Thursday, November 03, 2005

Christmas Ideas

Check out How to make Gingerbread Houses. This would make a great project to do with your kids or for your self.

Gift Mixes ~ Creative Gifts for Sharing - Not sure what to give for Christmas. Why not make up some gift mixes. This web site has tons of ideas.

Christmas Dough Art (Microwave)

4 c All-purpose flour
1 c Salt
1 1/2 c Hot water*

*Instant coffee added to water gives dough "browned" color.
Knead dough 6 - 8 minutes. Roll out dough and cut with cookie cutters into desired shapes. Place on wax paper on glass tray; with a toothpick, make several holes in each piece to let air escape, then microwave on high for about 2 minutes. Time will vary according to size of "cookies."

When baked, allow to cool before decorating.

Holiday Spice Potpourrie

4 Oranges
4 Lemons
1/2 c Whole cloves
1/2 c Whole allspice
10 Cinnamon Sticks, broken
10 Bay leaves, crumbled
8 oz Decorated jelly jars with -bands & lids
Using a vegetable peeler, peel fruit carefully, removing only the peel, not any of the white pith. Cut or tear into one inch pieces.

Spread peel on paper towel lined pan.

Place in preheated oven to 175, or set oven to WARM.

Dry in oven for 1 1/2 hours, tossing occasionally. Peels should be leathery and/or slightly crunchy.

Spread peels on dry paper towels and let air dry for 24 hours.

Combine with remaining ingredients.

Fill jars with mixture, place lids on and screw bands on tightly.

Yield: 3 or 4 half pint jars.

To use: remove lid and leave band on for decoration to fragrance a room. OR put one Tblsp into a jar and fill jar with boiling water to release fragrance.

Christmas Cinnamon Ornaments

1 c Applesauce, drained
1 c Cinnamon
1 oz Cloves, ground
1 oz Nnutmeg, ground
1 oz Ginger, ground
Cinnamon for dusting the cutting board
Combine ingredients to make a stiff dough. Roll out on board dusted with ground cinnamon.

Cut with cookie cutters of your choice.

Put hole in top for string. Lay out flat to dry.

Turn over every 12 hours until completely dry.

Christmas Scent

3 Cinnamon Sticks -- 4"
2 Bay Leaves
1/4 c Whole Cloves
1/2 Lemon -- Cut In 2 Pieces
1/2 Orange -- Cut In 2 Pieces
1 qt Water

Combine all ingredients in a kettle or saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for as long as desired.

Check water level frequently and add more as needed. Mixture may be stored in refrigerator and re-used.


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