From getting things ready in my kitchen at home, to be packed up and transported to my son Jon and daughter-in-law Jennifer's home:
to Jennifer's pristine kitchen (but not for long):
The children played outside in the first snowfall of the year while
in the kitchen the cooks sported hats homemade by Judy (fourth from the left).
(Julie, Theresa, Mary, Judy and me)
and got to work.
Daughter-in-law Jaime is laughing because someone complimented her on picking her nuts so well...(she was getting out bits of shell left in the black walnuts by my well-meaning but sight-impaired husband),
and sister Mary is happy because although she doesn't make fruitcakes she manages to get some of her Christmas baking done.
Everyone was busy making a mess...
but then we got to the best part: mixing the fruit.
Then the batter and fruit are combined and everyone makes a wish as they give three stirs...
I can't help but wonder what Jaime was wishing!
Then the batter went into the pans...