Sunday, November 29, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Preheat the oven to 350. Peel, core, and cut 5 baking apples (I used Golden Delicious) place in an 8x8 pan with 1/2 cup fresh or frozen cranberries.
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Friday, November 20, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
2009 Advent schedule
Each night – go through the Christmas cards received that day and pray for those people.
Remember to have Christmas music on a bunch. Wear aprons when cooking. Light the smelly candles (I love evergreen).
Sun Nov 29 - Decorate the Christmas Tree! Light the first Advent Candle. Read Luke 1:26-31, 37, 38
Mon Nov 30 – Make a paper prayer chain for the advent season
Tues Dec 1 – E – Skate Night SO…D, L and S read Christmas books and watch Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer
Wed Dec 2 – Have breakfast for dinner in our pajamas!
Thurs Dec 3 – Make noisemakers with ribbon spools.
Fri Dec 4 – E’s Prophets and Promises event at church at. Bring Cookies
Sat Dec 5 – 9 am - Build a wagon at Home Depot! 3pm - Watch the Gator Championship Game. After the game - Visit “A Walk Through Bethlehem” 5-9pm
Sun Dec 6 – Let’s go shopping so you can pick out a gift for your sister! Then let’s come home and wrap it! Kendall’s Birthday party. Light the second Advent Candle. Read Luke 2:4-7
M Dec 7 – Look through scrapbooks and home video.
T Dec 8 – Bake cookies for the Northland Cookie Drive
W Dec 9 – Make Kool-Aid play dough
R Dec 10 – Make Christmas cards for your teachers (thumbprint reindeer).
F Dec 11 – Bring Cookies for Northland’s Cookie Drive – E performs Frosty at 7 pm!
Sat Dec 12 – Run the Reindeer Run! Deliver a basket for Northland. E performs Frosty 7pm.
Sun Dec 13 – Small Group Christmas Party. Light the third Advent Candle. Read Luke 2:8-14
M Dec 14 – Game Night! Make mulled cider and popcorn!
T Dec 15 – Neighborhood Christmas Party! See Santa!
W Dec 16 – L’s Christmas Program in the am. Read Christmas books. Color Christmas stained glass pictures.
R Dec 17 – Have dinner using the fine china (dress up for dinner)
F Dec 18 – Bring the tabs to the Ronald McDonald house (bring cookies too!). Dinner at McDonalds
Sat Dec 19 – Make Gingerbread Houses for Neighbors.
Sun Dec 20 – Feed the homeless. Bring them Christmas cookies, blankets, mittens.. Light the fourth Advent Candle. Read Luke 2:15-20
M Dec 22 – Watch The Christmas Story (our traditional holiday movie) and eat popcorn!
T Dec 21 – Have a picnic dinner at the park then go look at Christmas lights.
W Dec 23 – Camp out in front of the Christmas tree and read stories. Make Cinnamon rolls for family and friends.
R Dec 24 - Make a birthday cake for Jesus! Church! Party at Aunt Susi’s.
F Dec 25 – Traditional Christmas morning Breakfast!
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Lime in the Coconut Pie
Recipes written by Danny Boome - All rights reserved by Crash Bang Boome Production LLC
1 prepared frozen 9-inch pie crust (I am not a huge fan of pastry crust so made a graham cracker crust with butter and applesauce)
1 tablespoon grated lime zest
4 large egg yolks
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup fresh lime juice (about 4 to 5 limes)
3 tablespoons coconut rum (I didn't have any so omitted this)
1/2 cup sweetened coconut flakes, divided
1 cup heavy cream (I also used a little powdered sugar and vanilla in my whipped topping)
3 thin slices lime, for garnish (um, garnish at home just gets in the way of eating :) Maybe this is why I don't have very good pictures)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Remove crust from freezer and let thaw for 5 minutes.
For the topping, beat cream in a bowl with an electric mixer until it just holds stiff peaks. Spread cream over cooled pie; garnish with lime slices. Serve immediately.
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Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
Advent season is the time leading up to Christmas and is meant for preparing our hearts and minds for Christ's coming. It starts four Sundays before Christmas, which is November 29th this year. We celebrate the entire Advent season and the entire family looks forward to it all year long. Before we started doing this, Christmas time was a hectic time where I tried to fit a million things into a few weeks and was stressed to the gills trying to make everything perfect. I was exhausted by the time Christmas came. With this new approach I am completely refreshed and can embrace Christmas for what it really is.
