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Holiday Cheer from R&B: Belinda

belindafamilychristmasHoliday traditions have always been very important and special to me. Spending time with my family, watching football games, cooking, baking, eating way too much, traveling across state to my parent’s cabin to enjoy the snow, sharing joy and appreciation to those I am with, but most of all celebrating the birth of Christ at the Christmas Eve candle service.

However, the holidays tend to make me sad as well; missing loved ones who have passed and sharing my children with their in-laws. My boys have grown and have families of their own; I never anticipated my reaction the first time one of my sons shared that he was going to his wife’s families for Thanksgiving Day; I cried and my heart was broken. Never had I imagined not being with my children on Thanksgiving or Christmas day.

kuehlboysgrandpaIn accepting changes in traditions I have realized how grateful I am for having my children near and celebrating the holidays with them, their wives, and my grandchildren even if it is not on the exact day of the holiday. I also realized that there are those who are without family and that I can share the day with them as well. So in accepting and creating new traditions I have learned that the holidays are full of wonderful memories to reflect on, that my mother is just a phone call away, that I have a loving husband that cooks an amazing meal, and that I am grateful for the time to share with others. I continue to give thanks to what God has put before me and look forward to making new traditions.

Wishing happiness, joy, and love for all of you during the holidays with a suggestion to think of other’s who may be alone and not to hesitate to invite a friend or neighbor over to celebrate a holiday meal or tradition with you.

Holiday Cheer from R&B: Amanda

My favorite time during the holidays is Christmas Eve. Every year my family gathers for an evening of fun holiday games, good food, and gifts from Santa. I love spending time and having fun with my family and seeing all the kids together.

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Holiday Cheer from R&B: Kelsey

kelseycookiesMy family and I don’t really have any big holiday traditions since my husband and I moved out here to Washington. But when I was back home in Maryland for Christmas last year, my mom and I made tons of different cookies. I think this will be our new tradition, even if we’re together or miles apart.

Anyways, we bought cute little tins and put the cookies in them and gave them out as gifts. Everyone loves cookies, am I right? And the one that people raved about the most were these Brown Butter Cookies. I got the recipe off of the site Allrecipes.com.

If you have a nut allergy, I’m sorry these aren’t for you L

 

BROWN BUTTER COOKIES

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups butter
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoons salt
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 ½ cups confectioners’ sugar
  • ½ cup hot water

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Heat butter over medium heat for 5 minutes or so, until it turns nut brown in color. The foaming and bubbling is part of the browning process, but watch it carefully so you don’t burn the butter. Remove from heat, and cool slightly. Reserve ½ cup of the butter for the frosting.
  3. Pour remaining browned butter into a large mixing bowl. Beat browned butter with brown sugar until the butter is no longer hot. Mix in eggs, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Beat thoroughly. Mix in flour and chopped pecans. Drop tablespoons of dough onto ungreased baking sheets.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until light brown around the edges. Cool.
  5. In a medium bowl, mix the reserved ½ cup browned butter with 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract, confectioners’ sugar, and hot water. Beat until smooth, and use to frost cooled cookies.
  6. Place 1 whole pecan on top each cookies, if desired.
  7. ENJOY!

Holiday Cheer from R&B: Hailey

New traditions: 

haileychristmas1This has been a great year for my little family. We were blessed with our first child, a baby girl we named Leighton. The holidays have been a little extra magical so far. My husband, Ryan, and I have been talking about what traditions we would like to uphold now that we have a daughter of our own. Some traditions, she obviously can’t be a part of yet, and others will be just for us to see the joy on her face and tell her later, “We started doing this on your very first Christmas.” 

haileychristmas2Since we’ve been married we’ve inadvertently splurged on an ornament that reminds us of our year, each year. It always sparks the best memories and brings so much joy when I get to hang these on the tree. My favorite ornament, so far, is a sparkly little pineapple Ryan bought along the Road to Hana while we were on our honeymoon. We decided this will be a tradition we will intentionally continue with our daughter. This year I ordered a special ornament with her name and a beautiful design. I can’t wait for her to be able to choose her own next year, and some day be involved in deciding which one best encapsulates that year for our little family. 

I didn’t expect for her to participate as much as she did in decorating the tree this year. I was trying to hurry up and decorate while she was napping but Leighton had other plans. She sat contently in awe of all the lights, which prompted me to put 9 strands of lights on the tree! I’ve got to keep my girl happy! I loved listening to her coos and showing her all of the ornaments. Although she won’t remember, she enjoyed it so much. Watching her look at the tree and “tell me about it” is a memory I will treasure.  

