Holidays are always fun, especially the one that falls in lovely December. Schools are closed, the pressure meter at work reads normal, a vacation mood all together and this is the best time to be together as a family. Its my time of the year when i try my hand on crafts and cooking experiments.
I made a batch of spongy cupcakes this week. I usually make chocolate or vanilla cupcakes. This time I tried out cupcakes with a fruity twist and they came out quite well. It is a simple and eggless version that both kids and adults will relish.
I will cut down the talking and go on straight to the recipe:
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Baking time: 40 minutes
Icing time: 10 minutes
Yields: 24 small cupcakes
Christmas to me has become something that brings a high voltage smile on my daughter’s little face. Dolly adores the festival and I fondly put together tits and bits of what is practiced, just for her. I have been putting up a tree at home for four years now and had been repeating almost the same process, as though it is an unwritten festive rule. Taking out the tree, putting up the ornaments, connecting the serial lights and done, Christmas decoration over. This year I badly wanted to break the stereotype.. but was unsure about what to do. That is when I recalled that I do it all for Dolly and what was stopping me from doing something that she loves. Kids’ love for colours and candies doesn’t need any elucidation and my Doll is no different.
Christmas is in the air and we have all been touched with the season’s magic wand. There is a lot of things happening to get ready for the celebration..baking, crafting, decorating and it is all so exciting. Yes it is exciting but only for the person who is involved in it. I often leave Christmas tree decoration to Dolly. She does her part till where she can reach and instructs me to decorate the rest
When she was smaller, she loved and felt contented hanging the ornaments on the tree. This year she was not really excited to do just that. She wanted to make her own ornaments to be put on the tree. I didn’t want to demotivate her and decided to teach her this simple and safe craft that can be put together in less than 5 minutes!
Read on the steps to create this cute Christmas ornament.
The very thought of Christmas makes me smile. The colors, the warmth, the jingles, the aroma of freshly baked fruit cakes, it all makes me nostalgic, takes me to the cherished memories of childhood. Christmas has always been a great celebration at my place and as we say for all festivals, I enjoyed and celebrated it the best in my childhood. Winter vacation, cousins, tree decoration, crib making, carols, cakes, handmade greeting cards and best of the lot… staying awake under the blanket just to watch Santa keeping gifts under the tree!, Christmas has always been overwhelming.
The merriment has dimmed much now thanks to changing lifestyle and instant celebration aids flooding the market every festive season. Handmade cards have made way to e-cards and instant messages, cakes get pre-ordered for home delivery and festivals are most celebrated on social media and e-commerce portals. In these easy and name sake celebrations what gets lost is the fun, frolic and warmth of the occasion. I try to celebrate festivals in the traditional way mainly to create some colorful memories for my son.
This year I thought of recreating something from my childhood reminiscence. I decided to make a crib at home. I agree the readymade shop bought crib looks fab but something that is created with our creativity and effort is priceless! I used to join my cousins to make this as a kid. I still remember how we used to force feed eggs to all, just to ensure we have enough egg shells for the crib.
Here come the instructions to make your own crib at home.
We are already in the second week of December.. The very thought gives a feeling of warmth and joyousness, a feeling that’s special to every festive season. Christmas time to me is the best time of the year and I celebrate this season with all the enthusiasm.
This year I wanted to do something different for the decorations. I was bored with my old ornaments and wanted to give it pep. I decided to wear my creative hat (I know that’s an over statement, but I wanted to make something myself). I had a lot of craft options in my mind you don’t need to pay taxes to imagine right) and finally settled at the humble Christmas wreath to start with.