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Some of our advent activities ~ the Countdown to Christmas continues…

December 10, 2011

Peppermint Creams ~ Christmas Tree decorations

Following on from this , my Little People and I made our peppermint cream Christmas tree decorations on Wednesday- they were so simple to make and they really enjoyed them. We made stars and hearts in pink and purple and decorated them with silver balls.

So simple to make; recipe here makes about 15 shapes (or more if your Little People don’t snaffle it as they go!);

Peppermint Creams

  • 225g icing sugar
  • 1 egg white
  • peppermint flavouring
  • food colouring (optional)
  • silver balls for decoration (optional)
  1. Lightly beat the egg white in a bowl ~ just to break up the albumen. Sift half of the icing sugar into the bowl and mix thoroughly. Beat for five minutes.
  2. Add the rest of the sifted icing sugar and the peppermint flavouring until the mixture is stiff. 
  3. If doing different colours, separate the mixture into differnt bowls and add whichever food colouring you’ve chosen to do. Roll out about 1cm thick and cut out into shapes. Use a chopstick or some such to make a hole ready for threading later. 
  4. Squish some silver balls into your peppermint creams and place them onto greaseproof paper to dry out.
  5. Store in an airtight container until you’re ready to hang them on the Christmas tree!

On Thursday our Christmas/advent activity was to have an indoor picnic. My Little People love picnics and are always asking if we can go on a picnic during the lighter months so the chance for them to have a real picnic (albeit indoors!) during the winter months was very exciting for them. They were raring to go by about half past four as it was already getting dark, and it was all I could do to hold them off for half an hour! They set it up with a big blanket, laid out the food and the drinks (they had ‘pink milk’ à la Charlie & Lola complete with curly straws) and tucked in. My Littlest Person particularly enjoyed his first indoor picnic and crawled back and forth through the food chomping indiscriminantly as he went. Three very happy Little People and one very mucky blanket!

Last night after a hearty supper we threw on our woolly socks, wellies, hats, scarves, gloves and big coats (Littlest One was tucked up snugly in his pram), packed our sparklers and torches and headed off for a moonlit walk in the park. The moon was amazingly bright and cast dark shadows on our path. We came across a few stags who seemed a bit put out that their “me-time” had been invaded by Little People shrieking with delight at every star (or plane!) they saw in the sky, and on our walk back home we passed shops and houses with Christmas lights twinkling away which delighted the Little People no end.

Two of my Little People with their Sparklers!Sparklers from our Walk in the Dark

 

And today we made our Christmassy biscuits which were just delicious.

Oaty Biscuits ~ Oatmeal Raisin Spice Cookies

  • 125g flour
  • 2g ground cinnamon
  • 2g ground nutmeg
  • 5g baking soda
  • 3g salt
  • 110g raisins
  • 160g rolled oats
  • 165g brown sugar
  • 100g white sugar
  • 170g softened butter
  • 1-2 lightly beaten egg (I used one egg for 2/3 of this)
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Pre-heat oven to 175g, and line your baking trays with greaseproof paper.

  1. Mix all the dry ingredients together, then mix in the softened butter, the lightly beaten egg and vanilla, and mix until completely blended.
  2. Shape into walnut-sized balls and place 2 inches apart (they spread a lot!).
  3. Bake for 10-12 mins, cool for 5 then transfer to wire rack.

They are truly yummy! (And they also make great presents as dry ingredients presented in jars – mix the first five ingredients together as one, then layer the rest of dry ingredients in the order written as above, and include the recipe so that the lucky recipient knows what to do).

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