Friday, December 17, 2010

Friday FaVeS!---Gifts, Family Fun, Decorations and Recipes!

Isn't this tree amazing? I love the fabric garland.
I love photography art. She has offered free downloads if you want to copy!
I have heard about this recipe from three different friends this week! My friend Amy gave me her recipe this morning so I thought I would share it with you.
Buffalo Chicken Dip
2 cups cooked, shredded chicken
2 blocks (8oz) cream cheese
...1 cup Ranch Dressing
3/4 cup Texas Pete or any hot sauce
(more or less to your taste)
1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

Mix cream cheese, hot sauce and ranch dressing together well. Add chicken and 1/2 cup of cheddar cheese. Pour in a 9 X 12 casserole dish and sprinkle rest of cheese on top. Bake for 35- 40 minutes at 350 degrees. Serve with tortilla chips.
*Or you can put in crockpot.
I love a good magazine! Instead of baking cookies for some teachers on your list---try this. They would love it. (Believe me, it beats the the teachery- apple mug.=) Go here if you need more gift ideas for 5.00 or less!
When I saw this photo garland, I knew that it would be something I would love to try! I hope to start it next year! What a great way to display your family Christmas picture each year!
I am dying to try  this easy-do-it-yourself Christmas gift! However, it hasn't made it to the top of my list. (sorry, mom)  I can't wait to attempt this after Christmas!

Fave Ideas to do with your Family Over Christmas:
Recently, I had our mom2mom group over for a Christmas Party. My friend, Amy, gave a handout for some neat Ideas to do with your family over Christmas.....I thought I would name a few of my favorites here.
1. Start a Christmas Puzzle somewhere in your home. A puzzle table, placed in a quiet room is great for holiday visitors. Whenever guests want to get away from the action, they can retreat to work on the puzzle. It can be a great stress reliever and it is wonderful for those guests who always have to be busy doing something.
2. Challenge each member of your family to fill a box or bag full of clothes/toys to give away to a needy family. (Our mom's group loved participating in the adopt-a-child for Christmas!)
3. Do you love reading? I do! What was your favorite book you read this year? Buy it and give it someone you know would love it anonymously!
4. Several of my friends do this--and this is something neat that I would like to start with my kids! Have a special night where you all get in the van--- wear your PJ's--bring some Christmas Candy--or hot chocolate- Have some Christmas music playing-and go see the Christmas lights! My boys will love this!
5. We love to do this. Christmas is really a celebration of Jesus' Birthday! Why not have a Birthday party with cake and balloons for Jesus! My little Evan loves birthday parties---he knows that Christmas is Jesus Birthday! Celebrate it!
6. This one is one my favorites--The holidays can take their toll. Make a holiday tradition of recharging your own batteries. Gather your daughter/mom/best friend and head to the day spa for a much deserved pedicure or massage! (most likely this won't happen for me- but its a nice thought!)

Homemade Hot Chocolate
Leaving you with an awesome Home-made Hot Chocolate Recipe.
A lady in our church is known for this recipe!
Mix together and boil:
1 heaping tablespoon cocoa powder
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water

Then add 1 quart of milk and stir!
Simple but awesome!!

Any other favorite ideas/recipes that you have read in blogland this week?


  1. LOVE the tree. I posted about the Joy printable, too. Isn't Sarah from Clover Lane the best? 5 kids and still time to come up with fantastic ideas. Love the puzzle idea, too, but that one will have to wait until after the kiddos are a little older.

    Great ideas!

    April @Party of Five

  2. We love the Buffalo Chicken Dip, but we use blue cheese dressing instead of ranch and Frank's Red Hot Sauce is great instead of tabasco. Then, we put crumbled blue cheese on the top before baking. YUM!!

    Great ideas here. Thanks for sharing!

  3. GREAT list! Buffalo Chicken Dip is one of my most favorite appetizers - I bring to any occasion I can. ;).

    Merry Christmas!