Where have all the homemade Christmas people gone?

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I am disappearing under waves of not quite finished projects and need to ride along on the wake of other people's successful Christmas makes. Last year's homemade thread was brilliant - am I really the only one this year?

DoubleMum Mon 10-Dec-12 17:48:16

I'm doing stuff - all the chutneys etc are done, toffee vodka made, fudge and shortbread in the freezer.
Left to do - dip the shortbread in chocolate then crushed candy canes
biscotti (cranberry and almond, chocolate and orange)
dipped marshmallows
some kind of chocolate bark (probably involving crushed candy canes, I have a lot!
and ice the xmas cakes

I'm doing coasters, several kinds of flavoured alcohol and anything else I can think of!

TitHead Mon 10-Dec-12 20:39:15

For all those who made vodka. Sweet ones have worked a treat. Also made caramac and mint aero these are looking not so great. Any advice or tips please??

tassisssss Mon 10-Dec-12 20:42:04

This week I'm planning salt dough decs, chilli jam and tablet.

WholeLottaRosie Mon 10-Dec-12 20:54:45

I've done air-dry clay decorations (and made the boxes for them to go in) and altered notepads.
Still have to make peppermint bark and chocolate spoons and some sort of biscuits/ cakes. We've got loads of time, right? grin

DoubleMum Mon 10-Dec-12 21:14:58

You may need to filter that vodka using coffee filter paper or even kitchen roll over a sieve. Haven't made those flavours though.
Yes I had forgotten I was making chocolate spoons. I think I had better buy more chocolate.

I've done mars bar vodka think it will need filtered

I have just uploaded a picture of a Bunting Christmas Tree I have made for my sister - it took 12 hours to make!!!

Please someone say it doesn't look shitey <begs>

TitHead Mon 10-Dec-12 22:52:19

I'm going to filter anyway, the skittle and rhubarb and custard have fully disolved just need to filter the sediment. The chocolate ones however have done faff all and are looking at me shouting faliure confused not sure where I went wrong. Looking forward to the home made Baileys though yum.

Have you heated the chocolate ones?

If you don't have a disgwasher you can just bung the bottles in a sink/pan of hot water and keep popping in periidically to give them a shake.

DoubleMum Tue 11-Dec-12 10:00:57

The christmas tree looks lovely Laurie.

Thank you smile

I've made christmas pudding flavoured rum, DH has already been drinking it in coffee.
Made the cake with the fruit that was in the rum for 2 months.
On the weekend before christmas I shall be making star shaped white chocolate bark with cranberries and almonds.
Spiced christmas biscuits.
Ice the cake.
Cheese straw biscuits.
Next weekend I shall make the first batch of mince pies, will probably make some christmas eve too.

Most of the above is for gifts. I might make some fudge as well.

BringUsSomePigleyPudding Tue 11-Dec-12 12:25:06

Im making too smile

Currently have some Homemade marshmallow setting so looking forward to tasting that. First time ive made it.

Hoping to incorporate it in for the teachers presents. Have also made choc spoons and thinking of a hot choc pack kind of thing!? Making it up as I go along really!

Also need to do Christmas biscuits of some kind.

Might also do salt dough/air clay if I get time.
I feel so disorganised and time seems to be flying by!

We3bunniesOfOrientAre Tue 11-Dec-12 13:39:05

I've got to finish ds's playmat, make a penguin for dd2 (though hoping she might have forgotten about that request), plus finish the gifts for teachers etc. Need to get them done this weekend, so could do without school landing a parent/child craft project to be in next week, it's not even Christmas related, don't they realise that they are interrupting my Christmas energy by doing non-seasonal craft, however educational!

i have made stockings, small tree decorations for the dcs trees. snowman soup bags for the adults with cappucinno drops ect and candy cane sleighs for the children. I would love to make christmas biscuits but will see how i feel as not been to well

I've made hand scrubs, candles, cranberry sauce, chocolate peppermint bark, lebkuchen and biscotti (freezing the last 2) over the past week. I'm looking for other edible things I can make ahead of time as it's easier before schools break up.

I second putting the chocolate alcohol in a sink of hot water to warm it a bit that sorted mine out when I was ready for failure!

BoffinMum Tue 11-Dec-12 17:38:18

Saw this link which might be useful for people.


swooosh Tue 11-Dec-12 17:39:31

I'm waiting for my bottles to be delivered...then I'm making sweet shop vodka.

