As we enter the days leading up to Christmas, I’m taking the time to Update once a day until Christmas day. I’ll be posting about recipes, books, music, movies, traditions, and a few short stories that I’ve written.
I hope you’ll enjoy this blogmas, as it were, for your enjoyment.
5 Days to
Presents are bought (for most of us) and are ready to be wrapped and placed under the Christmas tree. Kids are excited about shaking presents to guess what the perfect gift will be. Plans for dinner, desserts, and treats are being finalized. As the days come to the few, we go out and look at Christmas lights and take pictures with Santa.
Houses are being cleaned and organized in preparation for that holiday meal. Decorations are on the tree, in the window, and lights twinkle. Toys dance and sing with a mixture of childish giggles. I love to hear the excitement from my own children. The closer we get, the excitement only grows.
Christmas cards arrive to your door and you read the good tidings. Messages from family and friends who live far away. We add our cards in a box to keep, and make a note to send a new one next year. Santa letters have been received letting us know that he will be coming soon.
This time of year is my favorite because not only do families come together to enjoy the holiday, but we are reminded of what this holiday is all about. We remember Christ was born on this day. In our family, we make him a cake, blow out the candles, and thank him for all that he does.
I love going to look at decorated houses and see the mangers set in the center. The lights with fun characters my children know. I love the smells of cinnamon, spice, apples, chestnuts, and sugar. The turkey in the oven or the pie in the night. It’s the best time of year, when you think about that.
Cocoa by the fire on a cold winter’s night, while the children dream of pleasures bright. Angels watch from heavens gate, we’re blessed to share these warm nights. Wrapping paper, ribbons, bows, and bags. One more time we come to bring the holiday delights.
I’m sharing with you, my dearest wish, I hope you find these things within. I hope your family hold tightly to you, hug you tight, and wish you a blessing goodnight. Soon we’ll bring in the new year, and more things will come when the time is near.
So, I hope you’ll enjoy these blog posts that I share. For the funnest times during this time of year. I hope you have food and company. Music to brighten, movies to entertain. I hope you’ll have something to open that day.
If you are without family or food or gifts, remember there is one who is always near. God is looking out for you, hold that thought closely when you fear. Pray to him and wish for a new path, because it’s never too late to change. It’s never too late to take the steps.
Countdown to Christmas starts today.
5 more days until our special day.
Recipes for Christmas Time
Apple-Cinnamon Breakfast Sandwiches
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon butter or margarine, divided
8 slices whole wheat bread
3/4 cup applesauce, divided
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided
1 egg, beaten
1/4 cup milk
2 to 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/4 cup sifted powdered sugar
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Butter each slice of bread on one side with 1/2 teaspoon butter. Spread 3 tablespoons applesauce evenly on buttered side of 4 slices of bread; sprinkle each side with 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Top with remaining slices of bread, buttered side down.
Combine egg and milk, beating well; dip each sandwich in egg mixture, coating both sides.
Heat 2 tablespoons oil in large skillet. Add 2 sandwiches, and cook over medium heat 1 to 2 minutes or until golden brown. Turn sandwiches, and continue cooking until golden brown on other side.
Combine sifted powdered sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle over sandwiches. Serve immediately.
Gingerbread Men Cookies
1/3 cup water
1/2 cup shortening
1/4 cup butter or margarine
4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pinch of salt
1 1/2 cups molasses
Combine water, shortening, and butter in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until shortening melts.
Combine flour, soda, ginger, cinnamon, and salt in a mixing bowl; add shortening mixture, stirring well. Stir in molasses; mix well. Chill overnight.
Divide dough in half; store one portion in refrigerator. Roll half of dough to 1/4-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface. Cut with a 4-inch gingerbread man cutter, and place on lightly greased cookie sheets. Press raisins into dough for eyes, nose, and mouth.
Bake at 350 for 10 minutes. Cool cookies 2 minutes on cookie sheets; remove to wire racks, and allow to cool completely. Repeat for remaining dough.
Serves: 3 dozen.
Note: Cookies will be soft. Store in an airtight container.
1 cup milk
1 cup sifted all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
Heat oven to 425 F
Thoroughly butter 6 large custard cups or iron popover pans. Place in oven and heat while preparing batter.
Beat eggs slightly. Beat in milk. Add flour and salt. Beat vigorously with an electric beater or rotary beater for 2 minutes.
Fill heated custard cups two-thirds full.
Bake about 40 minutes or until browned and well puffed. Do not open oven door during first 30 minutes of baking time.
Remove popovers and serve at once.
Movies I love
A Christmas Story
Books I love
Gabriel’s Angel and Home for Christmas by Nora Roberts
The Last Christmas in Paris by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb. (A new one for me)
T’was the Night Before Christmas
Enjoy your holiday season!