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Archive for the month “December, 2011”

Christmas Countdown

So this week Addyson kept asking “How much longer until Christmas?” so we made a countdown chain & she’s loving it! We tear the previous day off every morning and then count how many days we have left. It’s been a great way to remind her that it is coming up soon but not tomorrow ;).

Book list 12.12.2011

Here are our new books for this week:

Ameila Bedelia makes a friend

Write On, Carlos!

Have you seen my Dinosaur?

Eloise's Summer Vacation

Houndsley and Catina and the quiet time

The Magic Rabbit

You Are the Best Medicine

The Best Mouse Cookie

Otis & Sydeny and the best birthday ever

the First of Octember!

The Patch

Piggies in the kitchen

the Tooth Book

Christmas Concert

So this year was the first year for a school Christmas Concert. It was a great night! Owen was in the youngest class to perform and he did great! His class sang “jingle Bells” and rang little bells as the music played in the background, it was so cute. We took video and I’ve put it and some pictures of both kiddos below for you to enjoy ūüôā

Addyson’s class joined with the other Kindergarten class and sang “Happy Birthday Jesus”. They held electric candles and did great!

cuties in one of their Christmas outfits

posing, of course!

only front-facing picture I could get that wasn't blurry

at the church getting ready to go on stage

Here’s Owen’s class performance.

Here’s Addyson’s class performance.

Holiday Cookies

So this year I made some cute little gifts to give to some very important people in our lives to show our thanks for their blessings and time. I found this great little recipe for a Holiday Cookie Mix that allows you to customize it in lots of different ways so I thought they easiest way would be for me to mix it up and then post the different recipes on my blog instead of referring you to the cookie website, mainly because I don’t know how long they will keep the information up on their site. So, if you received one of these gifts from us, Thank You once again for all that you do for our family. You and your family are truly a blessing to us!

Here are the different recipes that you can use the Holiday Cookie Mix to make. I hope you enjoy!

Frosted Chocolate Drops
PREP TIME: 20 min
COOK TIME: 8 min
YIELD: 3 1/2 dozen cookies

INGREDIENTS:
2 1/4 cups Homemade Cookie Mix
1/3 cup milk
2 tbsps. sugar
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
3 tbsps. unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 tbsp. Crisco¬ģ Pure Vegetable Oil
1 (16 oz.) container Pillsbury¬ģ Chocolate Fudge Frosting
1 large egg
OR 1 (13.5 oz.) Pillsbury¬ģ Easy Frost‚ĄĘ Decadent Chocolate Fudge No Fuss Frosting

PREPARATION DIRECTIONS:
1.¬†¬† ¬†HEAT oven to 375¬ļF.
2.    COMBINE Homemade Cookie Mix, sugar and cocoa in large mixing bowl until blended. Add oil, egg and milk. Beat with electric mixer on low until combined. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts. Drop by teaspoonfuls 2-inches apart on baking sheet.
3.    BAKE 7 to 9 minutes or until done. Cool completely on cooling rack. Frost cookies and top with additional chopped nuts, if desired.
VARIATION
4.    FROSTED BROWNIE CUPS РFollow recipe above with the following changes: Line mini muffin pans with foil mini muffin baking cups. Drop batter by tablespoonfuls into muffin cups. Bake about 10 minutes or until center is dry and puffed. Cool completely on cooling rack. Frost brownie cups and top with decorator sprinkles. Makes 3 dozen.

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Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies
PREP TIME: 15 min
COOK TIME: 12 min
YIELD: 3 dozen

INGREDIENTS:
2 1/2 cups Homemade Cookie Mix
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 large egg lightly beaten
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
3 tbsps. milk

PREPARATION DIRECTIONS:
1.¬†¬† ¬†HEAT oven to 375¬įF.
2.    COMBINE Homemade Cookie Mix and brown sugar in large mixing bowl until blended. Add egg, milk and vanilla. Stir until well blended. Stir in chocolate chips and walnuts. Drop by level tablespoons onto cookie sheet.
3.    BAKE 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool completely on cooling rack.
VARIATIONS
4.    RAISIN COOKIES РFollow recipe above except use 1 cup raisins instead of chocolate chips.
5.    DATE COOKIES РFollow recipe above except use 1 cup finely chopped dates instead of chocolate chips.
6.    COCONUT COOKIES РFollow recipe above except use 1 cup flaked coconut instead of chocolate chips.
7.    BUTTERSCOTCH COOKIES РFollow recipe above except use 1 cup butterscotch chips instead of chocolate chips.
8.    CANDIED FRUIT COOKIES РFollow recipe above except use 1 cup chopped candied fruit instead of chocolate chips.

