Month: December 2018

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Family Traditions for New Years

With New Years fast approaching, what are some of your family traditions that you have in your house? What are some that your parents or grandparents did with you? Here are a few of ours: New Year’s Eve: We make and “graze” on finger foods all day. On the menu, this year is mozzarella cheese sticks, flauntas, jalapeno poppers, spanikopita/filled…

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French Butter Cakes – Madeleines

Ingredients 2 eggs 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/8 teaspoon salt 1/3 cup white sugar 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 1 tablespoon lemon zest 1/4 cup butter 1/3 cup granulated sugar for decoration Directions Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Butter and flour 12 (3 inch) madeleine molds; set aside. Melt butter and let cool to room temperature. In…

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I love Staycations!

The best part about after Christmas in our house is that my husband, Larry, always takes off 2 weeks from work (He works for a local school district and is a 12-month employee which means that he works summers and breaks.) Not all people who work for the schools get summers off. 🙂 We try not to make any real…

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2018 Advent, Day 24 –

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

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2018 Advent, Day 23 – Christmas Eve Services

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. We have had the honor to be a part of the Heights Christmas Eve (and Eve Eve) Services with our animals. This…

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2018 Advent, Day 22 – Go Caroling

Luke 2:12 – This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger. — Since my children were little, Larry and I have been teaching our children about giving (year round) rather than receiving. Tonight we hosted a Christmas caroling evening with some of our homeschool peeps. What a blast…

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2018 Christmas – Advent, Day 21, Be a Family

December 21: Luke 2:8 – And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. So many times we get caught up in the race that we call Christmas. There are parties and events, we are constantly on the go, We are exhausted. I love to just sit still and be…

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2018 Christmas – Advent, Day 20, Thankful for time spent together

December 20: Luke 2:11 – Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. — After changing up how we give gifts and for the fact that we only give 4 total, we have made more time for one of our favorite past times – Playing board or Cards Games….

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2018 Christmas – Advent, Day 19, Mason Jar Lid Ornaments

December 19: 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. — For those that do not know me, I…

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2018 Christmas – Advent, Day 18, Meals from Scratch – Swedish Meatballs over pasta or rice

December 18: Luke 2:13 – Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, — This has to be one of my favorite “Not so healthy” dishes. This dish can use homemade meatballs (That recipe will be linked next week for New Years or even pre-made meatballs. For the sauce: 2 tablespoons butter 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour…

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2018 Christmas – Advent, Day 17, Canvas Nativity

What you will need:  4×6 canvas (We picked ours up for 3 for $1 at a Dollar Tree!! some metallic acrylic paint a nativity pattern. ( I cut mine out on some extra removable vinyl left over from another project but you can use them out of paper and temporary tape them.  a paper towel or sponge I cut 3…

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2018 Christmas – Advent, Day 16, Take a family Photo

Luke 1:69-71 He has raised up ahorn[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— Take a timeout to take a family photo. Every year, we take a photo for my wall and I…

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Happy 15th Birthday, Elwyn

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2018 Christmas – Advent, Day 15, Decorate

Luke 1:14 – He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth, I know that changing things up always makes me feel more in the spirit of things. Some years can be harder for some of us to decorate. It could be losing a loved one or even tight for cash.  We…

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2018 Christmas – Advent, Day 14, Do something for yourself

Luke 1:78 – because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven I am a firm believer that everyone needs to do something positive for themselves at some point. This could be a simple think like taking a bubble bath or getting your hair cut. Or cooking yourself your favorite…

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2018 Christmas – Advent, Day 13, Paint Swirled Clear Ornaments

Luke 1:77 – to give his people the knowledge of salvationthrough the forgiveness of their sins, This is a fun and expensive project for your little kids. I found clear plastic Christmas ornaments at the dollar store packaged 2 for $1 and I already had the paint.  Open the top of the ornament and squirt in your paint (2 or…

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2018 Christmas – Advent, Day 12, Gnocchi Soup

Luke 1:68 – “Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come and has redeemed his people. Ingredients This is a family favorite and it is so very filling. You can make this with cooked chicken, carnitas or ground beef.  4 tablespoons Butter 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil 1 cup finely diced onion 1/2 cup finely diced celery 2 garlic cloves, minced 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 1 quart half-and-half…

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2018 Christmas – Advent, Day 11, Discovering Education – Field Trip Day, Bowling Alley

Luke 1:45 – Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!” Every day we have a choice. I choose to homeschool. It isn’t right for everyone. But, it is right for us. We are surrounded by an AMAZING group of young people in our community who are also homeschooled.  The different…

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2018 Christmas – Advent, Day 10, 4 gift Christmas

Luke 1:49-50 – for the Mighty One has done great things for me— holy is his name. His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation. 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…

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2018 Christmas – Advent, Day 9, home-made caramel FAIL!

Luke 1:46-47 – And Mary said: “Mysoul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, For as far back as I can remember, our family has made fudge (My Daddy’s recipe that he got from his mom and he won’t share) and a caramel recipe.  This year I went and grabbed my old cookbook and my caramel recipe…

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2018 Christmas – Advent, Day 8, Spend time and look at lights

Luke 1:38 – “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her. Family is so important to us here at krisandlarry.com. We live for each other. Every year,  we go out to dinner and then drive around to look at the gingerbread houses and lights around out community. This year…