Peppermint Cinnamon Rolls


Do you have a Christmas Morning Breakfast tradition? We do!  We always have some HOT and FRESH Cinnamon Rolls.  The kids love how tasty they are.  I love how easy they are.  Seriously.

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This year I decided to add a tiny bit of Peppermint Oil into the frosting and sprinkle the frosted Cinnamon Rolls with crushed candy canes…and they were a hit.  (I had to test them out before the actual morning)!  You can make them a day or two before and keep the dough in the fridge until you are ready to make them.

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If you don’t like Peppermint…no worries…just omit the peppermint oil and the crushed candy canes.  This is my very favorite Cinnamon Roll Recipe, and one of our favorite Christmas family traditions.

Cinnamon Roll Recipe

Ingredients:

2 Tbsp. dry active yeast

1/2 cup of lukewarm water (add pinch of sugar and set aside)

In a large bowl:

2/3 cup shortening

2 tsp. salt

1/2 cup sugar

2 eggs

1 cup mashed potato

1/2 cup water potato was cooked in

4 to 6 cups of flour (the less flour the better, but you must be able to handle the dough)

Filling:

4 Tbsp. butter, melted

3/4 cup brown sugar

2 Tbsp. cinnamon

3/4 cinnamon chips (optional)

Frosting:

4 Tbsp. butter, soft

2 cups powdered sugar

1 tsp. vanilla

milk (enough to get desired consistency)

Directions:

Mix the first three ingredients: shortening, salt and sugar. Add the eggs one at a time and beat them in.  Add mashed potatoes, yeast, milk, potato water, and mix together.

Add flour: 3-4 cups, mixing well then add more flour until the dough can be handled.  Knead well on a floured surface.  Place in a large greased bowl, cover and let rise until it has doubled in size.  Lightly knead then then roll out.  Add filling.  Then roll and cut into cinnamon rolls.  Bake at 375 for 25-30 minutes.

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*To ensure my dough rises well, I like to pre-heat oven to about 200 degrees (no higher) and then turn the oven off.  Then I place a pan of water that has been boiling on the bottom rack.  I place the dough in a large, greased mixing bowl on the top rack and cover it with a damp clean dish towel.  (I get the dish towel wet and then ring out all of the excess water).  This will allow your dough to rise in a warm and moist environment and does so pretty quickly.

**After the dough has risen and doubled in size, you can make the rolls right away OR you can cover the bowl of dough and store it in the fridge for later use.  After removing from the fridge, let the dough sit out and warm up for about 20-30 minutes so that it is room temperature.

To make the cinnamon rolls:

1.  Knead the dough, on a flour coated surface, just a bit to incorporate the air bubbles from rising.

2.  Roll out the dough in a long rectangle about 1/2 inch thick.

3.  Sprinkle the filling (melted butter, cinnamon, brown sugar, and cinnamon chips if using).

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4.  Then roll the dough from the long side and make one long roll.

5.  The easiest way to cut them, in my opinion, is to use a thread.  I learned this from my Grandmother and Mom years ago.  Cut a long piece of sewing thread.  Slide it underneath the roll and then pull up both sides and cross the ends of the thread.  Pull until the thread pinches all the way through the roll.  Be sure to cross the threads so it cuts nicely.

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6.  Take the section of roll and place it onto a greased 9×13 pan (you might need two pans depending on how thick you make them).  Be sure to leave some space around them because they will increase in size when you bake them.

7.  Bake them at 375 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes till they are a nice golden brown.

8.  Let them cool before adding the frosting.

To make the frosting, I use an electric beater.  I add the butter, powdered sugar and vanilla and pour in a little bit of milk.

*If you want Peppermint Cinnamon Rolls add 2 drops of Peppermint Oil and mix in the frosting.  Just a little bit so it is not too overpowering.  Some peppermint oil is stronger than others so a taste test might be a good idea.  Sprinkle candy canes after the icing is on the rolls if desired.

Then while mixing, I pour just a little bit of milk until the frosting reaches my desired consistency.  Then spread generously over your cooled cinnamon rolls.

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The entire family looks forward to eating them on Christmas Morning.  What is your favorite Christmas Morning Breakfast?

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Christmas Gift–North Pole Produce

I have one more really simple Christmas gift idea that I hope you like.  This gift is a bit healthier than some of the other gift ideas I have shared on here…*ahem!  That is a good thing…if you worry about all the sugar that is around during the Holiday Season and the sugar melt downs that can sometimes accompany them.