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Classic Gingersnaps
PREP TIME: 15 min
COOK TIME: 8 min
YIELD: 6 dozen

INGREDIENTS:
Crisco¬ģ Original No-Stick Cooking Spray
1/2 tsp. baking soda
2 1/2 cups Homemade Cookie Mix
1 large egg lightly beaten
1 1/2 tsps. ground ginger
1/4 cup molasses
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
Sugar
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg

PREPARATION DIRECTIONS:
1.¬†¬† ¬†HEAT oven to 350¬ļF. Coat baking sheets with no-stick cooking spray.
2.    COMBINE Homemade Cookie Mix, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and baking soda in large bowl. Add egg and molasses. Mix well. Shape into 3/4-inch balls and roll in sugar. Place about 2-inches apart on prepared baking sheets.
3.    BAKE 6 to 8 minutes. Cool on baking sheet for 2 minutes. Cool completely on cooling rack.

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Frosted Banana Nut Cookies
PREP TIME: 25 min
COOK TIME: 12 min
YIELD: 2 dozen

INGREDIENTS:
Crisco¬ģ Original No-Stick Cooking Spray
1 large egg
1 1/2 cups Homemade Cookie Mix
2 tbsps. milk
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans
1 cup bran flakes, lightly crushed
1 (16 oz.) can Pillsbury¬ģ Creamy Supreme¬ģ Vanilla Flavor Frosting
1/2 cup mashed banana
3/4 cup flaked coconut toasted

PREPARATION DIRECTIONS:
1.¬†¬† ¬†HEAT oven to 375¬ļF. Coat baking sheet with no-stick cooking spray.
2.    STIR together Homemade Cookie Mix and cinnamon in large bowl. Combine bran flakes, banana, egg and milk in small bowl. Stir into dry ingredients until blended. Stir in pecans. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto prepared baking sheets.
3.    BAKE 10 to 12 minutes or until light brown. Cool 1 minute. Remove to rack to cool completely. Frost cooled cookies. Dip tops in toasted coconut.
4.    To toast coconut: Spread coconut on microwave-safe plate. Microwave on HIGH 1 to 3 minutes, tossing with fork after each minute, until golden brown. Remove from plate immediately to avoid over browning.

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Orange Coconut Cookies
PREP TIME: 15 min
COOK TIME: 10 min
YIELD: 4 dozen

INGREDIENTS:
Crisco¬ģ Original No-Stick Cooking Spray
1 large egg
2 3/4 cups Homemade Cookie Mix
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 cup Smucker’s¬ģ Sweet Orange Low Sugar Marmalade
2 1/4 cups flaked coconut, divided

PREPARATION DIRECTIONS:
1.¬†¬† ¬†HEAT oven to 375¬ļF. Coat baking sheet with no-stick cooking spray.
2.    COMBINE Homemade Cookie Mix, orange marmalade, egg and vanilla in medium bowl using an electric mixer on low speed until a sticky dough forms. Stir in 1 cup flaked coconut. Shape scant teaspoonfuls of dough into a ball. Roll in remaining coconut. Place 2-inches apart on prepared baking sheet.
3.    BAKE 8 to 10 minutes or until light brown around edges. Cool completely on cooling rack.

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Bites
PREP TIME: 20 min
COOK TIME: 10 min
YIELD: 2 1/2 dozen

INGREDIENTS:
1 1/2 cups Homemade Cookie Mix
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup Jif¬ģ Creamy Peanut Butter
3/4 cup finely chopped peanuts
1 large egg lightly beaten
1/4 cup Smucker’s¬ģ Jam or Preserves any flavor
1 tbsp. water

PREPARATION DIRECTIONS:
1.¬†¬† ¬†HEAT oven to 375¬įF.
2.    COMBINE Homemade Cookie Mix, peanut butter, egg, water and vanilla in large mixing bowl. Stir until well blended. Form into 1-inch balls. Roll in chopped peanuts. Place 2-inches apart on cookie sheet.
3.    BAKE 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Using the rounded handle of wooden spoon, make an indentation about 1/2-inch wide in each cookie. Fill with 1/4 teaspoon jam. Cool completely on cooling rack.

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Peanut Butter Cookies
PREP TIME: 20 min
COOK TIME: 8 min
YIELD: 3 1/2 dozen

INGREDIENTS:
3/4 cup Jif¬ģ Creamy Peanut Butter
1/4 cup milk
1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 cups Homemade Cookie Mix
1 large egg
1/2 cup chopped salted peanuts

PREPARATION DIRECTIONS:
1.¬†¬† ¬†HEAT oven to 375¬ļF.
2.    BEAT peanut butter and brown sugar in large bowl at medium speed of electric mixer until well blended. Beat in egg and milk. Mix in Homemade Cookie Mix and chopped peanuts until evenly moistened.
3.    SHAPE tablespoonfuls of dough into balls and place on ungreased cookie sheets. Flatten with a floured fork, making a crisscross pattern on the tops. Dip fork in flour as needed to prevent sticking.
4.    BAKE 9 to 11 minutes. Cool for 1 minute. Place on cooling rack to cool completely.

