13 Dec 2020

Mimi Takes Five - #132

ONE // Candy Cane Cinnamon Rolls
I attempted a new recipe to make something special last weekend. I wanted to make these Candy Cane Cinnamon Rolls. After having successfully made cinnamon rolls this fall, I was feeling pretty confident. I made the dough, let it rise and rolled it out no problem. Then came the technical part of cutting strips and sealing the edges to make little tube-like shapes... What a mess, there was sugar everywhere and my little rolls were stretching as I was trying to pinch the edges to encase the sugar. I got discouraged by this point and was really starting to question myself. I stuck with it and managed to roll my strips into candy-cane-like shapes on my baking sheets. I let them rise again before baking them. They turned out okay, albeit the results varied greatly in shape and size. My little creations did somewhat resemble candy canes. I glazed half with peppermint and half with vanilla. They might look imperfect but they tasted delightful! I'm proud of myself for sticking with it until the end and am determined to perfect the technique! 

TWO // Xmas Cards
I was able to meet my December first deadline in mailing out my Christmas cards (I got them out on November 27!) With the postal service experiencing major delays this year, I didn't want to take any chances. Since most people have received them, I think it's safe to finally show you my designs. I always just wing it and come up with my designs as I go every year. Some end up more fun and colourful while others lean toward the more traditional style. I'm always happy with how they turn out and I truly enjoy making them. They are always well received and some even look forward to getting their card every year. However, I think my brother's got me beat this year... He made personalized mixed Christmas CDs for everyone. I mean, could he be anymore thoughtful? Best xmas card I've ever received, hands down!

THREE // Festive Fair Isle Sweater
How could one have a true Christmas wardrobe without one (or two, or three) Christmas sweaters? It's a contractual obligation to don festive - and sometimes questionably designed - knitted sweaters come Christmas time. There's no getting around it, so you might as well embrace it! I, for one, am all in when it comes the garment and look forward to discovering new designs each year. I tend to prefer the cheeky ones and even better if it's punny! Today's fair isle knit is more in the classic category with its reindeer design in traditional colours. But, it says Merry Kissmass, so it does have a funny little spin to it. Also, this one is PG, so perfect for any work events or family gatherings (for whenever those elusive events take place again...)

FOUR // Hallmark Movie Work
As much as 2020 has had its (shall we say) challenges, I did get to check a big thing off my bucket list. I realized by dream of getting to do some background work in a Hallmark Christmas movie!!! I've known for years that Hallmark filmed a lot of their movies nearby and have always dreamed of getting to be part of one. Turns out this year was my lucky year! I did one day of background acting on Unlocking Christmas, which premieres tonight on the Hallmark Movies and Mysteries Chanel. It is scheduled to play again on the following days: Wednesday, Dec. 16 at 12 a.m. ET, Thursday, Dec. 17 at 4 p.m. ET, Saturday, Dec. 19 at 8 p.m. ET, Friday, Dec. 25 at 8 a.m. ET and Thursday, Dec. 31 at 8 p.m. ET. Be sure to be on the look out! See if you can spot me!

FIVE // Fresh Hair for the Holidays
Well, I left the house this week to get my hair done! My roots needed touching up, I needed a trim and, while I was there, I got more tinsel put in! I still had some gold glitter left from early October, so we added a little more gold and lots of red. I'm absolutely in love with the result; it's so festive! I mean, I'm ready for my Christmas close-up (but, like, you know, stay two feet away...) It's really too bad I won't be seeing anyone over the holidays, but at least I'll always be video-chat ready! For years, I questioned my sister's hair glitter, but I am now a hair-glitter convert. There's no going back to normal hair...

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