Friday, December 21, 2012

Our Weekly Wrap-Up, Santa and Truffles!

Our weekly wrap-up with a delicious and easy truffle recipe!

Sunday, the two year olds through six grade preformed songs with hand movements for the congregation. It was so sweet seeing the little ones sing for Jesus. We love having a church to call home, a place to serve, to learn, to be loved and love back and be involved.

Sunday evening we had planned to go caroling with our church, but the weather was cold and rainy. We decided to stay in and make our annual gingerbread house and bake cookies. We read the Sparkle Box- did you see my post about this precious Christmas tradition?

Early the next day, we found out my great-uncle passed away. We are a close family and it was a blow to us all. He was battling cancer, but we weren't prepared- who ever is...

We drove down to my hometown the next day to say our goodbyes and love on our family.

We were thankful to +Mary Prather at Homegrown Learners and her sweet daughter, Anna, for putting together a wonderful unit on Christmas Carols. We needed this meaningful and beautiful study.

We drove straight from my hometown to my husband's hometown for our planned Christmas visit.

One thing that was not on our bucket list for the holidays was to visit Santa. It's not a huge priority to see him in person.  In fact, we didn't even plan to see Santa last year. He just happened to be at Ethel M Chocolates ~ we were there to see their Botanical Cactus Garden full of Christmas lights. (We were visiting friends and vacationing in Las Vegas.)It was a nice surprise for the kids! - And, there was NO line!
November, 2011 - Ethel M's, Las Vegas
I remembered the cutest Writing to Santa set from Keeping Life Creative that was posted on Collage Friday last week. I printed out the adorable set and all three wrote letters to Santa.

We knew he was at a small mall about 20 minutes away and the local school district wasn't out for Christmas yet. That meant NO line at 11:30 when we planned to go! It worked out perfectly.
December 20, 2012
 The kids have had a wonderful time building forts (Daddy and Cousin S helped cut down pine branches to keep the wind out of the fort- it's bitter cold. Cousin T and all of our little ones pitched in to make the best fort ever!), exploring in the woods, playing with their cousins, making Christmas treats with Aunt W (Nutter Butter Truffles, yummy!) and being with family.

~ We're taking a break from regular lessons for the next couple of weeks.



Nutter Butter Truffles are so easy to make:

  • 10.4 oz package of Nutter Butter cookies: pound them to tiny little crumbs inside a large zip-lock bag
half way there! keep pounding

  • Soften an 8 oz. package of cream cheese
  • In a mixing bowl, add the crumbs to the cream cheese and let the kids have fun kneading the two together

  • Gather a teaspoon full of dough in your hands and roll into balls
  • Place the balls onto a cookie sheet lined with wax paper
  • Next, place the balls into the freezer to harden (10 minutes)
  • While the Nutter Butter balls are hardening, melt about half of a 20 oz package of Almond Bark in the microwave according to the instructions
  • Next, stick a toothpick in the hardened balls and dip them into the Almond Bark
  • Use another toothpick to transfer the Almond Bark covered ball onto wax paper
  • Let the truffles harden (5 minutes) and enjoy!
Thank you, Aunt W! She found the idea somewhere on Pinterest. She tells us that using Oreo cookies instead of Nutter Butter cookies is excellent, too!

Have a very Merry Christmas and don't for get to enter the giveaway for a $50 IEW gift certificate and get your free downloads- ends Jan. 30th!

~Hope

Linking this week with:
Homegrown Learners

3 comments:

  1. Fun, Exciting and looks delicious!! Glad you all are enjoying your visit!! Love you all! Mom

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  2. So sorry about your loss. That's always extra hard at the holiday season. Looks like your family had a great time making the truffles. And that fort!!

    Merry Christmas!
    Ritsumei

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  3. Too sweet! It looks like you had lots of fun! I'm following you from the crew!

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