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I thought it would be fun to give someone some fruit from the exotic “North Pole Greenhouses”.  Oh…you didn’t know there were Greenhouses on the North Pole?  Well, there are…and most Christmas Oranges, poinsettas, holly, mistletoe and Reindeer Feed are grown right there.  Pretty awesome right?!

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Why not give someone the gift of some tasty and healthy North Pole produce.  Each piece of produce grown in the greenhouses comes with an authentic North Pole Greenhouse sticker certifying their “authenticity” (I use this term lightly because…well…you know) and is placed lovingly by one of the elf gardeners.  Simply wrap up the produce in a nice wooden crate like the one we made in this tutorial for the Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh Gift Set.

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If you don’t want to go to the extra trouble of making a cute little wooden crate (and seeing that Christmas is only 3 days away) you could put some fruit in a simple basket or even a bag and attach the gift tag to it.

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You can also add these North Pole Greenhouses produce stickers to any fruit that may end up in the Christmas Stockings.  I always love the fun little touches and surprises that just add to the Christmas magic.

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The printables I have, can be printed on sticker paper…or simply printed out on your printer on white paper.  I punched them out with a 3/4 inch paper punch, the same that I used on these Reindeer Nuggets, and then glue them onto the outside of the fruit.

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A little dab of Elmer’s White Glue should do the trick.  Just be sure to remove the sticker and wash the produce really well before eating…which you would hopefully do anyways.

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This is perfect for neighbor gifts, teacher gifts, friends and family.  If you are going to a Christmas Dinner…this would also be a fun hostess gift.

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If you would like to download the North Pole Produce Stickers and/or the Gift Tag, click on the link below.

{North Pole Produce Gift Printables}

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I grew up with getting an apple and an orange in our Christmas stockings and have continued the tradition with my own family.  This year they will be from the North Pole Greenhouses.

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What about you?  Does Santa leave you produce in your stocking on Christmas morning?

Cookies For Santa

ONE WEEK…Seven more sleeps till the man in the red suit will come delivering Christmas goodness.  Can you even believe it?  Every year on Christmas Eve the kids make sure we leave cookies for Santa.

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I have been obsessed with these wood tree slabs the last few months.  Have you seen them around?  I snagged me a couple from Michael’s a while ago and have been mulling around different ways to use them.  I ultimately, decided to paint one of them with some black chalkboard paint.

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I simply took the blank tree slab and then painted two layers of chalkboard paint on them.  You can pick up chalkboard paint at your craft stores or Lowes.

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I also have a recipe for making your own Chalkboard Paint if you want to make your own.

{Chalkboard Paint Recipe}

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Then I simply cut out some white vinyl the words “Cookies for Santa” and then attached it to the chalkboard slab.  Why not write on the chalkboard with chalk?

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Well…I tried that…and my handwriting was bugging me.  So I opted for the prettier version.

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You can then either keep the vinyl on, or remove it and then use your chalkboard slab…well…as a chalkboard.  Keep it in the kitchen and leave sweet messages for family members or turn it in to a daily menu or a grocery list!  So many fun uses for it!

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I just love how fun and unique it is instead of just a plate of cookies.  And…wouldn’t this be such a fun and unique gift for neighbors, friends and or family?  I LOVE it!  I am going to be making more for sure!

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Santa for sure will enjoy taking a little snack break after delivering his presents at your house.  If you are interested in trying my favorite Sugar Cookie Recipe, which are pictured above, you can find that recipe here.

{Sugar Cookie Recipe}

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And…because I was so busy…I just used a store bought icing.  Yep! It’s been that kind of a week, and I am totally okay with that.

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One more thing…does Santa wrap your gifts or just leave them under the tree?  At our house they are left under the tree unwrapped.

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Reindeer Feed Gift Idea

Three years ago (THREE years ago…how has it been this long?) I shared with you a fun little Christmas gift idea with you…Magic Reindeer Feed.  This is not a new idea, but I have been wanting to update the packaging from my earlier version.

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I love to give this to my little nieces and nephews at our annual GingerBread House Making Party for them to sprinkle on their lawns or snow on Christmas Eve.  They love it!  My kids have even given this to their friends for a little Christmas present.  It is such a simple gift, but one that most kids love to get.

