All posts tagged: Advent

Advent Wreath

With the beginning of the Christmas count down today, it is definitely time for me to make my Advent Wreath. (Especially as the day after tomorrow is the first Sunday of Advent) So here goes for a quick and easy DIY job… Materials 4 candles 4 candle holders a straw wreath pine branches wire string labels pine cones (any decoration material you like) Cover the straw wreath with pine branches and bind them on with the wire. Place the candle holders with the candles at 12/3/6 and 9 o’clock. wrap wire around your decorations and stick them into the wreath. Bind the string around the candles and tie the labels on. …now that’s done I can relax and wait until Sunday to light the first candle…  

“Grittibänz Zit”

“Grittibänz Zit”? It’s Swiss for “Grittibänz” time. “Grittibänz” is a Swiss advents tradition. It’s a man (or in our case a lady as well) made of sweet bread dough that we bake around the day of St. Niklas (“Samichaus”) on the 6th of December. If your too busy and living here you can just pop down to your local bakery and buy one. But for all of you, that don’t live in Switzerland, and want to give it a go… The Ingredients 500g flour 15g yeast 1tsp salt 60g butter 1tbsp sugar 3dl milk Decorations cranberries raisins almond slivers coarse sugar 1 egg Mix the ingredients to a dough and leave to rise. After it has risen. Preheat the oven at 200°C. Form the dough to a sausages. Shape the neck by squeezing slightly the top quarter of the sausage. Make cuts for the arms and legs and decorate with raisins, cranberries, almonds and leftover dough. Brush with egg wash and bake for 20-25 minutes. As you can see, there are no end of possibilities to …

Getting in the Spirit

It’s the first Sunday of Advent. Our reef is ready to be lit. So to get a little christmassy, I decided to bake some gingerbread men. I love it when the house smells of Christmas spices and baking with the little ones is always fun, if maybe a little bit messy. The Ingredients 500g flour 1tsp baking powder 1tsp salt 2tsp ginger 2tsp cinnamon 1tsp nutmeg 1tsp cloves 200g butter 200g sugar 250g honey or maple sirup 2 eggs Preheat the oven at 200°C. Mix all the ingredients together, if the dough becomes to sticky add a little more flour. Roll it out to a 7mm thickness on a lightly floured surface. Use cutter to cut out the gingerbread men shapes and place on the baking tray, leaving a gap between them. Bake for 10-15 minutes. I hope you enjoy Advent!

Advent Nights – Advent Lights

Last night it was our turn to light up our “Adventsfenster”. It’s a Swiss tradition. Each neighborhood has 24  advent “windows”.  An advent window is a christmasy themed installation that can be seen from the street. As advent progresses, more and more of the “windows” come to light. Of course it’s also a great reason for an outdoor party! I started at the beginning of November with the planing and executing… …and like with a lot of my projects it ended up taking me a little longer than expected (I was touching it up just hours before our guests arrived). Party time!    

Christmas Calendar

I’m cutting it a bit fine this year, I’ve just managed to finish the kiddies Christmas Calendar in time (as they’re supposed to open the first surprise tomorrow). I’m not sure what took me so long because I had the idea a while back and I had all the bits and bobs at home too. But I suppose I work best under pressure (well at least that’s what I keep telling myself). Here’s what I’ve done… …the making… The result…  

Advent Wreath

This year I decided to make my own advent wreath. Using a ready made straw wreath, fir tree branches, wire and decorations. It started off okay… …but when I had gone all the way round and thought I was finished, I noticed some “bald” bits. So with the help of quite a lot of wire and more branches I started a repair job. For a first try I’m quite pleased with the result.