The run up

The festive season is upon us - the advent calendars are up, the weather is frightful and petitions to Father Christmas are being mentally written and rewritten.

Yesterday I made it to the my first ever 'Snowball Saturday', thrown by our exceptionally gifted hostess friend each year. I DIYed my own vegan advocaat for the Snowballs; which went down a little too well.

Mr PL ventured out to Lidl for provisions - their Favorina mince pies are vegan this year and were just the ticket for a hungover brunch - eaten in bed with a pint of coffee, because I just couldn't muster the energy to worry about crumby sheets. I reflected that I'm too old for this sort of thing, and vowed never to do it again.

This week will be a flurry of festive prep and for once I'm looking forward to it. A simple, thrifty and fun christmas that won't break the bank.


  1. I think many of us have fallen too hard for the charms of the snowball!

    1. I'd never had one until Saturday, and then made up for a lifetime of lack apparently. Ugh. So good though!