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Day 11: Saffron Biscotti

Today is Day 11 of 25 Creative Days of Christmas and it’s finally my turn to share a Christmas recipe. In Sweden, Christmas and saffron go hand-in-hand. We start munching on saffron treats at the beginning of December and saffron buns are an especially big part of our Lucia celebrations on December 13th. I think these biscotti are the perfect little saffron treat for the holiday season.

I like to keep a big glass jar of biscotti in my kitchen all through December. They’re perfect to bring out when you have unexpected visitors, and I like to fill a cellophane bag or a little takeout box with biscotti and tie a red ribbon around it for hostess gifts. Little A’s birthday is December 12th, and I always make sure to send home our party guests with a bag of biscotti after the celebrations.

Biscotti means “twice baked” and that’s exactly how these are made. Click past the break for the recipe.

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Mini Gingerbread Houses

Last weekend, to kick-off Christmas, we had a little cookie-decorating party for Alec and Louis and their friends Filip and Ebba. I thought it would be fun for them to do gingerbread houses, but the actual building isn’t really that much fun for such small children. So I prepped mini gingerbread houses for each of the children to decorate. and they were so thrilled when they came into the kitchen and found their own house, icing, and a bowl of candy to decorate with.

 The secret to these little houses is that they’re not even made of gingerbread (no-one is going to eat them anyway). I just bought whole wheat biscuits and put them together into little houses. Super easy and super super fun.

Here’s how to make them:

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Fragrant Christmas Oranges

This is the quickest, easiest thing you will make all December, but it really brings Christmas into your home. I’ve got a few oranges now hanging in my kitchen by the window, and the scent they give off is lovely.

Here’s how to make them:

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25 Creative Days of Christmas – The First Week!

Have you been following our online advent calendar 25 Creative Days of Christmas? The first week’s posts have been so great – I want to try every single project! Here’s a little recap:

 Day 1: Christmas Dip-deyed Tea Towels

Day 2: Christmas Candle Holder

Day 3: Tealight Paper Houses

Day 4: Make your own Christmas Cards

Day 5: Little Drum Ornaments

Day 6: Butter Caramel Cinnamon Whiskey Cheesecake

Day 7: Paper and Reed Craft

Keep following for a new project every day until Christmas! You can see the entire line-up here. And make sure to follow The Creative Collective on Facebook so you don’t miss anything! We also have an awesome pinterest board that is full of really creative original DIYs to try.

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2014 Holiday Gift Guide: Babies!

It’s Léonie’s first Christmas! There are so many lovely things to wrap up for the littlest people on your list this year. Here’s what I think you should get them:

Léonie has a similar little hat and I think it is so ridiculously cute (Sumit thinks the pom poms are a little silly).

This stroller mobile is the best! There are tons of cute colour and animal combinations (Léonie’s is the black and white one and she can’t take her eyes off it) and they are all natural and chemical free etc.

My sister got Louis a Bliss Stockholm blanket for Christmas when he was a baby and it is the coziest thing ever. Soft and warm. We tuck Léonie into it in the stroller when it’s extra cold.

How cozy would these sheepskin mini mocks be this chilly winter!

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2014 Holiday Gift Guides: Besties, Sisters, Moms, Wives

Besties and sisters are the easiest to shop for because they’re just like you, right? My sister Sofia is notoriously difficult to shop for, but I think some of these ideas will be enjoyed by her as well! Here’s hoping!

Because who doesn’t want a vintage brass pineapple?

I have wanted a wishbone pendant FOREVER and a couple of weeks ago, Sumit surprised me with one for an anniversary! I love it so much. There are a ton of them available in every price range, in different sizes and slightly different shapes – from Barney’s to Etsy. Mine is pretty small, rose gold and quite dainty. I think the shape is important.

I just saw these gold tattoos on A Cup of Jo and had to order some for me (and friends) immediately. Seriously – how fantastic are they!?

These cool prism air plant hangings would suit any home.

My sister got me these a couple of years ago and it felt like such a luxurious gift, full of the promise of many long baths to come. I’m still enjoying them.

A soft cashmere beanie to keep her warm this winter. I think everyone deserves a little cashmere at Christmas.

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