Advent calendar 2018 - day 20, 21, 22, 23 & 24

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Well well … I am pretty late blogging about the last days of our Advent Calendar … life happens, it’s school break anyway, and there was Christmas in between … I think you’ll forgive me.

Fact is I don’t have any photo for the activity of Day 20, which was “breakfast for diner”, because it was not particularly photogenic, and it was late, dark & we were busy with a school meeting. (teachers-parents)

Activity of Day 21 was making name tages for Christmas day. I had the idea to go pick some holly leaves growing in our hedge & write names on it with a Posca pen. Frugal, local, earth-friendly & pretty, I love that !

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Activity of Day 22 was making mendiants, which is an activity that happens regularly in our calendars … because we love them, it’s that simple ! It’s a wonderful idea for a zero waste gift. I used organic dark chocolate chips, walnuts, pistachios & almonds, all bought in bulk at the natural food store. It’s quite versatile since you can use whatever nut (or not) of your choice : pine nuts, etc or goji berries, chia seeds, whatever. Use what you have, create tasteful combinations ! Gift them in a glass jar or in a metal box & it’ll be a hit ! (if you can ever give them away !) Melt the chocolate (nothing was added), pour blobs of the size of your choice and sprinkle the nuts/whatever. Reserve in a chill place (not next to the heater or chimney, I mean), and it’s ready to eat or to wrap for gifting !

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Activity of Day 23 was baking cinnamon rolls ! Yum ! Our eldest prepared the dough with hubby, and our youngest sprinkled sugar & cinnamon, rolled & cut the rolls. They were our next days’ breakfasts & were soooo delicious !

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Activity of Day 24 was the last of the 2018 edition, and was making cheese stars for the evening celebrations. The photo is pretty yellowish, sorry. They were made with puff pastry & shredded swiss cheese.

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Well, that’s a wrap ! I still wonder if there’ll be a 2019 version … we’ll see if the boys are still game to it.

I hope you all had pleasant, joyful & tasteful celebrations, whatever you celebrated. Thank you for checking my blog today, I hope you’ve had a lovely visit.

With love,

Sonia

Advent calendar 2018 - day 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 & 19

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Um, well, what a busy time of the year … sorry for the delay in posting, but I do my best ! Here’s the recap of the activities done this past week !

Activity of Day 13 was : eating brussel sprouts shaped chocolate LOL

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Activity of Day 14 was : playing bingo ! Fun ! We’ll do it again on Christmas day.

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Activity of Day 15 was : renovating Pitou’s scratching spot (a tower), which is made of disks of cardbaord. We simply cut off the edges & it’s like brand new again. We’ve had it for a handful of years & is good to go for more ! I won’t lie, it took us longer than what I thought, so I cut half of them myself.

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Activity of Day 16 was : baking sugar biscuits ! (like shortbread, actually) Yum yum yummy ! We ate them for snacks & for 2 breakfasts.

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Activity of Day 17 was : making (super easy & fast) mini wreaths with rosemary from the garden. Cut, bend, tie, voilà, it’s done ! And looking great !

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Activity of Day 18 was : again, some chocolate to eat.

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Activity of Day 19 (today !) was : drinking hot cocoa topped with chantilly cream !

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Tonight hubby’s coming home after 10 long days away (we missed him so much !), and the most wonderful news is that he’ll be home for the next 18 days !!!! Woohoo !

See you soon for the last (what ??!) five activities in our calendar ! Thanks for your visit today !

With love,

Sonia

Advent calendar 2018 - day 11 & 12

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We’ve now reached the middle of the calendar … time goes by so fast !

Activity of Day 11 was : eating mini christmas tree shaped shortbreads (from Marks & Spencer - photo on top)

Activity of Day 12 was : making a N O E L sign (with cardboard & gold paint) to display on top of the sideboard. (yes, always the same sideboard, it’s getting crowdy over there ! ahah)

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The golden paint doesn’t show very much, but it was dark when I took the photos. We’ve reached the shortest days of the year for sure.

Wishing you a beautiful second half of the month !

With love,

Sonia