I haven't had a moment to myself for what seems like a lifetime. My pens and pencils have gathered a layer of dust thick enough to write your name in! I have learned a very important lesson too. Up to September, I was a 1:1 TA working with Special Needs children, but now I am a Whole Class TA, and what a difference! Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining, I think I have the best job in the world but Autumn II has been exhausting! I completely underestimated how busy it could get, and then along came the Christmas Production! Well, that is a book in itself! Next year I will have to be better prepared and probably completely write off the weeks from November to Christmas!
Christmas 2012 has brought new treats though. My Secret Santa at work very kindly gave me the silicone Cake Pops mould that I longed for and I couldn't wait to have a go. These are what I created last Friday:
Then on Christmas morning I opened up a box of delicious soft Amaretti biscuits - a gift from a lovely young man in my class! Heaven! I have never had the soft biscuits before, only the rock hard crunchy ones, but I was immediately smitten. So much so that I found myself scouring the internet for a recipe. Now, all the ones I looked at looked soooo fussy and time-consuming. One recipe even suggested I leave the batter overnight! Oh my.... Life's too short! Then I found one that not only looked super-simple, but uber-quick too! So I decided to have a go, and look what I produced in less than half an hour:
Well, I have a 50th celebration to start planning now - my dear ol' Tezza is about to reach his half-century and I want to throw a party!
I hope that all my lovely buddies, old and new, have had a wonderful Christmas and I would like to wish every single one of you a very, very happy, successful and prosperous 2013 and I look forward to seeing you all 'on the other side'!
Happy New Year to each and every one of you XXX