Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Snowflake Fun

 This morning my children awoke to a basket of snowflake fun. We have a few great books, Snowflake Bently and The Secret of the Snowflake to read, along with our Bible verse, Luke 2:13-14.
I printed some snowflake patterns I found on Pinterest. One was for a snowman snowflake, and the other was for a batman snowflake.

The snowman snowflake looked so fun, I was the first one to make one.

This craft ended up being a bit too challenging for my kiddos, but I had fun making the snowman snowflake. I would suggest that you may want to just provide white paper and scissors and allow your kids to go to town on their own. Older children and teens would definitely find these and other snowflake patterns a fun challenge.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Ornament Making

This morning, we found our basket filled with ornaments to paint and decoupage. Our passage for today is Luke 2:8-12.

Harold the elf dutifully holds our paintbrushes a our note for the day. As you may remember, our last ornament making plan fell by the wayside. So, today, I decided to start making ornaments myself and see who would join me. It worked!

I love making ornaments. It is one of my favorite holiday crafts.

I hope you are taking time to slow down and enjoy some crafting with your family this holiday season.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Popcorn and a Movie

This morning, our children awoke to our elf Harold and a basket with popcorn and a movie. Our verses for today come from Luke 2:6-7. The movie for today is Rise of the Guardians.

While Mom and Dad went to a movie for a long overdue date, the kiddos stayed home with their aunt and enjoyed their popcorn and fun.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Gluten Free Rudolph Pancakes

Today, our basket contained the makings for a yummy and very cute breakfast... Rudolph pancakes. To make my life easier, I got some precooked bacon that only required a bit of warming. Our verses today are Luke 2:1-5.

While I often prefer to make my our baked goods from scratch, I must admit, I have never found a better tasting pancake that the ones that come from King Arthur. They are so yummy that they do not taste gluten free, a definite win in my book. Rudolph's nose is a raspberry and his antlers are the bacon I mentioned above. I prefer to make my own whipped cream with whipping cream and a bit of powdered sugar. I am so spoiled by the taste that I can't stand the stuff in a can anymore. I do recommend shopping around for whipping cream that does not contain carageenan or other unhealthy additives.

Our Rudolph pancakes have mini chocolate chips from Enjoy Life or Carob Chips from Chatfield's for my son who cannot have chocolate. Our breakfast was a hit! Even grandma and auntie were thrilled.

I hope you try these pancakes this Christmas! They are so cute and delicious too!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Ornament Painting Interrupted

Our basket, this morning, brought us some ceramic ornaments and paints along with our Bible reading from Luke 1:46-56.

While I had high hopes for a day of painting, the kids got a bit distracted by an early Christmas present from their grandmother in Floriday... a Wii-U. How can come ornaments compete with that? LOL! Maybe we will get back to these and our Merry Larry video another day.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Gluten Free Reindeer Cookies

One of our favorite traditions through the years has been to make our annual favorite, reindeer cookies. This past year, my son and I have had to give up wheat due to intolerance on his part and a high sensitivity on mine. I looked around to find an option to make these gluten free, and found this Betty Crocker sugar cookie mix and some Snyder's gluten free pretzels. As my son is also currently intolerant of Chocolate, we got some carob chips for him to decorate with. My daughter and I used M&M's.

Along with our cookie making supplies we ready Luke 1:39-45.

I love how cute these are! And while it was convenient to use the boxed mix, it was a bit dry and crumbly. (Not uncommon in GF baking) i will try to make them homemade next year.

While we made our cookies, we watched Rudolph's Shiny New Year.

What are your favorite holiday cookies to make?

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Elf Movie Fun

Today, we read Matthew 1:22-26 and got a fun elf joke and Elf movie from our little elf friend Harold.

We laughed our heads off watching Elf. It is such a cute movie!

What are your favorite holiday movies?