Wednesday, December 9, 2009

25 Days of Christmas : Day 9

Can you believe it? Only 16 more days left! I just cant' get over that! I still have so much to do, and yet, I am worried and for some crazy reason still confident that I will get it all done, but just in the nick of time.  Every year I get organized on paper, and it looks so good. It is harder when life takes over! LOL

Christmas Cards
Do you do a Christmas card? I do. Not always, but I am this year. I also this year, am going to do a Christmas letter which will be posted here on the blog and in email to friends who choose NOT to be on my christmas Card list. It should be lots of fun. One of the things that is unpredictable is if I include pics of the kids or not. This year... yep! We had fun getting one made so I could get them printed in time. Here are a few of our outtakes:

Here NO Grinch, See NO Grinch, Speak NO Grinch!

Quirky kids ~ but I LOVE THEM!

So, what do you put in your Christmas cards? Are they generically filled out, or do you make each one personal?

Recipe for Sharing
Since, we are talking about giving today, as we know how much it really takes to sit down and prepare those Christmas cards, how about a neat little gift to give those Hostesses of all those Christmas parties, or the neighbohood!


2/3 cup shortening
2 2/3 cups white sugar
4 eggs
2 cups mashed bananas
2/3 cup water
3 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
2/3 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease insides of 8 (1 pint) straight sided, wide mouth canning jars.

In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, bananas, and water. Sift together flour, baking powder, soda, salt, cinnamon, and cloves. Add to banana mixture. Stir in nuts.

Pour mixture into greased WIDE MOUTH pint jars, filling 1/2 full of batter. Do NOT put lids on jars for baking. Be careful to keep the rims clean, wiping off any batter that gets on the rims.

Bake at 325 degrees F (165 degrees C) for 45 minutes. Meanwhile, sterilize the lids and rings in boiling water.

As soon as cake is done, remove from oven one at a time, wipe rims of jars and put on lid and ring. Jars will seal as cakes cool. Place the jars on the counter and listen for them to "ping" as they seal. If you miss the "ping", wait until they are completely cool and press on the top of the lid. If it doesn't move at all, it's sealed.

Jars should be eaten immediately or kept sealed in refrigerator for up to a week.

Tomorrow's 25 Days of Christmas post will be another "guest" post! I look forward to sharing her twist on Christmas dinner with you!


1 comment:

  1. Love the pictures, your kiddos are as cute as can be. Love the banana bread in a jar idea, cute cute!


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