Ahem. It's the 25th September, which means....

(643 Posts)
FellatioNelson Tue 24-Sep-13 06:17:15

That I hereby declare the Fellatio's Poncetastic Christmas Thread Part 4 open for business.

For those of you who do not know WTF I am on about, read this from 2010 by way of explanation:

OK, first of all, I know it's still September by we need to start this thread now because as you all know, having a truly Poncetastic Christmas involves precision planning, strategy, bravery, heroics, and frequently martyrdom. A bit like the war in Afghanistan, only with nicer food and sparkly shoes.

So, if you, like me, actually want to make the next twelve weeks of your life a misery by hand-crafting your cards, finding a huge bucket for Nigella's turkey in brine, pickling pears, shrivelling oranges in a low oven for those rustic au naturel decorations, dragging half a holly bush back from the woods, and just generally being a smug annoying jobsworth ponce, join me on this thread.

Feel free to post photos of previous tree-trimming, cake icing or table centrepiece triumphs, discuss this year's bauble colour themes, debate the merits of Delia versus Gordon, road-test a selection of canapes and cocktails, (all in the line of duty) and link to lovely inspirational photos/craft ideas for a truly Poncetastic Christmas.

Warning: If your idea of a good Christmas involves Pizza, ITV, gravy granules or anything with 'Aunt Bessies' on the packet, this is not the thread for you.

If you want to read the previous three threads for Christmas 2010, 2011 and 2012 search my name in the Christmas topic.

In the words of the great Mike Reid from Runaround, G-G-G-G-G- GO!

ImTooHecsyForYourParty Tue 24-Sep-13 06:19:24

It is the 24th of september.

and stop talking about christmas.

We should sit quietly and ignore it till it goes away

grin

Suddengeekgirl Tue 24-Sep-13 06:20:21

It's not the 25th yet confused

But I am ready, willing and hopefully able to ponce! grin

chanie44 Tue 24-Sep-13 06:20:37

Yay. I really want to join in this year as I had a new born last year.

I'm currently knitting some mini Xmas stockings and crochet candycanes in preparation for Xmas.

FellatioNelson Tue 24-Sep-13 06:22:06

I will make a Christmas cake or a Christmas pudding, or both this week. I know it's a bit late, but now I live in the middle east I am away for two months all summer, when I would previously have done it, and the first month back here is always a bit hectic, getting DS back to school, catching up with friends etc., so I just haven't had much of a chance before now. I really should be more organised next year and do them before June.

I bought some marzipan yesterday, so that's a start.

FellatioNelson Tue 24-Sep-13 06:24:32

Oh fuck. Is it? Are you sure? grin

Never mind. There was always some confusion over whether I started on the 24th or the 25th anyway, (even I am not sure confused) so let's just put that minor error behind us, and move forward with the job in hand.

Chop chop. We have a busy schedule ahead of us. No room for slackers.

rootypig Tue 24-Sep-13 06:28:41

It is still 23rd September where I am grin

But it is never too early to ponce!!!!

rootypig Tue 24-Sep-13 06:30:46

Cannot believe you're not making your own marzipan FN shock

Maybe you could use the extra day you suddenly find on your hands to rectify grin grin

IsaacCox Tue 24-Sep-13 06:32:41

YES! I've been looking forward to this blush

I'm doing my cakes this week, trying out a couple of card designs and have ordered a few Christmas craft/food books.

Oh got really excited then because I though it was temporarily out of overdraft day pay day. Back to baked beans menu tonight. Have already done some Christmas craft though have angels left over from dd1 first Communion

JustBecauseICan Tue 24-Sep-13 06:33:44

<squeals>

Bah, Christmas Eve is sometimes nicer than Christmas Day anyway. All that anticipation.

AgathaHannigan Tue 24-Sep-13 06:39:12

Yay! Thanks fn, I got a little frisson of excitement as soon as I realised this was it... I can almost smell the tree already.

fuzzpig Tue 24-Sep-13 06:42:10

I got a bit freaked out then, that I'd missed a whole day (either that or I made a lot of mistakes at work yesterday shock)

I am merely marking my place, since I am far too slatternly to have any useful tips myself, but am hoping to gain wisdom from you lot grin

FellatioNelson Tue 24-Sep-13 06:42:39

I did seriously consider it rooty and I stood there in front of the marzipan shelf in the supermarket debating with myself. grin I decided to buy some anyway, and then it's there if I get lazy/run out of time, or whatever. If not, I'll just use it for something else. Maybe some homemade sweets/chocolates. I bought some chocolate moulds from Lakeland a few months ago and I haven't used them yet. I need to think of some nice varieties of fillings to go in them. Or I might just lock myself in the bathroom and eat the entire block of marzipan. it has been known.

MisselthwaiteManor Tue 24-Sep-13 06:45:01

I so desperately want a poncetastic Christmas but I don't know what I'm doing so I will lurk here and copy you all. Last year we had sad flaccid tinsel and macaroni cheese blush but I was pregnant and couldn't be arsed. I am going to up my game tremendously this year. I have allocated a Christmas drawer and have been hoarding ribbons and wrapping materials. I think the cake will be my project for this weekend.

rootypig Tue 24-Sep-13 06:50:20

I eat marzipan from the pack too! god I fucking love the stuff. Actually bought marzipan is well nice, Silver Spoon surprisingly quaffable and Waitrose with brandy vair good. I am a veritable marzipan connoisseur!

Accccctually since we are here talking about marzipan and all, it is well good on mince pies instead of a pastry lid, star or christmas tree cutter.

Chanie I am youtubing how to crochet candycanes actually how to crochet, not a fucking clue. I want some!

BellaOfTheBalls Tue 24-Sep-13 06:51:21

I've already made chutney and jam as gifts. Marmalade, sloe gin, chocolates, Christmas cake and cookies still to come. I've ordered some Christmas cards and bought some decorate your own Christmas table decorations to keep the DCs quiet

This we're having Christmas at the in-laws. There isn't enough wine in the world.

CbeebiesIsMyLife Tue 24-Sep-13 06:52:37

I want a poncetastic christmas, I really really do. But undoubtedly when push comes to shove, aunt bessie will be my go to girl and who doesnt love some bisto gravy!

Teach me how to be poncetastic I could do with some distraction and some inspiration for my blog!

Thanks fellatio, was getting worried! I am a veteran poncerasticer and determined that this year I will actually do something with the million pine cones DS collected. Probably garlands. And planning to do rib of beef after last years turkey fiasco.am off work for next 6 weeks so plenty of time for plotting poncery, can anyone recommend a good book I can study?

50shadesofknackered Tue 24-Sep-13 07:00:38

I want to join in too. I'm making Christmas cakes next week and planning decorations. I want a poncetastic Christmas !!

IsaacCox Tue 24-Sep-13 07:02:05

Oh yes, I also ordered a massive haul from Lakeland for Christmas baking on Saturday and another thread is making me want to order the Cath kidston Christmas organiser.

I'm really, really a bit excited now!

bymoonlight Tue 24-Sep-13 07:02:45

I have made Chutney. Today (or tomorrow) I am making pickled onions and this for boxing day.

I normally make my own cake and pudding but I am 23wks prg so not sure where that leaves me with the alcohol. Can I eat them if made with alcohol? Can I feed the cake with alcohol? I don't really want to buy from the shop, I enjoy the tradition of making them with the dc but I work by the rule that if I can't eat it, I'm not making it! <<selfish emotion>>

MisselthwaiteManor Tue 24-Sep-13 07:03:44

The point of covering a cake in marzipan is to eat the spare, and buying lots of packets to ensure there is plenty of spare.

I'd love to try making my own marzipan, anyone have a recipe?

bymoonlight Tue 24-Sep-13 07:04:55

Ooh Issac, what did you order from Lakeland?

BellaOfTheBalls Tue 24-Sep-13 07:04:56

The easiest way to begin your poncetastic Christmas journey is marmalade. Buy a big tin of Ma Made from the supermarket and follow the instructions on the tin label the jars with poncey pretty labels and tie a pointless ribbon round the top. Give to neighbours or friends as a simple homemade Christmas gift.

TwentiethCenturyGirl Tue 24-Sep-13 07:06:10

Oh hooray! I am taking my poncing responsibilities seriously this year. I have been a semi poncer in previous years but will be studying your wise words to help me reach new heights during this festive season.

Chutney making is on my list of things to do this weekend.

microserf Tue 24-Sep-13 07:10:47

I am really ashamed to admit I just ordered all my Christmas cards, wrap and advent calendars. Managed to completely fail to do these things last year until v last minute and get massively stressed.

Otherwise, shall certainly be buying all Xmas fare from ye old Asda and certainly not baking a single thing from scratch. School should take care of the artfully handcrafted declarations. Last year the children produced penguins from toilet rolls. These reduced one of my dinner guests to hysterical giggles when she decided they were too unsuitably phallic... So we kept them up for the rest of the year On Principle.

CbeebiesIsMyLife Tue 24-Sep-13 07:12:31

whats ma made?

IsaacCox Tue 24-Sep-13 07:19:13

bythemoonlight-

Chocolate advent house for me grin
Pastry pusher for mince pies/small tarts etc
3D Christmas tree cookies
2x basket bags
Chocolate spoons mould
Chocolate moulds
Naice cake stencils
Snowflake stencils
Merry Christmas stencil
Cook book stand
And best of all was a gift card for £50's worth of wine for just the £4.99 delivery cost grin

I was going to buy this holly wreath mould but looked on Amazon and got this in 3 different sizes and these to make my own.

I'm going to find the email from the book people to show you what Christmas books I got too, hang on a sec.

BellaOfTheBalls Tue 24-Sep-13 07:22:31

Prepared Seville oranges in a tin. You add sugar, water, boil it then pour into jars. The whole process takes less than an hour and you should get about 6 jars of marmalade out of it. Job done.

Marking place. Will be back after buying Lakeland empty

IsaacCox Tue 24-Sep-13 07:27:29

Books-
Kirstie's Christmas crafts
Christmas crafts
I also got 13 more books- some as presents but most of them cook books I may be a little bit obsessed with cook books

I also have Mary Berry's Christmas collection pre ordered

Also getting this Cath Kidston organiser

Still have last years books to use too! I ordered this one last year thanks to this thread grin

Refoca Tue 24-Sep-13 07:28:13

If I join you, can you forgive me for planning a party first and not getting truly Christmassy until Dec? I need ideas for both...

FellatioNelson Tue 24-Sep-13 07:38:51

Right, now for those you who cannot be bothered to plough your way through the 2010 thread, I think I should re-introduce the idea of the Snowman. It is something of a family tradition for us, cruelly inflicted on my DH by his mother, and I have found the need to cruelly inflict it on my children, by way of carrying on the legacy.

Hang on, I'll C&P from the other thread.

FellatioNelson Tue 24-Sep-13 07:40:48

Here it is:

OK, I'll start you off with our HIDEOUS Christmas tradition called 'The Snowman'.

First of all you fashion a snowman out of a lidded bucket/receptacle of some sort, or make it out of a cylinder of stiff carboard, cover it in cotton wool/duvet filling/whatever, woolly hat, face, etc.

For every person present at the lunch table you must have one small token silly gift. Wrap it and attach a name label, and put it in the snowman.

After lunch/dinner everyone in the family has to do a 'turn' of some sort. It can be reciting a poem, telling a joke, singing a song, playing the recorder, a card trick - you get the idea. (It's best to start practising now - the potential for humiliation is enormous) and after each person had performed, they get their present from inside the Snowman. It's wonderful and excrutiating all at the same time.

And you can video people and laugh at them for years to come. And I do. And it's very sweet looking back on your kids doing their turns when they were little.

FellatioNelson Tue 24-Sep-13 07:42:03

I don't mind giving ideas for a non-Christmas party at all Refoca, so long as it is a poncetastic party.

Guitargirl Tue 24-Sep-13 07:43:05

Sadly, I am lacking in the 3 key ingredients to join you properly: time, imagination and any creative ability whatsoever.

BUT I do love Christmas so I will be watching from afar as I did last year...and imagining that our tinsel is home-made holly and berry garlands...

FellatioNelson Tue 24-Sep-13 07:44:46

Well we can help you with the creativity and the imagination part Guitar indeed that is our mission and our God-given vocation, but I am afraid we cannot help you with the time.

Can't you just employ some servants? confused

whattodoo Tue 24-Sep-13 07:51:41

So, what Christmas cake recipes are recommended?

I made 4 puddings last year, so have 2 ready and waiting for this year's festivities.

I've been gathering gifts all year and have bought my very expensive '2013' bauble (I get a different one one each year and will pass the collection to DD when she is an adult).

DumSpiroSpero Tue 24-Sep-13 07:55:10

Ooh, we're actually having a homemade Christmas this year.

I have been somewhat backed into a corner by DD's Godmother who gave her a suitcase of Christmas crafts for her birthday a couple of weeks ago.

We are waiting until half term to get started though but I have promised she can make all the decorations and decorate the tree for the first time ever this year (she's 9).

Meanwhile, I will be sitting on my hands, biting my tongue and consuming industrial quantities of mulled wine while I reminisce about my beautiful, carefully coordinated decorations languishing in the loft.

bymoonlight Tue 24-Sep-13 07:59:05

Just reading about mulled wine makes me depressed. No alcohol this Christmas for me sad

ManicMinor Tue 24-Sep-13 08:22:38

Yay! (I did briefly wonder if I had got my dates wrong and that today was in fact my birthday when I read the thread).

