Saturday, 3 December 2016

Preparing for the next few weeks

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I've decided to have our food shopping delivered for the next few weeks, to save our sanity - we just loathe having to fight through the crowds in the supermarket at this time of year.  Particularly when all we want to get is food!  It will also save the problem of what to do with Betty for the first couple of weeks of having her....whether to take her with us and leave her in the car, or leave her home alone for 2 or 3 hours.  We're not really keen to do that while she's so young and we've only just got her, in case she whines or barks - having had to put up with neighbours' dogs barking their heads off for hours at a time, we don't want the same happening with our dog. 

Oh, and we're definitely getting her on the 21st, so not long to go now, 2 1/2 weeks!

I made the Christmas cake this week.....well, it's just a rich fruit cake really which will be fed with booze - no marzipan or icing as OH hates them, and i'm not too keen either, far too sweet.  I've also made mince pies and sausage rolls, which are all in the freezer or they'll get eaten within days.  That's it for advance xmas prep and cooking.  As for the day itself, we're going to have gammon, I'll parboil it then roast with a marmalade glaze.  Neither of us is particularly fond of Christmas pudding, I'm going to make a trifle instead, which we hardly ever have.  We don't normally have puddings at all actually, even when we go out for a meal, but it's nice to have one occasionally.


  1. I recommend crate training for puppies as soon as they arrive in your home. With a nice soft cushion or blanket to lay on the crate can be comforting when you have to be away from home for a few hours.

    1. Crate is good idea with the radio idea below as well. The crate feels safe to them. Their own little den. If it is an open one cover with a sheet for darker (den like) snoozing. You will notice the pup will go in to nap sometimes, it is so cozy. Ours loves to ride , so she goes when the weather is right.
      We always shop early mornings during the week. The stores are quiet then.

  2. I went to Asda last night at about 10.00pm and was surprised how empty and quiet it was! But I will do most of my shopping online.

  3. May I give a tip for puppies. When my parents had puppies, they went out, but they left the radio on quietly (radio 4 is best because its mostly talking). They just went into the garden for the first few times, and the radio was like people in the house for the puppies. They very quickly settled.

    Julie xxxxxx

  4. sussed xmas grocery shopping years ago.
    always go at 3.15 the stores are empty as they all pick up the kids!!!


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