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Thank you guys for a great year!

Hey everyone. I would just like to thank everyone for such a great year! Since June, we have gotten nearly 3, 000 site views! Amazing! Thank you so much! I am hoping by the end of 2013 we will be at or over 10, 000 views! Please help me make his possible by sharing our website and posts on pinterest, facebook, Twitter, and instagram.

I am so thankful to all of you guys for viewing, commenting and everything else and helping me improve this blog. I hope my ideas have been of great help to all of you. Please comment below with things you would like to see improve in this upcoming year, and what kind of new things you would like to see on this blog.

I am so thankful for this year. This year I have done so many things from welcoming a new little princess into the world, to starting a blog that has gotten thousands of views in just a few months. I hope to continue improving my family, my blog, and everything else in my life!

-Alissa

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Shortbread & eggnog pudding trifle – 1 day till Christmas!

Here is the recipe for my family’s famous shortbread & eggnog pudding trifle recipe.

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2 cups of eggnog Pinch of salt

1/4 cup sugar

3 tablespoons cornstarch

1/2 cup cold milk

2 egg yolks

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 tablespoons butter

Grated nutmeg for sprinkling

Reserve 4 shortbread petticoat tails for garnish. In a large bowl, crush the remaining shortbread cookies with your hands until crumbs form. Place 2 tablespoons of crumbs in the bottom of 4-5 eight ounce glasses or jars.

Pour eggnog, sugar, and salt in a medium saucepan anyplace over medium high heat. In a small bowl, make a Surry with the cornstarch and cold milk, whisking vigorously. Add egg yolks and whisk together.

When the eggnog mixture has come to a boil, remove from heat and slowly pour in slurry, whisking vigorously. Reput back on heat and cook until mixture thickens (will take 1 to 2 minutes). Remove from heat and add vanilla extract and butter. Pour some of the mixture over the crumbs in glasses. Add another layer of crumbs over pudding and continue layering until filled.

Whipped topping:

1/2 cup heavy cream

3 tbsp extra fine sugar

Whip heavy cream with a mixer. Gradually pour in sugar, 2 tbsp at a time. Whip until thick and fluffy. Dollop onto pudding trifle and sprinkle with nutmeg!

Happy holidays!

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Christmas games! – 2 days until Christmas!

Today I will be sharing with you some of the many Christmas games that we play with my family on Christmas- eve.

1. See how many ornaments you can balance on a yard stick in 1 minute.

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2. Can you get the red Pom pom on a string up your Vaseline covered nose in under a minute?

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3. The nut-stacker game

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4. How many ornaments can you hang on a string without using your hands?

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5. Can young the Christmas cookie from your forehead to your mouth without using your hands?

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6.try to Open the Christmas present using ski gloves until doubles are rolled…..once double are rolled, pass on to the next person. Whoever fully opens the present gets to keep it.

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There you go! 6 great Christmas games that are so fun for parties!

Check out these Christmas websites:

Noradsanta.com (track Santa)

Reindeercam.com (watch a live video feed of Santa’s reindeer)

Portablenorthpole.com (see a speciAl video message from Santa himself)

Happy holidays!

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Norad Santa! – 3 days till Christmas!

Today I will be sharing with you my most favorite website ever (besides pinterest of course!)…. NORAD SANTA!

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Norad Santa is a website where you can track Santa thoughout his journey across the world. It counts where he his, along with pictures and videos, Santa’s bio, and how many cookies he has eaten.

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You can also download the Free app today on your iPod, tablet, or phone.

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This website is GREAT for gte kids! It is so much fun! Just go to: NORADSANTA.com check out my other posts to see how… To make egg nog fudge

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Top 10 Christmas movies! – 4 days till Christmas!

Today I will be giving you my favorite holiday movies for both kids and adults.

Top Christmas movies”

1. Holiday in Handcuffs
Rated PG

When  A girl finds herself single just before the holidays, she kidnaps a man to bring home to her family for Christmas to proves isn’t single.

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2. Holiday engagement

Not rated

After Hilary’s fiance dumps her, she hires a fake fiance to bring home to her family for the holidays.

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3. 12 dates of Christmas

Rated PG

when Kate is set up with he kind man Miles, the has 12 days to relive the date until

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4. Good luck charlie; it’s Christmas!

Rated G
when teddy and Amy take their own plane up to grandma’s house for the holidays, they end up getting stuck in las Vegas, taking buses, and buying cars that are older than teddy.

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5. Desperately seeking Santa

Rated PG-13

After hiring a “sexy Santa” contest to increase Christmas sales, young Jennifer winds up falling for the winner.

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6. Snowglobe

Rated PG

after Angela finds a mystic snowglobe that transports her into a winder wonderland, she has to make a decision about what really defines Christmas.

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7. Snow

Rated PG

Nick, the man next in line to take over Santa’s duities, travels to California to find Santa’s lot reindeer.

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8. The nightmare before Christmas

Rated PG

Jack kidnaps Santa clause and plans to give all he children ghoulish gifts to open on Christmas morning.

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9. The polar express

Rated G

when a going boy climbs on a express train, him and his friends travel to the North pole to see who will receive the first gift of Christmas.

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10. Dear Santa

Not rated

Finding a letter meant to be mailed to Santa that asks for a new wife for her daddy, crystal sets out to make that wish come true.
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So there you go! What are you’re favorite holiday movies? Comment below or tweet me @homehelping.

Happy holidays!

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Egg nog French toast – 5 days till Christmas!

Today I will be giving you the recipe for egg nog French toast. This makes a great Christmas morning breakfast and in fact has been the Christmas morning breakfast in our house for 11 years! “Egg nog French toast”

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■1 cup egg nog
■6 eggs
■1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
■6-10 slices of bread
■powdered sugar

●heat griddle or frying pan on low. Pour milk into a 4 cup measuring cup. Add eggs and nutmeg. Whisk until well blended. Pour into a rectangular baking dish or pie plate.

●put 2 pieces of bread into the ‘eggnog’ mixture. Let soak and then turn the bread over to make sure both sides get covered. Once the bread is soggy with the ‘eggnog’ mixture, put the bread on the hot skillet. Put 2 more pieces of bread in the mixture.

●after 2 minutes of cooking, flip bread over to cook on other side. Once both sides are cooked, your bread is finished. Put on a cookie sheet and place in oven at ○150F to keep warm. Use up all of your mixture and continue placing on cookie sheet. Serve.

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Makes 6-10 servings depending on how much bread you use.

Make sure to come back tomorrow for another great Christmas idea!

COMING UP: Top Christmas movies

Happy holidays!

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Christmas morning breakfast -6 days till Christmas!

Make sure to check back In every day for another Christmas idea, recipe, and more!

“Home helping’s 14 days of Christmas!”

6 days till Christmas!

Christmas morning breakfast!

Here are a couple of ideas for Christmas breakfast/lunch!

1. Santa Gramns

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Made with Gramn crackers, marshmallows, red and pink frosting, red gumdrops, and red jellybeans.

2. Christmas canes

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   Made with bananas and strawberries.

3. Christmas tree waffles.

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   Made with raspberries, blueberries, pineapple bites or bananas, bacon, and dyed-green waffles.

4. Santa hat brownies

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made with brownie bites, strawberries, white frosting, and a marshmallow.

5. Santa hat cupcakes

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made with a vanilla cupcake, white cream cheese frosting, a strawberry, and a marshmallow.

6.egg nog fudge

go  to my recipe post to see recipe.

7. Egg nog French toast

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(I will have a recipe posted for this tomorrow)

Thanks for reading this post and I hope it helps! Make sure to come back tomorrow for another great idea!

Happy holidays!