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Thank You To The Rocking Dog Huddlers

Chaotic Creativity,Rocking Dog

Chaotic Creativity

Poor Rocking Dog had to steady herself with a G&T last night. She wasn’t sure if anyone was going to come to the first Rocking Dog Huddle. She needn’t have worried a steady stream of lovely ladies crossed over the the kennel threshold. Thank you to all those who came. Sometimes it is all too tempting to settle in a comfy chair at home and not brave the near zero temperatures outside.

Cranberry zinger, hot chocolate and tea was drunk as we tackled projects. There was beautiful knitted bunting, a gorgeous crocheted blanket, stuffed rabbit and knitted top being crafted.There were also boring but necessary hems to be turned up and sewn. Other huddlers chose to make lavender crooked hearts.

A group largely made up of random strangers to each other, it was an evening of amazing coincidences. There were folk who had been growing up in the same Kent town and a neighbour who had been treated in the same German hospital that I had worked. Later in the evening I was talking about the dusting room at school. Yes, a room where GIRLS learnt how to dust, make a bed, lay up a tray for an invalid, arrange flowers etc.. grrrrrrr!!! It transpired that another of the huddlers remembered that same dusting room and in fact was in the same class as me at school! 1978 was the last time I saw her and here Diane was, very probably realising that me and dusting was a lost cause! It was so lovely to meet you again.

Your Abel & Cole recipe for haggis sausage rolls was appreciated by us all Sorrel. Thank you. Nigella’s cake was crumbly, chocolatey and calorific! The jury’s out on that one.

Thank you again to all who came last night and a special someone who attempted to make it but unfortunately had a little bit of a car bump. Look forward to seeing you next time.

Love Rocking Dog x

PS Mrs Mack (the present from Fleetwood) has returned to old Toby. Does this mean she saw what was under Wee Tam’s Kilt?!

Cranberry Zinger,Rocking Dog

Cranberry Zinger

Sew, Chat, Eat,Rocking Dog

Sew, Chat, Eat

Crumbly Cake,Rocking Dog

Crumbly Cake

Crooked Hearts,Rocking Dog

Crooked Hearts

Who Ate All The Pies?!,Rocking Dog

Who Ate All The Pies?!

Mrs M Back In Her Rightful Place,Rocking Dog

Mrs M Back In Her Rightful Place

A Wedding, St Andrew’s And Planning For Christmas

Lost Menu, Rocking Dog

Lost Menu

Poor Rocking Dog is feeling decidedly old and dog-eared! Last week was a busy one with my St Andrew’s Day Celebration, and then in very quick succession a lovely wedding to cater for.

Thank you to all those folk who came out on a cold frosty evening to buy, eat and chat last Wednesday. With these colder temperatures it is all too tempting to curl up on the sofa and nestle down for the evening.Thank you for generous donations for Young Carers and BUST, the total will be given after my Winter Wonderland event on Sunday. I would love to see you then, let’s get festive together!

In between events there were neighbours to visit. Plants and eats were enrobed in crisp white tissue and snowy white bags. I don’t always need to do colour!

Sunday was spent washing a Mini full of vintage china. How pretty it all looked laid up on freshly starched vintage table linen. What a gorgeous bride and groom …..but where did they and their 50 ish guests put ALL that tea?! Four litres of milk and sixty tea bags has to be a record! Very frustratingly I left the menu’s at home – so for any guests tuning in this morning I have posted a pic’ of the lost menu! The Rocking Dog team had to work in an absolutely minuscule kitchen, but the tea pots got filled, cakes got laid up on vintage cake stands and the tiramisu’s were embellished with their raspberries! Thanks to Marie, Lara, Holly and Kylie, you were brilliant. I really do think this was my swan song regarding weddings – the stamina required is substantial and drinking Red Bull is unfortunately not the answer!

This week THE decorations will come tumbling down from the attic, and Mission Winter Wonderland will be deployed. Very worryingly it seems such a short time ago that they were being packed up to head into the attic after the festivities of 2015. Frightening.

Have a wonderful week, love a very tired Rocking Dog x

PS. Cranberry Zinger served outside whilst the venue was turned from chapel to tearoom has the following ingredients. Cranberry juice, orange juice, Spiced berry cordial, sliced root ginger, sliced clementines, fresh cranberries, sugar, cinnamon stick. Bring mix gently to boil and simmer and serve.

Bridal Brownie, Rocking Dog

Bridal Brownie

Chintzy China,Rocking Dog

Chintzy China

Cranberry Zinger,Rocking Dog

Cranberry Zinger

St Andrew's Sale,Rocking Dog

St Andrew’s Sale

Preserve Bonanza!,Rocking Dog

Preserve Bonanza!

Glittery Succulent,Rocking Dog

Glittery Succulent

Care Packages,Rocking Dog

Care Packages

'Tis The Season......,Rocking Dog

‘Tis The Season……

....To Deck The Halls!,Rocking Dog

…..To Deck The Halls!

The Paper Cut Out Dolls Do Cranberry Zinger

Zinger Ingredients, Rocking Dog

Zinger Ingredients

The paper cut out dolls have been rather languishing in the Rocking Dog embellishments folder. Yesterday they escaped their plastic sleeve to make Cranberry Zinger. A hot mulled cranberry punch, it’s a delicious non alcoholic toddy for those who have drawn the short straw for driving home.

I’m not a great one for measurements, so maybe this should be named Slinger Zinger! The gist of the recipe is cartons of cranberry juice, peeled root ginger thinly sliced, cloves, cinnamon stick, sliced clementines and a handful of fresh cranberries (or pomegranate seeds). Put all the ingredients into a pan and put it over a low heat to gradually simmer. Ideally it’s best not to allow it to boil. You could do this a good time ahead of a party, by taking the Zinger off the heat and allowing all the ingredients to infuse. Prior to guests arriving the pan can then be returned to the heat. Taste the Zinger and it may need a little sugar or honey to sweeten it. Serve in glasses and stand around the piano singing Christmas carols.

Moving on from cranberries to hedgerow berries, have you noticed how heavy the holly bushes are with berries this winter? My mum always used to say “lots of berries, we’re in for a hard winter”. Her folklore was that mother nature supplied extra berries for birds and other wildlife if a raw winter was in prospect. Talking about wildlife the white rabbits residing in a field behind the house are proliferating rapidly, indeed…. breeding like rabbits! It is all rather surreal going out at dusk with Real Live Rocking Dog to see the field littered with luminous white rabbits. It all feels a bit like Tellytubbyland.

On a walk one morning last week RLR Dog and I literally bumped into the most magnificent pheasant striding across the road. He really was the most handsome fellow. A car driver and I just smiled at each other, recognising that we were so privileged to be seeing this creature so closely.

The paper cut out dolls are rather reluctant to return to their plastic sleeve and are rather hoping to decorate the gingerbread house. Try as I might they really aren’t interested in making mince pies…. boo hiss!

Cranberries & Spices, Rocking Dog

Cranberries & Spices

In The Pan, Rocking Dog

In The Pan

Rose Hips, Rocking Dog

Rose Hips

Abundant Berries, Rocking Dog

Abundant Berries

A Hard Winter In Prospect, Rocking Dog

A Hard Winter In Prospect

Join Us For A Zinger?, Rocking Dog

Join Us For A Zinger?