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Thursday, 10 December 2009

this week..


As well as decorating the Christmas tree...more on that another day, watching Kirsties Handmade Christmas...more on that another day and wrapping up some pressies...more on that another day too, we have been opening our advent calendars and looking forward to our daily instruction card.
I have to say out of all the ideas I come up with this has to have been the best...and when I say I came up with it, I'm sure you understand I don't mean I invented it lol!! I just introduced it to our home....
Apart from a blip last friday where I had written that today we could tidy the toybox ready for Father Christmas, C has been very enthusiastic. It is also making me do something with him everyday..I find it too easy to leave them to play by themselves whilst I cook tea etc etc...but with these activities we have to interact at the kitchen worktop or dining table.

Tuesday saw us making Christmas biscuits using a Nigella recipe. (gold dust cookies from the Nigella's Christmas book)
It was a really good recipe, I shall be making up another batch of dough to make biscuits for the tree as they are a good sturdy biscuit once cooked. (I did add an extra teaspoon of ground ginger and a teaspoon of mixed spice for extra flavour...)
The recipe has an egg in so R cannot partake..if anyone has a gingerbread biscuit recipe that does not need egg please give me a shout!!
Like the card making I let him go freestyle...I just oversaw the flour sprinkling ;)

Wednesday was making a snowman decoration - so easy and earned me tons of fab mummy points!!! C even got unlimited access to my button box... and the ribbon scraps too and made 2 lovely little snowmen that are hanging in the hallway...
Today we collected pinecones ready to make decorations next week - well I collected them in the park over the road while C scooted around, and also having given up on the sad pansies I neglected and failed to plant out, we had a visit to the garden centre and bought some more plants..primroses this time and they were planted as soon as we got back so I couldn't waste more plants!!

The postie turned up whilst I was mid planting and brought me a beautifully wrapped parcel from Pat. We were partnered for the Homemade Christmas Swap. It didn't stay wrapped up under my tree for long.....so I'll be back soon to showcase Pat's talents!! x

9 comments:

Florence and Mary said...

I love your idea to have little instructions for advent!

Must dash... Kirstie's just started!

Victoria xx

made with love said...

I was just coming to say the same thing. It is so easy to leave the children while they are playing. sometimes I feel like I have only involved myself to nag or referee. What a great idea. i am going to pinch that one next year. Thanks again for my lovely parcel. You are an inspiration.
Rachael XX

TheMadHouse said...

We are really are enjoying the advent tasks too

Sarah said...

Ooh I have an egg free recipe Claire and it's really easy too. I will get back to you when I get a few mins spare. Prob later today.

Goosey said...

I love the idea of hanging biscuits on the Christmas tree but don't they go soft? Can you still eat them or are they decoration only? Yours are very pretty and I have Nigella's book so may have a go too!

VintageVicki said...

You've made some brilliant things with your little ones - I want to come and join in :)

Sarah said...

You have been busy! I love the snowmen, such a great idea.
x

LissyLou said...

I've done that for the kids this year - it's such a lovely thing to do xx

Itch2stitch.com said...

I have been watching Kirstie's handmade christmas too! I love watching anything like that! suzie. xxx