HoHoHopeForTheBest Tue 11-Dec-12 17:41:56

I have apple liqueur and plum liqueur, which need to be strained and bottled up into individual bottles with pretty labels.

With those, I'm giving a bottle of sekt/prosecco (which is imo how it tastes best!), and buying some coasters and/or nice glasses. Was going to make coasters but don't think I'd be able to make them look v. good, though I've looked up loads of tutorials on how to do them.

Various sets of magnets (the glass bubble ones, plus I've done some square ones with large mosaic tiles) are done and need to be prettily packaged.

Usual selection of Christmas biscuits has been baked (thank god), so everyone will get a mixed bag of them too.

All decorations are made and up. I went for cheapy-cheap paper decorations this year and have to say they look better than anything else I've ever done <bitter at wasted years>. I've made paper snowflakes and snow baubles, paper ornaments, a paper wreath and done some extra big paper feathers for the tree.

Calendars for grandparents have been bought, just need to print out the photos for them and get ds to do various month-appropriate doodles for me to stick on.

Also what still needs to be done is the spicy nuts - I've seen loads of recipes on the internet, so did a test run with walnuts the other night - absolutely gorgeous! I have 2 people who like really hot spicy nuts, so will do an appropriately hot spicy mix of nuts for them, and then something a bit milder for my dad and another friend. Bagged up nicely with a bow and that's it.

Only a couple more presents that actually need to be bought and then I am all done!

Twolittlemonkeys - how do you make your bark star shaped?

Sorry that should have been for fanjo

PixieHot Tue 11-Dec-12 21:11:41

You're all bloody amazing smile! I'm making arancello for the first time and feel like Nigella, but you're all making lots of other lovely things too.

PixieHot Tue 11-Dec-12 21:15:38

Can someone please tell me more about chocolate spoons, chocolate bark, and lebkuchen? I'd love to make these.

Thefoxsbrush Tue 11-Dec-12 21:29:50

I've just made 35 squares of Christmas rocky road to put in freezer. I have loved the lakeland chocolate mould and used it to make layered chocolates which look very effective. I've also made homemade mincemeat and mince pies. Next week I shall be making ginger chocolates for my grandad.

DoubleMum Tue 11-Dec-12 21:43:39

To make star shaped (or any other shaped) bark, use the silicon ice cube trays in the shape you want.
There's lots and lots of ideas for chocolate bark on Pinterest, but basically it's chocolate, perhaps a mix of colours swirled together, with various toppings - could be crushed candy cane, fruit and nuts, dried cranberries, sweets, oreo cookies or pretzels, anything really. Let is set then break it up.
Chocolate spoons - I'm using plastic spoons as I already have them for catering. I will put chocolate onto the dipped part of the spoon, then add a variety of toppings like chopped nuts, mini marshmallows, crushed candy cane, smarties etc. I'm also doing dipped marshmallows in much the same way.
I've never made lebkuchen so can't help there. I buy it in Aldi!

scariestfairybyfar I use ice cube molds, pour the choclate mix in and then push in the cranberries, almonds etc and pop out when set. Saw it on pinterest.

PixieHot Tue 11-Dec-12 21:50:28

Thanks Double smile. Can I ask what kind of chocolate you use for your chocolate bark?

DorsetKnobwithJingleBellsOn Tue 11-Dec-12 21:55:16

I have done

lazy chillis
christmas pudding vodka
the fruit from the vodka
tmoato ketchup

still to do
brown sauce
flavoured oil
flavoured vinegar.

BringUsSomePigleyPudding Tue 11-Dec-12 22:01:31

Chocolate spoons Planning to add them as hot chocolate stirrers.

PixieHot Tue 11-Dec-12 22:03:09

Bring, they're fab! I already have a Lakeland order on the way though...

BoffinMum Tue 11-Dec-12 23:29:22

Hope, it tells you how to do map coasters on the link I posted.

Funnyface89 Wed 12-Dec-12 00:03:04

Can i join?

I have so far made:

Chilli jam
Spicied apple chutney
Peppermint stick cocoa
Chilli sauce
Brownie mix in a jar
Clementine squash
Tomoto ketchup (may seem odd but there is a running joke with my Dbro about ketchup in glass bottles)

Looking at the list I am quite pleased with myself grin. I have just to bottle up my lemoncello in seperate bottles and label everything up and then divide it between mine and DH's family.

