[24] Calendar Freebie + Giveaway | #ad

Merry Christmas, friends!

Finally, it’s Christmas and we can celebrate together, spend time with our loved ones and just enjoy the peace and quiet for a while.

That’s why I want to keep things relatively short today and immediately hand out my gifts to you: First, I have designed a simple calendar for you. You can download it, print it and attach it to a clipboard – that’s it and your calendar for 2019 is ready to go.

There is also room for your appointments – otherwise the calendar is kept very simple and minimalistic.

DOWNLOAD it here: CLICK ME!

AND TO CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS THERE’S SOMETHING FOR YOU TO WIN:

Together with Komplizinnen, I may give away a beautiful brass bracelet (with personal engraving) to you!

Heidi and Grete are from my hometown of Bamberg and were searching for the perfect bracelet to capture moods, wishes and words. They started working together, filing and hammering & the result is this unique jewelry – made with love ♥

Of course, the winner may choose the message on the bracelet themselves and then the two girls make it according to your wishes – amazing, isn’t it?

HOW TO ENTER:

You can participate by commenting on this post, via Facebook and on Instagram – you can thus secure 1 entry on each platform (that a maximum of 3 entries per participant). My question is the same everywhere: What’s your wish(es) for next year?

Giveaway Rules:

  • The raffle starts on 24.12.2018 at 10:00 and ends on 28.12.2018 at 23:59 (CET).
  • Eligible are readers from Germany, who are at least 18 years old.
  • Participation is via the submission of a comment on the blog and under the corresponding on Facebook and Instagram posts.
  • The raffle is not affiliated with Facebook / Instagram and is not sponsored or organized by Facebook / Instagram in any way.

So I wish you the best of luck and until then…

Stay sweet & MERRY CHRISTMAS!

xx Kristin

[23] Gift Tags ‘North Pole Express Delivery Service’

Hey friends,

I’m already in such a christmassy mood and eventhough I still want to prepare some gifts from the kitchen today, I feel fairly relaxed and am really looking forward to the holidays.

My presents aren’t all wrapped yet – and if that’s the case for you, too, then I might have a cute little freebie for you! I created some simple but (in my opinion) very cute gift tags for you. They come in the form of a delivery slip from the North Pole Express Delivery Service: you can tick whether the person to receive the gift has been well behaved, how the gift should be delivered and even the ID of the Christmas elf who has packed the parcel can be found on the tags ♥

All you need to do is wrap the gifts and then print out the tags either on white or kraft paper. Cut them out, fill them in (who was more naughty than nice?!) and tie them to the gifts – then you’re all done!

Here is the print template: North Pole Express Delivery Service (CLICK ME!)

I hope you’ll enjoy making them and even more fun when you give them away!

Stay sweet & HAPPY GIFT WRAPPING!

xx Kristin

[22] Garlic Herb Salt

Hey friends,

not long now and then it will be Christmas – so slowly but surely it’s time to calm down a bit. Enough with all the stress and the hustle and bustle. How great would it be if you could just gift some quiet and peace?

Unfortunately I haven’t found a way yet to preserve that in jars, but with delicious spice blends like this Galic Herb Salt, you can make sure your loved ones have a bit of an easier time while cooking.

Garlic Herb Salt

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Drying Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes
This salt adds pep to the kitchen and is super easy to make - you got to try it!

Ingredients

  • 2-3 bunches of fresh herbs (such as parsley, rosemary, thyme, sage, ...)
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 250 g table salt

Instructions

  1. Wash, dry and finely chop the herbs. Spread onto a baking tray lined with baking paper.
  2. Peel the garlic and slice it very thinly. Add to the herbs and put the tray into the oven at 50° C to dry for about 2-3 hours. It is best to put a wooden spoon in the oven door so that the moisture can escape.
  3. After that time, turn off the oven and let the herbs cool down.
  4. Grind to a fine powder with a food processor, then combine with the salt and fill it into jars.

This salt has become indispensable in my own kitchen and is my all-purpose weapon from the spice rack – you really must try it!

Stay sweet & HAPPY COOKING!

xx Kristin

[21] Iced Chocolates

Hey friends,

Still looking for a small gift idea? Then these Iced Chocolates might be just right: Fast & easy to make and therefore the perfect last minute present ❤ And they’re super delicious, too!

