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Pancake and Lulu 2023 Advent HQ

Welcome to the Festive Yarn Tasting

 

The 2023 Advent Calendar is inspired by all new festive treats and fun drinks in all new colors! Each mini skein is paired with a fun colorful recipe I have found online.  

 

Each day of December, visit this page to see a new photo reveal of the day's colorway along with photos and links to the inspirational recipe and my recreation attempts (ha!) and notes. I encourage everyone to try some of the recipes with me! 


You can follow along with me on instagram @pancakeandlulu and my YouTube channel: Pancake and Lulu Yarn and Fiber.

 

  If you use Instagram or Ravelry, please tag me! Use the hashtag #pancakeandlulu and @pancakeandlulu to post your daily yarn and/or a special treat of the day (whatever it may be)! 

 

Thank you for purchasing the Advent Calendar and for supporting Pancake and Lulu Yarn ~ I had a blast creating this for you.
Enjoy your stitching, sipping and nibbling!

 

๐ŸŽ„Happy Holidays!๐ŸŽ„

xo Aimee xo

 

PS: To Pre-Order the 2024 Festive Yarn Tasting or purchase any available extra goodies from the 2023 Calendar, click here!

Day 1 - Pink Champagne Cupcake
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Pink Champagne Cupcake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Recipe Link:

https://www.foodfanatic.com/recipes/pink-champagne-cupcakes-recipe

Couldn't be simpler-and so pretty! Calls for a mix for the cake, which is awesome for an easy holiday dessert - but any basic cake recipe can be used.

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My Cupcakes

I actually made a simple yellow cupcake recipe from scratch using almond flour (the linked recipe calls for a white cake mix, but I didnt have that on hand). My version didnt have much of a pink champagne flavor, but was still delicious and very pretty!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 2 - Empress Pomegranate
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Empress Pomegranate

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Recipe Link:

https://dixiedelightsonline.com/2020/12/celebrating-christmas-2020-empress-holiday-cocktails.html

There are a few holiday Empress Gin recipes on this page - this is my favorite gin - the color is always such a delight!  Also the festive ice cubes at bottom of the page are a cute idea!

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These were delightful!

The pomegranate seeds (also called arils) look like beautiful rubies in this gorgeous cocktail.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 3 - Blackberry Cream Pie
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Blackberry Cream Pie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Recipe Link:

https://adventuresincooking.com/no-bake-blackberry-cream-pie-with-brown-butter-crust/ 

This is one of my very favorite recipe sites - the photography is so beautiful! And the recipes I have made are spectacular!

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This is a more involved and special recipe - so I will make this one later when I have more family home to enjoy it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 4 - Lemon Lavender Cake
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Lemon Lavender Cake

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Coming Soonโ€ฆ

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 5 - Dark Chocolate Blueberry
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Dark Chocolate Blueberry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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These were so gooood!

My family loved these and I would definitely make again! However, I used the high speed blender as suggested in the recipe and I would just use a food processor next time - it was tricky getting the ingredients to blend without too much liquid in the blender. Also - these are messy to eat - but simple and delicious - and very healthy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 6 - Nutella
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Nutella

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Recipe Link:

https://www.gnom-gnom.com/keto-nutella-hazelnut-spread/#recipe

This is a gluten-free, paleo and keto version! ๐Ÿซ

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My Nutella & Passiflora Wrap!

The Nutella turned out delicious but not an exact copy of regular Nutella! The recipe took a bit more oil (I used Macadamia Nut oil - as I had it on hand). I also added some water to the processor to make it more creamy - that also helped.  Way less sweet and way more healthy than store bought version! Progress on my Passiflora Wrap by Ambah O'Brien.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 7 - Raspberry Chocolate Brownie
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Raspberry Chocolate Brownie

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Yum Yum!

These brownies were so delicious! I made a similar recipe last year as part of my calendar, but I think this recipe is even better.  I made these to bring to my son at college - and to get them out of the house - they are hard to resist!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 8 - Chai Latte
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Chai Latte

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Amarula Gingerbread Chai!

