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Christmas: 12 delightfulrecipes for the best familytimeONE CUP FUN, ONE CUP GENEROSITY,ONE CUP GRACE, AND A PINCH OF ADVENTURE

TABLE OF CONTENTS03Have fun, do good: How to make Advent creative06The Gratitude Game: Hilarious old photos optional08The Giving Tree: How to wrap up generosity this Christmas10How to put on a family Christmas play (Real “baby Jesus” optional)12Advent conspiracy: 4 life-changing new traditions14Best gift ideas: the secret ingredient this Christmas16The White Elephant game: With a twist18How to survive a no-gift Christmas with your kids20Mix, Bake, Drive: Christmas Cookie Car22The best Christmas gift is you24Faith in action: One easy way to pray this Christmas26A very musical Christmas (minimal skill and bravery required)2

HAVE FUN, DO GOOD: HOW TOMAKE ADVENT CREATIVEBY HEIDI KEMPSTONCook up some fun with thissimple Advent idea designedto get your family thinking ofothers. Think of it like a miniChristmas party in a jar everyday during the 25 days leading upto Christmas! Tailor it for yourfamily, small group, or SundaySchool class. Simply pick a newactivity out of the jar to do everyday up until the big day!focus on Jesus. This year I landed oncreating our own Advent activity “grabbag” jar to bring everyone in the familycloser.with a bunch on your own. That’s halfthe fun! Tailor your ideas to best suit theages of everyone involved.To start off, get a jar and decorate it(there’s a cool template you can get ifyou download this Advent guide). Thenfill it with Advent ideas on craft sticks orcolored paper.I have been working in children’sministry at our church for a long time,and before that I was a preschoolteacher. I also have two busy boys (5and 8) and a baby girl on the way. So I’malways on the lookout for ideas wherefun and creativity meet Jesus.Each day, have the designated specialperson pull an Advent idea out ofthe jar, and do the activity together.Activities can range from simple serviceideas and conversation starters to onesthat are a little more involved. What Ilove about this is that it’s as much of acommitment as you want it to be.Every Christmas I find myself lookingfor ways our family can help others andHere are just a few I thought up withmy husband, but you’ll want to come upEvery Christmas I find myselflooking for ways our family canhelp others and focus on Jesus.Heidi KempstonChildren’s ministry worker, mom of three3

“RECIPE” #1:HAVE FUN, DO GOOD: HOW TO MAKEADVENT CREATIVEingredient:Time: Low Medium High Budget: SPONTANEITYWHAT YOU NEED:·A fun jar·A dash of spontaneity·Wooden craft sticks (of the ice pop variety) or colored strips of paper·Glue, if needed·A handful of coloring pensDIRECTIONS:1.Pick out a jar.2.Decorate the jar with your kids or download this Advent guide to get an Advent Jartemplate.3.Brainstorm activities you want to do. Talk about why it feels good to be generous.4.Figure out how many days of activities you want to do and get that many wooden craftsticks or strips of colored paper.5.Write the Advent ideas on the sticks, print the words out and glue them on, or writethem on your paper strips. Decorate them!6.Each day (or week) choose one special helper to pick a stick out of the jar.7.Do the activity together!4

Here are just a few I thought up with my husband, but you’llCutout this label and attach it to the Christmas Jar:want to come up with a bunch on your own. That’s halfthe fun! Tailor your ideas to best suit the ages of everyoneinvolved.Thecountdownis on!Bake and deliver a treat for a neighbor you haven’tmet yetBuy a gift for a family or kid in needOffer to untangle your neighbors Christmas lightsMake Christmas cards and spend time passing themout a local nursing homeNow, create some of your own:Go through toys and clothes to donateTake items from your pantry to the local food bankDeliver some Starbucks hot chocolate to your localfire station or homeless shelterPay for another family’s meal when you go out to eatEveryone name the best/worst Christmas gift they’vereceivedEveryone share their favorite Christmas memoryRead Luke 2:1-20 togetherRead Matthew 2:1-12 together5

