Best wishes

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A merry Christmas in peace and health to all my readers and their families.

Bread stars

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The next stars on my table are covered with cream cheese, Gouda and salami because I needed them for a cheerful girls’ meeting. For Christmas you may take smoked salmon, gossamery cut cold meat or a noble hard cheese. Cheese and salami are shaped with a cookie cutter too. My homies are always directly attacking the leftovers. 2016_sterne5For a starter you’ll need two stars for each guest. I managed to cut out two stars one slice of my multigrain bread that I had just cooked in the morning. Apply a tangy cream cheese on each bread star. I chose one with “grilled pepper” flavour. Put cheese or salami stars on top and powder with some ground pepper or paprika. Then serve them on a Christmas plate, star shaped would be perfect. Instead of multigrain bread you may take large sandwich toast slices. Lightly toast it before using the cookie cutter. Don’t throw away the bread leftovers. They’ll be good for a spicy pan fried meal. This recipe will follow shortly.

 

 

Napkin stars

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There are stars on the paper napkin too and one with a lovely cinnamon smell is hanging on a little pine twig. I’m referring to an ancient post from 2014 for the instruction of these cinnamon stars. Fix them to a little pine twig with some twine. The plate’s edge will spread the pine needles so that it will lean to the napkin erectly. For the napkin chose a simple folding technique.

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Fold the napkin in half, printed side to be seen. Put both small sides to the center line (saved with small cloth pins to take foto) and fold napkin in half again joining both rounded ends. Smoth folding, lift napkin and shake lightly while holding the center fold. Put napkin on a plate standing upright and lean your pine twig against it.

 

Do you know how many stars….

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Referring to the ancient childrens’ song I’ll present a Christmas table full of stars this year. Bit by bit I’ll show all  parts of my table and will give the corresponding instructions. Folding all the lovely paper stars will be quite easy if you follow this video instruction. You may take origami papers but gift wrapping paper will work too as long as it’s a bit thicker. You’ll need of 10 – 15cm sized squares for stars like mine. Cut smaller squares and they’ll be perfect for decorating a fir tree garland. Due to the candle light the foto’s having a yellowish look. The papers were chosen in beige, brown, green and mocha shades. A translucent, filigree table runner will be the perfect background for all those different paper colors and designs.

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Even the tealight holder’s made in a natural look. It’s a simple tumbler wrapped in beige tweed wool. Fasten the thread with small pieces of double sided adhesive in the beginning and at the end. Take a small seperate tweed thread to hand a willow star and a small feather. A loose winding leaves enough space to let the candle light shine through and it will create a warm and tender light.

 

Chocolate ball angel

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Looking for some lovely Holiday decorations I found these nice angels made with cardstock boxes and a Ferrero Rocher chocolate ball. Find the detailed instruction at the site of “mein Haus, mein Garten, mein Hobby“. Though it’s only written in German most of you will be able to follow it thanks to the self explaining pictures. If not, don’t hesitate to contact me. 2016_rocherengel2I’ll take some of my angels as a birthday gift or just offer them occasionalley to a good friend. Place them in front of each seat, attach a name tag and use them as table decoration and place card. Put an angel into a little wooden star tray, add  some Christmas balls and paper stars to use it as a center piece. Everybody will be impressed. Some wadding makes the angel look like standing on a bed of fluffy clouds. Use transparent papers for the angel’s wings and fix the Rocher ball with a bit of glue. Therefor cut off most of the brown chocolate paper, usually holding the ball, leaving only the small center area for gluing.
For all who don’t like mesuring and drawing I’m offering a free  template  for box and wings. Simply print, cut out and glue on top of some cardstock to use it several times. Please care for adjusting the printed page to the userdefined scale of 100%. Choose color and paper of your tags according to the occasion you want to use them for. This year my angels will hold little paper stars as name tags for dinner at Christmas Eve.