This was an absolutely delicious and cozy dessert-drink.  I highly recommend Amarula - a cream liqueur derived from an African fruit, Marula. The company also had a foundation to protect African Elephants. The gingerbread syrup in this recipe is well worth making and would also be delicious over vanilla ice cream. I used a handheld frother which worked beautifully!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 9 - Brown Sugar Cookie
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Brown Sugar Cookie

Today's package includes a sweater cookie cutter for the yarn calendar and a woolly sheep cutter for the fiber calendar! I had these fiber related cutters specially made by a company here in the US for my Advent this year - and I will put some extras up for sale in my shop next week

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I am excited to create some "Ugly Xmas Sweater" cookies this season! And some cute wooly sheep!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 10 - Old Fashioned
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Old Fashioned

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My Christmas Old Fashioned

This was really Christmassy! It would be perfect on a very cold winter's day to warm you up from the inside.  I used a little bit of homemade orange cranberry sauce and muddled that with the pomegranate seeds, syrup and bitters - and this gave a lot of seasonal flavor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 11 - Sea Salt Caramel
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Sea Salt Caramel

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Day 12 - Peach Strudel
Day 13 - Mango Mousse
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Mango Mousse

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This is another simple and healthy recipe - what a beautiful color - and vegan too!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 14 - Vanilla Cupcake
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Vanilla Cupcake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Yum!

These are so simple and delicious! The icing recipe is a linked at the end of the recipe and I must say - in the past, buttercream icing stressed me out becasue of alternating the addition of ingredients can over mix and cause it to break. But this recipe, simplified that and was no stress and not over mixed - must remember for next time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 15 - Champagne Jello Shot
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Champagne Jello Shot

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Hmmmโ€ฆ

Kids are coming home from college this weekend - so perfect to make with them!  Update: while these are easy and definitely fun, they needed more fruity flavor.  Would maybe try again using flavored jello.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 16 - Citrus Tart
Day 17 - Grapefruit Shortbread
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Grapefruit Shortbread

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My Grapefruit Vanilla Shortbread

These were so delicious and fun to make - definitely a keeper. Loved the grapefruit flavor!

Day 18 - Dark & Stormy
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Dark & Stormy

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Who knew the weather today in my area would be exactly this! How deliciously appropriate.  Great holiday twist on the classic.  I used some strained homemade cranberry sauce I had on hand  - made a perfect simple syrup for this recipe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 19 - Citrus Pannacotta
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Citrus Panacotta

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Day 20 - Flamingo Bar
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Flamingo Bar

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Day 21 - Strawberry Crรชpe
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Strawberry Crรชpe

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Day 22 - Pink Snowball
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Pink Snowball

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These are amazing!

One of the very best recipes in this collection.  The powdered dried strawberries in the sugar coating add amazing flavor. I used pecans as my nuts but excited to try others.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 23 - Christmas Ice Cream
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Christmas Ice Cream

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I made a smaller cake in a loaf pan.  I couldn't easily find peppermint ice cream so I used raspberry chocolate chip and mint chip! This was a fun and easy dessert and quite festive!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 24 - Pink Chocolate Bark
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Pink Chocolate Bark

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So simple and delicious!

Freeze dried raspberries add so much flavor!

Day 25 - Christmas Cocktail
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Christmas Cocktail

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Merry Christmas!

Full Advent Colorway - Gingerbread Stone Cottage

Bonus Full Skein/Roving

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Full Skein with Add-Ons

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Full Roving with Add-Ons

Full Reveal of 2023 Festive Yarn Tasting

Full Set Photos

(after 12/25/23!)

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2023 Full Yarn Set Reveal

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2023 Full Fiber Set Reveal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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My Passiflora Wrap WIP

Pattern by Ambah O'Brien - knit in this year's Festive Yarn Tasting set. Finished photo will be here when I am done! Check out all the daily progress pictures on my Ravelry project page here.

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The 2024 Festive Yarn Tasting Mini Skein Advent Calendar Pre-Order is here!! (IMPORTANT: These will ship out to be received by mid-November 2024)

The festive and colorful treats and drinks theme for the last 3 years wereย such a hit and so much fun to create - so I have decided to do it again for 2024 - with all new inspiration recipes!ย  Each day's colorway will be inspired by a fun recipe online. We can make, taste and collect the recipes while we knit together all month long (and beyond) into the new year. And we will chat about it all on Instagram and in Ambah O'Brien's Festive Knitalong on Ravelry!

