We’ve been busy making gingerbread house biscuits. You can never make too many gingerbread men but sometimes it’s good to make something different. As the toddler was helping we used Sainsbury’s gingerbread dough which we tried earlier this year. This time we rolled it out even thinner and squeezed 10 biscuits from the dough.
I used one of the vintage cutters I recently purchased to make cute little gingerbread houses. When they were cool I iced them (not brave enough to let the toddler loose with an icing pen just yet).
I think they look cute and I can safely say they taste yummy too!
Do you have children who like to dress up? I don’t.
I was offered the chance to review a costume from Simply Fancy Dress and seized the opportunity. They have a great selection and I was totally drawn to the Little Gingerbread Man Costume for the toddler.
The costume arrived in a useful clear plastic bag and consists of trousers, top with attached gloves and headpiece, and comes in three different sizes. It’s made of polyester and is quite thin, so if I can ever persuade my toddler to wear it he’ll have to put on something underneath! Simply Fancy Dress don’t just sell festive outfits, they have a great range of adult and children’s fancy dress for all occasions and offer free UK delivery too!
Despite the toddler looking and holding the costume every day for the last week he wouldn’t put it on. I really want to have the children dressed up in fancy dress for our annual Christmas card and thought this would be a perfect costume. As the toddler just wasn’t playing ball I thought Little Sis might enjoy trying the hat on. As you can see from the photographs she wasn’t happy either.
I think I’m resigned to the fact our Christmas card may take more thought this year…
We went to Westfield Stratford City yesterday. Most of the shops already had Christmas window displays, Boots was full of gift sets and I picked up a collection of gingerbread mixes, cutters and kits to try out and perfect over the coming weeks. When we got back we had a bit of a gingerbread making session, and every cutter we have was used by the children.
I’ve tried to keep on top of Christmas planning so far. I’m a real list person so have lists of stocking fillers and Christmas presents, Christmas card list and a menu for Christmas Day. I love being organised and half the fun is the planning! However, I always seem to run out of time. Although I love the planning side I also feel like I can’t start buying too early and then I end up in a rush.
I’ve been building up my Pinterest Christmas boards all year and now have too many projects to mention. In an ideal world I’d love a handmade Christmas. We’ve already started on some Christmas finger print crafts, been thinking about making our Christmas card, and collecting books for our book advent.
There’s so much more I would like to do but I’m going to have to admit that with two small children the perfect handmade Christmas won’t be possible for a year or two. I like the idea of handmade chutneys and biscuits but I may have to get some outside help and search for hampers online to please my mother. Hampers make a brilliant gift and I’m not sure she’ll think our handmade efforts are up to her usual standards!
There’s at least 7 weeks to go. Perhaps if I cut down on sleep I might just fit it all in?!