Baking up some treats is one of the best parts of the holiday season, but stores can quickly run out of the essentials. If your box of baking powder is empty and you don’t have time to hunt around for more, you can instead substitute one teaspoon of baking powder for a fourth of a teaspoon of baking soda and half a teaspoon of cream of tartar.
It changes the proportions a tiny bit, so if you’re interested in getting the perfect bake, using baking powder is still better, but in a pinch, this will work just fine. It’s time to make that kitchen smell wonderful.
Rustic Burlap Bows
If there's one thing you're going to learn from this list, it's that holiday decorations don't have to be expensive. Bows are a traditional part of Christmas décor, but you don't have to use fancy ribbons. Pick up some burlap, canvas, or jute strips and bunch them together, then use a pin or something similar to keep them in place.
Whether you're a fan of the shabby chic style that has been sweeping the nation for the last few years, or you want to recreate a prairie Christmas, you should be able to whip up plenty of these bows in no time.
Easily Water Your Natural Tree
You don't have to keep your tree alive for a super long time, but you do still need to keep it looking good for a little while. You'll have to water it regularly, but the sharp needles, the lights, and the ornaments all can make it difficult, or even dangerous.
The best way to do this is to take a long funnel and stick it through the boughs of the tree with a piece of tubing at the end to lead through to the dirt that is at the bottom. All you have to do then is pour water into the funnel to keep that tree fresh.
Make Decorating Cleaner Using Condiment Bottles
Decorating cookies and cakes small and large is an important part of the process, but it can be messy. Even if the kids aren't doing it. To make everything simple, grab a couple of condiment bottles like cafes use for ketchup or mustard and pour the icing inside them instead of using the traditional icing bags.
Trust us, it makes it so much easier. There will probably still be some mess – it is icing, after all – but there will be much less. The condiment bottles can safely be put through the dishwasher, and kids can decorate their own cupcakes. How fun is that?
Sharpen Knives the Easy Way
If you need to carve a roast turkey – or cut up anything else – it might be distressing to find dull knives. How will you get stunning plates of food if the food is all shredded?
There are a couple of ways to make knives a little sharper, such as using aluminum foil, but another way is to take a ceramic mug and flip it over. Hone the blade by scraping it against the rough edge of the mug. It's not perfect, and you'll need to be careful, but it's the perfect thing for a pinch as the family is sitting down for Thanksgiving dinner.