Thursday, December 25, 2008
O holy night, the stars are brightly shining;
It is the night of the dear Savior's birth!
Long lay the world in sin and error pining,
Till He appeared and the soul felt it's worth.
A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
Fall on your knees, O hear the angels voices.
O night divine, O night when Christ was born!
May you have a blessed Christmas celebrating our Savior's birth!
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Here are my little helpers!
....and enjoying the final result. Mmmmm!
For anyone interested (cause I know finding GF, EG, CF recipes can be a bear) here is the recipe:
Holiday Cut-Out Cookies
Makes 16 Cookies
¼ cup butter, canola oil spread or oleo,
at room temperature (We used Earth Balance Buttery Sticks)
2 tablespoons honey
½ cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
¾ cup brown rice flour
½ cup white rice flour
3 tablespoons potato starch
2 tablespoons tapioca flour/starch
½ teaspoon xanthan gum
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons water or more (we used 4 Tbsp rice milk. Hemp milk would work well too!)
For Spice Cookies, add ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg, ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon and ⅛ teaspoon ground cloves. Bake as directed.
This recipe by Carol Fenster, Ph.D., was featured in the Fall 1998 issue of Living Without magazine.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Lucas is showing me a slug he found on a leaf and below is a picture of the cute little thing. I tried to research "slugs" on the internet so we could learn about them together, but Lucas lasted all of three minutes. They must not be that interesting after all.
Lucas is holding an apple turkey he made at school. It was so cute. Look closely and you can see they stuck toothpicks into the turkey and slipped on Fruit Loops. The kept the cereal in place with marshmallows. And you can see they used a marshmallow and candy corn for the head. It was super cute!
The above and below picture are hats that Lucas made in school to celebrate Thanksgiving.
Friday, December 19, 2008
It doesn't feel much like Christmas this year. My in-laws have their tree up, but since we aren't in our own home it just feels different. I haven't really stuck to our traditions, so I think that makes a big difference. But at least we have a place to lay our head. And as a friend of mine pointed out, it doesn't matter where we celebrate Christmas. What matters is that we are all together. So true. I am so thankful for our little ones and for my wonderful husband.
My sweet, dear husband asked me if it would be okay if he swept out a little place in our basement for us to celebrate Christmas morning together- just the four of us. Would it be okay? Of course! He was afraid I would think it was corny. I couldn't think of anything sweeter.
The house is still coming along. We have almost every room painted and waiting for trim to go up and then spray painted. Then the last coat of paint can go on. The tile is starting to go down and I LOVE my kitchen tile..... so excited to see the final result! Then the bathrooms and kitchen can be installed. I have big hopes to be in by the end of January. Oh please, please, please!!!!
I have to share a few funny things Lucas has done recently (at least it made me laugh). Last week he meant to say "Oh shoot!" and "Oh dear!" at the same time, but it came out "Oh Smear!" So now that is the new family word! If I can catch him on video I will post it because the way he says it is hilarious. And then tonight, I was getting ready to tuck him into bed when he smacked me on the rump and proclaimed, "You have a big butt and it made a loud noise!" Children!