Candy cane sprinkles

Not sure what to do with left over candy canes. Why not grind them in a food processor and make some candy cane sprinkles. You could grind them up as fine or as coarse as you like and use them as topping for your hot chocolate, ice-cream, cookies or brownies.

Store in an air tight container in a cool dark cupboard.

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Butter tarts

My husband loves butter tarts. I make this for him each year at Christmas as part of my present to him. These butter tarts freeze really well. My husband usually takes out a couple each day to eat for dessert during the Christmas season.

By using tart shells from the store, preparation time for the butter tarts is less than 10 minutes. I like to fill my tarts almost to the brim, so that you have a really full tart. I can make 17 full tarts using the measurements below.

Recipe:

Ing:

17 tart shells

2 eggs

4 tbsp melted butter

1 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 tablespoon vanilla essence

1 cup + 2 tbpsn raisins

 

Method:

1. Preheat  oven to 400 F

2. Mix all the ingredients except for the butter and eggs.

3. Melt butter and add it to the other ingredients.

4. Beat the two eggs.  Add to the rest of the ingredients.

5. Mix well with a fork.

6. Spoon into the tart shells. Filling each tart shell almost to the brim.

7. Bake for 10 minutes at 400 F. Reduce heat to 350 and bake for 18 -20 minutes, until tarts are golden brown.

8. Enjoy!

 

Christmas ornament from a recycled Christmas card

I learnt this wonderful craft from a Martha Stewart episode.  It is another great way of recycling a pretty Christmas card.

Things you need- a Christmas card,  2 brass fasteners and a short piece of thread or ribbon

1. Cut the card horizontally into 1/2 inch strips. You need to have about 15 strips. More, if you want to have a fuller ornament.

2. Lay the strips on top of each other.   At each end, punch a hole, with a small hole punch.

3. Push a fastener in at each end.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Next,  spread each strip, to make it form a ball.

5. Tie the thread or ribbon, at the top of the ornament.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. To store the ornament, push the layers together so that they take up less space.

December baking-Fudge

I absolutely LOVE fudge. That is why I only make it in December, otherwise I would be constantly eating it.

This recipe is easy and can be made in under 10 minutes. The results are divine. I make triple batches in December, as they make great gifts for the children’s after-care leaders and friends at work.

This fudge also freezers well and can be made in advance. In addition to this, for the price of one slice of fudge in the store, you can make a whole batch.

Recipe:

Ingredients:

12 ounce semisweet chocolate chips

1 cup butterscotch chips

14 ounce (300 ml) can condensed milk

1/2 cup of Smarties (8-10 for garnish)

Method:

1. If you do not have a tray with a removable bottom, line your tray with foil/ parchment paper. Have the paper hang over the sides of the tray, so that you can pull the fudge out easily. The size of your pan, will depend on how thick you want your fudge to be. I find that a 8×6 inch pan is good for one batch.

2. Spray paper in the pan with vegetable spray/ grease with butter.

3. Into a pot add condensed milk, chocolate chips and butterscotch chips. Melt over medium heat. It takes about five minutes for it to melt.

4. When the chips have melted, add the smarties and mix.

5. Pour the melted mixture in your pan and let it set. After a few minutes, score your fudge, where you want to cut it and place the smarties on top for garnish.

6. Enjoy the fruits of your labour. (Personally, I enjoy licking the pot. It tides me over until the fudge is set)

Eating fudge certainly makes my life happy.

Recycled Craft- Mitten garland

I had these wooden shaped mitten that I picked up from a garage sale a few years ago, but faced a creative roadblock on how to decorate it.
I finally had a great idea- and it involved recycling Christmas cards.
 
 
 
My daughter and I painted the sides of the wooden mitten with white craft paint. Then I traced the shape of the mitten on the inside of the cards and cut the shapes out. One piece for the front and another for the back.
 
Using some tacky glue, I stuck on the cards to the front side of the mitten. Once dry, I used some string to make a loop and stuck it on to the back of the mitten with more tacky glue. I covered the back of the mitten with the other piece of cardstock.
 
Using some left over ribbon that I had, I tied it to the tops of the mitten.
 
Now I have a pretty mitten garland on my laundry room door, as part of my Christmas decoration. This is truly a recycled project.
 
If you do not have wooden mitten, you could use other wooden shaped decorations that you can get from a craft  or thrift store.
 
This project could work without the wooden pieces as well. You could just cut out shapes from the recycled cards and use it to make a garland.

Crafts- Christmas card

I love everything about Christmas. It is a great time to connect with family and friends. I have family members and dear friends that are in different countries (who are unfortunately not on Facebook), and I am often not very good at keep touch during the year. Sending a Christmas card, is my way of connecting and letting them know that I have been thinking about them.

This year, I incorporated pictures into my card using Photoshop.

My 2011 Christmas Card

If you want the photoshop file, let me know if the comments and I will send it to you.

Hope you have a wonderful time over the holidays connecting with those you love.

SKF2011