On The 5 Days of Advent…: Daily Art Practice
Christmas Morning Cinnamon Rolls
For those of you that celebrate Christmas, I hope you had a relaxing and enjoyable time celebrating with family and friends.
I mentioned last week that our Advent plans were getting a late start. Well, it turned out for the best because it was an exhausting week. We were in the kitchen most of the day, preparing for our meals. It wasn’t that we had an elaborate spread, but more that we chose involved dishes that we had never made before. Before each meal, we watched a short video about the Christmas customs of each country.
I won’t bore you with details so I will share just a few pictures so you can get the idea of the foods we tried. If you are interested in making the dish, it is linked and will take you to the recipe if you click on it.
Day 1: Germany
The almonds were a favorite. The beef was good too, but it was a lot of work.
Day 2: Philippines
The Pancit Canton was our favorite main dish of the entire week! I will be making this again for sure!
Day 3: Great Britian
Shepard’s Pie and Christmas Crackers
Mary Berry’s Bakewell Tart
I loved the Bakewell Tart. It reminded me of my favorite Pepperidge Farm Verona cookies that I ate growing up.
Day 4: France
Chicken and Mushroom Pie (Tourte) filling
Tourte after baking
The Tourte was another favorite of the week. It was very flavorful, but again, this dish took hours to make!
Day 5: Japan
KFC, Mashed Potatoes
I am glad I saved this one for the end of the week. After all those labor-intensive dishes, ordering out to KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken) was a welcome rest.
3d Star Ornaments
One of our Advent activities was to create a 3d star ornament. Everyone in our house participated. It was a fun activity to plan our designs and then execute them. My designs were taken from the ideas in the book, Imagine Forest. I received this book a while ago and have tried several of the designs. When trying to think up a design for my star, I started flipping through this book and knew I needed to try the animals. It was a very relaxing activity and I wish I had tried this sooner.
My husband is an engineer, so he is good at drawing and design work. He came up with these patterns and I just love how it turned out, using colored pencils.
I am joining the Tea Day ladies, hosted by Elizabeth and Bleubeard. My tea is Ginger Orange with Vanilla from my German Yogi Tea Advent Calendar. I really enjoyed the flavors in this tea, particularly the orange.
Happy Tea Day,