If there is one thing I love eating during the festive season, it’s shortbread. Though the shop bought stuff is tasty, I do love to make my own as it is so simple and fills the house with tempting smells; it’s hard not to eat it straight from the oven! I have to say, it doesn’t last long though; it’s just so moreish, isn’t it?
Leisure Cookers have asked me to put a Christmas twist on one of my favourite recipes, to coincide with the Tribe to Table foodie trends. Being a keen baker, I chose the sugar free baking trend; saying that, this recipe isn’t completely sugar free, but refined sugar free instead, as honey replaces the usual sugar.
Christmas is upon us, and that means lots of festive food consumption is underway! Though for a lot of us, I think it has been for a couple of months already, as seasonal products seem to enter stores earlier and earlier these days.
One of my favourite Christmas foods has to be a warm mince pie, with lashings of double cream; not so good for the waistline, but mighty tasty! I usually make my own mince pies with shortcrust pastry, but this year I decided to use filo pastry instead; mainly to cut down the syns*! They are still really good though, especially fresh from the oven when they are warm and still crispy.
Christmas is a hectic and expensive time of year. From festive parties, to food shopping and gift shopping the bills add up quickly. Not to mention the dreaded electricity and heating bills go up this time of year. It can be a particularly stressful time if you have a large family to buy for.
Here are 6 pointers I have put together to guide you through this festive time of year.
Have a budget. Before you go splashing the cash make yourself a budget. Budget for gifts and for food shopping and then stick to those budgets to avoid overspending. Christmas is just one day of the year so don’t start the new year in debt; spend sensibly. Read more
I know. I mentioned the Christmas word. Yep, I said it again. But, I’m one of those people who starts getting excited about Christmas in September, so you’re lucky it’s taken me this long, really! Not so much Christmas present shopping, but I love browsing and buying everything else Christmas; books, decorations, crafts, movies – I could spend a fortune! I love visiting our local The Works as they stock so many bargain bits & pieces, and I find them great for gifts, also.
I’ve recently been browsing the Christmas section of The Works website and have put together a little wishlist. Just in case anybody is planning already, like me. 😉 I do have an even longer list in my head though!
We’ve been doing quite a few Christmas crafts this month – mainly stolen from Pinterest I will admit – but this one I just thought up when I bought some eggs in a green box. Egg box Christmas trees! (Obviously with a plain egg box they would need painting too). It does involve a little adult help for cutting the cones from the egg box and possibly putting the glue on them, but the sticking allows children to be creative with their trees and makes a very simple enjoyable activity. This is suitable for pre-schoolers and toddlers, as even Noah managed to sit through the whole craft and enjoy himself! They are a lovely decoration to put in a keepsake box, use for future Christmases, or give as gifts to family members or visitors.
- an egg box
- PVA glue
- glitter paper
- pom poms
- Cut out cones from egg box and paint green if needed.
- Dot glue about randomly on cones.
- Stick on decorations.