I've followed these from the start, and aspired, but this year I have the perfect storm of not working and having Christmas at home rather than MILs for the first time since the dc arrived, so this is the year! I spent a pleasant hour or so perusing the John Lewis, M&S and Lakeland Christmas sites yesterday which has started the ball rolling.

Guitargirl Tue 24-Sep-13 08:27:07

grin

I could enlist DD and DS I suppose but our kitchen table is already like a Christmas card factory line come December with me barking out orders, no, I mean carefully nurturing their Christmas crafty sides.

They did collect some acorns the other day so they would probably be up for pine cone collecting. Do you find that sort of stuff starts to smell though after a few days? And I don't mean nice Christmassy smell, I mean dead wood sort of smell.

Editededition Tue 24-Sep-13 08:33:41

I love Mumsnet! For decades I thought I was the only lunatic who started Christmas in early September!

So - I've started the Sloe Gin and the Blackberry Brandy, set the onions to pickle, and done the chutney.
Have also made the Christmas cakes (5!! as I just seem to keep collecting people that want, but won't DIY)
(whattodo I have a recipe which I've used for almost 40 years, and never had a failure with, so happy to PM if you would like it)

Its the creative side I am stuck on ....any ideas for an elegant tablecentre, anyone? I have always been inclined to three candles with the usual ivy & cones, but have DDs ILs with me this year for the first time ....and they are very minimalist, so would like something subtle
<<wondering if Christmas & subtle ever belong in the same sentence>>

Editededition Tue 24-Sep-13 08:36:06

Guitar - solve the dead wood smell by thorough drying!
I sit everything on a slatted tray on the hall radiator for a couple of days
(and hope visitors don't assume my house always smells that way!)

PimmsOclockisNow Tue 24-Sep-13 08:38:07

I'm in! And very excited as this will be my first Mumsnet Christmas. Tis a tad worrying that I am more excited about that than RL Christmas!

Has anyone read the Anthea Turner Christmas book - I have been given it as a gift but rather worried about opening it in case it has evil powers or something.

Editededition Tue 24-Sep-13 08:42:21

MisselthwaiteManor aaaargh....don't eat the spare by itself grin
major miss on a favourite in this house which only comes in December .....Berry and Marzipan muffins!

sydlexic Tue 24-Sep-13 08:47:32

Nearly had a heart attack thought today was my anniversary, and you said I had missed it. Don't you realise I believe everything I read on MN.

IsaacCox Tue 24-Sep-13 08:52:53

EditionEdition, I'd love your Christmas cake recipe if you wouldn't mind. I want to make mine this week smile

IsaacCox Tue 24-Sep-13 08:53:41

Oops sorry, I read your name wrong Editededition blush

Chubfuddler Tue 24-Sep-13 08:56:06

<marks poncy place>

I've done all my Christmas present shopping (smug)

Hooray!!!!

My ponceing is likely to be significantly curtailed due to a) 7 month old crawling, non-sleeping twins!! And b) building work scheduled to finish on the 14 December (and which requires us to move out early Nov). Argggghhhhh. I think I will do as much baking etc over the next 5 weeks and them do some fun shit after that!

I've made nigella's chocolate Fruit cake a couple of times and it is lush! I make it with my own blackberry whiskey (which is now 3 years old and maturing nicely) instead of Tia Maria and a bit of heather honey. The chocolate is not in your face, it more adds a dark bitter edge. I also like it because it has no manky nuts or bloody peel in it.

Both my mother an my FIL are big fans - which is VERY high praise

I also plan to make a fireplace wreath (what's the right term?) as am getting an awesome antique carerra marble fireplace. Also BIG tree.

Will be back. Twins are rampaging. SO EXCITED!!

Guitargirl Tue 24-Sep-13 09:06:15

Edited - thanks for the drying wood tip. I may make this a (semi) poncetastic Christmas after all!

Also keen to make marzipan. Recipe?

bymoonlight I was pregnant last year , if you read through the 2012 thread there should be some non-alcoholic festive ideas. My fav is pomegranate juice with a dash of lime and topped up with soda - delish -

bymoonlight I was pregnant last year , if you read through the 2012 thread there should be some non-alcoholic festive ideas. My fav is pomegranate juice with a dash of lime and topped up with soda - delish -

Hullygully Tue 24-Sep-13 09:25:40

good god

that is all

LadyBigtoes Tue 24-Sep-13 09:31:05

OMG I have to get that pastry pusher thing.

<completely changes mind about necessity of thread>

<stern look at Hully> we are in the Christmas section so raspberries to you grin

Ooh. All is now right with world.

Marking my place for a lovely read later.

I love the idea of a homemade poncetastic Xmas but don't live up to it really. DS only likes aunt Bessie's yorkshires. And insists on having them on Xmas too. But I am poncetastic at heart.

Have started buying a few bits for Xmas. Biscuits etc. Need to make cake though still. Also have a ton of apples to use. Need a cooking day.

EugenesAxe Tue 24-Sep-13 09:41:13

Fucking time zones.

I am really genuinely striving for a poncetastic Christmas this year, as I am hosting (DPs, DPILs). I have narcissi bulbs for forcing, allium heads for spraying and everything who picked up Sarah Raven's Christmas for £1 at a book stall at a Summer fete then?

My ponceometer is always middling as I make my own mincemeat and stuffing, and own this, which I decorate with micro baubles and ivy and hang on our door. This year I might do homemade foodstuffs for DS' nursery teachers as well, and really set it jiggling.

gininteacupsandleavesonthelawn Tue 24-Sep-13 09:42:23

Yay!

JerseySpud Tue 24-Sep-13 09:56:57

Today i am starting the stitching of my christmas cards and tree decorations...

dialpforpizza Tue 24-Sep-13 10:32:34

Wow. I could only ever aspire to be this poncetastic.

envy

I could foresee getting poncy for free booze though. Was that an advertised offer or did you just strike it lucky IsaacCox?

IsaacCox Tue 24-Sep-13 10:40:15

It's advertised here dial. You have to spend £50 first though.

dialpforpizza Tue 24-Sep-13 10:45:44

Ooh thanks smile

Rowboat Tue 24-Sep-13 10:49:29

Yay! grin
I have plenty of time to ponce as on mat leave from end of Oct but probably no time to enjoy the results. dc2 due 21st Dec. Also this is my first Christmas in my own home!

Fubble Tue 24-Sep-13 11:00:10

Hurray! Marking my poncetastic place and looking to catching up at lunch (assuming I can hold out that long!!)

marssparklesdownonme Tue 24-Sep-13 11:42:39

I will be ponceing again this year. Got the hyacinth bulbs in pots in the dark already. I'll be making my Nigel Slater Christmas cake soon. Been getting out the nicest jars that I have saved for chutney making next week. I've been keeping an eye on the holly tree as its currently covered in berries. Also got a book of Scandinavian Christmas crafts on order at the library.Hurrah!

TheYamiOfYawn Tue 24-Sep-13 11:43:02

I have just bought some nice Christmas biscuit cutters in Aldi. This will (I hope) be my last Christmas in the house of cheesy 1970s student house decor as we are building an extension and getting rid of the vile filthy red paisley carpet so next year I will be able to do nice tasteful Nordic decor in my Danish modern inspired house. At the moment, beauty is not really an option.

HoldMeCloserTonyDanza Tue 24-Sep-13 12:06:33

Ready to ponce right here!

SugarMiceInTheRain Tue 24-Sep-13 12:09:57

Ooh ooh can I join in? bymoonlight I don't drink but make a fab non-alcoholic fruit punch. I generally use half red grape juice, half apple juice, pour in a pan, add orange and lemon slices, cloves, cinnamon sticks, nutmeg etc (or the cheating mulled wine spice sachets) and warm it on the hob as you would mulled wine. I 'feed' my alcohol-free Christmas cakes with alcohol-free Kopparberg pear cider which makes them delicious. Haven't started them yet though blush

I'm really in the mood for making mincemeat right now, but suffering with low blood pressure and feeling a bit faint every time I stand up so for now I will just methodically plan my poncetastic Christmas. I'm sure next year will be substantially less poncetastic as I am due in February so will have a crawler underfoot by then confused so have to make the most of it this year!

BeaWheesht Tue 24-Sep-13 12:17:38

Don't do that to me!!! It's dd's birthday today and I read your title and thought I'd celebrated it a day late!!!

StuntGirl Tue 24-Sep-13 12:42:35

Ohhh I want to join in for my first poncetastic Christmas!

In an effort to steal all your ideas get inspiration, could everyone share their proudest poncey item or moment?

MisselthwaiteManor Tue 24-Sep-13 13:09:14

I too have a naked wine voucher but mine was for switching energy through Uswitch, £45 of wine for the £4.99 delivery. I didn't see it advertised so it was a nice surprise.

MisselthwaiteManor Tue 24-Sep-13 13:10:03

Ooh I'm going to go looking for the Aldi biscuit cutters, have they got lots of Christmas stuff in there already?

MrsPnut Tue 24-Sep-13 13:14:17

I am planning to begin my Christmas baking this weekend and have been planning meals to run my freezers down in preparation.

I have bought a new notebook for planning purposes, and a new pen too!

ConsiderablyBiggerBuns Tue 24-Sep-13 13:14:25

Christmas starts on 22nd September in my head (birthday on 21st September) so I've had to spend the last couple of days marking time re-reading the 2010 thread, so I'm delighted this has been started today. I particularly love all the possibilities of a poncetastic Christmas at this time of the year, before mild anxiety sets in in Mid-October, swiftly followed by serious fretting by Bonfire Night and out and out panic at the lack of Christmas prep of any variety, poncetastic or pedestrian, by December 1st. Anyways, please ponce away, will be following -already pre-ordered the Mary Berry book which didn't even know about - what fun!

TheOnlyPink Tue 24-Sep-13 13:16:23

Oooh, been looking forward to this! Going to try my best for a poncetsstic Christmas this year, everyone comes here and my mom cooks the dinner in a truely poncetastic fashion, so I need to up my game.

sara I was in there yesterday and they haven't got much tbh.

cheekycherryza Tue 24-Sep-13 14:07:24

Oh crud... just found out DF from overseas are coming to stay for the month of december so best get making a christmas cake then. Non alcoholic christmas cake at that since they don't drink.

Slippersocklover Tue 24-Sep-13 14:08:17

Hello, may I join you? I am blush to admit that I have lurked on the poncetastic thread for the past couple of years, but this year have decided to take the plunge and join in! Successful Poncing may be more difficult this year however, as I'm pregnant with DC1, due mid December.

Some of my poncetastic credentials:

I always make the Christmas cake (Delia's recipe) and last year had my first foray into homemade Christmas pudding. I wasn't massively impressed with the results though, so I'm looking for an alternative recipe.

I change my usual rug, curtains and cushions in the living room for ones in red, creams and neutrals from mid November, all the better to complement festive decorations.

Last year I ignored DH's singing Santa and old baubles, and scoured Wilkinsons and John Lewis local boutiques for tasteful Nordic style ones in shades of red and neutrals, supplemented by 'heirloom' baubles from my childhood.

I also made quilted stockings for DH and I from Nordic style fabric, a la kirstie (and will now have to make another for the forthcoming baby)

So far this year I have plans for pre-baby maternity leave poncing, including advance baking and freezing Christmas gingerbread biscotti and mince pies to feed to visitors.... I may be living in a dreamworld though grin

BellaOfTheBalls Tue 24-Sep-13 14:13:53

editededition may I also have your Christmas cake recipe? I used to amalgamate a Rose Prince recipe with another one but I cannot find the other recipe!

HerrenaHarridan Tue 24-Sep-13 14:35:11

Checking in for a poncetastic Christmas, I always swore it wouldn't happens to me (planning Xmas in August) but I has and I don't care, in fact I'm very excited!

My Christmas will be slightly restrained but every thing I so will be hand crafted to perfection.

So far I have

kept Christmas cards and scraps if wrapping paper from last year to make cards this year

Bought several of dds smallers presents including a growing bag of stocking/advent calendar filler

Made jam

Decided what's for dinner

Invited another single mum with no family over (which made her cry)

Be aware folks Christmas is a hard time to be a single parent do you know anyone who would really appreciate the company

Can I join in? I lurked on the thread last year, but I need to be more poncetastic this year. Last year I had a totally normal christmas but with poncetastic wrapping of presents. I love wrapping presents.

Editededition Tue 24-Sep-13 16:04:27

Bella
recipe has winged its way to your Inbox smile
(hopefully)

whattodoo Tue 24-Sep-13 16:22:24

Edited I'd love you cake recipe, please. Have just got in from work, so please don't think I wasn't interested when you offered hours ago!

Editededition Tue 24-Sep-13 16:47:11

Don't remember 'offering' smile but am very very happy to share.
( no intention to hijack, OP. Sorry ) here it is for anyone who wants it ................

Pre-amble
I make mid-September, leave untouched until November then prick holes all over with a carving fork (cocktail sticks are for the faint hearted lol) give hefty doses of brandy once every two weeks (so three drenches, in all, before icing)

Quantities are for 8" square tin(deep not shallow), or 9" round)
Oven temp - original instructions start at 325 and reduce to 300. Fan ovens are a nightmare for Christmas cake in my opinion, but these days I start at 160 and reduce to 140'ish.
Balance it with how fierce your own oven is!

Same applies to cooking time. Original recipe is approx 90 mins at the higher temp, then 2 and a half/three hours at the lower temp. This year I did mine (double sized) for 45 mins at the higher temp, and then about 90 mins at the lower.
You just have to keep nose tuned to the smell, and check regularly ( can you tell that I really, really hate fan ovens lol )

Line the tin with three layers of greaseproof.

