Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Christmas Treats

These are in no particular order, but all month we have been making Christmassy treats.

We made Cookie Bars.

They were amazing!

Ingredients: 1 box yellow cake mix, 1 small box of instant vanilla pudding, 1/4 Cup of water,  3/4 Cup of vegetable oil, 2 eggs, 1/2 Cup of M&M's, and 1/2 Cup of chocolate chips

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix everything in a large bowl. Pour it a 10x 13 greased pan. Bake 20-30 minutes

Whoville Cookies

Ingredients: Rolled cookie mix, sprinkles

Directions: Make the rolled cookie mix according to directions. Split the dough in half. Color one green and the other red. Roll both colors out flat. Place one on top of the other and roll them into a log to make the spiral. Roll your log of dough in sprinkles. Slice and bake according to the package.

Edible Christmas Trees!

Ingredients: Sugar cones, sprinkles, icing

Directions: Frost a sugar cone with some green icing. Sprinkle until your little heart is content. 

Helpful hint: Use a cookie sheet to help control the sprinkles 

Dipped Pretzels

Ingredients: Pretzel logs, chocolate melts, sprinkles

Directions: Melt the chocolate. I used a coffee cup so that it would be deep. Dip the logs in and kinda roll them to get an even coat. Lay on parchment paper and sprinkle. Once again a cookie sheet is a good idea to help control sprinkles.

Sugar Cookies

Make some drop or rolled cookies according the the instructions on the package. Then frost and sprinkle until they look delicious.

Gingerbread men and girls

Ingredients: 1/2 cup of unsalted butter, 1/3 cup dark brown sugar, 1/3 cup molasses, 1 large egg, 3 cups flour, 3 tablespoons cornstarch, 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon, 2 tablespoons ground ginger, 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves, 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt.

Directions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Using a mixer, beat butter and brown sugar on medium low until fully mixed. Stir in the molasses. Scrap the side and add in the egg. When mixed up, add 2 cups of flour and all the other dry ingredients. When the dough is all moist, add the rest of the flour 1/4 a cup at time. Roll it out on some parchment and cut out your shapes. Bake for 10-14 minutes.

Sugar cookie sticks

Ingredients: Sugar cookie dough, chocolate melts, sprinkles

Directions: We used drop dough, but rolled would have worked better. Make the dough. Cut it into strips. Bake according to the package or maybe a little longer to make them crunchy. Once cooled, melt the chocolate. I used a coffee cup here too to help make it deeper. Dip the cookies into melted chocolate and sprinkle.

Edible Snowflakes

Ingredients: Tortillas, cooking spray, cinnamon sugar

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Fold the tortilla in half and cut it like you would a paper snowflake. For younger ones they can just tear out pieces. Lay them out flat on a pan and spray with cooking spray. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Bake for 5-10 minutes or until golden brown. 

Monday, December 7, 2015

We are Thankful

So I didn't have the kiddos very much in November, but that didn't stop us from having some fun.

This was Bo's box. The base is beans, but I added in some fake leaves and gords for fun. Our characters were from the Jamestown Toob.

This was Amelia's box. The base is rolled oats. Gus did wind up eating it all because it got left in the floor. Lol

We watched Thanksgiving Charlie Brown.

We had playdough scented with nutmeg.

Along with the playdough our bags also had Thanksgiving pictures to color.

On the last Thursday before Thanksgiving we made a handprint apron. Bo's are the Indian and the boy pilgrim. Amelia's are therefore the girl pilgrim and the turkey. I wore the apron while serving a Thanksgiving meal at church. After I borrowed his hands he borrowed mine and made a turkey on a paper. It was very cute. He painted my hand and pressed each finger down and told me to lift it straight up. Then I was instructed not to touch anything and go wash my hand. So sweet.