I don’t know about you, but I am not in love with wrapping Christmas presents. Wrestling acres of paper and finding the often invisible end of the sticky tape annoys me greatly. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing I love more than the look of nicely wrapped presents below the Christmas tree, but because wrapping seems like such a chore, my gifts often lack the wrapped prettiness that I appreciate so much on others’ gifts to me.
This year I have decided to put a little more thought into gift wrapping. I have come up with a theme, nothing too fancy or difficult, because my aim is to not become too flustered with the wrapping but to still love the look of my finished gifts.
I chose textured brown paper for my wrapping this year. At risk of sounding like a bad presenter on Better Homes and Gardens, I am in love with this organic look. I was going to tie each present with some simple brown twine but the boys convinced me to go with ‘fancy’ red and white twine.
To keep things feeling rustic, I found some chalkboard gift tags online and printed these off on card. There are a heap of free printable chalkboard Christmas gift tags online if you wanted to get some for yourself. Take a look here and here for some cute ones. For the adults I used real Chalkboard tags I picked up from a variety store.
So in less time than it has ever taken me before, I wrapped all my Christmas presents. While I am no master wrapper, they look good under the tree because they match….no higgledy piggledy looking display this year!
Do you have a Christmas wrapping theme?
I am a sucker for white chocolate, so this festive rocky road is a must make at Christmas. This always gets gobbled up at any party.
White Chocolate and Macadamia Rocky Road
250 grams marshmallows, halved
100 grams dried cranberries
100 grams macadamias, roughly chopped
60 grams pistachios (optional – but highly recommend)
35 grams desiccated coconut
360 grams good-quality white chocolate
1. Line a 20 cm square cake pan with baking paper, allowing some overhang on the sides
2. Lightly toast the nuts in a pan on the stove
3. Combine the toasted nuts, marshmallows, coconut and cranberries in a bowl
4. Melt the white chocolate. You can do this over a water bath or in a medium-high microwave for 1-2 minutes, stopping every 30 seconds to stir.
5. Pour the chocolate over the marshmallow mixture and stir well.
6. Spoon the rocky road mix into your prepared tin and chill for 2 hours before cutting into squares with a warm knife.
There are a few other things that I love to make at Christmas time. I hope to share these with your soon.
Have a great weekend.
I started my Christmas holidays today and have been craving some Mummy and sons time, so I thought we would do some fun play. As it is terribly overcast and humid here in Brisbane, we opted for some indoor fun in the air-conditioning.
Both my boys love playdough. Recently I saw a recipe for the easiest, softest, most beautifully smelling playdough. It only has 2 ingredients, one of which you would never guess, and takes only a few minutes to make. You must give it a go….
Mix 2 parts cornflour (corn starch) to 1 part hair conditioner.
Knead until it comes together in a soft dough. At this point you can colour it with food dye.
It really is that simple. I picked up a cheap conditioner at the shops that had a lovely smell and pink colour, so I didn’t have to dye the dough myself. Obviously, this isn’t a playdough for little ones who might be tempted to taste their dough creations.
The boys have spent the morning playing with this as well as some free playdough printables I found on the net. I printed and laminated them so they will survive the holiday season.
You can find these playdough mats at Tot Schooling . Another place to look is Busy Little Bugs.
The Playdough puppets are found at the Nuture Store.
What a lovely, simple activity for us to start the Christmas holidays with.