Friday, December 20, 2013

Countdown to my holiday

Hi Everyone, like many people the world over, I find this time of year very busy with work, family and home.  This year has been no exception: this week I have had to move to a new office (like about 4 metres away from my current office) and assist other colleagues with similar unfathomable re-locations.  Luckily the fruit has been ripening up at my garden /other section and I have been able to de-stress in the evenings by picking raspberries, black and red currants, and one or two gooseberries.

Despite being hot and dusty for most of the week while arranging the moving of furniture and people, and changing phone extensions etc, I have managed to rock a couple of lovely polyester dresses:

1980's (??) polyester dress with pussy bow and pleated skirt, and belt both from the St V de P.  Melissa Boots and a retail denim jacket.   Yummy red currants, top right, mini banana muffins bottom right, prune and port truffles - dipped in cocoa or dipped in white chocolate

Crazy neon yellow green purple and blue polyester dress bought off Trademe, worn with in your face neon yellow flower and Melissa Boots.  Jacket and belt both retail.

It is also the time of year to experiment with food - the prune and port truffles for example.  They were quite messy to make and taste nice, but if I make them again I will definitely adjust the recipe as they were very sweet - even for me a notorious sweet tooth!!   The banana muffins on the other hand are a recipe I have used for more than 15 years and is fail safe. For a special morning tea at work I made mini ones, knowing that one can comfortably eat one or two or three.  Another experiment of the culinary kind is to do with the tonnes of blackcurrants and the redcurrants.  I have decided to turn my hand at blackcurrant liqueur and blackcurrant chutney, and a redcurrant and red onion relish.  

Okay, need to go get some supplies and the sun has come out so more fruit will be ripening.  I am SO looking forward to Christmas Eve - it will be the start of a three week holiday with my family.  YAY.

Bye for now, Penny-Rose


  1. I love that second frock! Such beautiful, vibrant colours. I didn't realise you were such a gardener - yum! Fresh summer fruits (it always tastes better than the stuff from the super market). I can't wait till Christmas eve - I am so wiped out by this year!

  2. Loving that pussybow frock an the colours in the second one! You're making me very envious with all that fresh produce and tasty baking. Great idea with the mini muffins, normal size ones are so filling! xxx

  3. Beautiful fruits, love the furry bee bottom poking out of the flower, and your frocks are gorgeous too! xxx

  4. Yay for holidays.......merry Christmas sweet.......I hope you have a fantastic day......much love v

  5. Sorry for my delayed comment AGAIN.....I swear I forget that I hadn't commented! Isn't the print on both frocks fab. The first one is so pretty, love the neck tie. And the second one is funky...great colour combination & that flower is gorgeous. I hope you enjoy your holiday break, & have a lovely Christmas day with the Mr & Miss M. Much Love to you! Xx

  6. Hi Penny Rose!

    Looking forward to our Christmas Eve as well! I'm on holiday so i have extra time to do what others didn't do and last minute prep -

    No lovely fruits here just friggin snow, lots of iit!



  7. Polyester frocks are my bag, and I especially love that first one with the tie!
    Happy Holidays, lovely! XXX


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