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Christmas Baking 2008

Here is the plan for Christmas baking this year…..


Cranberry Hootycreeks

Paula Deen’s Pretzel Peanut Bark

Peanut Butter Chip Brittle

Honey Glazed Snack Mix

Butterscotch Nut Fudge

Chewy Almond Cookies

Pecan Caramel Clusters

Cookies and Cream Fudge


Christmas Strata

This was breakfast for Christmas morning this year. It was a big hit!

Christmas Strata

1 lb. sausage meat, any kind
1 onion, chopped
1/2 red and green bell pepper, chopped
1 loaf egg or other hearty bread, sliced (day old is fine)
4 cups shredded cheese, any kind (a mixture is fine)
6 eggs, beaten
3 cups milk
1 tbsp. Dijon mustard
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground cayenne pepper
2 medium tomatoes, sliced
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Grease a 9×13-inch (23x 33-cm) baking dish.

Remove the sausage meat from the casing into a skillet. Add onions and peppers and cook over medium heat, stirring, until the sausage is lightly browned and the onions are softened. Set aside.

Place a layer of bread slices into the prepared baking dish, cutting them so that they cover the bottom completely. Sprinkle with half of the cooked sausage mixture, then one-third of the shredded cheese. Now add a second layer of bread slices, the remaining sausage mixture, and another one-third of the shredded cheese. Finally, add a third layer of bread and all the remaining shredded cheese.

In a bowl, beat together eggs, milk, mustard, salt and cayenne. Pour over the layers in the baking dish and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 6 hours or overnight.

When you’re ready to cook, remove the plastic, arrange the tomato slices on top and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake at 350 degrees F (180 degrees C) for 50 to 60 minutes, until puffed in the middle and a knife poked into it comes out clean

Christmas Baking Round 2

Here are the recipes from Round 1.

Here is the plan for Round 2:

Raspberry-Coconut Oatmeal Bars
White Chocolate Dipped Coconut Macaroons
Pine Bark Recipe courtesy Paula Deen
Buckeye Candy
Peanut Clusters- Super easy!

Christmas Baking Round 1

Here are the recipes I used to make gifts for my husband to take into work.

Seven Layer Magic Cookie Bars

Pretzel Peanut Bark

Cookie Dough Truffles

Easy Chocolate Fudge

Make A Blessing Box…another Advent celebration

Here is an idea for advent. It Came from Donna Godfrey at Sites For Learning

Make A Blessing Box…another Advent celebration

These are the direction for the blessing box, it goes from Thanksgiving to Christmas…You can also use any type of box.

Make a small gold box or decorate an empty box to be used as a bank…Place
it in the middle of your kitchen table and once a day for the next 38 days, you will be placing love offerings in it….Decide with the Children who you will donate the love gift to…

Day 1…Friday after Thanksgiving….One out of 5 children live in poverty
lacking adequate clothing…Give 2 cents for each pair of socks, tights, or pantyhose each child has.

Day 2…Are you thankful for the gift of electricity? Give 2 cents for each
light bulb in your house.

Day 3…Would you rather live in the dim light of candles? Give 2 cents for
each candle in your house.

Day 4…Most of the world’s population lives beyond the reach of medical
care…Give 10 cents for each box of band aids in your house…An extra dime if they are not flesh colored.

Day 5…Are you thankful you have a roof and doors to keep out the wind and
rain? Give 10 cents for each exterior door your house has.

Day 6…Are you thankful for all your clothes? Give a nickel for each closet
in your house.

Day 7…Are you glad you have indoor plumbing? Give 5 cents for every roll
of TP in your house, counting all the stored away rolls.

Day 8…To people in refugee camps, even a thin sliver of soap is
precious…Give 5 cents for each bar your family
has…A dime for each soap pump.

Day 9…Think of something nice you can do for a poor family in your
community and do it today. Maybe give them some homemade bread or make something special to brighten their day. If you can’t, put a dollar in the box
and be exceedingly grateful for all your own blessings.

