I hope that everyone isn’t too stressed out about Christmas plans, events and shopping. I just finished all my shopping, despite only starting yesterday. One of my favourite finds was 40% off pajamas at Target – I hope everyone likes PJ’s! The rest of the week is pretty low-key, nothing big planned.
In the spirit of Christmas, I thought I would create a ‘Christmas Sharing’ post. It is kind of like a survey, but rather than answer the usual questions, I am asking people to share a few stories, recipes and ideas. I have tagged a few bloggers below – but feel free to just create your own “Christmas Sharing” post and use the image below.
Share a Christmas Cookie Recipe
Although I have not made any this year – my Shortbread cookies are known to be a delightful cookie that many people take more than one of. Whenever someone tastes one of my shortbread cookies, they ask where I got the recipe from. It is really easy – the secret recipe can be found on the back of a Canada Cornstarch box! It is fool-proof and does not take a lot of time. My only suggestions would be to make sure that you do not over-cook or under-cook the cookies. I bake mine for 18 minutes in my oven.
Google “Canada Corn Starch Shortbread” to find the recipe or look at the back of the box for a recipe titled “Grandma’s Shortbread”
Share a Christmas Drink Recipe
Christmas is one of the few times that I may have an “adult beverage” in the morning. My dear friend, Bailey’s happens to make an appearance (or two) around the holidays, mostly during coffee time. A simple drink to enjoy while unwrapping presents and sitting by the fire is a peppermint mocha, with the addition of Bailey’s Peppermint Cream
To make this delightful hot beverage:
1. Brew a pot of coffee and pour coffee into a mug until it is 3/4 full
2. Add about 1/4 cup of chocolate milk
3. Add one shot (maybe 1 oz or so) of Bailey’s Peppermint Cream
4. If available, top with freshly whipped cream and candy can pieces
Share a Christmas Recipe
You know this is coming – butternut squash soup! It is an easy to follow recipe that will WOW your guests during Christmas dinner. All you need is a few ingredients and about an hour and a half of time. The soup can be made before and simply reheated when it is time to serve dinner. For some extra oomph, top with sour cream, bacon bits and chives.
My recipe can be found here
Share a Christmas Story
We have not really played up ‘Santa’ that much at our house. This is the first year that we have really told Max that “Santa is coming” and have had him all excited. He still doesn’t fully get the idea. The other day I told him that Santa was coming and his response was “Santa is coming? And Nanny brings me presents?”. I swear he doesn’t buy it! But last year, Max was lucky enough to go to “Story Time with Santa” at a local market near my parent’s house. It wasn’t anything fancy – just story time with Santa in front of the chips aisle. Max, always eager to do what other kids are doing, sat down and listened to the stories, danced when Santa sang and had a good time. When it was time for “Photo with Santa”, Max wasn’t scared at all, actually he tried to get ahead of other kids in line so he could go first. Max has never been scared of Santa! He got a little loot bag filled with treats and left with a smile on his face.
That isn’t the end of the story. In the summer, months later when we were visiting my parents – we had to go to the market to get some items for dinner. When we arrived at the market, Max’s eyes opened wide and he yelled “Ohh yay!! WE SEE HO-HO?!?” (what he used to call Santa). Sometimes that little guy surprises me with his memory!
Share a your Christmas Charity or Fundraising Page
I have finally signed up for my first 2015 race! I am running in the 2015 Sporting Life 10K, a race new to Ottawa. The Sporting Life 10K has been running in Toronto for many years. It is a charity based event, where a selected charity benefits from people signing up and fundraising. For the Ottawa version of the event, the selected charity is CHEO. If you want to donate to CHEO and help me raise money while I train – please visit my personal fundraising page! Please let me know if you are running in the Toronto or Ottawa version of the race too!
Now it is YOUR turn!
I have ‘tagged’ the following people to write their own Christmas Sharing post.
If sharing drink/food recipes is not your thing – feel free to “mix things up” and just share your favourite holiday treats.
You can also add your own “sharing question” (strongly encouraged)
Marsden (or whatever your name is ;-))
and everyone else! Max is up from his nap – gotta go! 🙂