It was a Saturday evening of having our daughter and her boyfriend over for dinner as a farewell before they went off on holiday to Mauritius. They didn't really get much of a holiday last year as although they had a relaxing week in my sister's holiday home in Portugal booked, Rachel got appendicitis 2 weeks before they were due to fly out. Although they still got to go away, it was a very different type of holiday to that which they had planned - more of a convalescence! So this year they decided to 'push the boat out'! Lucky things.
It was a Sunday of waking up to the first real frost of the year, of finishing off that quilt, having a traditional Sunday roast and making a batch of vanilla fudge. That was prompted in a most unusual way. You see, at work I have been asking for ages if I could have a second monitor screen linked up to my computer. It makes life so much easier if you are working with two documents at a time and despite the fact that we had two computers in our office not being used due to people leaving and not being replaced apparently it was not possible to 'borrow' one of the screens. So I said to the Network Manager that if he arranged for me to have a 2nd monitor, I would give him some homemade vanilla fudge. When I came back from lunch - I had two screens. Who knew that homemade fudge could be a bartering tool? Now what else do I need? ...
It was a Sunday of catching up on TV we had missed, of trying a new pudding recipe for dinner. Individual panettone bread and butter puddings. The husband reckons they were the best pudding I've ever made. Which made me feel a little guilty as they were so easy to put together. Just slice up half a panettone and cut into squares and fill two large ramekin dishes. Make a custard with 2 eggs, caster sugar, vanilla extract and milk, then pour that over the panettone. Leave to soak in for as long as it takes (half an hour?) then put in oven at 160 degrees for 15 - 20 mins. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and sit back and wait for the compliments!
So here we are at Monday again - and another Monday off (must remember that I'm back in the old routine from next Monday onwards). Paul suggested a shopping trip to Cambridge so I was in my boots and coat with the car keys ready before he had time to change his mind. It was pleasantly busy without being crowded and we got a few early Christmas presents so all was good. I loved this sign by a small stall selling very fancy cupcakes:
"You can't buy happiness, but you CAN buy cupcakes ...
and that's kinda the same thing"
Well it's freezing outside, which feels even colder when I look at the photo of the infinity pool by the beach that my daughter's boyfriend has just posted on Instagram. How's Monday looking in your part of the world?