All posts tagged: Christmas

Lighting up the Christmas Spirit

Here is my “little” (well it started out as a little idea) DIY Christmas project. To beginn with I thought that I would use 1 or two pallets (and ended up enjoying the sawing so much that I did four). I was very pleased with the result and decided to see what it would look like if I painted one (BIG mistake!!!). It worked out so well that I ended up painting the whole lot (half way through I did start to question the whole idea). But it was well worth it… The Wood Work The Painting The Result If you want to give it a go all you need is: -a couple of pallets -a jigsaw -a drill -a tin of paint -some Christmas lights (and some patience) Have fun!

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…  

Merry Christmas

Christmas is here and here’s a one of my favorites … cinnamon stars. The Ingredients 3 egg whites 1 pinch of salt 200g icing sugar 1 tbsp cinnamon 1 tbsp lemon juice 350g finely ground almonds Beat the egg whites and salt. Gently sieve the icing sugar into the egg whites until shiny.Take a third of the egg white mixture out of the bowl and save for the icing. Add the cinnamon, lemon juice and almonds. Mix until it turns into a dough.Roll out to about 1 cm thick and start cutting out the stars. Now use the leftover icing sugar to decorate the stars. Leave for a couple of hours then put in the middle of the preheated oven (250°C) with the door slightly open for three minutes. With all the preparations done, all that’s left, is to wish you all a very Merry Christmas, Your Tammy Twinkle

“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!

Christmas Tree

The kids holidays have just started, Christmas is just around the corner. So this Weekend it was time to go to our local farmer to buy our Christmas tree… …so many trees in all kinds of sizes from sweet little ones to gigantic monster ones. (I’ll give you three guesses which type they choose)… …happy with their purchase they made their way home taking turns pulling the cart, to a hot chocolate and some Christmas biscuits.

Chocolate Chunks

A really easy present for your neighbors or as a guest present. It takes no time at all. And who can resist chocolate? Melt the chocolate in a bowl over or in water. When all the chunks have dissolved.Pour the chocolate in a tin and decorate with different flavors. Leave in the fridge for about 2 hours to set. (If your children are like mine, you’ll have to keep a close eye on your fridge because other wise you’ll end up with little fingers dipping into the trays). Now all you need to do is put the chunks or shards into sachets. Tie them up with ribbon and a label And there you have it, a present that no one I know can resist…

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!