I hope you are all getting into the holiday spirit and looking forward to some great celebrations even if they have to be done at home with Zoom. One of the things my husband and I have been doing to get in the mood for Christmas is baking. My husband and I are both experienced cooks but even we have a list of dishes we have always wanted to learn to make but just never got around to making. We have been using this time at home to whittle away at those lists.
My husband just recently made his first ever batch of cookies and I learned how to make English muffins. Another recipe I had always wanted to make was traditional Christmas fruit cake, that is until I read some of the recipes. There is no way I'm doing that! The list of dried fruit alone would kill my grocery budget for the week. It calls for about 1/2 a cup of 12 different dried fruits. Since it would be impossible to find packages that small and I would be left with a ton of unused dried fruit, I looked for a version that would be doable if not completely traditional. I found a great option on Everyday Cooks, Everyday Fruit Cake. (<--- click here)
Not only is this recipe more economical, it reads like something I would actually want to eat. The website even gives tips on variations to make this recipe vegan or gluten free. They also have a few suggestions for other recipes you might like if you like this fruit cake. Their Fruit Tea Scone is another one I may have to try.
When you are done baking, you might want to try your hand at some simple Christmas crafts by CreArtive By Nature DIY & Decor on YouTube. Donna shares some great craft videos on her channel but her sock gnomes are some of my favorites. If you like her video, be sure to subscribe to get more great craft ideas.
I hope you love these ideas and they help put you into full on Christmas mode. It won't be long until we are opening gifts, eating too much, and looking toward the New Year.
Wishing all the best,