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Unique Gift Hamper

unique gift hamper

Unique Gift Hamper

This year we put an extra thought into the gifts we gave out for Christmas, we wanted to gift people a unique gift hamper that we had made ourself. We sat and thought about who we would like to make a unique gift hamper for and thought about their likes and favourite items.

When out and around the shops before Christmas we would keep an eye out for products that would fit nicely in these hampers.

Hamper one: For a teenage girl.

Lip gloss

Nail varnish

Varnish wipes

Dove products

Sanctuary spa

Face mask

Impulse

Hair care

Simple – face products

Sparkly photo frame

Unique gift hamper

Hamper two: busy mum hamper

Mulled wine candle

Dove body care

Ferrero Rocher

Face mask

Personalised mug

Gin in a tin

Rose bath confetti

Unique Gift Hamper

Hamper three: hamper for Nan

Cosy marks and spencer socks

Chocolate treats

Champneys face cream

Mulled wine candle

Diary for those all important dates

Sanctuary hand creams

Bottle of Mia wine

unique gift hamper

All the gift hampers have had a lot of thought time and effort put into them, we thought they would make for a better gift this year and be a lovely surprise. We really enjoyed putting these hampers together, it’s like giving lots of little gifts in one.

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Festive Homemade Truffles

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Homemade Treats

We have been busy in the kitchen again, we have made homemade truffles this time. We love homebaking and fancied making something different other than a cake so we thought why not try to make some truffles.

We love truffles and thought why not try to make some ourself, we have family visiting christmas evening and would love to put out some fancy nibbles other than the normal old stuff we have out on offer. The kids really enjoyed helping to get stuck in and yes there was the usual arguments over who is going to lick the spoon and clear the bowl….Ian won that one! (big kid).

Ingredients used:

250ml double cream

50g butter

300g dark chocolate

Brandy enough to taste

1tbs Peppermint essence

Hundreds and thousands

Desiccated coconut

Butterscotch pieces

Chopped mixed nuts

Neon sugar sprinkles

Icing sugar

How we made the truffles:

IMG_0078We started off by putting the cream and butter in a saucepan, heated until the butter had melted and the cream started to gently boil.

We broke the chocolate into small pieces and melted in a dish over boiling water until fully melted.

We then poured the cream and melted butter into a mixing bowl, added the melted chocolate and then mixed the mixtures together.

Brandy Was Then Added

We then added brandy to taste. (we made two lots of these truffle mixes, an adult’s mix and a kid’s mix) for the kid’s mix we added peppermint essence to give it a minty flavour.

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Whilst I was mixing the cream and chocolate together Lee lined a large size oven dish that was deep enough to hold all the mixture in with greaseproof paper.

We then poured the mixture into this dish, allowed the mixture to cool and then placed in the fridge for roughly just over an hour.

While we was waiting for the chocolate to set we prepared the sprinkles and nuts by pouring them into Separate bowls.

The Fun Then Bagan

When the chocolate was ready we got a tea-spoon and spooned out some chocolate, rolled it into a ball and then rolled the ball in a chosen covering, either nuts, sprinkles etc until fully covered, continuing the process until all have been made, placing the truffles when covered on greaseproof paper on a plate. We placed the truffles when made in the freezer ready for christmas. We separately boxed up the adult’s truffles from the kid’s.

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Doing this was a very messy process, we was hand washing in between making each ball, we all got stuck in at making the truffles so they did not take to long to make. The kids thoroughly enjoyed making these, they loved getting all chocolateley and choosing what to cover the truffle in.

Very Messy But Fun

After all our hard work we have some lovely festive truffles all ready for christmas evening when family come to visit.

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What are your favourite food’s to have over christmas?