Monthly Archives: December 2010

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from Santa and Buddy the Elf.

Self portrait!

Christmas Quilt

Here’s a few little Christmas quilts I got done this year.  I still have some of the toile, so hopefully I can make one for myself.  I’ve had all the fabric in my stash for a couple of years.

Over the River and through the woods,

We are on our way to Wisconsin.  Hopefully we won’t get to much more snow while we are there.  They already have about 20 inches on the ground.

Here’s a few ideas for treats if you need some.

Mint Chocolate Bark

2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

1 cup white chocolate chips

1 teaspoon vegetable oil

1 teaspoon peppermint extract

2 drops green food coloring

Line a cookie sheet with waxed paper; set it aside.  Melt chocolate chips in a heatproof bowl.  I use my microwave 30 seconds at a time.  Pour the melted chocolate onto the cookie sheet and spread it to about 1/4 inch thickness with the back of a spoon.

Using the same method, melt the white chocolate chips with the oil.  Stir in extract and food coloring; stir well.  Pour mixture over the chocolate layer and spread to about 1/8 inch thickness with the back of a spoon.  Draw the tip of a butter knife through the layers to create swirls.  Refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes.

Remove the bark from the pan.  Peel off the waxed paper.  Set the bark on a cutting board and cut it into 2 dozen bars with a sharp knife.  Store in airtight container in refrigerator.

Will made this candy this year.  He got a little impatient when spreading the green over the chocolate, so it didn’t come out as green.

Spritz Cookies

Justin helped me make these.  After I made up the dough, he pushed it through the cookie press and added the sprinkles before putting them in the oven.

I was very glad the boys and Jemma were willing to help make the different Christmas treats  we enjoy.

PJ Day at School!

The PTA sponsored a pajama and Polar Express day at our school.  Scott Young, the song leader and campus minister from church, spent the afternoon reading the book and answering questions for the students.  He also sponsors an evening at church where they show the movie and he dresses up.  Jemma also participated in that evening with a friend but I didn’t get to go, so when he came to our school I had to take a picture.  The students enjoyed drinking hot chocolate as he read the story.  The students all got a bell, listened to other readers during the day and made crafts.  It was a lot of fun.

The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing LOUD for all to hear!

The Christmas season wouldn’t be complete without a concert or caroling.

I took Jemma’s girl scout troop to Tealridge Retirement Community to sing.

They also put on a little play.

Will had a Christmas Concert.

Even Buddy the Elf helped entertain the crowd as the students got on and off the risers.

Will had a little speaking part.

 He also had to do some choreography.

Snow and 65 degrees

On Sat. afternoon, Jemma meet a friend at the MAC center here in Edmond, for some winter activities and crafts.

Jemma’s favorite activity was playing in the fake snow. 

It was really cool stuff to play with.  It was squishy when you were standing on lots of it, but slippery in very small amounts.

It’s the same snow they use in movie making.  I’m just glad I wasn’t on the clean up crew, because this stuff was all over the building.  They’ll probably still find some in the crevices in July.

There was sugar cookies to decorate and gingerbread houses to make.

There was several crafts to make.  Jemma didn’t get them all done because we ran out of time.

8 tons of food

On Sat. the Boy Scout troop that the boys are in went to the Regional Food Bank here in OKC.  We decided to go as a family since Jemma was old enough.

This young woman works for the foodbank and supervised 28 scouts and parents sort 8 tons of food into different categories.

Bill  and some other dads are putting food and household items on a conveyor belt.

Others would pick the items off the conveyor belt and put them in bins around the area.

Once the bins were full other scouts moved them to storage.  Sorry for the picture not turning.

Group picture.

In November the Youth Group from church went to the foodbank and repackaged carrots.  Will used the pole the guy in the above picture has and broke up the carrots in the big bins for 2 hours.  He had a couple blisters after that night.

I really enjoy volunteering at the foodbank because they are very organized.  You have to be age 8 and up to volunteer.  There was also group of people from church that are in a bible study group that volunteered on Sat.  They put together emergency meal boxes for a family of four.  Another area need that was being filled was backpack food kits.  It is a bag of snacks for kids to take home from school on the weekends so they have something to eat.

Here’s another group of volunteers putting together the backpack kits.  There are 57 students that go home with one of these every weekend from my school.  Sometimes the kids start eating them before they get on the bus.

This is what it looks like before they start filling the food kits that go in the backpacks.

My Go to Dish!

Do you have a recipe or a certain dish that you make for a potluck or if you need to take a meal to someone?  Mine is a fruit salad.  Most of my family loves it, it’s fast to make and it tastes good.  We’ve had this for years at the Harrison Christmas.  My mom’s side of the family is the Harrison’s.

Cherry Pie Fruit Salad

1 can of cherry pie filling

1 can of pineapple tidbits

2 small cans of mandarin oranges

2-3 bananas

Drain the pineapple and mandarin oranges.  Mix in cherry pie filling.  Cut up bananas and add right before serving.  This recipe is very easy to double or triple for big events.  Jemma can make it all by herself.

One of the 6 food groups-Sugar

If you haven’t had enough sugar or butter yet, here is one of my family’s must have treats at Christmas.  It’s my mom’s recipe.

Two-Tone Fudge

2 cups packed brown sugar

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup evaporated milk

1/2 cup butter

1 jar marshmallow creme

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup butterscotch chips

1 cup chocolate chips

1 cup chopped nuts

Combine sugars, milk, and butter in a saucepan.  Bring to full boil over moderate heat, stir until sugar dissolves.  Boil 10 min. over moderate heat, stir occassionally.  Remove from heat.  Add marshmallow creme, vanilla and stir until mixture is smooth.  To 2 cups of hot mixture add butterscotch chips and 1/2 cup nuts.  Stir until chips melt and mixture is smooth.  Pour evenly into greased 9×13 pan.  To remaining hot mixture, add chocolate chips and 1/2 cup nuts, stir until mixture is smooth and chips are melted.  Pour evenly over butterscotch mixture in pan.  Chill until firm.

Enjoy!

I use regular milk instead of evaporated milk, because I hate having any of the evaporated milk left over, because it’s not enough to make another batch.

If the butterscotch or chocolate chips don’t all melt, don’t worry about it.  You’ll still get all the flavor.

I don’t actually put the nuts in since Bill is allergic to them.

Elf Fan Club

 

When we went and took our Christmas pictures, the workers wanted to take their picture with Elf.

This guy is  a student at OC he will graduate next week.  He is also from Brazil.  His name is Christian.  He was very excited about ELf and said something about this picture appearing in a magazine in Brazil. 

When we went to pick up the tree the workers were sad that Bill hadn’t dressed up again.