Iced Chocolates

Yield: makes about 20
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Cooling Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Super fast to make & melt-in-your-mouth delicious - the perfect last minute gift!

Ingredients

  • 50 g coconut fat
  • 50 g milk chocolate
  • 50 g powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder
  • a little vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Melt the coconut fat in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the chocolate in small chunks and let it melt while stirring.
  2. Then add the powdered sugar, cocoa and vanilla and stir until it's creamy and smooth.
  3. Pour into a praline mould and let it solidify in the freezer for one hour. Remove from the moulds and then store in a cool place.

I can’t get enough of them! Prepare to make more than one batch of them because they will disappear in no time!

Stay sweet & HAPPY CHOCOLATE MAKING!

xx Kristin

[20] SCRABBLE INSPIRED GIFT TAGS

Hi friends,

Christmas is nearly there and that means now it’s the time to wrap the presents and put them under the tree. And for this reason I’d like to share some inspiration with you.

Surely you all know the game Scrabble, which is about trying to score with words you come up with. I thought about how fun it would be to use these letters to label my gifts and maybe even start a little game under the tree: ‘Let’s see, whose name scores the highest?’

But for this DIY we’re not using the real pieces of wood but simply make some of foam rubber – I’ll show you how it’s done:

Letter Gift Wrap

Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Play some Scrabble under the Christmas tree? No problem with this simple DIY!

Materials

  • white foam rubber
  • one thin and one thick black marker
  • Pencil, scissors, ruler, glue

Instructions

  1. Use the pencil to draw small squares à 2 x 2 cm onto the foam rubber and then cut them out.
  2. Take the thick marker to draw the capital letters on the squares, then use the fine pen to add the numbers on the right side below the letter indicating the value. You can find lists on the internet for your respective language.
  3. Allow the marker to dry for a bit and then stick the squares onto your presents, ideally wrapped in simple paper and enjoy the look on people's face when they get the presents!

Simple and effective – I’m really looking forward to giving away those presents!

Stay sweet & HAPPY CRAFTING!

xx Kristin

[19] Mini Yule Logs

Hey friends,

Today’s recipe will be sweet, chocolaty and very christmassy. Especially in the UK (and also in France) it is a Christmas tradition to bake sweet sponge and buttercream tree trunks and serve them as Yule Log (or Bûche de Noël respectively).

This version is closer to the British recipe, but instead of making one big log I decided to go for many many small ones. That way each of your guests can get their own and additionally, I think they are pretty adorable, don’t you think so?

Mini Yule Logs

Yield: makes 8
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Cooling Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Turn the classic 'Yule Log' into miniatures and you have the perfect sweet treat for Christmas.

Ingredients

For the sponge

  • 3 large eggs
  • 75 g sugar
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 25 g cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 pinch of ground cloves

For the buttercream

  • 60 g chocolate
  • 100 g softened butter
  • 150 g powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tbsp milk

For the ganache

  • 115 ml cream
  • 150 g chocolate

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 ° C and line a baking tray (25 × 35 cm) with baking paper and lightly grease it.
  2. Separate the eggs and beat the egg whites with a pinch of salt and 25 g sugar until stiff and set aside.
  3. In a second bowl, whisk the egg yolk and 50 g of sugar until light and creamy. Combine cocoa, cinnamon, ginger and cloves and sift onto the egg mixture. Stir in gently, then gradually fold in the egg whites.
  4. .Pour onto the prepared baking tray, spread evenly and bake for 10-12 minutes.
  5. Remove it from the oven and place a second, likewise greased piece of baking paper on top. Now turn tha tray over onto the work surface and carefully remove the upper baking paper. If it keeps sticking, it helps to put a wet cloth on the paper for a while.
  6. For the buttercream, beat the butter until creamy and melt the chocolate. Stir together, then add powdered sugar and milk until a thick cream is formed. Spread evenly on the cooled sponge cake.
  7. Now divide the spone into 8 rectangles (Cut 1 x lengthwise and 4 x crosswise). Roll up the rectangles from the short side and place them on a large plate. Put in the fridge to set for about 30 minutes.
  8. In the meantime prepare the ganache, chop the chocolate and place it in a bowl. Heat the cream until it almost boils, then pour it over the chocolate and let it stand for about a minute. Now stir well and cover the tree trunks with it.
  9. Allow to set briefly, then use a fork or a toothpick to add a 'bark pattern' to the chocolate and lightly dust with powdered sugar before serving.

