Can you believe that Christmas is right around the corner? This year has flown by literally. My oldest is going to be free from the ties that bind him (school) for the next 2 weeks. So I am going to take a blog vacation till 2015.
Thank you everyone for your encouragement and support. I am so excited for what the future has in store for this blog. Looking forward to sharing the journey with you all.
Merry Christmas and hope you have a fantastic holiday season.
I thought I would share with you some of our family secret recipes that are hits at Cookie Exchanges and with kids. These are cake consistency cookies.
1/2 cup soft butter
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour (I use cake flour on my most recent batch nice and fluffy)
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1. Mix butter, sugar and egg throughly
2. Stir in milk and vanilla
3. Sift flour, baking soda, and salt together.
4. Add dry ingredients to your wet.
5. Place by spoonfuls on cookie on lightly greased cookie sheet
6. Sprinkle your topping on your cookies
7. Place in the oven at 400 degrees at 8-10 minutes.
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I run a playgroup and for our Christmas Party (we do one every year), I decided to do a Gingerbread House Making Party. This party does take some planning but if you do it right it is lots of fun.
-A strong piece of cardboard or stiff poster board (for the base)
-A small gable box (I was able to purchase these from Target for .97 a piece)
-Graham Crackers (A package per child)
-Candy- Get creative I got M&Ms, Licorice, Hershey Kisses, Gumdrops
-Marshmallows (I got the mini kind)
-I found gingerbread iced cookies in a package
-Icing (easy to make)
3 large egg whites
4 3/4 cups powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1. Put egg whites and cream of tartar in bowl and mix on medium speed
2. Add Powdered sugar in small amounts on high
3. Then beat for 4-5 minutes until thick
4. Refrigerate covered till ready to use
Use the gable box as a base and use your graham crackers and icing to build your house around the box. Then get creative with your candy. With some patience and creativity your house will look great.
If you are having a party make your life easier and portion everything out. This avoids fighting over items and you can make sure every child has enough. I placed everything needed in ziplock bags for each child. I also portioned the icing so every child had their own icing. ****Warning**** This party or project is very messy but very fun!!! We did our playdate at a park which avoided some of the cleanup from a home playdate.
As a mom I think we all at one point and for some moms more often than others experience guilt over something. Guilt can be to a mom's demise. But there is a guilt that can make you happy, a guilty pleasure. A guilty pleasure is something you enjoy but feel guilt about for some reason. I think everyone has a guilty pleasure, whether it is a tv show, food, music, or even a fetish. I have a few guilty pleasures of my own. Lately, my guilty pleasure has been binge watching Downton Abbey and The Real Housewives of New Jersey or Atlanta. I think the amazing thing about guilty pleasures is even though we feel guilty about doing the thing that we do at least we are getting some form of enjoyment doing them. As moms I think we all need to have a guilty pleasure but it would be nice if we could have the pleasure minus the guilt.
I think as moms we are so hard on ourselves. Many times we are trying to live up to an impossible standard. We are only human, so mistakes are okay now if we could just believe that- I think our lives would be a lot easier.
When I was a little girl, you could often find me with my tape recorder (my decades cd player) "performing" into it. I would sing songs, some I knew and many that I made up, read books, and just talk and talk and talk. I even have a cassette with a recording of my 6 year old exuberance. It has such hits as Daddy Dada which I thought was the best song ever written. I'll give you a little sample: Daddy Dada Rockin it all night Mama Mama keeping it up right Daddy Dada Mama Mama Mama Daddy Dada Mama Mama Mama Ohhhhhhh..... Platinum worthy recording of course.
Last night my oldest who is 6 on a trip to Chick Fila decided he was going to perform the entire trip to Chick Fila and he made up some hilarious songs about 10 in all. My boy loves to sing just like mom. There was even a little diddy about Chick Fila, his love for it and why are they closed on Sundays cause he wants to go that day too :)
Sometimes his personality and the things I do surprise me. He is really is my mini me. Isn't it amazing how the personality just forms and every child is so different? My 2 year old is so much different more like my husband. Do you have a little mini me at home?
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5. Buying a present that never works the way it is supposed to. Prime example: Ice Cream Magic it leaks and doesn't make ice cream. Not only is it disappointing to my kid but to me too. I don't enjoy wasting money.
I love Christmas it is one of my favorite times of the year. As moms I know we try really hard to make the holidays special for them. If I can get one present that they are head over heels crazy about I am a happy mama.