Welcome back, a year later, to my Christmas craft gift. (Warming SPOILER ALERT!)
This year we focused again on ornaments. And ornaments, and more ornaments. Started right after Halloween because once we return to our family’s home for Christmas it won’t be about our gifts for others, it will all be about baking and decorating and Christmas music. (Who am I kidding I’m listening to it right now. After making up a whole yoga class playlist of carols. Sorry if you’re reading this and in my yoga class. I did warn you with the spoiler alert!) And hey, don’t judge I am fully aware it’s a bit early. Then again, we’re at the 6 week countdown…
I am so excited for Christmas. This year both kids will “get” it: the presents, Santa, the anticipation. And still believe in the magic. Not sure how much longer the magic will last. But we’ll hang onto it for as long as we can. And have lots of memory-filled ornaments to hang on our tree, and Grandma’s tree and Oma’s tree, and the neighbour’s tree…you get the picture.
So bring in the cinnamon ornaments! They are made of mostly cinnamon (insert shocked look here).
The recipe is one cup cinnamon, 1/4 cup applesauce (and mix…although nothing ever looks mixed properly in this recipe) Then slowly add 1/2 cup white craft glue. Mix again. And some more. And nothing’s sticking together so you (or in this case, me) roll your sleeves up and get in there with your hands trying to mush that spice into the glue and applesauce. Stick together darn it! And all of a sudden, just at the point you are about to throw it all away, it comes together.
Bake at 200F for one hour turning them halfway through. (I lined my baking sheet with parchment, because glue, ewww). Oh and if your husband happens to be in the kitchen “helping” – Conveniently arriving to turn them over, remind him they are not cookies, they are ornaments. They are NOT cookies. Seriously. Our kitchen conversation went something like this:
“Stop! O-R-N-A-M-E-N-T-S! Not edible! Seriously don’t put it in your mouth, there’s glue in there!! I’m not joking you can’t eat these ones!” (He always sneaks Christmas baking, or any baking prior to them being ready, or out for guests.) Sigh. I bet this doesn’t happen in Martha Stewart’s kitchen. She’s the one who invented these bad boys. See her recipe site here. The pictures are way better. And not nearly as realistic as the ones in my kitchen, with a 4 and a 2 year old. And a hungry, cookie eating husband. I didn’t take a picture of him. Was waiting for the “sick” shot. It never came. Go figure, the one time he listens…
Then let them cool, and paint them. And hang them on your tree!