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If you are unfamiliar with Reindeer Feed…the premise is that you sprinkle it on your lawn on Christmas Eve night.  It guides Santa’s Reindeer to your home.

To make the Reindeer Feed for the sacks, simply fill with Rolled Oats and some colored sprinkles (do not use glitter as the wild life may eat it and it can do serious damage to them).

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I simply stenciled some small linen bags, which I purchased at Michael’s, with the image of a Reindeer on one side of the bag and the words “Reindeer Feed”.  I am sharing the files for both stencils if you would like them.

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{ReindeerFeed}

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rudolpfIf you don’t want to make the little bags for the Reindeer Feed, you can simply put the Reindeer Feed in a little plastic gift bag and attach the reindeer feed gift tag.

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12 Free Christmas Printables | Neighbor Gift Tags

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It is time once again for our monthly printable blog hop.  This month we are all sharing some fun and FREE Christmas Printables.  This is going to be our very last printable hop.  I hope you have enjoyed it as much as we have.

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This month I thought it would be fun to share a simple neighbor gift idea.  I don’t know about you, but I am always trying to come up with a new twist on a well loved idea.  Giving a jar or a bag of homemade cookie mix is not a new concept.  I love the idea of sprucing it up a bit and putting it in a pretty package.

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I love having the ingredients to make cookies during the holiday season right on hand.  You never know when you will need to whip up some homemade goodies at the last minute with all of the parties and events…so these make for a practical gift too.

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I quickly sewed together some homemade cookie mix bags out of a canvas paint drop cloth.  I will share that tutorial here soon.  To see some other projects I have used a drop cloth for check these out!

Christmas Gift Bags

Thanksgiving Table Linens

Monogrammed Table Runner

Thanksgiving Hostess Gift

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Then I hand-stamped a wooden spoon with the word JOY!  To see how I did that you can read the tutorial here:

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Then fill up a plastic ziploc baggie with all of the dry ingredients for you favorite cookie or brownie recipe…or use mine!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

*2 1/4 cups flour

*1 tsp. baking soda

*1 tsp. salt

1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup shortening

*3/4 cup white sugar

*3/4 cup brown sugar

1 tsp. vanilla

2 eggs

*2 cups chocolate chips

nuts (optional)

*These are the ingredients you will add to the ziploc baggie.

Print out this Free Merry Christmas Tag and/or Chocolate Chip Cookie Gift Instructions and attach them to your Neighbor Gift.

Merry Christmas Tag

Chocolate Chip Cookie Gift Instructions

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Need some more Christmas Printables! Yes…Yes…I think you do!  Check out these other fabulous ideas!  Be sure to hop on over and say hi!

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1. {The Dating Divas} ­ Festive and FLIRTY cards just for you two!

2. {Somewhat Simple} ­ A vintage 12 days of Christmas countdown activity.

3. {Whipperberry} ­ Holly Jolly Christmas printable to dress­up your holiday decor!

4. {Crafting Chicks} ­ Print and keep track of WHO you are giving to and WHAT you are giving them with these darling printable Christmas Lists pages.

5. {Tatertots &; Jello} ­ An easy way to display Christmas cards using a foldable ruler. Plus a free Holiday blackboard printable!

6. {L’il Luna} ­ Christmas Cookies in a Jar with free printable recipe! A cute and inexpensive gift idea!

7. {My Sister’s Suitcase} ­ “Blue Christmas” gift idea and printable tag for loved ones you’ll miss this year at Christmastime!

8. {I Heart Nap Time} ­ A sweet little tag and Hershey Kiss stickers to dress up a cute and fun gift

9. {The 36th Avenue} ­ Super Cute DIY Christmas Stockings made with our Free Printables!

10. {Paging Supermom} ­ Stocking Tags to personalize your family’s stockings plus coordinating “Naughty” and “Nice” labels.

11. {The TomKat Studio} ­ Printable “Dear Santa” Letter perfect for the kids to fill in and mail off to the North Pole!

12. {The Idea Room} ­ Fun Christmas Labels for your Christmas gifts and printables for a fun Neighbor Gift Idea & tutorial.

