Monday, 24 December 2012

This Came Around Quick!

Wow, how many times will you hear this tomorrow... this year flew by! It seems with every year that comes you become more and more busy and the days just roll by. What I've learnt this year? A very clever quote that I found just from Facebook so if you can slug through it here it is: 

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the 2 Beers.
A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full.. The students responded with a unanimous 'yes.'

The professor then produced two Beers from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand.The students laughed..

'Now,' said the professor as the laughter subsided, 'I want you to recognise that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things---your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favourite passions---and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car.. The sand is everything else---the small stuff.
'If you put the sand into the jar first,' he continued, 'there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life.
If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you.
Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness.
Spend time with your children. Spend time with your parents. Visit with grandparents. Take your spouse out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and mow the lawn.
Take care of the golf balls first---the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.
One of the students raised her hand and enquired what the Beer represented. The professor smiled and said, 'I'm glad you asked.' The Beer just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of Beers with a friend.

Its beautiful isn't it? If you didn't read it and skipped straight to today's festive post, here it is. This is for those of you who were so busy and just completely forgot about the dessert. Or just fancied a bit more cooking/baking to pack into the day. The ingredients are simple things from around the house because well everything is closed!

If you've got a ready made filo or short pastry pack, well use that because it's Christmas! But otherwise:
  • 125g plain flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 55g cubed butter
  • 3 tbsp cold milk
  • 12 small apples (2 for each tin)
  • Cinnamon
  • Sugar
  • Lemon juice
  • Preferred poison

Rub the butter, salt and flour together between your fingers and thumb to create a breadcrumb texture. Take a sip of your drink. Add milk, mix to form a dough, take a drink. Cool in the fridge for 15 minutes. Core apples with a knife to form flat edges, slice thinly. Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Take a drink. Roll out dough and fit to tins after greasing. Prick the bottoms and bake for 15 minutes or until nearly golden. While they are cooking, mix apples with a bit of lemon juice, cinnamon and sugar to taste. Place the apple slices from smallest to largest from centre to outside respectively. Bake for further 5 minutes. Finish drink and be merry, done! Impressive yet it doesn't take much skill, its just time consuming. But while your waiting for that turkey why not?

I wish you all the best and a very Merry Christmas. 
Until Next Time xo


  1. aw that was a cute little tidbit. the pastry looks so pretty! merry christmas :)
    xx mili

  2. That quote is lovely, and so true. Really puts things into perspective. I hope you had a lovely day and got everything you wished for.

    Lindsey. x

  3. Lovely quote.

    I hope that your Christmas was fabulous :)