Friday, December 28, 2007

Five Minute Fudge

2 tbsp. butter
2/3 c. evaporated milk
1 and 1/2 c. sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
2 cups (4oz.) miniature marshmallows
1 and 1/2 cups chocolate chips
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup chopped nuts

Combine butter, evaporated milk, sugar and salt in saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Bring to full boil. Cook 4 to 5 minutes, stirring consistently. Remove from heat. Add rest of ingredients. Stir vigorously for 1 minute (until marshmallows melt and blend). Pour into buttered 8-inch square pan. Let cool. Cut into squares. Enjoy!

We had our traditional Family Christmas Program this month! We made made the fudge (mentioned above) and also some shaped sugar cookies for refreshments. After dinner we sang Christmas songs and read scriptures that told about the story of Jesus' birth. It was a neat time!

We pre-wrapped and labeled the pieces of the nativity scene in tissue paper to be revealed by my two younger brothers, and placed in the stable, when the piece was mentioned in the Bible story. :-)

On Sunday we enjoyed a gathering with relatives (on my Dad's side of the family) and then on Tuesday we enjoyed another gathering with the relatives (on my Mom's side).

This picture was at the Sunday get together.
Pictured here is Chloe (Me) :-) Lauren (cousin)
and on the next row starting on the left is Travis (brother) and Dacy (cousin). :-)

Here is another recipe. :-) We tried it recently and thought it was very good! :-)

Cinnamon Bread

1/4 cup sugar
1 and 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
(Mix sugar and cinnamon together and set aside.)
1 cup sugar
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 egg
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 cup milk
3/4 to 1 tsp. vinegar added to milk to make it sour

Combine sugar, flour, salt, baking powder, soda, egg vegetable oil and milk, which has vinegar mixed in it. Beat with mixer 2 minutes.
Spoon 1/3 of batter into greased 9x5x3-inch loaf pan. Sprinkle with 1/2 of the cinnamon sugar and repeat with batter last. Use a knife to cut and swirl the mixture.
Bake about 50 minutes at 350*.

Note: We had to cook the bread a little longer....until a toothpick inserted came out clean. Also, I saved a little of the cinnamon/sugar mixture and added it on top which added a nice touch. :-)

Here is a picture of some delicious blonde brownies (that we made last year but never got to post). :-) Mmmmm!

The day after Christmas it snowed! We had lots of fun playing in it! :-)

Hope you have a blessed New Year!


But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.
2 Peter 3:18

Saturday, December 15, 2007

~Holiday Creations~

While we were out shopping yesterday, we ran on to this cute little gingerbread man and thought he would be a really nice seasonal decoration for this time of year! Doesn't he have a sweet smile? :-)

Last year Mom and I decided to try making a pumpkin roll, two actually. :-) The swirl shape was pretty and festive and the roll tasted good too!

I got a pattern and directions off of "Better Homes and Gardens" on how to make these four mini pillows (pictured on the left). I really enjoyed making the pillows and I was pleased with the way they turned out!

I also finished off this sheep ornament this year!

Have a blessed week!

In Christ,

"Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil."

Eph. 6:11