Hi everyone, Jordan here. I hope you’re all enjoying a relaxing Sunday. What’s happening around your craft table this weekend? Anything new and exciting?
I couldn’t believe it, but it’s already November! Where has the year gone? Before long, we’ll be scoffing down Roast Turkey, Christmas Pud and Port (not necessarily in that order 😉), opening presents, then falling asleep on the sofa in a festive heap.
I myself like to get lots of prep done through October and into November so that once Christmas begins in earnest, I can relax and enjoy it as much as possible.
That means Christmas card and wrapping paper making through late October and into November, then lots of recipe gathering through November, and finally some Christmas decoration making into early December when the Christmas spirit really reaches critical (christ)mass.
We’ll also get the decorations out this week, too. Some might say it’s a little early… but each to their own, I say! I like to get some of the small decorations up really early, then completely deck the house out around November 30th. By small decorations, I mean a few small wreaths in the house and a little tinsel. It’s not much, but it gets things started.
I like to try a good few new recipes for Christmas each year, and this one will be no exception! I’m thinking of trying a new nut roast recipe for the Vegans in my family, of which we have several. Last years’ came out great, but I reckon there’s a little room for improvement. I think the key to a great nut roast is a good balance between seasonal dried fruits, an interesting and tasty blend of chopped nuts, and of course some delicious nutritional yeast to bring the flavours out.
I’ve also found a spiced Cookie recipe that I’d like to try. They’re called Pfeffernusse, and they’re so delicious and Christmassy! They’re the kind you can find in German or Scandinavian Christmas markets; spicy and cakey, with lovely thick icing. If you fancy making some of these, you could try this a recipe right here. There are a couple of less-common ingredients (Lebkuchengewuerz is a German ginger spice mix, not too difficult to get your hands on) but the method looks simple. I’m going to try a batch of these around the end of November, so I will report back once later in the month with my results.
They pair very well with a nice glass of hot Glogg, too! If you’ve never tried Glogg, I suggest getting a bottle in for the Christmas Season. It’s a very rich, spicy & boozy alternative to Mulled Wine. Delicious stuff, and like the Pfeffernusse, just so Christmassy. Or, you can make your own! If you’d rather look to make your own Glogg, here’s a link.
When do you in the Clarity Crafting community start your Christmas preparations? October? May? 23rd of December, in a stressful whirlwind of manic Christmas Joy? Drop us a comment below and let us know.
So, what’s happening around Clarity Towers? Well, this week we’ve been squirrelling away at more new Groovi & Stamp products for you to sink your teeth in to… but I can’t shout about them just yet! Here at Clarity, we’ve always got a stunning, fantastic new design just around the corner, be it in Stamp, Stencil, Groovi or Fresh-Cut Die 🙂
Simon will be bringing you new YouTube content this Tuesday, with our Mixed Media Maestro Sam Crowe!
And, while we’re looking ahead, I’ll be posting that Journal follow-up that I mentioned last week.
Oh! And a final reminder, today is your last chance to grab a Speedball Brayer for 25% off, as our Pick of the Week. Click just here for a bargain!
Have a restful Sunday, all, and be well. I’ll see you tomorrow for a catch-up.
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