It’s a Paddington Bear kind of weekend

making marmalade a paddington bear day2This weekend could not be more perfect for marmalade making. Its blowing a hooley outside, or hoolie if you prefer, and I am in need of bright colours. In a big way!

seville oranges ready for marmalade makingWe love marmalade. January is the time, in our house, to make our homemade version (recipe here). I smile every time I open my recipe book. The first time I used this recipe, I was shocked by the amount of sugar it uses. Written beside the recipe, I have added “This recipe uses A LOT of sugar”.

It does. Surprises me each time. Although if I divided the resulting marmalade by the number of pieces of toast it will be spread on, maybe it’s not so bad. Compared to other sweet treats. Please don’t tell me different.

making marmaladeThe children will help. Sadly it will not provide them with the vitamin C dose that suits a bear, but they still love it. We’ll make it a Paddington Bear Marmalade weekend. We’ll read a Paddington Bear book, make marmalade and watch the film on DVD.

making marmalade a paddington bear dayOf course, I’ll have to find the book first. I know I saw it in one the children’s bookcases. And I’ll do some knitting like Aunt Lucy. Not sure what she knits, but I’ll be making socks.

Here’s wishing you all a wonderful and colourful weekend.

seville marmalade oranges 3

(photo from previous year’s production)

8 thoughts on “It’s a Paddington Bear kind of weekend

  • Saturday 30 January, 2016 at 9:46 am

    Sounds like fun! I have never made Marmalade can’t stand the stuff………

    • Saturday 30 January, 2016 at 9:33 pm

      More for me!!!

  • Saturday 30 January, 2016 at 8:44 pm

    Mmmm marmalade. But I did think when you said it was a Paddington Bear weekend that there had been some kind of calamity. Marmalade making, knitting and film watching sound much more fun.

    • Saturday 30 January, 2016 at 9:44 pm

      Funnily enough we did have a “water pouring through the ceiling from the bathroom” a few weeks ago. Fortunately it was the bath and nothing else. I think I’ll stick to making marmalade.

  • Sunday 31 January, 2016 at 10:04 pm

    I can imagine the smell of the citrus …yummy
    and we love Paddington ….have a good weekend :o)

    • Monday 1 February, 2016 at 12:37 am

      The kitchen does smell good. Several pots of marmalade cooling on the table. A good weekend indeed. 🙂

  • Wednesday 3 February, 2016 at 3:27 pm

    This is perfect… my parents had a citrus hedge, so growing up – winters were all about marmalade. Love it!!!

    • Thursday 4 February, 2016 at 11:03 am

      Goodness! To have one citrus tree in the garden would be amazing, but a whole hedge! I could only dream.

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