I hope your day 9 was good times! Ours was pretty relaxed. The kids were all hyped to dig into the box of crafty goodies that came yesterday, but first – their advent countdowns needed to be addressed haha.
I hate to admit that I didn’t understand what the Lego Friends toy was today (top left) until my husband came home and didn’t hesitate when I asked him what it was – candles. Duh. The Lego City toy was a little wagon with a baguette in it and the Calico Critter toys were the cutest kitchen accessories and plates of food! I’m a little obsessed with these! Today’s Jesse Tree was Surprise Gifts (GEN 15:20), we talked about how situations we don’t like often turn out to be blessings and added another paper ornament to our Jesse Tree.
Theeeeeen, we jumped into the glitter and sequins and white glue and foam snowflakes. It was a colorful, sticky and glorious festive mess. All three of them got into it (I did too of course but it’s way more noteworthy that my 14 year old son was down the with the crafty times). I have at least 6 of these sequin balls and I think I got 3 of the marshmallow snowmen. My favorites are yet to be made. Do you remember the clear plastic window ornaments that you’d paint as a kid and then hang in the sunlight? I got a ton of those because I was feeling nostalgic and I hope we get to do them tomorrow.
Our advent activity card for the day was to make Hot Chocolate Balls! They were super simple, really just chocolate chips, cream and vanilla extract. I will post a recipe once the balls firm up and I can finish taking pictures of them. We dipped some of our homemade marshmallows in the hot chocolate mixture before it started to set and sprinkled a little Christmas cheer on top. Perfect in a mug of warm milk.*
*Technically, I can’t drink milk because it rips my stomach to shreds, but the littles have told me it’s perfect in a mug of warm milk.
Our Christmas book tonight was If You Take a Mouse to the Movies. I read all of this series by Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond to my oldest and he looooved them and it’s so rad to read them to his sisters now too.
Our cookie of the day was Peanut Butter Pinwheels. I wrote this recipe on an index card from a magazine who knows when and finally made them this afternoon with the littles. They did not turn out very pinwheely, but considering they were mainly done by a 5 year old, I think they turned out awesome.
via a random index card in my kitchen
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon milk
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup mini semi sweet chocolate chips
Like pretty much every PB cookie recipe, you cream the butter with the peanut butter and the sugar. Beat in the eggs and milk. Then instead of using another bowl, I add the flour, baking soda and salt to my sifter and crank the sifter to mix the dry together and into the wet at the same time. Then roll the dough out between pieces of parchment.
Sprinkle the mini chocolate chips all over the dough, within about 1/2″ of the edges. You just want to make sure you can roll the dough up without spilled the chocolate chips all over.
Now, roll up the dough and pop it in the freezer for about 20 minutes. I just put it in the freezer, cleaned the mess I just made in my kitchen and it was about ready for me to slice it. Preheat the oven to 375 and start slicing.
The recipe is supposed to make 2 dozen cookies, but I ended up with a little more than that. I baked them for 14 minutes and they were perfect. Almost peanut butter shortbread-ish. We shared with one neighbor when they were fresh and tomorrow we’ll take some to another neighbor that brought us pumpkin soup and pumpkin bread on the weekend.