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Finally Finished!


I am finally finishes shopping for Christmas. I didn't think I was going to make the deadline but I did! {{patting myself on the back}}

You know, shopping in Croatia is nothing like shopping in the states. What is available isn't always what you want and if there is something nice there aren't many of them. Although I will say that Croatia is getting some major shopping centers lately, loving it!

Oh yea we took the kids sledding Monday. There is a great place to sled in the nearest city to us. It's the old town or castle of the old town and around the town there were huge walls. Anyhow we went last year, it was way too funny, you can see those pics here. I took more photos but they basically look the same as last years. The same ol' same ol'. Cody got to sled the most, Joshua not so much and Hannah found out too late that sledding that big hill wasn't for her. The videos I took were way too funny, but I'm gonna spare my kids any embarrassment since they are now teens.Yesterday I continued my decorating for Christmas. I know that it's almost here but here in Croatia Christmas goes on until Jan. 6th which is the Catholic holiday Three Kings, and no I don't celebrate 3 Kings. BTW, where do the 3 kings come into play in the who birth of Christ story? They don't, he we don't even see the Wise men come in until much later. Brace yourself; THERE WERE NO WISEMEN AT THE MANGER!!! okay don't stress things can go on like they were before but the Bible is clear that the wise men weren't there.

Mt 2:10

When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.
Mt 2:11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.

So see there, He was already a young child and they were living in a house, not a manger. Anyhow, I thought I would burst any bubbles that were still afloat. Johnny has been conspiring against my nativity since it does have the 3 wise men, and I was forced to send them back to the East where they came from. He's totally right, why would we have something in plain view that is so Biblically incorrect. Anyhow that's a little rant, take it or leave it.

Been baking all day too. I found some great recipes from my favorite recipe site; All Recipes

Made some really easy peanut butter fudge today, so good.



Easiest Peanut Butter Fudge
Prep Time:
15 Min
Cook Time:
5 Min
Ready In:
1 Hr 20 Min

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 1/4 cups brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar

Directions

  1. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in brown sugar and milk. Bring to a boil and boil for 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat. Stir in peanut butter and vanilla. Pour over confectioners' sugar in a large mixing bowl. Beat until smooth; pour into an 8x8 inch dish. Chill until firm and cut into squares.


Big Soft Ginger Cookies

Prep Time:
15 Min
Cook Time:
10 Min
Ready In:
50 Min

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup margarine, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Sift together the flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the margarine and 1 cup sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, then stir in the water and molasses. Gradually stir the sifted ingredients into the molasses mixture. Shape dough into walnut sized balls, and roll them in the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar. Place the cookies 2 inches apart onto an ungreased cookie sheet, and flatten slightly.
  3. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.

Chocolate Brittle Surprise

Ingredients
  • 35 unsalted soda crackers
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped pecans (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Cover cookie sheet with foil. Spray foil with cooking oil spray.
  2. Place crackers on foil in 5 x 7 inch rows.
  3. Microwave butter on high for 2 minutes. Add brown sugar and stir. Microwave on high for 2 more minutes, stirring every 30 seconds.
  4. Pour over crackers. Bake 17 - 20 minutes (should bubble but not burn).
  5. Sprinkle chocolate chips over hot crackers. Spread after 2 minutes (chips have softened). Sprinkle nuts on top.
  6. Refrigerate 1 hour. Break into pieces. Can be frozen.
Well I'm pooped! It's about time to get up and go get ready for church. Maybe I can manage to look half way presentable, we'll see!

Hoping you're all have the best Christmas week ever!

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14 comments:

  1. I would love to stop by for some of your hot cocoa and cookies! Did I say I love the snow? I LOVE the snow and MISS it soooooooooooooo much! Kelly

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  2. Wow you have been busy! I will have to try the fudge it looks easy enough for even me. It is funny how many American kids do not know that the wise men came later. I taught it to my teen girls and some said really? It is a nice memory with the kids sledding and I feel so very privileged to be able to picture the very spot in my head. Thanks for the memories.

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  3. Thanks for sharing the recipes. We have also been busy baking and creating. We made homemade chocolate covered peanut clusters, peanut brittle (Bob's grandpa has the best recipe in the world!) and fudge. I'll make some haystacks today and some no bake cookies also.

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  4. Oh I forgot, we don't use the wise men with our manger scene anymore either.

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  5. Not only were the wise men not at the manger, there could have been 2 or 20, it doesn't say. I use All Recipes too. In fact last year I gave a bunch of my recipe book away, because I wasn't using them that much. I've seen this ginger cookie recipe there before, but have never made them. Maybe this year I will. Sounds like we'll all be having a very white Christmas. God Bless this Christmas.

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  6. I love it about the wise men. I was just explaining that to my 9yo last week and she was soooo confused. I never thought of taking the wise men out of the nativity though. Merry Christmas!

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  7. Amen Tori. If people would "search the scriptures" as told..they would see the error.

    I'll have to look over these recipes..I am always good for a new yummy!

    God bless..
    HOPE

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  8. Awesome recipes, Tori! Thank you!!! We're going to try the fudge tomorrow! I'll let you know how the family likes it :-)

    And, btw, you're spot on with the Wise Men coming to see the "child in a house"! Amazing how tradition is what people would prefer to believe instead of the Scriptures! :-\

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  9. I must make those soft ginger biscuits. So often the ginger biscuits are really crunchy and I never like them like that!!

    Christmas cheer to you and yours.

    God Bless

    PS that hot chocolate looks so good!:)

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  10. I must make those soft ginger biscuits. So often the ginger biscuits are really crunchy and I never like them like that!!

    Christmas cheer to you and yours.

    God Bless

    PS that hot chocolate looks so good!:)

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  11. The sledding looks like a lot of fun. We hope that ya'll have a Merry Christmas.
    Incidentally, the names of the "three wise men" were Caspar, Belthasar, and Melchoir. At least, that is the Catholic tradition. They never get anything wrong in the Bible, do they?

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  12. Merry Christmas, Tori!
    How lovely to have snow. Ronnie is begging me to plan Christmas next year in someplace snow.

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  13. Hey Dr. Raz wasn't Casper a ghost?

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  14. It was a great time sledding, The cookies were too good, but it was a great way to break the diet, and thanks for removing those wisemen from the shelve! Love you!

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