Field Trip to the Library

Last Monday I had the privilege of going with Addyson’s Kindergarten class to the library across the street from the church/school for the kids to learn about the library and to check out a few books. It was a cold and rainy Monday but the kids were ready and willing to jump in puddles and run under umbrellas. Addyson was SUPER excited to finally get to use her umbrella that Ausbin gave her for her birthday. Here are few pictures from the event.

Heading to the library... Addyson is under the pink and purple heart umbrella. Ausbin is right behind her.

All the kids lined up for the Library tour

Addyson and Ausbin reading in the floor

Addyson and Ausbin under her umbrellas together for the walk back to the school.

I also learned on this field trip that Addyson and Ausbin (her boy-friend) are a bit joined at the hip. He was following closely behind her and not letting anyone get in between them during the entire trip. He also yelled out to tell her how beautiful she looked under her umbrella on the way to the library. He loves to hug her and even asked me if it would be okay to just call me ‘Mom’. – I wasn’t quite sure how to respond but they are very sweet to each other. One of the other boys made sure to tell me that they HAVE to sit by each other at everything except table time because they’re assigned seats are not at the same table. Her teachers assure me that it is not an issue but we’ve talked about it at home and will not accept it if it becomes one. For the meantime we are letting her do what she wants…it’s so cute ūüôā

Running in the tub

So I was going through our Flip video recorder and realized that I never uploaded a few very neat videos from this fall. Here’s one just to make you smile.

WARNING…this video shows booty ūüėČ the password is his first name all lowercase.

O running in the tub from Katie Atkins on Vimeo.

Invite Cards

So I don’t know if any of you know but I dabble a bit in created invitations and cards. I recently created this invite card for a brunch for our D-Group girls. I LOVE doing this so if you ever need anything let me know ūüôā

Parent/Teacher Conference

So I experienced the first of many Parent/Teacher Conferences for Addyson yesterday. She’s doing great in Kindergarten at McKinney’s ELC but there are some areas of improvement needed. Most of those areas are strictly due to her young age in the Kindergarten class. We’re going to begin working on our writing more and more because she tends to get frustrated and angry with her lack of ability and quickness. She’s a bit of a perfectionist so she spends a lot of time erasing and starting over. She’s improved greatly from the beginning of the year which is great. Her teachers really enjoy her and said that she is always smiling and a joy to teach (I’m so proud)!

They did however have a funny story to tell so I will share it with you:
One portion of their review is with rhyming words. The teachers will say 2 rhyming words and the student has to come up with an additional word that rhymes. Well the 2 words the teachers gave were sit and mit. Addyson then proceeded to say “@#!*”. Not once or twice but THREE times!! Mrs. Jodie said that they knew she didn’t know it was an inappropriate word because she was sitting there smiling and with a confused expression that they weren’t hearing her right. So they asked her for another word and she said, “Rit”. Mrs. Jodie said, “I had to write down the rhyming word that the student said onto their review and I was not going to write that word on the Pastor’s kid’s review.” I laughed and she said she and Mrs. Lindsey laughed pretty hard too! So of course, Addy always surprises :).

The Best Advice I Ever Got

So here is a quick read:
Katie Couric’s The Best Advice I Ever Got.

The Best Advice I Ever Got by Katie Couric

Here’s an overview/summary:

What was the tipping point for Malcolm Gladwell? What unscripted event made Meryl Streep who she is? How did Mario Batali cook up his recipe for success? In this inspiration-packed book, Katie Couric reports from the front lines of the worlds of politics, entertainment, sports, philanthropy, the arts, and business‚ÄĒdistilling the ingenious, hard-won insights of leaders and visionaries, who tell us all how to take chances, follow our passions, cope with criticism, and, perhaps most important, commit to something greater than ourselves.

Among the many voices to be heard here are financial guru Suze Orman on the benefits of doing what’s right, not what’s easy; director Steven Spielberg on listening rather than being listened to; quarterback Drew Brees on how his (literal) big break changed his life; and novelist Curtis Sittenfeld on the secrets of a great long-term relationship (she suggests marrying someone less neurotic than you); not to mention:

‚ÄĘ Michael Bloomberg: ‚ÄúEighty percent of success is showing up . . . early.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄĘ Eric Stonestreet: ‚ÄúRemember that the old lady who‚Äôs taking forever in line is someone‚Äôs grandma.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄĘ Joyce Carol Oates: ‚ÄúRead widely‚ÄĒwhat you want to read, and not what someone suggests that you should read.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄĘ Jimmy Kimmel: ‚ÄúWhen in doubt, order the hamburger.‚Äô‚ÄĚ
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I really enjoyed this book of little snippets from many different people.

 

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