THE GRATITUDE GAME: HILARIOUSOLD PHOTOS OPTIONALBY NINA TOMAROWhen my five siblings and I wereyounger, Christmas was aboutsharing stories and how muchwe appreciated each other. Afterwe grew up, I realized that eventhough we were together atChristmas, we were no longer“present.” So I started theGratitude Game to rekindle ourquality time together.I smile when I think about my childhood.I grew up in a large family with six kids.We had our quarrels (as most childrendo), but what stands out most are ourbackyard adventures and exploring thesea on family vacations. Then there wasChristmas morning when we sharedstories and our appreciation for oneanother. For our family, quality timetogether was the epitome of love.I moved across the country rightafter college in 2011. So the holidays,especially Christmas, became the timeI anxiously awaited to spend with myfamily. But I noticed something duringthat first Christmas I was back. Ourfamily was together, but not really“together.” Some siblings were lost invideo games, some were lost in TV land,and there was zero real connection.We’d lost the focus around whatChristmas truly represents to me: lovefor one another.So I started the Gratitude Game. I wentupstairs and searched for individualphotos of my siblings and my parents intheir younger years. I grabbed a pack ofnotecards and called everyone to thekitchen table, the place we spent manynights as a family. I wrote down eachperson’s name on a notecard. Everyonedrew a name, then on a separate cardwrote three things that they weregrateful for about this person. After that,one person at a time read the threethings on their card (without revealingthe name). Then the rest of the familyput the card next to the photo of theperson they believed the card wasabout.The result? Smiles, hugs, laughter, anda refocus on what Christmas is reallyabout: love. We’ve now made it atradition every Christmas to play theGratitude Game, and I know we’ll keepthis tradition going for years to come.But I noticed something during thatfirst Christmas I was back. Ourfamily was together, but not really “together.”Nina TomaroPassionate writer, content strategist,speaker, mid-westerner,and entrepreneur6

“RECIPE #2”:THE GRATITUDE GAME: HILARIOUS OLDPHOTOS OPTIONALTime: Low Medium High Budget: ingredient:MEMORIESWHAT YOU NEED: A bunch of family members A photo of each family member (throwbacks are best) Pack of notecards Something to write withDIRECTIONS:1. Gather everyone in your family around a table.2. Place each person’s photo on the table where everyone can see.3. Pass out one notecard to each person.4. On separate notecards, write down each person’s name, shuffle, and place in a bowl. Thenhave each person draw someone’s name. Make sure that if they get themselves they redraw.5. On the blank notecards, have everyone write three things they are grateful for about theperson they drew.6. Pick someone to read their card out loud. Then have the rest of the family guess who thecard is about.8. Smile and remember to focus on love, not only during Christmas but each and every day.7

THE GIVING TREE: HOW TO WRAPUP GENEROSITY THIS CHRISTMASBY DEBBIE MACOMBERGenerosity doesn’t comenaturally. It’s a recipe we learnfrom others. My parents passedit on to me, and now I am strivingto pass it onto my children andgrandchildren. That’s why I loveto take them shopping . forothers!One of the highlights for me atChristmastime is baking cookieswith the grandkids and making thoseonce-a-year candies, because what’sChristmas without fudge and divinity?More importantly, what’s Christmaswithout Jesus? It’s void. Pointless. That’sone reason why I am determined as awoman of faith to make sure Christ isthe focal point of our family Christmas.So one of the fun things I do with thegrandkids each Christmas is takingthem shopping . for others. We collectnames off of a giving tree and shop forthe person we’ve picked. We also makesure that each one of them receivessomething from my husband and mefrom the World Vision Gift Catalog. It’simportant that children learn the joy ofgiving, and these are small ways that I’vehelped instill that in them.And what do I get out of it? I amhumbled by the thoughtfulness of mygrandkids. The way they search out thebest buys. The way they stretch thosedollars as far as they can. These arememories that are dear to my heart andencouraging to my faith!You see, generosity isn’t something thatcomes naturally. It’s taught by example.My parents weren’t wealthy people.Having lived through the Depressionera, they were keenly aware of howfortunate they were to live and work ina free society. They never forgot thosewho had less. I learned generosity fromthem and am now striving to open mychildren’s and grandchildren’s hearts andminds to those who have far less.You see, generosity isn’tsomething that comes naturally.It’s taught by example.Debbie Macomber#1 New York Times bestselling authordebbiemacomber.com8

