Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Crafting, Cooking, Crazy!!

The holiday season is upon us and we are in the full spirit of it here. Earlier this month I signed up for three swaps, you can see the tags on the right sidebar. Two were due this week, we are also hosting Thanksgiving Dinner for my family (37+ people!) and Lucy is making Homemade Pies this afternoon to raise money for her marching band fees. So, it is very festive here!!These are all the cute things we made for the Handmade Stocking Stuffer Swap. We had 14 children on our list, 8 boys and 6 girls. David made the boy things, and I made the mermaid dollies for the girls. I was so glad that David stepped in to help! He is so creative and handy when he wants to be :)

A close up of the mermaids. I had so much fun making these for the swap that I decided to make some for my little nieces for Christmas.

I made these handmade chocolate truffles for the goody in the Enchanted Forest Ornament Swap. They were so easy and soooo yummy! If you want to try them, here's the recipe...
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1 cup good quality chocolate (I used Ghiradelli dark chocolate chips)
Heat the cream over medium heat to just before boiling, remove from heat, add the chocolate and stir to melt.
If you would like to add flavorings, do so now. I added about a tablespoon of peanut butter to one batch, to the other I added about a tablespoon of reduced cherry syrup (another recipe maybe!) and a teaspoon of rum. Stir in the flavorings thoroughly.
Put in a covered bowl in the refrigerator until stiff enough to mold. (about 1-2 hours or overnight is fine.)
Form into little balls - I scooped with a melon baller and then rolled to form. Roll in cinnamon sugar or cocoa powder.
That's it! Easy!
Here they are all packaged up, with the ornament and a kitchen towel. The towel is made of natural linen with a border of Japanese woodland friends fabric I got on etsy.

With all the craziness, I let Jesse stay home from school today (it was only a half day anyway!) and he rewarded me by making these amazing blueberry scones! Thank you sweet boy! I think he's turning into a fine cook!


suzanne said...

Good morning Beth

I think you are the most wonderfully talented crafter. I am going to beg for a spot for the next swap! My little ones would be so happy to swap something with Elsa...Maybe a new year one? Have a happy family gathering for your special dinner. Happy thanks giving to you.

Warm regards

Sallybee said...

Oh, the truffles are so yummy! The little mermaids are so soft and adorable! The curtain ring craft is magical! You are all of the above as well and are passing that on to your amazing children!

Yarni Gras! said...

omgosh, those truffles sound delicious! I'll have to try the recipe. Those mermaids are soooooooo cute!

Pink & Green Mama said...

Just darling! I love your little mermaids : )