Aren’t they cute? Really great to go with your Christmas coffee or maybe even as a dessert – it’s up to you! Have you ever tried Yule Logs or Bûche de Noël?

Stay sweet & HAPPY BAKING!

xx Kristin

[18] Christmas Mustard

Hey friends,

Time for another quick Christmas recipe – but this time it’s nothing sweet. After all the feasting on cookies and nonstop gingerbread-snacking, it’s a welcome change to have something savoury in between. 😉

This delicious Christmas mustard is quickly whipped together and makes such a great gift from your kitchen. In Germany it’s a tradition for many families to have sausages and potato salad for dinner at Christmas Eve and so the mustard can be put to good use right away. But even without a large side dish the mustard will shine, for example in a delicious salad dressing or to season sauces and gravy – try it for yourself!

Christmas Mustard

Yield: makes about 2 small jars
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Spicy, christmas-sy and a fancy gift idea from the kitchen!

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp ground cardamom (or gingerbread spice)
  • 3 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes
  • 10 g ginger
  • the zest of one orange (about 3 tsp)
  • 100 ml English mustard
  • 100 ml Sweet mustard

Instructions

  1. Peel ginger and chop it finely, then mix it in a small bowl with orange zest, cardamom, chilli flakes, honey and English mustard. For a smoother texture you can blend the mix at this point. Finally, stir in the sweet mustard and mix well.
  2. Fill into in sterile jar, close tightly and decorate the jars or add nice labels. Stored in a cool place it will stay fresh for at least three months.

I think it’s great to have a hearty gift idea from the kitchen up your sleeve and I’m sure I will give away some of those jars at Christmas. Would that be something for you as well?

Stay sweet & HAPPY MUSTARD MAKING!

xx Kristin

[17] Quick Christmas Cards

Hey friends,

The deadline to send out this year’s Christmas mail is approaching. I really so love handwritten cards – they are so special to me and I’m happy about every single one that flutters into our mailbox. But if you want your cards to arrive on time before the holidays you have to hurry up a bit.

That’s why today I want to share with you a super easy craft tutorial and show you how you can create very nice Christmas cards from craft paper and some left over gift wrap in no time.

Quick Christmas Cards

Active Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Left it to the last minute to send your Christmas Mail? No problem at all: the cards are made in no time!

Materials

  • Kraft paper / card blanks made of kraft paper
  • Wrapping paper
  • Glue (sticky tape is easy to use)
  • Pencil, scissors, thin black marker

Instructions

  1. On the back of the gift wrap use the pencil to trace a small house with a chimney - if you like you can put a little heart in the middle of the house.
  2. Carefully cut out the design and place it on the card.
  3. Secure it with glue, then draw a curved line above the chimney with the pencil.
  4. Write a Christmas greeting in capital letters along the pencil line. Let it dry, then erase the pencil and the cards are good to go!

We all have some gift wrap leftovers at home anyways, don’t we? So just go ahead and recycle them into Christmas cards! Do you even write Christmas cards at all? Or is it maybe not that important to you?

Stay sweet & HAPPY CRAFTING!

xx Kristin

[16] Spiced Apple Sorbet with Apple Champagne + Giveaway | #ad

Hey friends,

I hope you’ll have a happy 3rd Sunday of Advent! Slowly but surely things are getting serious – Christmas is coming! Time for a little checklist:

  • Christmas tree 👉 done (we actually did that 2 weeks ago already)
  • Organise gifts 👉 I think I’m on a good way, quite a bit earlier than usual so I feel prepared
  • Planning Christmas dinner 👉 here I’m still a bit undecided, but at least the aperitif is sorted

Before dinner starts, I will serve utterly delicious spiced apple sorbet topped with fantastic apple champagne to my guests! Only a few weeks ago I came across this apple champagne and absolutely totally fell for it – love at first sip. So of course it had to be part of my Christmas menue this year.

Anyway, the cocktail is a wonderful starter: fruity & fresh with slight Christmas flavours. It doesn’t need much preparation, just a bit of time for the sorbet to freeze in peace – sounds easy? Is really is and therefore perfect for Christmas!