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If you missed our past Printable Blog Hops, you can check out our past Printable Blog Hops below:

12 Free Thanksgiving Printables {Hand Stamped Wooden Spoons}

12 Free Halloween Printables {Monster Mints}

12 FREE Fall Printables {Caramel Apple Gift Kit}

12 FREE Spring Themed Printables {Homemade Lemonade Gift Kit}

12 FREE Cinco de Mayo Printables

12 FREE 4th of July Themed Printables

12 FREE Summer Printables

12 FREE Back-to-School Themed Printables {Homework Notepad}

 

Candy Cane Pancakes | Family Blog Hop

Today, I am joining a few friends for a gratitude blog hop because we thought it might be fun to share a little bit more about our families who are always behind the scenes at our house but not always seen here on our sites.

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Today I will be sharing some yummy Candy Cane Pancakes, perfect for a festive Christmas Eve or Christmas Morning breakfast. We love to make something fun and memorable to enjoy eating together as a family.  Thanksgiving and Christmas are two of our favorite family holidays.  And if there is one thing we are grateful for and enjoy as a family…it is eating together.

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After I share our recipe, I would love for you to see what the others have created and shared. There are recipes, printables and family traditions included in this blog hop.

Candy Cane Pancakes Recipe:

Candy Cane Pancakes

Candy Cane Pancakes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all purpos flour
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • __________
  • 1/2 cup crushed peppermint candies or 2-3 drops of peppermint oil
  • 2-3 drops red food coloring (optional)
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional)

Instructions

  1. Mix together sugar, baking powder, eggs, salt, milk and butter.
  2. Split batter in half and place into two separate bowls.
  3. Add the chocolate chips to one bowl of batter.
  4. Add the peppermint (crushed or oil or both) and the red food coloring if desired.
  5. Make up each bowl of pancake batter separately so you have peppermint pancakes and the white chocolate chip pancakes.
  6. Cook on greased griddle at about 350 degrees.
  7. Flip over when bubbles show up on the surface of the pancake.
  8. Cook on the other side for another couple of minutes.
  9. Serve with your favorite syrup and a dollop of whipped cream and crushed peppermint.
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Hop on over to these fun projects based around the Gratitude theme:
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A big, huge thank you to our families for their support and love. They are our guinea pigs, models, help us when we have last minute deadlines, love us even when we wear yoga pants for two days in a row and stick with us through the good, the bad and the ugly.

We are so grateful for you. Look at all these pretty faces! So much love (and kids) in this collage: Gratitude Blog Hop with several bloggers www.thirtyhandmadedays.com

Kari from U Create // Jodie from Eighteen25 // Cindy from Skip to My Lou // Amy from Positively Splendid Kelli from Lolly Jane // Mique from Thirty Handmade Days // Leigh Anne from Your Homebased Mom // Steph from Somewhat Simple Melissa from Polka Dot Chair // Kristen from Capturing Joy // Becky from Organizing Made Fun // Amy from the Idea Room Kristyn from Lil Luna // Desiree from the 36th Avenue
We thought you might have fun getting to know a little bit more about our families too. So we asked them some questions.
Here’s what they had to say.
For the kids:

What are your favorite holiday traditions as a family?

Building Gingerbread Houses with cousins, Sunday night walks and games, one-on-one date nights with Mom & Dad,

What is your favorite recipe or project that your mom has made?

J (15): My room.

C (13): Slime

L (11): My Bed

H (9): The Treats!

T (6): Play dough

Do you have any family favorite- games, movies, activities, hobbies?

We like boating, camping, water-skiing, and snow skiing together. Going of family trips and playing soccer in the back yard. We like to play Wackee Six and Rummikub together and watch movies. We also like to go hiking.

Are you tired of taking pictures for Mom’s blog?

YES!! We (the boys) will not let her take any pictures of us. We always have to wait to eat something and ask mom if she took a picture of it yet. She makes yummy treats, but we can’t eat them until she doesn’t need them or she gives them away. The youngest is the only one who wants to get her picture taken now. She ALWAYS has to go and get her camera before we do ANYTHING!!!

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Mr. Idea Room:

What do you do for a living?

I work an exciting day filled with counting…lots and lots of counting. I work in finance and accounting…enough said.

How did you two meet?

Well, which version do you want…mine or hers? She would insist hers was the correct version. We do agree on the fact that we DID meet in college where we were both living. Our apartments were directly across from one another. The rest of the storyline gets a bit sketchy as far as details go. Something about me being shirtless on an apartment balcony…I have no recollection of this. I do know that she someone that I was interested in getting to know better.

And what do you love most about your wife?

