Monday, 14 September 2015

Christmas crafts for 2015 - My new advent calendar

My mom wanted the advent calendar I had made a few years back, so I decided I needed a new one.  I wanted one where I would have space to put stuff in.  So after looking at Pinterest I settled for 24 Christmas pouches.  For this year I'll put them in a basket.  I also put small key tags for this year.

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Christmas in July 2015 day 25 / Noël en juillet 2015 jour 25

CIJ day 25 / jour 25
Christmas Enjoy jar.  I would include a throw, a Christmas cd or a Christmas movie, holiday flavored tea or coffee, an ornament, Christmas scented candles, Christmas themed socks, snowman soup (hot cocoa), christmas mug, reindeer dust, a letter from Santa, Santa key, an Elf, mini-usb lightbulbs to put around the computer screen (but some at target last Chrismas for 5$) etc….

Friday, 24 July 2015

Christmas in July 2015 day 24 / Noël en juillet 2015 jour 24

CIJ day 24 / jour 24

Hot Fudge Sauce

Yield: A heaping 2 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes


2/3 cup heavy cream
½ cup Lyle's Golden Syrup, or light corn syrup
1/3 cup dark brown sugar
¼ cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder
¼ teaspoon sea salt
6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped, divided in half
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


1. In a 2-quart saucepan over medium-high heat, bring the cream, syrup, brown sugar, cocoa powder, salt and half of the chocolate to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low or low (enough to maintain a low simmer), and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

2. Remove from the heat and stir in the remaining chocolate, the butter, and the vanilla extract, stirring until smooth. Let cool for 20 to 30 minutes before using (it will thicken as it cools). Store in a jar or airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. To reheat, microwave for 30 seconds to 1 minute until it's pourable but still thick.

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Christmas in July 2015 day 23 / Noël en juillet 2015 jour 23

CIJ day 23 / jour 23
Homemade (crockpot) apple butter
Slow Cooker Apple Butter
Yield: 4 pints
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 12 hours

6 1/2 pounds apples - peeled, cored and sliced
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1. Place the apples in a slow cooker. In a medium bowl, combine sugars, cinnamon, nutmeg cloves and salt. Pour the mixture over the apples and mix well.
2. Cook in slow cooker on low for about 10 hours, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is thickened and dark brown.
3. Uncover, stir in vanilla and continue cooking uncovered on low for about 2 hours.
4. Use an immersion blender to puree the apple butter until smooth.
5. Spoon the mixture into sterile containers, cover and refrigerate for up to two weeks or freeze.
6. Serve on breads, muffins, pork chops or just eat it with a spoon.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Christmas in July 2015 day 22 / Noël en juillet 2015 jour 22

CIJ day 22 / jour 22
Christmas activity jar.  Write down ideas on a piece of paper and choose a paper when you want to have some Christmas fun.
·         Make a Gingerbread house
·         Make Christmas cards
·         Bake cookies
·         Decorate the Christmas tree
·         Make ornaments
·         Drink cocoa
·         Watch a Christmas movie
·         Sing Christmas songs
·         Donate Toys for tots
·         Take a ride to look at Christmas lights
·         Make salt-dough ornaments
·         Visit Santa
·         Make popcorn and cranberry garland
·         Write a letter to Santa
·         Go on a sleigh ride
·         Eat candy canes
·         Go to a holiday parade
·         Make orange and clove pomanders
·         Make hot chocolate balls ( )
·         Make paper snowflakes
·         Dry orange slices
·         Read a Christmas story
·         Make snow ice cream
·         Camp out under the Christmas tree
·         Host a cookie swap
·         Eat a Christmas meal with friends and family


Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Monday, 20 July 2015

Christmas in July 2015 day 20 / Noël en juillet 2015 jour 20

CIJ day 20 / jour 20

1 Cup Instant Tea (unsweetened)
2 Cups Tang
1 Cup Lemonade Mix (Countrytime, etc)
1/2 tsp Ground Cloves
1 tsp Ground Cinnamon

Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl or large sealing bag; mix well.
Serve 2 TBS mix in a mug of hot water.

Instant Vanilla Chai Mix (Source : )
1½ cups instant unsweetened tea powder (I use Nestea.)
2 cups granulated white sugar
1 cup non-fat instant dry milk powder
1 cup plain non-dairy creamer powder
1 cup French vanilla or vanilla non-dairy creamer powder
1 tablespoon ground ginger
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
½ teaspoon ground black pepper (This is optional, but makes the chai spicier.)
¼ teaspoon grated nutmeg
⅛ teaspoon ground cloves

Add all of the ingredients to a large mixing bowl and whisk until evenly combined. Process 1 cup at a time in pulses in a blender or food processor until it is a fine powdery consistency much like powdered sugar. Wait until the dust in the blender or processor dies down before removing the lid, then spoon into airtight containers for storage. Repeat until all of the mixture has been finely powdered.
Tightly covered, this mix is good for 6 months to a year, stirring every so often to prevent clumping.

For Gift Giving:
Divide the powdered mix between small 4 or 8 ounce jars. Label jars with instructions on how to prepare the chai.