Retro Christmas Recipes Revival
Do you remember the Christmas holiday food you had when you were a child?
What did your grandparents make that you absolutely adored?
What family food traditions have you missed as an adult? Well it’s time to have a retro Christmas recipe revival.
Bring back those old favorites this year and relive the Christmas of your youth. Here are three ideas for some old holiday favorites.
#1 Egg Nog
Did you know that egg nog may have originated in the middle ages? It’s been a holiday food tradition for quite some time.
And while the convenience of buying it in a carton is nice, there’s nothing quite like homemade egg nog. It’s actually quite easy to make.
* 4 egg yolks
* 1/3 cup sugar, plus 1 tablespoon
* 1 pint whole milk
* 1 cup heavy cream
* 3 ounces bourbon
* 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
* 4 egg whites
Beat the egg yolks until they lighten in color. Gradually add 1/3 cup sugar and continue to beat until it is completely dissolved. Add the milk, cream, bourbon and nutmeg and stir to combine.
Place the egg whites in a separate bowl and beat to soft peaks. With the mixer still running, gradually add the 1 tablespoon of sugar and beat until stiff peaks form like a meringue.
Whisk the egg whites into the mixture. Chill and serve.
Gingerbread is another old-fashioned holiday favorite. Depending on your preferences you can make gingerbread cookies, snaps, gingerbread bread or even a gingerbread house. There are a number of recipes available.
They range from quite basic to a quite elaborate. Find one that matches your taste and childhood memories.
Did it have cream cheese? Bananas? Was your gingerbread dipped in chocolate? Experiment and enjoy gingerbread this holiday season.
#3 Fruit cake
Yes, that lovely cake that gets such a bad rap can actually be quite good. This is especially true when you make it from scratch. Fruitcake is a mixture of fruits and nuts.
There’s usually only a small amount of batter, just enough to hold it all together.
However, traditional fruit cake isn’t for children. It’s usually soaked with alcoholic liquors, then stored in a tightly closed tin.
If that sounds like a bit of old-fashioned fun, ask your grandmother for a recipe or take a look online.
Like gingerbread there are hundreds of recipes available.
Other old-fashioned Christmas recipes might include:
* Hot cross buns
* Christmas pudding
* Mince pie
And of course ham, turkey, stuffing and the traditional holiday menu. Have fun this holiday and bring back some of the retro recipes you loved as a child.
Who knows - you might just bring back an old family tradition.
Homemade Edible Gifts from the Heart
Are you looking for a new way to show your appreciation and gratitude this holiday season? Are you looking to give gifts this year that are special and focus on giving rather than materialism?
Consider making your own homemade edible gifts this year.
When you spend your valuable time creating something from your heart, your friends and family know you love and appreciate them. It takes a bit of extra time, energy and attention to make something from scratch.
However, in the long run it’s also easier than hitting the shopping malls and battling the crowd in search of that perfect gift. You can make one instead.
How to Create Homemade Edible Treats
The first step to creating homemade treats is actually two steps. You want to consider what you can make, where you’re skilled. You also want to take your recipient in mind.
What do they like to eat? What foods are their favorites or what would they enjoy most?
For example, if you’re making a treat for your young nieces and nephews, then perhaps they’d most appreciate candy. If you’re making a treat for your single brother, then perhaps he’d appreciate a ready to go soup and biscuits, with just "add water" instructions attached.
Your second step will be to prepare a plan. What are you going to make and who are you going to make it for?
You’ll want to make a detailed plan that also includes when you’re going to make your gifts. Take care to keep your gifts in mind.
For example, if you’re baking bread for family and friends, you’ll want to make it close to the day you’re actually giving it to them. Hold onto it too long and you’ll be giving them stale bread.
Next you’ll create your shopping list. In addition to writing down all the ingredients for your recipes, you’ll also want to shop for the packaging.
How are you going to package and wrap your treats? Will the packaging be part of the gift?
For example, if you’re baking homemade bread will you also give your recipient a bread pan or will you deliver it on a disposable plate?
If you’re making edible treats that your recipient can assemble themselves, you might want to purchase nice jars or containers for the ingredients.
For example, if you’re giving someone oatmeal cookies, you might layer all the ingredients in a large mason jar.
Tie a ribbon around the outside and then attach the mixing directions to the ribbon. They may have to add an egg and water but the rest is done for them.
Packaging can play an important role in your homemade gifts.
Have fun making your homemade edible treats. Set aside a day or a weekend from the process and really enjoy yourself.
Your passion, joy and enthusiasm will show in your results.
More Resources for Simplifying Christmas
You can also save money and be unique, by making your own Christmas cards this year.
I have a brilliant pack of 1,500 Christmas royalty free images for only $5 that you can download and use year after year.
They are gorgeous and such fun to use on handmade cards and decorations.
Learning how to keep Christmas simple is a matter of making sure you are organized with your Christmas planning and budgeting every step of the way.
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