I’m sorry it’s been so long since my last post. Having a newborn slows you down more than I thought! I’ve been keeping up with the movie nights and photo documenting them but I haven’t had time to write out the details. It was a choice between blogging and laundry and I chose clean socks for the kids. Things are starting to get a little better though and the baby is starting to sleep more so I thought I would do some today. We have done a Christmas movie a week for the month of December and I thought I would write about them all today in case anyone wanted some ideas for the holidays ahead!
The first weekend of December was Narnia. We only watched The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe because my son has not read the other two books yet. And oh, how I wish they would do the other movies in the series! These books were my favourites as a child along with Anne of Green Gables and Little Women. I read them all hundreds of times.
For the snack we made hot chocolate and turkish delight (of course). The hot chocolate was just 15mL of cocoa, 30 mL of sugar and 500 mL of milk. Combine the cocoa, sugar and 15mL of the milk in a mug and blend. Heat the rest of the milk and add the paste when the milk has reached the desired temperature. The turkish delight now, that was another matter. Having tried it once in my childhood I always believed that it was a food based on a dare.
“Mum, may I have some dessert?”
“Well love, all we have is icing sugar…”
Actually, it wasn’t bad homemade and the kids loved it. That being said, the recipe we followed made a ridiculous amount. One piece is enough for even the most sweet toothed child. I had a serving the size of a postage stamp. I found the recipe here but it comes with a handy serving size calculators so If you do make this, cut the recipe into 2 instead of 12 (oh, I also skipped the pistachio nuts so it would be nut free). I’ve included the directions below. Also, make it a day in advance to give it lots of time to set.
65 mL water
125 mL granulated sugar
7 mL light corn syrup
20 mL orange juice
7 mL orange zest
1/2 envelope (.25 ounce) unflavored gelatin
30 mL cornstarch
20 mL cold water
2 mL vanilla extract
confectioners’ sugar for dusting
1. Bring 65 mL water, sugar, and corn syrup to a boil over medium-high heat in a large saucepan. Cook, stirring frequently, until the temperature reaches 240 degrees F (115 degrees C) on a candy thermometer. Set aside and keep hot.
2. Stir together orange juice and orange zest, sprinkle with gelatin, and set aside. In a small bowl, dissolve cornstarch in 20 mL cold water, then stir into hot syrup. Place over medium-low heat, and simmer, stirring gently, until very thick.
3. Remove syrup from heat, stir in orange juice mixture, and vanilla. Sprinkle small pan or bowl generously with confectioners’ sugar. Pour the Turkish delight into the pan, and let cool in a cool, dry place (not the refrigerator) until set, 3 to 12 hours.
When cool, sprinkle the top with another thick layer of powdered sugar. Cut into 1-inch squares, and dredge each well with confectioners’ sugar. Store at room temperature in an airtight container.
For the craft we made a lantern night light. I found the idea here. I got the lantern at the dollar store (score!) and I used a larger vintage preserving jar from the goodwill so we took an old spool of thread and covered it with glue and fake snow (which you can find at the dollar store) to prop it up a bit higher. We added more fake snow to the jar, glued the lantern to the lid and volia! The idea backfired slightly because I’ve come into my son’s room countless times since then to find him asleep over a book by the light of this tiny lantern. He’s going to ruin his eyes, but I have not got the heart to take it away yet, I’m just so happy that he loves reading so much and I remember doing the same thing as a child.