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Golden sweet celebration

Christmas has been a wonderful celebration with my whole family. After 10 years my mum and my sister made it to be here with us and knowing my mum’s sweet tooth,  I prepared a dessert table full of  yummy treats.

This year I was particularly obsessed to do something with golden colours therefore I used a gorgeous shiny golden table runner and various golden decorations from cupcake holders to Christmas stars to create a special Christmas dessert table.

In Italy this is the time of the year when we eat quite a lot of Torrone which is the Italian nougat made of honey, sugar, egg white, toasted almonds and other nuts. I decided to create a nougat cupcake and I was suprised no one had thought to make one before. So I just made the recipe up combining all ingredients that create the typical italian torrone taste.

torrone cupcakes

Christmas is not Christmas without Panettone! I made this gorgeous dessert the day before and then wrapped it in cling film to keep its freshness for the next day.

homemade panettone

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I could not wait to make these! White chocolate covered Oreos are just wow!

oreo chocolate covered

golden table

holiday dessert table

Gingerbread tree and mini house cookies

little cookie village

nougat cupcakes

golden table for Christmas

It literally took me ages to make these decorated cookies but I was quite pleased with the final result and I used them as place cards on our Christmas table.

golden sweets

Golden dessert table

golden cookies

Ferrero rocher.. because you always needs a bit of chocolate!

Ferrero Rocher

Simple vanilla soft cookies filled with marmalade

Christmas tree cookies

Stack of star cookies, simple but pretty!

Cookie christmas tree

Torroncino cupcakes

We could not find our wooden Nativity in our attic so last minute I ordered specific cookie cutters and made a Nativitiy out of gingerbread cookies.

Cookie nativity

cookie tree

Christmas dessert table

Obviously most of these dessert didn’t make it to the New Year so it’s time to bake again! Happy New Year everyone!

 

We are ready for Christmas!

I can honestly say this year I’m particularly emotional about Christmas. Both my children are now visibly excited about this magic time of the year and I’ve wanted to do my best to create the perfect Christmas atmosphere and enjoy every single moment all together.

In the last few weeks we talked about Nativity, sang Christmas songs, watched Christmast movies and obviously baked Christmassy cookies and treats for the whole family!

We started celebrating the countdown at the beginning of December when we made our Cake pop advent calendar.

Then we made a garland of little gingerbread Santas and some Christmassy cookies: a boot, a tree, an angel and a star and we put them in little boxes to give to our neighbours.

Christmas cookie

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We made Christmas cake pops!

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We made glittery candles to place on the top of the fire place and to decorate our Christmas golden table.

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we made salty dough to prepare some glittery gingerbread men

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The night of the 12th of December we prepared our shoes for “Santa Lucia”. In my family waiting for Santa Lucia and her donkey who arrive during the night while the children are asleep, has always been an exciting experience. When we were little my mum thought Christmas was too much about presents and very little about the real meaning , so she used to have Santa Lucia bringing us the presents instead of Santa.

We had to prepare our shoes in line and leave some water and bread for the donkey. The next morning the shoes overflew with sweets and presents and I can still remember the excitement in my dad’s voice ” E’ arrivata Santa Lucia, e’ arrivata Santa Lucia” (Santa Lucia has been here!) so we used to jump straight out of bed and go and check our shoes.

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Amazing memories which will be with me forever. And this is the reason why I was very keen to carry on this tradition. This year Bee and I carefully prepared the shoes, the bread and water for donkey and we wrote a letter asking Santa Lucia to make sure that donkey didn’t poo poo inside the house (Bee saw me cleaning the floor during the day so she was concerned lol!). It was really funny and spending time together preparing for her arrival was magic.

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Yesterday we made more gingerbread dough to make an Edible Nativitiy and more vanilla cookies to fill with jam.

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Then in the afternoon we baked 6 little baby panettoni and a big one to eat all together on Christmas eve.

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We covered some oreos cookies with white chocolate…

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And made more chocolate treats!

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Last week we have been watching Christmas movies like “Home Alone” and “The Polar express”, many nights we put our Christmas cd on and danced all together! We truly are into the Christmas spirit and we love it! Tonight we all will be wearing our new Christmas jumpers (I bought one for every single member of the family)  and will be singing Christmas songs and being silly! What a wonderful precious time!

Buon Natale everyone!