Advent-Day 5 2017

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For day 5, we made puppy chow. Usually we make Chex Mix, which I love, and we may still make, but the girls have been BEGGING me for a few months to make puppy chow. So I thought it would be a fun change of pace. On the paper they pull out of the advent calendar I always write what we are going to be doing, and then I also try to draw a little picture to hint at what we’re doing (because we’re still learning how to read in this house). Now, we talked about my drawing skills yesterday. If you missed that, the basic point is: I’m not good at it. At all. So my drawings are not only a little wonky, but also plain out humorous. I should have taken a picture, but didn’t think about it, so I’ll just have to tell you. We made puppy chow for one of our camping trips this past year. Not thinking, we went to bed with it sitting out. Mind you, it was in a covered Tupperware bowl, so we really didn’t think much of it. Turns out, raccoons are excellent at opening said Tupperware bowls, and they are even better at devouring all the puppy chow inside of the bowl. Ever since the Great Raccoon Theft, it’s been the running joke in our family. Needless to say, for today’s paper slip, I drew a bowl of puppy chow with a raccoon trying to reach inside and steal it. The girls knew right away what we were going to be doing. And to my great pleasure, they got a big kick out of the drawing.

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To make the puppy chow, we used this recipe. If you’ve never made it before, it’s super simple, and doesn’t take that long. The only addition that we made was that we added red, green, and white sprinkles to ours. Because Christmas. 🎄

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Please take note of little Eleanor in the background chowing down on the chocolate spoon. 🙂

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And their favorite part: shaking it all up.

The only thing I would do differently is to actually bend down to take out a big Ziploc baggie to shake it all up in. Bending is not exactly the easiest thing to do at this point in the pregnancy, so it won’t be quite as difficult next time. 😅

Advent-Day 1 2017

I’m baaaaaaaccccck! It has been a long, crazy season here at the Behr’s. I always have this little blog in the back of my mind though, even when I don’t have time to dedicate to it. This post is two-fold: 1. A list of ideas for advent, and 2. what we did today for advent. I was really hoping to get on last night to post the list of ideas, but I was making a dress for Raegan, and said dress and I got into a fight. So the dress ended up taking ages longer than it should have. 🙄 Anyway, moving on…

In case you’re new to the blog, every year for the month of December, our family participates in a fun advent calendar. We have a cute little wooden house with numbers on it, and every night I slip a little piece of paper in it for the girls to open and read the next day.  It’s something I did growing up and I love passing the tradition on for my girls to enjoy. I always come up with a list of things we can do, and then I decide a day or so in advance what we will do. I’m not enough of a planner to plan everything out for the whole month, so it’s much easier for me personally to do it this way. If you are an excellent planner and would feel better having every day/activity in place before the month starts, then go for it! I always like to put more than 25 things on my list, too. That way, I can pick and choose as the days go on. 😊 So here’s this years list:

  1. I bought matching pjs for everyone in the family-that one is for tomorrow!
  2. A popcorn tin
  3. Decorate ornaments
  4. Make a gingerbread house
  5. Drive around and look at Christmas lights
  6. Get Chick-fil-a for lunch
  7. Make spicy cider
  8. Make Grandma’s nut roll
  9. Make a Swedish tea ring
  10. Make a garland
  11. Get Long’s donuts
  12. Go on a date with Daddy
  13. Have a tea party
  14. Make Chex mix or puppy chow
  15. Go to the Children’s Museum
  16. Go to the Zoo
  17. Read the Christmas story from Luke
  18. Noodle wreath craft
  19. Have a hot chocolate party
  20. Make Swedish pancakes for breakfast
  21. Do a Christmas craft
  22. Go downtown to see the big tree
  23. Do something nice for somebody else in the family
  24. Make Christmas cards to mail to our friends
  25. Go to the store to buy a gift for our siblings
  26. Surprise some friends with lunch
  27. Christmas mugs
  28. Christmas coloring party
  29. Visit an indoor playground
  30. Make and decorate Christmas cookies
  31. Christmas animal crackers

I always like to do a combination of gifts/experiences, plus a mix of traditions/new things. So our list looks a little different every year. My mom always like to pitch in too-which is awesome. She usually contributes the popcorn tin, gingerbread house, etc. So there you have it! This year’s advent list.

 

Now onto what we did today! This morning we woke up and made Swedish Pancakes! This is one of my absolute FAVORITE breakfasts ever. The very first time I had them, I was just a little girl in an American Girl Club summer camp. We made them, along with another host of American Girl Doll recipes. This particular one was from Kirsten. They have been a favorite in our family since. My sisters and I requested them for every special occasion. And I’m pretty sure we did them for our advent calendar every year as well. I have no idea why I hadn’t thought of doing them with my girls sooner! They were a HUGE hit! Plus, the older two are old enough to spread the jelly on their pancakes, roll them up, and sprinkle the powdered sugar on themselves-which made a tremendous difference. Lane actually mixed everything up, and I cooked them. They had so much fun and raved about the new treat. I was far too hungry to think about taking pictures of every step to share with you all, but I do have the recipe. So I’ll share that below. I hope at least some of you try these and enjoy them as much as we do!

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SWEDISH PANCAKES

-6 Tbsp. butter

-3 eggs

-1 1/2 cups milk (divided)

-1 cup flour

-1/4 tsp salt

-1 tsp cinnamon

-1 Tbsp oil

-Jam

-Powdered sugar

  1. Melt the butter in a skillet. Turn off the heat.
  2. Crack eggs in a medium mixing bowl and whisk.
  3. Add 3/4 cup of the milk to the eggs and whisk together for 2 minutes
  4. Add flour to the egg mixture all at once, and beat until it is smooth.
  5. Beat in the remaining 3/4 cup of milk. Then add the melted butter, salt, and cinnamon.
  6. Heat oil in the skillet.
  7. Drop about a tablespoon of the thin batter into the skillet for each pancake.
  8. After about a minute, the edges of the pancake will be lightly brown; flip and cook for another minute, then remove from the skillet.
  9. Scoop a spoonful of jam onto each pancake, roll it up, sprinkle on some powdered sugar, and ENJOY!