Foodie Friday ~ German Christmas Gingerbread

German Gingerbread

This is OH SO good!

1 cup butter, softened

2 cups packed brown sugar

3 eggs

2/3 cup honey

1/4 cup orange liqueur

1 cup sour cream

1/2 cup orange juice

1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup whole wheat flour

4 teaspoons baking powder

2 teaspoons ground ginger

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1 cup raisins

1 cup blanched slivered almonds

 

Whisk together the flours, baking powder, and spices.

In a large bowl, cream the butter or margarine with the brown sugar. Beat in the eggs, then the honey, orange liqueur, sour cream, and orange juice. Beat the flour mixture into the creamed mixture, and then stir in the raisins and almonds. Turn batter into a greased and floured tube pan.

Bake cake at 350 degrees for 80 minutes, or until it tests done with toothpick. Transfer to a rack to cool.

Thursday Crafts For Kids ~ Handprint Rudolph

handprint-rudolph-craft

This is perfect for kids ages 4 and up!

1 sheet green construction paper

Acrylic paint: brown, red, and white

2 large wiggle eyes

½ glitter red chenille stem

1 glitter gold pom-pom

3″ silver ribbon

Black marker

Paintbrush

White craft glue

How to make it:

Have your child write his/her name and the date on the back of the green construction paper.

Turn construction paper right side up.

Generously paint your child’s entire palm with brown paint.

Press your child’s hand and fingers onto the green paper, then lift straight up to avoid smearing.

Touch up any holes or gaps with a paintbrush and brown paint without destroying the handprint.

Use paintbrush to paint a “neck” below the handprint.

Glue wiggle eyes onto the handprint.

Roll the chenille into a tight, flat circle. Glue to the bottom of the palm print (see image).

Glue the ribbon onto the neck as a necklace.

Glue the gold pom-pom to the “necklace”.

Have child dip their finger into white paint and dot onto the border of the paper. Skip a space, leaving enough room to fit another fingerprint, then make another white dot. Continue around the border until done. Repeat this process with red paint in between the white dots.

Use black marker to draw a smile.

Monday Moments ~ The Holiday Season Through The Eyes of a Child

christmas tree

The holidays are a glorious time of year. But, they are even more amazing when viewed from a child’s perspective. The lights seem so much brighter, the tinsel so much prettier, the joy so much fuller…

Decorating the Christmas tree with my children is and always has been, my favorite part of the season. It’s amazing to watch the happiness in their eyes as they attach each ornament on every branch.

I always try and take a step back to revel in the goodness of family this time of year. It’s traditions like these that leave me feeling utterly blessed.

Happy Holidays Everyone!

Thursday Crafts For Kids ~ CD Snowman Puppet

CDsnowman

This is perfect for ages 6 and up! Easy to do and so, super cute!

CD or DVD

Construction paper: white, black, red, orange

1.5″ wide strip of light blue felt

1 craft or popsicle stick

Black paint or marker

Pink crayon

White craft glue

Scissors

How to make it:

Fold a sheet of white construction paper in half like a greeting card.

Cover one side of the CD with white craft glue.

Lay the CD, glue side down on one half of the white construction paper.

Cover the other side of the CD with white craft glue and press the open half of the white construction paper down onto the CD.

Gently rub the construction paper covered CD with your hands to be sure all the glue sticks.

Use scissors to cut around the CD, leaving a white construction paper circle.

Cut a long triangle from the orange construction paper. You can round off the thick end of the triangle if you like to make it appear more like a carrot. Glue the thick end of the triangle to the center of the CD, the pointed end will hang over the edge.

Glue the craft stick to the back of the CD to use as your handle. This also works double duty as the neck.

Fringe the ends of the blue felt strip by cutting thin strips with a pair of scissors. Wrap the “scarf” around the craft stick neck and glue in place.

Cut a simple hat from the black construction paper and glue the top of the CD.

Cut a red construction paper hat band and glue in place on the hat.

Use the handle end of a paintbrush dipped in black paint to dot on eyes and mouth. You can use a black marker instead if you prefer. Let the paint dry completely.

Add pink for the cheek with a pink crayon.

Thursday Crafts For Kids ~ Santa’s Hat

 

This is such a fun little craft for kids! Perfect for ages 4 and up.

Supplies needed:

1 sheet red construction paper

15-20 cotton balls

Scissors

White craft glue

Ruler

Pencil

How to make it:

Use a ruler to find top center of the construction paper. Mark it with a dot.

Starting at the dot, use a ruler to draw a line down from the dot to the bottom right corner of the paper. Repeat on the left as well.

Cut out the triangle.

Line the short side of the triangle with a generous amount of white craft glue.

Press cotton balls on to the glue until the bottom of the triangle is covered. Pipe more glue above the cotton balls to create another row. Press cotton balls onto the glue.

Put some glue at the top of the triangle and press one cotton ball in place for the top of the hat.

Thursday Crafts For Kids ~ Glue Snowman

 

This is the perfect little craft for children ages 4 and up. Super cute and so easy! You’ve gotta try it!

Waxed paper

White craft or school glue

2 medium red pom-poms

7 miniature black pom-poms

1 miniature orange pom-pom

3 small green pom-poms

How to make it:

Place waxed paper on a cookie sheet and pipe glue on in the shape of a snowman. Fill all the holes and use a good amount of glue, but not too much that it begins to run together.

Add red pom-poms to the sides of the head for earmuffs. Add eyes and mouth with black pom-poms and the nose with orange. Use the green pom-poms for buttons.

Allow the snowman to dry overnight.

Carefully peel the snowman from the waxed paper. Do not be concerned if some of the paper sticks to the snowman.