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Wednesday, December 19, 2012


Every Christmas season Kayla's choir has a concert.  This year we listened to songs from Polar Express, The Grinch, Mistletoe Polka and my personal favorite from my youth choir days, the Hallelujah Chorus.  I love listening to choir music and I'm glad Kayla has developed the love of singing in a choir.  My daughter has loved singing she she was a very small baby.  She was often humming and singing as a child whenever she did things.  She has been a delight in my life.
 It seems each year new things are tried some stick and become traditions and others do not.  Kayla made this gingerbread house in family and consumer sciences.  She won first place for most traditional.  I wonder if this will become a tradition in her home, I have never made a gingerbread house.
 Each year at our home we host a Christmas dinner for whatever leadership group I'm working with at church.  This year it is the Primary.  We had 20 people in our house and was busy and bustling, but fun.  I tried a pasta bar this time.  It was fun and easy and everyone seemed to be happy with the food.  Pasta is hard to figure out how much so everyone left with some too.
 I'm not sure that these cupcakes are going to make it to the tradition list, but they were my something new this year.  Red Velvet (from a mix) with cream cheese frosting (from a can).  I added red stripes to the frosting bag before piping them on the cupcakes.  It was okay, a little on the difficult side, and I'm not sure I'll do them again, but they sure are pretty.  The recipe said to put small cupcake papers in a large cupcake pan for unique shaped cupcakes.  They just seemed short, no real unique shape came out of these.

I have yet to make my gingersnap cookies for Kyle.  I have made creamy chocolate fudge, buckeyes, white chocolate macadamia nut cookies dipped in white chocolate, and chocolate covered pretzels.  Most of which I have given away as gifts or used at my party.  I'm not sure how much more baking I'm going to do other than the gingersnaps.  What are your traditions?


  1. I love that the Hillsdale Christmas concert actually has Christmas songs. We wanted to go, but 7:30 is bedtime around here, so it didn't work out for us. I haven't done any cookie baking around here this year. Usually we make snowman and dog sugar cookies and Tom always adds a little bit of yellow on the snowmen that we take to my family party. :)
    Have a beautiful Christmas!

  2. Kayla and company look so festive and sharp for their concert!
    The Christmas goodies you made should be on the tradition list because they are so pretty! The pretzel house is amazing and the cupcake look great!

  3. Your cupcakes look yummy and having a pasta bar seems like a great idea! We haven't done any of our traditional baking this year, except I did make a double batch of Chex Mix! We typically made a butter cookie that we call Sunbuckles and lefse. I'm not sure we'll get them done in time for Christmas, but we're going to try!

  4. I love singing in a choir, too. It was such fun in high school.

    Can't believe she made that gingerbread house! It's super nice.

    And the cupcakes look pretty good, too.

    Merry Christmas!


  5. Sorry, we missed Kayla's concert (hated to be ill). Anyway, I love the gingerbread house she made...I hope it does become a tradition for her someday!