Today my 4 year old and I made Sugar Cookies to share with neighbors and his preschool teachers. He reminded me that we have to save some for Santa too. He loved rolling out the dough and cutting out the cookies.
This is the easiest side dish and it is one of our favorites. Our 4 year old even loves it.
Trim the thick ends off of the asparagus then toss with olive oil. (You can actually just snap the thick ends off.) Salt and pepper and cook in a 350 degree oven for 20-25 minutes or until tender.
For a fun Christmas treat make rice krispie treats and tint them green with food coloring then use a cookie cutter to cut them out in the shape of trees. I made a dozen Christmas trees from a 9 X 13 pan.
1/4 cup butter (1/2 stick)
1 10 oz.pkg. regular marshmallows or 3 cups miniature marshmallows
6 cups Rice Krispies cereal
green food coloring
In a large saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Add the marshmallows and continue to stir until the marshmallows have completely melted. Add a few drops green food coloring. Remove from heat. Stir in Rice Krispies cereal coating it well with the melted marshmallow mixture.
Using a spatula, press the mixture into a 9 X 13 pan which has been buttered or sprayed with non-stick spray. Sprinkle with Christmas sprinkles.
Cut with a Christmas tree cookie cutter and set on wax paper or a buttered dish.
The squirrels have been eating our decoarative pumpkins all fall. My husband moved the pumpkins to make way for Christmas lights. He couldn't throw them out since the squirrels have been enjoying them so much so he set them by a tree. Here is one of our fat, happy squirrels enjoying his pumpkin.
M & M Cookies
These are simply chocolate chip cookies with M & M's. The fun part is that you can use special M & M's for each holiday. I used red and green for Christmas here.
2 ¼ c flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 c butter (2 sticks softened)
¾ c sugar
¾ c brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1-2 cups M & M's chocolate candies (use more or less depending on how much you like chocolate)
1. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl.
2. Combine in your mixer bowl:
3. Beat at low speed until creamy.
4. Slowly add flour mixture and continue to beat until combined.
5. Hand stir in M & M's.
6. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper
7. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.
8. Drop dough by rounded spoonfuls onto cookie sheet. (9-12 cookies per sheet)
9. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes. Remove cookie sheet from oven and let cookies rest on cookie sheet for 1 to 2 minutes. Then remove cookies to cooling rack.
Recipe makes about 4 dozen cookies.
This recipe is adapted from the Nestle Toll House.
I am reviewing a copy of Who Made the Sand, the Sea & Me? This is a cute book that teaches children about God. My boys loved the story and coordinating coloring book and CD. The illustrations and story are perfect for young children.
From the His Sand website:
20 Colorful Pages In Paperback
Also Available In Coloring Book Version.
Who made the Sand, the Sea & Me?
Is one that'll have you child shouting the answer with excitement and confidence to the questions and mysteries of all creation. As they learn about who made it all and why, they discover the love and numerous good thoughts of their creator... God.
These are very affordable books and would make great Christmas gifts. You can purchase at His Sand:
Coloring book $2.50
It's not much to look at, but boy is it delicious. You have to use Steel Cut Oats to make this recipe. Regular oats would become too mushy. You can find Steel Cut Oats in most grocery stores. I found that they are less expensive at the health food store (Our local Food Co-op) in the bulk bins. I love waking up to the smell of warm cinnamon and sugar. You can change flavorings in this recipe to your liking. Add raisins, nuts, etc. This recipe makes enough for 4 servings. I have doubled it and put it in my large crock pot for company.
1 cup steel cut oats
1 cup half & half
4 cups water
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
Combine all ingredients in crockpot and set on low when you go to bed. Oatmeal will be perfect when you wake up, about 8 hours.
Welcome to Home Ec @ Home
Hi, I'm Faith, a former Family and Consumer Science teacher turned work at home Mom blogger. I love God, my family, and food. You can usually find me in the kitchen preparing family friendly, homemade recipes and taking lots of pictures.
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