Reindeer Treats

This is such a fun and easy annual Christmas tradition in our home.  I love finding use for all my left over cookie sprinkles and the kiddos love to prepare this special treat for Santa’s reindeer.

Ingredients:

a bag of oats

cookie sprinkles (mix with sugar if you don’t have enough sprinkles)

baby food jar or spice jar

Directions:

spoon oats into jar and fill to almost half

add sprinkle mix

fill remainder oats into jar

place lid on top

print tags (link below to a great craft website)

http://www.dltk-holidays.com/xmas/magic_reindeer_food.htm

(if you are making a bunch, just have all the kiddos spoon oats into a bowl, add sprinkles and stir.  Then place some into baggies and staple the tag on the baggies.)

On Christmas Eve, right before bed,  head outside with your kiddos and have them pour the treats on the lawn.   Have them clap their hands three times to call Santa’s reindeer.  Then run up to bed as Santa only comes when they are sleeping.  When they are sleeping and Santa arrives the reindeers’ will eat the treats and the kiddos will be so excited to wake up to seeing some of the treats were gone.

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas Eve!!!

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Peanut Butter Blossoms

These are my kiddos favorite and luckily they aren’t only for Christmas!  A peanut butter cookie topped with a mini Hershey Kiss.  Yum!

Makes about 9 dozen cookies

Directions and Ingredients:

1.cream together 1/2 cup softened butter (salted), 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter, 1/3 cup granulated sugar, 1/3 cup brown sugar.  Beat in 1 egg, 3tbsp milk and 1 tsp vanilla extract.

2. combine 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour, 1/2 tsp baking soda.  Gradually blend into creamed mixture.

3. Shape dough into 3/4 inch balls.  Roll in granulated sugar.  Place on parchment lined cookie sheet.  Bake at 350 for 5 to 6 minutes, or just until set.

4. Remove from oven and immediately press one chipits mini kisses milk chocolate baking piece in centre of each cookie.

Let cool and enjoy!

 

Caramilk Stuffed Shortbread Cookies

So this is one of the only recipes I have that I can take credit for.  Shortbread cookies are an amazing treat especially at Christmas time but stuffing a caramilk chocolate bar square into it makes it even more amazing!  A very easy recipe and your guests will be begging for more…

Ingredients:

1 cup corn starch

1 cup of icing sugar

2 cups of sifted flour

1 1/2 cups of salted butter

4 caramilk chocolate bars broken into individual pieces and placed in fridge.

Directions

Add ingredients (except for caramilk chocolate pieces)  in order and blend until mixed. 

take a piece of shortbread and form into a ball and flatten. 

Place caramilk chocolate piece and place on flattened ball.

Fold shortbread over chocolate piece and place on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

bake in over at 300 for 20-25 minutes.

Remove from oven and let cool.  Store in sealed container for up to two weeks.

Enjoy!

In My Kitchen Today – Boeuf Bourguignon

First off I have to say my absolute favorite slow cooker cookbook is the Canadian Living one and if you are in the market for one it is on sale right now.  You will not regret this purchase.  Also would make a great gift!

http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/books/Canadian-Living-Slow-Cooker-Collection-Elizabeth-Baird-Canadian-Living/9780980992458-item.html?ikwid=canadian+living+slow+cooker&ikwsec=Home

A friend made this the first time for us and it was the best of the best.  I think it is the bacon and brandy that make it so different and amazing!

http://www.canadianliving.com/food/boeuf_bourguignon.php

There is some prep work so isn’t a super quick slow cooker meal but is sooooo worth the effort!  Enjoy!

Cookie Cottages

Just getting ready for an all girls Christmas party and I am set to construct a dozen cookie cottages for all my daughters BFF’s.  Should be a great time.  I use this recipe every year.  Perfect size and so very cute!  Gotta love Martha for this one!!!

http://www.marthastewart.com/270209/cookie-cottages-how-to

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