This information goes along with my Radio Show about creating a Little House Christmas in your home.
Here is the link for the show: A Little House Christmas
Remember, you shouldn’t try to make huge changes in your family’s Christmas celebration right before Christmas! Just use these ideas and the ones in the radio show to help bring in some of that Little House flavor to your Christmas.
“Mary and Laura pulled out two small packages. They unwrapped them and each found a little heart-shaped cake. Over their delicate brown tops was sprinkled white sugar.”
This is the recipe I use for making Heart-shaped cakes like Mary and Laura received for Christmas.
Mammy’s Tea Cakes
4 c plain flour
1 1/2 c sugar
3/4 c shortening
1 tsp soda dissolved in 1 c buttermilk
pinch of salt
1 Tablespoon vanilla, I use white vanilla for the whitest cookies possible, but regular vanilla will do.
Mix all ingredients, roll out to 1/2″ thickness and cut into 2-3″ heart shapes or other shapes. Sprinkle each cookie with white sugar. Bake in a 350* oven for about 10 minutes, but try not to let them get brown. They are done when they are no longer shiny and when they are firm all the way through. You may have to test a few before baking the whole batch, because oven temperatures differ so widely. Bake two or three and test for doneness by tasting. If they taste dough-y bake longer. Mine usually take 10-12 minutes.
Apple Butter makes great gifts. This recipe is simple and you can easily water-bath can it.
This is my go-to recipe for fast apple butter. Its over at Martha Stewart.com so you know its good. Included are directions for water bath canning it. The recipe makes 6 pints or 12 half pints.
Gingerbread Houses are kind of tricky to make so I don’t suggest you try to make them for gifts til you’ve had some experience. There are great kits out there for a few buck, get one of those first. After that, try this one: Gingerbread House .
Chocolate Dipped Peppermint Sticks are easy and tasty! I think it makes all the difference what kind of peppermint sticks you buy. I prefer King Leo peppermint because they are sort of soft and very delicious. Melt your chocolate in a double boiler, take each stick and dip it in the melted chocolate half-way. Lay the stick on waxed paper to dry.
Consider making homemade gift cones to present your homemade goodies in. Here is a video about how to make the cones, they are beautiful!
Are you a painter? Love to paint little things? This is the sweetest play set! Oh I want to make it.
Here is a great gift idea: A Story Sack. A story sack is a homemade bag filled with not only craft ideas for little people but all the supplies too. It can include videos, books, coloring books, crayons and more. Great gifts for the 5-10 year old crowd.
Remember the 5 Ingredients Needed For A Little House Christmas:
- Warmth (in your heart and attitude)
- A Small amount of resources
- Willing Hands
- A Willingness to leave a little materialism behind
Want LOTS more links to some Victorian Christmas crafts, recipes and more?
May God bless you this Christmas with a new and fresh appreciation for what He has done for you! Merry Christmas!