Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Christmas Goodies

Merry (almost) Christmas! Sorry for the lack of posts. It's such a busy time of year and we've been enjoying every bit of it. This year we gave Orange-Almond Shortbread cookies and Russian Tea to friends and neighbors. The tea has been wonderful (for us too) on these freezing cold days. Below is the recipe I used, very easy.

Russian Tea:
2 cups orange-flavored drink mix (e.g. Tang)
2 cups white sugar
1/4 cup instant tea powder
3/4 cup lemon-flavored instant tea powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1.In a large bowl, combine orange drink mix, sugar, tea powder, cinnamon and cloves. Mix well and store in an airtight container.
2.To serve, put 3 teaspoons of mix in a mug. Stir in 1 cup boiling water. Adjust to taste.

The other day, Janie wanted to "make a Santa," so I found pieces of felt at Wal-Mart and cut one out. She helped stuff and I just used fabric glue. It was a fun, cold-weather-day project.

And Janie was a shepherd in her school play. The school did a great job getting all of the children involved and celebrating the true meaning of the season.