These are limited edition, so order now to be sure to get one - last year they sold out and I got several requests for more. I don't wantย anyone to be disappointed! This is also the lowest priceย they will be (prices could go up with the later orders if my wholesale supplier prices increase). I am taking pre-orders now so I have plenty of time to secure the yarn and work on dyeing these in batches. ย The advents take so much time to complete - they are truly a labor of love! I really want to spread out the process over the year, so I can work on them throughout and make this the best year yet!

Each day of December through Christmas, you will get to open a surprise mini skein of yarn. This set includes 25 minis in total -most include 24!- along with some other fun holiday or fiber related goodies added in here and there!ย  Each day's gift is individually wrapped - what could be more fun for a knitter or fiber crafter?!

This year, again, when you order early, you have your choice of 5 base yarns and we also have some fun optional add-ons. (I have secured inventory on all 5 bases for now.ย  In the past, I had to limit some of the bases for those who waited to order, due to inventory supply issues - this could happen again).

Add-Ons: You have the option to add some (or all!) fun bonuses to your calendar. These are all designed to go with the delicious, festive theme and will be extra fun special surprises!

Basic Add-Ons:

  • A coordinating Full Size Skein in selected yarn base
  • A hand-dyed 2024 Project Bag

Extra Fancy Add-Ons:

  • A 2024 Pancake and Lulu collectable Pin
  • A 4 oz scented handmade coconut soyย wax Candle
  • A delightful coordinating Stitch Marker Set

โœจChoose โ€œAll-Inโ€ in both dropdown lists to get it all! And the Pin will be Free!

The 2024 collection will be a surprise - however, you can check out the mood board as a little hint! I have also included photos from many of my past calendars. The collection will be a beautiful flow and fade of color consisting of speckles and semi-solids which can be combined as they are unwrapped or used in a modular project or in many other ways.
Details to choose your base:

EURO fingering: 4 ply smooth euro style
content: 100% super-wash merino wool
weight: mini skein is 20 grams (.75 oz.)
skein length: 87 yards (80 meters)
care: Hand or machine wash, gentle. air dry.

MERINO NYLON fingering: super soft 2 ply popular blend with extra strength of nylon
content: 75% super-wash merino wool/25% nylon
weight: mini skein is 20 grams (.75 oz.)
skein length: 92 yards (84 meters)
care: Hand or machine wash, gentle. air dry.

SINGLE fingering: soft, strong high twist single
content: 100% super-wash merino wool
weight: mini skein is 20 grams (.75 oz.)
skein length: 80 yards (73 meters)
care: Hand or machine wash, gentle. air dry.

SPARKLE fingering: soft with subtle metallic silver sparkles
content: 75% super-wash merino wool/20%nylon/5% stellina
weight: mini skein is 20 grams (.75 oz.)
skein length: 87 yards (80 meters)
care: Hand or machine wash, gentle. air dry.

MERINO NYLON DK: super soft and strong 4 ply - great for DK color work!
content: 75% super-wash merino wool/25% nylon
weight: mini skein is 20 grams (.75 oz.)
skein length: 49 yards (44.8 meters)
care: Hand or machine wash, gentle. air dry.
NOTE: This base is DK weight and will not be suitable for someย of the Advent patterns. however, Advent pattern designers are beginning to create more patterns for DK weight - so look for them on Ravelry.

IMPORTANT: All Advent Calendars will ship out to be received by mid-November, at the latest, so you will have yours in time for December 1st. Please order early for International shipments. You will receive tracking notification when your calendar ships.

My advent calendar is inspired by my participation for the past 7 years in the wildly popular FESTIVEย Knit-Along on Ravelry by Ambah O'Brien. Each year, she createsย  new patterns for a beautiful project that uses 24-25 Mini Skeins with an optional full skein. Each new yarn is opened in the morning and a few rows are knit using the yarn of the day. There is a fun (and huge) social group for sharing on Ravelry - it is so much fun. Also there are lots of prizes to win!

Link to the 2023 Advent HeadQuarters with lots of photos and recipes