Christmas is my favourite time of year. I am sure my waistline thinks differently, however what is better than drinking spiced, mulled wine, the smell of gingerbread wafting through the house and plenty of chocolate to give you a sugar headache, whilst watching films under the duvet. Sadly, being a baker, I am usually creating the treats, so I spend less time snuggling and more working up a kitchen sweat, but I still love it! Orders have been pouring in for the festivities, have you got your desserts and sugary show pieces planned?
These beauties went out last week for local journalists. My 'boss' commissioned me to showcase my scrumptious cakes and I am very pleased to say they made a great impression and did not last long!
The ones below here were made as samples, trialling some Christmas ideas. As a perfectionist the only way is up and there is always room for improvement. My clients are happy, I am clearly just too tough to please - but I am not the one paying ey!
To get into the Christmas spirit, me and my boyfriend, Georgey, got Christmas jumpers. I normally do not follow the trend, but felt this year I just had to get involved. He wears a snowman jumper from Burton and I have a slightly more sophisticated option, from Dorothy Perkins, with Reindeer antlers in a silhouette.
We are rather cheesy, I know!
Leaving the retail world behind and being part self employed, I was slightly disappointed, knowing I had no Christmas party plans. Fortunately for me, I received a spontaneous call, offering a meal at Kenwood Hall, expenses paid as others had dropped out. As you can see the blueberry cheesecake below, I certainly enjoyed the evening. With a looming order the next day, I did dabble in a naughty glass of red, white and rose! BUT...I did pull it back, as you saw the cakes further up ;)
I was able to take my friend Mish and took funny pictures with the cracker prizes, as you can see me making a fool of myself below. The following day I had another Christmas meal, at the Women in Steel festive event, with Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber of Commerce. It was such a lovely, inspiring event, celebrating women in business and women succeeding especially in manufacturing and engineering, which is mainly dominated by the males. A very uplifting celebration for the season of family, love and harmony.
Remember, whatever happens, you will never look as silly as me here!
More to come on the Christmas period, as you can imagine my diary is full. I have a fab family meal and I have two big events that I am cooking for, so watch this space.
Keep calm and get festive!
Love Jess xox