Tuesday, December 29, 2009

FANTASTIC Homemade Hot Chocolate

Today, we had a good 1/2 foot of snow. Since we all got new sleds for Christmas, we went sledding for a while this morning. When we came in, Dad had made this hot chocolate. It is sooooo good, and almost tastes like a liquid brownie or something!!! It is absolutely delicious! Unfortunately, I did not have time to take a picture before it was gone. :)

1/2 c. sugar
1/4 c. Hershey's cocoa
Dash salt
1/3 c. hot water
4 c. milk (we used whole raw!!)
3/4 t. vanilla

Mix sugar, cocoa, and salt in saucepan; stir in water. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture boils; boil and stir two minutes.Stir in milk and heat. Do not boil. Remove from heat; add vanilla. Enjoy a glass of this fabulous hot chocolate!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

More on the Nativity movie...

We are in the process of watching the Nativity Story (I posted about it earlier), and there are a few more comments I'd like to mention about it...

#1: The first scene is violent--it starts out the night after Jesus is born, when the Roman soldiers are killing the baby boys. Then after that scene it says like "1 year earlier..." So, younger kids might want to skip that scene. My 11 year old sister still will not watch that scene...

#2: Anytime when the Romans are in the scene, it will most likely be fairly violent...I don't mind any of it, it isn't that bad, but I would recommend someone older watch it before anyone under 8 or 10 does...just my personal opinion...

#3: It is one the most fantastic movies ever...it is definitely in my top five favorites!!!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Advent Countdown: Snow and our Snow Fort

This is our snow fort. Well, to start, we got a lot of snow (I mean a really lot!) about a week ago. It was just like snowstorm after snowstorm, and most public and Christian schools were closed for three days straight. It would be snowy in the evening, and then you would wake up in the morning to find four more inches of snow! Well, eventually, we got to the point where in most places it was a good foot deep, if not a foot and a half! And then, on Saturday night, it got really warm (well, like 35 degrees or something), and it rained. The next morning, Leah and I went out to go take care of the chickens. It was really good packing snow, and we asked Dad if we could stay out for 10 or 15 minutes and play in the snow. He agreed. Five minutes later, we were pelted with snowballs. Dad had decided to come out with us. So we decided to make a snow fort. Dad rolled the snowballs, we stacked them, and filled in the cracks. Then we smoothed it out, and carved windows and a cross in it. Dad said it was the coolest snow fort he had ever built! It was really awesome. Now we are hoping it won't melt in the warm weather that is coming. But Dad said he thinks it will stay up in some form or another until at least January, as most places of the wall are 6-8 inches thick. I am really enjoying our snow!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Advent Countdown: Christmas Tree Cutting!

One thing I like to do to celebrate Advent and Christmas is to get a Christmas tree. Yesterday, we went and got a Christmas tree to decorate. All the places we have been before have been far away and really pricy. So we tried to find a new place this year, and we did! It is not a "tree farm", it is just pine trees on someone's property. But the best thing is this: he donates 100% of the profit to a prison ministry!! Isn't that a great thing to do? And the trees are not near as expensive as at other tree farms. So yesterday morning, Dad took me, Leah, Abby, and Naomi to hunt for a tree. It didn't take too long, and we found a tree within 45 minutes, and brought it home. We also put lights on it last night. We are planning to decorate it today. I cannot get the pictures to work right now, so I'll post them as soon as I can.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Advent Countdown: The Nativity Story + Funny Sidenote

One thing I like to do during Advent is watch The Nativity Story DVD. (To celebrate Christmas and the birth of Christ.) It is a fantastic movie, and I would highly recommend it! It is the most accurate telling of the Nativity story I know of! It makes you realize that it wasn't an easy thing for Mary to do, as well as Joseph. Mary was probably actually only 14 or 15 when she gave birth to Jesus.(!) It is definitely a must-see movie, though it has one or two violent parts, as Herod was not a very kind King. It is definitely in my top five favorite movies!!

Also, as a hilarious totally unrelated side-note:
As you all know, Mom just had baby. So we've been getting a lot of meals recently. (Yay!) Well, one family brought dinner over a few nights ago. Anyways, the day after they brought dinner, the mom said that they were talking about seeing Hannah the day before. Their five year old girl was unusually quiet, and then she said, "Mom, it was like walking into a magical kingdom!" Apparently having Hannah there made our terribly untidy, chaotic house seem like a "magical kingdom" to their five year old girl... We all laughed really hard.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

My Advent Countdown: Monster cookies

For the next 25 days, the days of Advent, I am going to post something I enjoy about Advent. It might be a favorite Christmas carol, movie, family tradition, recipe, or anything else I enjoy about Advent and preparing for our Lord's birth.

Today's Advent thing is one of my favorite recipes for Christmastime. We always get together with cousins, aunts, grandma, etc. and bake Christmas cookies. One I enjoy the most is Monster cookies. They are super easy, and so easy to make. (They are especially nice when little hands want to help.)

Monster Cookies

1 c. powdered sugar
3/4 c. dates, cut up
1/2 c. peanut butter
1/2 c. choc. chips
1 c. m&ms
2 egg whites, unbeaten.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients together. (You don't even need a mixer, you can just do it by hand!!) Bake 13-15 minutes at 350 degrees. Makes 24 cookies.