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Christmas delights: dark chocolate whiskey truffles


dark chocolate & whiskey truffleChristmas comes once a year with lots of yummy treats, it’s the season of 10452 calories. Who cares?! Forget about counting calories and indulge in these heavenly treasures, i promise you they are addictive!

Treat yourself with these exquisite dark chocolate truffles with a hint of whiskey.   cv, fTreat yourself this Christmas with these exquisite dark chocolate truffles with a hint of whiskey. hggYou will need:

  • 500g dark chocolate (cut in small pieces)
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/3 cup whiskey
  • dash of salt
  • unsweetened cocoa powder for rolling

Combine chocolate, cream and butter in a microwave safe bowl. Heat in 20 seconds intervals, stirring between each.When the chocolate is completely melted and the mixture is smooth and glossy stir in the whiskey and salt and combine. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours before shaping the truffle into your desired size of balls. Roll them on a bed of cocoa powder and store them in a sealed container in the refrigerator.

dark chocolate & whiskey truffledark chocolate & whiskey truffleBetter served chilled. Store them in the refrigerator up to one week, but i bet it won’t last for one day. You can also roll them on chocolate sprinkles or take it to the next level by rolling them on red or green vermicelli to have Christmas colors.

dark chocolate & whiskey truffledark chocolate & whiskey truffleIt could be a nice gift for christmas, wrap them in a nice box and share this pleasure with your loved ones. Homemade gifts are the best!

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Christmas keepsake ornaments – homemade recipe


Christmas keepsake ornamentsKids will love doing this, seeing their handprint and footprint turning into Santa and Rudolph.

Last year we handmade our christmas tree decoration using a homemade salt dough, and it was absolutely fun. This year i learned another recipe of dough made with baking soda and cornstarch. It’s much better than the salt dough and it’s really white that makes it easier to color.

You will need:

  • 1 cup cornstarch (cornflour)
  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cup water

Mix all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to medium heat. Whisk continually  until it starts to thicken. It will take couple of minutes to look like mashed potato in consistency, remove it immediately from the heat. Place it in a bowl and cover it with damp cloth until it’s cool.

Knead it on a smooth surface, adding cornstarch if it feels a bit sticky and let the fun begin!

christmas keepsake ornamentsCut two big circles and print your kid’s hand or foot. Make a hole with a straw to add a ribbon later to hang it on the Christmas tree. Transfer the shapes on a baking sheet and put them for an hour in a 70°C preheated oven.

Take them out, make sure they are completely cool before your kids start coloring them.

christmas keepsake ornamentsWe turned Nady’s handprint into Santa and Joud’s footprint into Rudolph. Don’t forget to add the name and date, it will be a precious and memorable keepsake over years.

Nady colored 2 golden stars to add them to the ornaments before inserting the ribbons.

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I am sure everyone who enters your house will be wowed by these beautiful ornaments. They will make your tree one of a kind.

christmas keepsake ornamentsWhat a beautiful season, i am overwhelmed with all these preparations. Every year, I wait impatiently for Christmas, it fills my house with joy, hope and kids laughter. Life is not worth enjoying without newborn Jesus in your heart and your kids in your arms. Happy holidays to all, Ho Ho Ho!

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Santa napkin – DIY


santa napkin - DIYThis is the first time i am hosting my family for Christmas dinner after 4 years of marriage; we were alternating between my parents house and my in laws. I am beaming with excitement, it’s also Joud’s first Christmas. I want everything to be up to this special holiday, this year should be memorable.

Beside crafting some of the decorations with my son, my little artist, dressing the table for the traditional réveillon, is as important. A simple yet enticing Santa napkin will add a festive mood to the dinner.

santa napkin - DIYIt’s so simple and easy that your little ones can be involved in the making. All you need is red napkins, white pompoms and click here to download a printable file for Santa’s face that you need to cut out.

Here is a sneak pic to how my table will look like on Christmas Eve.

santa napkin - DIYFollow this step by step tutorial to see how to make this cute Santa, it will take less than 5 minutes:

how to do santa napkinPlace one on each plate, wow your guests and let your table radiate with joy!

santa napkin - DIY

You can check here previous posts form Marmite et ponpon on napkin folding and napkin rings for Christmas:

It’s never early to start celebrating. Happy holidays to all. Ho Ho Ho!

santa napkin - DIY

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Christmas tree advent calendar – DIY


christmas tree advent calendar

Here comes Christmas! The most beautiful and meaningful annual festival when happiness is a small word to what I actually feel. This Christmas comes with double joy, my family doubled in size; Nady and Joud my Christmas star.

It’s not early to set up the festive mood especially when it comes to Christmas decoration. Advent calendar should be ready by 1st of December, so if you are willing to DIY as we did, better for you to go ahead.

Last year we had a reindeer advent calendar, this year we created a beautiful cute forest of Christmas trees to start the countdown to the big day. A fun and simple craft to lay the foundation of a very exciting season. What’s better than the Christmas day is the anticipation to it.

christmas tree advent calendar

First you need to prepare 24 green cones, made with 200gsm cartons. You can use different shades of green to give it a realistic look.

christmas tree advent calendar

After all is done, i gave them to Nady to unleash his creativity. Give your kids their favorites materials and watch them being creative; pompoms, paint, washi tape, stickers….

christmas tree advent calendarchristmas tree advent calendarFor display, lay them on a white surface or use cotton to create snow. The sky is the limit, use any material for the mood you want to settle.

christmas tree advent calendar

Now the fun part of this advent calendar is what lays underneath 🙂 Oh yes, sweets and toys. Who doesn’t love a daily surprise gift while counting down?!

If your kid’s age let you take the advent calendar to the next level, don’t just hide sweets or toys under the cones, put words like love, hope, faith….to teach them the real meaning of Christmas.

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Personalized Christmas wrapping paper – free printables


personalized christmas wrapping paperMake you very own Christmas wrapping paper, be different and please your family and friends. This year you will not need tags on the gifts, everyone will identify his present by finding his name printed on a unique wrapping paper, designed only for him. Santa won’t get confused!

antoun personalized wrapping paperHow beautiful to feel special, to receive something customized holding your name! The wrapping itself will be as enjoyable as the gift inside.

markus personalized wrapping paperMany of you give a big importance to the wrapping, spend a lot of time and money to offer the best. As I always say, the simplest things are the most striking. I’ve attached to you 3 paper wrap design in pdf format (50x75cm) to print. All you need to do is change the name.

christmas wrapping paper 1

christmas wrapping paper 2

christmas wrapping paper 3

nady personalized wrapping paper

So easy to do and so thoughtful. I wish you a very special Christmas, full of joy and blessings. I hope Marmite et ponpon is succeeding in spreading the joy of the season.

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