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Old style Preparations for Christmas 2010!!

edited 30 October 2010 at 5:41PM in Old Style MoneySaving
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edited 30 October 2010 at 5:41PM in Old Style MoneySaving

I seen two Christmas threads running and it seems much more sensible to keep all the discussion together. I made myself the "starter" of this thread, so I can edit and add more links in as they come along!

So this will be the one running Old Style Christmas 2010 thread

I'll make this a kind of Christmas mega index if that makes sense!


Some linkies:D:A

Some existing threads from Special occasions board

New thrifty gifty Ogranised for christmas really long titled thread 2010

Money making for christmas long title again thread 2010

Crafting for christmas 2010!

Christmas 2010 let's get organised!

Year long project -nice idea to give cooks for christmas 2010

Christmas dinner threads

Cleaning the oven

Christmas dinner - preparing in advance

Christmas dinner- help it's my first!

Cheap Christmas dinner

What do you do for Christmas dinner?

Diabetic Christmas dinner

veggie Christmas dinner

Other useful specific food links :j


Frozen home made roast potatoes - and Pinks specific post

Crispy roast potatoes

The perfect mashed potato

What is the point in mashed potato? (use your leftover to make potato farls for boxing day brunch ! )

Freezing mashed potato

Sweet potatoes

Cooking and prepping various veg


Oodles of carrots

Cauliflower- recipe please?

Cauliflower cheese

Mushy peas

Spruce up your sprouts

Freezing sprouts


Decent gravy please

Making gravy when you haven't had a roast

Bread sauce

Apple sauce

Making own cranberry sauce

Storing cranberry sauce

What to do with leftover cranberry sauce

HM Ham glaze

Homemade stuffing

Leftover stuffing

Meat Preparation/making stock/using up leftover meat

The best christmas turkey

Turkey crown

Leftover turkey

Turkey soup?

Defrosting turkey

Turkey mince

Turkey leg recipes

Freezing cooked turkey


How to roast a whole chicken

Whole chicken in the slow cooker

Leftover chicken recipes please

How do i make my own chicken stock?

Chicken stock - how to make it in a slow cooker?

Chicken stock to soup

Chicken soup - how do i make it?


Cooking a whole duck

What to do with duck stock?


What to do with a gammon joint?

Cooking a gammon joint in the slow cooker

Gammon and coke

Exciting things with gammon?

gammon stock?

Leftover gammon

Salty gammon joint?

gravy/sauce to go with gammon?

Difference between gammon and ham?



Pheasant recipes/suggestions

Desert/sweet related

when is the right time to make a christmas cake

Iced marzipan - my first cake

Recipe for christmas cake

HM alcohol free christmas pud

Christmas pudding recipes?

Christmas pudding in slow cooker - is it possible?

Shortbread recipe

How do you use brandy butter?


HM custard

What can i do with custard

Baileys cheesecake


how to use up single cream

Double cream

Clotted cream surplus

Can i freeze cream?

Cream refuses to whip

Over whipped double cream

Make your own ice cream

General Food:j

Homemade food gifts for the holidays

Home baked pressies

Vodka jelly

Christmas eve - dinner/tea

What do you have on your christmas day menu?

Christmas breakfast - ideas please

Christmas pudding flapjacks

Best Christmas recipes hunt

Christmas buffet ideas

Can i freeze cheese?

Cheese straws


Make your own Christmas booze

Flavoured vodka

Turning cheap vodka into expensive tasting vodka

Mulled wine recipe

Home made irish liquer

Homemade wine

Old Style Christmas presents

Homemade gifts

Homemade kids christmas gifts


Best Old Style moneysaving christmas hints and tips

How long after christmas day will you be food shopping?

Is anyone taking their OS hat off on Christmas day?

Christmas eve - what are you cooking today?

Christmas dinner -what did you learn?

We don't like turkey

New year old style resolutions

traditional new year meals

How long does wine keep when opened?

Wine to cook with

red wine stain help

A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men :cool:
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  • I know its still a while until Xmas, but have started to think what I can make for Xmas presents for friends and family..

    Numerous ideas have come to mind such as..

    Home made wine
    Home made chocolate truffles
    Home made pate
    Home made preserves
    Home made pickled veg
    Home made flavoured oil
    Home made Xmas fruit cake

    All home made as you can tell :rotfl:

    Anybody else any ideas? The other half took off with fits of laughter as he thought it was a pants idea, and likened me to his mother. Apparently a guy of 35 shouldnt be thinking this way, and I should join the WI with his mom !
  • NargleblastNargleblast Forumite
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    Tell your OH that Gordon Ramsey and Jamie Oliver have been doing stuff like this for years and it hasn't done them any harm!

    Try home made fruit liqueurs, biscuits, mince pies.
    Also there are plenty of ideas around for non-edible home made stuff (clothing, cosmetics, soaps etc)
    One life - your life - live it!
  • seraphinaseraphina Forumite
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    Home made Granola
    Home made sweets eg peanut brittle?

    never too early for Christmas planning;)
  • I'm tryint to con my mother into making raspberry vodka for uni life ;)

    That could be an idea?
    Two thumbs fresh!:money:
  • jaxx46jaxx46 Forumite
    613 posts
    Have a look on the special occasions forum, loads of ideas on there such as hampers, pots of gold and snowman soup amongst many other things.
    Sometimes not moving backwards is as much an achievement as moving forwards is on other times. (originally posted by kidcat)

    It's only a bargain if you were going to buy it anyway!
  • noynoynoynoy Forumite
    380 posts
    oooh dear im 32 and in the wi :o but then ive been raised from a farming background ..luckily i think lol

    learn to knit and crochet you can make loads then..get yarn from a charity shop i bought 6 large balls of lovely purple yarn for just £2 enough to make sil i squashy cosy jumper
    total debt 4711.00 at lbm (4217.31) dfd aug 2012 :eek: overdraft 800 (400.00) kill overdraft first, loan 1500.00 ,creditcard 2411.00
  • edited 1 August 2010 at 8:24PM
    DianneBDianneB Forumite
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    edited 1 August 2010 at 8:24PM
    Go for it!! If my sons made any of those gifts I'd be delighted and very proud!! Get some beer brewing while your at it!!

    Sorry just read your post again, I thought YOU were the guy of 35!! As your not, ignore him and get on with it!!
    Slightly bitter
  • babyshoesbabyshoes Forumite
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    Jam is easier than most people think, as well as preserved fruit. This time of year you can find free fruit if you go foraging, and blackberry/bramble jelly is lovely!
    Trust me - I'm NOT a doctor!
  • thevicsterthevicster Forumite
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    Bit of a lurker on this board but thought I'd add this;

    Seemed to go down quite well last Christmas
    I want a perfect body, I want a perfect soul, I want you to notice when I'm not around[/SIZE][/FONT][/B]
  • GersGers Forumite
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    Last year I made loads of snowman soups and Nigella's puddini - both were well received and I've had requests for repeats this year.

    Oh - and Christmas muffin mix in Kilner jars too.
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