Festive ideas to get you in the mood

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Wreath making
We love making wreaths all year round, so this is really another chance! Forage or buy your different greenery from your local market.

Supplies
Choice of greenery (mistletoe, fir, pine, eucalyptus, soft ruscus, berry vines)
Hanging ring or thick wire to create a steady circle in the size of your choice
Thin copper wire
Scissors

Method
Get your hanging ring or create a steady on with your thick wire. Cut your greenery or branches in lengths of about 20 cm. Start by laying the first piece of greenery where you would like it to sit and secure it with copper wire (cut in pieces of 3-4 mm). Once the main greenery is all placed, you can start adding smaller pieces of greenery, pinecones or mistletoe to decorate it. Find its place and hang.

 

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Gingerbread cookies
We tried this recipe for our first gingerbread cookies and it turned out delicious. If only I had a thinner piping bag to make more detailed decorations!

Recipe adapted from Madame Ginger – only, we replaced molasses with honey.

Ingredients for Cookies
250 gr. all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground clove
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
120 gr. butter, room temperature
70 gr. dark brown sugar
110 gr. honey
1 egg

Ingredients for Royal Icing
150 gr. caster sugar
1 vanilla
2 -2,5 tablespoon fresh milk

Method
1. Combine flour, spices, baking soda and salt in a bowl and whisk together.

2. In the bowl of your mixer beat butter with sugar, until fluffy. Add honey and egg and beat for around 2-3 minutes.

3. Add dry ingredients and beat at medium speed for around 5-6 minutes, until fully incorporated.

4. Scrape dough from bowl ans wrap tightly with plastic wrap. Place into fridge for at least 2 hours.

5. Divide dough into 2 halves and place 1 half into fridge again. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and preheat to 175oC.

6. Roll out dough on a floured surface to 2-3 millimetres thickness. Cut out your shapes and transfer to the baking sheet. Τransfer baking sheet to the fridge and allow to sit for 20 minutes before baking.

7. Place them in the oven directly from fridge and bake for around 15 minutes or until the edges of the biscuits begin to darken.

8. In a small bowl, whisk all Royal Icing ingredients together with a fork, until it becomes thick and stays on the fork. Transfer to a piping bag and decorate your cookies. Let icing dry completely.

Serve and enjoy!

 

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Winter scent
Make your house smell all wintery with this easy homemade Christmas scent.

Ingredients
You can add anything you like: tangerines, cranberries, orange slices, cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, vanilla bean, fresh pine, pinecones, rosemary.

Method
Fill a medium pot with water, almost  3/4 full and add your ingredients. Place the pot on the stove and simmer, adding more water as needed.

 

Cozy up and enjoy xx

 

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