Day 10…Do you walk to town to get a bucket of water for washing, drinking,
bathing or cooking? Or are you blessed with faucets that bring precious water to you? Give 10 cents for each faucet you have and don’t forget the
outside ones.

Day 11…Still thinking of water, how did you get clean today? Give 10 cents
if you took a bath, 25 cents for a shower.

Day 12…Most of the people in this world are starving while Americans
biggest concern is being overweight. Put in a penny for each pound your mother and father think they are overweight.

Day 13…What a blessing to be able to see and have eye doctors to help us.
Give 10 cents for each pair of glasses your family members wear…And a quarter for each pair of sunglasses.

Day 14…Most people in the world are blind and do not have eye doctors to
help them. Give a quarter for each person in your house that wears contact lenses.

Day 15…Jesus love the little children. Give thanks and a dollar for every
child in your family and do a secret good deed for them today.

Day 16…How would you like to live in your car as some families do? Give a
dime for every vehicle in your family.

Day 17…What if you lived on the streets like so many in south America do?
Give thanks for your home and give 5 cents for every pillow in your home…Don’t forget the decorative ones also.

Day 18…Epidemics often follow natural disasters. Give thanks if no one in
your house has been too sick this month to go to work or school and donate 50 cents.

Day 19…The comfort of a clean bed in an undreamed of luxury for millions
in of the worlds poor people. Give 5 cents for each bed in your house.

Day 20…Did a cozy blanket cover you last night? Give a penny for every
blanket in your house.

Day 21…Was it cold enough to wear a coat today? Were you thankful for your
coat? Give a penny for every coat, jacket or raincoat in your house.

Day 22…In some countries of the world, most people cant read. Are you
thankful you can read? Put in a penny for every book in your home….(Yes, for most of us this is an expensive on)

Day 23…By now you have received may Christmas cards from many loving
friends and family members. Give a penny for each card and be thankful for God’s love.

Day 24…Most of the world’s population has never seen a supermarket.
Instead of they scratch out their sustenance with primitive tools. Give 5 cents for every garden tool in your garage.

Day 25…Most people in the world cook over an open fire. Aren’t you glad your parents did not send your out to chop wood this morning? Give 5 cents for every burner on your stove and a nickel for every oven.

Day 26…Aren’t you glad that you have people that love and think about you?
Put in 10 cents for each gift under the tree that is for you.

Day 27…Jesus was born and dies for you!!!!! Put in a dollar for every
person that has been baptized and believes in Christ!!!!!

Day 28…Unfortunate;y this is the time of year in which many people suffer
loss in house fires. Give 10 cents for every phone in your house in which you can dial 911 in case of emergency.

Day 29…Many people in the world suffer excruciating pain from the lack of
dental care. Have you ever been grateful for toothbrushes? Give 5 cents for every toothbrush in your house.

Day 30..Do you own a pet? Give a quarter for each pet and say a prayer for
all the children in the work who can’t afford to feed themselves let a lone a pet.

Day 31…Many children in the world barely get one meal a day. How many did
you have. give thanks and five cents for each meal and 10 cents for each snack today.

Day 32…Would you like ti have to walk to school, to church or the store?
Most people in the world walk every where they go…Give 10 cents for each bike, pair of skates, skateboard or anything else that has wheels.

Day 33…”Give us this day our daily bread”. Thank God for feeding you
today and give one penny fir every slice of bread in your house.

Day 34…Count all the can’s in your cupboard or pantry. Give a penny for
each one of them as you thank God for the technology to can foods.

Day 35…Count all the packages of frozen foods and meat in your freezer,
Thank God for refrigeration and give a penny for each you counted.

Day 36…Make a list of all the fruits and vegetable God created that you
can name, Put in a penny for each one of the list.

Day 37. Many children in the world do not have a school to go to and barely
learn to read or write. Give a penny for every pencil in your house.

Day 38…Most people in the world have never touched a computer. If there is one in your home, put in 50 cents,and extra for a scanner, 50 cents for the printer and and if you spend more than an a hour each day on line…Give an extra dollar!!

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