Ingredients :
10oz unsalted butter
10oz dark soft brown sugar
5 large eggs -beaten
1 tablespoon black treacle
Grated rind on 2 lemons
2 tablespoons brandy or rum
12oz plain flour
1 teaspoon mixed spice
1/2 teaspoon powdered cinnamon
1 1/2 lbs currants
3/4lb sultanas
3/4 lb raisins
4oz blanched almonds, chopped
4oz glace cherries, quartered (I use 6oz, halved, as I like to find pieces of cherry)
4oz chopped mixed peel

Method

1 Prepare all the nuts and cherries first...as it takes a while.
Weigh out the sultanas, raisins and currants into a large bowl, and mix well together to break lumps and distribute evenly.

2 In another bowl (large as possible) cream the butter and sugar (feel free to use electric whisk)
Beat in the black treacle and lemon rinds.

3 Add the beaten egg a little at a time (throw in a handful of the measured flour if it looks like curdling). When you get to the last bit of egg, mix the brandy with it, and then beat this in.

4Add the flour and spices and beat into the mix

5 Add in the cherries, nuts and mixed peel, then start adding the main fruit mix. Once it gets a bit hard for the mixer - stir with a wooden spoon. Ensure all fruit is combined with cake mix.

6 Pack firmly into the prepared tin and bake in centre of oven (^ see pre-amble^ )

7 Leave to cool in the tin for at least an hour before turning out, and then leave to cool completely before wrapping and storing.
(tip - leave the layer of greaseproof on the cake until you are ready to brandy it up)

Attributed to ........ummm....???...well..... I think it may have been my grandmother? Or Marguerite Patten? Maybe? Its been in my little red book for nearly 40 years, so your guess is as good as mine!!

Do let me know how it goes for you smile
I really have never had a failure with it.

I already have the Cath Kidson organiser. <gloat>

BUT, last years Christmas cake was a huge failure. It was eggy blush. I obviously didn't cook it long enough. Oh the shame. I was so traumatised I wrapped it in foil and shoved it up at the back of the cupboard.

It's still there...

poncing has commenced so far I have made 9 stockings. is a pity I am a shocking cook/cake decorator but ill give it a go!

Zeeky Tue 24-Sep-13 18:23:27

Woo hoo! Poncetastic thread is here at last!!

I LOVE planning a poncetastic Christmas, but as it is just me, DH and Ds1 & 2, we don't have a particularly poncey Chrismas day itself.

I am very excited to be having a new fire surround complete with large mantel piece installed next week, as last year (first Christmas in this house) we had no mantel to drape with poncey swags and nowhere to hang the children's stockings! So I'll be keeping my eye out on Pinterest and in here for mantel-poncing ideas.

Already made a ton of jam, chutney, chilli jelly, crab apple jelly, rhubarb gin & blackberry schnapps for foodie hampers. Also planning piccalilli for the first time and maybe mincemeat. Always make my own pastry for mincepies but have always bought the mincemeat. Any reccommendations for mincemeat recipes? And when is the best time to make it?

Last year I also made my own wreath for the front door (went to an evening class) and this year we have booked the florist for the school PTA, so will be making an even better one!

IsaacCox Tue 24-Sep-13 18:30:35

Zeeky I used this recipe last year for mince meat. T'was gorgeous. I can't remember how far in advance I made it though, sorry blush It does say at least 2 weeks before though and that it keeps for 6 months.

I've made a spreadsheet today. All colour co-ordinated and satisfying grin

IsaacCox Tue 24-Sep-13 18:31:46

Whoops I meant mincemeat blush

CatAmongThePigeons Tue 24-Sep-13 19:49:37

My first poncetastic Christmas, it's rather exciting!

bymoonlight Tue 24-Sep-13 19:56:17

Thank you for all the non alcoholic suggestions, have also trawled the 2012 thread for ideas thanks

So what did everyone make last year that worked really well? I'm thinking of drying oranges but I'm not sure if my oven will be any good for it.

Also thinking of pickling pears. Has anyone done that before? What do you serve them with - slow cooked ham?

Chubfuddler Tue 24-Sep-13 20:56:45

<shame>

I have barber made mincemeat before. If I buy Kilmer jars how do I sterilise them - google suggests I put them in the oven (WTF?) or just in the dishwasher on their own without detergent. Would someone take pity and tell me what to do please?

Chubfuddler Tue 24-Sep-13 20:57:19

*never

STUPID IOS 7

MumofWombat Tue 24-Sep-13 21:02:07

Totally going for a poncy Christmas this year!
So far I have made on the food side - marmalade & pickled onions. Going to have Christmas pudding cheesecake this year (am down under so not to much hot stuff is wanted) and I'm making up the recipe based on my baked lemon cheesecake so I may just have to trial it and eat it all.
On the crafty front so far I have made DS an advent calendar, DD (will be her first Christmas) a Santa sack, a festive cloth book and an adorable little dress, some Nordic inspired bunting, DDs godmother is going to get some dinosaur socks and I've still to make a nativity scene and a costume for a ken doll so he can become 'Harold the elf on a shelf'. I totally think Harold is a great elf name.

bymoonlight Tue 24-Sep-13 21:17:44

Oven or dishwasher is fine Chubfuddler.

I put mine in the dishwasher on the hottest wash.

bymoonlight Tue 24-Sep-13 21:18:35

MumofWombat - I am in awe and very jealous of your crafting skills and the fact you live in OZ envy

Chubfuddler Tue 24-Sep-13 21:19:08

Thanks I will give it a go. I noticed sainsburys was out of stock of Kilner jars the other day, must be the pickling, jamming and bottling season

GrandPoohBah Tue 24-Sep-13 21:24:45

Huzzah! The poncetastic thread!

I fully intended last year to be poncetastic, anticipating that DC1 would arrive a couple of weeks late thus giving me LOADS of maternity leave for faffing about with cinnamon sticks and tasteful baubles. As it was she arrived on the 21st November so all bets were off - IIRC we only (half) decorated our tree on Christmas Eve...

bymoonlight Tue 24-Sep-13 21:26:34

I got mine from Clas Ohlson - which isn't much use if there isn't one in your town.

Lakeland do them.

While I am inspired I have some important poncing questions for the senior poncers here present.

How do I sterilize containers to make booze in? I have sloes and gin, I need to combine, but my recipe says to sterilize the container first.

Where can I get decent-ish garlands from where the price won't make my eyes water? Our decorations have ended at the tree in previous years, which simply will not do this year.

How do you decorate with holly? Last year I went out and cut a load with dd1 which then sat in unappealing heaps around the house spiking people when they went too close. I have this image in my head of decorating the fireplace, but no idea how to achieve it.

Thanks to anyone who can help me take my first poncing baby steps!

FoxtrotOscarBackToEconomy Tue 24-Sep-13 21:27:34

I am so ready to have a poncetastic Christmas this year. For the first time ever I'm having my parents and sister to stay for Christmas now that we have moved into a proper grown up house with room for guests.

So far we have ordered a new sofa to arrive before Christmas, and getting a new TV soon (target to get in time for Christmas).

I have bought the ingredients for the Christmas cake - just need to get the tin from Lakeland.

I have also especially bought a note book for Christmas planning which I'm already using to compile ideas.

Currently in denial about incompatibility of
- working full time,
- having a DH who also works full time,
- having a 2 year old who takes forever to do anything,
- general domestic goddess aspirations,
and the preparation required to host the poncetastic Christmas I'm dreaming of.

smile

IcedTeaOneSugar Tue 24-Sep-13 21:28:03

We're away for a week until the 23rd Dec, anyone got any thoughts on what I can leave around the house before we go, to ensure sufficient festive scents on our return (I usually burn yankee candles excessively in the week or so before Christmas). I was thinking about dried oranges in some sort of home made Potpourri.

One of my questions was answered while I was typing it, hooray! You lot are psychic.

One further question - when I make sloe gin, can a get away with using cheap gin, or should I use decent stuff?

Thank you!

Rubybrazilianwax Tue 24-Sep-13 22:22:55

Ooooh so glad to see this has made a return. I am very pleased to say my last Christmas was picture perfect poncetasticness [smug]
I hope to maintain this standard with all your help grin
So far I have been pinning lovely ideas, I have a few presents bought and have made a list of a few house projects I want to get finished up before the Christmas decorating starts. Oh and I have been gathering pine cones.
My contribution to the thread will be decorating/floral displays/crafts! Hope I can be of help.
Fr anyone making sloe gin. Just had a chat with my neighbour at the weekend and he told me the sloes are much better picked after the first frost? Don't know if anyone has heard this before or not. It makes sense when you think of it as grapes taste really sweet when they are frozen so perhaps the frost sweetens the sloes a bit.

Rubybrazilianwax Tue 24-Sep-13 22:24:29

Attheendoftheday most people just use the cheap stuff

IceTea if you like your Yankees what about the scented reeds?

(Basically twiggy bits in a bottle of scented oil. The more sticks you put in, the stronger the scent. More so if you put it somewhere warmish )

I'm sure they'll do some festive flavours nearer the time.

Thank you Ruby I was hoping I could!

Oh yes. Lidl booze is grand for home made booze pimping. I do keep fancy bottles particularly Hendricks gin bottles which re pleasingly opaque.

FixItUpChappie Tue 24-Sep-13 23:20:17

Oooh! I am moving in and marking my place. I have a truly pinterest-tastic child's birthday to organize to the minute detail like a lunatic before I can set my sights on Christmas though grin

Editededition Wed 25-Sep-13 05:14:06

Ruby the "wait for the first frost" before picking sloes can mean they are all picked before you get there! Frosting doesn't make a difference in my experience, but the best tip I heard - for those who think a nip of frost is needed -is to pop them into the freezer overnight after picking and pricking.

IcedTeaOneSugar Wed 25-Sep-13 07:28:09

70 I tried those when we went away in the summer, I expected to come home to a lovely vanilla scented lounge but it didn't really work.

Although, that was a set from Sainsbury's maybe I should splash out on a yankee set for Christmas.

bouncychair Wed 25-Sep-13 07:39:50

I'm joining! DD was only 6 weeks old at Christmas last year but this year I am planning on having the Christmas that is in my head.

I need to get some fabric ordered for my stockings (4 needed), tree skirt and tree decorations.

Hoping to make some mincemeat soon and am planning on making my first Christmas pudding this year. Does anyone have a fool proof recipe? And how far in advance do they have to be made?

PaperPomPom Wed 25-Sep-13 07:41:43

I so want to join in here but DH won't pull his finger out and decide what our Christmas plans are.

I however LOVE poncetastic things regardless of season, so can refuse to make an exception and do Christmas regardless of where we spend it.

I have a cupboard full of jam and compote made from the early fruits, cookie dough will probably be done this weekend and frozen until near the time, and I'm already planning my fudge schedule. I discovered a beautiful yarn shop in town this weekend so I'm thinking about what I can knit in time and will pop in at the weekend.

DumSpiroSpero Wed 25-Sep-13 07:50:52

Edited I think you may be right with Marguerite Patten - that's the recipe my mum and nan used since before I was born and I've just turned 38!

Editededition Wed 25-Sep-13 10:27:24

Good grief, now I really feel old grin
Guess it proves it really is a good recipe, though grin grin

OctoberMoon Wed 25-Sep-13 11:00:57

I have my cath kidston christmas organiser at the ready and am ready to ponce! Will read all posts later.

Chubfuddler Wed 25-Sep-13 12:34:15

I make my cake and pudding on stir up Sunday which I think is the second Sunday in November?

CatAmongThePigeons Wed 25-Sep-13 12:51:29

Stir up Sunday is the last Sunday before advent, so IIRC it's 24 November this year.

I must remember not to over feed the cake wih brandy this year. It was more alcohol than cake by Christmas day blush

bymoonlight Wed 25-Sep-13 13:37:07

I was going to do my cake this year but think I will wait till the 24th now

bymoonlight Wed 25-Sep-13 13:37:23

*this weekend!

Suddengeekgirl Wed 25-Sep-13 14:16:56

Does anyone have a good mincemeat recipe?

I made my own mince pies last year with shop bought mincemeat. They were yummy but I want to be super-ponce this year! smile

farrowandbawl Wed 25-Sep-13 14:20:31

I'm ordering my tree on Friday and going Christmas shopping next Thursday. I've ordered some more baubles from John Lewis..and found holly to pick for the living room.

I'm going to get the kids to write their last lists this week.

I CAN'T WAIT!

IsaacCox Wed 25-Sep-13 14:20:59

I use this one Sudden

Suddengeekgirl Wed 25-Sep-13 14:26:19

Thanks issac! smile

We have some of SIL Brantley apples so that would be nice! smile

Best get myself some Kilner jars.

Suddengeekgirl Wed 25-Sep-13 14:29:00

issac do you think I could substitute the whiskey for dark rum in the mincemeat? We don't have much of a drinks cabinet!

IsaacCox Wed 25-Sep-13 14:59:29

Yes, I think that would be great smile

Suddengeekgirl Wed 25-Sep-13 15:03:56

grin
Think ikea might be my best bet for Kilner jars, better add them to the list....

