Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
Mostly the kids just played together with the trains we'd set out, including a new Thomas one, courtesy of my Aunt Mary. (It was quite the hit!) I also made train-shaped sugar cookies, and set out 5 colors of frosting and 5 kinds of sprinkles so the kids could each decorate their own train. I put personalized labels (using this fun train font!) on little bags so they could take their cookie home with them.
Nathan, we are thankful for you and love you very much. We appreciate your desire to learn, your sensitive spirit, and your sharp mind. Happy birthday, son!
Friday, December 18, 2009
I wanted to share some winners I've found thus far:
The Story of Christmas by Patricia Pingry
The Stable Where Jesus Was Born by Rhonda Gowler Greene
Room for a Little One: A Christmas Tale by Martin Waddell
Bear Stays Up for Christmas by Karma Wilson
The Tale of Three Trees: A Traditional Folktale by Angela Elwell Hunt
The Crippled Lamb by Max Lucado
Who Is Coming to Our House? by Joseph Slate
Mortimer's Christmas Manger by Karma Wilson
And here are a few titles I would like to check out--I'd love to hear if you have other suggestions:
One Baby Jesus: A New Twelve Days of Christmas by Patricia Pingry
What Is Christmas? by Michelle Medlock Adams
On This Special Night by Claire Freedman
Happy holiday reading!
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Cookie Mix for the Pantry
3 c. flour
1 1/2 c. white sugar
1 c. brown sugar, lightly packed
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1 c. shortening
2 c. quick oats
1 c. chocolate chips
I used my mixer to blend everything. To use, mix 2 cups mix with 1 egg, 1 T. milk and 1 tsp. vanilla. Bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees. (Yields 9 cups mix)
Healthy Whole Wheat Baking Mix
4 1/2 c. whole wheat flour
1 c. instant nonfat dry milk
3 T. baking powder
2 T. sugar
1 tsp. salt
3/4 c. shortening
Again, I used my mixer to blend these ingredients. To make 6 waffles, combine 2 cups mix with 2 T. oil, 1 egg and 1 c. milk.
It's been so nice having these mixes on hand!
I also recently tried two recipes using cranberries. After several of you encouraged me in this post, I decided to make my own cranberry sauce for use in this dish ( I followed the directions on the back of the cranberry bag). Then, from Cheaper & Better, I tried making colored sugar (for cookie decorating), using some of the cranberry "juice"--I just added some extra water to the cranberries when boiling them for the sauce. The directions say to add 1 cup of the cranberry liquid to 3 cups of sugar to create decorative colored sugar. I poured the liquid on the sugar and put it in the oven (at 170 degrees) for 20 minutes, as directed. I found it took a couple of hours before all the liquid evaporated. Also, I was expecting red, and it's more of a pale pink, but for little effort, I was pleased with the experiment. Besides, pink sugar will be a fun addition to a birthday treat for Natalie!The other "recipe" I tried last week was to mix up some pumpkin pie spice, rather than buying one of those overpriced little bottles at the grocery store. There are many versions, but I made this one. Love it--cheaper and better!
Have you tried any homemade mixes lately? Please share! If you're looking for more mix ideas, click here.
*Question for you: Since Eric is allergic to tomatoes, I subsitute alfredo sauce in Italian dishes for him. I tried a recipe for homemade alfredo from C&B, but we were unimpressed. Can anyone recommend a simple recipe? Thanks!