About nicolehennessey

Mom to Hunter (born March 2013) and Vivian (born October 2015). I was born and raised in London and can't wait to share everything London has to offer to its mamas!

Christmas Deviled Eggs

Ingredients

  • 6 hard-boiled eggs, cooled and peeled
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • Red food colouring
  • Green food colouring
  • Water

Directions

  1. Cut eggs in half lengthwise and scoop out the yolks into a bowl
  2. Stir in mayonnaise, mustard, salt and pepper
  3. Put 5 drops of red food colouring into a bowl of water and 5 green into another bowl of water. Place the egg whites into the coloured water and allow to sit in the water until the eggs are the shade you like
  4. Pat the coloured eggs dry
  5. Fill the egg whites with the egg mayonnaise mixture
  6. Arrange on a plate, cover and refrigerate up to 24 hours

Tea Light Snowman

I found these adorable tea lights on Pinterest and I just had to make them and share with everyone so here you go!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Battery operated tea lights
  • A Black Sharpie
  • Red Ribbon
  • Red Pipe Cleaners
  • Red Pom Poms
  • Black Felt
  • Orange Sharpie
  • Glue Gun

To make our snowman, you’ll first have to use the black Sharpie to draw a simple face onto the tea light. Then, using scissors, cut the pipe cleaners approximately 2.5 inches long. Curve the pipe cleaner around the tea light and then add a small line of hot glue on both ends to hold it in place (Don’t glue it the entire way around because you’ll need to be able to slide the ribbon under the pipe cleaner later). Using pompoms, glue them next to the pipe cleaner to create ear muffs.

Then, cut out a piece of ribbon to be approximately 4.5″ long. Then cross it over itself and add a small dab of hot glue to hold it together. When finished, add a small line of glue to the back of the “scarf” and glue it to the back of the tea light. Lastly, cut a small ribbon and place it under the pipe cleaner to hang the snowman up. (If you want, you can colour the tip of the tea light orange for the snowman to have a carrot nose)

Now you have an adorable snowman ornament that’ll light up.

Retrieved from: https://onelittleproject.com/tea-light-snowman-ornaments/2/

Family Recipe

My family loves eggnog and every year they make it. We drink it on Christmas, New Years, and even any day in the month of December. Since eggnog is such a popular drink I decided to share my family recipe!

Ingredients

  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Ground cinnamon, for topping

Instructions

  1. Whisk the egg yolks and sugar together in a medium bowl until light and creamy.
    In a saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the cream, milk, nutmeg and salt. Stir often until mixture reaches a bare simmer.
  2. Add a big spoonful of the hot milk to the egg mixture, whisking vigorously. Repeat, adding a big spoonful at a time, to temper the eggs.
  3. Once all of the hot milk has been added to the eggs, pour the mixture back into the saucepan on the stove.
  4. Whisk constantly, until the mixture is slightly thickened, just a few minutes (or until it reaches about 160 degrees F on a thermometer).
  5. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla.
    Pour the eggnog into a pitcher or other container and cover with plastic wrap.
  6. Refrigerate until chilled. It will thicken as it cools. If you want a thinner, completely smooth consistency, I like to add the entire mixture to a blender with 1 or 2 tablespoons of milk and blend until smooth.
  7. Serve with a sprinkle of cinnamon, and fresh whipped cream, if desired.

Paper Craft Christmas Tree

It’s officially December! Prepare to be focused on Christmas. It’s one of my favourite holidays of the year and I plan on sharing fun crafts and recipes for this entire month. The first craft I’m sharing is a Christmas tree made from paper plates, so enjoy!

Supplies:

  • Paper plate
  • Green acrylic paint
  • Paint brush
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Ribbon or yarn
  • Tape
  • Stapler
  • Brown cardstock paper or brown foam sheet
  • Star foam sticker
  • Sequins, small poms or embellishments
  • Glue

Steps to Create…

  1. Start by painting your paper plate green. Let it dry completely.
  2. When your paper plate is dry, cut it into thirds, then cut one of the section a bit smaller. When you layer them together with the smallest one on top, you have a Christmas Tree shape.
  3. Use your hole punch to punch six (6) holes across the bottom of each paper plate section.
  4. Cut a 12-inch section of ribbon for each paper plate section and lace them through the holes.  Start by bringing the ribbon up from the back of the paper plate into the first hole and then continue through the holes, finishing with the excess ribbon hanging off the back of the paper plate.
  5. Tape the excess pieces of ribbon to the back of the paper plate to hold them in place.
  6. When you are finished lacing all your pieces, use a stapler to staple them together into your Christmas tree.
  7. Finish your paper plate Christmas tree craft by stapling (or gluing) on a brown tree stump cut out from your brown paper and adding a foam star sticker at the top.
  8. Glue on any sequin or embellishments that you would like to decorate your paper plate Christmas Tree craft.

