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Popsicle Stick Christmas Ornaments

It's November, which to many over-enthusiastic holiday lovers means CHRISTMAS! Yes, I love Thanksgiving as well—it's just one big holiday celebration for me from now to the end of the year. So far, I've refrained from putting up my Christmas tree, but that doesn't mean I can't prepare, right? This past weekend, I spent some time making some ornaments. I love to create handmade ornaments to add to my little tree each year. 
Lately I've been interested in popsicle stick crafts. I found some super cute ideas on Pinterest (see the links to my Holiday Crafts and Food board and specific posts below). I like that such a simple material can have so many possibilities. Just add paint and glue!
I was able to get my kids involved for part of my craft day. They are ages 2 and 3, so they didn't do much beyond just paint a few popsicle sticks. I turned these painted sticks into little Santa Claus ornaments—two for each daughter as they're bound to ruin some of them …

Honeykuchen

I created this illustrated recipe for the wonderful website They Draw and Cook. (Click on the image for better view.) I made honeykuchen for the holidays last year and enjoyed it. It is a sweet and sticky bread. It is meant to get better the longer it sits. The low moisture and high honey/sugar content keeps it from spoiling. Below is a picture of the loaves I made this year.

New Etsy Shop and Free Pattern

I opened up a shop on etsy.com today. I've posted some sweaters for 11.5-inch dolls (I hope to post other types of items in the future). You can visit the shop here. These miniature sweaters were very fun to create. They are all designed and handknit by myself.

Most of the sweaters are knit using size 10 crochet thread and sock knitting needles. I like using the crochet thread because it is relatively inexpensive, comes in a wide array of colors, and is readily available from any store that sells craft supplies.

Here is a free pattern for a basic sweater, for those who would like to try making one yourself!





**UPDATE - 2015** The miniature sweater knitting pattern has been revised.  View/Download the new pattern here:
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A gift tag template for creating a Christmas ornament from this sweater can be found on my Templates and Patterns page. Additional sweater patterns are available for sale in my Etsy shop.


A Great Feast

Thanksgiving has come and gone once more. During the month of November, my sisters and I enjoy cooking up smaller festive meals in preparation for the big day. This way, not only do we get to enjoy Thanksgiving all month long, but we also have a chance to experiment with new recipes that we may or may not want to incorporate into our actual holiday meal.

This year, we tried something a little different and fun. The previous month, we vacationed down in Orlando and visited the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios. We absolutely loved the restaurant there called The Three Broomsticks. The atmosphere was warm and inviting, and the food was delicious. The photos below show the dining room (top), a dinner of roast chicken (below left) and the butterbeer cart (below right) at the park.



We decided we wanted to recreate a typical meal served there. We called it our Great Feast. The menu included chicken, ribs, roasted potatoes and corn on the cob. This was our result:
We eve…