Saturday, December 19

On the fourth day of Christmas.......

My Potato Salad Recipe

Many have asked for this recipe and many have failed but as my family dont read my blog I am now going to share it with you all.

150g of Diced Bacon
4 large Potatoes
2 large Capsicums
2 large Onions
1 small jar of Mayonnaise (It works better if you dont use whole egg mayo)

  1. Dice potatoes into large chunks, leaving the skins on. Boil until just soft.
  2. Dice the onions, and cut the capsicum into strips.
  3. In a frying pan sweat down the onions and capsicum, in another frying pan fry the bacon until crispy.
  4. Combine the potatoes, onions, capsicum and bacon in a bowl while everything is still hot.
  5. Spoon over mayo 1 table spoon at a time, making sure to mix it in after every spoon full. You only want to add enough to just coat the ingredients.
Then enjoy. It tastes fantastic either hot or cold.

Thursday, December 17

On the third day of Christmas.......

Little Tinsel Christmas Trees

A couple of years ago we made these decorations for Christmas. These cute little trees are really easy to make and take no time at all.

You will need the following to make 1 tree.............

One and half green tinsel pipe cleaners
One red pipe cleaner
Approximately 12 different sizes beads with large holes

  1. With a green pipe cleaner make a triangle that is larger on two sides. To join the ends twist the ends around each other, then wind them down the sides of the triangle. The great thing about pipe cleaners is that you dont have to worry about being really neat and they still turn out great.

  2. Cut the green half a pipe cleaner in half. Bend it into a U shape and attach it to the bottom of the triangle the same way that you joined the triangle together. With the second piece attach it to the top of the triangle then bend it to make a hook.

  3. With the red pipe cleaner, attach it to the inside of a bottom corner. Slide on approximately 5 beads, bend a section of the pipe cleaner into a wavy line. Then attach the pipe cleaner to the other side of the triangle approximately 1/3 of the way up by winding the pipe cleaner around the triangle. Make sure to space out the beads.

  4. Slide approximately 4 more beads onto the end of the red pipe cleaner and repeat the same process as the last step but this time attach the red pipe cleaner approximately half way up the other side of the triangle.

  5. Side approximately 2-3 more beads onto the end of the red pipe cleaner and repeat the precess again this time attach the pipe cleaner to the approximately 1/3 of the way down from of the top of the other side of the triangle.

And you are finished...................

AND THE WINNER IS.............

Sheena from BUBBAMIA

This time we decided to do things a little different, as Dion wanted to draw the giveaway.

Here are everyone's entries ready to be placed in the hat to be drawn.

And the winner is...............

Sheena from BUBBAMIA

Thanks for everyone for entering.

Wednesday, December 16

On the second day of Christmas.......

Felt Garlands

My son Dion has been a busy little elf the last week making beautiful felt garlands for our living room.

(Please ignore the badly hung pictures, on the list of thing to fix in the house, lol)

These are really easy to make and really help make the room look festive. Simply cut out approx half a metre of both red and green felt of circles, we used a template cut out of foam core board (but I have now found out that you can get a very large punch that will cut these out) that is about 6cm across. Once you have cut out the circles you can start sewing them together. Start sewing the first circle when you are coming close to the end, line up the second circle but make sure that you let the sewing machine run a couple of stitches before it starts sewing the second circle. Then repeat till the end of your circles. You can sew on ribbons to the end so that you can tie them up but we did not do this due to the way that we were going to hang them.

Monday, December 14

On the first day of Christmas.......

Present Wrapping

As we have got closer to Christmas day I have started making the wrapping for our Christmas presents. This year to keep in line with our handmade Christmas pledge I have been making our wrapping out of left over Christmas fabric.   

Paired with the fabulous handmade gift tags is little felt Christmas trees made by me. These little Christmas trees are very easy to make. Simply cut out two Christmas tree shapes and sew together with contrasting thread, as you are sewing around slip in a loop of ribbon and sew through this as well. This can be done with any Christmas shape and make a lovely addition to any present.



Blog News....................

We have extended our blog giveaway to the morning of the 16th of December so leave your comment to be in the running.

Friday, December 11

Giveaway Extension

Dion and I have decided to extend the end date of the Big Christmas Giveaway. The new end date is now the morning of the 16th December. All the same rules apply as before. So get in now to win.