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12 Dates of Christmas 4…5…6…and 7

It’s hard to believe it’s already December 28th…Christmas 2013 is over and we’ve been in Ireland for a week now! We tried to cram in as many Christmassy traditions as we could but with final classes, packing, flying home and a cold there just wasn’t enough days in the week!! Yet this time of year has been the best reminder of the things I have to be thankful for. A roof over my head and food on the table. Friends who pop in, just to talk and catch up. I’m thankful for family and a husband who continuously go above and beyond to make me feel loved and supported. And most of all on Christmas – that our Saviour was born.  A light to light up the world! I am blessed. So beyond blessed.

Here are a few of our dates before flying home…

date4 Date four: hot chocolate and a movie in front of that wee tree in that wee apartment in China…seems like a million miles away from here!!pancakespancakes2Date five: snow on the ground and pancakes for breakfast with some yummy over priced strawberries from the market;)date6 Date six: Last minute Christmas shopping and a photo booth pic to celebrate a 30 week bump!date7Date seven: Last night in China with awesome jiaozi and some exciting plans ahead!!

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! Let the count down to the new year begin…Rx

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Yummy Apple Crumble

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For the filling:
5-6 cooking apples, peeled, cored and quartered
50 g sugar, to sweeten
2 tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon water

For the crumble:
35 g rolled oats
35 g wholemeal flour
20 g caster sugar
35 g margarine or butter

Preheat the oven to 190°C. Peel and core the apples, quarter and cut in to chunks.

Combine the sliced apples, granulated sugar, flour, cinnamon, salt, vanilla and water. Turn into the prepared baking pan.

Place the flour and oats in a bowl and mix well. Cut the margarine or butter into small cubes and add this to the oats and flour. Mix with your fingertips until it resembles an even crumb texture. Add the sugar and mix through. I like to sprinkle with a little extra cinnamon:)

Cover the fruit with the crumble mixture. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until the apples are hot and crust is golden brown. Serve warm with cream or a scoop of ice cream…and enjoy!

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