Rubybrazilianwax Wed 25-Sep-13 15:54:03

Editededition thats a good tip about the freezer and the sloes thanks! (I hope the sloes wont all be picked though, they are along my own lane!)
Apparently this year is a bumper crop for berries. Has anyone a recipe for blackberry vodka thats tried and tested.

attheendoftheday I tend to buy a cheapish plain green garland with wire branches. (Not floppy one) Using this as a base I wire pine cones, faux berries, cinnamon sticks etc on (packet of florist wires is a £1 or so ) Then about a week before you can wire on holly and fresh evergreen. Also a good idea to keep a look out for branches of berries, or gold/silver faux leaves that you can add to it. (Dunelm mill is great for these)

If you want a fresh holly fireplace to last a few weeks you need to put it in oasis.
I use icecream tubs cut down to about 3cm high. In a row accross the mantel. Put soaked oasis in these and add your holly. I put some nice pillar candles (about 5 of different heights) in before I start the greenery. You can add a few bits of trailing ivy too hanging down

ThinkIveLostIt Wed 25-Sep-13 16:48:09

this thread has me so excited - it's my fist mumsnet christmas! pray tell me how do i mark my place?

TapTapBangBang Wed 25-Sep-13 16:53:36

I was just thinking 'I wonder when the poncetastic Christmas thread will start?'

Ruby thank you so much, that's really helpful. I shall start collecting icecream tubs forthwith, and I'll look out for suitable garlands closer to the time.

SugarHut Wed 25-Sep-13 18:07:06

Oooh oooh oooooooh! I've been waiting for this to start. Reading with glee, and already printed out the cake recipe. FYI, I did the Waitrose recipe last year...bloody awful, so many nuts in it that it could not bind together, the whole thing just crumbled when you tried to pick a piece up. Cost an unbelievable amount to make too. Tasted fab in it's defence. Not the point.

Also, I'm wanting to do goose this year, (aware of the lack of meat and fat a plenty) would be it be terribly naff if I asked the butchers to make me a stuffed goose crown? Has anyone ever had one?

Think now you've posted this thread will come up in your 'threads I'n on' list.

Sugar we do goose every year. We've motivated by the fact we can get it free from a gamekeeper friend. We have to pluck it ourselves, though!

I find the Delia recipe works well (i'm actually a veggie, so I've never tasted it, but dp thinks it does). Goose can tend to be dry, so be careful not to cook it too long.

I like that goose is not too big, as I don't like the idea of having left over turkey meals for weeks after the big day.

Also, keep the fat for roasties another time, or cook the roasties in with the goose.

TheYamiOfYawn Wed 25-Sep-13 19:57:14

For poncetastic presents, I am planning on getting a load of cheap but good quality notebooks (muji or Clairfontaine) and adding fancy fabric covers/ribbons/envelopes inside. This ought to work as a teacher present, too, and can be made well in advance, allowing me to spend December drinking mulled wine and collecting greenery.

sybilfaulty Wed 25-Sep-13 23:42:19

Marking my place. With a grosgrain ribbon avec holly attached.

This is utterly fabulous. Thank you.

MisselthwaiteManor Thu 26-Sep-13 08:18:11

I was planning on making my cake this weekend but I think I'm going to wait for stir up Sunday now.

I am going to make my own Christmas pudding and mincemeat for the first time ever this year too. And pickles onions, how long in advance do pickled onions need to be done?

MisselthwaiteManor Thu 26-Sep-13 08:18:50

*pickled

Editededition Thu 26-Sep-13 09:03:54

Sarah they keep for ages, so could be done now. I did mine last weekend.

Re stir up Sunday....I always thought that applied to puddings & mincemeat, as cakes are better for having a longer time to mature??
Best Christmas cake I ever made was done for a christening the previous June (cancelled in very sad circumstances).
I used the cake for Christmas instead...and it was fab

bymoonlight Thu 26-Sep-13 09:40:25

Oh maybe I should do my cake this weekend then.

I better add the ingredients to my shopping list again

SugarMiceInTheRain Thu 26-Sep-13 10:35:47

Ooh I think I shall make my Christmas cake this weekend. Made mincemeat yesterday - 6 fair sized jars of the stuff. It tastes fab. I'm having an irritated morning as I've been making cinnamon rolls (not for Christmas, just for scoffing over the next couple of days) and halfway through making the frosting have run out of icing sugar angry Sure I had another couple of boxes stashed away!

LazyFaire Thu 26-Sep-13 10:51:37

OK Poncers -

I have a sewing machine and can probably make myself do some work 2-5 hours a week up till Christmas.

Please link or describe to me lots of small pretty things that I can make (I'm thinking small tree decorations or drawer freshener type things) that my aunties will like! I am determined to make not buy at least something this year.

And what will I need to make them (currently scouring the various quilting squares on ebay, but what will I forget to buy!)

CatAmongThePigeons Thu 26-Sep-13 11:46:30

I think, stir up Sunday is about Christmas puddings? I remember it being on the Archers last year. I would make Christmas cake in advance as it is so much better when matured!

I can't decide whether to make one big Christmas cake, or lots of smaller ones, I was thinking of making mini Christmas puddings too, would it be miniature overkill?

Slippersocklover Thu 26-Sep-13 11:54:21

Cat, I love the idea of the miniature puddings and cakes! So cute and so much opportunity for decorative poncery on individual cakes. Would you get a special tin to make then in? I've looked at them before but never been able to justify the cost for the amount of use it would get.

CatAmongThePigeons Thu 26-Sep-13 12:03:11

I was looking at making one big Christmas and then cutting them out into individual ones not for the trimmings, oh no I've seen some mini pudding bowls on Amazon for £9.73 and they're suitable for the pressure cooker and would be perfect miniatures for Christmas puddings.

Some of the mini cake tins are £££ and there's better places to spend money on poncery!

Editededition Thu 26-Sep-13 12:04:09

I make small cakes for other people ....but actually cheat and just cut a larger square into 4!! no way of telling once marzipan and icing are on, and I find the bake is a lot better than when trying to cook very small cakes smile

MrsHoratioNelson Thu 26-Sep-13 12:16:50

I cant believe I missed the beginning of this! DC1 will be about 10 weeks old and we're going to my DM's for Christmas but I will make it as poncetastic as I can with a newborn. Next year we'll have a 14 month old rampaging around, so my tree plans might have to be scaled back then.

forcookssake Thu 26-Sep-13 12:58:52

Yesssss! I am here, would have arrived sooner but had to fight my way out from barrels of Christmas pudding vodka which is steeping and glass jars and bottles awaiting sterilisation grin joyous times!

PistachioTruffle Thu 26-Sep-13 13:17:19

Aha, I can't believe I didn't think of cutting them into 4 shock When do you divide them, just after baking or jut before you marzipan and ice them?

Jdub Thu 26-Sep-13 14:05:33

I would divide them just as I was about to ice them (in fact that's what i did last year!)

I am new to this thread,but am actively embracing ALL things poncetastic - and imagine, my joy to hear today that my Mary Berry Christmas book has been despatched!!! whoop whoop!

I have seen people use baked bean tins for mini round cake tins.

Rubybrazilianwax Thu 26-Sep-13 15:56:24

Now is a good time to pick seed heads for spraying. Allium, honesty and aquilegia are the ones I've picked for my christmas arrangements

Slippersocklover Thu 26-Sep-13 16:32:05

Thankyou for the mini cake advice, I shall be the proud maker of poncey small Christmas cakes this year grin I may give the small ones away as gifts and make a traditional larger one to keep. I can imagine DH's hmm response if I start hoarding bean tins though!

ringaringarosy Thu 26-Sep-13 17:59:09

I want a poncetastic christmas but i dont really want to make anything myself,i want like a faux poncetastic christmas..

Chubfuddler Thu 26-Sep-13 18:04:23

A faux poncetastic Christmas is entirely possible. It's expensive but entirely possible.

Waitrose, John Lewis, notonthehighstreet are your friends.

BitchTeeRiskit Thu 26-Sep-13 18:16:29

Thanks for the tip about freezing the sloe berries, I keep pestering my Dad to come out and pick some with me but he keeps insisting we wait till frost. Last year when we went out the pickings were slim to say the least!

bymoonlight Thu 26-Sep-13 18:18:57

I do a mixture of making some food in advance (pickled onions, chutney, red cabbage etc) and then I order from M&S Food To Order so on the day we can have a lovely meal but we can just heat it up and spend more time playing with the DC.

Talking of which, when is the M&S Christmas food going to appear on the website? I love planning what we are going to order!

SugarMiceInTheRain Thu 26-Sep-13 18:29:55

I have used baked bean tins and suchlike as mini Christmas cake tins but prefer to do the big square cake cut into 4 method. Much less fiddly and less guessing required to work out the cooking time! grin

IsaacCox Thu 26-Sep-13 18:44:33

Thanks for the advice about cutting a large Christmas cakes into smaller ones. I would never have thought of that blush and it saves me spending money on new tins!

My Kirstie's Christmas crafts and Christmas crafts by Catherine Woram have arrived today. Not had chance to look through them yet though. Just waiting for my Cath Kidston organiser now.

I have also ordered a jam pan, funnel, wax disks and labels for the jams and chutneys I'm going to make. This was the cheapest jam pan I could see on Amazon, hoping it'll be good.

I've decided the things that I'm making to go in jars this year are-
mincemeat
Nigella's chilli jam
Mango chutney- not sure which recipe yet
Mary Berry's Christmas chutney
Chocolate and banana jam
Strawberry and champagne jam with edible gold glitter in
And ^possibly^ bacon jam

NannyPlumForPM Thu 26-Sep-13 19:05:08

Marking my VERY important place (name change from kirstoll) but I officially can't start until DD's birthday 21-oct. see you all again then! (recipes being gathered, tinsel being shredded and woven together, garlands being designed, candle holder being MADE- it's chriiiiiiiiiiiissssstmasss)

CatAmongThePigeons Thu 26-Sep-13 19:06:48

My goodness, bacon jam! I think DH would appreciate the novelty of that and glittery strawberry and champagne jam sounds fabulously poncetastic!

DearPrudence Thu 26-Sep-13 19:16:06

Marking place for another year of poncery. I'm probably not hosting this year, which gives less opportunity for showing off, but frees up quite a bit of time. Chilli jam is definitely on my list for this year. Not sure what else yet.

ThiefofTime Thu 26-Sep-13 19:17:18

So exciting. I am sloe picking tomorrow. Was going to wait but this thread has got me in the mood.

Yay. Places marking so I can catch up later!

I loved your thread last year but found it too late. thanks

SugarHut Thu 26-Sep-13 19:34:48

Isaac, the glitter jam...ooohhhhhhh my god, the glitter jam. I actually love you.

IsaacCox Thu 26-Sep-13 19:36:59

grin

IsaacCox Thu 26-Sep-13 19:37:53

Tbh, I might just put the glitter in everything grin

F A B!!

IsaacCox Thu 26-Sep-13 19:53:38

This is the glitter I bought.

Flozle Thu 26-Sep-13 20:45:49

Bought the cheese making shennanigans from Lakeland so I can have home produced cheese on my cheeseboard this year. Or maybe next year...

TwentiethCenturyGirl Thu 26-Sep-13 21:10:02

Oh wise ones, I'm thinking of making some sort of a cranberry chutney for turkey related leftovers. I've seen a recipe in Nigella Christmas and in Delia. Any recommendations?

bymoonlight Thu 26-Sep-13 21:31:18

Oh wow - homemade cheese! Sounds amazing.

I have peeled 1kg of shallots ready to pickle for tomorrow. I can only smell onion now ...

Right I've caught up. May I apologise in advance for being the poster that asks the stupid questions. Anyone that was on the Sewing Bee thread can attest to that.

So I'd like to know if any of you reuse the decorations, stockings etc that you made last year?
I made some that I want to keep and eventually build up a good stash.

Also, those doing biscuits and cookies etc, do you make them now and freeze it or all in a rush at the end?

Does anyone have recipes for ones that freeze well and are Christmassy?

Last question, I promise grin. When you talk about your Christmas organisers, are they specifically sectioned 'cause I want one?

oxton Thu 26-Sep-13 22:00:15

Cannot believe how excited I am by this thread.

In fact, so excited, that this is the first time I have ever added a message blush

Don't have anything useful to contribute thus far but am looking forward to a Poncetastic Christmas. grin

ethelb Thu 26-Sep-13 22:05:03

Brilliant! I got the fabric for DPs Christmas PJs I imported from the US today.
It is perfect and a weight I just couldn't find in the UK so the massive surprise import tax is hugely justified confused
Luckily I got the vintage Don Draper pattern free from my aunt's vintage shop.
I will be going yarn shopping for sone knitted gifts. The shop is so posh they will have a natural dyed yarn pop up shop and offer tours to a local alpaca farm that supplies them with yarn.
Oh, and I got a prize in the village fete for the piccallili recipe i shared on the last thread.

Is that poncetastic enough for you?!!!

ethelb Thu 26-Sep-13 22:06:56

And anyone wanting to lighten their wallets further.... William Sonoma now deliver to the UK.

TheOnlyPink Thu 26-Sep-13 22:10:56

TheOneWithTheHair This is the Christmas Organiser that I had seen people on here talking about. I am waiting for it to be dispatched. grin

Thank you TheOnlyPink. I've just ordered one. grin

OliviaMMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 26-Sep-13 22:20:27

Hello
I just wanted to come on and say, cos I have never been able to do so before and probably won't again
I won't be having a ponce-tastic Christmas in any way this year because I'm upduffed (Will be 35 weeks at start of advent) and don't even know if I'll be at home for it.

BUT BUT BUT I have done all my preps - and bought a v tasteful faux (i know that technically thats an oxymoron but it does look loverly) pre-lit
tree for hassle-prevention

Though I will be having a lovely natural wreath for my door made by a friend.

Baubles will be navy and gold this year.
Bought my glittery advent calendars
Done everything for stockings except the Naice chocolate coins which I haven't seen yet.
There are some damsons in my freezer but since I won't be able to enjoy it this year I may make the gin/vodka and save until next.

