Beach Cottage Christmas Salt ~ Christmas Homemade Gifts…for real girls
Mon 28th, Nov, 2011
Yay, G’day…wanna do some Christmas Food Crafting Beach Cottage style? No, don’t shudder in your boots…this is the kinda Christmas Homemade gift-making you are gonna love…
This is Homemade Christmas Beach Cottage Dump & Go Style…yep…if you can mix and pour and find yourself a nice little Mason jar and tie a label on it then you too can join that elite crew of Christmas Crafters.
All joking aside, every single Christmas since we had Honeymoon Baby I wanted Christmas to be purrrfect…that was before I had 3 kiddos and a serious reality check…before I un-subbed from all those hideous look-at-us-we-are-so-perfect families around their styled Christmas tree with a glistening turkey (obviously if you are not from the Old Country, like me, insert here seafood)…
The secret, for me, nowadays and Christmas, especially with the big changes in traditions that living in the Southern Hemisphere has brought about and the differences in weather, is about keeping expectations really really low and doing the least work possible. I still like to try my hand at Christmas baking and I love doing a big Christmas dinner (with compulsory bread sauce and aromatic gravy) and I always make room for mulled wine even if it’s a 100 degrees outside…
For someone like me, who is pretty into decorating the house and cooking big meals, Christmas, if allowed, can turn into a horrid frenzy of decorating and cooking…but now I stick to a fairly simple formula…firstly I like lots of twinkly lights….lots…and secondly my kiddos do most of the decorating…keeping it simple means everyone is happy (and I can get up in the middle of the night and change it all around when they aren’t looking ;-) )
…but every year about October time I start to have these grand ideas about baking and crafting…I suddenly start to envisage moi, decked out in a Christmas frock, arriving at parties laden with my homemade gifts….last year I was about obsessed with making Pioneer Woman’s cinnamon rolls to take to the beach for Christmas morning…sadly, as with a lot of things in life, the reality is often very different…there ain’t much point, in my book in making homemade chutney and pretties, if the backlash of that is screaming at your kiddos and flying around on your broomstick and oh boy do I know what that’s like…
…so for making things I take the simple route….sticking to my limitations and doing what I love (avoiding sewing and doing foody things)
and so this spicy little salt is one of the things I used to make quite often in the Old Country…but haven’t for a couple of years…this year I have…it is so easy, it definitely fits into the Dump & Go category, only Christmas style….
It’s great to have around to just perk up your meats and stuff and if you are like me and you like it hot baby, it’s really good to have around to add to food that other people (ie. your kiddos) don’t like as mouth-numbing as you
This is so easy with 4 ingredients that you can chuck in your supermarket trolley at the weekend…oh-so-very-easy that when I was shopping for them I forgot one…if I had a brain it would be dangerous….
So for this you will need some salt….I love Maldon salt and it always makes me laugh how I am a long way from where it comes from which is near where I used to live in the Old Country, yet it is readily available in Australia…tip : never buy this full price…it is always on offer in one of the big two supermarkets…I stock up then….once you start looking at salt though, you may be taken by surprise, there are a lot of salts around nowadays especially in the Lucky Country where we are spoilt for choice in products from all over the world…this pink salt, is lovely, in the salt world, but it’s not cheap…make your Christmas Salt though with this and it will look delightful….
You will need peppercorns…to be honest you can try a combo of colours and tastes for this…red peppercorns are pretty much nice for that Seasonal feel though…
I also use star anise in mine, but I forgot to buy these for this blog post…
and some dried chili
Now here’s the tricky bit…you have to sterilize the jars first…two ways to do this 1. hot wash in dishwasher 2. put them in the oven for about 20 mins on 180C …if you use either method, be careful, if you are impatient like me, make sure you use a oven glove to protect your hands…I tell you how I know….there was a dirty great blister on my hand when making these one year :-) and allow them to cool before use
Beach Cottage Christmas Salt
Next mix your ingredients together and pour into your mason / jam jar.
tie with a clay tag and some pretty Christmas ribbon and voila, a Homemade Christmas Gift for real girls who have a life, or six
Oh, clay tags are wonderful for Christmas Crafting…see the Beach Cottage tutorial for them here (comprehensive step by step with all the details on how to make these little delights $6)….I make a big stash of these in one hit and use them to tie on my Christmas tree and on my parcels…sooooo easy and about a million times more economical than those clay tags you see in the boutiques..have a go, it’s super easy!
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Over and out from the beaches….I am getting mega-Christmassy….pass the Gluhwein will you?