Here is a exact copy of the recipe from the tatertotsandjello.com website…. But as you can see by my photo, I didn’t break out my icing tips. I just used a ziplock bag and clipped the corner.
1 (8oz) brick of cream cheese; room temperature
2 tbsp butter; room temperature
1 tsp peppermint extract
4 1/2 – 5 cups powdered sugar
Line a large baking sheet with wax paper. (Do as I say, not as I did… my bad.) Set aside.
Using a stand mixer or a hand mixer, combine cream cheese and butter. Once well combined, add in peppermint extract.
Slowly add powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time until thick. The mixture should be stiff enough to hold a peak and not wilt when the mixer is off. This is normally in the 4 1/2 to 5 cups of powdered sugar range.
Add food coloring to cream cheese mixture until desired color is reached. If doing multiple colors, divide cream cheese and then dye. (My mints required 1 drop of red and 3 drops of green.)
Put cream cheese mixture into a piping bag fitted with a medium star tip and drop nickel sized amounts on lined baking sheet. (To make the “kiss” shape, hold tip 1/2-inch above the baking sheet, squeeze bag until circumference is about that of a nickel, and then pull up quickly.)
Place tray in freezer for 2 hours to allow the mints to firm up. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Nothing shows me more of the Christmas season than hot cocoa, snuggling on the couch, spending time with the ones that I love while worshiping Jesus for his birthday. Every year, we make several “big” batches of homemade hot cocoa mix to use during the cold weather.
In a large mixing bowl, combine milk powder, sugar, cocoa powder, and creamer. Stir till thoroughly combined.
Store cocoa mixture in an airtight container. Makes about 15 cups mix (about 45 servings)
To serve, place 1/3 cup cocoa mixture in a coffee cup or mug, and add 3/4 cup boiling water. Stir until dissolve.
Top with whipped cream, chocolate syrup – you can even seep the boiling water with peppermint leaves before mixing with cocoa mix to make a peppermint flavored cocoa.
Luke 1:33 -And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.
We have started a tradition in our house… Christmas became so commercialized. And we fell into that habit years ago when Shelby and Griffen were little. Once we started adding kid after kid into the household, it began to look like monster of paper and toys vomited all over the floor and took over on Christmas morning. Larry and I started looking into what others did, especially larger families.
Gift #1: SOMETHING THEY WANT
Bible Verse: Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
Gift #2: SOMETHING THEY NEED
Bible Verse: And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
Gift #3: SOMETHING TO WEAR
Bible Verse: Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
Gift #4: SOMETHING TO READ
Bible Verse: Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Luke 1:32 -He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David,
There are so many things that are important to me – God, my family, my friends, my health, my happiness.
Here are some FRUGAL ways to create your own advent calendar for the holidays.
For about $40 you can purchase one from a store like Costco or Target that you can use over and over and over again. We bought one about 10 years ago at Costco and it lasted until our move, 4 years later. One of the doors is off and I have to figure out a way to fix it.So we are doing the next best thing. We are making our own today. T0 make your own Advent calendar, you are going to need the following:
about 18 sheets of scrapbook paper (I used 16 sheets of Christmas printed cardstock and 4 sheets of plain Bazzil that matched)
cutter or scissors
To hang this you will need clothes pins, string and some of those 3M Command hooks that you can remove after the season is over.
I purchased a set of paper from my local craft store. It is a pack of 54 sheets of cardstock 12×12 patterned paper. I cut my patterned paper with my paper cutter into strips – 6 – 6×12, 22-4×12, 4 3×12 and 16 2×12 (these numbers can differ for your needs and you may have left over paper). I then glued a smaller strip on a larger one (see the photo)
Once you are done with the gluing on the patterned paper, it is time to fold. You are making a folded “card”. I actually made 2 folds on each card to have a closure. I used my score pal to score the cards, you do not need to use anything. I clipped together the cards, folded with clothes pins.
Once you have gotten each of the 24 cards folded, you will need to cut out and glue numbers to the front of them. I am using my Cricut, but you can use rubber stamps or foam stamps and paint. I switched up the size of the font on them.
Next, you will want to add inside of them a daily activity or scripture. We have added BOTH. I used WackyTac to add removable notes so that I can use my advent next year as well.
Luke 1:31 -You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus.
We have an annual tradition in our family to do an activity every day of December for advent.
We love having settled down time in the afternoon. Many times the kids will refer to it as “brain resting”. Coloring is a favorite in our household. We have boxes and boxes of colored pencils and crayons.
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.
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,
hot glue gun.
Optional: gold paint, crackle paint, black marker to draw on faces, fake snow paint, wooden star and staff.
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.
Paint the disk white (or brown) and add the “people” to it.
Create a “bunching” of raffia to make the hay manger and hot glue to the base.
Swaddle the white cloth to make a “baby”. Glue to the hay manger.
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.