Hello everyone, Happy Holidays and Merry almost-Christmas! With one week to go, here are some great from-scratch ideas to enhance your holiday.
We’ll begin with recipes. Nothing cozier than yummy food and lots of relatives gathered around the table.
Katy at Sugarlaws presents a delicious-looking broccoli frittata. It looks reasonably easy to make and great for those holiday brunches. I’m always looking for a good broccoli recipe, since my husband adores the stuff!
Sunny at Dandelions and Daydreams has copied an Olive Garden recipe for hot artichoke and spinach dip. I haven’t tasted hers, it looks quite similar to a delicious one I had at Thanksgiving. Definitely something to bring to the Christmas potluck.
Christmas shopping got you busy? Veteran Military Wife has given us a great selection for our recipes section, though perhaps it doesn’t technically belong here. She lists some great “no recipe” meals that work in a pinch. I’ll testify to having used several of these. It’s lucky that my husband is as happy with PB&J as with more elaborate curries.
The Prince of Thrift has a wonderful microwaveable chocolate fudge recipe! You can’t whip it up at the last minute (needs chill time) but the cooking part takes only 3 minutes–great for time-saving and getting other things done. He notes that he tried it with other types of chips and advises sticking with semi-sweet morsels, since they turned out the best. Those are my favorite anyway!
Summer of Summer’s Nook has a somewhat more indepth fudge recipe–maple pecan fudge! There’s something very wintery about maple-syrup flavored things. I wonder if one can use darker chocolate on these too…Summer, any thoughts?
Gift and Decoration Ideas
Here are some ideas for gifts and/or decorations (or gifts of decorations) that you can still get done before Christmas!
GP from Inside Montana — Your Home at the Range outlines some kinds of gifts that keep on giving all year long. She advocates not being pulled into the holiday rush but instead finding time to make it meaningful!
M at There But for the Grace of God has found inexpensive ways to get great art in your home. Do it for yourself or make some for a friend this Christmas! We really need to get on that here–we have almost no artwork up…
Rebecca at The Experimental Kitchen has put together a great resource list if you want to make a gingerbread house this season. They can be so fun and interactive…though all I can think of right now is “yummy!”
Summer of Wired for Noise has been making pretties lately–I mean, um, jewelry. She has some tips and instructions for great handmade gift jewelry.
Christine of The Thinking Mother made some oatmeal complexion soap back in October which is finally ready for use. Sorry, can’t get this one done in time for Christmas, but you could invite your giftee to make it with you afterward! Participatory gifts can be the best.
Jacob of Early Retirement Extreme has some tips for making olive oil lamps. Very nifty gift for someone who already likes candles–change things up a bit! Or use it yourself for some good old-fashioned lamplight.
Silvia of Po Moyemu posted instructions and links for making a secret hollow book. Fun crafting idea. I know I would have loved one of these when I was in my spy phase as a kid…or probably even now…
Karen of Little Fun, Little Learning has more really cute Christmas ornament ideas. Do them yourself or with your kids.
Reuse and Recycle!
Nothing says thrifty like finding a way to turn used goods into something helpful around the house.
Melanie Rimmer of Bean Sprouts has instructions for homemade firelighters sure to get your fireplace crackling for all that chestnut roasting. It’s an ingenious combination of wax, dryer fluff (or other) and…well, you’ll see!
Zamejias at Verb shows us a creative way to turn a tissue box into an organizational tool. The awesome pictures on the box are a bonus for getting kids to use it!
Alison of This Wasn’t in the Plan has turned old Christmas cards into new Christmas placements. Great craft idea, for you or the kids.
And as a special bonus, Midwest Neurotica will be posting on an MIFS theme ’till Christmas, at least once a day. She’s already got up a few posts with more to come!
Thanks so much everyone for contributing! Merry Christmas to all!
The next MIFS won’t be held on Christmas but will be on January 1, hosted by Joanna at Keeping Feet.