I also put my friends xmas box together tonight as seeing her tomorrow and it will be the last time before xmas. I got a copy of the Snowman/Father Christmas dvd off Ebay and some christmas mugs, put in some of the peppermint stick cocoa for her and he bf, candy canes, marshmellows and brownie mix in a jar. So hoping she likes it as I am a bit nervous as this is the first year i've done this sort of present for her.

PurtyDarnFine Wed 12-Dec-12 00:46:19

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

TitHead Wed 12-Dec-12 08:12:33

Thank you Sue and Scariest. I'm going to try that now will report back later.

So far I've made some mars bar vodka, fruit jam, chilli jam, truffles (dark choc with different coatings: chocolate strands, sugar, cocoa, chilli powder, crushed nuts or crushed flakes), white chocolate and mars bar vodka truffles coated in crushed flake, loads of personalised hanging hearts, snowman soup, mince pies, 2 Christmas cakes & chocolate covered breadsticks.

Yesterday I started making the food for our party on Saturday including three sweet trees (fudge, midget gems and fruit pastilles. Stick a cocktail stick in a sweet and stick it in an oasis shaped cone that's like a tree and cover the whole 'tree'). The next few days will be manic as I'm making everything bar the crisps/nuts myself in a tiny kitchen! And I'm doing loads of stuff though I know it'll be too much hmm

Then I'll have a couple of days to make more Christmas presents before we have a mini break before Christmas. Going to do more vodka, 2 types of biscuits, peppermint bark, more mince pies and whatever else I can manage.

Oh I forgot about the chocolate and popping candy heart shaped lollies. I've probably forgotten loads tbh!

TheWombat Wed 12-Dec-12 08:25:52

Can I join in?
I have Christmas pudding vodka in the airing cupboard, and dough for stained glass window ginger biscuits and devilled Parmesan biscuits in the freezer. I'll make them up closer to Christmas so it will all be fresh smile

I also made mincemeat this year for the first time.

DoubleMum Wed 12-Dec-12 09:24:33

The Wombat, devilled parmesan biscuits sound nice, and I could do with another savoury item in my hampers, could you point me in the direction of a recipe?
Pixie I just use Aldi chocolate for my bark.

ethelb Wed 12-Dec-12 09:34:32

We are all hidding under an avalanche of fabric and yarn.

I only have umm.. TWO pairs of pajama bottoms and a cowl to finish.

What was I thinking!

PurtyDarnFine Wed 12-Dec-12 17:34:17

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

KvetnutsRoastingOnAnOpenFire Wed 12-Dec-12 18:50:50

I made loads of apple chutney, red pepper relish, plum chutney, and sloe and apple jelly in the summer. Have been slowly distributing it.

I need to bottle up my rhubarb vodka and my christmas pudding vodka, but have realised that I can't get the labels off the empty vodka bottles I saved from making it! Does anyone have any tips?

also been making chocolate christmas trees using a silicon mould I found in the 99p shop (same idea as the star shaped bark - also saw this on pinterest!). I'm putting a wee dot of orange essence in the chocolate too, makes them very yummy.

Made my annual christmas cookie selection at the weekend too, they have been demolished at the various groups I go to.

DS and I made cards and decorations this year too - my cards were linoprints, as I have decided I want to do more printing. Decorations were salt dough stars, and not particularly impressive.

So that's it for 2012!

DoubleMum Wed 12-Dec-12 19:32:43

Have you tried nail polish remover on the labels?

This thread is bad! I'm now making chocolates when the moulds arrive blush

TheWombat Wed 12-Dec-12 22:34:04

DoubleMum the recipe was in last months Red Magazine- had Cat Deeley on the cover. I can copy out the recipe tomorrow if you like - is easy and v scrummy, and the biscuits look pretty too smile

BringUsSomePigleyPudding Wed 12-Dec-12 22:40:09

Well the marshmallows I made have come out great. Tastes yummy!

Quite easy to make although did leave the kitchen a little sticky!


BringUsSomePigleyPudding Wed 12-Dec-12 22:59:24

Quick question- Planning on doing hot choc gifts for the teachers/nursery staff.

Have hot choc sachets, Star shaped marshmallows and choc stirring spoons.
How should I package them all. Had originally though of putting them in a mug but from reading the teacher gift threads it appears Teachers get tons of mugs.