I did find some GORGEOUS fabric on eBay today and then thought it would wait until next year

Happy Poncetastic Prepping all of you

<jinglebells>

PS nice thread about poncerific wrapping here

SugarHut Thu 26-Sep-13 22:23:27

Bastardos. Not only do I not require another bloody Christmas folder, I'm also now going to have the hassle of transferring everything out of the old one and into this new one I have just ordered too. All because the deer on the front is cute. I don't even bloody like Cath Kidston!! Do NOT tell my friends blush

I hope you have a good Christmas Olivia but please could you make the link clicky.

Good luck with the twins. thanks

OliviaMMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 26-Sep-13 22:44:24

TheOneWithTheHair

I hope you have a good Christmas Olivia but please could you make the link clicky.

Good luck with the twins. thanks

Done
And thanks

SuperMuddle Thu 26-Sep-13 22:45:54

Ooh, I've just found this thread, but feel I belong here...

As I am upduffed with DC#1, this will be my last child-free Christmas, and would love to make it as ponce-tastic as possible!

I will probably mostly lurk, but wanted to say hello to all. Right, so I'm off to draw up lists of presents to make, mostly food/booze-related, naturally. grin

Thank you.

TheYamiOfYawn Thu 26-Sep-13 22:55:03

TheOneWithTheHair - I reuse the stuff that can be re-use, eg stockings. Salt dough decorations usually last a couple of years and go mouldy. Biscuit decorations get nibbled throughout the Christmas period until they are all eaten by Twelf Night.

MrsBeeZed Thu 26-Sep-13 23:18:17

I'm in. Marking place and ready to ponce grin

IsaacCox I just spent an hour looking through your recipes - they are fantastic. I've bookmarked the chilli jam, chutney and chocolate and banana jam, although I'm not sure about the latter!

MisselthwaiteManor Fri 27-Sep-13 07:28:20

I am going to make that strawberry and champagne jam, it looks amazing! Not sure I can be trusted with a pot of edible glitter, glittery sprouts anyone?

Editededition Fri 27-Sep-13 07:32:20

Isaac loving your recipes! ....and found myself in hysterics after checking your glitter link:
These non-toxic glitters are not harmful when eaten but are not EU classified as a food product as they are not digested when eaten but pass through the system undigested

Surely you get the award for most poncetastic concept ever ......glittery poo!! (the gift that keeps on giving?!?!)

<<imagines MIL in utter panic, phoning NHS Direct for advice>>

Loving it grin grin grin

IsaacCox Fri 27-Sep-13 07:35:05

grin I saw that Edited which is maybe why I'm making it

grin @ glittery sprouts. I think we could have a lot of fun with this!

girlywhirly Fri 27-Sep-13 08:18:06

Olivia, we like Divine chocolate coins (fairtrade choc) which are sold in the local Oxfam shop. There are lots of other chocolate treats available as well.

This year I am poncing modestly. But I shall be making fig and sherry mincemeat as usual for sugar crust pastry mince pies, vanilla ice cream in my machine to go with them, and my favourite chestnut and bacon stuffing to freeze in advance for the Christmas lunch.

Last year I made an alternative wreath for outside in the shape of a five pointed star, made from red dogwood stems bound together in bunches, and decorated with ivy trails and bunches of variegated holly. I may do the same this year if there are enough straight stems, if not I shall re use the old one to make up the numbers of stems.

aliciagardner Fri 27-Sep-13 08:36:41

Hello poncers. Looking forward to another Christmas of full-on poncetasticness! When this thread starts I know it's time to get the vodka and lemons ready for the homemade limoncello. I'll be making chilli jam again this year, as it was fab (nigella recipe).

I've bought some scandi looking wrapping paper from b&m (bargain poncetastic Christmas needed in my household) and will be using garden twine and attaching a candy cane to all pressies this year. Thinking about treating myself to new tree lights as I got fed up and shoved the old ones away last year all tangled (after trying to untangle for an hour!). So now I have to decide - coloured or warm white? I have some time to think about it smile

Still on the hunt for the perfect red berry wreath that doesn't cost a fortune and is not too fake looking. If anyone sees one, please let me know! Wilko looked promising last year but turned out to be fakey close up. No money for beautiful, expensive ones, must be beautiful and cheap.

Looking forward to getting poncing! Pinterest board is slowly expanding..

SuperMuddle Fri 27-Sep-13 11:00:14

I've just rediscovered my Pinterest! Wedding-related boards have been removed, to make way for all things poncerifically Christmassy. Many happy hours to be spent... <rubs hands with glee>

IsaacCox Fri 27-Sep-13 11:07:03

My Cath Kidston organiser has arrived! Off for a look smile

IsaacCox Fri 27-Sep-13 11:10:20

I forgot to say the edible glitter has arrived too grin

MrsHoratioNelson Fri 27-Sep-13 13:08:56

Popping in to say that I have just received Aldi's special buys email - A3 and A4 laminator and pouches available from Sunday... details here

chicaguapa Fri 27-Sep-13 13:23:39

shock

This thread makes me feel a lot better about having spent the entire evening yesterday watching Japanese people wrap gifts on youtube. blush

SuperMuddle Fri 27-Sep-13 13:48:48

You mean not everyone actively seeks out, and gets excited by, different ways of wrapping presents? Weirdos...

I've just emerged, bleary eyed, from the clutches of Pinterest, thinking it might be time for a mid-morning snack, to find it's nearly 2pm. Oops...

rootypig Fri 27-Sep-13 17:15:25

Am loving all this.

Thanks Isaac for the mincemeat recipe, am in Los Angeles [grump] so will definitely have to make my own for the first time. Am excited about stir up Sunday. Anyone have a killer Christmas pud recipe?

My poncetastic contribution for today is christmas pudding chocolates, which are so easy and great poncey gifts for neighbours / petit fours for after dinner.

Crumble shop bought (yes!) fruit cake into a bowl and add enough booze of your choice to make it just moist enough to stick together (be cautious, it will go soggy in a flash). Roll into balls (individual chocolate size), it will go doughy, CHILL the balls, then coat (dip) in melted chocolate, milk or dark according to preference. (Don't use cadburys, it's too sweet, supermarket own belgian stuff is a good bet). Cool til set on a baking sheet lined with greaseproof paper. Then drizzle white chocolate over and finish with a little snip of red glace cherry and angelica (green). All you glitter heads can also add a sprinkle of that. They are SO poncey and cute and more importantly outrageously delicious.

IsaacCox Fri 27-Sep-13 17:32:04

You're welcome rootypig. Jealous of you being in LA- I have family there. I'm definitely going to make those christmas pudding chocolates, they sound amazing. Thanks for sharing!

I've been trying to find an organiser that I really like but nothing has switched my lights on - any suggestions or links pleeeease?

rootypig Fri 27-Sep-13 18:05:19

Don't be jealous Isaac, it is so un-Christmassy and they wouldn't know ponce if it fell into their cornflakes [judgey pants]. Fortunately I am back in the UK in November and will be filling my suitcase with suet and mixed peel grin

Barbeasty Fri 27-Sep-13 18:06:48

You can get the divine chocolate coins on this site . They have some other nice bits, and the cards are normally good quality.

Editededition Fri 27-Sep-13 18:16:22

rooty ...take a drive out to Palm Springs.... they used to have a seriously poncey Christmas shop on Palm Canyon Drive.
(couple of really nice shops and coffee stops too smile ) Worth checking to see if its still there, maybe?

<wails> I want to come back!!

IsaacCox Fri 27-Sep-13 18:20:16

rooty grin I can just imagine a suitcase full of suet and mixed peel!

I love LA though. My family live in San Marino smile

Rubybrazilianwax Fri 27-Sep-13 19:33:57

ethelb I'm truly impressed

Christmas pudding chocolates sound amazing, thank you rootypig .

WaitingForMe Fri 27-Sep-13 21:15:17

I've had a terrible year for hydrangeas. Luckily had an amazing harvest last autumn and newborn DS saw me not do much with them. They were pink and are now a lilac colour.

What do I do with them?

FoxtrotOscarBackToEconomy Fri 27-Sep-13 21:29:52

Right, I bought a sewing machine yesterday so I can now start buying some lovely Christmassy fabric now. The plan is to make a stocking for DS and some decorations for the tree. I did have thoughts of also making an advent calendar but I know it's pure fantasy to think I can design and make one before December. At least with a stocking I get another 24 days poncing time. DH won't let me do any Christmads sewing until I have sewed the laundry basket liner thing that needs doing but is so not exciting compared to Cheistmas poncery.

And I just want to say, the Mary Berry's Christmas Chuntney IsaacCox linked to earlier is THE ONLY chutney I have made ever since I first tried it something like 10 years ago.

HazeltheMcWitch Fri 27-Sep-13 23:37:35

Yay, it has begun! I ponced in 2011, and had very good intentions of poncing in 2012 but it all went south. I got as far as buying that Sarah Raven book, but I think it terrified me into tinsel and bisto (almost).

May I just say, my favourite quote thus far as been

"...and I'm already planning my fudge schedule." Thanks, PaperPomPom!

Rubybrazilianwax Fri 27-Sep-13 23:46:20

waitingforme you could use them on a wreath, lilac hydrangea with cream faux roses and some silver would be lovely, pomegranates would tie in with those colours too

ethelb Fri 27-Sep-13 23:47:31

@ruby thankyou so much. Trying to figure out how to get to poncy yarn shop tomorrow. We are supposed to be celebrating dps 30th confused
Wrt the poster who was allowing their nine year old to decorate the tree with hm decorations.
Do it.
Our dm let us (me and dsisx2) do it one year. We mourned how bad the coloured lights and tinsel looked and here i am with my hm scandi-chic colour coordinated decorations, importing xmas eve pj fabric at unaffordable expense and suggesting people exacerbate the debt crisis further by introducing them to william sonoma. My dm is proud.
Do it. It will be the making of a poncetastic dd.

ethelb Fri 27-Sep-13 23:56:56

http://www.williams-sonoma.com/m/shop/christmas/christmas-bakeware/ linky

rootypig Sat 28-Sep-13 04:32:21

clinky link

www.williams-sonoma.com/m/shop/christmas/christmas-bakeware/

damn you ethelb, I want ALL of that, and I will have no cupboard space or money to make cookie dough or indeed feed my baby.

rootypig Sat 28-Sep-13 04:37:10

Edited actually I have a friend who will be in Palm Springs from mid December. I am totally taking a poncetastic drive out there. Will have several glasses of naice wine then hit up this poncey retail grotto, hard grin

rootypig Sat 28-Sep-13 04:39:05

Sorry for trillions of posts - am rereading thread for little nuggets I missed first time round eagerly devouring the ponce. ethelb would you share the provenance of this divine Christmas fabric? I am in the US and there have to be some compensations

BillyGoatintheBuff Sat 28-Sep-13 07:13:35

madebyjoel.com/2012/12/paper-city-nativity-scene.html

Hello, I just found this ^^ and thought I would share the link, I will try and print this for my LO's to colour in!!

kyrkkaffe.libris.se/?p=3581

Also this linky ^^ for colouring in.

I have made some orange decorations this weekend, I did not dry them long enough in the oven so they are still soft confused but I will try again, here is the website I used for instructions if anyone is interested.
www.cookquiltmakeandbake.com/2011/12/07/make-dried-orange-slice-ornaments/

Slippersocklover Sat 28-Sep-13 08:08:47

ethelb, I love Williams Sonoma! I went to New York Christmas shopping a couple of years ago and came home with half a suitcase of assorted sprinkles and Christmas decorations. I plan to spend a happy half hour this morning browsing the website with a coffee grin

TheYamiOfYawn Sat 28-Sep-13 08:25:13

Those links are great, BillyGoat. I just all of those 12 days of Christmas crafts and want to make the popcorn garlands and the stars on a string as well.as the orange slices.

FellatioNelson Sat 28-Sep-13 08:26:28

Olivia well done on the forward planning. And I like the sound of damsons in the freezer - very poncetastic.

If you will be 35 wks upduffed at Christmas then I predict that as twins usually put in a bit of an early appearance they will be Christmas babies and they should therefore be named Jesus and Mary.

Or Holly and Robin.

Or Noel and er...er......confused.....--Mr Blobby-- Angel, or Star.

Please do as I say.

You should also go out to your garage and start scattering lots of straw on the floor to make it more comfy for you to lay down when you are giving birth. Can you borrow a cow? for authenticity? If you don't have a manger use a wheelbarrow. It'll be fine.

Zeeky Sat 28-Sep-13 08:27:02

For those wanting to add glitter to jam etc, I've found the best to be the edible glitter stars (I got mine from Lakeland) as they show up better in the jar, then call it "Strawberry Glam" grin.

Re. Bacon Jam - IT IS AMAZING!! Haven't made it for a while, but DH is constantly nagging me too. It doesn't keep like normal jam/chutney, so need to keep it in the fridge and use fairly quickly. It is not really jam, more of tangy bacon relish, but is AMAZING with eggs!

FellatioNelson Sat 28-Sep-13 08:29:18

Right ladies, I mean business. I am making my cake today. I will I will I will. I have been to easily distracted this last week but I am on it like sonic now.

ethelb Sat 28-Sep-13 08:37:46

Just at fabric.com
I struggled to find good flannel over here. Its not something the Brits do really.
Glad you like the William Sonoma stuff. They also have fantastic thanksgiving bits and pieces but maybe this is the wrong thread.

ethelb Sat 28-Sep-13 08:41:56
Zeeky Sat 28-Sep-13 08:46:30

Just been looking at that Williams-Sonoma link - I want it all!!! The Americans sure do know how to do Christmas! I sooooooooo want to go to New York Christmas shopping one year, but will likely have to wait until the boys (6 and 3.5) are older, as they will just be a pain in the arse and spoil my idyllic dreams of strolling around New York swinging my shopping bags, hand in hand with DH, stopping to sip some eggnog!

