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Edible Christmas Gifts and other fun goodies that make the season special
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20 Christmas Shortcuts

20 Christmas Shortcuts | Christmas Goodies | Scoop.it

Neat tips and tricks to help you through the holiday season.

 

My favorite was using balloons as package stuffing to protect gifts in the mail.

 

"With all the festive flitting and fussing that's about to take place over the next few weeks, even the mellowest of sugar-plum fairies can feel a little fretful."

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Which Is Healthier: Apple Pie or Pumpkin Pie? | Eating Well

Which Is Healthier: Apple Pie or Pumpkin Pie? | Eating Well | Christmas Goodies | Scoop.it

Which is healthier?

 

My take on the issue is this: Who cares? .... lol :)

 

In fact, I might even be inclined to eat both for Christmas. One of each with vanilla ice cream on top.

 

Seriously though, I guess it is sometimes good to watch what you eat and to know the nutrional value of the ingredients.

 

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Christmas Puddings Tried and Tested

Christmas Puddings Tried and Tested | Christmas Goodies | Scoop.it

 

See if you agree with Good Housekeeping's best picks in Christmas plum pudding. For me, I know the one in the picture looks oh so delicious.

 

"The battle of the Christmas puddings!..."

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hamilton squash | Jamie Oliver | Food | Recipes (UK)

hamilton squash | Jamie Oliver | Food | Recipes (UK) | Christmas Goodies | Scoop.it

Doesn't this squash look beautiful? I am almost craving Christmas dinner right now seeing all these lovely recipes. And so easy to make, too!

 

"There are some great vegetarian recipes on the site, and we are adding to them all the time. Some of the favourites include aubergine parmigiana, or this apple and walnut risotto."

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A Victorian Christmas-Recipes

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Plum pudding is a tradition in our home for Christmas. It comes from the Victorian era and the old time recipes are so delicious.

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How To Cook Parsnips | Pen & Fork

How To Cook Parsnips | Pen & Fork | Christmas Goodies | Scoop.it

We always had steamed or boiled parsnips as part of our Christmas meal. If you have never seen or eaten them, they are basically white carrots. While regular carrots are very sweet, parsnips seem to have a sweeter taste mixed with a nutmeg-like flavor.

I think that is the reason they were so special for Christmas. The flavor is more disctinctive and thus, perfect for the festive season.

 

"Parsnips take well to boiling, baking, frying and sauteing. My favorite way to prepare them is to steam then puree the parsnips"

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Best Buy Shortbread Cookies

Best Buy Shortbread Cookies | Christmas Goodies | Scoop.it

This is my perfect way to unwind and enjoy Christmas. A lovely piece of shortbread with a fine cup of tea.

 

Truly relaxing.

 

 

"Traditionally shortbread was served in Scotland only at Christmas - now we can enjoy this wonderful treat every day. This page showcases a selection of the best Shortbread Cookies for sale online."

http://www.squidoo.com/buy_shortbread_cookies

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BBC - Food - Recipes : Pumpkin pie

BBC - Food - Recipes : Pumpkin pie | Christmas Goodies | Scoop.it

"Antony Worrall Thompson shows how to make your own pumpkin pie in eight simple steps"

 

We always bought the halloween pumpkins the weekend after at the farm when they were practically giving them away. Then we baked them and frooze the cooked pumpkin to keep for making the Christmas pumpkin pies.

 

Add some whipped cream or vanilla ice cream and dessert is so delicious!

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Walkers Shortbread - Rotary Club – Shortbread Selection

Walkers Shortbread - Rotary Club – Shortbread Selection | Christmas Goodies | Scoop.it

My favorite shortbread and this is the same box we have been getting for years.

 

I'm partial to the thick slabs and the pie-slice shaped pieces. I know, all the pieces in the box are shortbread, bus these two taste better to me..LOL

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Ferrero - the most famous products: Ferrero Rocher

Ferrero - the most famous products: Ferrero Rocher | Christmas Goodies | Scoop.it
Ferrero Rocher was created in 1982: craftsmanship, perfection, excellence. In just a few years it became the most loved chocolate for millions of people.

 

Oh my... who doesn't love chocolate at Christmas?

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Craft Ideas for Christmas Decorating

Craft Ideas for Christmas Decorating | Christmas Goodies | Scoop.it

You have to move the arrow to #10 to see the instructions for these beautiful winter birds that will brighten up your Christmas tree.

 

The craft is so easy and can be done by children.

 

I also saw a cute birdseed hanger at #4 which we used to do when the winter came so the outside birds had a nice suet treat. The kids loved watching those birds indulge!

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Edible Gifts for Delivery

Edible Gifts for Delivery | Christmas Goodies | Scoop.it

I love to bake, but sometimes the ingredients are expensive and other times, I just can't fit the time into my schedule.

 

I also love to receive and eat Christmas goodies like shortbread, gum drops, red licorice, peanut-free chocolates, and other delectables. And I figure, if I enjoy these lovely treats, then others must, too.

