Mince pie were first on the list, several variations made some with a crust topping and some a nutty crumble topping.
Sausage rolls were made , along with a wreath using sausagemeat, stuffing and redcurrant jelly for the filling.
Mini quiches were also added. Cheese and onion, cheese and tomato and cheese and pickle.
Cheese straws and cheese and cranberry sauce rounds.
Mixed fruit scones and cranberry and orange scones were added for dessert. Along with a raspberry trifle and a New York cheesecake again with raspberries.
I did have some fun with the napkins choosing to make an elf's boot as there were a couple of children. I popped a chocolate into the fold. It was worth the effort to see the smiles.
Little gifts were made of hot chocolate mix and chocolate spoons, perfect for this time of year. They were certainly well received.
Aerobics class today and then I intend to sort through some of the Christmas decor. We have so much that we have collected over the years that will just not fit into this little cottage so time to let some of it go. Our daughters will love and cherish some of it and carry on some of our little traditions. It will be so nice when we are not together to have shared memories and reflect on Christmas's past in our separate homes. An ornament here and there reflecting some of the trips that we have taken together, or gifts bought and loved. Spreading some of the happiness and ornaments that trigger so many happy memories will keep us together in spirit.
As always I thank you for your visit to this blog and for you comments.
See you soon.
It sounds like a lovely weekend. You have certainly embraced the island life, making new friends and spending happy times together.ReplyDelete
Delicious and beautiful Christmas!ReplyDelete
You'll soon be wondering how to us those eggs!ReplyDelete
All your ideas are really lovely but the one that took my eye was the sausage ring. What a lovely idea to make something slightly different for Christmas!
Oh how wonderful that you folks are well settled into the life of the community. Your gatherings sound like so much fun. You must be getting excitied for taking your Christmas journey to family. Yes, I think your girls will enjoy the decorations from Christmas past...treasures!ReplyDelete
How lucky your guests are! Are that scrumptious food you've made! My husband is the baker in our house and he's going to make another batch of cherry scones this afternoon whilst I have my bible study :) Best, Jane xReplyDelete
You know very well how to receive the guests ! Lucky them !ReplyDelete
Have a cozy week !
Wow, all that food looks great!ReplyDelete
What an absolute feast. It all looks amazing and it sounds as if you had as wonderful a weekend as we did.ReplyDelete
The food looks lush, yum!!ReplyDelete
Oh my that all looks so yummy. You are the bet to have everyone over for a special treat.ReplyDelete
What a scrumptious looking feast. You worked so hard.ReplyDelete
Congratulations on the first egg, my girls are still laying in this cold weather we had some eggs and bacon yesterday, so much nicer fresh from the back garden, I'm sure you will agree when you try yours.
Ohhhhh the food, and everything!!!!! Oh how delicious and lovely looking!!!!!! You are amazing!!!ReplyDelete
Hooray for the eggs!!!!!
Gob smacked at the array of food and crafty bits with it. Well done!ReplyDelete
Pie with a bow is looking so cute!ReplyDelete
All your food looks good and how wonderful to have your first few eggs from your chickens:)ReplyDelete
You were busy in the kitchen! Love a good spread of food and yours all looks very yummy. xReplyDelete
Lush. The only word for it. It is good that such a good time was had by all. Those chocolate spoons are a great idea that I will be borrowing.ReplyDelete
Oh, it's so festive and delicious in your cottage. How lovely to share with your friends and neighbors. I love seeing how you celebrate. I'm sure your children will love treasures from their parents. Have a lovely week. ♥ReplyDelete
I want to come over and have tea and scones and taste the raspberry trifle and even Cheesecake!! Can you tell I have an incredible sweet tooth??ReplyDelete
You get so much done you are an inspiration to me and I'm sure all the others that follow your blog.
I meant to add that I'm glad I posted the rhyme about the little black hen just in time for your young hens to start laying!!ReplyDelete
What a delicious spread for your guests! How lovely to find your first egg too. Do hope that you enjoy Christmas with your family. Regards, RobynReplyDelete
I sure wish I was your neighbor! You always amaze me with how much you produce using your two hands. I do believe you are the most productive person I know. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)ReplyDelete
Everything looks so good!!ReplyDelete
Thanks so much for stopping by!!I appreciate all your visits!!
That looks like a really nice spread I bet it was delicious.ReplyDelete
You do know that you are amazing, don't you, cooking and preparing all of this?!ReplyDelete
I used to buy each of my daughters a Christmas decoration every year and when she moved out, she took hers with her so now her Christmas tree always reminds her of our family Christmases "at home", it is the link between her two families. x
Love the fudge spoons! What a wonderful way to give them.ReplyDelete
You are amazing!!!!!!ReplyDelete
Maybe you could have a retreat for those of us wanting to learn all of your awesome talents! The food!!! Have a cozy evening, my friend!
Wow! Wonderful get together to enjoy all the yummy food.ReplyDelete
It's a pity that you live so far away, I would have invited myself to taste all these delicious things you have made ! It's nice that you have such a community on the island ! For me Christmas is far away, first comes sunshine in Egypt !ReplyDelete
Your food looks so yummy and I'd like to have some...oh yeah, you live a ways away! Glad you had a good weekend and prepping for you journey...I'm sure you're looking forward to it all. Will decorate this weekend and will downsize my items as well! Have a blessed week!ReplyDelete
I love what you said about sharing the ornaments; almost made me cry. You are an amazing cook! I simply can't believe all the different bakery items (don't know exactly what to call them) you have made, and I love the chocolate spoons. How do you accomplish so much, and bring joy to so many??ReplyDelete
Yum! All looks delicious.ReplyDelete
I have to do the same thing with ornaments. We were going to do it together, but ran out of time. A week visit with daughter doesn't seem that long. I shall sort through the ornaments and put some in the box I will send for Christmas. It will be nice to think of some of those ornaments being on her tree. We have such lovely memories of Christmases past - this will be the first year spent without her. Sniff sniff
Oh I love everything about this post. How I would love all your recipes, everything sounded sooooo good. What a beautiful crust on the mince pies. The sausage roll, Oh my!!! It is beautiful. Then the bacon wrapped pork sound oh so good. All of it sounds wonderful, even the gifts and the folded napkins. Thanks for visiting me today.ReplyDelete
Sounds like such a lovely weekend and the food looks amazing. I wouldn't know what to choose. And I love your attention to details with the presents and the napkins.ReplyDelete
It's always exciting to find the first egg from a new flock of hens. As children, my brothers and I would squabble over who got to eat it. How delicious all of your baked foods look. Wow! Christmas really is a time to reflect back and share memories with loved ones. Taking out old ornaments always sends me down memory lane.ReplyDelete
What a feast you had, it all looks so delicious!!ReplyDelete
Thanks once again for stopping by and for your kind words! Glad you liked the baubles in the bowls!!ReplyDelete
I didn't put up everything I have for Christmas this year and it felt nice. I am coming to your house for a visit, you make the nicest foods!!ReplyDelete
What a fabulous post from beginning to end … and the food in-between looks delicious.ReplyDelete
All the best Jan
Gosh so many baked goods. They all look so beautiful and delicious. You're always so well prepared.ReplyDelete
oooh my mouth is watering at the sight of your gorgeous food. A couple of days ago I saw an episode of the Hairy Bikers and they were cooking the pork, apricot and ginger fillet, it looked so good.ReplyDelete
It is interesting to note your traditional recipes and imagine how yummy they are :) And I am glad you had lovely times with your friends as well! xxReplyDelete
Just reading this post and I'm stuffed. No really, couldn't eat another bite!ReplyDelete
All of your food photos made me hungry!ReplyDelete