MisselthwaiteManor Sat 28-Sep-13 09:14:44

I am thinking of making teeny tiny hampers as favours, like a bite size Christmas cake, tiny jar of jam like you get in cafes, can't think of anything else, any ideas? Is this naff?

BillyGoatintheBuff Sat 28-Sep-13 09:21:02

thegreendragonfly.wordpress.com/2012/12/23/reindeeer-cookies/

These look cute! (sorry for linking too much), I'm sure lots of people have great things pinned already smile

OctoberMoon Sat 28-Sep-13 09:51:59

Ok, so it's becoming apparant that lakeland is my poncetastic spirutual home. Armed with my cath kidston christmas organiser, i am off to get some hibiscus flowers in syrup for my christmas day cava.

I am investing in one christmas cook book, can anyone suggest the best one that you couldn't ponce without?

MisselthwaiteManor Sat 28-Sep-13 10:25:51

Those reindeer cookies look adorable!

ShouldHaveStayedHome Sat 28-Sep-13 10:56:56

I feel I must confess that last Christmas DD1 was due and therefore I thought I would sort everything during maternity leave ready for a lovely Christmas with a lovely Christmas baby... she arrived 3 weeks early so NO prior leave for me! Therefore no decorations or cakes or anything of the sort. I managed presents, although I had to ask people what they wanted or they got nothing (ponce blasphemy?). In my defence I was in that new baby haze of not knowing who I was, or where I was when dragged to at my mother's for Christmas day.

Previous years however have gone ahead with zero ponce. We hung tinsel as high as possible, maybe one string in each room, and no tree, due to the evil cheeky kitties. Also presents between DH and I didn't happen, just one item we wanted for the house between us.

So this year I would like to create as wonderful a Christmas for DD (and DH I suppose) as possible on the stingiest budget possible; but still no climbable tree allowed...

babycakemumma Sat 28-Sep-13 11:02:25

I may ponce an appropriate amount this year. :-D hohoho!

OwlBeThereForYou Sat 28-Sep-13 11:04:28

I missed the start?! How did this happen?? hmm I blame house hunting (which I think is almost done!) I am now going to enjoy reading all of this thread with a cuppa brew and plan the most poncetastic Christmas for our potential new house grin

Rubybrazilianwax Sat 28-Sep-13 12:17:22

I feel sooo poncetastic today. Have soup on, have been filling bags with pinecones and cinnamon oil to put in the hot press for a few weeks and now I'm going to pick my sloes after lunch.
Does anyone have a recipe for crap apple jelly? We've loads and they never get used unfortunately

HazeltheMcWitch Sat 28-Sep-13 12:25:11

Crap apple jelly? grin

Rubybrazilianwax Sat 28-Sep-13 13:27:50

Lmao! Crap apple jelly, it might take off you know

FellatioNelson Sat 28-Sep-13 14:02:11

I have a crap apple jelly recipe. grin

It a HFW one from his Preserves book. It's really long so I won't type it all out, but if you follow this basic link here he says you can use sloes, rowans, blackberries, elderberries, rosehips or whatever you have, in addition to the crab apples, or you can just use crab apples on their own for the total weight of fruit, and add cinnamon sticks and a few cloves for a classic spiced jelly.

FellatioNelson Sat 28-Sep-13 14:03:52

I can;t get crab apples in Qatar but I'd really like to make something so I think I'll look for a recipe that utiilises what is in abundance here - chillies, figs, Indian gooseberries, dates, pomegranates etc.

bymoonlight Sat 28-Sep-13 17:39:48

I am drying out the cucumbers mixture for piccalilli and soaking my fruit in brandy ready to make the cake tomorrow.

Am dreading lining the cake tin, always the worst bit of Christmas prep for me.

rootypig Sat 28-Sep-13 18:51:42

BillyGoat LOVE those reindeer cookies, keep posting! I am not an organised pinterest person. Though perhaps I will start...

ethel thanks for the fabric link, though I fear I have little use for flannel in southern California, [doublegrump]

Rubybrazilianwax Sat 28-Sep-13 18:54:36

Thanks fellatio that looks ideal. There are lots of those growing around me. So cross i didn't get my blackberries picked before the hedgerows were trimmed so I only have a small amount of those, not enough for jam but could definitely use them in that recipe.

rootypig Sat 28-Sep-13 18:54:43

oooh ethel is this the fabric you ordered? grin

Guitargirl Sat 28-Sep-13 19:29:23

This may aid everyone in their poncery...this link was on the bargains thread, I have tried and failed to resist adding to my pointless stash of Christmas ribbon - and am now £25 lighter blush

Anyway, there is a bargain section as well as a new Christmas section which has a 'Have a yummy Christmas' ribbon - cute for home-made foodie gifts!

Crafty ribbons

Guitargirl Sat 28-Sep-13 19:32:46

I am just getting into Pinterest and have a very basic question for those of you who are fans of the site. Ok, so when I type 'Christmas ideas' into the search box it comes up with the same photos most of the time, it looks as though there should be more pages or something but there's only one page on each search. Is it just that there are more pictures when you click on one which leads to more - is that how it works? <thick>

rootypig Sat 28-Sep-13 20:02:36

I was just scouting around for advent ideas and found this advent activity tree, which I really like, for those with younger DC. Also this Christmas Eve surprise box, from the same blog. DD was only 6 weeks last Christmas but this year I am thinking of the traditions that I want to create for her!

In the quest for Ponce-tastic-ism I have bought........

The Lakeland Limited silicone Fairy Cottage moulds (the small ones) so I can make chocolate cottages and gingerbread ones

The advent chocolate bars (for the DC advent tree)

Little candy canes for their sweet jars

I've got Nordic patterned sheets on order for DH and I smile

Editededition Sat 28-Sep-13 21:05:14

Great link Guitaregirl - thank you!
Have just far too much on poncey ribbons!!

Editededition Sat 28-Sep-13 21:22:13

or even ....spent far too much!!
grrrr

MrsOgg Sat 28-Sep-13 22:10:56

OK poncey people, I need Christmas decorating advice! Absolutely no offence to anyone, but I feel like the trend for words as decorations is a bit passé (you know, massive letters saying JOY around the place).

I really liked that trend, but I'm over it now. I have no idea what I like now though. What does everyone else like? I'm out of ideas, and I really want to make my house look pretty this year.

Guitargirl Sat 28-Sep-13 22:41:43

We have a ridiculous amount of clutter in our house which doesn't really lend the place to properly poncey decorations but I am going for lots of strategically placed lights this year (which am hoping will hide the dust!).

Candles MrsOgg

Scented candles (like Yankee) in jars or tealights
And the flameless ones for safety (there are some really good ones about that are wax. We got some from Costco last year with a remote control to on/off them )

And WRT words/letters decorations -
I've got some silver letters that spell our PEACE/ JOY/ NOEL and they are quite nice in a low key setting (usually on the bannister)

But I wouldn't have the mahoosive mantlepiece ones grin

Slippersocklover Sat 28-Sep-13 22:46:22

shouldhavestayedhome, do you have a bannister, mantel or shelving that can be adorned with a poncetastic garland to decorate instead of a tree? I've used a wired faux garland intertwined with warm white lights and hung with baubles and tree decorations in previous years - it's effective, inexpensive and evil kitty proof grin

Zeeky Sat 28-Sep-13 22:53:52

I made crab apple jelly this week. I just put the crab apples in my big jam pan, covered with water & boiled until they were all mush. Gave them a good squishing with the potato masher to make sure all the juice was out. Then ladle into a jelly bag to strain the juice. Leave overnight to drip. Measure the juice and add 1lb of sugar to every 1pt of juice (450g of sugar to 600ml of liquid). Proceed as for jam making. My crab apples were a deep red colour and made the most beautiful bright pink juice and jelly.

MrsOgg Sat 28-Sep-13 22:56:32

Hmm, fake candles could be fantastic, thanks for the tip!

What I'm really into is the really fancy and elaborate paper cut things, but they all seem to cost a lot of money to get hold of and I am no way going to try to make one! Like this one here: twoclevermoms.com/love-to-try-scherenschnitte/
(scroll down a little bit to get to the tree, it's amazing!)

Zeeky Sat 28-Sep-13 23:03:25

Mrs Ogg that is indeed beautiful. I love making paper snowflakes and try to make them ever more intricate, but that is something else!

leesmum Sun 29-Sep-13 09:11:48

Can I join in? Mrs Ogg those paper cuttings are brill I could just about do a dodgy snowflake!

WaitingForMe Sun 29-Sep-13 09:42:42

Thanks for the wreath idea Ruby! Cream roses and pomegranate with silver ribbon is achingly poncy!

My plans now include a fancy breakfast (only got stepkids until lunchtime) featuring eggs, homemade bread and bacon jam then maybe some rocky road which I'll get the boys to make and wrap as their gifts to people.

ringaringarosy Sun 29-Sep-13 10:54:15

So does poncetastic mean homemade?

ringaringarosy Sun 29-Sep-13 10:55:16

rocky road as a present is a good idea,i might get the kids involved in that,also i saw nigella make some honeycomb o tv a while ago,that would make a nice gift too.

What would you wrap it in and how long would it keep for?

Editededition Sun 29-Sep-13 10:57:27

So does poncetastic mean homemade?
....with attitude!!!
And style.
And some level of overkill enthusiasm.
grin

WaitingForMe Sun 29-Sep-13 12:44:55

I buy cellophane bags from Amazon ringaringarosy. I use a freezer tie or elastic band to make a tight seal and then cover with a bit of ribbon or use twine and a luggage tag.

Honeycombe sounds lush but is possibly the worst thing to make with children shock

Rubybrazilianwax Sun 29-Sep-13 13:09:09

Have you seen pearl and earl they do nice paper decorations mrsogg
Also I made these snowflakes last year and they looked amazing hanging in my windows. Thats the youtube tutorial I used. It looks more complicated than what it is, trust me its worth persevering as they are quite easy. I still have mine hanging in the attic so hope they have survived to use this year!

ringaringarosy Sun 29-Sep-13 16:01:59

Why waitingforme?MIne are still all under 6 so i probably wouldntlet them near the hob,just do the smashing up bit at the end!

WaitingForMe Sun 29-Sep-13 16:35:53

Because it's boiling sugar. I made peppermint creams with DSSs when they were 3 and 6 as they are safe for little hands to cut out. With Rocky Roads there is a but of smashing them mixing and pressing.

Honeycomb needs breaking up lightly. It'd be dust in seconds. And TBH I wouldn't want the kids in the kitchen when I was handling boiling sugar. (I may just have violent/careless DSSs)

FellatioNelson Sun 29-Sep-13 17:06:47

I agree with you MrsOgg. It was great while it lasted but it's had its day.

What can we think of next? Since I moved to the Middle East I don't have access to any decent style and interiors magazines any more, so I am ashamed to say that I may be a bit behind the times on Poncetastic terms, but don't tell, or they'll take my crown away. sad I need to get up to speed with what is the new/next big thing, and pronto.

ringaringarosy Sun 29-Sep-13 17:37:36

Nigella gave it a right bashing in with a big hammer!I might do it but just with one child,it would definitely be dust in seconds with all 3 of them having a go.

ChocolateHelps Sun 29-Sep-13 17:50:25

Ooh ready to ponce. Love a bit of crafting and have lots of foam wreath forms (don't ask) but have never done the homemade Xmas cake before. Chocolate nigella one sounds perfect

TheYamiOfYawn Sun 29-Sep-13 17:51:10

I think that the Next Big Thing will be a mid-century modern austerity Christmas. Not Coca-Cola kitsch American 1950s, but a more austere version. So coloured glasses, natural-coloured wood, tank-tops, paper chains, starburst shapes, modern antiques, trendy sprouts, more Scandi love. I reckon tinsel might make a comeback, but not quite yet.

Chubfuddler Sun 29-Sep-13 17:57:38

I'm going Nordic for this year. They've got some gorgeous red and white tea towels in sainsburys, beginning of the Christmas range coming in. I bought four to be our Christmas Day napkins.

I've got an empty fire place so I'm going to fill it with hurricane lamps and other random containers with pillar candles. My tree decorations are all red and white and quite Scandi ikea anyway so will go nicely I think

If I was being properly poncetastic I would have sewn them myself I suppose.

Chubfuddler Sun 29-Sep-13 18:01:11

Scrubbed pine top table, so I'm not going to bother with a tablecloth. It's only a source of stress with young children anyway, they either spill stuff on it as soon as glance at it or half pull it off getting to their places. I've got three little bucket things on a tray, hard to describe but whst you grow windowsill herbs in. Currently empty so center piece for the table will be those with some narcissi bulbs and tea lights.

FellatioNelson Sun 29-Sep-13 18:02:53

Yes! Why didn't I think of that? <slaps head>

Of course - it's the natural progession from the bunting and the crochet and the folksy retro thing. Forties, fifties...that means I might have to allow tinsel back into the fold in an uber-ironic way.

My GPs had the most beautiful paper decorations from the 50's, and a teeny tiny fake tree about two feet tall, and some lovely coloured lights shaped like little flower buds. My Dsis still has them all.

Paper chains are the way forward.

