So, I’m collecting and testing recipes that I want to include in our Christmas celebration and the days that our family will be together this year. Last year, my grandboys were just one year old and still so little, but this year the oldest two boys will be eating what we eat. I want to gather some recipes that will become our family traditions, those recipes that the grandsons will remember for the rest of their lives. I really want to include some authentic Scottish, Irish, British and Spanish foods since that is their heritage.
My first experiment was a Scottish potato scone recipe I got from Christina’s Cucina. She gives very thorough instructions and I followed them to a tee. They turned out great. Sort of bland, but she very clearly says that traditionally the scones should be fried with the bacon to absorb the flavors of the bacon.
I think these will be a great addition to our breakfasts. I think this one is a keeper!
My son had a Secret Santa Questionnaire he had to fill out at work and he posted it on his Instagram so people could see his answers. He’s pretty funny, eclectic and a really interesting person, so it was fun to see his answers. And, I actually learned some things about him – I didn’t know he likes peanut M&M’s!
When I read his answers, I realized that his tastes and interests have really changed in the last 20 years! No kidding, huh? When you don’t live with your kids anymore and unless you really talk deep and often to your family members there are a lot of things that you miss. Things like their favorite candy or what tv shows they watch. I mean, in the short time that we’re together, we don’t often get down to finding out these things about each other. If I don’t know these basic things about my own children, I know even less about my in-law children. My grandboys are little and they change so quickly that one questionnaire a year is probably not enough for them.
Then, I started thinking about myself and realized that I change, too. Sometimes my tastes and interests change from year to year or even more often. So, it’s not that I don’t pay attention or don’t love my family if I don’t know the answers to questions about their favorite things, it’s just that people change and we sometimes don’t have enough time together to find these things out!
So, I created this Christmas Questionaire that I’m going to give to my family! And I’m not going to be embarrassed about it at all!
If you’d like to use this, you can! It’s free! Here’s a link to the PDF you can download:
I’m really enjoying the little visits we’re getting from our kids and grandkids now that we live closer. A few days ago, my daughter-in-law, her Mom and Manny came for a visit while my son was in Mexico shooting a wedding. We had great fun just hanging out and doing Christmas-y things.
Now that we’re living so far from shopping and restaurants, I’m doing more cooking. So, while they were here I cooked Shepherd’s Pie (my recipe) and Joanna Gaines’ Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas (with a few changes based on what I forgot at the store and what I had in the house, haha!) It’s from her Magnolia Table Cookbook. A great cookbook, by the way. It’s full of good and real food that you would actually cook and eat.
I also grabbed a Grinch Gingerbread Kit at the local H-E-B and Manny had fun decorating the Grinch’s house.
But I think Manny’s favorite time was spent with Papa. They played and played and wrestled and wrestled.
I think they just like being together.
Hope your holidays are full of little visits and special times with family and friends.
I’m in a Facebook group where a mother was asking for help about celebrating Advent with kids. So, I put together a list of resources that caught my eye. Just click on the blue text to get the link.
This is a great resource from LifeWay with a free downloadable Advent guide.
This is a list compiled by my friends who are Pastors at Faith Methodist Church in Georgia
This is from Coffee Cups & Crayons and it gives you ideas for “24 Random Acts of Christmas Kindness.” Cool ideas for doing nice things for people during Advent.
Here’s another service-oriented Advent idea which I love! It’s from Nourishing Joy. It gives some really unique ideas for serving others during Advent.
If you have time and you just need a calendar and not the readings or ideas to go with it. AND you love Legos, how about building a Lego Advent Calendar? This is so creative and awesome from Frugal Fun 4 Boys, but I’d have to get my son to build it, haha!
Here’s one more link to Kids Can Light The World Advent Calendar from Mother’s Niche. More great daily ideas to celebrate Advent.
And one more. If you’re into sharing your family stories and want your kids to know your family history, I’ve written an Advent Celebration just for you! Yes, I’m shamelessly plugging my own book! Haha!
I hope that helps! Enjoy the Advent season!
Since Christmas is quickly approaching, I thought I’d give you some real gift-giving help. My two oldest grandsons are both 2 years old, so I asked my daughter and daughter-in-law to tell me the boy’s top 5 favorite toys. These are toys they really play with and really love.
So, here you go. I’ve included the links (blue text) to Amazon and just so you know I do get a little bit of dough if you use my link. Thank you!
G’s our active guy and here are his favorite toys:
- Thomas the Train Mega Bloks
2. Foam Toy Swords
3. Tool belt
4. Soccer ball
This is not my grandson and not the exact drumset he has. But it’s about the same size and it has a stool with it. The stool is an important component, haha!
Manny loves independent play and here are his favorite toys:
- Animal figurines
Please note that Play-Doh is suggested for ages 3 and up. Our boys are 2 and a half and can handle the Play-Doh fine with supervision.
3. Construction vehiclesPlease note that these vehicles are recommended for ages 3 and up.
4. Water Table
5. IPad Games – Here’s a fun IPad cover
This cover is rubbery and keeps the IPad safe from being dropped. It also stands on its own and has those “arms” making it easy to handle with little hands. Make sure you monitor what your little one watches and limit screen time.
I hope that helps you with your gift giving this year!
This is my first born grandson. The son of my daughter. I love him with all of my heart. He brings me joy. I hope I do the same for him.
He’s bold and brave and daring. He’s passionate. A force.
I pray that he will learn to harness the fire in his bones so it doesn’t consume him.
God, teach him.
He’s imaginative, creative and curious.
He’s got the spirit of the great explorers, the great inventors, the pioneers.
I pray he doesn’t fall prey to the discouragers, the negative, the fearful and those without vision.
God, protect him.
He will cut a path, make a mark, have an impact.
God, guide him.
His strength, his power, his drive will push him.
God, keep him – close.
I know it’s a little early to be talking about Advent and Christmas, but I wanted to remind you all that I wrote an Advent celebration last year and in case you didn’t get it, you might want to check it out for this year.
I wrote this Advent celebration for families because I have a passion for families to be close, stay close and teach the next generation about their heritage. I want kids to know their family’s stories!
It’s so important for kids to know where they came from and the great people from whom they come. And so I thought while we’re remembering Jesus and the story of His birth, let’s remember our family’s stories, too.
When God calls people to be His followers and servants, He calls the WHOLE family. In doing family research I have found that many families have generations of pastors, church planters, worship leaders, Bible teachers, and the like.
And if you think you are the first generation Christian in your family, then use this celebration to celebrate the beginnings of your faith and the new direction your family has taken.
Begin to influence future generations of your family to follow and serve Christ and impact the world!
Here’s the link to my celebration Raising Disciples Family Advent Celebration.
It’s only available digitally at the moment, hopefully, you can get it in print in the next few weeks. I’ll let you know.
Please share the link to my blog: http://www.jilllibramento.wordpress.com with anyone who might like this resource. I appreciate it!