Sunday, December 5, 2010

Advent 2010: Week 1

After a week of illness - colds for some and stomach flu for others - I was finally able to run out and get Advent candles.  I was so frustrated to find I had no candles even after all of the packs I bought in bulk a few years ago.  On a number of occasions I've found that buying in bulk just leads to false confidence!  Oh, well.  Meanwhile, the Advent tree is up and decorated, and we started reading this book which has proven to be a treasure.  The kids absolutely love learning more about St. Nicholas and are very excited to put their shoes out tonight!

In the kitchen....we've been baking up a storm in spite of the illnesses.  Well, we've taken a few breaks between bouts to bake Christmas cookies.  We are storing them for the Christmas season.  Here is a list of what we've made so far:
  • Swirled Shortbread
  • Checkerboard Shortbread
  • Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies
  • Peanut Butter Heath Cookies
  • Berliner Kranzer

We have yet to make Vanilla Spritz, Russian Tea Cakes, and Thumbprints w/ Chocolate Ganache.

Family Fun....I suggested the kids work on putting a puzzle together in hopes they would calm down and give us all an evening of quiet.  It worked!  But it worked so well, we were all mesmerized including Daddy until 12:30AM this morning.  We weren't able to finish the puzzle so we tried to finish it after Mass.  The kids were so proud of their accomplishment.  Here's a pic of 499 pieces of frustration (we were missing one piece) and 4 happy kids.

Have a good week!



  1. That looks like a great book. I will have to add it to my list.

    Happy St. Nicholas Day!

  2. I just ordered the same book (it was supposed to be here in time for the feast day today!) -- glad it's a good one.

  3. Thanks, ladies. It is a special book. I bought it last year in anticipation of our baby boy, Nicholas, being born. I love celebrating the saints with the kids. This book, in particular, puts his life in historic perspective which also has aided in our homeschool studies.:) A win, win!

  4. You've been busy! I'll have to check out that book. Our family's favorite is "Jotham's Journey" which we read last year and are re-reading again this year. Our kids were happy to find gold chocolate coins in their shoes this morning!


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