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2016 December Advent, Day 7 – Mint Candies and Family Bonding

I love December because I seem to spend more time with my children in the kitchen. And now that they are bigger. I get to watch while they are cooking, cutting, dicing or icing. 

Last year we came across this AWESOME mint candy recipe online at  http://tatertotsandjello.com/2014/12/happy-holidays-cream-cheese-mints.html

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. 

img_20161207_152811881Ingredients:

  • 1 (8oz) brick of cream cheese; room temperature
  • 2 tbsp butter; room temperature
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract
  • 4 1/2 – 5 cups powdered sugar
  • food coloring

 

Directions:

  1. Line a large baking sheet with wax paper. (Do as I say, not as I did… my bad.) Set aside.
  2. Using a stand mixer or a hand mixer, combine cream cheese and butter. Once well combined, add in peppermint extract.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.)
  5. 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.)
  6. Place tray in freezer for 2 hours to allow the mints to firm up. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Luke 1:37 -For nothing is impossible with God.

2016 December Advent, Day 6 – Hot Cocoa

 

December 6th

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. 

Ingredients

Directions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine milk powder, sugar, cocoa powder, and creamer. Stir till thoroughly combined.
  2. 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.

2016 December Advent, Day 5 – 4 gift Christmas

December 5th

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. 

We found a website that talked all about worshiping Jesus more and focusing less on the commercial. What a great feeling it has been too! (http://www.hpumc.org/about-us/stories/what-your-kids-need-you-to-do-this-christmas/)

So, each child in our home receives 4 gifts – a WANT, a NEED,  a WEAR and a READ. 

We made some tags to print up. (2 sets per sheet)

Click the button to download a PDF. 

wantneedwearread-tags

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.
James 1:17

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.
Philippians 4:19

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.
Colossians 3:12

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.
Romans 12:2

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,

2016 December Advent, Day 3 – Coloring Nativities

We have an annual tradition in our family to do an activity every day of December for advent.

img_20161203_134119362_hdrDecember 3rd

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. 

I was just reading an article online at https://health.clevelandclinic.org/2015/11/3-reasons-adult-coloring-can-actually-relax-brain/ that talks about how coloring relaxes our brains. 

I love that Oriental Trading Company has FREE Christmas coloring pages online to download. Click this link to visit their site at http://www.freefunchristmas.com/christmas-coloring-pages/

Every year, we take at least one day in December to sit and color Nativities to hang on our fridge. 

Luke 1:30 -But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God.

2016 December Advent, Day 2 – family game night

We have an annual tradition in our family to do an activity every day of December for advent.

img_20161202_201848003December 2nd

 

Take time out to spend it as a family. Turn off the TV and your cell phone. Pick a game that you all can play together and play Christmas Carols.

Our choice tonight is “Disney, I Found It!” Later, the bigger kids will be playing another round of Munchkin or Ticket to ride. 

We make it a point to have family game night every week throughout the year. It allows us to regroup as a family.  

Luke 1:28 – The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”

2016 December Advent, Day 1 – Try a new baking recipe today

We have a tradition in our family to do an activity every day of December for advent.

December 1st

Try a new baking recipe today. This could be bread or cookies. And of course, bake it together.  Let the kids measure! Share that time together. After all, they are only little for a little while. 

I was blessed by a friend to share a homemade roll recipe last week for Thanksgiving. We have made it 3 times in the past 10 days. The kids gobble it down. 

Homemade yeast dinner rolls

– makes 24 rolls – 

  • img_20161127_1722586563 Tbsp yeast
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 Tbsp salt
  • 2 cup water (for a total of 3)
  • 7 cups flour (the original recipe called for 6 cups of flour, but I found it a bit sticky too – however we are at over a mile up)
  1. Put yeast and some of the sugar in a bowl, add warm water to activate yeast – Let sit for 3-5 minutes until the yeast water becomes frothy.
  2. Add remaining ingredients
  3. Mix with large spoon then turn out on floured surface. Knead 5-8 minutes.
  4. Put in a Greased bowl and cover with kitchen towel. Let rise 20 minutes.
  5. Make into rolls (little bigger than golf ball size) and add into two greased 9×13 pans. Makes 24 rolls. 
  6. Let rise 30 minutes.
  7. Bake 20 minutes at 400- Don’t over bake.

Matthew 1:23 – “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”—which means, “God with us.”