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    Re: Christmas on a Budget

    Quote Originally Posted by kalynraye View Post
    Oh oh oh ornaments for the tree are always fun. I like the peppermint candy ones like this

    http://www.reynoldskitchens.com/easy...int-ornamints/

    or gingerbread ornaments. they smell great too.

    http://www.katyelliott.com/blog/2011...ornaments.html

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    Lets see we did a black pepper vodka(good for bloody marys)
    papaya vodka
    carrot vodka
    oolong tea vodka
    lemongrass vodka
    opal basil vodka
    kaffir lime vodka
    peach vodka
    pear gin
    bacon bourbon( that was for my pastry chef)

    the fruit ones we tried with dried fruits instead of fresh fruits. The pineapple wasn't as strong as I wanted so if I make them again I would probably try frest pineapple maybe just the core. I really like carrot juice and with pineapple its freakin amazing which is where I got the idea for carrot vodka.

    The cherry bourbon sounds great and I love apple pie, how did you make that one?
    How did you make bacon bourbon work? Fats and alcohols don't mix in solution.

    Apple pie vodka was: chop apples thinly sliced into a mason jar. Cover with vodka. I think I shook it once per day for...four weeks? Afterwards, strain vodka, and then create a caramel simple syrup. Combine at 25% (or to desired sweetness). Tasted like candy apples.
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    Re: Christmas on a Budget

    My son is the only person in my Christmas budget. But, hes also 2 1/2 so theres not much he needs for Christmas.

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    Re: Christmas on a Budget

    Quote Originally Posted by ThePaganMafia View Post
    My son is the only person in my Christmas budget. But, hes also 2 1/2 so theres not much he needs for Christmas.
    ...you have a son?! I somehow missed this.

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    Ahh the joys of atheism.

    I buy me something.
    Also atheist. Still celebrate Christmas. Suck it.
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    Re: Christmas on a Budget

    The kids are making potholders and perler bead snowflakes for grandparents. I also do tea blends and bath salts and salve sets, crochet scarves and hats and fingerless mitts, sewn bags (I'm working on a complete set of reusable cloth bags and "wrapping paper"), random recycled crafts, etc.
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    Re: Christmas on a Budget

    Quote Originally Posted by volcaniclastic View Post
    How did you make bacon bourbon work? Fats and alcohols don't mix in solution.

    Apple pie vodka was: chop apples thinly sliced into a mason jar. Cover with vodka. I think I shook it once per day for...four weeks? Afterwards, strain vodka, and then create a caramel simple syrup. Combine at 25% (or to desired sweetness). Tasted like candy apples.
    So dice up your bacon and cook it till crispy, not burned though. Add all of it to the bourbon and leave for a month. Shaking once a day. At the end of the month put it in the frig and the fat solidifies and strain with a few coffee filters to strain the fat and bacon pieces.

    Will be making apple pie vodka
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    Re: Christmas on a Budget

    Quote Originally Posted by volcaniclastic View Post
    ...you have a son?! I somehow missed this.

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    Also atheist. Still celebrate Christmas. Suck it.
    Oh I celebrate all the good stuff. But I don't buy presents. I eat all the foods. Drink all the drinks. Watch all the claymation cartoons. Only when I had my mom did I buy her gifts. Other than that I usually just pick something to buy meeeee!
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    Re: Christmas on a Budget

    Quote Originally Posted by volcaniclastic View Post
    ...you have a son?! I somehow missed this.
    Indeed, his name is Jean-Luc.

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    Re: Christmas on a Budget

    Quote Originally Posted by volcaniclastic View Post
    Also atheist. Still celebrate Christmas. Suck it.
    Hahah yeah. I'm not atheist, but almost all of my friends and family are (those that aren't are agnostic). Every single one of them still celebrates Christmas and exchanges gifts.

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    Re: Christmas on a Budget

    Well, apple pie bourbon and mint bourbon have been started. Cherry bourbon is on the docket for later tonight when the boy brings me over some cherries from his freezer.

    And I made peppermint sugar scrub and lemon sugar scrubs last night.

    Today I went out and got a few little things:
    - children's book for the best friend's daughter
    - some xmas fabric to sew handwarmers with (plus a big bag of rice)
    - flavoured hot chocolate stocking stuffer type things. $1 each, and my family dies for them
    - some random snacks to toss in there

    I really should sit down with a list of who is getting what. So far, I just have a list of who I'd like to gift things to, and then a giant list of homemade things I want to make. I should consolidate the two.
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    Re: Christmas on a Budget

    So KP has decided he wants to do handmade gifts this year and I don't know what to make him. As I said before I'm not very crafty and though we like make food items and liquor for other people its really not something I want to make for him. So please keep the ideas coming.
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