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Homemade Christmas Pudding – Y U M M Y !

We’re a little late with our Christmas pudding making this year but there’s still enough time to let it mature and taste extra scrummy.

We absolutely suggest making your own too. I am definitely a Christmas pudding convert in the last 10 years. Homemade is most definitely the way to Christmas pudding perfection. It’s also a family tradition to get together, make the pudding and each have a stir and make a wish.

If you fancy a try, here’s our recipe (tried, tested and very, very yummy!). It’s enough for a large pudding for 8.

Ingredients (excuse the ounces, my grandmother doesn’t do grams):

  • 8oz Moist Brown Sugar
  • 8oz Sultanas
  • 8oz Raisins
  • 8oz Currants
  • 4oz Candied Peel (personally, I can’t abide the stuff so Continue reading
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Christmas Craft Fun – Christmas Lanterns

christmas paper lanternsI imagine you think we must have reached the end of our Christmas papercraft inspiration, fear not, it’s only just beginning! Today’s fun was creating Christmas lanterns to hang up anjd decorate your home this Christmas.

String them in a line and hang across your hallway to welcome visitors or in the windows to share the beauty with the outside world.

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Christmas Craft Fun – Nativity Pegs & Spoons

wooden peg and spoon nativityWhat a fabulous way to spend a late November afternoon. As you will have realised by now, we are counting down the days to advent to count down the days to Christmas. Almost every craft, drawing and painting game we play is Christmas related but today was extra special fun.

We performed our own little nativity play – twice –

What you need:

  • Spoons
  • Pegs
  • Craft bits and bobs – buttons, wool, paper, felt, straws and more
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • A captive audience

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Paint Your Own Snowman Fun

paint your own snowman nesting dollWinter is almost here. We had our first proper frost this morning – our car appreciated it so little that it decided not to work without mechanical assistance!

With a bit of a white frosting across the grass we decided it would be a great time to flaunt one of our lovely winter products. Our little paint your own snowman gift set promises to be a good hour or two of winter craft fun. All our nesting doll gifts are very popular and we love this winter version. It comes with it’s own paint brush, paints and goggly eyes. The nesting dolls are all marked up with face, scarf and buttons, all you need to do is add a child with a brush.

Visit our snowman nesting doll gift set page for more information on creating a Christmas decoration that will last for many Christmases to come.

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Christmas Craft Fun – Snowflakes

craft snowflakesOur plan over the coming weeks is to remind you of the fun crafty things you used to do as a child so you can share the fun with your children.

Christmas is such an exciting time of the year for children. I have given our home over to children’s craft for the next month or so. We already have Christmas pictures on the walls and snowflakes on the windows. In a few weeks I think we’ll have a full grotto.

Do you remember folding paper, cutting shapes and creating snowflakes? There’s something really exciting about opening up the paper once it’s all cut up to see what shape the snowflake will be. I promise, it’s just as much fun now – give it a try!

What you need – easy:
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Christmas Inspiration Afternoon Out

We were at a loose end today so went on a little trip to a couple of local garden centres to have a look at their Christmas decorations and gifts. We’re really starting to feel that Christmas spirit creeping in so looking around the Christmas gifts, lights, decorations, and displays is a lot of fun and gets the Christmas craft ideas flowing.

We had a look around the displays first to get us well into the Christmas mood. We discussed what it would be like to live in the model Christmas village, we all agreed it would be pretty special.

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Then we looked at decorations and decided which we might like to have one day (I emphasise the “one day” as Continue reading

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Homemade Christmas Gifts – Chocolate Snowball Truffles

Children love a day of making and baking, so why not make this Christmas more personal with some of our great Christmas craft gift ideas.  Everyone will appreciate a handmade gift, cooked and decorated by your youngsters. We’ve even created our very own Dylan and Grace gift tags which you can download and attach to your finished gift.chidrens homemade chocolate truffles gift

This week’s homemade gift idea is for chocolatey snowball truffles – who doesn’t like chocolate!

Ingredients

  • 200ml double cream
  • 200g 70% cocoa solid chocolate
  • 200g desiccated coconut

Method

  1. Pour the cream into a saucepan and bring to the boil. Continue reading
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Christmas already? It keeps the children amused…

Christmas Treasure TrailSo it may be that Christmas is not yet fully upon us but if you’re looking at ways to keep your children entertained for a little while, mention the word Christmas.

If that’s not enough to give them inspiration for a few hours fun, here’s what my 5 year old took it upon herself to do…

After about half an hour sat at the table with colouring pen’s, paper, scissors, blue tack and a good imagination, she called upon us to her Christmas treasure hunt.

We went to the living room to be greeted with a sign on the door and a trail of coins leading to the fireplace. She then presented us with a clue on a piece of paper (I can’t remember that clue now but I promise it made little sense!). We then had to hunt around the room for snowballs, presents and Christmas trees that had been blue tacked all over the room.

It was actually quite good fun and our 2 year old thoroughly enjoyed it. Our 5 year old also was very proud of herself!

In fact it was such good fun we had to do it again..and again….and again…….and again…………

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