Fourth Sunday of Advent

Today is the Fourth Sunday of Advent. As usual, it seems we are flying through the holiday season. We have exactly one week until Christmas day. This year’s Advent is a full 28 days since Christmas is on a Sunday. Which means we should have more time, but to me it seems like less time to get more done.

This morning we have Breakfast with Saint Nicholas at our church. I know a little late, but it was the only open Sunday this month. All the children are looking forward to the breakfast. My middle four love to help out at the breakfast by setting up, serving and even cleaning up. Douglas is a very hard worker and always gets praises from everyone when he helps out. Now if he would just do the same in his room.

Richard and I did get started on the wrapping last night, so I am feeling less stressed. I think we knocked out about half the presents so getting everything done early is looking like it WILL happen.  I was even able to sneak and get most of his presents wrapped too.  He was surprised to see his name in the mix of wrapped presents.  LOL

This afternoon I will be making several cookie doughs and starting to bake our Christmas Cookies. I am going to mix up all the cookie doughs and put them in the refrigerator. Then when we want cookies, we can take out the dough, let it warm up some, and then have fresh, warm cookies within in minutes.

This week we start our Christmas break from homeschooling. I plan on baking cookies, making fudge and watching holiday shows with the children. If the weather is cold enough, I might even make some homemade hot chocolate. Our Wal-mart had peppermint marshmallows on sale the other day and I can’t wait to try them in hot chocolate. 

Unfortunately, Mandy has school until Thursday so she won’t get to help out much this week.  It seems like most of her teachers did not want to leave anything hanging over the holidays, so she has several papers and presentations due all the way through Thursday.  I think that stinks!  

How are your Christmas plans coming along?

Pax Christi!


A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome

Traditional Thursday

One of the things we like to do around the holidays is bake cookies. Today I am going to take the day and get the recipes out that we make and write out the list for what we need to purchase to make our goodies.

We make a several types of cookies.  It is quite an eclectic mix. Some of the cookies get baked a couple of times during the season.  They are a quick go to hostess gift.  I pick up a couple of dollar store Christmas plates, some red to green colored saran warp and some curling ribbon.  They we pile up the plate, wrap and go to our events.

Here is the list we are making this year.

Sooper Dooper Bars. They are similar to seven layer bars, but they are more like five layer bars. We omit the butterscotch chips and the nuts.

Chocolate Crinkles.  These are so fudgy and good.  Just don’t over bake or they turn into hockey pucks.

Peanut Blossoms.  These are the family favorite.  Peanut butter and chocolate. Yummmm!

Chocolate Fudge.  I make a family recipe similar to this.  Is so good.

Sugar Cookies.  These are so simple.  We don’t roll and cut shapes, we just roll in holiday sugars.

Fattigmann. These are wonderful, airy, crispy goodness. Just before serving, I dust them with confectioner’s sugar.  And I don’t fry them in lard, just plain old vegetable oil. 

Chocolate Chips.  The old fashioned family favorite!

Snickerdoodles.  Another family favorite!  Cinnamon sugar on a sugar cookie, who can complain about that?

Molasses Cookies.  Another cookies that conjures up vision of sitting in front of the fire with a cup of hot cocoa.

What treats are you and your family making this year?

Pax Christi,


A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome

Easy from scratch

The other day my children were clamouring for chocolate chip cookies. In the past I would run to the pantry and take out a package of Chips Ahoys. The 15.25 ounce packages says it has 13 servings. I assume that is about 2 cookie per serving. So in reality that package would be gone in one sitting with some of the older children having 4 cookies. I figure there are about 30 cookies in the package.

And here are the ingredients in Chips Ahoy:

ENRICHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMINE MONONITRATE {VITAMIN B1} RIBOFLAVIN {VITAMIN B2}, FOLIC ACID)
SEMISWEET CHOCOLATE CHIPS (SUGAR, CHOCOLATE, COCOA BUTTER, DEXTROSE, SOY LECITHIN – AN EMULSIFIER)
SUGAR
SOYBEAN OIL AND/OR PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED COTTONSEED OIL
HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP
LEAVENING (BAKING SODA AND/OR AMMONIUM PHOSPHATE)
SALT
WHEY (FROM MILK)
NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR
CARAMEL COLOR

And the package goes for around $3.00 on sale around here. Not a great bargain.

Recently I have been making chocolate chip cookie dough and keeping it in the refrigerator. Every couple of days I take out a hunk, let it warm up and then bake cookies. Fresh, warm cookies right out of the oven for those that want a snack.

Here are my ingredients:
Flour
Salt
Butter
Sugar
Brown Sugar
Vanilla Extract
Eggs
Chocolate Chips

And my cost for making 100 cookies is under $4.00. A much better deal and I know where the ingredients come from.

So once a week I make the doughs for sugar cookies, chocolate chips cookies, snickerdoodle and peanut butter doughs in the fridge. That way we can have fresh cookies when ever we want.

A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome

Share a Recipe Sunday — August 30th

I mentioned in yesterday’s post that Amanda made our family’s favorite sugar cookies. I figured I would post the recipe today. I love it because you do not need to refrigerate OR roll the dough. I am ever the time saver. I hope your family enjoys them as much as my family does!

2 3/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 baking powder
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (if you like other flavors try lemon or orange extract)

Preheat over to 350 degree. In a small bowl, stir flour, baking soda, and baking powder together (I use a whisk). Set aside.
In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in egg and vanilla. Gradually blend in the flour mixture. Roll rounded teaspoons of dough into balls, and place onto ungreased baking sheets.
Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until golden. Let stand on the cookie sheet for two minutes before moving to cool on wire racks.

A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome