Tuesday, November 29, 2011

A New Tradition

Meet Henry. He is new to our household this year. The girls love finding him in the mornings. They are also mindful of making sure they behave because they don't want Henry to tell Santa to put them on the naughty list.

Henry arrived the week before Thanksgiving. Yes I know. He came a bit early but sometimes Santa just can't wait the extra week. So far Henry has been found hanging from things or just chilling somewhere. Come December, I have a feeling he will be found playing some tricks of his own.

Happy Tuesday!


Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Homemade Advent Calendar

I loved advent calendars when I was a little girl. To be honest, I still love them as an adult. Every year I purchase an chocolate advent calender for my girls but this year I wanted to make one. I found a little box template online and then proceeded to created 24 of these cute little packages of happiness.

They take a little time to make but they are so worth it. Just find a box template you like and then go to town. You can even enlist your little helpers to punch out the circles and adhere them to the boxes. I add a few pieces of candy to each box and then place the boxes in order on my mantel piece.

Under the Big Top from Funhouse
Sweet Spot from Material Girl
Butterfly Harmony from Spring in Bloom

I hope that this will inspire you to create your own version of an advent calendar.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Time to Heat Up the Kitchen!

I love this time of year. I am not a big fan of being outside in the cold but I do love to spend my time in the kitchen baking all sorts of goodies. I have already started baking some of my German Christmas treats that I only make during the November and December months. After that, the recipes go back in my book until next year. First up are some of my favorite recipes that I have from my Oma. I always look forward to making these goodies first! My absolute favorite is the Christstollen. It's the German version of a fruit cake but it is nothing like the American one. It tastes heavenly with a cup of coffee or tea.

Next up are the Elisen Lebkuchen. I also discovered a new recipe last year of these that I will be making in the next week or two.

This year I plan on making a mini album with all my Christmas baking recipes so expect to see lots more tantalizing photos of sweet treats in the near future!

Happy Wednesday!