You will remember that some weeks ago I started making sloe gin, then added Turkish Delight vodka and limoncello. Yesterday afternoon I bottled them using the smart bottles that I got here. First was the vodka - I poured it through a fine nylon sieve, to remove the few lumps of Turkish Delight which hadn't dissolved
Then it was the turn of the limoncello - I have kept the slivers of lemon peel, as they will be good added to other drinks
and lastly the sloe gin ....
Malcolm recently saw a suggestion for using the sloes after making the gin - adding them to port, so that is what I did!
We are sacrificing giving a bottle of each one to Stuart and Alison, so today I added some labels, pretty ribbon and gift tags
Also today, I got organised to ice the cake
The first stage was to heat some of the apricot jam to brush over the cake, which I would normally do in a small saucepan ...... but there was a slight problem as Malcolm was cleaning the cooker
so instead I zapped it in the microwave and soon the cake was glazed with the jam
Oh the joys of rready-rolled icing - open the packet, unroll it, and pop it on the cake
Then it only took another minute to add Lorraine's wonderful marzipan fruits and some ribbon (I don't like marzipan, so I don't cover the cake with it before icing it, and instead add the marzipan fruits for Malcolm!)
Over the last few weeks, Malcolm has been decorating the bathroom, just doing a little bit every afternoon (except for the final coat of emulsion, which I did, as I make a better job of it!). I kept forgetting to take photos along the way .... so here is the reveal
the cactus on the windowsill are actually candles!
I only noticed the plant when I put the photos on the computer - it should be on the side of the bath!
a smart new shower curtain
I forgot to get a piece of red ribbon for the wreath wall hanging, so I have used this gold one instead .... but I have attached it with a tiny gold safety pin so that I can change it
I forgot all about the knitting update yesterday. The scarf is now finished - but I forgot to take a photo of it (I'm not doing very well, am I!!) I am having a break from knitting until after the New Year - instead I am finishing prepping my hexagons. I can't start stitching them until they are all prepped and I can lay out the pattern, so I want to get them done!
ps - the little bits of Turkish Delight from the vodka weren't wasted - we had them with some icecream for pudding last night ..... delicious!!