Monday, December 24, 2012

Day 24: Christmas goodies/ Palagarams {25 Days of Christmas}

When we were little we as a family would bake and make loads of Christmas goodies as a family for couple of nights in a row. It was something that me and my brother looked  forward to. Mom used  to make huge batches of goodies to give away. It sure was an awesome time of fun love and bonding as a family. Now I also make couple of goodies with my family and hopefully the kids will do the same when they grow up :) Here are a couple of goodies that we made this Christmas. We baked sugar cookies, snowballs, fruit cake. We also made some murku/ spicy fried noodles, spicy cashews, baloo shahi/ Indian buttermilk donuts and some almond candies :)
 
Snowballs

 
 
Fruit Cake
 
 
 
 
Muruku/Fried Noodles
 
 
 
 
 
Roasted Spicy Cashews
 
 
Baloo Shahi/ Indian Buttermilk donuts
 
 
 
Almond Brittle
 
 
 
So what did you make this Christmas?????
 
 
 
 

Recipe 12: Chocolate truffles

"There's nothing better than a good friend, except a good friend with chocolate." - Linda Grayson

Chocolicious!!!

My truffle recipe is a very quick and easy one, given to me by my friend in Australia. I hope you enjoy it!

 

Ingredients: 
Cream cheese softened 8 ounces
Confectioner's sugar 3 cups
Chocolate chips 2 cups
Vanilla Extract 1tsp

Procedure:

  1. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth.
  2. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar until well blended.
  3. Stir in melted chocolate and vanilla . Refrigerate for about 1 hour. Shape into 1 inch balls.  
  4. Roll truffles in ground walnuts , cocoa, coconut, candy sprinkles, etc.
Enjoy!!


Sunday, December 23, 2012

Recipe 11: Edible Arrangement!

An edible fruit arrangement is a beautiful dessert for your parties. It also serves as a beautiful center piece for your table. Its a practical alternative for flowers, and very refreshing. These arrangements are very popular here in the United States. There are companies where you can order them online as a gift too. Ive ordered a couple sometime back and they are pretty expensive...... I decided to try and make them for our party and it was such a hit!!! It was soooo fun and the kids also helped and it kinda became a family fun time:)..... of course kids nibbled on the fruits before and after it was done!!


Items You'll Need: 

  • Fresh Fruits
  • Plate
  • Wooden skewers
  •  Knife
  • Melon Scooper
Make Fruit Arrangement:

1. Scoop out the melons. Wash and clean the strawberries and grapes.You can also cut out  other fruits and shape them into flowers. You could also dip some of the fruit in chocolate and wait until it hardens.
2. Arrange the fruit onto the wood skewers. (This is what the kids would love to do)
3. For the base skin the pineapple and cut of the top part so that it would stand firm.

4. Stick the skewers into the pineapple,and arrange them as you please.Fill in the spaces with larger pieces like melons to hide the sticks.


Its best to make the arrangement before the party. You can assemble the skewers ahead of time and put them in the refrigerator

Day 23: Christmas Program{25 Days of Christmas}

Today, we had our Children's Christmas Program. The kids have been practicing for months and totally looking forward to it. Well my son got the last minute jitters and didn't want to go on stage. But, at the last min he decided to go up. The reaction after his performance was priceless :) He was proud of himself for doing it in spite of his fears. These moments are really special isnt it?? I love my lil ones to bits. All the kids did a fantastic job sharing the account of our Savior's birth with us. Their hard work did pay off!

 
Well my son got the last minute jitters and didn't want to go on stage. But, at the last min he decided to go up. The reaction after his performance was priceless :) He was proud of himself for doing it in spite of his fears. These moments are really special isnt it?? I love my little ones to bits. All the kids did a fantastic job sharing the account of our Savior's birth with us. Their hard work did pay off!

 
All the kids did a fantastic job sharing the account of our Savior's birth with us. Their hard work did pay off!
 
 
We are also making an ornament each day. We are learning the true meaning of Christmas during our Family prayer and devotion time.
Resurrection
Todays ornament: Nail pierced hands
Scripture: John 20:1-20
 
 

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Day 22: Family picture {25 Days of Christmas}

Every year we take our family picture. This is what I love the most while my family dreads it. (And I pretend like I didnt notice LOL) I love everything about taking pictures esp my precious lil munchkins. Pictures are really precious to me :) All the lovely moments caught in a flash...... I love grasping all the precious moments and keeping them safe with me. So here is our family pic this season :)

 
At a time we should feel most blessed
Holidays can make us feel quite stressed
When you feel the "Crabbies" come near
Sprinkle yourself with Christmas Cheer :)
 
Enjoy this season and celebrate the birth of Christ while spreading the good news to one and all.
 
We are also making an ornament each day. We are learning the true meaning of Christmas during our Family prayer and devotion time.
Crucifxion and Burrial
Todays ornament: Cross
Scripture:Luke 23:33-46
 
 

Recipe 10:Creme Brulee

Creme Brulee is also known as burnt cream, crema catalana or trinity cream. Its a desert condisting of a thick custard as its base and topped with a layer of hard caramel and its usually served cold.



Ingredients:
Heavy cream- 4 Cups
Vanilla essence -1/4 tsp
saffron few strands
Sugar- 1 Cup
Egg yolks -6
Hot water-  8 cups

Procedure:
  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
  • Place the cream, vanilla essence and few saffron strands in the saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat, cover and allow to sit.
  • In a bowl, whisk together 1/2 cup sugar and the egg yolks and the cream Pour into ramekins. Place the ramekins into a large pan. Pour enough hot water into the pan to come halfway up the sides of the ramekins. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes. Refrigerate.
  • Remove from the refrigerator sprinkle the sugar and used the torch to melt the sugar and garnish with safron.
 

Friday, December 21, 2012

Day 21: Family Movie Time{25 Days of Christmas}

This is one of the activities that we all love to do a couple of times during the year. But during this time of the year we love it the most as we snuggle up together and watch a fun movie. We Pick a movie that all of us can watch. And something that doesnt completely skew away fromt the true meaning of Christmas. We sure love to snuggle under a warm blanket surrounded by the christmas lights glistening and the fire warming us. The kids love popcorn drizzled with chocolate syrup topped with minty christmasy m&m's and hot chocolate. It sure is the most beautiful time of the year! What is your most favourite tradition/ activity during this time of the year???


 
We are also making an ornament each day. We are learning the true meaning of Christmas during our Family prayer and devotion time.
 
Betrayal and Denial
Todays ornament: Rooster
Scripture:Mathew 26:47-54
 

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