We get the house clean. Decorated for Christmas. Then we invite friends and family - both church and birth, to come over for anything from 5 minutes to two hours.
This year we've set the date as December 14, and have (since we have a toddler that still sometimes naps) set the hours from 7-9 p.m. Consider this your invitation to come. :)
Today I set out to do some baking for this event. And yes I always go more than I need to, but what's leftover I can bring our Christmas Program on the 16th...7 p.m, if you are close by, come on out, we'd love to have you. :)
Justin helped me make:
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies.
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup sugar (I used white)
1 egg, slightly beaten
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips. Recipe calls for minis but I always use regular.
NO FLOUR! :) Nice when cooking with toddler. :)
- In a mixing bowl, combine peanut butter, sugar and egg.
- Stir in chocolate chips.
- Scoop level tablespoonfuls and roll into balls.
- Place on ungreased cookie sheet and flatten with a fork.
- Bake at 350 for 15-18 minutes,or until browned
Justin watched me flatten the cookies...about three of them, and said "I do that!" He did the job really well.
Rice Krispy Squares
1/4 cup butter
1 250 g bag mini marshmallows --- or about 40 regular marshmallows, 5 cups minis
1/2 tsp vanilla
5 cups rice krispy cereal
- Melt margarine in large saucepan over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.
- Stir in vanilla. Stir in rice crispy's cereal until well coated. Using lightly buttered spatula, press into buttered 3.5 L (13 x 9") pan.
- Allow mixture to cool. Cut into bars.
Then Justin went to bed for a nap..Yes...this week he is napping again... go figure must be the cold. and he's eating good too...perhaps he is growing again too.
Cinnamon Lemon Cookies
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
1 tsp vanilla
1.5 cup white flour
1.5 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp grated lemon peel
1/4 tsp salt
- In a mixing bowl, cream together sugar and butter. Beat in egg and vanilla.
- Combine dry ingredients: flour, cinnamon, b.powder, lemon peel and salt. Add to butter mixture. Blend well.
- Cover and refrigerate two hours until firm.
- Shape dough into small balls, about 3/4 inch diameter. Roll in cinnamon sugar to coat.
- Set cookies 1 inch apart on lightly greased sheet
- Bake at 360 for 10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.
- Cool slightly on pans, then remove to racks to cool completely.
Oh..will do peppernuts, italian sprinkle cookies and something else. Not sure what. :)