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We don’t know about you, but one of our favorite parts of the holidays is all the lights and decorations. This date was simple, but a blast. We drove around to some of our favorite spots with lights. Near us there is a street that puts up the story of the nativity. There is also a circle that is named Christmas Street. Every house on the street decorates. It is a great time to chat and reminiscence. multi-c7-led-christmas-light

We started off our evening by making some good old homemade caramels. We found the recipe here http://www.midwestliving.com/recipe/candy/caramels They were a lot easier to make then I thought they would be. We then played a guess the Christmas carol game that we found here http://www.flickr.com/photos/orangerful/4177287103/ We ended the evening by playing pictionary/charades. Here was the list of words that we came up with: Santa, Mrs. Claus, Nativity, Reindeer, The Grinch, Up on the House Top, 12 Days of Christmas, 9 Ladies Dancing, Ornament, Santa’s Sleigh, Sugar Plums, Nutcracker, 3 French Hens, Lights, Caroling, Stocking, and Christmas Tree. Some words were definitely more difficult than others. There is nothing like a game of charades or pictionary to get you laughing. caramels

This date had more of a graham cracker theme. It was fun. We started off by doing this graham cracker activity that Tyler found online http://www.wheatmania.com/allaboutwheat/awesomeactivities/grahamcrackeractivity.htm Then we started to create our gingerbread/graham cracker houses. We don’t know if our crackers were too weak or our frosting was too soft, but both of our houses ended up caving in before we got pictures. The picture below was our inspiration 🙂 ginger-bread-house-6

We had a very Grinchy date the other night. We made some Grinchy treats and watched the live action version of the Grinch. We made a green Grinch drink, which was simply green fruit juice and a scoop of ice cream. We also made green cookies. I wanted to do the mint variation listed below the recipe, but I couldn’t find mint chips at the grocery store. We just added a little green food coloring to the batter. It was really fun. You could also watch the animated Grinch.

Triple chip cookies


3 cups flour        1 teaspoon soda      1 teaspoon salt       1 cup sugar

1 cup brown sugar, packed        2/3 cup shortening

2/3 cup butter, softened (=11 tablespoons)

2 eggs     2 teaspoons vanilla       ½ bag white chocolate chips

½ bag semi-sweet chocolate chips                    ½ bag milk chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Mix flour, soda and salt.  Cream together sugars, butter, shortening, eggs and vanilla.  Stir in dry ingredients until well blended.  Stir in chocolate chips.  For a softer cookie stir (stir by hand) ½ cup flour.  Form into balls about 1 ½ inches in diameter.  Bake 8-10 minutes.  (Beth cooks them for 8 ½ minutes.)  Cool 2 minutes before removing from the cookie sheet to the cooling rack.  You can freeze the dough.  If baking frozen dough bake for 10-12 minutes.   Beth bakes hers on parchment paper.

Variations:  Substitute for the white chocolate chips, peanut butter, butterscotch, mint or any other flavor of chocolate chips you would like.

Add ½ cup of peanut butter when creaming sugars and liquids.  The dough will be a little denser and will not spread as much when baking.

Add ½ cup cocoa when add the ½ cup of flour and end and stir in by hand.  The dough will be a little denser and will hold its shape more.

We love Christmas and are getting very excited for it already! Tyler has been asking for a week if we can put up our tree. We decided to start the holiday season a little early. With this date we started building our Christmas village. We decided to make a Christmas village out of legos this year. The start to our village can be seen below. Tyler built Santa’s workshop and I built a candy cane factory.

Being true to the season we had a witch theme date. We dawned witches attire, watched Witch Hazel cartoons, and had witchy treats (pictured below). It was a bewitching evening. To see more Halloween dates click on the seasonal link to the right.

We decided to get a taste of Halloween and use our creative juices. We spent the evening building haunted houses out of Legos. It was fun to revert back to our childhood. You can see pictures of our houses below. Happy dating!