Wednesday, December 23

Make it from Scratch Carnival #147 Christmas Edition!


Well hello everyone!


In an unprecedented absence I am pleased to report that Laura and Olivia's birthday party went swimmingly (report to follow promise!) and my Christmas is albeit done - a few presents to wrap and one ingredient to buy!  Not bad!  


I'm presenting this weeks' Make it from Scratch Carnival which invites submissions worldwide on household ways to 'make from scratch'. Anyone can submit!  See end of post for more details!


Without any further a-do - here is this weeks' carnival!



RecycleCindy over at MyRecycledBags.com this week had me reminiscing about crafty gifts my grandmothers used to make - I still have a few of these Christmas Towel Toppers and they are brilliant for hanging off kitchen cabinets and door knobs to keep hands dry or any general kitchen use.  Now I can make my own (when I learn to crochet of course, must put that on my new years' resolutions!)


It's all about snowmen this week (and it's strange for me because currently it's warm and summer here!) and here is a cute little craft using glass icecubes - Icecube Snowman ornament!  Cute huh?  Thanks to Jessica at the Factory Direct Craft Blog for submitting this!

Thanks to Kim the HomesteadMommy over at Homestead Acres has shared her pattern for crochet snowman tree decorations - they would also be great glued on to napkin rings I think for your Christmas table don't you think?
We didn't have one of these this year, but thinking about next year, it's great to see how simple it is to make your own Advent Calendar!  Pamela at Blah, Blah, Blog shows us how she made hers!




The Homemaking Helper this week shares one of those yummy morsels that's sure to get your festivities going off with a bang - Sausage and cream cheese mushrooms, these sound and look delicious ( and a little bit moorish!)

My friend Rina over at Gotta Little Space this week shares her recipe for Crockpot potato chowder - that does look like it will warm the cockles..!
Still on potatoes, the ultimate comfort food  - have a looksee over at Funny About Money this week.  You'll find a recipe there fit for anyones' Christmas table: Crockpot scalloped potatoes - hold the canned soup!

If you're more of a potato traditionalist, or you don't have a crockpot you can't miss the submission from Amanda at My Daily Diner this week - Creamy-Cheesy-Scalloped Potatoes.  *drool*
If you're looking for shortcuts for the dinner table this week - look no further than this easy creamed spinach recipe from Chief Family Officer.   We luckily, have so much spinach (silverbeet) in the garden we won't need to buy frozen, but those of you up there in the Northern Hemisphere - it's a great alternative when it's not in season!




Now talking of soup, have you ever thought of preserving your own home made ones?  It's not a common practice here in Australia but it looks super easy!  Thanks to Kim the Homestead Mommy - she shows us how she makes her Homemade Canned Beef Soup over at her blog - Homestead Acres. Here's the VIDEO!





Katie over at Kitchen Stewardship has been cookie spotting!  Head on over and see recipes for a healthier Christmas alternative: Wholewheat chocolate chip cookies 
If you don't mind a guilty indulgence (especially at this time of the year!) try out Kristia's Chocolate Whoopie Pies over at her blog Family Balance Sheet!  It's her mothers' recipe and if you ask me, look absolutely irresistible!
Have you ever thought about making your own coconut milk?  Not me!  But if you'd like to - Thailand Breeze explains how!
Gramma Greenjeans at Better Gardens than Home obviously knows I have two trays of peaches sitting in my kitchen! This week she's submitted her recipe for Homemade Peach Cobbler! Nom-nom!! Thank you!





Oh my I love this!  Cyndi at Mixed Media Artist shows us how to make a journal or scrapbook cover made out of the most amazing things!  This week it's a circuit board!  Now if you have a geek in your life who has everything, this might be a winner for you - how cool!



Crafty Rose from Fine Craft Guild has assembled a range of easy, achievable handmade Christmas presents for her this week.  From stamping, to knitting and sewing -  there might be something you can make for a quick stocking filler or for that person who has everything!
Brooke from Ramblingbrooke is obviously queen of the scarves!  This week she shares her tips for making your own faux fur scarf!  Very stylish yes?
Here's a scarf idea if you love to recycle - Make your own 'Necklush' Knockoff (aka turn and old t-shirt into an awesome scarf) presented by Emily at Insert Catchphrase Here.


Thank you to all those who submitted this week - please don't forget to use the social media  buttons at bottom (twitter, stumble, delicious, Technorati) to spread the love and generate more interest in both the carnival and individual submissions!

Next weeks' carnival will be held at Frugal Changes - submit by clicking this link!



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11 lovely comments:

Rina the Mama Bear on December 23, 2009 at 10:52 AM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

Wow - great roundup this week! Thanks for hosting, and for including my chowder!!

RecycleCindy on December 23, 2009 at 11:24 AM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

Thank you for hosting this week's MIFS carnival. I'm happy to say I just finished my last Christmas craft gift so now I can just check out all the posts here and relax...

Merry Christmas Everyone!
Cindy

Cyndi L on December 23, 2009 at 1:29 PM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

Wow! Thanks for including me :-) I'm going to blog about the carnival tomorrow morning!

Chief Family Officer on December 23, 2009 at 3:17 PM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

Thank you so much for hosting! I envy you your fresh spinach :)

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella on December 23, 2009 at 8:39 PM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

Some great ideas! That necklace so does not look like it came from a tshirt! :o

grammagreenjeans on December 24, 2009 at 12:22 AM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

Thanks for including us - and thanks for hosting in the midst of birthdays, family, Christmas, etc. (Are you nuts? :-)

Happy Holidays to all!

Stephanie on December 24, 2009 at 1:50 AM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

Entirely too many mouth drooling recipes this week. YUM I'm hungry!

Jessica on December 24, 2009 at 2:47 AM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

Thanks so much for adding my little snowman and for hosting! LOVE LOVE LOVE the awesome scarf made from an old t-shirt! Happy Holidays!!

Crafty Rose on December 24, 2009 at 6:09 AM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

This is a really nice carnival, again. Thank you for putting it together. We so appreciate.

We have many plans for 2010 at FineCraftGuild.com, one of which is Michael now joining our team (something I am THRILLED ABOUT).... and another is is to keep and build our connection with your lovely blog.

You have been doing great work, and we wish you a MERRY CHRISTMAS, and indeed an excellent new year!!

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella on December 24, 2009 at 11:11 AM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

Hi Liss! Hope you and the frills and DH have a marvellous Christmas and a Happy New Year. Looking forward to catching up once the Christmas craziness is over. Best of luck with the big lunch! xxx

Funny about Money on December 28, 2009 at 1:59 AM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

Nice job! Thanks for including Funny's scalloped potato recipe. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and have a very happy New Year!


 

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