Amy is very devoted to her family, our little family and her extended family. Amy has a really funny sense of humor. She can surprise you with her funny one liners when you least expect it. I really value her opinion and feel like she is a great friend. I love how motivated she is to get things done…well…most of the time!

How much time do you think your wife spends on her blog per week?

Probably more than I realize or that she let’s me know. 25-30 hours a week?

What is your favorite project/recipe she’s made?

There are a lot that I have really enjoyed. The treats are always a nice bonus. But I think my absolute favorite project that Amy has made is the Tufted Headboard she made for our daughter.

What’s her favorite thing about blogging?

Interacting with other women and mothers who have similar interests. The challenge of creating projects for our family and home. And the real-life friendships she has made with other bloggers.

And least favorite thing about blogging?

Getting mean comments or emails from people.

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I am so grateful for each and everyone in my family. I am grateful to be married to my best friend. We have been through some really good times and have had our fair share of struggles. Life can be hard at times, but I am grateful I get to share my life with my him.

He works so hard for our family and yet comes home and manages to be able to know right where the slack needs to be picked up. Whether it involves helping out with dinner or with a child who needs some extra attention. I also love that he is {usually} pretty excited about another project I have been scheming up in my head ;), and so willing to join in and working on it together.

I hope we will all take a little bit of time to reflect on the many blessings that we have to be thankful for.

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Letter To Santa

Another one of our family traditions is to let the kids write a letter to Santa.  We usually just write it out on some plain lined school paper, but I thought it would be fun to come up with a more “official” looking Letter To Santa.

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In our city, the post office has an “official” mailbox set aside for all the letters headed to Santa at the North Pole.  When the kids drop the letter off they get a candy cane from the post master.  Then a couple of weeks later, they get a letter delivered back to our house from one of Santa’s helpers.

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The kids LOVE it!  I have heard that if you don’t have a post office that does this, you can still put a letter in the mailbox and it will make it’s way to the North Pole!

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My kids got theirs all filled out.  Some had ONE very specific item they were wishing for…and a couple had a list that stretched out onto the back of the letter…OY!  Santa has strict instructions to be pretty conservative at our house this year since we took a big family trip back in October.

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But the kids can always dream! :)

Want to print out some Santa Letters for your family?  Simply click on the image below for your free printable.
*As always please remember to send your friends and family back here to my site to get their own copies.  These are not intended for resale or redistribution and should be for personal use only.  If you have any question as to how you may use these, please feel free to drop me an email and ask.


Holiday Advent Calendar Activities

Do you celebrate the Holidays with an Advent Calendar? Our advent calendar is one of my kids favorite traditions each year.  So I thought it would be fun to share some of the our Holiday Advent Calendar Activities. 

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We choose not to have a candy advent calendar because the kids get so many sweets anyway during the holidays.  So we put different Christmas activities for kids in ours.  Now we all know how busy this time of year can be and sometimes adding one more thing to an already busy time can put us moms over the edge.

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So I type up a big list of activities and put it in my office drawer.  Then right before the kids get home (or before we open that days advent) I cut off the activity that we can feasibly do that day depending on our schedule.  Some days the activity is as simple as drinking some hot cocoa.  But if we have a more open schedule we can do an activity that is more involved.  THIS has been HUGE in helping us be successful with this tradition.

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Silhouette sent me their cute 2012 Advent Calendar.  If you want to make one, you can get your own Silhouette Limited Advent Calendar here.

Here are some ideas of things you can include in your Holiday Advent Activity Calendar.

1. Decorate the Christmas tree.
2. Write letters to Santa.
3. Build a snowman.
4. Have a snowball fight.
5. Make Christmas cookies and surprise a neighbor or two with a plate.
6. Sing Christmas Carols together.
7. Write Christmas letters to relatives we will not see for Christmas.
8. Watch a Christmas movie.
9. Visit Santa at the Mall.
10. Take a drive to see the Christmas Lights.
11. Clean out old toys and donate to Goodwill.
12. Make a gift for kids teachers.
13. Make some Christmas Candy.
14. Play a game in front of the fire.
15. Watch The Grinch.
16. Learn more about Jesus.
17. Sleep under the Christmas Tree.
18. Do a secret service for someone in the family or a neighbor.
19. Make a gingerbread house.
20. Read an extra Christmas story.
21. Make some reindeer food for Christmas Eve (recipe here).
22. Read the Christmas story in Luke Chapter 2 and other scriptures.
23. Act out the nativity scene.
24. Listen to Christmas music.
25. Set out cookies and reindeer food for Santa and his reindeers.
26. Read the notes in our love socks (more to come on this later).
27. Watch a Christmas special on television.
28. Go sledding!

