Monthly Archives: December 2010

December 2010 Advent – December 24th – T'was the Night before – snowflake dipped oreos

This is such a fast and easy treat. We took a box of sandwich cookies and dipped them in almond bark (I added peppermint flavor to it too). I used my Pampered Chef Double boiler to melt down the bricks of Almond Bark.

We let them dry on wax paper.

Then after those were cooled and “dry” the girls started decorating with frosting making snowflakes and trees.

Both Shelby and El had so much fun. I picked up the Pampered Chef easy decorators for them to use.

What are your plans for Christmas Eve? I have a few pies to make  – a Cherry and a Pumpkin. We are going to go to the Heights Church Service and have our annual Eve Lasagna. (Jen is making white Chicken and mom is making red ). The kids will get to open one present – Clean new PJs. 🙂 And I am sure that it will be a chore to get all of them to go to bed after reading the Nativity Story and the Night before Christmas.

Luke 2:14 – Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

December 2010 Advent – December 23rd – In Search for a Leg Lamp

Tonight we had a blast… everyone in the car in their PJs, a pillow, a blanket and the doggies and off to drive around our town in search for a LEG LAMP.

We had a few desires tonight.We wanted to see a house decorated entirely in white, we wanted to see a lit Nativity and we wanted to find a Leg Lamp.

We found everything that we wanted to see while singing Christmas Carols at the top of our lungs.

Take time with your kids to sing songs of the word of God. Observe the lights that represent the birth of our savior.

Luke 2:16, 21 – So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger… he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he had been conceived.

December 2010 Advent – December 22nd – Make yourself another Nativity

I believe that you can never have too many Nativity Scenes up for Christmas time. I have started adding a new one every year to our “collection”. This year, I made one and was inspired by one I saw at my mom’s group, Vital Moms at the Height Church. I was sad to not know WHO made the one there to give proper credit to my MUSE. 🙂 (If it is you, let me know!!)

These are fun to make and do not take up a TON of time… although you can get lost in detail.

You will need:

  • 2 small clay or wooden pots,
  • 2 large wooden balls for the “heads”,
  • a clay or wooden plaque,
  • scrap felt in white and 2 other colors,
  • brown paint,
  • flesh paint
  • white paint,
  • raffia,
  • hot glue gun.
  • Optional: gold paint, crackle paint, black marker to draw on faces, fake snow paint, wooden star and staff.
  1. Paint the balls flesh and the pots a brown color(I also “crackled” the bodies with my crackle paint). Hot glue together. Add the colored scraps on to make clothing and ties with a piece of raffia each, Mary around her neck and Joseph around the head.
  2. Paint the disk white (or brown) and add the “people” to it.
  3. Create a “bunching” of raffia to make the hay manger and hot glue to the base.
  4. Swaddle the white cloth to make a “baby”. Glue to the hay manger.
  5. Optional: add texture snow around the base – This MUST dry overnight!!

Here is the sample that inspired me:

And here is my finished nativity:

Luke 2:8 – And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

December 2010 Advent – December 21st – Time to make that family tradition recipe

Every single year, the week before Christmas, our family and my sister’s goes over to my dad‘s PARENT’s house (My mom said that she felt neglected) and makes our family recipe of FUDGE.

I can’t share the recipe… only because it is the bestest recipe and a family recipe that I am sword to secrecy. 🙂

This year, Jason became the honorary STIRRER!…And he did such and AWESOME JOB!! It turned out amazing as always!

What recipes did your grandmother make? Is there something that you have wanted to try but haven’t yet? Today is the day!!!

Luke 2:12 – This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger. —

December 2010 Advent – December 20th – Finish up your decorating

Because we wait until after El’s birthday on the 16th to do our inside decorating, it takes a while to get everything up.

We put up all of our Santa collection (My grandmother collected these before she passed away – our family ended up with a handful of that collection to add to for our own to put out every year in her memory), our angel tree and our nativity scenes that are in our living room (we have several of these also and add to them each year.)

Luke 2:11 – Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. —

December 2010 Advent – December 19th – Family Movie Night

I had my nephews come over to stay the night (Jen and Jason had a Christmas party to go to tonight).I LOVE having all 7 of the kids together.

We made caramel popcorn and watched Christmas movies – Tonight was my all-time favorite movie – A Christmas Story. I know every word!!

Larry has the magic touch too  – as Rowan instantly falls asleep after she climbs into his lap.

So take time to have a snuggle party and watch a FUN Christmas movie together as a family.

Luke 2:9-10 – An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. —

December 2010 Advent – December 18th – Visit a local Christmas Activity

Our Scout family put together an AWESOME display at the Home-town Christmas. Each of the Cubbies created ornaments for the tree.We cut out camping diecuts and glittered pine cones. We used rope as garland and even made a tree topper of pinecones (my mom got on a kick while helping us organize the ornaments and saw my pinecone Chrismas tree in the kids schoolroom)

Larry, Joan(our Tiger Leader), 4 boys (and one other parent) put up our display to be judged and we got 3rd place out of about 30 other trees!!! WOOHOO!! I am SO proud of those boys!

Luke 2:13 – Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, —

December 2010 Advent – December 17th – Try something NEW – Rosette Cookie recipe

Rosettes are special crisp, tender pastries that are traditional in Scandinavia.
I have been hearing for YEARS how great these cookies are. I just had to see for myself. I found a rosette iron at a yard sale for $2 (included the recipe book and 4 different irons – SMOKIN’ DEAL!

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes each cookie
Total Time: 17 minutes

* 2 eggs
* 1 tablespoon sugar
* 1/4 teaspoon salt
* 1 cup flour
* 1 cup whole milk
* 1 teaspoon vanilla
* peanut oil for deep frying
* 1 cup sugar
* 2 teaspoons cinnamon

Beat eggs slightly. Add 1 tablespoon sugar and salt. Add flour and milk alternately, blending until smooth. Stir in vanilla. The batter should be about as thick as pancake batter. If it isn’t, add more flour, a tablespoon at a time. If it is too thick, add a teaspoon of milk at a time.

Heat 3″ of oil in a deep fryer to 365 degrees. (A deep frying thermometer is very helpful, and I highly recommend it.) Place a rosette iron in the hot oil for 60 seconds. There’s no way to take the temperature of the iron; it just has to be hot.

Dip the hot iron into the batter, making sure NOT to let the batter run over the top of the iron. If you do, the rosette will be impossible to remove. Immerse the coated iron in the hot fat and fry 25-30 seconds until light brown. Slip off onto a paper towel.

On large plate, combine 1 cup sugar and cinnamon and mix well. Dip rosettes in this mixture while still warm. You can also sprinkle them with powdered sugar. Don’t skip this step – the cookies aren’t really sweetened until they’re coated in some kind of sugar! Makes about 36 rosettes.

Luke 2:7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. —