Friday, 1 July 2016

Christmas in July 2016 day 1 / Noël en juillet 2016 Jour 1

CIJ day 1 / jour 1
Since day 1 is a Friday, I will continue with Friday night at the movies.
The Holiday
Synopsis:  Two women troubled with guy-problems swap homes (L.A. and England)
Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jude Law and Jack Black

I love the feel-good sentiment that goes with this movie.  It is fast becoming one of my favorites.  In fact I bought it for my sister last year.

Thursday, 30 June 2016

Countdown to CIJ 2016!

June 30
Welcome to Christmas in July 2016!  25 days of dreaming and getting in the Christmas spirit.   Here’s a summary of previous posts for CIJ that were published in What makes me happy if you want to revisit some of them.

2009
*        Ways to confuse Santa
*        Oreo balls
*        Ornaments I made for Christmas 2009 ( birds)
*        Mini-clothes garland I crocheted

2010
Every day is 1 recipe, 1 ornament and 1 joke. 
Day 1
*        Snowman Christmas recipes
*        Christmas tree softie
Day 2
*        Marshmallow-cocoa candy recipe
*        Country-angel craft
Day 3
*        Santa cheeseball
*        Santa spoon
Day 4
*        Christmas lake display recipe
*        Sweets garland craft
Day 5
*        Christmas wreath recipe
*        Mini-hanging longjohns + poem
Day 6
*        Christmas tree appetizer
*        Kitty angel ornament
Day 7
*        Coconut snowman recipe
*        Snowman wreath craft
Day 8
*        Microwave jam
*        Holiday cane cone wreath
Day 9
*        Meringue snowman cookies
*        Wishing spool
Day 10
*        Charlie Brown lollipops
*        Elf Entrance
Day 11
*        Black Forest trifle
*        Elf boot stocking
Day 12
*        Towering tree cake
*        Homemade block ornies
Day 13
*        Hot chocolate cone
*        Santa bottle gift bag
Day 14
*        Cheese tree appetizer
*        Snowman advent calendar
Day 15
*        Hazelnut-mocha sauce
*        Pine-cone lighted basket
Day 16
*        Pizza pocket wreath
*        Snowman placecards
Day 17
*        Marinated olive-feta jar
*        Candy cane jar craft
Day 18
*        Chocolate spoons
*        Hanging mitten ornament
Day 19
*        Bateaux poulet/canneberges
*        Mitten ornament tutorial
Day 20
*        Skating snowman
*        Almond-berries quickbread
Day 21
*        Carrot cake bar
*        Santa hat tutorial
Day 22
*        Fudge I make at Christmas
*        Snowman soup
Day 23
*        Christmas breakfast casserole
*        Edible popcorn balls craft
Day 24
*        Sandwich Christmas tree
*        Fabric candy cane

Day 25
*        Christmas tree fruit brochettes
*        Gingerbread tree
Day 26
*        Deep-chocolate brownies
*        Christmas ball
Day 27
*        Butterscotch brownies
*        Candycane signpost ornament
Day 28
*        Curried lentil soup – Gift in a jar
*        Candy cane – centre de table
Day 29
*        BBQ spice rub – Gift in a jar
*        Nuts & bolts Santa, snowman and angel
Day 30
*        Crescent wreath
*        Half-eaten gingerbread man ornie
Day 31
*        Christmas tree pizza
*        Christmas napkins

2011
*        Day 1 – Christmas vacation with hot-chocolate on a stick
*        Day 2 – Bathroom decors
*        Day 3 – Running shoe and jeans stocking
*        Day 4 – Stocking stuffer ideas for young adults
*        Day 5 – My Christmas menu
*        Day 6 – Burlap tree cone
*        Day 7 – Hot coco mix snowman jar
*        Day 8 – Elf movie and pretzel hugs
*        Day 9 – Decorating the car
*        Day 10 – Gingerbread man pillow
*        Day 11 – Rag garland tutorial with lights
*        Day 12 – Golf ball ornament
*        Day 13 – Gift card holders
*        Day 14 – Renting a cottage with family
*        Day 15 – You’ve got mail movie and rhumballs
*        Day 16 – Gingerbread man apron
*        Day 17 – snowman stew
*        Day 18 – Christmas book suggestions
*        Day 19 – Snowman popcorn wrappers
*        Day 20 – Family recipe book
*        Day 21 – Gifts of hope
*        Day 22 – Jack Frost movie + Frosty cheeseball
*        Day 23 – Melted snowman craft
*        Day 24 – Glitter church
*        Day 25 – Miracle on 34th street and s’mores jar

2012

For 2012 I did Surprise Sunday, Merry Monday, Treats Tuesday, Winter Wonderland Wednesday, Tradition Thursday, Falala Friday Family nights and Santa Sunday.

