Preparations for Christmas


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That's a great idea and those sort of things can't bake in advance. The lady next door does that and she sells it to her work mates.
Yes, I have a HUGE bowl to mix a fruit type loaf batter in it. I can get 6 loaf tins out of it. And bake them all at the same time. And as its cold here by then, I have a large popcorn tin to keep them in, in the unheated garage till I start giving them out. That reminds me, have to look on like for fancy tin liners to bake in instead of the usual parchment paper. The recipe I usually make is Cranberry Apple Walnut bread, has some good cardamon in it. When you cut it its very pretty.
 
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@Logan , have you ever frozen raw cookie dough for Christmas? When or if I decide to make Christmas cookies for Christmas. I will make my favorite recipe and roll the raw dough into a tube shaped, using wax paper and a good mailing tube from the Post Office for shaping, sliding it in the tube. Putting that in the freezer. after a day its all frozen solid. then take the cookie dough still wrapped in wax paper out of the mailing tube and wrap again with foil, putting it back in the freezer. Come December I simply take out the dough tube, slice off what I want to bake, sprinkle it, if wish, bake it and its Cookies. Been testing this method for years, find that the dough still tastes good and looks good even after a year wrapped well in the freezer. I do not thaw the dough first, by the way, but slice it frozen, not hard to slice.
 

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@Esther Knapicius I've seen recipes like that but i haven't done it myself, got too much frozen fruit in the freezer. But it sounds really good way to save time. In the past I've put short crust pastry already rolled and cut out for mince pies in the freezer. But i have to thaw it before i can use it, pastry and cookie dough does freeze well.
 
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Today, the butcher had out some turkey backs with necks. grabbed them up. of which now are simmering for the next 5 hours. will raise the fat and container the liquid for the freezer for later Turkey gravy or turkey soup etc. Home made goodness turkey bone broth.
 

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Today, the butcher had out some turkey backs with necks. grabbed them up. of which now are simmering for the next 5 hours. will raise the fat and container the liquid for the freezer for later Turkey gravy or turkey soup etc. Home made goodness turkey bone broth.
That's great, i always use the turkey bones to make stock out of. Then i use it to roast the parsnips in with the juices from the turkey. It's surprising how much more meat i can get off the bones doing that. I always use the pressure cooker, it just takes 30 minutes that way and still get the same results.
 
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That's great, i always use the turkey bones to make stock out of. Then i use it to roast the parsnips in with the juices from the turkey. It's surprising how much more meat i can get off the bones doing that. I always use the pressure cooker, it just takes 30 minutes that way and still get the same results.
well yes, that would be after I roast a actual Turkey for Thanksgiving. then about a week later after the pickings been done. the whole thing goes into a stock pot for 5 hours of simmering. But this is just raw backs and necks for now. also have made a Turkey pot pie for freezer.
 
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My wife has started on the many decoupage Christmas cards she makes every year for friends and family.

It becomes a labour of love, as they each have to be "just right." I think it causes her unnecesary stress, but it's her hobby and it's not for me to criticise.

I guess I don't help, as she always ends up with lots to do and starts to be conscious that she could run out of time. Particularly when I start playing this now and again on my leccy piano, starting in September.

 
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