Wednesday, November 28, 2012 by Shelley Miles
Santa Claus, Christmas, December Activities
DECEMBER 4- Operation Santa Paws week, Santa's list day, Wear brown shoes day
In Germany and Holland, Christmas is called St. Nicholas Day. In these countries, children leave their boots or shoes outside the night before Christmas, so that St. Nicholas will come by and fill them with treats. Instead of wearing brown shoes today, fill them up with goodies for a needy child instead. Line the inside of new or outgrown kids’ shoes with tissue paper. Fill with treats such as candy and cookies or small useful items. Make a holiday greeting card and donate the shoes to a local children's charity.
During the holiday season extra help is needed for the thousands of abused and abandoned animals in the care of local animal shelters and rescues all over the world. One local grassroots organization from Long Beach, Calif., Operation Santa Paws for abused dogs and cats was started by Justin Rudd in 2001 to collect treats, supplies, food and toys. Join this grassroots effort. Download a poster at Santa Paws to attach to your collection box. There’s even a wish list items needed most. Once you’ve collected toys and treats, take them to your nearest animal shelter.
Today is the day Santa starts checking out his naughty and nice lists. Which one are you on?
So Many Cookies, So Little time
Thursday, December 3, 2009 by Shelley Miles
Christmas, Cookies, Chanukah, Recipes
So many cookies – so little time. Ever since my kids were small, we’ve always set aside an evening during the holidays to bake cookies together. When we emerged covered in flour and frosting, we’d spent a wonderful evening laughing, mixing, rolling, cutting and frosting and tasting.
The kids have graduated from mixing, to measuring, to cutting out the cookies – and now have mastered the whole process – including creating their own masterpieces – Marilyn Monroe, Batman Santa – in addition to traditional favorites.
Here are some favorite recipes for giving and eating.
Use your favorite sugar cookie recipe, or store-bought prepared sugar cookie dough- home made dough holds it’s shape best. Roll out the dough to about ¼ inch thick. Cut into triangle shapes. Add mini M&Ms, raisins or chocolate chips for eyes and and a red M&M for the nose. Press in curly or twisted pretzels for antlers. Bake according to cookie dough recipe.
Beat together 1 cup flour, 1 8 oz. package cream cheese, and 1 stick of unsalted butter and approximately 1/8 cup ice water (enough for the dough to turn into a ball). Cover, and let dough rest in refrigerator for 20 minutes. Roll out fist size balls of dough to 1/8 inch thick. Cut like a pizza into wedges. Place a ½ tsp of jam (pick your favorite) at the fat end of the wedge. Gently roll the fat end of the wedge over the jam. Continue rolling to create a crescent shape. Gently pinch the corners and place on a cookie sheet. Bake approximately 20 minutes at 350 until golden.Makes around 30 small cookies.
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