I need to share a few wonderful things with you all today. First is this video. It is How the Grinch Stole Christmas in American Sign Language, and you cannot tell me that this little girl isn’t the most adorable thing or that you don’t feel the Christmas spirit after watching it. Don’t even try.
The second and third wonderful things on my list are two easy-peasy recipes that you can use for your ugly Christmas sweater party, your white elephant gift exchange, or just for you, because you got your Christmas shopping done in August (go you). They are Nutella hot chocolate and frozen whipped cream. Trust me, they are so dang easy that you will wonder why you don’t do this every year!
Nutella Hot Chocolate
Recipe from here.
In a 1 – 1 1/2 quart crock pot add 1 cup of the milk and the Nutella. Whisk together until the Nutella is completely dissolved and incorporated.
Add the remainder of the milk and whisk to inocorporate it well. When it’s well incorporated the milk will be all frothy on top.
Place the lid on and turn the crock to low. Let heat completely through for 1 – 2 hours (mine took about an hour and a half).
Whisk one last time before serving to make sure everyone gets an equal amount of that great Nutella flavor. Serve topped with your favorite whipped topping or marshmallows.
Frozen Whipped Cream
- 2 cups heavy whipping cream
- 2-3 tablespoons powdered sugar
- 1-2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Pour cold whipping cream into bowl of mixer. Using whisk attachment whisk, on medium speed, whip until it begins to thicken and you see soft peaks form. Add in powdered sugar and vanilla, continue mixing until well incorporated.
Take your whipped cream and spoon individual servings onto parchment lined baking sheet (I used my frosting tip/bag because they were already full of cream). Place in freezer for 2-3 hours or until completely frozen. Move to airtight container and store in freezer.
Merry Christmas, all!
By Sam Lund
Here’s a fun holiday treat that the whole family can help make! These delicious homemade marshmallows will melt in your mouth, but the best part is choosing your favorite toppings to roll them in. Crushed graham crackers, toasted coconut, and cinnamon sugar are some tasty options, but you can use whatever you like! Try crushed candy canes for a festive holiday twist.
Recipe courtesy of Analaine’s Home Cooking.
3 packages Knox gelatin
1 cup water
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups white Karo
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
Mix the gelatin with 1/3 cup water in a small bowl, then add 1/3 cup boiling water. Mix well. Put 1/3 cup water in saucepan and bring to a boil. Add 2 cups sugar, stirring constantly until it comes to a boil. Then add 1 1/2 cups Karo and 1/4 teaspoon salt.
Mix well, then pour into large mixing bowl. Stir in the gelatin mixture and blend together. Let it sit until lukewarm.
Mix on low speed to begin with, add vanilla and beat on high until peaks form and it will hold its shape. Grease a large cookie sheet and spread the marshmallow mixture onto the cookie sheet with a rubber spatula. Let the marshmallows cool in the refrigerator for about an hour. Cut the marshmallows into squares (this is easier if you use a knife dipped in water) and roll in your favorite toppings. Enjoy!
Contributed by Melissa Gee
by Katie Parker
Every December, my family has the unique opportunity to visit with Santa Claus. Not because we hide under the Christmas tree on Christmas Eve and wait for him to show up—we wouldn’t all fit under there anyway—but because my grandma had a knack for making friends.
Our friends at Familius sent over some more Christmas recipes for you to enjoy over your holiday break. Try these ones out!
by Joshua Cox
Music has been part of my life as long as I can remember. Growing up in the Cox family felt like a constant musical stage. No matter the time of day, there was almost always somebody singing or practicing an instrument in the home. As a family, we performed songs and dances. It wasn’t the easiest bringing everyone together, especially as the older siblings got into high school and all of the extracurricular activities and friends that come with it. My mother was the key element in making music happen in our family. As our family grew closer together through our experiences, music itself was an instrument we used to serve others in our community. As a result, our lives have been enriched and we have something familiar to come back to when we gather.
As for me, piano lessons were endured, but the fruits of practice were always enjoyed. Before piano lessons, I enjoyed making my own masterpieces at the keyboard – the kind only I could understand. Recently I tried to pick up where I left off several years ago composing music.
My family was on a vacation in Hawaii when I began this song. We were staying in a beach house, and I found a keyboard in the garage. In a rush of creativity, I began to pick out a melody on the keys. It wasn’t long before I had the first verse written out in my mind. Christmas was on my mind at the time, hence the Christ-centered theme of the song. I wanted to tell the story of a mother and father telling the story of Jesus’ birth to their children. This was something familiar to me. While music was an integral part of my family life, the very foundation of our family was based in our faith. Everything good in my family has stemmed from the religion we know to be true.
Last New Year’s Eve was the first trial run of this song. My family stood around the piano to sing, and even my mom sang a part. My hope is that this will be a meaningful addition to the longstanding tradition of music and faith in my family.
A great deal of gratitude is felt for the help of good friends and my sister. The music can be heard at joshsbox.blogspot.com.