“RECIPE” #3:THE GIVING TREE: HOW TO WRAP UPGENEROSITY THIS CHRISTMASingredient:Time: Low Medium High Budget: GENEROSITYWHAT YOU NEED:·A willingness to share·Grandkids, kids, nephews, nieces, or kids of family friends·A giving tree (find one at your church or local mall)·The World Vision Gift Catalog :1.Visit a giving tree at your local mall or church and pick names off of the tree.2.Give your kids a budget.3.Set them loose in a local store to let them shop for the name they picked.4.If needed, take your purchases home and wrap them and return the gifts to the tree.5.Consider giving your kids or grandkids items from the World Vision Gift Catalog. It’s agreat way to talk to them about the great needs of the world today.9

HOW TO PUT ON A FAMILY CHRISTMAS PLAY(REAL “BABY JESUS” OPTIONAL)BY TIM AND DARCY KIMMELIsn’t it ironic that so many of thecomponents of Christmas keepus from focusing on Christ whosebirthday we celebrate? What’scool is that it doesn’t have to be“either or” when it comes tothe Christ of Christmas and allthe other stuff. That’s why wecan’t wait to share our familyChristmas play script with you!As in our daily life, Christ lives in us,around us, and through us. In our ownfamily, we enjoy all the trimmings ofthe season. But we have one traditionthat makes sure the true meaning ofChristmas comes through loud and clear.For the past 35 years, we have finishedour traditional Christmas Eve meal withfamily and friends and then assembledupstairs for our annual Christmas play.What started with four rosy-cheekedtoddlers now involves more than 30kids, including those of our Jewishneighbors. Those first cast membersare now the parents of the current castof characters. (And if we ever suggestgiving up this family tradition, it’s theadults who grew up with it who protestthe most).As three generations finish ourChristmas Eve celebration this year,with kids snuggled in parents’ andgrandparents’ laps, we’ll join together tosing a few favorite Christmas carols andalso take some time to reflect on ourblessings of family, friends, and faith.Some years, including this one, we havea real baby to play Jesus. On other years,a Cabbage Patch doll has sufficed. Ifwe run out of kids before we fill all theparts, we enlist the help of any willingsoul. We’ve had Josephs who werehalf as tall as Mary and wise men whosported a 5 o’clock shadow.For such a simple tradition, this playpacks a huge wallop when it comesto keeping Christ in Christmas, and itreminds us of the greatest Gift evergiven.For the past 35 years, we havefinished our traditional Christmas Evemeal with family and friends and then assembledupstairs for our annual Christmas play.Authors: Tim and Darcy KimmelFounders of Family Matters, a ministry dedicated to “equipping families for every age and stage of life”www.familymatters.net10

“RECIPE” #4:HOW TO PUT ON A FAMILY CHRISTMAS PLAY:REAL “BABY JESUS” NOT INCLUDEDTime: Low Medium High Budget: ingredient:IMAGINATIONWHAT YOU NEED: Kids of all ages Costumes from the linen closet or kitchen drawer Camera (a cell phone will work too!)DIRECTIONS:1. Download our Christmas play script here: www.familymatters.net/christmasplay.pdf2. Assign cast members.3. Assemble costumes and props (baby, blanket, manger, gifts for wise men, etc.).4. Proceed with the greatest story ever told!5. Capture sweet moments on camera.11

