22 Dec 2015

Merry Christmas

I will grant you a glimpse under our Christmas tree

However, the smell of these (below) you will have to imagine -
We call it apple bread. But it is nothing like bread -
sorry it is as good as bread and has a gorgeous taste of apples,
walnuts, cinnamon, cloves, cocoa -
You won't actually taste the flour but it is in, too. And it will
keep fresh for weeks - but it won't last so long.
(see end of post for the receipe - if you are interested)
With all the rush

one bauble chose to fall down...

but was cleaned away.

I made the cable chain stitches and variations - as taught by

Sharon in TAST stitch 23 on Pintangle

As I wanted to try chicken scratch I made the stitches on gingham

I like the effect of some of the stitches - what they make

with the gingham

For Christmas I thought it was good to stitch a tree -

à la Mary Corbet. (go to her site Needle n'Thread

and you will find more trees)

Finally, dear readers, I wish you a very happy Christmas

and a good and healthy New Year.

Apple bread



750 g apples peeled and cleaned and roughly ground or cut and mix together with 200 g sugar.

Leave this standing for several hours or over night

Then mix together with

500 g flour + 2 sachets of soda bicarbonat - Backpulver (2 x 15 g)

250 g raisins

150 g walnuts roughly cut into not to small pieces

Spices: 1 teasp. cinnamon, 1 teasp. pure cocoa, 1 tip of knife ground clover, a pinch of salt

and -- ca. 200 ml apple juice to make a manageable mixture.

Fill into a oblong greased cake tin and bake 1 hour in a 180° preheated oven.

Let it cool down for some time before taking out of the capsule.




  1. Merry Christmas Anneliese and family! I especially love your Mary Corbet tree. Your baking looks great, I can almost smell the spices through my screen.

  2. Sweet trees and treats! Merry Christmas to you too!

  3. love your chicken scratch. wishing you a happy holiday and a healthy new year.

  4. Happy Christmas Anneliese and all the best for 2016, your stitching on gingham works so well, have you seen Queenie`s chicken scratch cushion she has just finished? Tree looks good as does the baking

  5. Your stitching on gingham is very effective, Anneliese. I love the little Christmas tree and your cable stitching is very inventive. I want to wish you a merry Christmas and a happy and healthy 2016. All the very best. It has been wonderful communicating with you once again over this past year