Sunday, December 10, 2017

December Doings and a Recipe for Fika

 I hope you are enjoying a sweet and meaningful prelude to Christmas.  Are you?  
 James likes to go shirtless so he can be the Hulk.  I love his shiny face so much!
 I'm still chugging away on Millie's blanket.
 And here's the baby of the family . . . 
 Cadence's Job's Daughters group sold wreaths.  I can't believe how fresh and lovely they are right out of the shipping box!
 Lizzy made Playdoh cupcakes.
 Millie turned seven and a friend of Kelli's baked the gorgeous cake pictured below. 
 I made Santa curtains.  (I know - eye roll) But, it was easy and my neighbor had given me this cute fabric years ago. 

 I bought two Pioneer Woman Christmas plates.
 Lizzy made real cookies.

 Kelli's girls had a performance this afternoon so NEXT week they'll be able to join us for Advent.  These four danced and fought a little (Noah, too! Well, he didn't fight and they didn't  really fight but had a hard time sharing the floor space!)

We've had lots of things going on for quite a few days now and I THINK tomorrow and the next day are going to be quiet.  I'd like to sit on the sofa and knit or cross stitch.  
Our weather is warm and sunny.  It's nice but not Christmas-y.
I baked a delicious coffee cake for book club.  They wanted the recipe, so I'll give it to you, too.
In my family we named it Bonnie's Kringler

1 cup flour
1/2 cup butter
1 T. water
(Mix this like pie crust and roll it into two long strips 3 inches wide. Put the two strips on a cookie sheet.)

Put 1 cup water in a sauce pan with 1/2 cup butter.  Heat to boiling.  Remove from heat and mix in 1 cup flour.  Stir until smooth.  Stir in 3 eggs one at a time.  Beat mixture between each egg. Add 1/2 tsp. almond extract.  Spread this mixture over the long strips.  Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes.  
When cool frost with 2 cups powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons butter, and 1/2 tsp. almond extract (add a little cream if you want the frosting smoother). 
You can put sliced almonds on top.
It is so good you'll want to eat it all in one sitting.

God be with you, sweet ones.