 

That is why I created the page (http://www.squidoo.com/edible-gifts-for-delivery) to show everyone where the great goodies are for gift giving at Christmas.

 

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Canada honours its military heroes - Canada

Canada honours its military heroes - Canada | Christmas Goodies | Scoop.it

Lest we forget.

 

 

"Live coverage on CBC News continues as thousands of people gather in Ottawa for the Remembrance Day ceremony at the National War Memorial at Confederation Square on Parliament Hill."

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Christmas Tree Buying Guide

Christmas Tree Buying Guide | Christmas Goodies | Scoop.it

Here's a really good article on choosing your Christmas tree.

 

There was a time when we had several Christmas tree farms in our area where many people would go for the afternoon to pick the best tree. They even got to chop it down which was extra special.

 

We always had a real tree. I loved the smell of it every morning when I woke up.

 

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Homemade Gifts for Everyone on Your List

Homemade Gifts for Everyone on Your List | Christmas Goodies | Scoop.it

 

 

Reader's Digest is my favorite magazine. It is easy to handle with its smaller size and I can read it cover to cover without much problem and with lots of delight.

 

Here's one of their holiday treats that is easy for kids to make.

 

"Everyone loves these sweet and salty treats, and they're extra festive when coated with holiday-colored sprinkles."

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Real Old-Fashioned Fruitcake | MyRecipes.com

Real Old-Fashioned Fruitcake | MyRecipes.com | Christmas Goodies | Scoop.it

 

Chirstmas fruitcakes is another treat we had every year. The darker it was, the more I loved it. I never cared much for the lighter version, but the dark fruitcake was so rich and tasty.

 

The real traditional fruticake recipe requires aging the cake in a dark cupboard or closet and taking it out ever few weeks to add liquid to soak the cake. If you don't wish to alcohol, just use a more appropriate substitute such as orange juice.

 

When you bought the cakes, sometimes you had a choice between plain and iced. The icing was always a slab of marzipan.

 

"Redolent of fragrant spices, this homemade fruitcake will remind you why it became a holiday classic."

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Mince pie cookies | Jamie Oliver | Food | Recipes (UK)

Mince pie cookies | Jamie Oliver | Food | Recipes (UK) | Christmas Goodies | Scoop.it

What's nice about doing mince cookies is that they are not as rich as a slice of pie. Many people cut the flavor of mincemeat with apples in the mix or even ice cream on top. They find it hard to eat a whole slice of mincemeat pie.

 

The cookies are an excellent solution, since you get the lovely taste of the mince without having to eat so much.

 

But, then again, if you like mincemeat, go for it and eat as many cookies as you like for the holiday season!

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4 Fresh Cranberry Relish Recipes

4 Fresh Cranberry Relish Recipes | Christmas Goodies | Scoop.it

I can't eat Christmas turkey without the cranberries. And, I don't care how bitter they are. I remember one year when my mother forgot to add the sugar to the cranberries. As long as I have other things like gravy and mashed potatoes to mix with the berries, they don't need to be sweet at all.

 

"Canned sauces are often loaded with sugar, so try these four healthy, simple ways to top your turkey."

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16 Sweet Potato Recipes

16 Sweet Potato Recipes | Christmas Goodies | Scoop.it
There's more to sweet potatoes than sweet potato casseroles and sweet potato pies. Try one of these sweet potato recipes at your Thanksgiving dinner Whether you stick with a classic sweet potato casserole or branch out, you'll be pleased!
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How to make a Gumdrop Christmas tree, Christmas craft ideas

How to make a Gumdrop Christmas tree, Christmas craft ideas | Christmas Goodies | Scoop.it

Reminds me of our gum drop tree. The kids loved the colored candies, and at Christmas, the candy shop made the hugest handmade gum drops. They were special treats, for sure.

 

You can take a look at this page and see how it easy it is to make yourself a nice gumdrop tree.

 

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Chocolate Signatures

Chocolate Signatures | Christmas Goodies | Scoop.it

The Christmas collection is out and it is pretty cute. So many chocolates to choose from.

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Yarn and Button Holiday Topiaries : Decorating : Home & Garden Television

Yarn and Button Holiday Topiaries : Decorating : Home & Garden Television | Christmas Goodies | Scoop.it

 

These are so cute to do and I am sure kids of all ages can complete them easily.

 

"The handmade experts at HGTV.com share step-by-step instructions for covering foam cones with yarn and buttons for a cute and easy Christmas decoration."

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Start Christmas Shopping 2012

Start Christmas Shopping 2012 | Christmas Goodies | Scoop.it

This is a great example of getting your pages out there. I thought about doing one earlier, but I don't have enough pages to make it worthwhile.

 

Paul's Squidoo summary page, though, is really eye catching and I can see it being quite productive for the Christmas season.

 


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Cook the perfect Christmas turkey

Cook the perfect Christmas turkey | Christmas Goodies | Scoop.it

 

Here's an excellent guide on thawing and cooking your Christmas day turkey.

 

"All the times and temperatures you need to have a perfect turkey this Christmas."

 

 

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