December 4, 2016

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Do you remember when Santa asked Rudolph to guide his sleigh? When Frosty magically came to life on Christmas Eve? When Kris Kringle became Santa Claus? This year, three beloved holiday characters come to life for the first time on Digital HD! And just in time for the holidays, these stories and more are available on Blu-ray and DVD in a Bundle pack perfect for creating new memories and holiday traditions! The Original Christmas Classics Bundle is available on Digital HD, DVD and Blu-ray NOW!

The Original Christmas Classics Bundle include the following shows:
  • Frosty the Snowman
  • Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
  • Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town
  • The Little Drummer Boy
  • Cricket on the Hearth
  • Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol
  • Frosty Returns 
At our house we prep for Christmas by having movie marathons of our favorite holiday movies like Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, Frosty, Frost Returns, Santa Claus is Comin' to Town and more. Right now the kids are downstairs watching Christmas movies, the fireplace is on and they are snuggled under blankets on the couch!  This year they are snuggling under an adorable Made in the USA Santa blanket! We love the classics so much that we even have ornaments like our favorite characters adorning the tree!

Not only do we love movies, but this is a baking house and I do a ton of baking during the holiday season.

In honor of Frosty the Snowman:


Ingredients
  • 1 vanilla cake
  • White Icing
  • 1 bag of White Chocolate (I used Wilton White chocolate wafers because they are actually white instead of cream colored)
  • 2 TBSP of Shortening
  • Semi-sweet Chocolate chips
  1. Make the vanilla cake. Once the vanilla cake is cooked and cooled off, break it apart in a large mixing bowl. The cake should be in very small pieces.
  2. Once the cake is broken down, add small amounts of white icing to the broken-down cake until it is sticky enough to shape into balls, but firm enough to stay together. 
  3. Form three balls per Snowman. Make the balls progressively smaller. Once you’ve made all your balls, stick tooth picks in all of them. The tooth picks make them easier to dip
     
  4. Place the balls in the freezer for half an hour. Minutes before you are about to pull the balls out of the freezer, melt the white chocolate in a double boiler. Add 1 TBSP of shortening at a time until the chocolate is smooth and fairly runny.
     
  5. Take your balls out of the freezer and set aside. I found it easier to dip the balls if you put the melted white chocolate in a small bowl. Dip every ball in the white chocolate and place on parchment paper. I double dipped the balls once the first layer of Chocolate hardened to make sure the balls were completely white. Place in fridge for 20 minutes to harden the chocolate. Make sure to keep the white chocolate.
  6. Once the chocolate is hard shave off the run-off chocolate where they were placed on the parchment paper. Leave the largest ball on the parchment paper. Dip the second largest ball just slightly in the white chocolate then place on the largest ball for a few seconds. If the second ball is having a hard time staying on, you can shave the top of the largest ball and the bottom of the other two balls to make them flat, they will stick better that way. Once the face in on the head of the snowman, slightly dip the bottom of the head in white chocolate and place on the body, hold for a few second. Make sure to grab the head by the sides to avoid smearing the face. 
  7. You can decorate the snowmen however you feel is best or easiest. I double boiled semi-sweet Chocolate chips, put the melted semi-sweets in a Wilton decoration bag, cut the tip of the bag off very slightly and used that to make the face. I recommend decorating the face before placing the head on the snowman.

In honor of Rudolph,  Chocolate Haystacks aka Reindeer feed!
Ingredients
  • 24 ounces chocolate chips  or chocolate almond bark
  • 2 cups chow mein noodles
  • 2 TBSP of Shortening
Instructions
  1. Melt chocolate in mini crock pot or microwave safe bowl. 
  2. Add chow mein noodles  to the melted chocolate and carefully combine until noodles are well-coated with the chocolate.
  3. Heap teaspoons full of mixture and drop onto parchment paper and allow to cool.
  4. Serve or store in an airtight container.

I know we are all thinking about what cookies to leave for Santa, but don't forget the reindeer! The kids make this every year and enjoy sprinkling it on the lawn



Reindeer Food

Sprinkle on the lawn at night
The moon will make it sparkle bright
As Santa's reindeer fly and roam
This will guide them to your home.

Supplies
  • Plastic lunch baggies 
  • Glitter  or colored sugar/sprinkles (I prefer colored sugar or sprinkles, just in case the kids put their fingers in their mouth to taste it!)
  • Raw Oatmeal
Mix and have the kids sprinkle on the lawn. Simple and fun.

One last recipe!  Santa Claus loves kids leaving cookies for him.   So go big or go home this year with a huge  sugar cookie gingerbread man.

What you will need:
  1. Prepare the cookie mix and spread the dough in the pan. 
  2. Bake at 350 for about 14 minutes, it browns around edge first, but you need to make sure the center of gingy is cooked.
     
  3. Let the cookie cool and then frost.
  4. Get the sweets out and let the kids have fun decorating!
So what are some of your holiday traditions?   Do you get in a baking frenzy like I do?

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