ADVENT CONSPIRACY: 4LIFE-CHANGING NEW TRADITIONSBY GREG HOLDERWhat if there was a winsome,straightforward way to invitepeople back into the real storyof Christmas? Could we conspireagainst all the other messages andpressures that push on us duringthis season? Yes and YES! Hereare four simple ingredients toconsider.A few years ago, a handful of pastorsand I began talking about Advent. Likemany of you, we began to lament howour friends, families, churches, and insome ways, we ourselves were gettingsucked into the craziness. Folks wouldget to the end of the season worn out,in debt, overweight (I know, now I’mgetting personal), and with this weirdand depressing sense that they’d missedthe point of Christmas.Here’s what we came up with inresponse: What if we invited ourchurches to celebrate Christmasdifferently? We offered up these fourideas:1. Make time to worship our great andglorious King!2. Don’t get sucked into the lie thatspending more money is how wecelebrate Christmas.3. Give more of ourselves to friendsand family with thoughtful, creativeexpressions of love.4. Show the world God’s grace in anoutrageously unselfish way: Love peoplewe don’t know and whose names wemay never know.as Advent Conspiracy. It’s grown toinclude thousands of churches, youthgroups, and Christ followers in morethan 20 countries on every continent!Pray about what that looks like for youand your family. God will lead you. I’lljust say this much: It’s worth it.The kind of life with God that getsinvolved — that notices the lessfortunate, that feels the pain of a friend,that knows sarcasm is a cheap substitutefor joy, that forgives freely and laughsdeeply and cries openly, that truly givesto others this Christmas — this kind oflife with God is fuller and freer and, well,it’s worth it.So let’s conspire together!This would be the start of a littlecounter-cultural movement now knownThe kind of life with God that gets involved — that noticesthe less fortunate, that feels the pain of a friend, that knowssarcasm is a cheap substitute for joy, that forgives freely andlaughs deeply and cries openly, that truly gives to others this Christmas — thiskind of life with God is fuller and freer and, well, it’s worth it.By Greg HolderLead pastor at The Crossing Church inChesterfield, Missouriadventconspiracy.org12

“RECIPE” #5:ADVENT CONSPIRACY: 4 LIFE-CHANGINGNEW TRADITIONSingredient:Time: Low Medium High Budget: FAITHWHAT YOU NEED: Prayer Relationships Sense of adventure The Bible Thoughtful ideas You Someone in needDIRECTIONS:1. Worship fully. Let’s make no apologies about the point of the Christmas story. We celebrate the birthof Jesus — God incarnate — the One sent to redeem us, to rescue us, to restore us.2. Spend less. Let’s not push ourselves deeper into debt so the pile of presents around the tree can bethree feet high. It’s okay to buy presents for people you love. However, remember there’s no connection between the story of Jesus and stopping by the mall to mindlessly buy a gift that someone doesn’tneed with money you don’t have.3. Give more. Wait. That sounds like a contradiction, doesn’t it? Maybe not. What if we gave relationalgifts? These may require more thought and more of us. Like when a young man gave a bag of coffeebeans to his dad. Huh? The note on the gift said it all: “Dad you are only allowed to drink the coffee fromthese beans with me. And in the days that it takes us to enjoy this coffee, I just want to hear your voice. Imiss you and this is just for us.” That gift just became relational.4. Love all. What if we took some of the money we saved from not buying Uncle Murray that sweaterhe was never going to wear anyway? What if we took some of that money and we gave it to those inneed, those who are overlooked, those whom Jesus referred to as “the least of these?”13

