Thursday, December 17, 2009

Snowmen at Night...Christmas Book Activity: Day 17



This is what I call flaky, sugary, buttery goodness.

They also go by the name "Butterflies".


I made them for two cookie exchanges today.
Here is the recipe, as recorded by my Mother.

Ingredients:

3 cups flour
1 pound margarine
1 cup cold water
sugar


Work 3 cups flour with 1/2 pound of margarine.
Add 1 cup of cold water.
Work together using a fork. It will be sticky.

Roll out dough on floured board to about 24 in. by 24 in.

Spread 1 stick of margarine onto dough.

Fold into thirds and jellyroll. Wrap in wax paper and refrigerate for about 1 hour.

Repeat rolling out and spread with last stick of margarine.
Fold into thirds and jellyroll. Refrigerate overnight.

Cut into three pieces. Roll out thinly on a very generously sugared board.
Fold into quarters and cut into 1/2" strips.
Bake on foil lined pans for 10 minutes on 400.

Turn over and bake for about 1 minute more.
Then cool on waxed paper.



Our book today is Snowmen at Night.

The rhymes and illustrations are phenomenal,
but the imaginative storyline really makes this book magical.

It also answers a question you might have wondered once upon a time,
"what do snowmen do at night?"




The illustrator also hides little animals and stuff on each page,
which is so fun for little listeners to search out while you read to them.



Remember on Friday, when I said no one but Guy got any of their stuff done?

Well, that's not completely true.

Scarlett actually started our snowflake craft that went with today's story.



It just took 24 hours or so to soak.



And this was the end result.

I only wish it was made of sugar crystals instead of Borax.




My babies are all napping,
so I need to be off and readying for tonight's cookie exchange.

What a wonderful Christmas we are having together.

What peace has filled our home.

I am so thankful for the peace that the gospel of Jesus Christ brings to me and my family.

It is a peace not derived from crafts or presents or scurrying about,
but a peace that comes from knowing that Christ himself loved us enough to come to earth
and become the Savior of the World.

And all the crafting, baking, gifting, singing and loving
are just happy things that we do together as a family
to express this peace and love that we feel,
as a result of His ultimate act of love and example of peace.

I wish this same peace for all of my friends and loved ones this Christmas.

6 comments:

  1. I LOVE the snowflakes! They are so pretty! The "buttery goodness" looks amazingly good too! YUM!!!!!

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  2. Those cookies look amazing!!!

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  3. Oh my....those cookies look "heavenly:) And, I bet you have removed ALL the calories from them, right??????lol.....lol.

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  4. I really like this post! I would love for you to come over and link up at my Strut Your Stuff Party that started tonight! http://danajeanward.blogspot.com/2010/11/link-party-giveaway-and-another-winner.html

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  5. Just wanted to say that I've been keeping my eye on all the fun things you are doing with your kids, and you are inspiring! I want to do so many things with my kids and I can't find the time for them all, but you have helped me remember what my focus should for the time we do have. Thank you!

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  6. One of my boys favorite books is Snowmen at Christmas. I am going to have to look for the book Snowmen at Night. I bet they will like that one too!

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