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My freezer compartment has been filled with home-grown (I say home-grown, I didn’t actually grow them… they were already growing in the garden when I moved in!) blackberries (well, actually 49% blackberries and 51% frost and ice) since I moved in to Three Small Apples HQ almost 18 months ago. And since I’m probably not going to get around to thawing out the freezer anytime soon, I decided that it was probably quicker and easier to make blackberry and apple jam!

Blackberries, Ice, frozen, fresh frozen berries

Home grown berries. And home frozen ice.

Three Large Apples

Three BIG apples.

chopped apples, green apples

…gulp…(poor apples).

Sieve… Look how fast the spoon is moving!

Add a wee bit of sugar…

Actually, add body weight in sugar.

Ta-da!!

TA-DA!!! x 6

Now, to lounge around, eating jammy toast and feelin’ smug.

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Uh-oh… the weather isn’t looking good for Christmas!!

It’s not that I want snow (a white Christmas isn’t as much fun as you think it’s going to be when they close the Forth Bridges and you find yourself stuck in Fife for 3 days solid…!!) but can it just not rain? I have enough problems trying work out a hairdo ft. bobble hat without having to factor in frizz.

Oh, and I don’t want soggy presents either…

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It’s probably because I’m addicted to anything that could be deemed ‘twee’, but I do love a home-made gift.

Anything hand knitted, home sewn or personally stewed gets a two thumbs up (or the modern, less geeky equivalent…) from me.

Home made mince meat, floral, kirstie alsopp, fruit

Viv’s home-made mince meat, complete with floral cloth lid (*love*), does look a bit better than my slightly charred Earl Grey tea loaf…

Now, can I use this in my own mince pies and still call them home-made? Or would I guilty of mince meat theft?

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Call it a little premature, but I’ve already cooked the first Christmas dinner of 2011, and it’s very likely to be the first of 4 this year.  I just can’t get enough of the little pigs in blankets!

And of course, every meal that includes mini sausages wrapped in bacon is usually accompanied by a lovely little present(or 3!) to open.

Long gone are the days where you bought everyone a £5 bath set from Boots (Charlie Red EDT and Body Spray gift pack, anyone?)…  Instead I was lucky enough to get these gorgeous goodies:

Tea Shed, Alessi Birdie Kettle

From Gaelle:

Designer tea from The Tea Shed.  With cute names such as “Rosie Lee” and “Baby, it’s cold outside”, my Alessi Birdie Kettle couldn’t be happier!

From The Countess (not to be confused with Jimmy Savile’s mum, who was The Dutchess):

A  bath set that combines two my favourite things, ditsy Liberty print and Hello Kitty (who just happens to weigh the same as three small apples…)

Hello Kitty tries her hand at “Where’s Wally”…

And lastly, a little something from H:

Because my hands need to eat too…

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…which I don’t.

And neither does anyone else I know, so this is all just a bit of wishful thinking.

Owl, John Lewis, Liberty, Not on the High Street

John Lewis £50

I’ve been looking for some little features for my totally overcrowded book shelf, and think this owl lamp could be just the ticket.  Although the vacant eyes might give me the creeps at night…?

Maybelline, The Falsies, Waterproof, Volum Express

Chemists approx £8

This is seriously the best mascara that I’ve tried in YONKS.  It doesn’t uncurl just-curled eyelashes, it doesn’t budge with anything other than waterproof eye makeup remover AND you can build and build and build for mega lashes. I’m all about the mega lashes. I’d like a job lot of this please.

Lilash, eyelash growth serum

Currently only available in America. Approx $90

And while I’m talking about eyelashes, never mind building them up, this stuff MAKES THEM GROW. Seriously.  I’ve read a million reviews and this stuff apparently works! And not like the ‘put vaseline on your eyelashes’ and all those other beauty tips where you never ever see a difference (ever).  It actually makes them longer and thicker. Need. It.

Oasis, Sequinned, mini skirt, sparkly, sequin

Oasis £80

For the days when you want to dress like a glitter ball. Which, for me, is everyday.

Daria Morgendorffer, Jane Lane, Trent Lane, Quinn Morgendorffer, Upchuck

Another thing that isn’t actually available to buy here (or online by the looks of it. When did this exist?!).  Sob.

I so wanted to be in the Fashion Club.

Chloe, Darla, Net-A-Porter, It Bag

Darla by Chloe.  Net-A-Porter £1115

This is the most grown up bag in the world! If this doesn’t get rid of my inner Peter Pan (or Wendy perhaps? Was never able to pay attention to Hook. I hated Ruffio too much), nothing will!

Dish bunny, rabbit dish rack

Design 55 £27

Yes yes, what kind of person wants a crockery drainer for Christmas?! But this isn’t just any old crockery drainer… it’s got a rabbit on it!

Chase and Sorenson, Danish, Teak, Vintage arm chair

Mark Parrish £225

This is my perfect ‘reading’ chair. Well, almost perfect.  I’d fix/ruin it (depending on your idea of taste…) by recovering the cushions in some kind of gaudy, twee fabric obviously.

Diptyque candle

Liberty £38

And this is how I’d like my flat to smell while I’m sitting in my chair, wearing my sparkly skirt, watching Daria, growing my eyelashes etc etc…

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The Holy Grail of jumpers:

Topshop £46

Something to keep you warm in winter, but is still pretty/sparkly enough to wear to the pub without giving you that  ‘am frumpy, want to kill myself’ feeling…

 

 

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I know I recently swore off Starbucks after a bad hazelnut latte (the first one had too much water in it… the second one had too much coffee… the result? Queasiness and having to go to bed without dinner. I’m such a wimp) but I can’t not get excited about the red cups at Starbucks.  I’m just programmed to be a sucker for marketing.

The first toffeenut latte of the year didn’t induce any sicky feelings (maybe I’ve just had hazelnut syrup overdose? I have been drinking it for about 6 years) which is a very good sign.  Let’s hope the first gingerbread latte is just as successful.

And maybe this year, I’ll try an Eggnog latte? Gotta take a risk sometimes (!).

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