Kids are at home and craziness rules your world. Everything is messed around and you have to do so many other things in order to get everything ready for the party, that you are losing your mind, literally! Christmas is around the corner.
Family is coming to lunch, gifts have to be still prepared and your kids, ohhh… At home!
We would love to share with you some easy to do (we promise you) activities to flavour your house with more of Christmas atmosphere It could be a home decoration or a gift idea for the aunty (you forgot to buy for!). Why not a biscuit made together with love? There are so many ways to entertain your little beloved ones and we want to present you some of them.
1. Christmas crack toffee recipe
These Christmas cracks are easy to do and by well presenting them you can easily skip the banal gift!
50 saltine crackers (approx.)
2 sticks (1 cup) salted butter, cubed
1 cup soft light brown sugar, packed
2 cups chocolate chips
1/2 to 1 cup M&M’s, chopped nuts or sliced almonds
These easy to do, delicious Christmas cracks can be easily shared with friends as a gift and enjoyed together with a tea in the afternoon as a pause from the launch party. Pre-heat the oven at 180C. Line a large jelly roll pan with aluminum foil. Spray the foil with non-stick cooking spray and then line the pan with saltine crackers.
Place the butter and sugar in a medium sized pot over low medium-low heat. Stir until the butter is melted. Once the butter has melted, bring to a boil for 3 minutes. Stir constantly.
Once it’s nice and bubbly and changed to more of a caramel color, remove pan from heat and pour evenly over saltine crackers. Spread mixture with a knife… however it doesn’t have to be perfect. Try to move fast during this part so the toffee doesn’t harden.
Place pan in the oven and bake for 7-9 minutes. The mixture will spread evenly over the crackers as it bakes.
Remove pan from and allow to cool slightly. Melt the chocolate and then pour over the top with a spatula. Sprinkle M&M’s (or nuts) on top and then place in the freezer for 15 minutes. Once chocolate has hardened break pieces off the foil and in an container. It will stay fresh for 1 – 2 weeks.
The recipe can be originally found in the blog of www.iheartnaptime.net
2. Last minute gift: Homemade pancake mix jars
For those lazy friends who love eating delicious food but are not open to create their our sweets at home, you can prepare everything for it.
Here you can find step by step how to create a nice jar. Than you can full it with everything you want. what a great idea!
3. Home decoration
If you have no snow in your town and your kids would love to bring some in your house than this DIY would definitively make their day. It is easy to do and all you have to have in order to re-make it is some styrofoam balls, some paper and lots of desire to have fun. The purpose is this one! Fun, fun and again fun! Your kids will love it.
Cottage in the oaks helps us in showing how to make them at home!
4. Play a game
There are so many ways we could entertain our kids while home, but with so many things in mind to do we could run out of idea. The balance shares with us a variety of games to play. You can choose between creating a snowman from plastic cups or decorate Christmas cookies with your babies. Or would you prefer the Christmas bingo? Check what our friends from thebalance.com have to share with us regarding this! So inspiring!
5. Make a grateful list.
Gratitude is so important and we should practice it every day. but in order to face these holidays with joy (and not cry if Santa didn’t bring the so wanted gift!) and serenity. Are your kids too small to write? Make them draw it. A special evening spent in family, their birthday gift, a new friend, a pet, gratitude feelings will help them express the joy and learn to be thankful for what already have, without waiting for the Santa’s gifts. The result will be a positive atmosphere in the house and so many drawings to use to decorate the house too!