BEST GIFT IDEAS: THE SECRETINGREDIENT THIS CHRISTMASBY ED CYZEWKSIWhen I only had 10 to spendon a gift for each person atChristmastime, I had to askmyself very different questions.The most important: “Whatwould this person never buy forhimself/herself?” It’s led me onquite the journey, even as myfamily’s budget got bigger.unique jams, hot sauce, and framedphotographs. I tailored everything tothe specific needs of each person, and inmost cases, kept us within our budget.In a happy case of irony, my focus ongift giving led me back to a betterconception of Christmas. The more I’vethought about my gift-giving strategy,the more I’ve been drawn away fromfocusing on giving gifts.Because isn’t Christmas all about thepower of God to do for us what wecould never do for ourselves?Years of being blessed with a lowchecking account balance forced meto rethink my approach to Christmas.Those were not easy years as I triedto tell myself that Christmas isn’t allabout the presents, while fearing thatmy family would consider me cheap orinconsiderate.This led to a series of time-consumingprojects, such as homemade applesauce,In a happy case of irony, myfocus on gift giving led me backto a better conception of Christmas.Ed CyzewksiAuthor of A Christian Survival Guide andThe Contemplative Writer14

“RECIPE” #6:BEST GIFT IDEAS: THE SECRET INGREDIENTTHIS CHRISTMASTime: Low Medium High Budget: ingredient:THOUGHTFULNESSWHAT YOU NEED: Good insight Time Limitations (creativity actually thrives with limitations) A willingness to learn something new A taste for art or cooking or creating (or a friend with one)DIRECTIONS:1. Realize that homemade gifts are not just okay. They are fantastic! The first time I gave mygrandmother a jar of homemade applesauce, she opened it right away and burst into tears atthe first taste. She hadn’t eaten homemade applesauce since the last time her mother madeit. And my mom guards her jar of blueberry jam, while my in-laws don’t miss a meal withouttheir hot sauce.2. Keep spending under control by joining together with family members to buy one large giftthat someone would never buy on his or her own. As my family has reached greater financialsecurity, we’ve been able to spend more money on gifts. But our question remains the same:“What would this person never buy for himself/herself?” For a big-ticket example, we all wentin on a computer for my wife before she entered graduate school.3. Revel in the incredible joy of giving someone a gift that they could never get on their own.In fact, meeting a real need is the best kind of gift giving. God knew that when He overshadowed Mary with His power and sent us a Savior as the greatest gift — doing something for uswe could never do on our own.15

THE WHITE ELEPHANT GAME:WITH A TWISTBY JORDAN CROOKGet ready to thank Uncle Kennybecause you’ve probably neverseen this take on a white elephantgift exchange before. And maybe,just maybe, you’ll never play it thesame way again.Our family has been doing a Christmasgift exchange in the same room for aslong as I can remember. The floor iscarpeted with 1960s AstroTurf, and thewalls are mostly glass doors out to thepatio. The room glows with twinklinglights and 40 to 50 of us squeeze in. Apile of unmarked, wrapped gifts is in thecenter.Everyone knows how it works: Pass setsof dice around the circle. When you rolldoubles, you grab a gift. Once everyonehas one gift, we unwrap. Now the funbegins.Then we go around the circle playingVanna White, presenting our item as ifit were a new car or expensive vacation.No gifts can be worth more than 5, soyou probably got a bottle of cucumberbody wash, but you sell it like it’s a fullin-home spa experience.When we’ve all presented our gifts,Mom sets the timer for 20 minutes.Then things get serious.The dice go around the circle. Nowdoubles give you the chance to be king.You get to pick whatever gift you want-- and the person gives it up to you.The dice keep rolling until the timer goesoff and Mom yells “time’s up!” at the topof her lungs, setting in motion a wave ofcheering and playful arguing.But one time someone added, “Maybewe need a little less, and maybesomeone needs a little more.” Thatcomment was the game-changer. [pullquote]So the game doesn’t end with mom.Everyone gives Uncle Kenny 20. Heplaces the cash into an envelope. Hewrites each contributor’s name down onballots that go into a plastic salad bowl.He pulls one name from the bowl, andthe money goes to a charity that personshares about.The rest of us learn about a challengein our community and a program ororganization that is taking action to helpmake our lives better. And in a funnyway, we get to learn about each other,too.But one time someone added, “Maybewe need a little less, and maybesomeone needs a little more.” That comment wasthe game-changer.Jordan CrookDaughter, sister, writer, project manager16

