Christmas Eve ideas

Christmas is only 9 days away! Have you gotten all of your shopping done yet? Have you been baking like crazy little elves? Have you started wrapping yet? As for me I have a few gifts to get and I am completely done shopping and most of my gifts are wrapped. Whew. So. much. to. do. and so little time.

Here are a few ideas for the kids for Christmas Eve.


Make up little bags of oats (oatmeal) and glitter with this cute little poem to give to the kids. The kids sprinkle this outside on Christmas EVE for the reindeer!

“Sprinkle on the lawn at night the moon will make it sparkle bright as Santa’s reindeer fly and roam this will guide them to your home”


Sprinkle the glitter all over the lawn so Santa knows where to stop! It also helps Santa find your house in any kid of weather. Super cute! Full instructions at


Every year I let the kids open 1 gift Christmas Eve which is usually new PJs. This is a tradition that my mom still does for me and my sisters when we get together.


The day before Christmas bake special cookies (I usually bake gingerbread cookies) and let them decorate them for Santa. Use the same plate (Santa’s special plate) every year! Also, use “Santa’s cup” for milk!


Leave some carrots by Santa’s cookies for Santa to give to the reindeer!


Spiced Brown Sugar Cookies

Here is a new cookie recipe to try this Holiday Season…a spin on the traditional Christmas sugar cookies.

Happy baking!

3 cups all purpose flour, plus extra for rolling
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp. allspice
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 large egg
1 1/2  tsp vanilla extract

Combine flour, baking powder, and spices in a large bowl and whisk to combine.  In a mixing bowl, cream sugar, brown sugar and butter on medium speed until light and fluffy, about three minutes.  Add egg and vanilla and beat until well incorporated.  Slowly add flour mixture, mixing on low speed.  The dough will be very stiff.  Lay out a large sheet of plastic wrap and turn dough out on to plastic.  Form into a disk and wrap tightly.  Chill approximately one hour. 

Remove dough from refrigerator and let stand five to ten minutes at room temperature.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line baking sheets with parchment paper or Silpats.  Generously flour work area and rolling pin.  Roll dough to about 1/4″ thick and cut into desired shapes.  Transfer to prepared pans and bake about 9-12 minutes.  Cookies shouldn’t really brown but will firm up.  Remove from the oven, let stand about one minute on the baking sheet and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.  When completely cool, frost as desired.

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Are you a Black Friday shopper?

Thanksgiving is fast approaching and will soon be over followed by BLACK FRIDAY.  People will wait in line for a a huge amount of time in the freezing cold just to grab that one hot item. Toys and gadgets will be flying off the shelves while people rush through the department store doors grabbing everything in sight. Carts will be filled to the top and people won’t be able to see over them. True story…I witnessed it last year with my own eyes. My mother and I were the very first people in line for Toys R Us on Black Friday last year. We waited in line for hours as soon as we finished our Thanksgiving dinner and waited in the freezing cold with Starbucks all for a Zhu Zhu pet, which was the hottest toy last season. My son loved it but then they shortly became a dud because they stopped working. You live and you learn. This year I will not be going after the hottest toy!

I have a feeling that the Animal Planet Air Swimmer extreme radio controlled giant shark and clown fish will be making a splash this season. I know my son was already jumping for joy at the commercial. Not sure if I will be purchasing it because let’s face it, it’s just a balloon with helium and can be popped very easily and has to be aired up continually with a helium tank. The fish balloon has a price tag of 49.99 in store and 39.99 online. I hope my son won’t be dissapointed. He is a 5 year old boy who I’m 100% sure he’d love it so much he’d pop it and have a broken heart.

K-mart recently came out with their Top Fab 15 toys for Christmas 2011…Let’s check them out!

1. Sesame Street Let’s Rock Elmo

2.FIJIT Friends Interactive Toy

3. ProTunes I Am T-Pain mic

4. Barbie Designable Hair Extension Doll

5. Wowwee Lite Sprite Wand with Prisma Sprite and Pod

6. Redakai Championship Tin with Cards

7. Fur Real Friends Cookie Puppy

8. Nerf Vortex Nitron Blaster

9. Mini LaLaLoopsy Treehouse Playset

10. WWE Colossal Crashdown Arena Playset

11. Transformers: Dark of the Moon- Ultimate Optimus Prime

12. LeapFrog- LeapPad Explorer Learning Tablet

13. Laser Stunt Chaser Dragonfire RC Car

14. Simon Flash

15. Dora Fiesta Favorites Kitchen

Let the shopping begin! Better to get it done early than having to fight the crowds and madness this season. If you are brave enough to go out on Black Friday, get ready because it’s next Friday!! Have fun and don’t forget to dress warm and find something for yourself! You deserve it!