We have a few other traditions that we want to include her in, and I am anxious to see if she decides to include herself in another tradition unexpectedly. So far, it has brought us so much holiday spirit and joy just having her along for the ride. 

Holiday Cheer from R&B: Pam and Walter

wernerfamilychristmasThe excitement of The Nutcracker begins the holidays for our family.  It brings a busy schedule with it but it is always rewarding to see our dancers perform.  We hope you have Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.  

From our family to yours,
The Werner’s

Holiday Cheer from R&B: Jennifer

jenchristmasAre you one of those people that love the smell of cinnamon?  There is nothing that reminds me more of the holidays then the sweet and spicy scent of cinnamon.  Every year when my kids were little we enjoyed making Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments.  There are only a few ingredients needed and it’s a fun and crafty project that just about anyone can do.  Not only do they smell wonderful but they can become a great gift to share with family and friends. 

 

How to Make Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments

2 cups of applesauce

2 cups of cinnamon

Cookie Cutters (of your season of choice)

 

Mix applesauce and cinnamon together, adding more cinnamon if dough seems too wet, and more applesauce if dough is too dry.

 

Sprinkle countertop with cinnamon, and then roll dough out to ¼ inch thick.  Cut with cookie cutter, and place ornaments on the baking sheet.  Reroll scraps to make more ornaments.

 

Let ornaments dry on baking sheets for several days, or until completely dry.  Alternatively, bake in a 200 degree F over for 2.5 hours.

 

If desired lightly sand edges to smooth any rough spots.

Holiday Cheer from R&B: Kami

kamichristmasMy Dad’s birthday is on December 25th.   For as long as I can remember, my Grandma always introduced him as her “Christmas baby”.  Well, this year, we get to celebrate his 80th birthday!  I am so thankful for his legacy of love and commitment to God, his family, and friends.  He and my Mom just celebrated 55 years of marriage.  He is Dad to 3 kids (plus 3 kids-in-law), and Papa to 6 grandkids.  He was a Pastor for 49 years, and still remains active in his church.  He taught us, from a very early age, that Christmas is about giving, not receiving.  Our family is looking forward to celebrating him this Christmas Season.  Happy Birthday and I love you, Dad!

Holiday Cheer from R&B: Lauren

Christmas Tree Decoration DIY Tradition

laurenchristmas1Tradition in my family is creating a new and exciting Christmas tree decorations every year at my parents’ house! Christmas 2015 my Mother and I created a “rustic” tree complete with antique rusted stars, pretty white lights and homemade orange sliced ornaments!

These orange slice ornaments are easy to create if you are feeling in the festive mood, and they make your home smell wonderful! Here are some step by step instructions to make your home a little bit merrier!

laurenchristmas2Step One: Gather your supplies! You will need oranges, mod podge, cranberries, cinnamon sticks, mistletoe, holly, a glue gun, ornament hooks and a dehydrator (you can also bake them).

Step Two: Slice oranges nice and thin and place in your dehydrator (or you can bake them in the oven at 160 degrees for two hours turning halfway through if preferred).

Step Three: Check your dehydrator (or oven) and remove when still slightly bendable. Allow to cool.

Step Four: Paint both sides of your orange slices with Mod Podge, and let dry overnight. This makes them sturdy.

Step Five: Decorate the orange slices using cinnamon sticks, holly, mistletoe, and cranberries using a glue gun and hang with regular ornament hooks.

And that’s all it takes to make your own ornaments that are not only very pretty but also make your home smell heavenly.

Holiday Cheer from R&B: Sarah

sarahchristmasFor some Black Friday is known as the day where you can get the best deals on the best Christmas gifts of the year. But for our family it is the day we go and search for the perfect tree. The Friday after Thanksgiving my family (including my 9 year old black lab) all piles into our truck and heads out to Hedlund’s Tree Farm in Brady. We head off on foot searching each and every row until we find that perfect tree. We also enjoy the hot cocoa and cider provided while the kids get to see Santa and tell him what’s on their wish list. Overall it is one of my favorite days of the year. We then spend the rest of the day decorating the tree and house in preparation for the Christmas season!

Holiday Cheer from R&B: Katie

katiechristmasChristmas is easily my favorite holiday. My family and I start the season off with making our own wreaths. Digging through all of the old decoration and seeing everyone’s different ideas is always fun and full of laughter. As Christmas gets closer we bake cookies and make one of my favorite desserts; a Norwegian dessert called lefsa. We only make it during the holidays so it’s always a special treat. I look forward to the holidays all year long and cannot wait to make many more traditions with my loved ones.