Crafty fun for Elves
My Toddler Elf loves watching me work on my Christmas Toppers and baubles and enjoys making his own decorations too. He has already had lots of fun Baking Gingerbread men, making glitter Christmas trees and cutting & decorating snowflakes. Baby Elf is going to be helping with the salt dough decorations this weekend and I'm sure he will want to help decorate the Christmas Cake too.
Below are some lovely crafty ideas for you to enjoy with your little elves!
Baking Fun for Elves
Children love cookery and baking biscuits is a really easy project perfect for little Elves. We used the Hummingbirds Bakery recipe for our gingerbread men, the recipe makes quite a lot so I froze half to make a gingerbread Christmas Tree at a later date.
If you would like to use the biscuits as tree decorations you can make little holes with a straw while they are still soft from the oven. Decorate and allow the icing to dry then thread them with pretty ribbon and hang them on your tree.
A Festive Feast
The Food Makes the Occasion
The feasting begins on Christmas Eve - relatives arrive, shivering from the cold, to be greeted with mulled wine and freshly baked sausage rolls. After a little rest by the fire they enjoy a hearty soup served with home made bread and a glass of sherry then perhaps a mince pie or a slice of stollen - now the festivities can begin!
Christmas morning starts with my favourite breakfast Eggs Benedict and a pot of strong black coffee.
We enjoy a light lunch of sausage rolls, nuts, fruit and mince pies then we walk the dog and pop by the pub before the main event-
Our dinner is the usual giant feast with all the trimmings, one thing that is an absolute must have for me is the chestnut stuffing. It is so easy to prepare, just skin your favourite good quality sausages and place them in a food mixer with a pack of precooked chestnuts, add a little salt and pepper then blitz - stuffed in the turkey or rolled into balls it is simply delicious!
Sprouts, cabbage and carrots will grace the table but the space on my plate is reserved for the good stuff like parsnips, roast spuds and mashed suede, I prefer to save the other veg for Boxing Day's bubble and squeak.
Christmas Dinner ends with the ceremonial lighting of the pud and Dad's traditional poem about Christmas Day in the Work House (anybody know it?) It takes half a bottle of brandy to get the pud to light and with an Ooh and an Aww it is over in a flash, the only two people that like Christmas pudding eat a little then declare they need to lie down before they burst - such are the joys of Christmas!
Boxing Day is a lazy morning of nibbling on nuts, sweets and Christmas Cake. My dad always makes bubble and squeak with the leftover from Christmas Dinner, I have instructions for making my own this year. Apparently you don't want to over do the carrots and parsnips because it makes the squeak too sweet!
Boxing day lunch and dinner is an all day buffet of cold meats, vol-au-vents, cheeses, salads and cakes accompanied with eggnog or mulled wine - Just Perfect!!!
Puddings and all things Sweet
A yummy Christmas Classic
A delicious alternative to the traditional Christmas Pud!
Indulge in some festive fun!
Cookie mix in a jar, a perfect gift and fun for the little ones too!
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