“RECIPE” #7:THE WHITE ELEPHANT GAME: WITH A TWISTTime: Low Medium High Budget: ingredient:LAUGHTERWHAT YOU NEED: A pair of dice Bowls or deep plates to hold the thrown dice Cash to donate to the charity (we do 20 a head, but you can do more or less)DIRECTIONS:1.Bring a wrapped white elephant gift that costs 5 or less.2.Sit in a circle with the bowls filled with the dice in the middle.3.Roll the dice when they come to you.4.If you get doubles, select a white elephant gift. Go until all gifts are unwrapped.5.Everyone gets a turn hyping their gift like a professional infomercial pitchman.6.Set a timer for 20 minutes.7.Send the dice around. If you roll doubles, you can steal anyone’s gift. You give them yourown in return. They cannot refuse you!8.Now collect the charity funds from everyone, and write each person’s name on a slip ofpaper.9.Draw names. The person whose name is drawn picks the charity the money goes to andtells everyone about it!17

HOW TO SURVIVE A NO-GIFTCHRISTMAS WITH YOUR KIDSBY NICOLE WICKTwo years ago, my family decidedto skip Christmas gifts. My kidswere 11, 12, and 21 at the time.I’d like to say that this was partof some altruistic, do-gooderdecision we made as a family, butthe truth is we realized our kidshad too much stuff. So howdid it actually go?The “no-gift Christmas” idea actuallystarted in July. My son’s birthday is inthe summer, and every time we askedhim what he wanted he would shrug hisshoulders. It got to where I felt that wewere begging him for suggestions. Wepressed him until he reluctantly told usto get him some random video game hewasn’t really dying to play.husband that this was crazy. If the kidstruly don’t want anything, that’s fine. Wedon’t need to buy them anything, right?It felt so strange to even consider notdoing gifts.We tossed that idea around for a fewweeks and then proposed it to thekids. What if we didn’t do gifts thatChristmas and instead focused onspending time together and blessingothers? [call out] We thought we’d haveto do some sweet-talking to get all threekids to agree to our plan. But we weresurprised that they were actually excitedabout doing something new.Full disclosure: Our youngest daughtertook some convincing, but was on boardafter we reassured her that grandmaand grandpa would still bring presents.You can’t win them all, I suppose. Buthere’s the recipe for how we did it.After his birthday passed and the videogame was in the drawer, I told myWhat if we didn’t do gifts thatChristmas and instead focused onspending time together and blessing others?Nicole WickMom, maven, and blogger18

“RECIPE” #8:HOW TO SURVIVE A NO-GIFT CHRISTMASWITH YOUR KIDSTime: Low Medium High Budget: ingredient:LAUGHTERWHAT YOU NEED: A solid plan A good giving tool An understanding family A desire for a lower credit card billDIRECTIONS:1. Come up with a good plan together. As a family, we decided to do two things. First, we moved ourannual summer vacation to Christmas week so we could break away from the holiday busyness and justrelax and enjoy each other. Second, we decided to spend the money we would otherwise use to buygifts and shop for others instead. The kids still received gifts from relatives, but our family budget for giftswent instead to our vacation and giving.2. Get a good teaching and giving tool. I love watching my kids pore over the pages of the World VisionGift Catalog. It reminds me of the excitement they used to have when they were little kids making theirlists for Santa.In the past, my kids sat at the kitchen table with the catalog and a big red sharpie. They would circleitems that they wanted: items that total far less than what we would typically spend on needless toysor games, but will be priceless to those who receive them. It fills my heart to see the catalog full of redcircles and dog-eared pages and to hear their conversations about which gifts will be needed most.3. If you survive (and you will), you might have started a new tradition. This year, we are once againgetting ready to celebrate the holidays with no department stores, no wrapping paper, and no standing inlong lines with crabby shoppers. Our tree won’t have gifts under it, but our kids won’t miss them. We’velearned that there truly is more joy in giving than receiving.19