*        Day 1 – Softie spiraled Christmas tree craft, Christmas card (Christmas door), candy-cane Christmas tag.
*        Day 2 – Polar Express party theme (cake, party table & food, believe bells)
*        Day 3 – Creamy crockpot hot-coco and hot-chocolate truffles
*        Day 4 – Pictures of Quebec city at Christmas time
*        Day 5 – Tourtière and yule log recipes
*        Day 6 – Polar Express movie and trivia
*        Day 7 – Santa initial ornaments, Santa ball ornament
*        Day 8 – Christmas subway art
*        Day 9 – Party theme – The Grinch (tree, frame, wreath)
*        Day 10 – Grinch punch, Grinch drink, Grinch cookies
*        Day 11 – Pictures of winter
*        Day 12 – Family tradition ideas
*        Day 13 – The Grinch movie and trivia
*        Day 14 – Santa hat ornies
*        Day 15 – Grinch pills, Whoville hat
*        Day 16 – Gingerbread theme – garlands
*        Day 17 – Gingerbread cookies
*        Day 18 – Pictures of Santa
*        Day 19 – Pictures of Gingerbread houses and log cabin
*        Day 20 – Chitty-Chitty Bang-bang movie and trivia
*        Day 21 – Santa cookies
*        Day 22 – Gingerbread towel, Gingerbread wood decor
*        Day 23 – Beach Theme Christmas (Santa ornie – Gone to the beach, Mele Kalakimaka song and Christmas vacation movie)
*        Day 24 – Hawaiian dessert recipe
*        Day 25 – Pictures of Christmas Window displays
2013
*        Day 1 – Christmas spirit
*        Day 2 – My Christmas notebook
*        Day 3 – Christmas year-round preplist
*        Day 4 – Rudolph day notebook
*        Day 5 – Friday night at the movies – A Christmas Story, leg-lamp craft and leg-lamp cookies
*        Day 6 – Handmade gifts I made for 2013
*        Day 7 – Christmas journal writing topics list 1
*        Day 8 – Christmas journal writing topics list 2
*        Day 9 – Christmas journal writing topics list 3
*        Day 10 – Christmas journal writing topics list 4
*        Day 11 – Christmas journal writing topics list 5
*        Day 12 – Friday night at the movies – Christmas with the Kranks (Christmas vest and ham crockpot recipe)
*        Day 13 – DIY gift ideas
*        Day 14 – My Christmas movie inventory
*        Day 15 – My Christmas music inventory
*        Day 16 – Monthly MHH topics
*        Day 17 – Christmas food art
*        Day 18 – Getting in shape BEFORE Christmas
*        Day 19 – Friday night at the movies – The Santa Clause (3 dvds) and bleach-bottle Santa craft
*        Day 20 – Movie night basket
*        Day 21 – Staying Zen for the Holidays
*        Day 22 – Christmas centerpiece
*        Day 23 – MHH friends
*        Day 24 – Tea day (tea bag wreath and poem, candles in a teacup craft)
*        Day 25 – Funny family picture to add to Christmas card

2014
*        Day 1 – Old-Fashioned theme and old-fashioned Christmas tree pictures
*        Day 2 – Handmade Christmas tree garlands
*        Day 3 – Old-fashioned ornaments
*        Day 4 – Ornaments made from things found in nature
*        Day 5 – Ornaments with dried fruits
*        Day 6 – Ornaments made from felt or fabric
*        Day 7 – Candy to decorate the tree
*        Day 8 – Other things added to tree for ornaments (old spoons, salt ornaments, cookie cutters, etc..)
*        Day 9 – Finishing touches for the tree (lace, ribbons)
*        Day 10 – Tree skirts
*        Day 11 – Decorating the house
*        Day 12 – Wreaths
*        Day 13 – Beverage recipes -  egg-nog and mulled wine
*        Day 14 – Maple syrup and mustard glazed ham
*        Day 15 – Old-fashioned cookie recipes (Gingerbread men, peanut butter cookies, sugar cookies)
*        Day 16 – Handmade gifts
*        Day 17 – Gift-wrapping
*        Day 18 – Nativity scene
*        Day 19 – Old-fashioned traditions
*        Day 20 – Christmas stockings
*        Day 21 – Old-fashioned stocking stuffer ideas
*        Day 22 – Old-fashioned butter dish craft
*        Day 23 – Books to read for an old-fashioned Christmas spirit
*        Day 24 – Advent calendars
*        Day 25 – Old-fashioned Christmas-themed movies

2015
Gifts in a jar
*        Day 1 – Hot-chocolate and Baileys
*        Day 2 – Decorating Masson jars
*        Day 3 – Buying Masson jars
*        Day 4 – Journal in a jar
*        Day 5 – Friendship soup in a jar
*        Day 6 – Crafts in a jar
*        Day 7 – Candy in a jar and decorating the jars
*        Day 8 – Movie night in a jar and bark recipes
*        Day 9 – Jar for coffee lovers and cappuccino mix in a jar
*        Day 10 – Snowman in a jar
*        Day 11 – Memory jar
*        Day 12 – Relaxation jar with diy recipes (turmeric mask, homemade chocolate coconut sugar scrub, coconut oil hair mask, cocoa bath salts, creamy milk bath)
*        Day 13 – Cookie recipes in a jar (chocolate-chip fudge cookies, raisin and chocolate gluten-free cookie mix, gluten-free raisinet and chocolate-chip cookies)
*        Day 14 – Gifts in a jar for gardeners
*        Day 15 – Card-making and tags jar
*        Day 16 – Relaxation (spa) jar
*        Day 17 – Jars of rub recipes (handmade savory herb rub, Carolina BBQ rub, magic rub seasoning)
*        Day 18 – Winter activity jar
*        Day 19 – Potpourri in a jar
*        Day 20 – Spiced tea mix, instant vanilla chai mix
*        Day 21 – Cocktail mix jars
*        Day 22 – Christmas activity jar
*        Day 23 – Homemade crockpot apple butter
*        Day 24 – Hot-fudge sauce

*        Day 25- Christmas enjoy jar