Trigglesx Sun 29-Sep-13 18:28:59

Well, if tinsel and paper chains are back in, I'm thinking I could do this. grin Although I tried paper chains with the DCs last year and ended up doing them myself. hmm

BellaOfTheBalls Sun 29-Sep-13 19:13:41

editededition my Christmas cake is in the oven! Then entire house smells divine & the mixture tasted lovely - could really taste the brandy and the lemon. I did my usual thing on grease proof paper well above the level of the tin to prevent top burning. However I seem to have made enough for 2 cakes, my DF will be pleased!

We do special breakfast on Christmas morning. English muffins, scrambled eggs and Waitrose treacle bacon.

It was a one off that dd requested the next year and it's since become a tradition.

I love it as it's a little bit of calm in a pretty manic day.

My cake always catches a bit. I do the tall sided baking parchment but it's not enough. Any other tips? Mind you, I have a new oven this year so that's a whole different world of issues to deal with.

bymoonlight Sun 29-Sep-13 20:11:05

I will be checking my cake in 15 mins. It will have been in for 3hrs. Last year I listened to Delia and left it for four hours and it burned.

I am scared.

Good luck bymoonlight, it's always a hair raising moment.

bymoonlight Sun 29-Sep-13 20:28:16

Thanks Free.

Its not burnt but the sides may be catching. It needs at least another half hour though. The top wasn't springing back.

WaitingForMe Sun 29-Sep-13 20:57:38

I'm doing Nigella's Black Cake. Buying the fruit and booze tomorrow (needs two weeks soaking). Might have to make a separate wee pot of it as otherwise I'll be sneaking tastes and the weight will be all wrong blush

bymoonlight Sun 29-Sep-13 21:02:57

I'm pg and the term 'wee pot' has completely different connotations to me atm, I had to read it twice grin

My cake is springing and isn't burnt - yay! and phew!

AnneEyhtMeyer Sun 29-Sep-13 21:19:53

Can I slip quietly in and maybe join you? Not sure I live up to Poncetastic expectations though.

I'm going to make a Christmas cake this year for the first time in years - using my Granny's recipe, and the fruit has been soaking since Friday. Plan to make the cake tomorrow or Tuesday.

I made mincemeat for the first time last year, and I still have some jars of it left, so will be using that this year to make my pies.

I made small Christmas stockings for everyone a couple of years ago, and we use these as table stockings each year - keeps people occupied between courses and I try to include things to get people talking - quizzes, jokes etc. They are red felt, edged with blanket stitch and with a green Christmas tree blanket-stitched on the front. I also cross-stitched name labels for them.

Have had my tree in the conservatory for the last few years as I was scared my DD would pull it over, but I think I'm going to risk putting it in the sitting room this year to make it feel more Christmassy. I already go to town on the fireplace, with a garland, lights, wooden advent calendars and candles, so with the tree alongside it should make the whole room feel very festive. I love sitting with just the fairy lights on with carols playing in the background.

Editededition Sun 29-Sep-13 21:26:48

Yay, Bella!
The smell is so amazing isn't it.

Don't worry if the currants standing proud of the surface get a bit blackened ...it always happens and makes absolute zero difference to the taste of the cake :-)

Editededition Sun 29-Sep-13 21:34:41

Just looking at times ...I suspect it may be out of the oven already!!

MrsOgg Sun 29-Sep-13 21:45:37

I think you're all right - austere 40s and 50s Scandi stuff is the next big thing. Lucky for me, as lots of the furniture in my house is from the charity shop and loosely that era!

I love the snowflake video Ruby, cheers for that I'm definitely going to give those a go.

I spent ages and ages last night looking at remote control LED candles on Amazon. There is too much choice. If anyone wants to recommend a certain brand I'd be grateful!

AnneEyhtMeyer Sun 29-Sep-13 21:51:42

I got my remote-controlled candles from Costco last week. There are 6 for about £23. They look the same as these ones from Lakeland Ltd.

MrsOgg Sun 29-Sep-13 21:55:24

Ooh just had a look at the pearl and earl website, have seen quite a few things I'm going to buy one day when I've been paid! I especially like the red and white striped butchers' twine, which I was after last year and couldn't get hold of, and the wide 'no peeking' giftwrap tape, that's pretty cool.

I really like their tissue paper snowflakes as well. Thanks for linking to it!

MrsOgg Sun 29-Sep-13 22:07:57

Ooh, 6 for £23 seems pretty good, thanks Anne!

AnneEyhtMeyer Sun 29-Sep-13 22:24:42

Just found the receipt MrsOgg and they were £19.99 + VAT, so £24.

MrsOgg Sun 29-Sep-13 22:29:40

Ok one more thing, and then I promise I'll stop posting on this thread this evening.

Is anyone else making a felt advent calendar this year? I just had a look at felt advent calendars on pinterest and they are all AMAZING and I want to make about 6 now and can't decide which style to go for. I am getting over-excited over here.

LRDMaguliYaPomochTebeSRaboti Sun 29-Sep-13 23:16:33

Just popping in to be appreciative. I can't get to the heights of poncery but I've loved this thread the last few years. I have now (yaaaaay!) moved out of a small, damp, mouldy-walled, un-heated 1970s flat and have an Actual House. Possibly the smallest house in the world, but, a house! With actual fireplaces and mantels!

So, I am going to do a wee bit of poncing.

I have concentrated on the important stuff (none of which I can drink), and have lovely kilner jars on the shelf in the kitchen with:

- blackcurrants in white rum
- damsons in gin
- spiced calvados (for quick mulled drinks - you just heat up good apple juice and put a shot of the calvados in)
- cardamom gin
- greengages in white rum
- white peaches in brandy
- ginger and brown sugar brandy
- un-gin (gin aromatics in white rum for my mum who's allergic to one of the components of ordinary gin)

I have also just bought some Winter tealights from the White Company because a certain MNer (looks round guilt-trippingly) was talking about Christmas on facebook and got me all in the mood for it.

I am getting a bit bored with the whole Scandi style stuff (and it doesn't work in my house, more to the point), but, ruby, when you say the snowflakes are easy, do you mean, for a total idiot with two thumbs? Cos I quite fancy trying.

Right: that's my place-marking good-intentions post! smile

LRDMaguliYaPomochTebeSRaboti Sun 29-Sep-13 23:23:22

Btw, I have linked to these dresses before on MN so excuse me if I sound like they're paying me (they're not, I just lust after everything they make) ... but how awesome would this be for a Christmas dress? (Deranged 'I hear voices' pose optional).

www.limb-clothing.com/prod2.cfm?product=85966

rootypig Mon 30-Sep-13 03:51:40

I loooooove that! It is totally deranged! I want a holly version.

MrsHoratioNelson Mon 30-Sep-13 04:45:01

Ooh LRD any chance you could post the spiced calvados recipe please?

girlywhirly Mon 30-Sep-13 08:13:59

Freebuttonbee, when I did domestic science at school in the 1970's, we used to wrap a thick layer of folded newspaper around our Christmas cake tin, secured by tying with string, and high enough to be taller than the tin itself. That was enough to stop the cake sides scorching. There was a single layer of greaseproof paper lining the insides of the tin, with a double layer on the base.

LRDMaguliYaPomochTebeSRaboti Mon 30-Sep-13 12:31:22

Of course! But it is really easy. Calvados isn't that cheap, but I bought the cheapest one in Tesco.

- Half a litre of calvados.
- I vanilla pod, scored with a knife
- cinnamon stick
- small piece of root ginger (about 1cm square)
- 1 cardamom pod
- about 5 eating apples (I had discoveries as they were in season but I think cox is better), quartered and cored.

Bung it all in a kilner jar and make sure the apple quarters stay under the liquid.

It is really just the spices I use to make mulled cider (which my mate loves), so I am pretty sure you could use whatever blend of spices you liked. Bear in mind both cardamom and vanilla let out quite a strong flavour quite fast. The apples just give it a slightly fresher taste.

LRDMaguliYaPomochTebeSRaboti Mon 30-Sep-13 12:32:07

Oh, and I didn't add sugar because it was quite sweet calvados, but if you had a sweet tooth or fancied it, I have made it before with dark brown sugar in and that was very good.

MooseyMoo Mon 30-Sep-13 13:23:58

Can I join you? I love reading this thread.

We normally have a wreath from the local garden centre which we hang on the hanging basket bracket by front door. This year, I've bought the lovely willow wreath linked to earlier in the thread and now looking for ideas how to hang and decorate it. Thinking fairy lights and sprigs of holly.

My mincemeat is currently cooking in the oven (Delia's Christmas mincemeat) and I have bought some lovely ribbon for decorating the presents for adults.

Guitargirl Mon 30-Sep-13 14:47:07

I don't think this is really very poncey but I went to M&M World during my lunchbreak today to get red and green M&Ms to layer with other sweets into Ikea jars for presents for children in the family. Now I just have to keep my mitts off them until December!

M&M world?! How have I not heard of this before? shock

Does anyone else feel like there is not enough time already? I am feeling vaguely overwhelmed. Perhaps I'll feel more in control when I've got a planner. hmm

Guitargirl Mon 30-Sep-13 20:13:50

Yes, it's a 4-storey (they really milk it grin) shop in Leicester Square. I think it's only been open for about a year or so(?). A giant walking yellow M&M shook my hand blush.

<probably doesn't fit in with the theme of the poncey thread>

<slinks off to pinch an M&M>

fuzzpig Mon 30-Sep-13 21:36:08

I really want to go to the m&m store. My friends had personalised ones as wedding favours smile

rootypig Mon 30-Sep-13 22:26:11

Guitargirl I admire your self control. I could never ever have an M&M intended for another person in the house. Several large bags usually don't see the next day blush

BillyGoatintheBuff Tue 01-Oct-13 02:18:59
BillyGoatintheBuff Tue 01-Oct-13 02:22:19

I have found lovely red and white twine on ebay, I am watching it and will get some when we're paid smile

Someone upthread was asking about pinterest, I love it. I google things I want to find and try and find a blog that has hand made chrimbo stuff on it (for example) then pin it. I have a bookmarked 'pin it' thingy and just click that and it gets pinned. I hope that makes a little bit of sense. Or else google something ie homemade advent calendars and then select images and look and see if there is anything you like and click on it and then pin it smile

MrsHoratioNelson Tue 01-Oct-13 06:09:54

Thanks LRD. Even in my very advanced state of pregnancy I think I can manage that! Is it OK to just leave it til Christmas or would you drain it to stop the spices overpowering?

Billy I had some last year and it looked good, but its quite slippery so it's difficult to get it really taught. I wrapped my pressies in brown paper and it might be easier to wet the twine a bit to give it a bit of grip and make sure it stays nice and tight.

Zeeky Tue 01-Oct-13 08:33:57

Mrs Ogg striped bakers twine is way cheaper on eBay - £4.95 for 100m instead of £12.50 at Pearl & Earl shock

LRDMaguliYaPomochTebeSRaboti Tue 01-Oct-13 08:50:11

Oh, I'm only sorry you won't get to drink it then! (But congratulations! smile).

I think last time I just got DH to taste it every few weeks, and it never got too spicy. But I made it deliberately to use as a base for mulled drinks, so if you wanted it to be something you could drink on its own, you probably could drain it after six weeks or so. Mine's been made for about three now, and you can definitely taste the vanilla and cinnamon already.

Sorry, not very helpful. blush

moosey - where do you buy ribbon? I really fancy the boxes Cox and Cox do because I'm a sucker for everything on their site, but they're quite expensive. Paperchase seems to have really crap colours at the moment.

MrsHoratioNelson Tue 01-Oct-13 09:02:21

Thanks LRD - I am 39+5 so unless "overdue" becomes something of an understatement I hope very much that come christmas I will be in the market for spiced calvados smile

This time last year I made sloe gin and damson gin and it was ready about two weeks before I fell pregnant unexpectedly quickly angry

I may do a lot of expressing and making up for lost time this Christmas grin

LRDMaguliYaPomochTebeSRaboti Tue 01-Oct-13 09:15:48

grin

Sounds good!

I am in awe of Christmas poncery in late pregnancy, btw.

I'm interested in making Sloe Gin but can someone tell me if Sloes and Damsons are the same thing?

If not, how can you tell the difference?

MrsHoratioNelson Tue 01-Oct-13 10:46:18

TheOne Damsons are bigger. Sloes are about the size of a large blueberry, damsons are about the size of a gooseberry. If you're picking them yourself, sloes are on a thorny bush, damsons grow on a plum-type tree.

MrsHoratioNelson Tue 01-Oct-13 10:48:14

And LRD its all in my head so far grin but I will pick up some Calvados and TheOne has reminded me to check the greengrocers for damsons. That's the sort of gentle poncery I can cope with smile

Ah thanks MrsH. We have Damsons then.

somanymiles Tue 01-Oct-13 12:33:49

I have committed myself to a Poncetastic Christmas for the first time. For the first time in 6 years all my siblings will be together for Christmas. I am already so bloody excited I can hardly contain myself although of course it will all end in boozy tears and someone storming out. However, I shall not let reality get in the way.

I have made a start by making some apple chutney. I also have two handmade advent calendars for my oldest children and this is the year my 2 year old will get one of his own. I have made a shopping list for homemade Christmas cake, and then plan to follow it with homemade Christmas pussing. Sadly, I fear I may have missed blackberry season as blackberry vodka sounds very delicious. I will take a peek in Tesco this week to see if they have any late blackberries. If only I had thought of it sooner in the year I could have had damsons in rum as we have a fantastic tree in the garden that produces loads.

I will be following the thread closely to pick up ideas!

somanymiles Tue 01-Oct-13 12:43:47

oops, meant pudding of course. "Pussing" does not sound very nice.

somanymiles Tue 01-Oct-13 12:48:52

MrsOgg I have made two felt advent calendars and I am making another one this year. One tip I will give you is to make the pockets big enough so you can fit in a wide range of sweets or treats. So many of my pockets are really tiny and can only fit a candy cane or similar, which makes it a bit tricky filling them all with interesting things.