MIX, BAKE, DRIVE:CHRISTMAS COOKIE CARBY ASHLEY TREXLERWant to encourage your kidsto notice others and commitsmall acts of kindness? Bakingand delivering cookies in “TheCookie Car” has become aheart-warming and simple way toremind our family that giving andgratitude is what matters most atChristmas.My biggest wish for my daughter is thatshe will always able to find somethingto be thankful for — especially aroundChristmas when our focus strays to wishlists and vacation days.For me, Christmas is about gratitude,and I find that the smallest acts ofkindness remind me to be thankful forall we have.I started baking Christmas cookies forservice workers before I had a family.I wanted to show the people whowork hard to keep our communityrunning that I appreciated their underrecognized daily efforts. At first, I bakedcookies and left my deliveries on top oftrash cans and hanging from mailboxes,being too shy to offer my small gift ofthanks in person.But since then I’ve found that thankingpeople in person always means more.And now that my daughter is a bit older,I’ve improved the tradition by launching“The Cookie Car.” At Christmastime,our car turns into a mobile cookiedelivery unit visiting fire stations, grocerystores, schools, and more. We bake, giftwrap, and deliver cookies with joy andgratitude.I love watching my daughter get into thespirit of giving. But my favorite momentsare when she asks to do something nicefor someone, “just because.” The cookiedelivery helps my family notice othersand give thanks. And I see that the morewe notice, the more we give.Our gratitude for others has grownsince “The Cookie Car” started. Wesearch our recipients out and expressour thanks in person whenever possible.This year, we plan to include friends andfamily in our delivery efforts and hopeto hear some caroling too.For me, Christmas is aboutgratitude, and I find that thesmallest acts of kindness remind me to bethankful for all we have.Ashley TrexlerAn award-winning bloggerand writer for hire.liesaboutparenting.com20

“RECIPE” #9:MIX, BAKE, DRIVE: CHRISTMAS COOKIE CARingredient:Time: Low Medium High Budget: KINDNESSWHAT YOU NEED: Gift bags, ribbons, and tags Ingredients for thumbprint thank you cookies (makes about 60 cookies)DIRECTIONS:1.Brainstorm a list with your kids of people you can help.2.Consider decorating your car for your cookie car runs.3.Make some thumbprint thank you cookies.4.Deliver cookies in your cookie car!RECIPE FOR 60 COOKIES: 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 2 large eggs 1 teaspoon baking powder 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste or vanilla 1 teaspoon salt (finely ground) 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, softened 1 1/3 cups sugar, plus more forextract 2/3 cup Christmas jam (can substitute withraspberry, strawberry, or cherry jam)rolling1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line four cookie sheets with parchment paper.2.Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Set aside.3.In a mixing bowl, whip the butter and sugar with a mixer until fluffy (about five minutes).4.Beat in the egg and vanilla until just combined. Slowly add the dry ingredients, mixing until justincorporated.5.Using a cookie scoop, ice cream scoop, or your hands, roll the dough into one inch balls and roll inthe sugar. Place them two inches apart on the cookie sheets.6.Using your clean thumb, make an indentation in the middle of each cookie. Fill the indent withabout 3/4 teaspoon of jam.7.Bake about 15 minutes or until the cookie edges are golden brown.8.Cool the cookies on baking sheets. (Cookies can keep for up to five days in a tightly closedcontainer.)21

THE BEST CHRISTMASGIFT IS YOUBY TERRY BONETChristmas had become all aboutwhat the children got. They hadlong lists of expensive wants. Soone year I announced that wewere no longer buying presents.Everything under the treewould be handmade. I expectedrebellion! Instead, it brought outamazing creativity that we have allcome to love.I have four girls, and as they grew, thecosts of items on their Christmas listsgrew with the latest gadgets and clothes.I decided I’d had enough. Christmas issupposed to be about family and sharingjoy, not shopping and credit card bills.upset. I was surprised that they took thechallenge, and their creativity blossomed!The first year I made them all quilts. Myhusband wrote a children’s book thatwas all about the girls. They made usphoto books and artwork. We all criedthat C

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