Sunday, December 18, 2011

Christmas Busyness

Just like just about everyone, I have been very busy with the busyness of Christmas. I have been gentle with myself, and have mostly enjoyed the busyness. I will get gifts bought and wrapped, the house cleaned and decorated (with the help of the hubby), and I have promised myself I will enjoy the season, and get done what I can. Today I managed to finish up the Apple Mincemeat Tarts. ... I tested them too, and they are delicious!

I started them over a week ago, when I made the mincemeat. It is best if it can sit for a few days for the flavours to blend before it is made into tarts. The recipe is below if anyone feels like making some.

Apple Mincemeat

Grate peel from 2 lemons; squeeze juice into mixing bowl. Add peel. Peel and chop (or shred with food processor) 8 apples and toss in lemon mixture. Add 2&1/2 cups brown sugar, 2 cups currants, 2&1/2 cup sliced almonds (the really finely sliced ones), 2 tsp. nutmeg, 2 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp salt, 1 tsp ground cloves, 1/4 cup melted butter.

Store in refrigerator, stirring daily. Let flavours blend for at least 3 days.

(This recipe makes a lot of mincemeat, I either make half, or will can or freeze it for future use)

Another thing that has been keeping me busy, but in the most enjoyable way, is taking care of a friends dog.

Unfortunately for us she is going home tonight, but we have had a wonderful time with her for the past 10 days or so.


  1. the mincemeat pies look mouthwatering, i havent even started cooking yet, it will get eventually....

  2. The tarts look yummy! I wish I could reach through the computer and grab one! LOL

  3. Your friend's dog looks like my dog Hurley...he is a Golden Retriever. Your lovely baking looks delectable!

    Merry Christmas!

  4. Wonderful pink puppy nose!!!! Oh, and your tarts look like perfection, too!

  5. Mmmmmm your baking is making me think about the tarts in the freezer! My hubby baked Christmas cakes this year too!