Feasts and Festivals, From My Notebook

From my notebook…

Surprise Stocking

The time leading up to Christmas can get a little hectic. One thing I like to do is to write extra treats and surprises on slips of paper and keep them in a small stocking. When we have some extra time or have had an extra great day or just need to reconnect, we pull out a “stocking surprise” and do what the paper says. It can range from making cookies to watching a holiday movie to going for a walk and counting Christmas lights.
Feasts and Festivals, From My Notebook

From my notebook…

A Hand-y Santa Banner

These are cute grandparent gifts, or they look sweet hanging on a door.

You will need red, skin-colored, and white paint. Paint your child’s fingers white, palm skin-colored, and the part closest to the wrist and the thumb red. Then have your child press her hand onto the center of a dark green square of felt. After it dries, add blue fingerprint eyes and a red fingerprint nose to Santa’s face, as well as fingerprint snowflakes around the Santa. Don’t forget a fingerprint white pom pom at the end of the thumb “hat”!

You can add a ribbon for hanging and use fabric paint to write a message or your child’s name and the year on your banner.

From My Notebook

From my notebook…

The Giant and the Gnome

There walked a giant big and bold
Whose feet were getting very cold.
He came long to our town
And walked the streets all up and down
Calling, “Is no one hearing me?
My toes are freezing bitterly!
No single shop that I could tell
Has stockings giant-sized to sell.”

A little gnome both old and wise,
He gave him very good advice.
He brought two pretty bits of stuff.
The giant thought them good enough.
He wrapped him feet, his pain was eased,
And home he walked, content and pleased.

From My Notebook, In the Kitchen

From my notebook…

Happy Rolls

Measure 1 cup warm water into a bowl and sprinkle 1 package of fast-rising yeast onto the top of the water. Let it settle into the water.

Meanwhile, in a large bowl, mix 1/3 cup sugar, 1/3 cup of cooking oil, 3 cups of flour, and a dash of salt. Add the yeast and water mixture and place the dough on a floured board. Show your children how to knead the dough, and allow them to take turns.

After kneading the dough for about 10 minutes, place the ball of dough into a greased bowl. Cover, and let rise in a warm place for about an hour or until doubled. Take the dough out of the bowl and punch down. Knead for several more minutes and then divide into 12 to 15 pieces. Roll each piece into a ball and place on a greased cookie sheet. Let the dough rise again until doubled. Bake at 450 for 10 to 12 minutes.

From My Notebook

From my notebook…

Tree of Thanks

Cut open a large grocery bag so it lays flat. Cut out a tree trunk and branch shapes. Use colored paper and cut out leaf shapes. Have your children write what they are thankful for on the leaves and then add them to the tree.