My Week of Christmas

It is Christmas Eve for another year and in 7 hours from now it will be the big day, that is of course if you are reading this as soon as it’s been published. Throughout the week I have been very busy as I’m sure most of you have, but if it had gone to plan and as relaxed as I would have liked, this is how my week would have looked. By the way, all these activities/recipes I have done or made in the last few weeks and just compiled them to the week of Christmas.
Monday
I started off the week with a gingerbread house which is a must do at Christmas. My brother and I got to work and turned Mum’s kitchen into a rubbish tip. All for a good cause! We were lucky enough that we didn’t have to start from scratch with Mum purchasing a gingerbread house from Aldi, this didn’t make it much easier, however!
We started by unpacking the box and working out which side went where; this was a task in its self. After we had got our bearings, I whipped up some icing with about half a bag of icing sugar and water that we gradually poured in until we reached a good consistency. The next step was to spoon the icing into a disposable piping bag which was probably the most difficult part of the whole thing (I used 4 piping bags). Once the piping bag was full Jesse (my brother) held one of the walls up to the base and I used the sugary glue to stick it to the base. We then continued this technique with the other wall and roof. All that was left to do was decorate, we started by trying to get it to look the same as the picture on the box, this didn’t last for long. We were still impressed with our efforts and it looked alright from the front which is all that matters.
It was such a fun activity that filled in the afternoon but I can’t say the same for how it tasted. The Gingerbread that came with the set was more like cardboard which I guess you can expect, who knows how long it had been in that box!

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Tuesday
I love watching YouTube, which I am sure a lot of you do as well and at the moment Zoella is posting videos every single day throughout December which I am loving so much! Last weekend she did a video on Christmas Pinterest DIYs and she made a snowman out of old socks. They were so cool and I had to have a go.
All you need to do is grab a pair of one colour socks and a pair of another colour. Start with one of the socks from the first pair and fill it up with rice to about ½ way or a little more. Then tie an elastic band around the sock right above the rice and chop the remaining part of the sock off. Use the bit that you chopped off as a hat! Now grab another elastic band and tie it around the sock about 1/3 of the way down squeezing in the rice creating two parts, a head and a body. Next cut a bit of the other coloured sock so you create a loop and put it around the neck for a scarf and then finish by using a permanent marker to draw on the eyes, mouth and buttons. Use the other sock to make another snowman and create a family!

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Wednesday
Christmas wouldn’t be the same without a good movie to watch in the evenings and on Wednesday my film of choice was Home and Alone: The Holiday Heist. The film was the fifth and last instalment to the Home and Alone franchise and is a great Christmas film. I have previously watched all the other four and luckily I could get this movie into my local library. It definitely isn’t as good as the previous instalments but still a great family film that makes you laugh.
My favourite Christmas movie is still the classic, Elf Thursday
By Thursday I was a little hungry and I needed to do some cooking. Luckily I had the perfect idea in mind that doesn’t involve too much cleaning up, Boiled Choc Cupcakes. These are the simplest cupcakes ever and it’s all done in one pot! I first made these in a cooking class at school and I thought they would taste disgusting, as they were really quick and easy but they actually are very fluffy and delicious. My Grandma even gave them the tick of approval!
Boiled Chocolate Cupcakes
Ingredients:

  • 120g Butter
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Cup Hot Water
  • 2 tbsp. Cocoa
  • 1 tsp. Bicarb Soda
  • 1 ½ Cup SR Flour
  • 2 Eggs

Method:

  1. Prepare Ingredients
  2. Place Butter, Sugar, Hot Water and Cocoa into a medium saucepan and gently bring to the boil.
  3. Add Bicarb Soda and simmer for 1 minute.
  4. Take off the heat
  5. Add SR Flour and mix.
  6. Add egg and mix
  7. Divide amongst patty pans evenly.
  8. Cook at 180°c for 10 – 15 minutes.

Once cooled you can decorate your cupcakes. I dipped the top of the cupcakes in icing sugar and then finished with Christmas sprinkles on top.

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Friday
It is only one day until Christmas and after the cupcakes yesterday I needed a drink to wash it down. I don’t mean water; I mean hot chocolate! I started by browsing Pinterest for ideas and I came across peanut butter hot chocolate which looked delicious, however, my brother doesn’t like peanut butter so I made a peppermint one as well. Both looked great after I finished them and they tasted really good but very rich! I suggest maybe ½ the recipe as they made you a little sick after drinking a whole one.
Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate
Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of Milk
  • ½ cup Heavy Cream
  • 114g Milk Chocolate chopped
  • ¼ cup Creamy Peanut Butter

Method:

  1. In a medium Saucepan heat up all ingredients, whisking constantly. Do Not Boil.
  2. Pour into serving mug/glass.
  3. Top with whipped cream, chocolate chips, Peanut Butter Cups etc.
  4. Serve Immediate

Peppermint Hot Chocolate
Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Milk
  • 57g Chocolate
  • 1 tbls. Sugar
  • ½ tsp. peppermint extract

Method:

  1. In a small saucepan over low heat, add milk and chocolate. Heat until the chocolate is melted, stir occasionally.  Stir in the sugar and peppermint extract until the sugar is dissolved. Pour into cups, and top with desired garnish.

Saturday
It’s Christmas Eve! I hope you enjoyed ‘My Week of Christmas’ because I sure did making all the delicious and crafty activities. Usually, a normal Christmas Eve sees me trying to be very occupied so I can try and make the day go as quick as possible which probably isn’t really a good thing. We also leave biscuits and a beer for Santa as well as a carrot for the reindeer!

Once again I thank you for all your support through the launch of my blog and please remember that there will be no blog post next Sunday as I am on holidays. I wish you a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS and see you in 2017!

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