Get Christmas ready

9:49 AM

November is in its second half, and to those who care about it, the 1st Advent falls on November 29th this year. To all those who have no idea what I am talking about, the Advents are the 4 Sundays before Christmas. Needless to say that from now on, time will be flying.

I think I made it abundantly clear the previous years that I do not celebrate the Christian way, but the secular way. But regardless of your religious view, Christmas is a holiday that last several weeks. Weeks of preparation and anticipation that culminate to the day itself. In other words, this means you need to start thinking about it long before the actual day. And if you are a DIY type of person, you need to get crafting in November (Which I have plans to do this weekend).

As a result, I spend a lot of time on Pinterest as soon as Diwali is behind us. In India we have such a succession of holidays that I don't feel like their preparation overlapping.
I thought it would be fun for me to share a few of the things that caught my eye on Pinterest recently (at the default of sharing all of Pinterest...can't do that).

The first one that caught my eye is this one:
Image source: Make Bake Celebrate
Those adorable Christmas tree meringue from the blog "Make Bake Celebrate" are something I totally see myself doing this year. First because I love meringue, and then because I can't believe I never thought of that! Seriously, Look at these and don't tell me you aren't getting any meringue envy.

One of the problem of living in India is that getting a decent Christmas tree isn't always possible depending where you live, but they aren't really necessary to have around to rock a stunning holiday decor:
Image source: How to Decorate
The website "How to Decorate" has come up with a list of 12 ideas to decorate without a tree you can try in your home.

If you really can't do without a tree but can't get one anywhere, here is a DIY alternative:
Image source: Tattered & Timeless
Pinterest is choc-a-bloc full of DIY tree ideas, of all sizes and in all materials possible, and while finding a tree is not a problem I have, I can totally see myself making one. Which one is still not decided, but this gorgeous Ribbon tree from Tattered & Timeless totally caught my attention.

And, for some reasons, I suddenly find myself craving hot chocolate come December. Something that is quite odd considering i am really not that crazy about milk to begin with.
So because of my sudden visions of hot cocoa milk, this pretty nifty Hot Chocolate recipe list caught my eye:
Image Source: Life Hack
This list is cute enough to print and frame and display at your dinning table or in your kitchen isn't it? This could be even just the excuse you needed to throw a hot chocolate party in your home. I myself find myself torn between the Peanut Butter and the Orange one (ok I lied I am not torn between them, I SO WILL try both!)

I have a lot of ornaments ideas at the moment, many of which I pinned to my Christmas board, but this blog post was already getting quite image heavy. To sum it, I am getting warmed up for the Christmas season, and have been working on a few blog back stage things as well.

You know, just because I wasn't already super busy enough, and maybe because my name is Cyn...

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  1. Screw the chocolate, I'll just take my Bailey's Irish cream in black coffee!
    I was looking at these cardboard & yarn ornaments, I think they'd look better with the cardboard painted (possibly with glitter paint?)-

    1. I would do them on painted cardboard indeed, I would do it with silver or gold acrylic paint.
      I am not a big coffee drinker myself, but yeah Bailey in black coffee is something I could see myself doing :-)

  2. Anonymous2:44 PM

    I don't celebrate Christmas but I've been wanting to work with meringue for a long time. The only problem is the unavailability of cream of tartar. The reason why I can't make chiffon and angel food cakes. Amazon doesn't sell it and the ones I found show out of stock.

    1. I never used cream of tartar in Meringue, I have a recipe that calls for a little lemon juice. Cream of tartar is found in American recipes, but I haven't found it yet in a recipe written in Europe. Cream of tartar is an acidic agent, you can substitute it with either lemon juice or vinegar in most recipe that call for it. I also read somewhere that baking powder contains cream of tartar and that cream of tartar is usually used in recipes that call for baking soda instead of baking powder (yes they are different).

      I just ran a quick google search for substitute and this website gives you good tips :


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