Friday, December 19, 2014

Christmas Cake-Mix Crock-Pot Cookies

Whew, what a mouthful! And I don’t just mean the title…. J

We’ve finally ordered an oven, and it’s supposed to be available for pick-up on Christmas Eve. But I’m not holding my breath, and the children were nearly desperate for some sort of Christmas cookie. So we decided to try a cookie recipe in the crock-pot.


This is a wonderful idea, and not just for those who don’t have an oven. Think about the possibilities for holiday gatherings. You’re busy with the main meat dish, the sides, setting the table, but it sure would be nice to have a warm dessert ready when everyone else is ready. Pop your ingredients in the crock-pot, use a light timer if you need to so it will start at just the right moment, and you’re good to go.

It made the house smell heavenly, and the middle was perfect. But the sides were a tad too hard, and I think I'd opt for the low setting next time around.

Alternatively, you can spread the batter in a 9x13 and pop it in the oven for bar cookies. 

Ingredients:

1 box cake mix
1 egg
¼ cup vegetable oil
¼ cup buttermilk or sour milk {Make sour milk by mixing ¼ tbsp. white vinegar with ¼ cup milk in a glass measuring cup. Then let it sit for five minutes.}
Christmas M&Ms


Directions:

To prepare the crock-pot, line it with foil, leaving a tall edge to grip to pull the cookies out when they’re done. Then spray the foil with nonstick cooking spray, making sure to spray the sides as well.


Mix cake mix and oil in large mixing bowl.

Then use the measuring cup to put together the sour milk.

While the milk sours, add egg to the mix and oil. Stir well, approximately 50 strokes.

Add the sour milk. Stir well.

Fold in the M&Ms, however many you prefer. J


Spread the batter evenly in the foil-lined crock-pot. I've read around the web to turn the crock-pot on high and let it bake for two to two and a half hours. Next time, I'm turning it on low so the sides don't get too done.





When it’s done, pull it out by the foil edges. Let it cool before cutting like a pie.


Bon appetit, and have a wonderful Christmas!






Have you made cookies in the crock-pot? What’s your favorite holiday treat?



Looking for more recipes for holiday treats? I've teamed up with fellow IAHE {Indiana Association of Home Educators} Bloggers to host a Virtual Cookie Exchange. Come and find your new favorite holiday treat!



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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Casual, Comfortable Christmas ~ Twirly Tuesday

I’m sure y’all are busy with Christmas wonderfulness, so I’ll keep this post short. Skim through the photos, and then you can get back to your baking, wrapping, and reading. J



We snapped these photos on the spur of the moment at our public library. Their tree is beautiful, and we were thrilled to see that the skirt read, “Merry Christmas.” I'm not sure if you can see it in the photos, but the tree is adorned with red berries and pine cones.




What the 13yo wore ~

Denim skirt ~ thrift store, half-off day ~ The girls and I just found this skirt last Saturday. Neither of them really needed another denim skirt, but when it’s in great condition and is two dollars…. Well, how can you resist? J

White long-sleeve shirt ~ Target, maybe? Thrift store? I can't remember.

Christmas tee-shirt ~ Wal-Mart, a couple of years ago

Navy flats ~ Kohl’s sale ~ Don’t they look spectacular with a denim skirt? She says they’re comfortable, too.

Lilla Rose flexi ~ ponytail in an extra-small Music Lover flexi








Do you enjoy casual Christmas clothes? Where is your favorite place to shop?



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Friday, December 12, 2014

The One Where We Plod Through until Break ~ Homeschool Week Wrap-Up

{My apologies, friend! As they say, you learn something new every day. Apparently, photos cannot be copied and pasted into Blogger. J I'm simply re-posting so that the post and the photos will reach my email subscribers. Thanks for your patience!}

Merry Christmas Break!


This week, we’ve hurried through the school work because Christmas Break is coming. A couple of extra lessons have been completed so that tests won’t hang over to January and a couple of papers put off until the day we return. In the meantime, the studying has been sweetened a bit with candy canes.




A cup of coffee always encourages this mama! J



I’ve been increasingly unhappy with our choice of literature curriculum for the ninth grader. She’s reading excerpts, not entire books, including stories from Winnie the Pooh. Seriously?? I love the classics and have a B.A. in Literature, so I’m toying with the idea of putting together my own high school literature curriculum. It sounds fun and challenging…but also time-consuming. In a brief google search, I found something that looked pretty terrific for a fairly reasonable price considering it covers four years. I think I’ll take the Christmas holiday to think and pray and talk with our school principal.

{A question for my homeschooling readers: If I put together a reading list/literature curriculum, is that something you would be interested in? Perhaps free for email subscribers? Or if I purchase something, would you appreciate a review? Thanks for your input!}




We’ve been watching the 15yo’s Christmas cactus bloom. It was a scrawny cutting from my mom’s plant. Then, not long after we brought it home, the pot tipped, and it lost some dirt. The 15yo has watered it fairly consistently, but I most definitely do not have a green thumb, so she was on her own. Now, I think she must have the green thumb of the family. Isn’t it a blessing to see your children’s gifts and interests emerge?

For nearly a month, we’ve been plodding through with only a glimpse of the sun a couple of times. We often wished it would snow, but at least the twinkle lights looked terrific.

Then Thursday…ta-da!! 


My Facebook post revealed my wonderment ~
“But soft! What light through yonder window breaks?” It is the sun, which we have so grievously mourned nigh upon three weeks. {Part Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, part me.}


On the blog this week…



I’m reading…

I skip around a lot during the holidays. Wednesday night, I finished Debby Giusti’s Mission: Christmas Rescue, a Love Inspired Suspense novella that’s part of the Holiday Defenders collection.

Thursday afternoon, I started Camille Elliot’s Regency novella, The Spinster’s Christmas, which is part of the  Mistletoe Kisses collection.


Building our home this week…

Still putting up closet shelving. J This week, the girls’ closet. The picture isn’t exciting, but you’ll see that we’re separating the closets into individual areas and hanging tons of extra shelving. {Oops…the other end of the closet, not in the photo, is all shelving from floor to ceiling.}



Have a terrific weekend! J






How was your week?




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