Mutterings of a Fool

Man, Dad, Runner, Chief dog walker

Stirring away the gloom

The past week in our house has been a bleak, one of those weeks where illness descends on the house and as a parent all you can do is try to survive. Patience has been tested as has the washing machine and the ability to do the daily chores while being stuck under a child that will only settle on you.

But slowly this weekend we have emerged from this fog, the children have whined a little less and amazingly actually managed to eat something AND not be sick. To celebrate we have embarked on a little festive baking spree, inspired of course by Sunday being stir up Sunday.

I have fond memories of standing on a chair as a child holding a wooden spoon and looking down into one of my mums big blue china mixing bowls full of dried fruit. It’s one of those great traditions where everyone can get involved and you can start showing your children how magical this time of year can be.

We also made the first batch of mince pies, I know it’s not even December yet, but I do love a mince pie and as the first batch are inevitably the worst as you’re out of practice it makes perfect sense to get them out of the way early don’t you think? Plus it turns out that a mince pie is the perfect accompaniment to a single malt, I can see myself partaking in that combo more than once in the coming weeks.

The pastry was a bit thick if I’m honest but it still tasted good and I quite liked my experiment with the mini muffin tin and star shaped lids. Matilda and Henry are becoming little pro’s at using the cutters now and as long as you get to the pastry before they can shove the freshly cut piece into their mouths they’re very helpful.

Incidentally Matilda is VERY excited about Christmas, she asked me at least 5 times on Sunday if we could go and buy a Christmas tree. Not entirely sure how she has become so interested in Christmas because we haven’t mentioned it at all but it’s going to make for a lovely experience this year. Particularly as she’s excited about the tree (which is having chocolate on apparently, again never done that or mentioned it so no idea where it comes from) and baking things but no mention or awareness at all about presents.


  1. Lovely post. Those mince pies look so delicious!

  2. AnnieMammasaurus

    November 25, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    Flippy captions – yeah baby!

    Cool photos too – I love that last one, taste testing is the best bit 🙂

  3. sabrina montagnoli

    November 25, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    Yum! Lovely pictures. That last one of you and your boy is fab! Do you know I have never tried to do mince pies! You must share the recipe!

  4. Wowee, I’m so impressed by this. Considered doing mince pies, especially since ours have to be wheat and dairy free….might try yet. Lovely pics and great way to lift the spirits.

  5. Ooh I made mince pies tonight, except I don’t own a cutter so had to use a sandwich shaper, they look…… Unique

    Am impressed at your cooking and lovely pics x

    • I’ve got quite into doing some baking with them at the weekends, they love it and as long as you keep it simple and they can do some cutting they’re happy 🙂

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