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‘I will honour Christmas in my heart and try to keep it all the year.’  Charles Dickens.

We are very excited here at SurreyKitchen this December as it will be baby Alice’s first christmas.  At seven months she is using her hands more, grasping, moving and manipulating objects.  She is babbling away and learning how much fun it is to bang objects together.  With Alice fast asleep in her cot I finally have time to write my IMK for this month.  So here goes…

In My Kitchen this December…

A fantastic mojito making kit from Aubeterre Blue, a company whose vision is to make the world a more sociable place by ‘Bringing the Magic into Entertaining.’  If you are short of time this Christmas but still have a party or a large family gathering to host, then this is where Aubeterre Blues range of cocktail mixing kits will save the day.

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Traditional Mojito kit from Aubeterre Blue.

You simply pour the contents into a jug, add 30l rum, give it a quick shake or stir, cover the top and leave from anywhere between a few hours or a week for the flavours to infuse.  Once the rum is infused strain a double shot over ice in a highball glass, add soda water, sit back and enjoy this refreshing cocktail.

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Aubeterre Blues cocktail kits are available for Cosmopolitan, Sex on the Beach, Margarita as well as our personal favourite the Mojito. Each kit makes at least six cocktails and would make a perfect stocking filler gift for a loved one this christmas.

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Joyeux Noel Calendar from PAULS.

I was thoroughly spoilt by my husband this year with a beautiful Joyeux Noel calendar from PAULS.  Each draw reveals both a silky smooth chocolate truffle and the best part is you can use it year after year.

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Alice’s first Christmas stocking made by Emma.

Alices’ first christmas stocking I made for her with my sewing machine.

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Alice exploring her Christmas stocking.

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Christmas oranges.

Beautiful naval oranges from Epsom market.  One explanation for the tradition of putting oranges in stockings stretches back hundreds of years to St. Nicholas, who was born in what is now present day Turkey.

According to the story, St Nicholas learned of a poor man who wasn’t able to find suitors for his three daughters because he didn’t have money for a dowry. St Nicholas traveled to the house, and tossed three sacks of gold down the chimney for each of the dowries.  The gold happened to land in each of the girl’s stockings which were hanging by the fire to dry.  The oranges we receive today are a symbol of that gold that was left in the stockings.

Another theory behind the tradition is that December is the season of giving, and the orange segments represent the ability to share what you have with others.

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Marks and Spencers Red Mulled Wine.

My favourite mulled wine from Marks and Spencers.

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In our house it is tradition to drink mulled wine and eat mince pies whilst we are dressing the tree.

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The first stage of this years Christmas cake.  Looking forward to the fun of icing it next weekend.

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Abram Lyle and Sons Black Treacle.

Why can’t all packaging be as beautiful as Abram Lyle and Sons treacle tins?

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The parlour all laid out for afternoon tea at Polsden Lacey in Surrey.

We had a fantastic day on Saturday at Polsen Lacey’s 1930’s Christmas Party.

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Here is an example of a 1930’s Christmas lunch menu for a grand house in Surrey such as Polsden Lacey.

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Polsden Lacey’s 1930’s Christmas Party Tickets come with a complimentary glass of mulled wine.

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The ballroom.

If you would like to step back in time and experience all the glamour and sparkle of a high society festive soiree then Polsden Lacey is open to visitors every day between 11am until 4pm from Friday 4th until Wednesday 23rd December.

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The horses pretending to be reindeers!

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Writing Alices’ first letter to Santa at Polsden Lacey.

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Alice wished for a dolly from santa.

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My festive cranberry and white chocolate chip muffins.  Click here for link to recipe.

 

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My favourite gift wrapping book by Jane Means.

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Polsden Laceys fabulous 16ft Christmas tree.

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Miles hiding in the christmas decorations bag.

The stress of Christmas is getting to poor Miles!

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Polsden Lacey.

 

I just wanted to say a huge thank you to the lovely Celia at fig jam and lime cordial for all the IMK fun this year!

Wishing you all a very happy December love Emma, Ross, Alice and Miles xxxx