November 26, 2012
Posted by: Kris Mazy : Category: In my kitchen
Here is a recipe that our family has make every new year’s eve as far back as I can remember as a child and often other times during the year. In the summer time, we substitute blackberries or raspberries for the cranberries.
A “Fool” is a dish made of fruit, scalded or stewed, crushed and mixed with cream.
This recipe is included in my upcoming cookbook, “A Kitchen Full of Kid Tested, From Scratch Recipes” being released in January of 2013.
- 16 oz cranberries, fresh or frozen (thawed)*
- 3 Tablespoons orange zest
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 cups whipping cream
Simmer cranberries, 1 Tablespoon zest, 1/2 cup sugar and orange juice on stove until cranberries have “popped”.
Remove from heat. Add 1teaspoon almond extract and stir. Set mixture aside to cool.
Whip 1/2 cup sugar and 2 cups whipping cream in a chilled mixing bowl on high speed until fluffy.
Once the cranberry mixture is cooled, pulse-chop the mixture in a food processor or blender. Set aside 1/2 cup of mixture for use as topping.
Fold cranberry mixture into whipped cream. Drizzle the 1/2 cup of cranberries mixture that was set aside on top of folded dessert. Sprinkle with remaining zest.
Chill and serve. Makes 12.
*Cranberries freeze incredibly well. Buy them in bulk during the holidays while they are on sale, freeze and use them year-round.
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December 23, 2010
Tonight we had a blast… everyone in the car in their PJs, a pillow, a blanket and the doggies and off to drive around our town in search for a LEG LAMP.
We had a few desires tonight.We wanted to see a house decorated entirely in white, we wanted to see a lit Nativity and we wanted to find a Leg Lamp.
We found everything that we wanted to see while singing Christmas Carols at the top of our lungs.
Take time with your kids to sing songs of the word of God. Observe the lights that represent the birth of our savior.
Luke 2:16, 21 – So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger… he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he had been conceived.
December 21, 2010
I believe that you can never have too many Nativity Scenes up for Christmas time. I have started adding a new one every year to our “collection”. This year, I made one and was inspired by one I saw at my mom’s group, Vital Moms at the Height Church. I was sad to not know WHO made the one there to give proper credit to my MUSE. (If it is you, let me know!!)
These are fun to make and do not take up a TON of time… although you can get lost in detail.
You will need:
- 2 small clay or wooden pots,
- 2 large wooden balls for the “heads”,
- a clay or wooden plaque,
- scrap felt in white and 2 other colors,
- brown paint,
- flesh paint
- white paint,
- hot glue gun.
- Optional: gold paint, crackle paint, black marker to draw on faces, fake snow paint, wooden star and staff.
- Paint the balls flesh and the pots a brown color(I also “crackled” the bodies with my crackle paint). Hot glue together. Add the colored scraps on to make clothing and ties with a piece of raffia each, Mary around her neck and Joseph around the head.
- Paint the disk white (or brown) and add the “people” to it.
- Create a “bunching” of raffia to make the hay manger and hot glue to the base.
- Swaddle the white cloth to make a “baby”. Glue to the hay manger.
- Optional: add texture snow around the base – This MUST dry overnight!!
Here is the sample that inspired me:
And here is my finished nativity:
Luke 2:8 – And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
December 15, 2010
Our move this last year was rough on some of my decorations. I had several wreaths in a big bag and they got crushed. Larry told me to just throw them away and start fresh… I am SO glad that I didn’t.
I picked up a few $1 sets of flowers (poinsettias and some snow covered pine) at the craft store (LOVE 50% off days!!!) And my mom brought me over a bow that she made – She is SO tricky and makes the most BEAUTIFUL bows with her bow maker contraption.
Luke 1:69-71 He has raised up a horn[a] of salvation for us in the house of his servant David (as he said through his holy prophets of long ago), salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us—
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December 02, 2010
Take time to color with your kids. You wouldn’t imagine the “bonding” that you will have with you kids just by sitting down and coloring with with them. We have laughing and giggling, we have singing and storytelling – all from spending time together coloring.
Make sure to get out your Christmas music and sing along. We do this every year… Every year I buy one new Christmas album – I am up to 13 this year and the kids have a blast choosing and singing along. Make some hot chocolate for them as they are coloring.
After you have completed your pages, post them on your fridge to look at throughout the month of December or post them in your child’s room.
You can find some color pages online to print up. Here are a few sites for you to visit to find Christmas coloring pages. Let me know if you have any others and I will add to this list.
Bible Coloring Pages – http://www.calvarywilliamsport.com/christian_christmas_coloring_pages.html
Advent Coloring Pages – http://dltk-bible.com/advent/index.htm
Christmas Color Pages – http://www.teacherhelp.org/chris.htm#color
Luke 1:28 – The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”