I've been busy in the kitchen lately, but I've also had time to knit a fingerless glove version of the Pirate Mittens by Adrian Bizilia. These are a Christmas gift, and they're knit in Patons Classic Wool. These were pretty fun, and pretty quick (except for the weaving-in of 30 ends, which was tiresome).
I'm almost through my Christmas knitting and sewing gifts (one more knitting, one more sewing to finish up), and I'm taking photos so I can post the more secret ones after Christmas, but I think I can show off one more yet.
In the kitchen, we've been baking gingerbread (gluten-free), and sugar cookies (not so gluten-free), decorating both varieties with icing, and in the case of the sugar cookies, immoderate amounts of sprinkles courtesy of the daughters:
And we've been making candies too!
These are apple and cranberry jellies, which my husband and I made over
the course of two evenings. Last year, we did up sponge toffee (which
we plan to make again), and had such a nice time that we're hoping to
make a Christmas tradition of candy-making, so we can work on a fun
project together in the evenings after the kids are tucked into bed. I think we might make some plain apple jellies as well if there's time later in the week.
Today I found a bit of time to make mint patties. I dipped some into white chocolate, and some into dark chocolate. My eldest sprinkled candy-cane bits on top, while my youngest watched and ate candy-canes.
Both candy recipes are from Canadian Living's Christmas Cookbook edition from 2009, but I also found the mint patties on their website here.
It's very wintry outside tonight; dark, blowy, snowy, and cold, (it's only -15 Celsius, though the wind-chill brings that down to -24), but we're warm inside with all sorts of treats to eat!