Spiced Apple Sorbet with Apple Champagne

Yield: makes 6
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Freezing Time: 12 hours
Total Time: 12 hours 20 minutes
A fresh & fruity aperitif paired with Christmas spices - it will make you want more!

Ingredients

  • 4 apples
  • 80 g brown sugar
  • 300 ml apple juice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground star anise
  • a little vanilla
  • some lime juice
  • 1 bottle apple champagne

Instructions

  1. For the sorbet, wash the apples, remove the core and cut them unpeeled into small chunks. Put them into a saucepan together with the brown sugar, apple juice, spices and a dash of lime juice. Bring to a boil and simmer for about 10 minutes.
  2. Remove from the heat and purée thoroughly. Pass the mixture through a fine sieve and pour it into a shallow plastic bowl. Close and freeze for at least 12 hours (preferably overnight).
  3. Take the sorbet from the freezer about 15-30 minutes before serving. Put one scoop of sorbet in a glass, pour the apple champagne on top and serve immediately!

Fast, easy and delicious! Also really unique and probably not something you’d serve every day. But to be honest: the apple champagne is so good – I could definitely drink it every day.

This amazing drink is made by Johannes from Adams Apfel. His dream: bottles filled with a delicious drink that will never empty. And as long as that doesn’t work yet, he lovingly produces a steady supply of his Apple Champagne. And speaking of bottles – have a look at the lovely label! ♥ It makes my little design heart beats a bit faster!

The Apple Champagne is available in two varieties: dry and semi-dry and both taste very delicious! To give you the chance to taste it yourself, I will give away 4 x 1 bottle to you!

HOW TO ENTER:

You can participate by commenting on this post, via Facebook and on Instagram – you can thus secure 1 entry on each platform (that a maximum of 3 entries per participant). My question is the same everywhere: Which is your favourite Christmas tradition?

Giveaway Rules:

  • The raffle starts on 16.12.2018 at 10:00 and ends on 19.12.2018 at 23:59 (CET).
  • Eligible are readers from Germany, who are at least 18 years old.
  • Participation is via the submission of a comment on the blog and under the corresponding on Facebook and Instagram posts.
  • The raffle is not affiliated with Facebook / Instagram and is not sponsored or organized by Facebook / Instagram in any way.

So I wish you the best of luck and until then…

Stay sweet & HAPPY SORBET MAKING!

xx Kristin

[15] Monogram Napkins + Table Decor Inspiration

Hey friends,

Today is once again all about decorating the Christmas table. To me, a nicely set table is almost as important to me as delicious food and it’s just so much fun to collect and combine decoration elements, plates & dishes.

I also have another small DIY for you to go with the table decoration inspiration. How about simply monograming a few simple cloth napkins instead of place cards and this way guiding your guests to their seats in a simple and stylish way?

Monogram Napkins

Active Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
With just a few simple steps you can transfor plain cloth napkins into smart place cards.

Materials

  • cloth napkins
  • paper napkins
  • cling film
  • scissors, baking paper & iron

Instructions

  1. Find yourself some paper napkins in a nice pattern or colour that will go with your decoration later. Then cut out letters in the desired size and shape. You can trace them beforehand, preferably on the back - just don't forget to mirror the letters for this step.
  2. Carefully split the different layer on one of the edges, so that all the individual layers become visible and then remove only the top, printed layer.
  3. Place it between two pieces of cling film and press together firmly. Cut around the letters leaving a bit of foil around it.
  4. Now position the letters on the cloth napkins, place a piece of baking paper on top and then iron your design. Iron until the cling film melts and fuses well with the fabric. Then carefully peel off the baking paper and the napkins are ready.

I like this idea so much – multifunctional, chic and if you want, you can give the napkins to your guests as a gift at the end of the evening!

Matching the napkins, I created a second table decoration look for you – this time brighter, a bit simpler and with a lot of ‘greenery’ … just scroll along 🙂

I got this small porcelain truck at Rossmann and I adore it! ♥

The candles in the jars are from Hema, the small stick candles are from kik, as are most of the small Christmas baubles. The small candle holders I made from air-drying clay and the lovely eucalyptus is from Blumigo ♥

Maybe there are some ideas that you can use for your own Christmas table!

Until then, stay sweet & HAPPY CRAFTING!

xx Kristin