Happy New Year’s Eve from a Tiny Hippo

Happy New Year’s from a Tiny Hippo!

It is New Year's Eve, a time for revelry, tiny hats, and fancy drinks!

It is New Year’s Eve, a time for revelry, tiny hats, and fancy drinks!

Hope you all have a great New Year’s Eve and a wonderful new year! Check out my oh so scrumptious Spiced Mint Julep recipe.

Christmas with a Tiny Hippo

Oh my, what are these, are they all for me?

Oh my, what are these, are they all for me?

This package is oh so cute!

This package is oh so cute!

What a tiny camera, how perfect

What a tiny camera, how perfect

On second thoughts, this camera is too small even for me

On second thought, this camera is too small, even for me

Let me see what is in this box

Maybe a bigger box will contain the perfect gift for a Tiny Hippo

Nice, a vintage camera is just what I was hoping for!

Nice, I always wanted a folding camera, Ansel Adams, here I come!

EEEEE... A Zeiss Ikonta medium format folding camera with pop up view finder!!!!!

IEEEE… A Zeiss Ikonta medium format folding camera with pop up view finder!!!!!

Hmmm, this seems a bit large for everyday use

Oh bother, this seems a bit large for everyday use

Last chance for the perfect gift

This looks promising

What a great case, this looks promising!

Oh cool! A miniature Japanese Hit camera from the 1950s! This is just the right size for a Tiny Hippo with an artistic side. Now, to find the perfect subject!

Oh cool! A miniature Japanese Hit camera from the 1950s! This is just the right size for a Tiny Hippo with an artistic side. Now, to find the perfect subject!

Merry Christmas, we hope that you found your perfect gift under the tree!

Tasty Treats for the Christmas Tree

Tiny Hippo Decorates Christmas Tree

What is this?

What is this?

A delicious tree just for me to eat?

A delicious tree just for me?

Blah, why would it tasty so nasty?

Ick, why would it taste so nasty?

I must season this tree, a sting of popcorn will be the perfect start!

I must season this tree, a sting of popcorn will be the perfect start!

Even distribution of the popcorn is key.

Even distribution of the popcorn is key.

A tiny hippo must have no fear, the popcorn will not hang itself.

Oh dear, but a tiny hippo must have no fear!

Some peppermint sticks and gum drops will go nicely with the salty popcorn.

Some candy canes and gum drops will go nicely with the salty popcorn.

Some of my expertly decorated gingerbread cookies go on next.

Some of my expertly decorated gingerbread cookies go on next.

And lastly, top it all off with a sugary star!

Lastly, top it all off with a sugary star!

What a delectable treat, I mean tree, just for me.

What a delectable treat, I mean tree, just for me.

Tiny Hippo Creates the Perfect Hostess Gift

With all the homes I visit during the holiday season it is great to have a delightful treat to offer my hosts. There is no better sweet treat than these homemade apple cider caramels!

Behold! These lovely caramels are a hit for anyone who tries them, and they look so cute in a little bowl or a mason jar with a twine bow.

This awesome apple cider caramel recipe comes from a great blog, Blondie’s Cakes and Things. The recipe is easy to follow with no alterations or additions needed, be sure to wear your protective goggles while stirring the bubbling candies. When you select an apple cider for making these little gems don’t buy the cheap stuff. I used apple cider from our local orchard because Wilson’s Apple Orchard makes divine cider, and it is a great place for a family outing, see my Tiny Hippo at the Apple Orchard post.

Once your awesome caramels have cooled its time to turn them into perfect little presents that all your buddies will love!

Alright, remove the caramels from the pan using the parchment paper. While you may be tempted to wrap this huge block up and keep it for yourself willpower must prevail.

Instead of scarfing down the whole block of caramel, divide it into even rectangles or squares using a sharp knife or a pizza cutter

Now for the fun part! Set up a work station for the caramel wrapping extravaganza. You will need the cut caramels, rectangles of wax paper, and a neat surface to roll up the caramel in paper.

Once your lovely caramels have been wrapped up safe and sound, all that is left is for you to take them to all those fancy parties where it is only proper to give a great gift.

I hope that you try these great caramels and take them with you when you visit friends and family this season.