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Monday, November 21, 2011

                                           Mum at Work

This is my Christmas Challenge Post that we have to put up each Tuesday so that we get our list completed...it is posted on my Christmas Challenge blog but just wanted my regulars to see Mum at her best bless her old heart, we did this together but someone has to take the pics lol,Mum never wears an apron,I am the apron lover,yet her Mum never ever went without one.

                                                    Carole's week 3

This week has been slow sewing wise but I have completed some of my cooking  challenge.
It is the tradition in our family that the eldest has to do the Christmas pudding and the next generation cannot take over until the elder can no longer manage.
This year Mum found it really hard to stir the pudding once it was all together,and as we were the only ones in the house just the two of us stirred it, we also have the rule that everyone present stirs the pudding if they are present,last year we had family home so many wonderful love stirs we had.
So here are our pics..91(almost)years young as we made 2 puddings and 2 Christmas cakes.

 My Mum Joyce,we have the money soaking(we have used the same coins for all time as far back as I can remember),in our pudding,when you get a coin you pick a surprise from a basket and place the coin in the centre of the table.


 Mum getting the baking paper ready for the bottom of the pudding steamer,one cake almost ready to go  into the oven.
 Two lots of fruit on the boil,one Pineapple fruit cake mix and the other a traditional fruit mix.
 Looks good enough to eat, it actually looks a bit brown here but it was not burnt lol.
One pudding out another ready to go on.....we used to do the cloth ones but 3 years ago Mum found that our summers are so humid we had a mould problem so we do it is a steamer now...I was blessed this year,I got to stir and do most of the making,it is sad at the same time as it means Mums time of making them is close to an end and that makes me sad.
Well that's the main cooking done until the week leading up to Christmas when I do the mini puddings etc.
Back to sewing now and I have some little bags to make for the boys,copying one of the other blogs ideas and a pillow bag for Stephen as he is the only family member I have not made one for.
Hopefully they will be ready for next week..we will see lol


  1. We had stir-up-sunday here yesterday, how lovely that Mum is still so involved and enjoying it so much.

  2. How lovely what a lovely tradition. I like the way your mum is so engrossed with what she is doing. She is a natural in front of the camera. x x

  3. How lovely that you are together making special memories!
    such a sweet post!x

  4. You two have been busy. Looks very yummy!
    I like the idea of getting a gift from the basket if you get a coin in your pudding. Might have to pinch that idea for here!

  5. That cake looks PERFECT. Our coins (old siver 3d coins) are only for a wish. Like yours, the same ones have been used for as long as I can remember.

  6. Hello lovely! Wish I could pop in for a slice and a cuppa....
    Wonderful stuff
    Hugs x x x

  7. what a lovely heritage! I'm the only one who eats Christmas cake in our house so it always seems a bit pointless making one just for me :( Sad isn't it. When we were kids we used to hunt for the coin in the pud too but didn't have the surprises, just got to keep the coin. How amazing that you have been using the same coins for decades!

  8. What a beautiful tradition ! and you dear little mum is a national treasure, like my mum, the cakes and puddings look amazing my mouth is watering at the thought :o). I was only saying to my daughter (No1) last night, that we should have a family Christmas tree erecting day each year one here and one at her place being that we live over an hour apart and make it a BBQ day. Also I am about to loose my baby, she wants to move to Tamworth for work so Christmas seems touched with sadness in a way as I now have no little helpers about the place to help with the tree.
    Big hugs