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by pennifold ( edited 18 Nov 2016 ) 18 Nov 2016

I wish we had smell-a-vision I've just taken my Christmas 🎄 cake out of the oven and the house smells gorgeous. It's been so hot here today I decided to cook it this evening - luckily it was only cooked for 3 and a quarter hours. It's now 10.45 and I'm watching Pretty Woman - what a great movie it is! Seen it so many times but ❤️️ It so much. Here's a piccie of my cake. Love ❤️ Chris

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by zoefzoef 19 Nov 2016

Chris, a smell vision wouldn't be enough..we should also have a "taste vision"

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pennifold by pennifold 19 Nov 2016

Thanks Linda, yes, I agree, love Chris

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by designgirl 19 Nov 2016

Looks great, Chris. I haven't made ours yet. I have to make four as three other people want one. Hugs Lynni;

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pennifold by pennifold 19 Nov 2016

Wow, that will be a lot of fruit, eggs and flour! Not to mention the Brandy - love Chris

designgirl by designgirl 20 Nov 2016

Yes, It takes us four days to do them. One each day. About 40 pounds of candied fruit and plus raisins, 32 eggs, etc.But in the end it is worth it. Love and Hugs Lynn

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by stock 19 Nov 2016

Yum

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pennifold by pennifold 19 Nov 2016

You took the words right out of my mouth! Love Chris

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by baydreamer 18 Nov 2016

Looks great, and thanks for the link!

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pennifold by pennifold 18 Nov 2016

You are most welcome, I hope you like it. I've added different dried fruits over the years, dried fruit of any kind would be great. Love Chris

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by maisiebo 18 Nov 2016

Looks lovely good enough to eat haaaa

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pennifold by pennifold 18 Nov 2016

Thanks Maisie, I can't wait either. It's so hard when it's staring me in the face! Love Chris

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by airyfairy 18 Nov 2016

Beautiful and I bet delicious cake. I hope you have been resting your back

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pennifold by pennifold 18 Nov 2016

Hi Sarah, yes it is. I saw the Physio last night and he just basically told me to try Hydrotherapy and if I wanted to go back and see the specialist he recommended another one to me as I didn't like the first chap I saw. He has made an appointment for me to see a lass next Wednesday to start exercises to strengthen the back and surrounding muscles etc. I am not doing anything other than standing to cook, which I do anyway. No sewing, but I've read all the suggestions previously about using the machine at a higher place etc. so I can stand. I am resting it and even had a sleep yesterday. Something has to work, right? As it's beach weather I can pop down the road only 5 minutes away to our local Redhead beach and do the exercises there instead of going to a heated pool, which I don't really like!!!! Love Chris

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by sandyqueen 18 Nov 2016

On my hips already.

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pennifold by pennifold 18 Nov 2016

Hi Sandy, you only need a little piece as it is so rich, but the problem is, once you've eaten a piece you want to go back for more!!! Love Chris

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by noah 18 Nov 2016

Ohhhhhhhhhhh mmmmmmmmmmmmm goodddddddd

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pennifold by pennifold 18 Nov 2016

Thaaaaaannnnnnkkkkk yyyyyyooooouuuu Carolyn. Love Chris

I've included the recipe when I edited this post.

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by spendlove Moderator 18 Nov 2016

I made mine a couple of days ago. Somehow I can't imagine that wonderful smell in a warm climate!

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airyfairy by airyfairy 18 Nov 2016

I have lived in the Southern Hemisphere for nearly 50 years and I still cannot get used to the 'hot' Christmas

pennifold by pennifold 18 Nov 2016

Hi Sue, it's just gorgeous even in the heat! I wish I could have a cold Christmas, I REALLY DON'T LIKE THE HOT SUMMERS WE HAVE DOWNUNDER!!!
Love Chris

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by crafter2243 Moderator 18 Nov 2016

My mouth is watering.

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pennifold by pennifold 18 Nov 2016

Hi Angie, mine was whilst making it. I must admit I had a few dessertspoons of the mixture. I know people say don't eat raw mixture as it's got eggs in it, but once all the flour and brandy and fruit are all mixed up it's just too YUMMY! not to! Love Chris

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by dragonflyer 18 Nov 2016

YUMMY!

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pennifold by pennifold 18 Nov 2016

Hi Kim, my thoughts exactly. Love Chris

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by Sewmum1 18 Nov 2016

Looks so delicious!

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pennifold by pennifold 18 Nov 2016

Yes, it does, doesn't it? Love Chris

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by jrob Moderator 18 Nov 2016

If it's half as tasty as it is aesthetically pleasing, you've got a winner! I hope you're getting better. ☺

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pennifold by pennifold 18 Nov 2016

Thanks Jerrilyn, it does taste good, but it'll have to wait till Christmas Day. I'm doing everything I can to get better, thanks for thinking of me. Love Chris

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by sdrise 18 Nov 2016

Stunning!! and it must smell so good!!

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pennifold by pennifold 18 Nov 2016

Hi Suzanne, yes it does! Love Chris

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by joansatx 18 Nov 2016

That is a beauty and new for me! I'm imagining the smell....mmm...

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pennifold by pennifold 18 Nov 2016

Hi Karen, basically it is just a rich fruit cake. Trevor and I don't like fruit peel and glaced cherries, so I only use Sultanas, Currants, Raisins and this year put in Dried Apricots. I've made them before and used Pineapple, Mango and Craisins! Love Chris

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by meganne edited 18 Nov 2016

Looks Great Chris.
Talk about Great minds!!!
I have the ingredients all sitting on the breakfast bar but decided to do some sewing instead. We also watched Pretty Woman again, still made me cry and had a few laughs too.

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pennifold by pennifold 18 Nov 2016

Of course, our minds are great he he he! Glad to see you doing some sewing. LOVE THAT MOVIE!!!!

Love Chris

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by asterixsew Moderator 18 Nov 2016

Looks great Chris, looking at the finish that's what is a Dundee cake here. Need to make one too

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pennifold by pennifold 18 Nov 2016

Yes, Caroline it does. It's just basically a very rich fruit cake. I added a small bag of Australian dried Apricots to mine and a bit more brandy than they said and also I added Nutmeg. Over the next few weeks I'll add a little more brandy (keeps it moist!!!!!!). Love Chris

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by pacmp 18 Nov 2016

Beautiful Job! I too wish we had the smell-a-vision technology. I would be downloading all our favorite Christmas smells.

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pennifold by pennifold 18 Nov 2016

Thanks Pam, it didn't finish till about 11.00pm so the house just smelt gorgeous! I love fruit cake. Love Chris

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