Foodie Friday ~ Eggnog Quick Bread

EggnogBread

2 eggs, beaten

1 cup eggnog

2 teaspoons rum flavored extract

1 cup white sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup butter, softened

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease bottom only of a 9×5-inch loaf pan, or three 3×5-inch loaf pans.

Blend together the eggs, eggnog, rum extract, sugar, vanilla and butter.

Sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg. Add to eggnog mixture and stir just enough to moisten; pour into prepared pan or pans.

Bake large loaf for 40 to 60 minutes, or until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Breads baked in the smaller pans require 35 to 40 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes, and remove from pan. Cool completely, wrap tightly in plastic wrap or foil, and store in refrigerator.

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.

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 ~ 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.

Monday Motherhood Moments ~ Thanksgiving Mealtime With Kids

 

The Thanksgiving holidays are upon us once more. I ADORE this time of year! How about you?

How do your handle your little one’s during the Thanksgiving meal? Do you serve them what you are having, or do you make them something else to eat?

How do you handle the seating for everyone as well? Do you have an adult table and a kids table, or does everyone sit together?

Share your thoughts with us!

Foodie Friday ~ Spiced Pumpkin Bread

3 cups sugar

1 cup vegetable oil

3 large eggs

1 16-ounce can solid pack pumpkin

3 cups all purpose flour

1 teaspoon ground cloves

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts (optional)

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour two 9x5x3-inch loaf pans. Beat sugar and oil in large bowl to blend. Mix in eggs and pumpkin. Sift flour, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, salt and baking powder into another large bowl. Stir into pumpkin mixture in 2 additions. Mix in walnuts, if desired.

Divide batter equally between prepared pans. Bake until tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 1 hour 10 minutes. Transfer to racks and cool 10 minutes. Using sharp knife, cut around edge of loaves. Turn loaves out onto racks and cool completely. Enjoy!