MooseyMoo Tue 01-Oct-13 12:52:43

LRD ribbons were from Crafty Ribbon. I bought x6 Scrap bags (buy 5 get 6th free) and x3 ribbon packs (3 for 2)

My order arrived today and itching to open it but my DD has decided to not to have a nap today. I'm planning of giving her one of the scrap bags for Christmas. And have a feeling it will be her favourite present! Will buy her a little see through storage box for them too.

MooseyMoo Tue 01-Oct-13 13:00:03

I've bought a Rusty Bucket Advent Calendar and will fill it with sweets, perfume and aftershave samples (I've been sending off for free ones). On 1 Dec I've got an Enchanted Magic Door for DD (who's 3.5) which I'll set up when she's asleep. If she's been good all week she'll get a little present from the fairy who lives through the door.

Zeeky Tue 01-Oct-13 13:01:28

Somanymiles there should still be a few blackberries around on the hedgerows, and supermarkets definitely have them.

MrsHoratioNelson Tue 01-Oct-13 14:58:17

Right, I have stolen LRD's recipe for an anniversary present for DH - it's our 4th anniversary shortly after this baby arrives and 4th is fruit and flowers hmm. I couldn't get any cheap calvados so I've got brandy instead and I'm sure that will be fine!

Also visited a farm shop I've been meaning to try and they had damsons, so another stock of damson gin will be made.

I picked up a posh bottle for the brandy in Dunelm Mill and among all the tat they had one or two nice rustic scandi decs - wooden reindeers and the like and I picked up a red felt star garland.

can you tell I'm twiddling my thumbs waiting for this baby

Zeeky Tue 01-Oct-13 15:01:46

www.coxandcox.co.uk/decorative-home/christmas-2013/crystal-light-garland

Cox & Cox have got their Christmas stuff out. Very poncetastic! Love those crystal lights I've linked to. I think they would look mighty fine on my new mantel that is being install this week!

LRDMaguliYaPomochTebeSRaboti Tue 01-Oct-13 15:02:35

Thanks for the recommendation moosey!

MrsH - yep, bet brandy would be nice.

I'm off to the Dunelm Mill website - I knew there was somewhere I'd been forgetting to browse.

GlitterKitty Tue 01-Oct-13 17:11:40

Can we talk about crackers?

I am flummoxed. They are all so expensive and yet rubbish.

Do I have to make my own? Or has anyone seen any nice poncey ones?

I looked at Fortnum & Mason even, just to do <hollow laugh> at how some rich buggers must do Christmas... stares at crackers like Tiny Tim

leesmum Tue 01-Oct-13 17:16:10

I am making my own crackers this year, keep buying little things when I see them, got a "special cracker bag" at the bottom of my wardrobe!

GlitterKitty Tue 01-Oct-13 17:32:57

What kind of things, leesmum? <nosey>

MrsHoratioNelson Tue 01-Oct-13 17:35:00

Glitter they're not massively difficult, tbh. You can get kits off tinternet. What about alcohol miniatures or just some nice chocs wrapped in a little bit of cellophane? Nail polish/lipsticks for ladies would fit as well.

IsaacCox Tue 01-Oct-13 17:48:15

Glitter, I made crackers for my December wedding the other year. I got kits from Hobbycraft (silver glitter ones) filled them with a joke, a fact card, a glow stick (for the reception) small tube of bubbles and a typical cracker hat (I think that's it, can't remember!) They went down a storm. I'm not sure when or if they already have the kits in store but it's worth a look to see if there's any you like the look of. I'm pretty sure they may have been on 3 for 2 or some other offer.

leesmum Tue 01-Oct-13 18:08:43

Ladies crackers...mini lip gloss, sparkly stud ear rings, chocolates.

Men's crackers, mini fcuk aftershave, scratchcard, chic liquers.

Kids crackers, tattoos, angrybirds tat, sweets, chic coins

leesmum Tue 01-Oct-13 18:09:42

Choc liquers not chic!!

IreneR Tue 01-Oct-13 18:31:28

Hooray -- another year of poncetastic preparations!

I absolutely loved this, upthread: "eagerly devouring the ponce." That's me, too -- eagerly devouring the ponce as I read through this thread, and click on each and every link.

I've never looked at notonthehighstreet until today, and I have to ask: how many families have printed Christmas menu cards?! Really, I need to know.

I'm thinking of making a garland for the banister out of book pages (just like a very ponce-y woman I knew did). Passé? Aside from any style violations, I'm having trouble finding one to copy because A) nothing I have found by googling looks as full and rounded as hers, and B) they do seem to be more for Halloween, and I'm not sure how to make them Christmassy rather than spooky. I have a pretty big banister for the first time ever, and I couldn't find or buy enough greenery to make it look appropriately abundant.

Handsfullandlovingit Tue 01-Oct-13 18:55:11

Oh goodness, I can't resist any longer! If I start now I reckon it may be possible to ponce without breaking down? Hmmm, what poncetasticness can I offer? As a part Dane I know how Christmas is done properly. For starters, danish Christmas biscuits are the bees knees, so I will have a sizeable stash unbaked in my freezer ready to whip out and cook in 10 minutes for cinnamony kitchen wonderfulness. I am doing a mega cook this weekend, Mary Berry's Victorian Christmas cake, Delia's mincemeat and Christmas pud. English side of family well catered for too! Big respect to all you who also know how these things are done, I salute you.

Handsfullandlovingit Tue 01-Oct-13 18:57:48

Irene, how about a Christmas sheet music garland? How cute would that be (although distinctly impractical probably!)

Handsfullandlovingit Tue 01-Oct-13 18:59:14

Leesmum, can I have a chic liquer?

Handsfullandlovingit Tue 01-Oct-13 18:59:21

Leesmum, can I have a chic liquer?

AnneEyhtMeyer Tue 01-Oct-13 19:25:35

My cake is in the oven! I have everything crossed for it to turn out well.

NannyPlumForPM Tue 01-Oct-13 19:28:30

I have a confession fellow poncers.... Last year I used (whisper it) aunt Bessie's gravy. Mine was SO atrocious. I am ashamed, and I wondered if I should be shunned and ostracised from poncery altogether... OR if I make a real effort this year if I can be allowed to ponce once more.

does not admit that ruined gravy was down to some beautiful skittle vodka

TheYamiOfYawn Tue 01-Oct-13 19:30:51

Handful, could you share your biscuit recipe, please?

TheYamiOfYawn Tue 01-Oct-13 19:31:56

Sorry for mangling your name. I was autocorrected.

Trigglesx Tue 01-Oct-13 19:33:53

£50 for crackers? eeeeek... ok, we tend to go cheap with the crackers and be very non-ponce - mainly because I hate the cheap little toys all over and am not interested in paying a fortune for the more expensive ones. We buy very inexpensive ones that don't have a toy.

Guitargirl Tue 01-Oct-13 19:39:30

The ribbons I ordered from Crafty Ribbons also arrived today. Very exciting. I think I may have got a bit carried away and probably have enough for the next five Christmases blush.

Handsfullandlovingit Tue 01-Oct-13 20:13:54

Yami, tomorrow when the littlest one goes down for his nap, I will share two Danish biscuit recipes. The world needs more cinnamon.

I was going to ask for the biscuit recipe too. Thank you HandsFull.

I bought some lovely silver and black ribbon today from B&M Bargins. I use black and silver as my main colours every year and choose a different accent colour. This year is red and last year was blue.

Zeeky Tue 01-Oct-13 20:53:54

Oooooo I lurve cinnamon! I would love the recipe too please.

MrsHoratioNelson Tue 01-Oct-13 20:55:06

Ugh Handsful the one thing the world does not need is more cinnamon hmm

Trigglesx Tue 01-Oct-13 20:56:46

oh no, cinnamon is lovely. I cannot wait to get out my cinnamon scented candles. smile

Handsfullandlovingit Tue 01-Oct-13 21:14:30

I'm just grateful I do like cinnamon, its a bit like marmite isn't it? Provided it is done carefully, you won't find a warmer fuzzier spice! The Danes have a word, hugly, which means just that, cosy, snugglybuggly. Cinnamon is hugly. Gavel.

Zeeky Tue 01-Oct-13 21:22:14

A bit of a confession here....[whispers] I have never made my own mincemeat before and actually hate Christmas pudding and Christmas cake!

There, it's out in the open now! But I do plan to make some mincemeat this year. I was wondering what the best recipe is? I don't like boozy mincemeat though. Should I use Delia or Mary Berry or I found this one from Cherry Menlove. Any advice from seasoned mincemeat makers?

leesmum Tue 01-Oct-13 21:23:18

Handsfull ill have you know we're very ponceychic in our gaff.....help yourself to a chic choccie smile

hanbee Tue 01-Oct-13 21:36:25

Hello, lurked last year and only managed one post to share my green tomato chutney. Love a poncey Christmas but never have enough time to do everything. This year however we already have a stack of pickles and jams made and I'm massively excited to see the pickled cucumber recipe, thanks byMoonlight; we have a massive load of them from our allotment and it'll save them going soft in a box!

Hope to join in a bit more this year, but as it's taken me all evening to read all your posts I expect I'll be mostly reading and lurking again!

ethelb Tue 01-Oct-13 22:52:51

@zeeky delia's is crap. Mary Berry does good Xmas stuff generally (her santa claus cake is great) so try hers.

Nigel Slater's Christmas pudding goes down well with people who 'don't like Chrismas pudding'. www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/christmaspudding_71054

Just had a look at the Poncetastic board on Pinterest.

I love, love the Jack Skellington decoration! It's our Christmas Eve film. I will be making a couple of those. smile

TheYamiOfYawn Tue 01-Oct-13 23:05:50

This isn't Christmas poncery, but could easily be adapted for Christmas. I have made 2 batches of playdough, one with a mixture of cinnamon and mixed spice and one with orange flavouring and food colouring. They smell lovely and will work well together even when mixed.

I am thinking of maybe making red cinnamon and white mint. Or green apple. You could end up with mincemeat flavour.

Still looking for a Christmas Organiser if anybody has any links or suggestions? grin

I'm a bit late with my christmas cakes this year but I think it's because I really want to try a new recipe. They have been a tad dry over the last couple of years - any tried and tested yummy fruit cake recipes?

I've also realised that I can no longer suffer in silence, trying to read this thread has made me realise I MUST go and get glasses this week. hmm

smile

IsaacCox Wed 02-Oct-13 06:08:59

TheYami that play dough sounds immense! How do you make it please? thanks

MooseyMoo Wed 02-Oct-13 06:33:35

zeeky I love Delia's mincemeat recipe. You put brandy in at the end so you can just miss that step out. I prefer oven cooking the mince meat at a low temperature. When finished there is a lot of fat but that's to coat everything.

I don't like Christmas pudding or marzipan but I do like a mince pie with brandy butter smile

I've got a lovely pastry recipe for mince pies too (with ground almonds and orange zest).

Can I ponce?

We're having dinner out in a posh restaurant down the road from us so I thought I'd concentrate on decoration booze and the Boxing Day buffet for the fam.

That Calvados looks lovely, I'm definitely getting in on that. I have a few Kilmer type glass bottles that would look nice all pounced up any ideas what I can fill them with?

Also, stupid question alert! With Delia's mincemeat do I use beef suet?

MooseyMoo Wed 02-Oct-13 06:52:20

titsalina Yes, beef suet is what I use. If cooking for vegetarians, you can use veg suet.

Huzzah! I have a pallet load of masonry jars in my loft (don't ask) I shall get DP to fetch them tonight and start the Christmas prep.

I also need a no fail pickled onion recipe and one for Gherkins, I chuffing love gherkins.

I've ordered my Christmas planner and I have the go ahead to,order £50 worth of stuff at Lakeland to get free wine, I just don't know what to order...

hanbee Wed 02-Oct-13 08:09:30

Titsalina someone added a gherkin recipe on page one of tge thread, I've not tried it but it looks yum.

IsaacCox Wed 02-Oct-13 08:18:09

Can I ask a stupid question please? I've got 3 Christmas cakes worth of fruit soaking in brandy in covered bowls (one of them is soaking in a little brandy but then I ran out and put in brewed tea- I hope this'll taste ok- the recipe did say you could use tea for it. It's going to be turned into those Christmas cake balls covered in chocolate up thread).

I was going to make them into cakes yesterday but I've got a horrid cold and am laid up on the sofa with little energy enough to MN though How long will they be ok for soaking up the alcohol/tea? Thanks thanks

My poncing question of the day - I've got my slows and I want to start my gin off today, but can someone tell me how to clean the needle for pricking? Other than washing it, obviously, but do I need to sterilize it or something?

Sloes, obviously, stupid autocorrect making me look illiterate!

MrsHoratioNelson Wed 02-Oct-13 09:22:21

At I never bother - the sloes are going in alcohol after all - but you could stick it in a cork and heat it with a flame (gas cooker or match) or let it sit in some Milton or something

Zeeky you're not the only one - it's perfectly possible to be poncetastic without liking mincemeat, cake or even pudding. I do make my own pudding but I never make mincemeat and not even DH likes christmas cake much except the marzipan and icing so my mum always does that. Oddly, I do Lebkuchen, those German biscuits but we always had those as kids so maybe that's it.

AnneEyhtMeyer Wed 02-Oct-13 09:48:26

Isaac I soaked my fruit for 5 days. I don't think it matters how long you soak it.

Thank you MrsHoratio