Christmas is coming...

With the recent cold weather and even the arrival of snow, it really is starting to feel a lot like Christmas, especially as we put up our Christmas tree at uni last Monday. Now before you shriek, I am a traditionalist and don't usually put the tree or Christmas decorations so early BUT we only have this week and next left at uni before we break up for the holidays. I'm not sure what Eleanor's excuse is though! ;) 

It's only a little tree but I think it's super cute and it definitely brightens up that corner of our living room at uni! I have been finding it more difficult to get into the Christmas spirit this year but Danni's recent posts have helped as has the frost. We seem to be one of the few areas that haven't had snow but I for one am quite glad! Although I am a warm person, I don't like ice and the majority of my clothes and shoes are completely impractical! 

One thing I do like with the cold weather though is the snuggling up in front of the telly with something to warm you up. In the past week I have had risotto, steak, meatballs and best of all stewed plums! I took these photos last year around the same sort of time but I never used them but I have made stewed plums twice in the past week or so so thought I would share it with you guys.  These plums  are perfect for warming your cockles on a cold day and are very easy to do:

* Stewed plums:


  • Plums
  • Sugar
  • Water
  • Disaronno Amaretto

Take the plums and cut them in half, removing the stones.

Place in a saucepan and add sugar to taste.

Add water and Amaretto *WARNING* This is not all Amaretto before you think I am some kind of alcoholic ;) 

Bring to a running boil until the plums are cooked through.  Then serve in a big bowl or cup and drink/ eat up!

I'm pretty sure this counts as one of your five a day and or course you can stew pretty much any fruit but plums are one of my favourite, especially in the winter :) Stewed fruit always reminds me of my childhood and if I was going to go with that nostalgic feeling, I'd make a big bowl of custard to go with it! Now that's a thought... ! Luckily my brother bought me some Amaretto for my birthday so I have enough to sustain me over Christmas ;) 

Do certain foods remind you of your childhood? How many of you have your Christmas tree up?


Yu said...

LOL I was about to say, that's a lot of amaretto you've got to spare :) Lovely Christmas tree ladies!

Maria Fallon said...

Trust me, the Amaretto is slowly but surely getting used- I'm going to put it in hot chocolate next!

Maria xxx

daisychain said...

We won't have our tree up for a couple of weeks yet...downside to living at home!

Also, stewed plums are amazing with greek yoghurt! NOM.

daniela kate morosini said...

the tree looks great! i'm pretty sure we should one by now, you're meant to get them by dec 1st, right? i love christmas tree decorating! the plums look yummy, might give them a whirl! xx

Maria Fallon said...

Laura- I know! I am going to go home next week and be tree-less :( And I am OBSESSED with Greek yoghurt- I love it with pomegranate in the summer...yummm :)

Danniekate- I think you can put them up whenever you like, just not before December...oops! The plums really are yummy and I think the Amaretto gives them a certain something :)

Maria xxx

Unknown said...

Yay for the Xmas tree!! And bummer for snow and shoes. Seriously, until it lets up, I'm on a strict diet of sensible (yet cute) boots...

Maria Fallon said...

Llara- Our tree looks so cute, especially with the lights on :) And I bought some flat ankle boots the other day- despite my 2ft legs they are so cosy I couldn't resist! :S

Maria xxx

Paint it Black said...

Your tree is soooo cute I am going to put mine up next week so excited for Christmas xoxo

Maria Fallon said...

Thank you Giselle! You definitely have to out your tree up soon! :)

Maria xxx

Abigail Banfield said...

Hi, first comment on your blog - i love it by the by....

Just thought i'd share the love for stewed fruit <3
Amaretto smells like christmas anyway doesn't it ... mmmmm.

We haven't got our tree up, and won't for a long time (it's my mum's birthday next week and she demands at least a week of birthdayness before we start on the christmas cheer) buuut.... we did start on the mulled wine today

Maria Fallon said...

Welcome to Frills 'n' Spills Abigail! Stewed fruit id DEFINITELY the way to go though- YUM! And I think it's only fair to let your mum have a bit of birthday love! :)

Maria xxx

Unknown said...

your tree looks lovely - mines not up yet - boo hoo xxxx

Maria Fallon said...

Kirsty- you need to get on that ASAP! All whilst sipping on your hot chocolate with Amaretto ;)

Maria xxx