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Monthly Munch: December

Cakes!  Christmas!  Snow!  Family visits!  It's been a packed month all right. Toby - was a very sweet shepherd in his preschool nativity play, and seems to have that part of the Christmas story pretty well sorted: "The shepherds saw angels, they were just floating around.  They said, 'Don't be afraid.'  Then oodles more angels came and they all sang a song." - impressed one of the preschool staff by identifying 473 as four hundred and seventy-three, rather than telling her the individual numbers.  - loves the carol A Partridge in a Pear Tree (is that the actual title?) - wanted an ice cream even when it was freezing cold outside Quotes: On seeing some Christmas lights: "Wow!  That's delicious and fabulous." Playing doctor:  "I'm a good doctor... just sometimes I do bad things." And a joke to finish: "Why did the chicken drink lots of coffee?  Because it had to cross the road so many times."

These ol' Whites

Most of you have probably been following our exploits on here anyway, but here's a quick reminder of what happened for us in 2014.  Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all! Theo, Theo, he played one, out into the world did come; With a knick, knack, paddy whack, what a lot of Whites -  Gave us lots of sleepless nights! Graham, Graham, he played two, bought himself a bright canoe; With a knick, knack, paddy whack, what a lot of Whites -  Paddling it's a sheer delight! Toby, Toby, he played three, he grew up and learned to read; With a knick, knack, paddy whack, what a lot of Whites -  Takes a book to bed at night! Martha, Martha, she played four, baked some cakes and then some more; With a knick, knack, paddy whack, what a lot of Whites -  Winning prizes left and right! Graham, Graham, he played five, loves to see those fast cars drive; With a knick, knack, paddy whack, what a lot of Whites -  Took Toby to the race tr

Not an Advent post

I'm afraid I haven't even managed Sundays in Advent this year.  My Dad is doing an amazing job, though: rounding up all the sheep in the Bible and telling their stories through the mouth of a little girl named Emily.  So if you are starved of Advent reading material, drop by the Sheep Shelter . Meanwhile, the reason that my writing efforts fizzled so quickly is that not one but two friends asked me to make cakes for them!  On the same weekend - eek!  Including techniques I had never tried before - aagh!  So I gulped and said yes... Here's the "easy" one first.  My neighbours, who ordered this cake, helpfully supplied a hand-drawn template for the picture, which did make life simpler.  Then it was just a matter of carving the cake and laying out the fondant - which still takes no inconsiderable time. Vroom! And here's the one that took me all week and several tense moments: Now if you consider that my previous modelling experience amounted to a