Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Almost A Recipe

A couple of days ago my blogging friend Mel asked me if I had any more Christmas recipes to share. So, I had a bit of a think and I came up with this one. It's a recipe, certainly, but what you end up with isn't for eating. It doesn't need any cooking, it's very easy to do and it smells wonderful. What do you think?

It's a recipe for cinnamon scented tree decorations. I found the instructions in Country Living magazine and tried it last year..and this year they're still looking good. It's a great project for children.

  • You will need 250g apple sauce; 1 teaspoon pva glue; 120g cinnamon; Christmas biscuit cutters
  • Mix all the ingredients by hand to form a stiff dough adding a little water if necessary
  • Roll out to 1/2 thickness and cut out with biscuit cutters
  • Make a small hole at the top to thread ribbon through so you can hang your decoration on the tree
  • Leave to dry. This might take a couple of days..I know we're cutting it a bit fine here; but there's always next year. They smell gorgeous so it's worth a go just for the scent alone.
When we tried them one of us got really stuck in:

and one of us wondered if there was anything else he could possibly find to do:

Which is fair enough if you are a teenage boy and your mum asks you to stick your hands in a bowl of cinnamon.

And that reminds me of what I'm Loving Today...the unexpected pleasure of slightly-grown-up kids at Christmas. I've just discovered The Small One doing some secret and special wrapping of her very own. All by herself. She bought the candy canes as a surprise when she was out with her friends and now our parcels look like this:

Hurray! My wrapping problems are over


humel said...

Fabby recipe and fabby wrapping! Thanks for sharing :-)

Maria Ontiveros said...

Nice post. This is the first year where the kids have really focused on making sure that they had something for everyone else in the family (granted, I had to help foot the bill), but it's a nice start. And Clara loves wrapping!

Ruth said...

Great job on the wrapping. Your DD may have just landed herself a regular job!

scrappyjacky said...

The recipe sounds lovely...I just love christmassy smells....M&S cinnamon candles are my favourite.

Casey Wright said...

What a great idea - I'm adding the yummy smelling christmas trees to the list of things to do for next year!

JO SOWERBY said...

wow pics of the boys, and handsome ones too. DD needs to come to Aunty Jos to assist with the wrapping please. Can she get here overnight do u think? I'll collect her from the airport.
Jo xxx

Cheri said...

Yes, it is wonderful when they start wrapping on their own and caring enough to make a good presentation!

Tinkertaylor said...

Putting this on my to do list for next year. My DSs have organised their own Christmas shopping this year. DH is hoping that he doesn't get the size 11 wellies from DS1 that he got last year with the comment "I thought you'd grow into them "!!!

Amy said...

Mmmm, I love the smell of cinnamon!
Photos are great - it's funny seeing older children helping you make these - mine are still of an age where they'd try to eat the mixture or smear it all over each other!

Abi said...

looks awesome, will have to guve it a try! Good idea bout the candy canes! Looks very festive! xxxx

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