Thursday, 24 December 2015

Christmas Wishes

This is the final parcel for Christmas 2015.  The tree is finally completely decorated, all the wreaths are hung and the food is ready for our tiny feast for two (plus one furry little black cat).

There really isn't anything left to do except enjoy the day and wish you all a very Merry Christmas! 

P.S.  There is still time to knit one of these woolly flower parcel toppers for a special present.  CLICK HERE for the instructions.

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Christmas Tree Cookies - No Piping Required

Do you have bored children at home for their Christmas holidays?  Martha Stewart may have just the project you need to keep them busy AND help with the holiday baking.  

Just make up your favourite batch of sugar cookie dough, divide the dough into smaller bowls and add food colouring.   I used Mom's old fashioned sugar cookie recipe.

CLICK HERE to see Martha's fun HOW TO video.

Thursday, 17 December 2015

More Woodland Creatures on the Tree

Decorating the house for Christmas is an on going project which doesn't really ever stop until the very last day of the holiday season.  Everywhere I go I find something new to add to the tree or an adorable ornament that I simply MUST have. 

This year we have collected new birds and deer to add to our woodland themed tree.

I think this one is supposed to be a partridge. 

Deer have become a bit of an obsession for me this season.  I found this little chap at the supermarket!

On a historical note, the White Hart was the badge of King Richard II in the 14th century.

Not all of the ornaments are new or as elegant as the White Hart.  This slightly mad looking owl has graced many a Christmas tree in our house.  That's one of the best things about Christmas, mixing the old and the new. 

Monday, 14 December 2015

Sparkly Heart Parcels

Today the Christmas parcel wrapping continues.  I love the act of wrapping packages but some people find it a chore and frankly, a little stress inducing. I like to wrap the gifts as soon as I can, usually the same day as I purchase them.  I find it much more pleasant to wrap and decorate one or two boxes at a time rather than facing an intimidating present mountain.

Now I don't want to ruin the surprise, but I think one of the parcels I wrapped today may actually be for me! 

I'll just have to wait until Christmas morning to see if my package is wrapped in brown paper with a sparkly heart.

Sunday, 13 December 2015

Brown Paper, Garden Twine, and Glitter Trees

Now that the tree and decorations are in place it is time to start buying and wrapping a few gifts.  I like to wrap our parcels in a similar style and colour to our ornaments.  This year, we've gone for a woodland theme so what could be better than simple homemade Christmas tree tags and brown wrapping paper?

My little Christmas trees are made of left over ceramic clay, cut out using a cookie cutter, and painted with acrylic craft paint.  You could make them from salt dough or even recycled cardboard.  I think they would be a great project for children.  

You can make them as fancy or simple as you like.  Best of all, a light dusting of glitter will hide a multitude of sins and add a bit of sparkle to your parcels.

A bow of garden twine completes the rustic, woodland look.  After the present is opened, you have another ornament to add to your Christmas tree. Brown paper packages tied up with string really are one of my favourite things...especially at Christmas. 

Friday, 11 December 2015

Snow Ice Cream

There are certain memories that define childhood, things that you never forget and always make you smile when you think of them.  For me it was those deep, pristine snowfalls that used to come, almost on cue, just before Christmas.  My Mom would always get as excited as we children when it snowed.  She loved it, too.  She would wade out into the middle of a snow drift with a big mixing bowl, collect a small mountain of snow and proceed to make Snow Ice Cream.  

There is no hanging about with Snow Ice Cream.  You have to eat it as quickly as you can.  Brain freeze is guaranteed.  Mom only had one rule, you couldn't make Snow Ice Cream until the second snow fall.  Apparently the first snow of the season was radio active or something!  

Here's the recipe:

4 cups fresh snow
1 cup very cold milk
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Before you collect your snow, mix the milk, sugar, and vanilla in a large jug. Stir well to make sure the sugar is dissolved.  

Pour the milk mixture over the snow, gently mix as quickly as you can to avoid making snow slush.  EAT!  

I would show you what Snow Ice Cream looks like, but I am still waiting for the first snowfall.  

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Bears and Bambies

I am afraid I have been negligent in my blogging responsibilities but you know how it is this time of year.  Christmas preparations make all of us time poor and chore heavy. 

Not that I am complaining, I love Christmas, especially the tree decorating and cookie baking.

As you can see, we've been shopping for a few new ornaments. The house is being decorated in a woodland theme this year.

The inspiration came from the little foxes, bears, and 'Bambies' we saw in our favourite Christmas shop.

Which lead to us purchasing several stags in three different sizes.  

Some of the larger ones are decorating the hall table.

While the smaller ones stand guard on the Welsh dresser.  Practically every room contains a Christmas tree or special ornament and I am still on the look out for more bears and Bambies.  Maybe I'll go 'hunting' again this afternoon.