Advent Days 22-23

I always feel like the closer we get to Christmas the less hours we have each day. Why is that? Even when it’s a nice, relaxed day, I feel like a have fewer hours. I was telling Blake last night how when I was a kid, I couldn’t wait for Christmas morning, but now that I’m an adult, I almost don’t want for it to come. Because then Christmas time-the season-is over. Maybe that’s why it feels like I have less time. Either way, because I “had less time” I’m combining  a couple of days for you here.

For Day 22 we made the cinnamon ornaments from the She Reads Truth advent book. They were simple and fun to make! In the advent book they strung theirs to make a garland. For this year we opted to turn them into ornaments to add to some of our gifts. Wanna know how we made them?

Start with 2 cups of cinnamon and  2 cups of applesauce.

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Now combine them and mix them all together. It will form a nice, thick paste.

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Now sprinkle some cinnamon (not flour) on a sheet of wax paper and place another sheet of wax paper on top. Roll it out to about 1/4″ thickness.

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After a while we lost the top piece of wax paper.

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Choose your cookies cutters and cut away. If you want to make holes in them for string, now is the time to do so.

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Bake at 200* for 2 hours. Let set for 24 hours. Your kitchen will smell like wonderful cinnamon for a couple of days. 🙂

You can make more or less ornaments depending on what your preference is. Just use a 1:1 ratio of applesauce to cinnamon. We got 2 full cookie sheets of them with 2 cups of each.

 

For Day 23 we made Swedish Tea Rings.

Years ago a family friend had me over so she could teach me how her family makes them. It was such a fun day! Ever since then we’ve made them each year so we could eat them for breakfast on Christmas Eve. Because it is their family recipe, I won’t be sharing it here. But I will show you the pictures!

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Have a very merry Christmas Eve everyone!

Advent Day 13

Today is yet another childhood favorite of mine. Oranges with peppermint sticks. I really don’t know why it’s so darn good, but it is. First, you take your orange and roll it around and squish it to release all those juices.

Then you stab your peppermint stick into the side. Then you drink out of it like a straw.

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Maybe it sounds weird, but believe me, it’s delicious. And all three of my girls LOVE it!

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Just look at those happy little faces.