Thursday, December 18, 2014

Eggnog Bread


Going back to last Saturday and the German School Christmas program all of the families are asked to bring some baked good to share.  Usually I bring cookies, but this year I brought Eggnog bread which was a huge hit.  Given I haven't spent much time out of the United States during the holidays I don't know if eggnog is a United States phenomenon or if you can find it in other countries.  In the United States you find it in the dairy case.  It is a milk drink that is pretty rich that has eggs and nutmeg and rum flavoring in it!  Sometimes it is served at holiday parties with alcohol in it, but nothing says Christmas more than eggnog.  There are many recipes floating around the internet, but I like this one the best.

Eggnog Bread
2 eggs
1 cup of sugar
2 teaspoons of rum or rum extract
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1 small box of instant vanilla pudding 3.4 ounces
1/2 cup of room temp or softened butter
1 1/2 cups of eggnog
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg
2 teaspoon of baking powder
2/1/4 cups of all purpose flour
In a bowl combine all wet ingredients.  In another bowl combine all dry ingredients than combine the two bowls and pour into greased and flour dusted loaf pans.Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes to an hour depending on what size of pan you use.  This recipe can make 1 large loaf, 2 medium size loaves or 4 small loaves.   Once they come out of the oven make glaze and pour on top.

Glaze
1 cup of Confectioners sugar also known as powder sugar
2 teaspoons of eggnog
2 Tablespoon of rum extract
1/8 of a teaspoon of nutmeg.

Enjoy!  It is so yummy! 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Santa



On Friday, we went to a party at our church.  The food was fantastic!  It was so fun to visit will everyone outside of church.  The best part of all was Santa.  The kids were all so excited to see him!  I was happy to see him/  Saved me a long wait in line at the local mall. Don't you love that my teenage son is wearing short in 30 degree weather.  Pants are torture for him!  Not sure why Roman wasn't in this pictures, but I guess I am going to have to track down my friend who took them to ge the one with Roman in it!  Hope you are having a great week.  I am busy wrapping presents and packing suitcases.  Addy is sick with the flu and we are praying no one else gets it.  Can you imagine being on a ship sick.  Please say a little prayer for us!  

Monday, December 15, 2014

Weinachts Program

 Addy third one in from the right with multi-colored hat on!

 Roman on the far right in baby blue long sleeve shirt

On Saturday, Addy and Roman performed in the annual German School Christmas program.  They were so cute!  Love seeing them sing!  Here are the songs they sung.  Addy sung es schneit and Roman sang Ihr Kindlein Kommet.  Hope you had a good weekend!  Ours was super busy.




Friday, December 12, 2014

A Series of Christmas Events




Another weekend is upon us!  My husband is coming home from Italy (Milan) tonight and I am so excited.  I don't enjoy the single parent gig. Yesterday was a particularly hard day as Addy was sick and stayed home from school.  She takes whining to the epic level.Thankfully, the day ended with my son Winston willing to help me pick up the house and the girls and I watched Micky Christmas in bed until their eye-lids fell heavy. Tonight we will be heading to our church Christmas party, and on Saturday the little kids will be performing in the German Christmas program; however, let's not get a head of ourselves.  Last weekend, the children were excited to find St. Nicholas had left a few things in their shoes. Following German school, the children and I headed over to the International School where each year they host the Christmas Market!  I was so thrilled to let the children decorate Christmas cookies as that is one holiday activity I could do without.  I hate making sugar cookies and hate the mess all the sprinkles make.  I know-bah hum bug!  I am more than thrilled though to make this recipe.  Super easy to make and not nearly as messy.  Last but not least Roman had to transform a gingerbread man into his favorite character.  He picked Aqua Archie from Pokemon.  Well, I hope you have a great weekend filled with lots of love and celebrating.  

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Attendance "Corner View"








A couple of weeks ago, I told you we were keeping Christmas simple this year as we tend to be on a cruise ship the week of Christmas, but that didn't mean we were completely checking out from Christmas it just meant we were cutting back on a few things to make it less stressful. So far so good.  I don't feel nearly as stressed as I have in past Christmases.  The girls still got Christmas dresses and wore them to church this past week.  We are still celebrating Advent.  I have done some baking, but not to the scale in years past.  One thing I wanted to conquer this year was homemade marshmallows and boy was it worth it!  Had I known how simple it was going to be to make I would have made it a long time ago.  I was totally craving these gingerbread cupcakes.  Heaven!  You must try making them.  The frosting is so delicate and not too sweet!   Well, it is a beautiful morning here in Georgia!  I am off to finish the Christmas shopping and go to lunch with a good friend I haven't seen in a while.  Have a great day!  For more corner views visit Francesca.  We are always happy to have you join us too!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Last Weekend




Last weekend all but seems a blur.  I can't believe the first week of  Decmeber is over and tomorrow St. Nickolaus will come.  Anyhoo, Avery got her first haircut last week.  She only got a tiny trim to even it out and get some of the hair out of her face.  We had the sister missionaries over for dinner.  I made a very yummy roasted chicken with a mushroom gravy along with cranberries, green beans, and mashed potatoes.  Thursday, we had Thanksgiving here at my house.  It was the first Thanksgiving I have spent with both my mom and dad.  On Friday we drove up to Pidgeon Forge.  The little kids loved playing in the hotel pool and Avery met Ashleigh and her family.  Ashleigh was in the same orphanage as her and at the same time.  They played with one another their.  Not sure if they remembered each other, but by the end of the visit they were following each other around.  It was so great to be able to swap stories and we left with a plan to get the girls together again.  We are off to the Christmas market tomorrow and I am going to make some eggnog bread.  What is on your plans for the weekend?

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Open Doors "Corner View"





If you came to our door, you would be welcomed with open doors.  Our little Christmas gnome would say hello and a warm fire would be there to greet you.  I would even ask you if you wanted a cup of hot cocoa or a mug of tea.  I love visitors and so you would always be welcome to drop on by.  If you are looking for a Christmas tree this season, sadly you won't find it!  We are spending Christmas on a ship where we will visit Cozumel, Belize, Costa Maya, and Honduras.  Can't wait! We are keeping it simple this year as we have had an epic year filled with many wonderful activities.  I am also trying to teach my children the true meaning of Christmas



For more corner views visit Francesca.

Have a Great week!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Constantly in Motion







I don't have to worry about Addy
and do you know why?
She is a firecracker!
Constantly in Motion!
She knows what she wants and she goes after it!
Love this Girl!
So grateful she is apart of my family.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Always Happy




A ray of sunshine she is always happy.
I am so happy I get to be her mom and that she is apart of our family.
Well we are off to Tennessee!
What do you have planned for the weekend?