So today I'm sharing this recipe with you in hopes that you'll find it as delicious as me and my family do. I wish I could say that I made up this recipe and take all the credit for the yumminess that it is, but I’d be lying and that is generally frowned upon… The truth is that I found the recipe on Pinterest on a blog called Yummy Healthy Easy who adapted it from another blog (Foodtography). I have adapted it a little more to suite me and my family.
I'm so grateful for this time of year when I get the opportunity to be surrounded by reminders of Christ and His birth. It is a truly wonderful time of year. I hope you get to spend the day with family and friends and make memories to last a lifetime. I know that's where I'll be. Merry Christmas!
One thing that I always have in the back of my mind is trying to come up with new activities to keep my kids entertained. Since my kids are still small, they need more guidance and instruction when it comes to the activities we do. My daughter is only in preschool but her teacher follows the same schedule as the school district, so the kids are out the whole week of Christmas. This can lead to less merry and more scary when it comes to everyone being at home together. So I thought that doing a fun round up of Christmas/winter coloring pages, activities and crafts might be just the thing to keep us all sane.
Today I opened my front door and found a jar of jelly sitting there with a cute note attached: "He had a broad face and a little round belly that shook when he laughed, like a 'jar' full of jelly". Aaaannnddd...cue the fun, creative and yummy treats that start popping up on doorsteps during this Christmas season!
Every year, I like to think of fun treats to give out to friends, neighbors and my husband's coworkers. There are so many cute ways to package and label gifts that it seems a shame to repeat any one gift twice! (Although, I'd probably be the only one who would know...) Since it would be impossible to make all of the treats I would want to and show you how to present them, I've put together a friend and neighbor gift round up for you to pick and choose what you'd like to give. I've just made your holidays easier. You're welcome. *wink* (Please follow the links for more information and pictures.)
There is something so magical about reindeer. Maybe it's the thought of them flying through the air pulling Santa's sleigh. Or Rudolf's red nose. Whatever it is, my kids can't get enough of them. So I decided to put together a couple of fun activities and create a "Reindeer Day" for them.
My kids are still fairly young (21 months and almost 4), so I had to keep it simple. We spent a total of about 3 hours doing these activities over the course of the day, however, if you didn't want to do reindeer activities all day, you could choose any one of these, or split it up across a few days.
Hand Print Reindeer
My kids loved this activity! They are super hands on and don't mind getting a little messy, so paint is right down their alley. They thought it was so fun to create a reindeer using their hand prints and some paint.
Step 1: Gather your supplies--We pulled out some blue construction paper, acrylic paint (white, red, brown and black), googly eyes, red or black pompom balls, bells and glue. You will also need a foam brush, paper plate and paper towels or baby wipes.
Step 2: Squirt some brown paint on your paper plate, grab your foam brush and paint the palm of your child's hand (just one hand!). If they are old enough, you could let them do this part themselves. I had to make sure and use a little more paint on my kids' hands since acrylic starts drying quickly. They thought this part was so funny and kept squishing their hands to feel the paint.
Step 3: Have your child press their hand onto the paper and push on the fingers to make sure the paint touches the paper before lifting it off.
However, one recipe that my husband and kids LOVE are these cookies I learned to make growing up. For sake of a better name, they were called "Good Roll and Cut Cookies". Creative? No. Descriptive? Yes. These cookies are perfect for...you guessed it: rolling out and cutting with cookie cutters. I can't count the number of times I've made these, but I would venture to say I've made them more than any other cookie recipe I own. The reason is that they are super simple, they make a decent amount and you can use them any time of year. They are definitely my go-to for cookie cutter cookies.
Let's get started!
Trying to find meaningful gifts for parents and grandparents is tough, mainly because in many cases, they could purchase the things they want or need. So what do you give them? Most gifts fall into two categories: tangible/physical gifts and consumable gifts. I've compiled lists from both categories that will hopefully help you find the perfect gift for your parents/grandparents.
My husband and I are in a somewhat unique situation in that our families and most of our siblings are all in the same state. In addition to this, my parents are divorced which means we have three sets of parents. While we love having so much family nearby, we don't like it as much during the holidays because it always seems like someone doesn't get visited or an event can't be attended. We've experienced a lot of frustration and guilt over the years as we have tried to make everyone happy, to the exclusion of ourselves.
A while back I was browsing through a local boutique that was closing their business. They had a back room with tons of random items I wouldn't have expected to find there considering it was a clothing and jewelry boutique. Out of everything in the store, I didn't buy jewelry or clothing--I bought glass blocks. They only had three of them but I took them all and at a killer price. I had the best of intentions to make something cute out of them for my home but never got around to it. (This happens fairly regularly and it drives my husband crazy. But I do get around to it eventually. *wink*)
I remember loving Christmas as a child and wondering how it could get any better than unwrapping presents, playing with new toys and eating yummy food. And then I became a parent and I was able to see the world from my parents' eyes as I watched my own kids experience the anticipation on Christmas Eve, their excitement on Christmas morning and just the overall feeling of happiness that seems to radiate from their being. I loved Christmas as a kid, but I love it even more as a parent.
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