Happy Christmas from the Bakeylicious kitchen

The Secret to a Bakeylicious Christmas Eve…


T’was the night before Christmas and all through the house

Children were trying to sleep.

They tossed and turned but could not settle.

Excitement was making them leap.

But Santa won’t come if children are up.

They need to be snug in their beds.

They need to have their eyes shut tight

With Christmas dreams in their heads.

To make this happen what can you do?

Warm up a pint of milk,

Stir in this powder and whisk it up

Until it’s smooth as silk.

Let it cool and share it out

And sprinkle with softness and stars.

If they drink it up and say goodnight

Their dreams will not be far.

When they wake up in the morning

Santa will have been.

He will have filled their sacks or stockings.

He will have done it while they dream.

He will then go back to his home

And there, what do you think?

He will want to go to sleep.

He will make this magic drink.

He will whisk it up and pour it out

And take it off to bed

Where dreams of happy children

Will drift into his head.


The magic powder is Jamie Oliver’s epic hot chocolate mix.  The recipe can be found at http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipe-print.php?url=epic-hot-chocolate.  The softness and stars are marshmallows and milkyway magic stars.  We’re keeping our fingers crossed that a nice cup of warm hot choc will send the bakeylicious babies off to sleep.  A shot of baileys in it may just do the job for me too later on.

So “Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night” (hopefully).


When the red red robin comes bob-bob-bobbin’ along…


For the two bakeylicious girls robins are a sign of Christmas.  “Why robins?” I hear you ponder.  Well every year at the beginning of December a robin would visit our garden reminding us that Christmas was coming.  My mam loved seeing that bird.  It always made her think of her mam and she would smile.  The year my mam died we were visited by a pair of robins in the run up to her favourite time of year.

Christmas is a time of family togetherness but for many people there are holes in that togetherness – people are missing – there are gaps that can never be filled.  But sometimes you may see something, hear something, feel something, that brings those people to mind, holds them close, makes them there with you.  For us it’s a robin or two because when we see them we remember our mam and our gran.

And it makes us smile.

What is your sign that Christmas is coming?  What makes you smile at Christmas time?