Two gingerbread houses made this week at care homes. The people making them had varying levels of fine motor skills and these were huge triumphs!
I took some Christmassy ingredients and recipes to Dun Eisdean today.
We produced some mini Christmas Puddings, mini Christmas cakes, mince pies and some chocolate chip cookies. We iced the cakes with a thick icing and a cherry. You can find the recipes on our recipes page.
We went for the mini versions of puddings and cakes to save on cooking time but we definitely packed in the flavour with ingredients such as orange zest, ginger wine, brandy, prunes, raisins and grated apple.
We talked about Christmas cooking smells, memories, recipes and what we remember our Mothers and Grandmothers cooking for us.
I laid the Christmas lights out along the table and we enjoyed Christmassy music on the radio as we worked. The hardest part was softening the butter…and waiting for the oven to cook it all!
I took the colour changing lights to Clisham Ward this afternoon – there wasn’t really opportunity to dance with them but the people there really enjoyed untangling them, holding them, lining them up, watching them change colour and playing games like trying to catch only the red ones, which turned into a popular game as the red ones are always fading away and popping up elsewhere.
I’ve left a list of possible activities with the ward, so that the staff can choose relevant sessions and let me know when they would work well.