Firstly I found the list I'd made in the back of this years diary - a short list of ideas written around Christmas time last year.
Then I looked in my Christmas Book to see what I'd made in the past.
2015 = Red Wine and a home made mulled wine sachet. Home made raspberry Vinegar, A jar each of home made jam and marmalade and 2 jars of chutney plus a mini Dundee cake.
2016 = Fair Trade Drinking chocolate with mini marsh-mallows and home made chocolate spoons, two different sorts of home made marmalade, home made cranberry chutney and home made rum truffles.
2017= Strawberry Vodka, dried chili peppers, 2 different chutneys, orange and ginger marmalade, home made preserved ginger in syrup and a pack of bought chocolate/peppermint sticks
Then I searched through my recipe folder, some plastic pockets at the back hold magazine cuttings and photo copies full of ideas for presents. (Moment of sadness when I found photocopies of bird boxes that Colin might have made one day)
Next a look in the books from my kitchen shelf that might have ideas
Then I looked on-line and scribbled down a couple of recipes.
Then I made a list of what I wanted to make and after checking what dried fruit was already in the cupboard and making a shopping list, on Friday I crossed the border to shop in Diss (Norfolk!) as there is a "Grape Tree" shop there which is my favourite place for dried fruit and nuts and bought what I needed along with ingredients for my Christmas cake.
OK - better get started on the making.