Friday, December 28, 2007

How Was Your Christmas?

It’s been such a busy time for everyone. I hope that you all had a great Christmas. I’ve enjoyed having my two kids home this past week.

I had fun making cookies with my daughter and Tom and our son enjoyed eating them. I won a great recipe book from Jill (thanks again) and everyone got to choose a recipe for us to make. We made butter cookies, brown sugar shortbread, cheesecake pumpkin squares, golden kalacky (peach & blackberry preserve cookies) and double peanut butter fudge that were just great. Below is the recipe for the peanut butter fudge cookies.

1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
¼ cup creamy peanut butter
2 cups all-purpose biscuit baking mix
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ cup granulated sugar
½ teaspoon red colored sugar
½ teaspoon green colored sugar

1. Heat oven to 375.
2. Beat sweetened condensed milk and peanut butter with electric mixer on medium speed in large bowl until smooth. Beat in baking mix and vanilla; stir in peanut butter chips. Set aside.
3. Stir together granulated sugar and colored sugars in small bowl. Shape dough into 1-ince balls; roll in sugar. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet; flatten slightly with bottom of glass.
4. Bake 6 to 8 minutes or until very lightly browned (do not over bake). Cool slightly. Remove to wire rack and cool completely. Store in tightly covered container.

Christmas Eve service was lovely. Afterwards we had take out from Double Dragon (great Chinese food) and started to watch last’s season’s Lost. It’s amazing what I’ve forgotten in a year. It’s a tradition we started since leaving New York. We have take out and watch movies.

The next day after we open our gifts, we enjoyed a big breakfast (scrambled eggs, English muffins, orange juice, bacon, French toast and hash browns). I made one of my family’s favorites (cream cheese chicken) for Christmas dinner. We enjoyed a nice, quiet day together.

My son has a DS and one of the gifts he got was Brain Age. It’s very addictive. I’m not saying what my age is, but I probably need to buy one now to practice. I need lots of practice.

It’s been busy, but very enjoyable this past week. I look around and realize how blessed I am. So thank you Lord, for Tom, my children and the people you’ve placed in my life who love me.

© Nadine Z. 2007


Jill@Who Could Ask for Anything More said...

Sounds wonderful, Nadine. The "take out and a movie" is a great idea. Best wishes for a great new year ahead...and more fun shared with a great friend!

Sandy said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family, Nadine! It sounds like you had a wonderful time with family. We watched Mother Theresa on Christmas Day - what a way to end the day!

Dawn said...

Sounds like a great time together. We had a fairly easy-going, relaxing time for a change.

Thanks for stopping by and thanks for your prayers for Kristen and the babies.

Anonymous said...

sounds delicious!!! I made fudge this year and it was truly our favorite treat I think! we had a nice christmas. i'm glad we're at the end of the parties though! i need a holiday from the holidays!!

Shaunda said...

It sound like you had a wonderful time with your family many more...Happy New year to you!

eph2810 said...

Sounds like you had a fantastic Christmas. Great to spend it with family :)

I have a DS and my hubby gave me Brain Age 2 for Christmas - haven't played it yet, but I like the first one *grin*.

Blessings to you and yours.

Tammy said...

So glad you had a nice Christmas, dear Nadine!
We did too...but yes, very busy time!

That recipe sounds way too yummy since I love fudge and peanut yummy that I dare not make it right now because of the way I'm waddling around the house this week. Time to start back to my workout routine! ;)

A Woman Who is: said...

Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year! Give my love to your family. Sounds like you did some serious baking! What fun.

~Crystal~ said...

Sounds like you did have a good Christmas! And that cream cheese chicken...I'm gonna have to make that.

I played brain age once on my friend's DS & I want one now to I can get better at that game!

chelle said...

aww what a blessing to have both your kids home. We have been unable to go home for Christmas for SIX years ... Now we have our own little family.

Have a wonderful New Year!

Lala's world said...

glad you had such a wonderful and relaxed Christmas! I ate WAY too much but it was good and that's all that matters!! hehe

have a great New Years! I will be around more often now I am officially p/t at work starting this week...yeahhhhh

Kate said...

Think that cream cheese chicken works with tofu? lol

Glad you had a great Christmas!

many blessings!

Debz said...

Sounds like you had a great christmas. Your recipe sounds great.
We had a nice Christmas despite the fact that I had the flu and I was suppossed to have both hubby's and my family over for dinner.....everyone was great to help out. It went smoothly.
Glad you had your family home with you for the holidays. Happy New Year to you. May it be a year of much blessing to you.

Ann(ie) said...

I like the take out and a movie Christmas Eve tradition, too.
Happy NY's to you and yours. xo.

Demara said...

Brain Age? That game doesn't understand me when I say "Blue". Jeff has to yell "blue" from across the room for me for the stupid game to acknowledge the word in the middle of my game! I guess my accent is not English enough for that game or something! Grrr...Goodnight

Shadraq said...

mine was good

Karolee said...

Sounds like a terrific Christmas. Thanks for sharing your recipe also. My daughter has been making fudge and I, of course, have been eating it. I guess my New Year's resolution will have to involve removing some of the weight I've gained over the holiday season.

Happy New Year! I pray God's blessings upon you and your family in 2008.

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