Happy Friday, friends!
Last Friday we got some really terrible news, our poor Brownie died at the vets where she was having treatment for a rare condition called AIHA. We buried her the next day and plan to get a rose or some other pretty bush to plant over her grave.
It’s so sad and surreal that she’s not here anymore or getting the chance to grow up like most other kittens. When Marty our tuxedo cat died very suddenly last year I thought that the only thing worst would be for a kitten to die, and now that has happened.
At the weekend I baked some of my Millie’s Cookies so I could update the photography on the recipe for y’all! Hopefully the new ones will be an improvement! I also noticed that canned pumpkin is currently on offer in Tesco (£1.50 for nearly 400g) – until Sunday. You can bake SO many delicious things with pumpkin – some of my favourites are these muffins and this pumpkin chocolate chip bread.
I also received two lovely packages this weekend! Sweet Success sent me a Christmas Cake kit, containing everything you need to ‘make’ your own Christmas cake, including the cake, marzipan, fondant, ribbons and decorations, a cake board and a box! They’re selling the kit in their shop in Nottingham for £10 if any local folk are interested! Do you go in for making your own fruit cakes for Christmas? Personally I don’t love the flavour, so it’s not something I’d consider making myself, but it was actually really fun decorating it myself – it would be a great thing to do with kids.
I also received an exciting package from Biscuiteers – their DIY decorations tin! I was so excited and jumped about like a child! I set about decorating them on a rainy grey sunday while listening to Christmas songs! What do you think?
I’ve noticed recently that Bella has learned how to open the drawers that we were keeping the cat treats in by pushing them from the back – she was then grabbing the treats, biting through the bags, and gobbling them up! She is about the greediest cat I think I’ve ever seen. We’ve now relocated the treats and hopefully she won’t figure out how to open the cupboard! She can also open a shut door – maybe she is pretty smart!
On Wednesday I went over to Helen’s house for a delicious dinner with my girlfriends. We enjoyed veggie chilli baked in peppers (I’ve tried to do baked peppers a few times but never terribly successfully) and it was realllly tasty. We had Haagan Das Salted Caramel Ice Cream with popping candy for dessert, which was absolutely delicious! It would taste so good on top of warm chocolate brownies!
Thursday evening I was invited out to review the newly refurbished Malt Cross in Nottingham. It’s a beautiful space, a former Victorian music hall that’s had many incarnations over the years, with a gorgeous vaulted ceiling, and a gorgeous craft shop too! I’ll bring you the full review soon!
This weekend I’m putting up my Christmas decorations! I have to also confess that I’ve been listening to Christmas songs already, but with all the sadness and stress lately I’ve needed cheering up!
I’m also trying out the brunch menu at Missoula Montana this Sunday (red velvet waffles, anyone?), after which I’m heading to the Christmas Cake Club! Um, possibly not a healthy day! I really need to try to eat better the rest of December to balance (somewhat!) all the extra cakes.
I’m making Snickerdoodle cupcakes with cute Christmas tree decorations! What are you up to this weekend? Any baking or Christmas decorating?