handmade christmas: preserve happiness

Christmas is just around the corner, and if you’re like me, you’re only just starting to think about Christmas shopping. Here at Rhythm & Green, we believe that consumerism for the sake of it is… well… what’s the point? Every year I find myself buying random things that people don’t really want just for the sake of gifting them a Christmas present. This year I asked myself why. This year, more than ever, it’s important that we support small, local businesses. Here’s the mantra: SHOP SMALL, SHOP LOCAL, SHOP HANDMADE. That’s what we should be telling ourselves when we step out the door, or open out computers to get the Christmas shop done. But what if we take this one step further, and handmake our gifts ourselves? This year I have been INVESTING in homemade. It is our belief that nothing is better than homemade, and that applies to Christmas gifts too. As part of our handmade christmas series, we are sharing with you a range of different preserves, and their recipes, that you can make and gift to your loved ones this Christmas. What a special way to celebrate the holidays?! So without further ado, let’s spread some happiness with a simple collection of preserves.

FOUR FRUIT MARMALADE

Marmalade is the heart and soul of my kitchen. I would eat it for every meal of the day if I could. This year, we decided to switch things up a little from the everyday Seville orange marmalade… this time we use FOUR different citrus fruits. The result is gorgeous. Marmalade is a super delicious and oh-so-simple handmade Christmas gift, perfect for your loved ones this holiday season. Find our recipe HERE

BALSAMIC FIG & APPLE CHUTNEY

You’ve never had a Christmas chutney like this one! Our Balsamic Fig & Apple Chutney is so easy to make and truly a wonder on the taste buds. You will not be disappointed with this recipe. Whether you’re giving it as a gift this Christmas, or serving it on the buffet table, we are sure that you’ll love this chutney. We love pairing it with a creamy cranberry cashew cheese and some vegan crackers for extra crunch. All wrapped up pretty in a jar and tied with a ribbon, this simple chutney is the perfect gift this Christmas. Get the recipe in our new ebook HERE

VEGAN SPICED MINCEMEAT

It’s not Christmas without a good old mince pie! Mince pies are an absolute must when it comes to those festive feelings in my household. Usually, I just head down to the nearest supermarket to get my mincemeat, but this year I decided to make my own for a change. I’ve been INVESTING in homemade this year and so far everything I’ve made has been even more delicious than it would have been shop-bought. This Vegan Spiced Mincemeat is jam-packed full of winter fruits, cozy festive spices, and a good helping of holiday spirits (figuratively and literally). Get the recipe HERE

BLACKBERRY SYRUP

Over the summer, we have been picking endless amounts of blackberries – so many, in fact, that we had no idea what to do with them all! Blackberry syrup is extremely easy to make and it requires a minimal number of ingredients. Making it yourself is also a lot cheaper than buying it in the supermarket and you know that the fruit hasn’t been shipped from overseas or grown out of season (so many emissions!!!). We’ve been enjoying our batch of blackberry syrup on pancakes, porridge, and ice cream (as well as saving the majority of it for the colder months, of course). Get the recipe HERE

PEPPERMINT SYRUP

Are you tired of spending a little bit too much money on tiny bottles of coffee syrups? Well, this recipe will give you way more bang for your buck! Our simple syrup recipe uses gorgeous peppermint, and we can be sure that you’ll have a fresh and simple syrup in no time at all. You can use this syrup for a whole range of things too! We use it in our 3-Ingredient Peppermint Fudge recipe and also love to swap out the coffee for a couple of tablespoons of this minty goodness in our Billionaire’s Mocha for a fresh and Christmassy hot chocolate! Get the recipe HERE

FLAVOURED GIN

With a rise in the variety of gin flavours, why not save yourself a few bucks and have a go at making your own? Gin is a classic Christmas gift, and with such a range of types on the shelves, its hard to find the perfect one. We are firm believers that nothing is better than homemade, and flavoured gins are an extremely simple gift to make. Whether you go with the traditional sloe gin or mix it up with a blackberry gin, a homemade gift is better than any you’ll find in the supermarket. Get our recipe for blackberry gin HERE

FIND ANYTHING YOU LIKE?

WOULD YOU LIKE SOME MORE RECIPE IDEAS?

THEN YOU’RE IN LUCK! I HAVE AN EBOOK JUST FOR YOU!

A Simple Christmas is a collection of vegan recipes for the holiday season. This e-book is full of rich, warming, and simple foods to help you enjoy Christmas in a kind and stress-free way.

In 70+ pages, I share with you my favourite recipes to celebrate the yule tide and all of its flavours. This e-book takes your average recipe book and gives it a vegan twist, with a multitude of recipes ranging from traditional Christmas favourites to new seasonal dishes. You can look forward to simple and delicious recipes such as: Cosy Gingerbread Waffles, Frozen Berry Cinnamon Rolls, Winter Vegetable Wellington, Stollen for Snowy Days, and so much more!

It is our hope that, within these pages, we can help you to celebrate the holiday season in a simple and exciting way. Whether you’re completely new to veganism, have been vegan/vegetarian for a long time, or just want to try your hand at something different in the kitchen, we’re here to supply you with a multitude of vegan recipes to enjoy this Christmas.

Hearty, warming, and simple foods are the focus of this e-book. With our simple ingredients and easy-to-follow recipes, we’ll help you to enjoy Christmas time in a kind and stress-free way. A Simple Christmas has been curated and developed to encourage new and already vegans to try their hands at vegan festive foods this holiday season. It is our belief that nothing is better than homemade.

All of these recipes are vegan and have been well tested, so you can be sure of great results in the kitchen! We’ve also made sure that each recipe is as simple as possible, so you won’t be working away for hours over a complicated recipe method either!

Simple. Seasonal. Exciting.

That’s all there is to it.

SHOP HERE

For more information on ‘A Simple Christmas’ you can visit THIS blog post.

Thank you so much for taking the time to find out more about our latest ebook. Hop on down to our Etsy shop to get your very own copy of ‘A Simple Christmas’ whilst its still on offer! We hope you love our recipes as much as we do and we look forward to hearing from you soon!

If you make any of these Preserve Happiness goodies, make sure you leave a like and a comment down below! I absolutely love hearing from you guys and you can be sure that I will try my best to get back to you soon! And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram @rhythmandgreen

I love seeing the photos of recipes you’ve all made! Have a beautiful Christmas and a safe and warm winter! I look forward to hearing from you soon!

Love and light,

Katherine x

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