It's a Cracker
(Technically that should read “crackers”… which seems to be a recurring theme at Hudson HQ at the moment).
First of all I found myself playing “hunt the nutcrackers”;
Lovely Husband enjoys a mixed bag of hazelnuts, walnuts and brazil nuts all year round and, much like the television remote control, the nutcrackers are usually rehomed somewhere close to his armchair. For fifty weeks of the year he’s allowed sole possession, but for the festive fortnight I do like a big bowl on the coffee table so guests can help themselves (don’t ask me why – but it’s always a bit of a giggle when the walnuts fight back). Along with the Satsumas, they provide an alternative to the chocolates and sweets that are also on offer.
The hunt for the nutcrackers resulted in success when they were eventually found in the DVD cabinet.
LH had obviously been planning his evening viewing last time he decided to partake of a hazelnut... it took us twenty minutes to find them – but at least they are now safely in the temporary Christmas home.
Then my attention turned to crackers once more – or rather the “savoury biscuit selection”
that we have in ready for the cheese-and-biscuits offering for guest (grapes, chutneys and apples are also available). I remember when I was little and it was a case of picking up a bright orange packet clearly marked “Crackers”… but now the choice is a heck-of-a-whole-lot wider and I am a sucker for a savoury biscuit and a nice chunk of cheese.
We have plenty, as a recent family gathering in Cheddar saw LH and I making a trip to the “official” factory and stocking up with at least one-of-each variety from the wide range on sale. However, the selection of biscuits for cheese in the supermarket is even larger, and I did find myself dithering as I tried to work out which ones to take and which ones to leave behind (having to make the difficult decision because my kitchen is rather small and I only have a finite amount of cupboard/work surface space to store my festive fayre).
Then finally, I had to address the issue of Crackers for the Christmas Dinner table.
I did look at what was available on the High Street, but then decided to pay homage to my favourite-ever television programme – The Good Life – by fashioning my own from newspaper and providing hats, gifts and jokes to share with my loved ones.
I did briefly toy with opting for “mottos”… but you can’t beat a really bad joke for a guaranteed giggle-or-groan. So I surfed the net searching for short one-or-two liners that wouldn’t be too embarrassing if read out by small children or grandparents. On my hunt I came across a site containing weight-loss quips, quote and giggles… and so thought I would end by sharing a few with you:
- “My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four... Unless there are three other people.” (Orson Welles)
- “Never eat more than you can lift”. (Miss Piggy)
- I keep trying to lose weight… but it keeps finding me...
- Do you call a person who has abandoned their diet a desserter?
- I bought some rocket salad yesterday but it went off before I could eat it.
- And my favourite: I’ve decided I’ll never get down to my original weight – after all 5lbs 6oz is unrealistic…
Have a Wonderful Weekend and a Cracking Christmas of Festive Fun
With a hug