Gingerbread Houses, Quiet Crafts & Fairy Light Houses

Before starting this post, I’ll just apologise in advance for the fact the photos mightn’t be quite the same style as usual. I’m currently waiting while my usual phone is repaired and I’ve had to improvise. But I decided that a different blog post might be better than no blog post at all (you can let me know!)

Last weekend, the girls and I treated ourselves to Morelli’s in the car. It was a miserable, rainy day but I think I agree with the girls, that it is never too cold for ice-cream πŸ™‚ I tried a Christmas cookie flavoured one and I love the chunks they use in the honeycomb too πŸ™‚ Afterwards, I felt like going into hibernation mode, so we did some crafts at home. I had little wooden creatures for the girls to colour in. It’s funny how colouring on a different surface is like an entirely different activity to them πŸ™‚ I brought out the Santa activity books I’d put away for December. My daughter helped me to make a homemade pepperoni pizza and we watched a cute film called “Over the Moon.” It’s about dealing with grief and loss for children, but it’s presented in a really gentle way.

We had another adventure playground-coffee day and the girls did plenty of climbing. Without my phone working, I wasn’t able to open the kindle app while they played, so I ended up watching the trees and the sky and it was as valuable an experience. I did lots of swing-pushing and playground performance spectating too of course πŸ™‚ We stopped at a little cafe in my parents’ village on the way home. It’s an independent one that serves locally baked treats and delicious coffee πŸ™‚ The girls seemed to approve of the ice-cream too.

I bought a gingerbread kit that we worked on last Sunday. I’d never put one together before and it was easier than I expected πŸ™‚ It didn’t look overly professional but I’d never worked with royal icing before πŸ™‚ The girls loved decorating the house with sweets too. There was a period between assembling it and decorating it when we had to let the icing set. While we were waiting, the girls drew a design together of how they wanted it to look when it was finished. I’m tempted to try baking our own one too but I don’t know how achievable that is πŸ™‚ I heard that you usually need to use a harder type of gingerbread that is inedible and made to look at rather than to eat. Our house only survived for about an hour before the roof came off for snack time πŸ™‚ But it was there long enough to take some photos πŸ™‚

I had a slow cooking day and made bread, pizza and soup. I find it easier already having quick lunches made before the week starts. I improvised and made a corn chowder. It was so easy to make and worked out well. I fried some onions and potato cubes together in butter and added chicken stock and seasoning. Then I used about a third of a bag of frozen corn and when it was cooked I blended it. You could add milk or cream if you wanted to thicken it, but it was good without it too πŸ™‚

I had to pause to look at the sunrise this morning. It was so beautiful it was the first thing the girls commented on when we stepped outside. On the walk to school, we met the owner of the fairy house tree and he told us it had been a Lockdown project of his. He has added lots of fairy lights for Christmas and it looks so cheerful πŸ™‚

This afternoon, I managed to sneak coffee and Christmas chocolate in the kitchen πŸ™‚ I put my prints from Lina at into frames and put them up in my living room. Sadly, I’m useless at even basic DIY and at getting pictures level too apparently! But I love them and I think they look like expensive prints πŸ™‚

I made some more white chocolate fudge. It’s a simple recipe that you can make in the microwave. I decorated it with some Christmassy sprinkles. I might distribute it so I don’t even up eating it all πŸ™‚

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