I did promise a give-away today, and was trying hard over the weekend to come up with some witty way of writing something challenging.. but haven't managed to come up with anything but the following.
Where the 144 mince pies went, all and every single one was designated to go to another home. 36 went to some friends that can no longer make them, so giving them mincemeat wasn't an option this year instead I just added theirs to the big batch I made on Saturday. 72 went to the BMW Club for the Sunday meeting held at Towcester, something I started to do a couple of years ago as we have a festive gathering on the second Sunday in December.
Finally the remaining 36 are for work, we have a staff meeting on Wednesday that I was 'volunteered' to provide the mince pies for.. then SOH and I want some to take down for his family in the New Year so I still have a few more to make before I can hang up my chef's hat this year.
Anyway, back to what I was saying about Towcester, 32 people came to the meeting, plus 3 helpers in the kitchen and a raffle was held in aid of the local Northampton/Warckwickshire Air Ambulance fund with prizes brought/donated by the members who attended.
Including donations it was a good sum of money and if any of you would like the giveaway, please put a comment to this post with the amount you think we raised (I will give you one clue it was under £100 and over £1 [For the US guys £1 = $1.50]) and the person with the nearest guess will win the prize (if more than one person is closest we will put the entries into a hat and draw the winners name) . All entries to be posted by Friday 19th December 2008 at 12.00pm (so I can get it in the post this week if possible).
I had a contact from one of the creators of the Waterski-ing Westies calendar and now have a copy to give away to one lucky reader of the blog.. I had a look at it and it is very cute and appealing, not to mention extremely functional and useful calendar format. Will make a useful addition to your walls next year.
So let the entries commence and good luck to you all.