A few {very random} but Christmas-y thoughts

More like quite a few {very random} thoughts.  With pictures that may or may not be relevant.

Henry’s Christmas wish list…

In an effort to keep things efficient let’s try bullet points.

::  At this stage of the Christmas game  I’m serious when I say that if it can’t be bought online and shipped to my front door, made at home, purchased at the grocery store or at a drive thru, then I’m not buying it.  No more busy stores with screaming children {mine} and sweaty people {me, because of my screaming children.}

Dance party!

Look who’s dancing on his own now…side to side…

::  Christmas music.  I’ve decided I’m pretty much done with traditional Christmas music.  It’s annoying.  Not to mention that most songs render up memories of crowded malls.  You know the muzak…Giddy up, giddy up, giddy up let’s go…yuck, they make me feel rushed.  Thank goodness for Pandora.  I’m loving the Sara Groves holiday station.

::  This does not mean I’ve abandoned Mariah Carey.  Oh no, her original Christmas CD still reigns tops on my list.  The gospel choir singing Jesus, Oh What a Wonderful Child gets me every single time.  And no, perfection couldn’t be topped, so if you are forced to choose between the new Mariah and the old Mariah, I’d stick with the original.

Henry’s Christmas program at church…guess who forgot to bring the zoom lens?

::  Anyone else reading this book?  It’s AMAZING!  A great stocking stuffer for any kindle readers. {the hard copy doesn’t come out until January.} Yes, this means I’ve converted to a kindle, thought I can’t say much about it yet – this is my first book.

::  Teacher gifts.  We’ve started some good traditions in the teacher/gift category.  I’m always one for baking up obscene amounts of goodies {anytime of year really} so Christmas time is no exception.  And this year, thanks to a Martha kit {she doesn’t miss a beat does she?} our cookies look darling.  Add a gift card {drive thru baby!} and presto!  I also ask our teachers if there is anything they might need for the classroom.  Often they have a specific gift idea, if not, I select a favorite book as a gift.  This year we gave a copy of Duck on a Bike to Charlie’s classroom – it has been a favorite with all of our boys, but right now it’s especially helpful as Charlie is learning his animal sounds.

::  Cookie recipes.  There are only about a million and one choices out there.  I’ve finally narrowed things down and only make our favorites in double batches.  That way we can give plenty away but still have extras for our own family to enjoy.

Two no-fail recipes:

Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls – Aunt Christy’s recipe

2 cups powdered sugar

1 c creamy peanut butter

1/2 c butter

1 tsp. vanilla

Mix above ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.

Roll mixture into balls and refrigerate until firm.

12 ounces chocolate chips

1 Tbs. melted parawax

Melt chips in a double boiler {I used a regular sauce pan with the heat on low} Add melted wax.  Mix well.

Dip balls into chocolate and place on wax paper.

Keep refrigerated.

Gingersnaps

2 1/3 c all-purpose flour

1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp ground ginger

1/2 tsp ground cloves

1/2 tsp salt

2 tsp baking soda

3/4 c unsalted butter, room temperature

1 c sugar

1 egg

1/3 c molasses

Cinnamon sugar:

1/2 c sugar mixed with 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.  Lightly grease baking sheets {I use parchment paper}

Combine flour, spices, salt and baking soda in bowl.  In a large bowl beat butter with sugar and egg at medium speed 2 minutes, until fluffy.  Add molasses; beat 1 minute.  Slowly add flour mixture; beat to combine.

Using a rounded teaspoon for each cookie, roll dough into balls, then roll each in cinnamon sugar and place on baking sheets.

Bake 10 minutes {8 in my convection oven} or until cookies are golden.  Cool on wire racks.

These freeze well.

Back to the bullet points.

::  It’s official.  Charlie has figured out how to undress and remove his diaper.  Sigh.

::  I also just took a certain one year-old to the pediatrician for the second time in two months because he cries/fusses/screeches all the time.  I realize how silly this sounds, but I was certain that my child either had a brain tumor, ear infection or some other serious issue.  {Not to make light of any of those issues.}  I was near my breaking point.  The doctor assured me that my sweet bundle of joy is perfectly healthy, perhaps just a bit strong-willed.  Which basically means I’m being out-smarted by a one year-old.  Sweet.

My boys playing “ball” while I make dinner…be still my heart…

Whew.  That wore me out.  I’m off to make some hot cocoa…

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Eric up-date:  Again you all are amazing!  While I don’t know the names of those that contributed {and continue to do so} THANK YOU!  Together we have raised $1535 for Eric.  There is still time to donate, but most importantly let’s all be praying for a family for our sweet Eric.

From the Reece’s Rainbow website:

There is no shortage of families hoping to adopt a child with Down syndrome, only a shortage of funds to do so.   Money is the ONLY thing keeping them apart.  Your donations as adoption grants will make it possible for each of  these children to be saved from life in a mental institution. Ornaments and gift cards are available now until December 31 with your minimum donation of $35!   Any donation amount is appreciated.  Click here to track all of the Angel Tree sponsored children. Eric’s photo and total is near the bottom of the page.

Let’s keep going!

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4 thoughts on “A few {very random} but Christmas-y thoughts

  1. I should have read your post before going to the store. I’m going to find out if you can leave out the powdered sugar and parawax.

    But it’s chocolate and peanut butter, I really can’t do wrong. :)

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