The Infinity Holiday Meal Plan – Part 1

Does anyone still feel like reading about holiday food? How about reading about food that I made but mostly forgot to photograph? Good times, right? Well, I was really please with 95% of my efforts in the kitchen this Christmas so I feel like I need to record it or next year I will surely forget what I made. It’s selfish blogging for the memory impaired.

First up: baking:

I always bake at Christmas but we tend to eat it all as it’s made, give none of it and have no variety. Last year we ate so much that we had no cookies to leave for Santa and I felt terrible. This year I made a few types of cookies and candies, froze most of it as it was made and gave a good amount of it away. We even have some left in the freezer! In chronological order I made:

Angel Wings

I had never made these before but they were really great, especially fresh out of the oven. I failed to take a photo of the finished product but here are some process shots:

The aforeblogged Finnish Gingerbread

The always amazing and popular Christmas Crack

These Cherry Blossoms.

Making cherry blossoms. To share and to stuff in my face.

I made them a little too sweet this year. And I have a wicked sweet tooth so that is saying something. My friend Kendall loved them, however.

These insane Homemade Snickers.

This recipe has a lot of steps but they’re not very difficult. Unwrapping all the caramels was the hardest part. Next time I think I’ll try using jarred caramel sauce or Dulce De Leche.

Next up: all the amazing Christmas Eve and Christmas Day food!

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Stockings

Three more stockings this year! My BFF Erin requested one for her new baby Theda and she is a very deserving and appreciate receiver of handmade gifts so I thought it would be great to make her one too.

Erin's Stocking

She is a big squirrel fan. Squirrel chart here.

Theda's Stocking

My brother is living in China right now and I thought he could use some homey decor. It was bright the afternoon I took these photos and my colour is a little off, especially here.

John Paul's Stocking

These have all been received and I hope they are loved. There are lots of rough notes on these over on Ravelry. You can also see there versions I’ve made in previous years over there.

I’m also thinking of offering these in the shop for next year. Honk if you’re interested.

Smitten

Every year I plan on making an advent calendar but every year I get overwhelmed making gifts and it gets pushed to the back burner. This year I finished knitting three stockings (more on that later) earlier than I expected and I decided to jump in with both feet. I had two weeks and determination.

Smitten Advent Calendar

I LOVE this kit but lack the funds this time of year and somehow sewing all those little ornaments seemed like more work that knitting twenty-four tiny mittens.

Smitten Advent Calendar

The pattern is the Smitten Advent Calendar. I started the first little mitten during a craft sale and it seemed to take forever to finish and I thought the entire project was doomed but once I got in a groove I was able to complete one or two a day.

Smitten Advent Calendar

The yarn is odds and ends of Cascade 220 and Berroco Ultra Alpaca. The adorable little wooden numbers just arrived today from this German Etsy shop.

Smitten Advent Calendar

I’m trying to be cautious of overtasking myself in the lead up to Christmas. Making and buying gifts, preparing food and going to parades and craft shows is enough on my plate without putting elves into mischievous positions or designing a family activity every single day. So, some days we do manageable activities like playing Zingo together and other days the kids find a small chocolate or temporary tattoo. They are big fans. Now all we need is a mantle to hang it on.

Finnish Gingerbread

This is going to be the only gingerbread recipe I ever make from now on. My whole house smells like orange, allspice and ginger. And they are so delicious. http://www.food.com/recipe/piparkakut-finnish-ginger-cookies-100516

These cookies made my entire house smell amazing both at the prep and baking stages and they are delicious.

Santaish gingerbread

They are definitely going to be my go-to gingerbread cookies from now on. I used the brown sugar because I like a chewier cookie and I rolled them out between waxed paper so that they wouldn’t get too heavy with added flour. They are incredibly light. When I make them again I need to remember to separate and flatten the dough disks more before refrigerating because rolling them out was an ordeal.

I decorated them with this super easy royal icing recipe but used orange juice in place of water. Orange zest and flavour is very important to me in a gingerbread cookie. These ones were the kid’s special cookies to decorate with icing tubes and tons of sprinkles and coloured sugar. More is more with those two.

Miss Dandelion Doe

I took a communications course in university and I remember the professor asking: when you walk into Urban Outfitters don’t you just get a feeling like they have accessed your inner most early-twenty-year-old desires? I did! I needed that recycled sari quilt and t-shirt that declared my Irishessnes! That’s how I now feel about Alicia Paulson. I want to pin a million pictures of her house, hand them over to a decorator and tell him to copy everything exactly in my home. I want her to sew and knit two of everything that she makes for her little girl so that Kate can have one too. She taps into the Laura Ingalls Wilder in Sweden part of my brain and it makes me very happy. Fan letter over.

I loved her little softie kits as soon as she launched them. I let Kate pick one out months ago and finally started one for her for Christmas a few weeks ago.

Miss Dandelion Doe

This is Miss Dandelion Doe and she is too freaking adorable.

Miss Dandelion Doe

She is just hanging out in nature all rustic-like.

Miss Dandelion Doe

She already has a cuter wardrobe than I do but I’m already eyeing this kit to make her even more tiny pieces.

Miss Dandelion Doe - Practice Dress

I followed Alicia’s advice and made a practice dress out of some scraps of my one of my all-time favourite fabrics; Lucien’s My Folklore so as to not ruin the beautiful Liberty fabric that came in the kit. This first attempt took me a few hours but the second go round was much quicker.

She is just too much. I hope Kate loves her as much as I do.

Back to Blogging!

Well this is exciting! I haven’t written a blog post in over three years! But I have missed it. I thought it was time to have one place to gather what I’ve been making these days.

Lately I’ve been focused on sewing things to sell at local markets and on Etsy and that’s been great. Here’s what the old shop looks like right now:

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But I still itch to make little dresses for Kate or a new tunic for myself now and then and I’m hoping now that the farmer’s market is winding down I’ll have more time for that.

If you’re reading say hi!