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Christmas Cupcakes by Dr Oetker

Hello everyone!
OMG it's the last day of the year!!! I have to work in a minute but I dont know if I will be blogging tonight so this could very well be my very last post of the year... The reason I wanted to post about these cupcakes (a little late for Christmas but should also be the last one really) is that they were soooo good and lovely and Christmassy. And I have the Halloween ones left for tonight ;)

I ran into the Halloween ones around (you guessed it!) Halloween but they looked too cute to make. Yeah, bizarre reasoning I know... so when I found the Christmas ones, I just had to test them. After all, I could totally mess up the Christmas ones *grin*. The pack came with everything, it was perfect :)

Check it out! It had the dough, the icing, sprinkles, writing icing, cupcake holders, the lot :)

They came with GREEN cupcake holders :) The Halloween ones have purple ones, I cant wait!

Mixed the dough with some eggs...

Mmmmm, they look yummy already!

Add some icing... definitely not …

Christmas Party with Work

Hi all,
No, my Christmas posts have not yet come an end but I am trying to condense it all a bit so that I can star the new year all fresh. Plus I havent actually created something in a about a week so this helps fil the gaps ;)

As always, work also had a Christmas party but due to snow in Europe not everyone could attend. So the bf was invited last minute also, hurray! The evening was at Cirque de Noel in London which was a very nice venue. A little rushy with the food but otherwise no complaints. I wanted to share some pics of the night with you:

It was in an actual circus tent!

During dinner there were acts like girls hanging from hoops

And from silk ropes coming out of the ceiling

The tables were decorated simple but nice (am so going to steal this idea)

And more entertaining during dinner

It was a black tie event but as it was FREEZING outside, I chose my warm velvet dress.
So glad I did that :)

We didnt have secret Santa but we do give presents amongst ourselves in our team and I made thi…

Our Wonderful Christmas 2010

Finally, here are some pics of our wonderful Christmas :) Definitely the best one in recent years :) We had a gorgeous tree, remember our tree?

And we just had the most wonderful time :) it was just the two of us but it gave us lots of time to show and explain presents where needed and take pictures and eat little bits of aperitifs :)

Stephane pouring a little bit of bubbly (only a tiny bit as I am a total lightweight haha)

To have with the salmon and blini (this is not real caviar, people, but it sure was yummy!)

Then finally it was present time! Having been brought up the way I did (wow is that English), we give our presents on Christmas Eve. There is an explanation on Steff's blog here in case you're interested and I'm just too lazy to explain this LOL. In Holland it is actually done on the eve of the 25th so I much prefer it this way *naughty giggle*

I made some more crackers in which I had actually hidden presents also.

One of the presents I got was the starter Mod Podge p…

Recipe - Pumpkin-Praline Pie

I know this is more of a Halloween dessert to make, but with all that pumpkin still in my freezer from the Halloween Party, I really wanted to make this for Christmas. It turned out great!

Doesnt that just look divine? *grin* I thought you might like it ;) It actually looks like the picture hahaha... Now I dont know where the recipe came from, it was copied and printed long ago and added to my binder cookbook so I cant give you the source, but here is the recipe. Oh yes, the recipes is of course American so all the units are in US standard. My oven pretty much has one temperature only so that part doesnt really bother me. Hope it's ok for you though!

You will need:
1 3/4 cups cooked and mashed pumpkin (see note below) or 1 can (16oz) canned pumpkin
1/2 teaspoon salt1 1/2 cups evaporated milk2/3 cup packed brown sugar2 tablespoons sugar1 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon1/2 teaspoon ground ginger1/2 teaspoon grated (or ground) nutmeg1/4 teaspoon ground cloves2 large eggs9-inch frozen piecr…

Recipe - Chocolate-Cream Yule Log

Good evening!
I had the most wonderful Christmas ever! But before posting about that, I thought I would post a few recipes. This one might be a few days late, but it can really be made at any time of the year. I make this every year (some years work better than others, for example I used the wrong baking tray this year, woops!). It is very easy to follow and as long as you can split eggs you're good to go!

Chocolate-Cream Yule Log8 to 10 servings 6 eggs, separated2/3 cup sugar, divided1/2 teaspoon vanilla1/2 teaspoon almond extract1/4 teaspoon salt1/2 cup all-purpose flour or 1/4 cup all-purple flour with 1/4 cup ground almonds
250 ml whipping creamred berry jamchocolate frosting (about 2 cups) or melted chocolate (about half a bar)
sliced blanched almonds, optionalIn large mixing bowl, beat egg whites with at high speed until foamy. Add 1/3 cup of the sugar, 2 tablespoons at a time, beating constantly until sugar is dissolved (rub just a bit of meringue between thumb and forefinge…

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Good moring!
Just a quick post to wish all my followers (and their families, pets, and whatevers) a wonderful Christmas :) I realise this is a time for family so in my case that means lots of crafting since I finally have the time for it! Yay! Have a good one and until the next blog! (which I'm sure is only a day or so awa, hihi!)

Season's Greetings from Witchy Santa!