This year was the first time we spent Christmas home alone, with our parents out in the states, welcoming in the birth of our niece Celeste!
Here are a few pictures of our fabulous tree and the pomander balls I made. Pomander balls are a historical tradition where oranges are pierced and decorated with whole cloves to give off a jolly lovely scent. I displayed the pomander balls with a few cuttings from our Christmas tree and placed them on the window sill in the stairway, giving the house a smell of Christmas as you walk through the door. >Divine< Our friend Vinnie bought us a pretty excellent pink, glittery birdie decoration from the Natural History Museum, which has taken pride of place on the tree.
My dearest friend the very talented artist and illustrator Miss Pybis popped by and dropped off the most incredible home-made hamper, complete with Marmalade, flavoured oils, mince pies and giant red bow, which I placed at the top of our tree! Gina brought Isaac round for some cuddles! do you remember Gina’s baby shower back in summer? just look at the size of Isaac now!
Christmas day meant a whole heap of present opening, feasting and fun. I was beaming with happiness unwrapping my new book, ‘Recipes for a good time’ looks like someone was taking note when I instagrammed my lust for this book the other week. Theresa bought me the ideal ‘schwing’ a la Wayne’s World necklace which I’ve been wearing ever since.
It was my very first time to cook Christmas dinner and I dare say, it was a bloomin’ success! After a couple of weeks of nerves, I had decided on the menu and done the majority of the prep the day before. I opted for a turkey crown complete with ‘pigs in blankets’ and ‘ devils on horseback. For the sprouts I roasted them with blue cheese, walnuts and cranberries and a dash of lemon juice, the bitterness of the cranberries off set the sprouts and creamy cheese >perfect< You can see all recipe ideas on our Christmas Pinterest board. Here you can see Isabel and Theresa showing their approval!
Merry Christmas fabulous friends and here’s to another year of adventures!
‘My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?’ ― Bob Hope