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Friday, December 13, 2019

Christmas Recycle Craft and Gluten-free Cookie Recipe Day10

So, we have come to the end of our 10-day junket through the joys of combined crafting and cooking-baking until next Christmas!  We have one more craft and one more batch of cookies to bake... are you ready?

We are going to look at some fairly simple but artfully placed center pieces as our last craft.

If you have stashed away your Christmas pine cones of all sizes and greenery from years past-- maybe even inherited some along the way-- you will be well on your way to being able to design and put together a centerpiece that you can take pride in.

Pinecone, Snow, Creativity, Snowy

Relax with a cup of tea and your favourite seasonal background music.  Now, with no judgements on how hard this is, or how skilled you are, etc. etc. etc., watch the video and catch the vision!  If you want to send me a photo of your creation, I would be very happy to post it here!  Just let me know in the comments and we will arrange something.

7 Christmas Ornaments with Pine Cones DIY 

The video:


And now to cap our Cookie Recipes for the series, I am so happy that I ran across a video from the blog Simply Quinoa blog that showcases THREE HEALTHY COOKIE RECIPES for Christmas-- all of them Gluten-Free.

Quinoa (pronounced KEENwah) is an ancient grain from South America.  These cookies all use quinoa and other gluten-free ingredients in the making.  I personally can hardly wait to try them.  The directions to the recipes are found just after the video:



All crafts and cookie recipes are found listed HERE

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Christmas Recycle Craft and Gluten-free Cookie Recipe Day 9

One of my all-time favourite Christmas crafts involves tissue paper.  If you are someone who 'saves' your wrapping paper from year to year, you likely have a number of tissue paper caches.  Get them out and make beautiful window "stained glass" using clear contact paper and pieces of tissue.

  Below is a design for you to copy from, or you can find many other "coloring pages" to download and use as templates for what you want to display. Make a frame from black poster board, or just black construction paper.  After you have put the design on the one sheet of contact paper, cover with a second sheet of contact paper.  Be sure to provide a small hanger as is shown here.  Tape it to a window. 

The idea is to relax and create, and then to enjoy the art you have created.  There is something very soothing and spiritually uplifting in having light pour through your art piece!

Today's Gluten-free Cookie Recipe is one that my neighbour introduced to me a while ago, but with different (Paleo) ingredients.  I think she used something like crushed potato chips, that doesn't fit for me with the spirit of Christmas baking.


orange hued stack of pumpkin cookies coated in cinnamon and sugar atop a natural wooden board and a vintage milk glass in background

These tasty little cookies are full of vegan goodness and absolutely lacking in the stuff that makes gluten sensitivity so bad.

You can find the quick and easy recipe HERE.
All crafts and cookie recipes are found listed HERE

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