We enjoyed first 5 days of holiday season and the 5 that followed were just as delightful, although quite busy. So what did we do?
Day 6: Cookies day
We made our first batch of cookies, the absolute favorites- Oatmeal Cookies. This recipe came from the message board I’ve been a part of for a very long time, and I’m sorry to say I don’t know who was the original creator of this recipe. But it’s an absolute win every time (recipe below)
1/2 cup (110 g) of softened butter
1/2 cup of white sugar (I took less)
1/2 cup of brown sugar (I also reduced the quantity)
1 tsp baking powder (or 1/2 tsp baking soda +1/2 tsp baking powder)
1 tsp vanilla
1 Tbsp of milk
1 cup of whole wheat flour (I was all out so I just took all purpose)
1 cup of rolled oats (it works great with any leftover baby oatmeal cereal too, or any type of oats I imagine)
wheat germ etc
Preheat oven to 375 F (190 C)
1. Whip the butter
2. Add sugar, soda/ baking powder- mix with butter
3. Add egg to the mixture, beat again
4. Add milk and vanilla
5. Carefully stir in flour and then oats
6. Form small balls (teaspoon helps) on a baking sheet, leave a couple of inches between cookies. Bake for 10-12 minutes until golden.
These cookies are delicious whether one makes it with whole wheat flour or all purpose. Family cleans it up in one sitting.
Day 7: We had the most wonderful time at the Young Voices of Colorado Winter Concert. Children did amazing job and their performance was world class as always. I may be biased as a YVC parent, but if someone in Denver area is looking for a choir for their children, there couldn’t be a better choice.
Day 8: Children made a window display out of coffee filters, but the results didn’t look satisfactory to them and they took it down after a couple of days. So we had a do-over today. This time we decided to forego traditional coffee filters and go with silhouettes. C. did the mountains, me and D. did the town. We used tissue paper and boy is it a pain to cut! If our decision to redo the window was not spontaneous I would think about more appropriate material. Nevertheless, the results are not bad and we even had a couple of coffee filters left to practice cutting better snowflakes
Day 9: Open new books!
This is a truly beloved tradition for our family and this year again kids were excited to get part of their holiday gifts early.
(The following titles include links to the sites I’m affiliated with, should you choose to purchase a book following a link, I may receive small commission at no extra cost to you)
D. received Quentin Blake’s Amazing Animal Stories ( book depository) and he was engrossed in this book the better part of his day
C. received Sparky! by Jenny Offil, illustrations by Chris Applehans (book depository) and it’s of course an absolutely adorable book.
Day 10: Lego Christmas Village
As always kids did a tree and a skating rink, they had grander plans, but day’s activities cut them short, so I would say it’s a work in progress
I can’t believe a third of December just flew by already. There are more fun times to look forward to in December for us for sure!