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Christmas Countdown – Day Twenty Three

As we reach the end of the Christmas Countdown it’s time to relax with a glass of something seasonal.  Last year I shared the Planet Penny Mulled wine recipe which you will find by clicking the link below…

mulled wine Christmas Countdown

Planet Penny Advent Calendar 2102

However, it does pack quite a ‘punch’ (excuse the pun!) so here’s a seasonal drink which can be enjoyed by the designated driver, and anyone who is trying to avoid imbibing too much Christmas cheer!

Cranberry tea Christmas Countdown


This one looks incredibly decadent… Baileys and coffee…

Baileys minty mocha Christmas Countdown


I think I might lose the candy cane though, coffee and mint doesn’t quite do it for me.

For something clean, fresh and festive though, this last one would do the trick.  You’ve just got to plan ahead, so I’m looking forward to Christmas 2014!

gingerfire Christmas Countdown

Gingerfire – The Guardian

Well, I’m off to finish packing.  As you read this we will be travelling to the South Coast to spend Christmas with our grandsons and other extended family.  I hope you have enjoyed this Christmas Countdown of ideas and inspiration and it has been useful, not just for this year but for Christmases to come.

Thank you all for your comments and visits over the past year, it’s been lovely.  There will be one more post before the big day so don’t forget to call back tomorrow…

Until then…x

Christmas Countdown – Day Twenty Two

Today I’m making no apology for reprising the Planet Penny Christmas Trifle which is so easy, and extremely delicious.  Just click the image to find the recipe.

Planet Penny Trifle - Day 22

Planet Penny Advent Calendar 2012

It’s one of those recipes I turn to when I need to turn up somewhere with a pudding.  It’s hasn’t failed to impress, and is usually one of the first dishes to be cleared.  In fact I usually end up missing out on a spoonful myself!

Most of the ingredients can be found in the store cupboard to make a basic version, and you can vary the ingredients to make it a luscious as you like!

I’m off to the kitchen now, I have guests to feed this evening.

Guess what we are having?!

See you tomorrow…x

Christmas Countdown – Day Eighteen

Good Morning!  This is going to be quite a quick Christmas Countdown post because  DH and I have recovered enough to tackle a trip to Norwich for the last of the Christmas shopping.  Aftere that I can concentrate on the food aspect of the festivities…

Last year I made these little Spice Biscuits which were a great success and looked really pretty on the tree and wrapped up as gifts…

Spice biscuit - Christmas Countdown

Spice Biscuit – Planet Penny Advent Calendar – Day Eighteen

If you are feeling very ambitious, how about some iced decorations?

iced biscuits Christmas Countdown

Stina Saem

decorated biscuits Christmas Countdown

Buttercream and Chantilly Factory

Aren’t they gorgeous?  Don’t think that’ll be happing on Planet Penny this year!

And finally, with no provenance, no recipe, just a fabulous picture on Pinterest…

Christmas Countdown - iced biscuits


I hope this has been inspiring…

See you tomorrow…x

Christmas Countdown #15 – Gluten Free Cake

Day Fifteen on the Christmas Countdown and it’s recipe time, and for those of you who haven’t checked out the Recipe pages on the blog I’m referring you to my favourite Damp Orange Cake.

Making this cake fills the house with warm, citrussy Christmas smells, and it’s a good alternative as a festive cake for those who don’t like the dried fruitiness of Christmas Cake and mince pies and is also excellent as a pudding with cream or ice cream.

It’s very moist and moreish, and having no flour makes it suitable for  people with gluten intolerance…

Christmas Countdown Day 15

Planet Penny Advent Calendar Day Fifteen

If you want to ring the changes on flourless cakes how about Nigella’s Lemon Polenta Cake…?



and this chocolate one sounds heavenly…

Chocolate Cake - Christmas Countdown

The Gluten Free Home Maker

And for a festive gluten free fruit cake it’s back to Nigella again.  Apricot, Pear and Ginger – sounds heavely!

Gluten Free Christmas Countdown


I’ll be back tomorrow…

Happy Baking!

Christmas Countdown – Day Eight

No apologies today for bringing out an old favourite for the Christmas Countdown, it’s the Frangipane Mince Pies.

They are a firm family favourite, I’ve already had a request from my daughter in law for a consignment to take to the feast when we visit for Christmas.  And looking at the blog stats I find the recipe has been visited over 1500 times since I first posted it!

You’ll find the link by clicking on the photo…

frangipane mince pies

Frangipane Mince Pies – Planet Penny Recipes

These are the mince pies loved by people who don’t like mince pies!

And, if you are into baking, here’s a link that might interest you.  How do you fancy being in that big tent with Paul and Mary next summer?  Here’s the application form!

Great British Bake off

Great British Bake Off Application Form

If you get in, do let me know!

I’m getting ready for a trip to London which I’ll tell you about later.  I’m off to panic about packing as little as possible without ending up without the things I need most.  (Probably knickers and knitting!)

See you soon…x

The Great Escape!

Hello…  It seems AGES since I was here!  I keep thinking I’ve got things sussed and then it all goes pear shaped again.  I’m still getting kind messages hoping I’m feeling better, and I am, thank you so much.  But it’s always the way, just as you think you ought to escape and lift your foot off the pedal several things happen all at once. So much for pacing myself!

Firstly, we’ve been decorating.


I’ve still got most of the contents of downstairs, upstairs but at least the dust sheets have gone.  Fortunately it was while the weather was still warm so we could have the doors open and Higgins was happy to have his bed out in the garden during the day.  Henry, however, was determined to sleep where he always sleeps come what may… Did you spot him?


I now find I am on the committee of our Village Community shop (not quite sure how that happened but there are some smooth talkers in our village!) doing window display, website and social media stuff.  We got off to a good start with a recipe card scheme for the shop.  I devised a Croissant Bread and Butter Pudding recipe which is delicious (though I say it myself!) nothing like those dreadful B & B puds we used to be served at school.  I’ve put this on the shop website so if you click here you can try it for yourself…

Croissant Bread and Butter PuddingIt’s not exactly helping my healthy eating regime though…

Our  Open Studios Two Rivers Trail group has decided to get together for a Christmas Fair and Art Exhibition next month so organisation is gathering pace.  You can find out all about it on the Two Rivers Trail website.  Do go and look at the artists work on the website, there are some beautiful things and a real variety.

This will be the only fair I go to as Planet Penny for the forseeable future, so if you are in the area it would be lovely to see you.  I’ve started making a few things but I’m afraid creativity time has been limited lately.  I’m quite excited about my crochet Christmas baubles though…

crochet Christmas baubles… and look forward to adding new colour combinations.  No two alike as usual!

Tomorrow I’m off with my chum Kit for a day out.  We’re off to Alexander Palace and the Knitting and Stitching Show which I’m really looking forward to.  It’s a long day but it will be worth it.

And then, I’m running away!  Look,I even have a running away App on my phone!

escape app

I’m leaving Tim to look after Higgins and Henry – or possibly the other way round? packing my bag and and heading off to spend some time with two of my favourite little boys.   I’m not taking the laptop, and although I shall have my phone I am determined not to look at it more than twice a day.  What I thought would be fun though would be to make use of Instagram to keep a picture diary of my holiday, so if you want to keep up to date you can follow my escapades right here!

Obviously the Etsy shop will be closed until 18th October when I get back, but I hope to be bright eyed and bushy tailed after my little break.

I’m off now, see you later…x

The great escape



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