Now you have a few options. You can plan a special family night each Sunday (or whichever night works for your family) or you can do what we do, and plan a special family night EACH night of advent. Crazy, you say? I have realized what is important during this time (family, friends, service, Jesus) and not so important (shopping, too many superficial outings, over committing, a dozen different kinds of intricate cookies). The first year we did this I went way over the top. I planned crafts that were too much for the kids, I had a specific Christmas carol for each day, way too long bible readings, and too high of expectations. It was stressful. That isn't what I was going for. My suggestion, make it simple and fun.
The trick to making this successful is in the planning. Get a blank monthly calendar and fill in your normal weekly obligations. Make the activities on these nights very simple, as you are already probably stressed, running around getting everyone to where they need to be. For example, "Breakfast for Dinner (everybody come in your pj's)" or "All Foods Red and Green Dinner" can be events. You are already making dinner, so make it special. Then put on it any of the special holiday events you have (school programs, neighborhood parties, holiday races, etc.). Make these activities the "special" nightly activity. No need to plan anything over and above. Most importantly, do the activities as a family.
I keep the events secret and have put together little boxes they have to find and open each morning which tells them what special activity we have for that night. You can see them HERE. There is also a list of the activities we did last year listed on that post.
I also try to make the atmosphere Christmassy. We have holiday music playing as much as possible. I burn pine smelling candles. I have a big selection of Christmas book that are only out during this time of year. The holiday Little People also come out and the everyday Little People hibernate. We wear our Christmas aprons when cooking. We open the cards we received that day at dinnertime and pray for those families. Each of the Sundays we light the appropriate candle on the advent wreath and read about whichever part of the Christmas story it represents.
Advent is special to us because we are together. We are preparing our hearts and minds together. We are enjoying each other. For me, that is what makes this time of year special.
I'll share a great list of Christmas books next week. Once it's done, I'll share my list of activities we have planned for this year. I'll also do a post on the traditional Advent wreath, readings, and meanings which we incorporate into our Sunday night activities.
Do you have any advent traditions? What did you do this week? Post your link below and let us know!
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Thursday, November 12, 2009
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Wednesday, November 11, 2009
I chose the corn empanadas and was very happy with them. I had an oozing problem so the next time I make them I'll seal them much better. Now that I have discovered frozen empanada wrappers I will be creating many flavorful empanada delights! Think of the possibilities.... :)
Recipe courtesy Daisy Martinez
4 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika (is regular paprika the same?? that is what I used)
Kosher or fine sea salt and freshly ground pepper
2 cups frozen corn, defrosted (I used low salt canned corn)
1 heaping tablespoon chopped flat-leaf parsley (we left out for the kid's sake)
8 (6-inch) store-bought empanada wrappers, preferably red (seasoned)
Vegetable or canola oil (didn't fry them so I didn't need)
Make the filling: Heat the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the flour and cook until smooth and bubbly, about 3 minutes. Add the milk slowly while whisking constantly. Bring to a simmer, stirring constantly, paying special attention to the corners of the saucepan. Add the paprika and salt and pepper, to taste. Stir in the corn and parsley, return to a simmer. Scrape the filling into a bowl and cool completely before filling wrappers. (mine wasn't completely cool, we were hungry!)
So what did you make??
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
1 cup(s) pumpkin seeds
3 tablespoon(s) melted unsalted butter
3 tablespoon(s) sugar
1 teaspoon(s) pumpkin-pie spice
1 pinch(s) kosher salt
Clean pumpkin seeds: Rinse under cold water and remove all the pulpy strings. (This is best done before the pulp dries.) Dry seeds thoroughly.
Roast pumpkin seeds: Heat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with nonstick foil. Toss seeds with melted unsalted butter, sugar, pumpkin-pie spice, and kosher salt. Place on prepared baking sheet and roast 15 to 20 minutes, or until browned.
Separating the seeds from the goo.
Playing with the goo. Getting the goo on the floor.OK.....I felt like a cooking show. After separating the seeds you are supposed to let them dry, which I find takes a few days. I had roasted a pumpkin a few days earlier so had dried seeds on hand...we used those so we could do all the steps at once. The ones that she just separated will have to dry a few days.
Mixing in the spices. Posing. Cheesing.The finished product in all of their glory.Go over to A Little Fun With Me and Lu to check out more Kids in the Kitchen posts!