Do you do an activity advent?  What are some activities that you include in yours?

Candy cane swirl cake

This is a story about a Candy Cane Swirl Cake that tasted better than it looked…

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{Don’t let the picture fool you…that is some creative photography…}

I don’t really share my craft/cooking fails with you guys and I don’t want you to think that I never have any…cause believe me…I do.  Not everything turns out like I had imagined it in my head.  Can anyone relate?  I wanted to share this delicious cake we made over the Christmas holidays but it was just not pretty enough to make the cut.  Even though it tasted really great. 

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{See?  I told you!}

I originally saw the Candy Cane Swirl Cake at Betty Crocker.  But instead of using a box cake, I decided to make my favorite white cake recipe from scratch.

White Cake Recipe

  • 1 cup butter

  • 2 cups white sugar

  • 4 large eggs

  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

  • 3 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 3/4 cups milk

Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  2. Grease and flour pans lightly. I used three 8 inch round pans.

  3. Cream together butter & vanilla extract.

  4. Add sugar slowly until all is added and it is mixed well.

  5. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.

  6. In a separate bowl sift flour, baking powder and salt together twice.

  7. Now add flour mixture, alternating between the milk and flour. Mixing well after each again.

  8. ______________________________

1/2 teaspoon red food color (see Directions #1 below)

1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract (see Directions #1 below)

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Directions:

1. Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Generously grease and flour 12-cup fluted tube cake pan. Make cake batter as directed above. Pour about 2 cups batter into pan. In small bowl, pour about 3/4 cup batter; stir in food color and peppermint extract. Carefully pour pink batter over white batter in pan. Carefully pour remaining white batter over pink batter.

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2. Bake cake at 350°F and cool completely.

3. In small bowl, mix white icing ingredients. If necessary, stir in additional milk, 1 teaspoon at a time, until smooth and spreadable. Spread over cake. Sprinkle crushed candy on top. Store loosely covered.

White Icing:

1 cup powdered sugar

1 tablespoon milk or water

1/2 teaspoon vanilla, if desired

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I am not quite sure why my cake fell apart.  Maybe the box cake would have been better to use in the bundt pan.  But it sure did taste good.  And there were several salvageable pieces of cake that I was able to serve up that looked halfway decent.  Hehe.  And with some creative photography I was almost able to make it look…well…somewhat presentable.

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I have decided to share more of these creativity failures with you as part of trying to keep it real.  What do you think?  Are you looking forward to seeing some of my creative catastrophes??

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Chocolate Peppermint Cookies and Fudge Recipes

I can’t believe how quickly this month has gone by and that the Holidays are here. I have a couple of last minute treat ideas for your upcoming parties if you are still need ideas. Make some easy Chocolate Pepper*Mint* Cookies

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To make these Chocolate Covered Pepper*Mint* Cookies simply take Keebler’s grasshopper cookies and dip them in white chocolate and sprinkle with some crushed candy canes. They are so simple and fast to make for a last minute gift idea or party snack.

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Or make some of my FAVORITE fudge. This is my Grandma’s recipe and it is tradition to have it for our Christmas festivities every year!

Christmas-Fudge

Hershey’s Fudge:

4 1/2 cups sugar
1 large can unsweetened evaporated milk
1/2 cup butter
pinch of salt

Mix together in a large saucepan and boil on high all of the above ingredients. After you have a good boil going turn the heat down to med-high heat and boil for about 5 minutes and then remove from heat.

Add the following to the hot mixture:
2 (7 oz.) bottles Marshmallow Creme to boiling mixture.
2 1/2 large Hershey Bars (without nuts)
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup chopped walnuts

Beat together by hand and stir until partially set (very tiring but worth it). Pour mixture into 2 buttered 9×13 baking dishes. Let cool and then cut into small squares. Keep refrigerated.

**Edit–So, I didn’t realize there were so many different sized Hershey’s candy bars out there. The size you need for the fudge recipe is the 4.4 oz. bar. It is larger than a regular sized candy bar but not their giant sized bar…
Chocolate-Bar
Let me know if you try it! I would love to know how you like it!

{Only 2 more sleeps ’till Christmas…Wahoo!}

★Amy

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