Retrieved from: https://iheartcraftythings.com/paper-plate-laced-christmas-tree-craft.html

Tangy Cheese Sandwhich

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 1/2 tsp horseradish
  • 2 slices of tomato, cucumber and red onion
  • 3 slices swiss cheese
  • Pita bread

Directions

  1. Spread a halve pita round with mayonnaise and horseradish
  2. Fill with tomato, cucumber and red onion
  3. Top with cheese slices
  4. Place another pita on top

Popsicle Stick Hot Cocoa

It’s starting to get colder now, especially since it’s almost December and I know we’ve been drinking a lot of hot chocolate… Well, imagine my surprise when we ran out of hot chocolate. My kids were SO UNHAPPY. To distract them I told them we’d create hot cocoa crafts instead and they were definitely intrigued.

Supplies

  • Jumbo Popsicle Sticks {8 per mug}
  • School Glue
  • Light Blue Paint
  • Paint Brushes
  • Scissors
  • Blue Cardstock
  • Cotton Balls
  • Snowflake stickers

Directions

  1. First glue your popsicle sticks together to look like a fence. Set aside to let it dry completely.
  2.  Paint your mug however you like!
  3. Grab your cardstock and cut out a simple mug handle shape.
  4. Glue cotton balls on to make marshmallows and place snowflake stickers onto your mug.
  5. Proudly display when finished!

Cranberry Fruit Punch

Ingredients

  • 4 cups cranberry juice
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 2 cups ginger ale

Directions

  1. Mix orange and cranberry juice in a large jug
  2. Add ginger ale just before serving so it will remain fizzy
  3. Serve over ice cubes for a more refreshing drink
  4. Garnish with oranges

Note: You can decrease the overall juice content of this punch by decreasing the juice by 1 cup and adding 1 cup of water. You can also add sparkling water or a more grownup substitute to make the drink.

Leaf Rubbing

Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

  • Leaves
  • Tracing paper
  • Parchment paper
  • Wax paper (this is totally different from parchment paper!)
  • Aluminum Foil (also called tin foil)
  • Oil pastels (a little like crayons but totally different results!)
  • Crayons
  • Coloured pencils
  • A clipboard

Each material brings out a new texture, so be sure to try them all!

 

Soft Pretels

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp cold butter
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 egg beaten
  • coarse salt (to top pretzel with)

Directions

  1. In a bowl combine flour, salt, baking powder and sugar
  2. Cut in butter until crumbly
  3. Stir in milk just until moistened
  4. Knead on floured surface for 1 minute, divide in half
  5. Roll each portion into a 12-inch by 8-inch rectangle; cut each into long strips
  6. Fold strips in half, pinching the edges and twist into pretzel shapes
  7. Place on greased baking sheets
  8. Brush with egg and sprinkle with coarse salt
  9. Bake at 400F for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown
  10. Serve warm

Mini Pumpkin Crafts

Yes, I’m well aware that Halloween is over, so some of you may be thinking what a late idea this is as a craft. However, I thought this idea was cute and could be done as a regular fall craft.

What you’ll need to grab is some broken crayons, a glue gun, a blow dryer, and a garbage bag (to avoid melted wax all over your floors). First, place a garbage bag down on the surface you will be working on.  Then, peel broken crayons. Using a glue gun (adults only) secure broken crayon pieces to the mini pumpkin. Your crayon pieces should be about 1/2 inch long. The glue gun is necessary so that the crayons do not blow away. Turn on your hair dryer and point it directly above the crayons. It will take about 3 – 5 minutes for the crayons to completely melt, dripping down the crevices of the pumpkin.

Once the crayon is melted, you’ll have a wonderfully messy and creatively cute pumpkin for your decor!