Ive bought little bags but hey just dont look right.
any thoughts? Little jars? Christmas paper cups then in the bags?

OhTheConfusion Wed 12-Dec-12 23:08:11

Bring us some, how about wrapped in cellophane, tied up with ribbon or twine and a small decoration for the tree?

OhTheConfusion Wed 12-Dec-12 23:14:39

I need to stop finding these threads... it makes me do and buy more!

So far I have homemade pepermint creams, cranberry and lime vodka and sloe gin hidden in the cupboard.

I have just finished updating the 'family christmas tree' cushion (blush didn't have time last christmas and dd in now 15mths). The tree is looking lovely with felt and fabric decorations we made a few weeks ago and tomorrow I plan to make a ribbon, felt and button christmas tree canvas grin

theressomethingaboutmarie Thu 13-Dec-12 05:23:07

Christmas pud
Christmas cake
Red pesto and Parmesan twists
Rocky road
mincemeat (and some mince pies already made)

To make:
More mince pies!
Salt dough decorations
Chocolate and almond biscotti
Pom pomsfor pom Pom wreath

theressomethingaboutmarie Thu 13-Dec-12 05:25:34

Oh and fudge, Parmesan biscuits and hazelnut brittle to do

I've remembered something else I've done. I dried out slices of orange, some are just as they are and some covered in cinnamon. Some are piled in jars and some are in a bowl with some potpurri things.

DoubleMum Thu 13-Dec-12 07:36:03

The Wombat is it just a normal parmesan biscuit with added cayenne pepper?

TheWombat Thu 13-Dec-12 08:18:35

Pretty much smile also half a teaspoon of English mustard in the mix.
And you press some yellow mustard seeds into the top of the biscuits after you've cut them out. Then you brush them with egg and bake at 170 for about 10-12 minutes.

I made them in Xmas tree shapes so the seeds looked like little baubles. And when they cooled I decorated them with edible gold dust. They do look festive.

I'm thinking they'd taste good with a Bloody Mary so might put them in a gift bag with vodka, tomato juice, celery salt, Worcester sauce etc smile

Hi everyone. I've been lurking on this thread.

I was just wondering if I want to give peppermint bark as teacher presents next week can I make it on Sunday? Will it still be ok?

Also where are you getting your felt from for decorations?

Thank you.

Oh and my mum bought a load of tin foil trays from Costco and gave me the lids which she doesn't use. They are silver on one side so I've turned them into festive gift boxes which the dcs have decorated.

I'm going to put the homemade sweets in them.

DoubleMum Thu 13-Dec-12 10:28:45

Wombat they sound lovely, will definitely make them next week. Wonder if they freeze.

TheWombat Thu 13-Dec-12 19:41:54

Not sure doublemum. I'm tempted to try freezing some, would be so useful. I've frozen some of the dough and will probably bake that up this weekend, so shall I report back? smile

TheWombat Thu 13-Dec-12 19:45:11

On that note, does anyone know if stained glass window biscuits (gingerbread bics with a melted boiled sweet in the middle) might freeze?
I need to keep them somewhere DH won't eat them all up! grin

I am very blush after starting this thread to just disappear for the rest of the week! Been too busy frantically making and shopping, etc...

I have made half a dozen of the little kilner jar sewing kits like this and plan to make giant chocolate buttons to put in them. I am also working on a hobby-Rudolph-the-red-nosed-reindeer like this but with a red nose. I have a couple of little teddy polar bear beanies on the go too but they won't take long (?) and finished a zombie bean bag for DS1 last week (he dropped hints that he would like one). I am printing out a design to tranfer onto a t-shirt for OH as I type. My favourite make so far for most of my nieces and nephews is bags (little totes and drawstring kit bags) made from this fabric from Ikea (worked out about 90p a bag) which I have filled with little crafty supplies and v cheap crafting books from The Works and added a little set of fabric crayons so they can colour in their bag to personalise it. I have totally copped out on the older DN's though - they are getting one of these filled with sweets and a voucher. Haven't even started on the foodie gifts and I'm starting to panic about them. Particularly when I read how far ahead the rest of you are!

DoubleMum Fri 14-Dec-12 17:00:08

Yes please Wombat. I bought Grana Padano (can't afford Parmesan!) in Aldi today in preparation.
The recipes I've got say stained glass window biscuits can't be frozen, but I have never tried. Personally I wish everything could be frozen, I don't have the time or energy to do everything at the last minute.

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