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12 Days of Christmas tips and tricks Day 10! Pine cone Christmas trees

Posted by Jennifer Porter on

  These little green pine cone Christmas trees are so cute and fun to make with the kids this Christmas. They would make a perfect centre piece at any Christmas dinner table! You will need: -Small ceramic pots -glue -a paint brush -pine cones -green paint -glitter Method: Simply paint the pots any colour you like and the pine cones green, cover in silver or white glitter and glue the bottom of the cones into the pots.         

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12 Days of Christmas tips and tricks- Day 9! The perfect Ham glaze

Posted by Jennifer Porter on

For those of you planning on serving a Christmas Ham this year, this is the recipe for you!  1 whole bone-in ham about 70 whole cloves Brown Sugar Glaze ½ cup soft brown sugar ¼ cup maple syrup or golden syrup ¼ cup rum, pineapple juice or apple juice Preheat oven to 150ºC. Place ham on a large oven tray and warm in oven for 10-15 minutes until the skin starts to loosen (this helps it peel off easily). While the ham is warming, make Brown Sugar Glaze by mixing together all ingredients. Remove ham from oven and increase temperature...

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12 Days of Christmas tips and tricks- Day 8! Shortbread

Posted by Jennifer Porter on

Shortbread is such a classic christmas treat, perfect with a cup of tea or given as a gift for those people who you don't know what to buy for! Ingredients: 2 cups plain flour½ tsp baking soda1 Tbsp ground ginger 1 cup Chelsea Soft Brown Sugar or Chelsea Dark Cane Sugar150g butter, cubed1 egg, beaten1 Tbsp Chelsea Golden SyrupIcing1 egg white1 ½ cups Chelsea Icing Sugar1 tsp lemon juiceLollies or currants to decorate Method: Preheat oven to 180°C bake (160°C fan-forced). Line two baking trays with baking paper. Place the flour, baking soda, ginger and sugar in a bowl or food processor. Add butter and...

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12 Days of Christmas tips and tricks, Day Seven! Christmas Cake

Posted by Jennifer Porter on

Christmas Cake is a classic at this time of year and is perfect to keep in the cupboard for any visitors who pop in as a seasonal treat, this goes perfectly with a cup of coffee or tea in the afternoon. Ingredients: 250g butter2 cups White Sugar2kg mixed dried fruit1 cup sherry2 tsp mixed spice2 tsp baking soda4 Tbsp Golden Syrup or Treacle4 eggs450g plain flour1 tsp baking powder2 Tbsp orange zest  Method: Heat butter, sugar, fruit, sherry, spice, baking soda and syrup into a saucepan. Heat over a medium heat for 2 minutes, stirring often. Allow to cool fully (at least...

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12 Days of Christmas, Day Six- Easy Christmas Garland

Posted by Jennifer Porter on

This Christmas craft is so easy and simple its perfect for all ages- and looks super cute! All you need is a few recycled christmas bags and some string! Step One: Cut circles out of two different coloured Christmas bags  Step Two: Tape string to ONE circle and continue to do this along the string Step Three: Once the string has been attached to one side of the circles, glue circles to the other side of the already positioned circles to attach This Garland could be perfect for leftover Christmas bags to hang for New Years as well!  

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