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Cranberry Fool – One of my FAVORITE Desserts!

Here is a recipe that our family has make every new year’s eve as far back as I can remember as a child and often other times during the year. In the summer time, we substitute blackberries or raspberries for the cranberries.   

A “Fool” is a dish made of fruit, scalded or stewed, crushed and mixed with cream.

This recipe is included in my upcoming cookbook, “A Kitchen Full of Kid Tested, From Scratch Recipes” being released in January of 2013.


Cranberry Fool


  • 16 oz cranberries, fresh or frozen (thawed)*
  • 3 Tablespoons orange zest
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups whipping cream



Simmer cranberries, 1 Tablespoon zest, 1/2 cup sugar and orange juice on stove until cranberries have “popped”.

Remove from heat. Add 1teaspoon almond extract and stir. Set mixture aside to cool.

Whip 1/2 cup sugar and 2 cups whipping cream in a chilled mixing bowl on high speed until fluffy.

Once the cranberry mixture is cooled, pulse-chop the mixture in a food processor or blender.  Set aside 1/2 cup of mixture for use as topping.

Fold cranberry mixture into whipped cream. Drizzle the 1/2 cup of cranberries mixture that was set aside on top of  folded dessert. Sprinkle with remaining zest.

Chill and serve. Makes 12.


*Cranberries freeze incredibly well. Buy them in bulk during the holidays while they are on sale, freeze and use them year-round.

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 15th – Beautify an existing decoration

Our move this last year was rough on some of  my decorations. I had several wreaths in a big bag and they got crushed. Larry told me to just throw them away and start fresh… I am SO glad that I didn’t.

I picked up a few $1 sets of flowers (poinsettias and some snow covered pine) at the craft store (LOVE 50% off days!!!) And my mom brought me over a bow that she made – She is SO tricky and makes the most BEAUTIFUL bows with her bow maker contraption.



Luke 1:69-71 He has raised up a horn[a] of salvation for us in the house of his servant David (as he said through his holy prophets of long ago), salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us—

December 2010 Advent – December 2nd – Color advent pages

Take time to color with your kids. You wouldn’t imagine the “bonding” that you will have with you kids just by sitting down and coloring with with them. We have laughing and giggling, we have singing and storytelling – all from spending time together coloring.

Make sure to get out your Christmas music and sing along. We do this every year… Every year I buy one new Christmas album – I am up to 13 this year and the kids have a blast choosing and singing along.  Make some hot chocolate for them as they are coloring.

After you have completed your pages, post them on your fridge to look at throughout the month of December or post them in your child’s room.

You can find some color pages online to print up. Here are a few sites for you to visit to find Christmas coloring pages. Let me know if you have any others and I will add to this list.

  • Bible Coloring Pages – http://www.calvarywilliamsport.com/christian_christmas_coloring_pages.html
  • Advent Coloring Pages – http://dltk-bible.com/advent/index.htm
  • Christmas Color Pages – http://www.teacherhelp.org/chris.htm#color
  • Luke 1:28 – The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”

    Turkey Handprints – craft for Thanksgiving

    This is such a FUN and EASY Thanksgiving project. You need construction paper – brown, orange, red and yellow, glue sticks, a pencil, a black marker and a pair of scissors.

    1. Trace your hand one time on each of the red, yellow and orange papers and cut them out.
    2. Cut a oval out of the brown paper.
    3. Cut a triangle out of the orange
    4. Glue the 3 hands on the back of the oval
    5. Add eyes on the front with the marker and then add the beak.

    We had SO much fun making these today with our friends, Wyatt, Gus and William.

    Be Mine Felt Sign

    This is a SUPER EASY & FAST. (It takes about a hour to create.)

    You will need

    • 2 sheets of White Felt cut in half,
    • 2 sheets of Red felt cut in half.
    • Left over Red and/or white fabric
    • Aleene’s hot stitch Fusible Web – If you don’t have this, you can stitch or hot glu your letter on the felt.
    • Red or white embroidery floss and needle
    • Buttons
    • Ribbon and/or cord
    • Scissors
    • Hot glue gun
    1. Cut your felt in half.
    2. Cut letters to say BE MINE (I used my computer to print as a template.)
    3. Hand cut hearts.
    4. Glue the letters to the felt leaving 2 inches to at the top of each felt piece, alternating the red and white color.
    5. Stitch on hearts and buttons randomly on each letter.
    6. Fold over the top of the felt and hot glue it into a loop to allow you to run ribbon or cording through your banners letter.
    7. String with cord and HANG! 🙂