Wednesday, December 4, 2013

In My Kitchen ~ December 2013

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Thanksgiving and Black Friday have come and gone which means Christmas is almost here! Merry Christmas from my kitchen to yours!

I especially want to send holiday greetings to Celia at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial, for making the In My Kitchen posts possible. What a wonderful lady, so talented and kind. Be sure to stop by and check out her posts, and the posts of all the other bloggers who participate.

In my kitchen …
Years ago, when my daughter was a little girl, we'd make Christmas ornaments together to give as gifts. This is one of my favorites. To make it, you'll need nuts (almonds and filberts in the shell), a hot glue gun, and holiday ribbon. If you want to add a bit of glamour, you can paint the nuts gold. I prefer them natural.


In my kitchen …
Caprese Skewers, a red and green themed holiday appetizer. You can find the recipe here.  



In my kitchen …
Way back in the 1950's, when I was growing up, my mom always made an Ice Cream Cake for dessert on Christmas. Ice cream cake in December, in snowy cold Minnesota, is a bit of an oxymoron, but my three brothers and five cousins loved it and looked forward to it every year!



In my kitchen …
Pretzel buttons: Pretzels, Hershey's kisses and Christmas M&M's. Easy and yummy! Fun to make with kids, too!


Finally, here's a song that makes me smile. Sorry about the commercial.  Listen here.


Peace and blessings to all of you!

21 comments:

  1. Good ideas, and you are way ahead of me in getting into the holiday doings. Although I did make fruit cakes- a little late- but I don't mind if they aren't too boozy anyway~
    Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Never made fruitcake. I'm sure yours will be delicious!

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  2. Hi Marianne, My mum always made icecream cake at Christmas too though it is a little more appropriate on a hot Australian summer's day than were you are.

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    1. Ice cream cake on a hot Christmas day would be grand! But kids being kids, they'll love it anytime of year! :)

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  3. That's a clever idea about the Pretzel Buttons - thanks. Looking at the Christmas decoration you made with your daughter reminds me of some I made with the kids though in typical Aussie Summer Christmas fashion they were shells that they painted with nail polish. We still have them too. Cheers!

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    1. I'm a huge fan of shells and use them to decorate my porch in summer, although I'm MANY miles from their habitat. I love that you still have them … a true treasure!

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  4. Marianne, your ornaments made with almonds in the shell are so beautiful! I do love them! I must ask you, where is 'home' for you? xo

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  5. Hi Bizzy Lizzy ! Home for me is Minnesota, in the midwestern US. We're about 350+ miles from the Canadian border. It's a frigid -7 degrees F (below zero!) here this morning. Winter has settled in with a vengeance! Thanks for asking! xox

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  6. I love your homemade Christmas ornament! And Caprese salad is one of our favourites - never thought to make it as skewers. Thanks for you wonderful ideas and very kind words, Marianne! All the very best to you and your family for a wonderful festive season! x

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    1. And my thanks to you, dear Celia, for all you do to make In My Kitchen work so smoothly! xox

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  7. oohhh....yummy! I can't eat gluten but would be completely happy with the caprese skewers and the ice cream cake...if all those kids left any for me.

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    1. The caprese skewers are delicious! :)

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  8. Marianne, your kitchen is filled with festive treats and memories... the makings of a wonderful holiday. Thanks for sharing that version of White Christmas, too -- I grinned the whole way through! Merry Christmas to you & your family.

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  9. What lovely things in your kitchen, despite the blistering cold! Merry Christmas :D

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    1. Th cold and snow are getting me down. This is not typical December weather, more like mid January. But it's warm & cozy in my kitchen. :) Merry Christmas!

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  10. What lovely things in your kitchen, despite the blistering cold! Merry Christmas :D

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  11. G'day Marianne, love homemade holiday presents, true!
    Can I order an ice cream cake to be delivered? :) Love holiday traditions too!
    Cheers! Joanne
    http://www.whatsonthelist.net
    Viewed as part of Celia's In My Kitchen

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    1. Cheers, Joanne, and thanks for stopping!

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  12. We always have frozen icecream style dessert cake for Christmas- but as it's mid summer it makes more sense than hot pudding :)

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    1. Summer is just a memory here now. Have a lovely Christmas.

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