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2014 Christmas Ornaments

Before I unveil the 2014 ornament, I though it would be nice to see the last five years.
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And now, without further ado, the 2014 Godkid Christmas Ornament:

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Paw Print Ornaments

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I saw these ornaments on Pinterest and they were so easy I had to make them. From left to right: Toby, Rodney, Auggie.

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Christmas Tradition

Ashley, Ed, and I have a Christmas tradition that started accidentally… In 2008, we took our group photo in front of the Christmas tree and some time later (probably when I printed the photo), we realized that we were all wearing Aeropostale hoodies. We decided we had to do this every year.

2008 AeropostaleNow, each year, Ed gets a hoodie for his birthday, so that we can continue the tradition.

AeropostaleThis year, we are adding Carrie to the photo (so we got her a hoodies for her birthday). We are also adding baby Carter… Now, they don’t make Aeropostale hoodies in children sizes, much less baby sizes. So, I had to improvise and make my own. I can’t wait to take this year’s picture!

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9th Day of Christmas

On the ninth day of Christmas, we took our Christmas “morning” photo.

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8th Day of Christmas

On the eighth day of Christmas, I wrapped all my presents. For my immediate family, I used word search gift tags (got the idea on Pinterest). They will have to figure out if their name is in the word search and keep the gift if it is. If their name isn’t in the word search, they’ll have to hand it off to someone else and the process will repeat itself. Should be interesting on Christmas morning… “:)

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7th Day of Christmas

On the seventh day of Christmas, I made more cookies: Thick and Chewy Double Chocolate Cookies.

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6th Day of Christmas

On the sixth day of Christmas, I made dog treats for all of Toby and Rodney’s “friends”. The red treats were made with beets and the green ones with spinach. The tan ones are peanut butter based.

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5th Day of Christmas

On the fifth day of Christmas, I made ginger molasses cookies. I played around with cookie sizes and baking styles. The cookies on the left I rolled into medium balls and then flattened by hand and dipped in sugar (and baked for 11 minutes). The cookies on the right I rolled into small balls and flattened with a glass (baked 10 minutes). The ones in the middle are my favorite. They look so perfect. I rolled small balls and just flattened them slightly, then sprinkled them with sugar (baked for 9 minutes).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients:

3/4 Cup of Butter Flavored Shortening
1 Cup of Brown Sugar
1 Egg
1/4 Cup of Molasses
2 1/4 Cups of Flour
2 tsp Baking Soda
1/8 tsp Salt
1 tsp of Cinnamon
1 tsp of Ginger
1/2 tsp of Cloves
Sugar for Dipping

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350. Cream together shortening, butter and brown sugar. Add molasses, egg, flour, baking soda, salt, and spices and mix well.

Add about 1/4 cup of white sugar to a small bowl. Take a heaping teaspoon of dough and roll it into a ball. Roll your ball in the sugar, set it on your cookie sheet and press down on it with with a fork. Repeat for the rest of the dough.

Bake for 9 to 11 minutes, or until cookies are just set. Cool for 5 minutes on cookie sheet, then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.

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4th Day of Christmas

On the fourth day of Christmas, I set up the Christmas tree and decorated it.

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2nd Day of Christmas

On the second day of Christmas, I made cinnamon ornaments. The whole house smelled wonderful while they baked. Now my tree smells wonderful too.

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