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Weekly Wrap up: Christmas Cookies

In my life this week…

First of all I am again been nominated for the Homeschool Blog Awards in the category of Best Homeschooling Dad Blog. I would appreciate your votes. You can vote once per day, per device at the link below.


We made Christmas ornaments this week. The first came from Pinterest. It looked simple, cool, and cheap it turned out to be an utter failure. It failed to the point that I wonder if the original image is real. Pinterest came to our rescue and the emergency search brought up a great pin that certainly worked and fortunately we had everything in house.

The first pin, Beautiful right.

Acrylic Paint Christmas Bulbs

Do these look the same?
Do these look the same?

Our attempts. Basically shaking does nothing. My attempt to thin the paint failed. Margaret resorted to painting the outside. We added more and more paint turning the bulbs to make patterns. Those ones still haven’t dried. Just don’t bother it is not worth the frustration.

Margaret's Painted Bulb
Margaret’s Painted Bulb

The second was simply cutting and stuffing garland into the bulbs. We found that multiple small pieces worked best for us. The garlands were from back when I worked in an office and decorated said office.

Tinsel Christmas Bulbs

Tinsel Glass Ornaments
Tinsel Glass Ornaments

I’m Cleaning…

Not happening this week due to baking! Yummy

In our homeschool this week…

Ian Hour of Code
Ian Hour of Code

The biggest thing for us this week was the hour of code. The older two continued to work on their Javascript Khan Academy course. Ian did the Frozen Hour of code. He needed me to read him the instructions but other than that he did quite well. He moved on and did the Angry Birds one as well. That one I wasn’t around to help him with but he still figured it out.

We are Reading…

Margaret has started reading Divergent at Philip’s prodding. Hopefully this will get her into reading longer books. She is more than capable but tends to read books that she can finish in a day.

I’m Cooking…

I have been busy doing all my Christmas baking. I have finished five of the six recipes that I have planned. My wife has three that she will do next week and then we are all done. I might need to make seconds of some given that I am providing a cookie tray for Christmas dinner.

Almond Orange Cinnamon Biscotti
Almond Orange Cinnamon Biscotti

I have made Almond Orange Cinnamon Biscotti which I just wrote a post on. I used to make it all the time in university. I also made Chocolate Chip Biscotti from Chef Michael Smith’s website. Coming across that recipes is want made me think of the other one from years ago.

Chocolate Crinkles Christmas Cookies
Chocolate Crinkles

I also made Chocolate Crinkle cookies. Those I will need to make more of…

Somewhere in the minimizing of this year I found a recipe for what I call Walnut Bells but on the recipe they are called Christmas Cookies. I will be posting the recipe next week.

Chocolate Star Christmas Cookies (Gluten Free)

The Chocolate Stars which are some of my favorites are made.

Cinnamon Stars - Christmas - Swiss - Gluten Free

The final cookies to be made are the Cinnamon Stars and those are going to have to wait until Monday. I am not going to have time this weekend and the little time we do have will go towards my wife making her cookies.

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3 thoughts on “Weekly Wrap up: Christmas Cookies”

  1. Such yummy Christmas baking. We haven’t stsrted yet, but should have some time this weekend and next week. Hopefully. We actually did the ornament and paint project twice before with great results. Once at Amber’s first grade Christmas party and then again at home. Both times it worked out well but did take a couple of days to completely dry. I don’t have any tips for making it work though. We just dropped in the paint and swirled it around. We did use small ornaments and not larger ones.

  2. You’re killing me with all those goodies pics! They look so yummy! Congrats on the award nomination. I’ll be sure to vote. The look on Ian’s face is precious and priceless! He’s so cute! The tinsel garland in the ornament is more in line with my creative capabilities than the other one!

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