Friday, 30 December 2011

I made sloe gin for the first time this year. (Nigel Slater's recipe here) I don't know why I haven't done it before as it is very easy and most delicious. It is just sugar, gin and sloes. I bought the sloes in Greenwich, but next year I will go and pick them near where my Dad lives. I put the bottles in the back room and turned them every so often. Now it is sweet, syrupy and intoxicating. I wonder what it would be like mixed with champagne.
I also made crocheted washcloths which I wrapped in pretty tissue paper and cellophane packets. I made some gift tags and cards with embossing powder and ink stamps. I don't think I could manage a whole handmade Christmas but little bits are fun.



We are off to Holland for new year. Euro star first thing in the morning-most exciting!




Happy New Year!

16 comments:

Kat Mortensen said...

Have fun in Holland! Happy New Year to you too!

Sarah said...

Thanks Kat!

nana_ang_poppaphil said...

Happy New Year Sarah. Look forward to reading about your New Year trip to Holland.

Lynne said...

How fabulous to see the New Year in in Holland. Have a great time and a fantastic New Year.
I'm watching Nigel Slater at the moment. I love his simple tasty recipes. The homemade bits sound lovely and I like the labels on the bottles.

Jenny Woolf said...

Enjoy your sloe gin. It's something I always meant to make because it's so delicious!

All the best for 2012!

Leenie said...

Best wishes for a happy healthy 2012!!

snoopydog said...

Hello there! Your bottles look FABULOUS!! I LOVE sloe gin, probably a little too much ;-). Have fun in Holland! Wishing you a happy, healthy and peaceful 2012. Ros

jabblog said...

Ooh, well done! I love sloe gin - so rich, so warming. Enjoy Holland and Happy 2012 to you and yours and the best of everything you wish yourselves:-)

Anairam said...

I had to look up "sloes" - I didn't know what they were, although I did know the term sloe-gin and sloe-eyed. And the fact that I have now learnt something is an extremely good start to the New Year .... for my word of the year is Learn! Have a great 2012, Sarah. May it be filled with love and lots of goodness and amazing projects and (a little bit of) sloe-gin! x Anairam

Paula said...

How fun! I love your labels! Wishing you a wonderful 2012!!

Sam said...

Love these! Happy New Year Sarah! I look forward to reading your blog in 2012!

Candace said...

I am making what's called "hooch" here in the good old US of A. I must bring you some soon to continue to Hands Across The Water, Hands Across The Sea Pact Yanks and Brits have.
Hope you are doing better than well.
More later!
Candace in Athens

Tracy said...

Hoping you're having a FAB time in Holland, Sarah! Never been there, so look forward to your thoughts & images. Great to be back in blogland after two weeks away for Christmas in the USA, and catch up with you here now. Wishing you all the very best in 2012--PEACE, LOVE & JOY! ((HUGS))

frayedattheedge said...

Hope you have a fabulous time in Holland! We too made sloe gin for the first time this year .... it is absolutely delicious ...... and, yes, it is brilliant in champagne - we added a little to a glass last night to see what it was like!

Carole said...

Have fun in Holland! I've made a version of your sloe years ago. Love your labels!

rebecca said...

looking forward to your adventures shared straight from your traveling heart!