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Advent Shadowbox 2012: Day 24, Christmas Eve Checklist

□ Make sure there are enough cookies for Santa. If not, make some more! □ Prepare the Cannoli Buche de Noel for tomorrow’s Christmas dinner. □ Go to Family Mass □ Indulge in the Feast of the Seven Fishes □ Drink Hot Chocolate and Sing Carols. □ Leave Cookies, Milk, and Maybe Even Some Reindeer Biscuits by the Fire

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Cannoli Buche de Noel Recipe

Cannoli Bûche de Noël

Each year, for Christmas, I make a Bûche de Noël. For the past decade, I have been making my mom’s classic, 1970’s recipe with an easy chocolate cake, a lovely mocha whipped cream filling, and a heavenly chocolate icing: Click Here for that Classic Bûche de Noël Recipe. This year, I thought I’d take it […]

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Advent Shadowbox 2012: Day 15, Gingerbread Party, Design, Build, Decorate

Today, the kids are going to have a Gingerbread Party. They’ll cut, bake, and DECORATE some gingerbread cookie cutouts. Then, they’ll use paper and charcoal pencils to DESIGN the ultimate gingerbread house. Finally, they’ll use store-bought royal icing, graham crackers, ice cream cones, some of those gingerbread men, and candies [even a few leftovers from […]

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Advent Shadowbox 2012: Day 7, Begin Our Friday Holiday Film Fest with an Unusual Double Feature and Make Kringle Corn!

We’re starting our Friday Night Holiday Film Festival with a rather unusual double feature: Gremlins and Santa Claus Conquers the Martians. Neither of these movies are particularly “good.” But, after a long week of school, the kids are bound to enjoy a good giggle and squeal. We’re going to try to limit their “sweets” intake tonight […]

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Advent Shadowbox 2012: An Introduction

Get Ready! Our ADVENT SHADOWBOX 2012 project starts TOMORROW! So what is it? An Advent Calendar is a staple in our house. Last year, I came up with a new way to display our daily activity for the kids: The Advent Shadowbox. Each day in Advent, I post a message in a shadowbox picture frame with an […]

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Pumpkin Courvoisier Pie with Cream Cheese Crust

Ain’t nothin like a little pie with the baked-in taste of “Core-vwah-zee,” as we once heard it pronounced. Here’s the pumpkin pie we’ve been making for years, but with a new-fangled, almost tart-like crust. [See our Apple Pickin’ Pie Recipe for a more basic crust – or use your own.]  

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Apple Pickin’ Pie with Disappearing Vodka Crust

Since we had such a great time picking apples last year, we went back to Applewood Farm Winery in Stouffeville, Ontario last weekend. This time, we brought the dog!! It was a totally different vibe this year, too. First and foremost, there were different apples available at the farm. Last year, we went on the […]

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Whisky Fig Cranberry Sauce

If you’re going to make your own cranberry sauce, you might as well make it worth the effort.  We’re always trying something different for our annual Thanksgiving feast.  This time, I was inspired by one of my favourite fall cocktails:  Apple Cider & Fireball Canadian Whisky [Cinnamon Whisky].  We just went apple picking, so there’s plenty of cider on hand. And […]

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Advent Shadowbox: Christmas Eve Checklist

December 24, 2011 28th Day of Advent Christmas Eve ____________________ Christmas Eve Checklist ____________________ □ Make Chocolate Chip Cookies for Santa □ Make Gingerbread Cutouts, too! □ Go to Family Mass □ Indulge in the Feast of the Seven Fishes □ Ice the Bûche de Noël □ Drink Hot Chocolate and Sing the Carols You […]

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Homebaked Holidays: Bûche de Noël

Every year, I make a Bûche de Noël. This is my mom’s recipe, drawn from some kind of glossy 70’s cookbook that came in a series along with her set of World Book Encyclopedias. Don’t be scared off by the multiple lists of ingredients & instructions! It’s relatively easy to make this cake, especially if […]

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Advent Shadowbox: Day 26, “Santa Baby” Cookies

December 22, 2011 26th Day of Advent 3 Days ’til Christmas Make Mama’s Famous “Santa Baby” Cookies Ingredients 1 c unsalted butter, softened 1.5 c brown sugar .5 c granulated sugar 2 eggs, room temperature 2 tsp vanilla 2 c all-purpose flour 1 tsp baking soda .5 tsp salt 1 c oats 2 c semi-sweet […]

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Advent Shadowbox: Day 25, Elvis Dog and Reindeer Cookies

December 21, 2011 25th Day of Advent 4 Days til Christmas Lure Santa’s Reindeer and Keep the Dog Quiet Once They Get Here… Elvis Dog & Reindeer Cookies Ingredients 1/3-1/2 cup peanut butter 1/2 cup mashed banana 1 egg 2 teaspoons honey 1 cup whole wheat flour (or pulverized oats) 1/2 cup oats egg whites […]

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Advent Shadowbox: Day 12, Afternoon Sundae Bar

December 8th, 2011 12th Day of Advent 17 Days ’til Christmas It’s a Short Week at School. Let’s Celebrate in Style. This Afternoon, We’ll Gather Christmas Candies in a Pile, And We’ll Chop them,  and We’ll Drop Them  into Buckets of Ice Cream With Marshmallows, Chocolate Sauce,  Cherries, Sprinkles, Candy Floss.   You Can Build, Dears, Whatever You Dream…. _______________________ This […]

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Advent Shadowbox: Day 8, Gingerbread House

December 3, 2011 8th Day of Advent 21 Days ’til Christmas  “She Fed Them Treacle Tarts And Jam, And Sugar-buns, and Gorgeous Ham. The Children Cried, “Oh Thank You, Ma’am!” …Roald Dahl “Hansel and Gretel”  Read Hansel and Gretel & Build a Gingerbread House _____________________ Today’s Advent Calendar Features a picture of a German Stamp I […]

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