Sunday, 20 November 2011

Stir up Sunday

Here is a link to the Wiki definition of Stir up Sunday and even though I am the only Christmas pudding and cake eater in the house it hasn't stopped me today.  There was a really quick and easy pud recipe by Jamie Oliver in yesterday's Mail Weekend magazine and as I had all of the ingredients in the store cupboard there was no excuse!

I used the ramekins that supermarket desserts come in to make individual ones and one large one .... the smaller ones are steamed in the oven for an hour and I have to admit to scoffing one already .... it was delicious and not too sickly and rich like shop bought puds and yes you aren't seeing things there is Guinness in the recipe.

I've been out this morning stocking up on animal feed for our menagerie which now includes two goldfish and another bantam ... she is a Bantam Quail and is currently acquainting herself with the other chooks.

Hopefully I have enough supplies to last into the new year which is frighteningly only 7 weeks away .... how did that happen!

We took a team of OH's canaries to a show in High Wycombe yesterday and with time to kill we hopped onto the M40 and headed north to Bicester Village .... I have neither the dosh, inclination or patience for shopping centres and much prefer my usual second hand shopping haunts but there is a Cath Kidston outlet here and I wanted to see what fabrics they had.   My goodness you would never believe that we are in the grips of a recession after seeing how full the car park was at 9.00 am and the masses of people chucking their credit cards about.  I am strictly a cash only type of girl now and very careful about how I spend it .... the CK fabric here is £12 a metre which I can put up with but I would never pay full price or the stupid money that some people seem to do on a well known online auction site.

I had to rub my eyes when I saw the price tag on this lovely sewing box .... only £10 reduced from £40 ..... now that's what I call a bargain.

The purse was a special treat to myself as I have had another very good sales month at Country Matters and I was in need of a new one.

The whole place is twinkly with all the Christmas stock on sale and there is something new every week.  Based in an old village hall in Hexton it is open on Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday and has a gorgeous tea room with home cooked food and a lovely fire to warm your cockles whilst sipping tea and eating cake.

Now where was I????? Going off on a tangent again .... after CK I couldn't stomach any more of Bicester so we headed off to Brackley Antique Cellar which was only about 15 mins away.  We haven't been here for years and it was nice to see how it had changed and expanded.

Debbie over at Vintage Wants Not Needs and Annie of Vintage at the Corner House have units here and I really did missing seeing them and all the other lovely sellers/bloggers/visitors at the 2nd Market Harborough Vintage & Handmade Fair yesterday.  Can you spot a certain baby picture?  I already have this one otherwise it would have been coming home with me.  My one purchase here was some gorgeous glass chandalier droplets .... I have been collecting these for years and they make perfect vintage decorations for the Christmas tree and at only £1 each for the tear drop shape and £2 for the multi-drops they are terrific value.

Found this strange object growing in the garden this week too

Looks like Molly wouldn't let her share the kennel and not wanting to get her bum cold this was the next best thing!


  1. Bicester Vilage CK is too tempting!
    What a lot you got! The fabric is fab and.....what a bargain for the sewing's lovely...well done you!x

  2. Sounds like you had a great day!
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

  3. Is that a painting you bought? Or one that you have duplicated on and selling Lala?

    It looks really lovely in there, and hope perhaps in the New Year we can visit there again together - I enjoyed it last time we went.

    Love the idea of cooking the puddings in little ramekin dishes, what a good idea.

  4. Sounds like you have had a busy weekend, your christmas puds look lovely. Missed you yesterday but hopefully see you soon.
    Ann x

  5. Spotted the print straight away! Great idea to hang those chandelier drops on the tree, I'm a bit obsessed with Christmas decorations. Loved the little bronze tree in your last post too.

    Quite taken with the idea of mini puddings too, I might have to try those x

  6. What a fab day. I love days like that when you just roam! Nice little purchases too! Noone eats christmas pud in our house so I will be making trifle! Shame I didn't get to meet you at the Mk Har fair. I love love loved it!!!! Hopefully see you at the next one. Nostalgic Vicky

  7. Thank you, I had never thought of using ramekins to make small puddings. It makes sense now. I love the outlet but only for CK and Monsoon (most things I buy there are 70/80% cheaper) also we will go there to shop for special occasions. when we had to go to a wedding last year, we picked up dresses for both girls, one from jigsaw one from monsoon. both for £20 each they looked amazing.I end up buying fabric from CK which then goes into a fabric stash in the hobbies room. I might venture to the antiques shops soon....thank you for sharing.