In my search to find suitable recipes for my gifts in jars theme this Christmas, I came across one for Cinnamon Honey Butter.
It appealed to my sweet tooth, so I thought it would be an easy one to try out and gave it a go.
Turned out well and was as easy as I expected! I used my Bellini Intelli, but you could use any processor or hand mixer too.
- 1 cup honey
- 1 cup butter at room temperature
- 1 cup icing sugar
- 2 tsp cinnamon powder
- Pour all ingredients into Bellini Intelli jug.
- Mix for 30 seconds, speed 3 to combine.
- Scrape down sides with rubber spatula.
- mix for 1 minute, speed 5 till light and fluffy.
- Pour into clean jars, top with lids or plastic wrappers.
Spray your cup with cooking spray before adding honey (it will help it pour out easily)
- Piping bag from folded, greaseproof paper.
Fold into square and over itself to form a funnel
Snip the end to pipe it in jars.
Stand your piping bag in a glass to fill.
I actually found it easier to get into jars using a butter knife.
Decorate with a fabric square… easy and no sewing required !
Sew…. (get it?) ha!
Well lots of my friends seem to be sewing of late, lots of handmade clothing items popping up around facebook.
And I must say it made me kind of nostalgic… and also jealous. I want in on the creative fun. Not to mention I have little boys. Has anyone noticed how much harder it is to find clothing for boys, that is not garish or just ugly?
There are soooo many gorgeous clothes for little girls. Luckily for me I now have lovely nieces to spoil.
So I was a woman on a mission. And I am chuffed with the end result.
I made a pair of Christmas shorts for my 3 year old.
Keep in mind, I had no pattern. I used a pair of shorts in the cupboard, I cut out a template from those.
The last time I touched a sewing machine (apart from last week when mum brought the vintage machine around), was year 10 in high school. My project was a pair of black satin pyjamas. I never finished them….
It took me pretty much all day, but I did finish them. And only a few mistakes along the way, nothing an unpicker didn’t fix.
As usual, Mr Negative had nothing positive to say.. “they look like a tea towel” … “he can’t wear THOSE in public”… it goes on.
The person who matters really liked them. He can’t wait for Christmas to wear his special shorts that mum made.
Before the waistband was done.
And the finished product …
Cookie mix in a jar
Well I thought I would make my first post one about something that has been consuming my train of thought of late…
And that is Christmas.
Not just the usual presents for the kiddies and little people in our life… but those presents you are almost obliged to give.
It’s not that I don’t love giving presents, but the ones that I do give, usually involve a lot of thought on my behalf.
I’m talking about people like our grandparents… or old Aunt Jude… or the sweet old lady down the road.
So I came across ( a not so original idea it seems, but one I haven’t seen before) of gifts in jars.
You can find the original recipe I used and tweaked here
Last year, I did a M&M layered biscuit mix in a glass jar, in a pretty box with Christmassy mugs, flavoured coffee sachets, individual tea bags, and come small choccies scattered around.
I think it looked cute all wrapped up and decorated (I will scrounge to see if I took any photos of how they turned out, but you get the idea)
SO this year, I have been researching my gifts in jars theme. And with the help of my Bellini Intelli Kitchen Master (I plan on blogging more about the BIKM in future) I have made up a list of things I think might fit the memo.
How am I going so far… any mouth’s watering yet? Would YOU like to be the recipient if someone gave you these hand made gifts?
I’ve started a Pinterest board