Monday, December 30, 2013
So...Christmas did not end up quite as we had expected this year! I ended up with a tummy bug on Christmas Eve so spent the next day at home by myself while Chris took the kids out. I was even too sick to watch the kids open their presents which I was really sad about. Luckily no one else got it and we were able to celebrate a belated Christmas the next day.
We started some new Christmas traditions this year which meant a really lovely lead up to Christmas. It started with our Advent stick on the first day of December. Every night just before bedtime we would take it in turns to open one of the papers, light our candles and read a story from 'The light in the lantern'.
On Christmas Eve, we went outside to sprinkle our reindeer food on the driveway (packets of oats with some glitter mixed in) and we put some food out for Santa under the Christmas tree - he got some chocolates and milk this year. The kids loved running around to sprinkle the reindeer food.
The kids were so excited to wake up on Christmas morning and find that Santa had left presents for them under the tree. Jacob was so excited to have his own set of vintage Thomas the Tank Engine books! Esme and Gideon were just excited about everything.
The most exciting thing of all was that Santa brought them a cubby. He left it on the driveway in pieces so when they went out to check if their reindeer food had been eaten they discovered it. They were literally screaming in excitement. In the lead up to Christmas Jacob had been talking about wanting Santa to bring a cubby with a red slide (we hadn't said anything to the kids about what they might be getting for Christmas). Funnily enough, that's exactly what he brought ;) Stay tuned for more photos of the cubby house being put up!
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
|Day 1: Beeswax candle in holder and verse about the first week of Advent|
|Day 2: Shells|
|Day 3: Chalk|
|Day 4: Painted stones|
|Day 5:Beaded Christmas ornament|
|Day 6: Bath crystals|
|Day 7: Glass stones|
|Day 8: Beeswax candle in holder and verse about the second week of Advent|
|Day 9: Gumnut Christmas Ornament|
|Day 10 : Seeds|
|Day 11: Handstitched Holly decoration|
|Day 12: Dried Rose petals|
|Day 13: Felted acorn gnome|
|Day 14: Bulbs|
|Day 15: Beeswax candle in holder and verse about the third week of Advent|
|Day 16: Finger knitted snail|
|Day 17: Feather|
|Day 18: Origami Crane|
|Day 19: Sea shell turtle|
|Day 20: Coral|
|Day 21: Hand stitched dove|
|Day 22: Beeswax candle in holder and verse about fourth week of Advent|
|Day 23:Silk Angel|
|Day 24: A verse I wrote for the kids|
The kids had a lovely time taking it in turns to open each parcel. I'm looking forward to creating another one for them next year!
Monday, December 2, 2013
I have resolved to start a new tradition of making a new Christmas Ornament each year for our tree. I love the idea of making something special each year and hope that in years to come I will be able to look back and see all these special things I made.
This year's ornament is a peace dove made from this pattern. It looks relatively simple but a lot of time and love went in to making it! I'm planning on making some more to gift in different colours.
Sunday, December 1, 2013
Dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free, sugar-free
I've seen photos of these strawberry Santas going around a lot lately. They look really great. The only problem is that the ones I've seen are made with whipped cream and Jacob can't have dairy. So we came up with our own solution - cashew nut cream! I've posted my recipe for cashew nut cream before. It makes a great filling for strawberry Santas. You will need to add slightly less coconut milk to this recipe though to make these. The cashew nut cream needs to be a pipe-able consistency otherwise they will just collapse.
2 quantities cashew nut cream (with slightly less coconut milk)
a handful of black chia seeds
Slice off the leafy end of the strawberry so the strawberries sit flat.
Then slice off the tip to make a hat.
Put your cashew nut cream into a piping bag and pipe swirls on the top of the strawberry base. Replace hat.
Add a dollop of cashew nut cream to the top of the hat and down the Santa's front.
Add two chia seeds to each Santa for eyes (we actually used flaxseeds as we didn't have black chia seeds!)