This year I have filled our Advent Calendar Train with tasks to do each day together to make our run up to the Big Day even more enjoyable and to make sure we spend our time making memories and having fun, the idea came from Rebecca McLuckie of www.twobecamefour.com who has printable downloads.
The 1st December saw us kicking off our Advent Tasks with ‘Making Christmas Cookies’ and so after a quick run to the supermarket for icing sugar and Christmas cake decorations we set to in the afternoon making our biscuits for Christmas. This is a very simple recipe to follow and can be changed to suit any event.
Ingredients – makes about 30
100g caster sugar
1 medium egg
1 tsp vanilla essence
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp baking powder
For the icing
150g icing sugar + water
Decorating goodies – silver balls, writing icing, edible coloured beans etc
- Turn oven on 180C / mark 4 and line some baking trays with baking paper (we used 4 trays)
- Beat the butter and sugar with a whisk until pale, add the egg and vanilla and whisk again
- Sift on top the flour, cinnamon and baking powder and mix with a wooden spoon to form a soft dough
As a bit of a diary entry for Day 2 of the advent calendar we had ‘watch a Christmas film’ so we took the girls to see Arthur Christmas at the cinema, another first for them. Paul and I loved it but the girls got bored after a while, I think it was a little too advanced for them but something they’d enjoy watching in a year or two