Posts Tagged ‘Advent’

Stir up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people; that they, plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works, may of thee be plenteously rewarded; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Today is ‘Stir up Sunday‘, the last Sunday of the Anglican year and the last Sunday before Advent.    It is also the Sunday that, traditionally, the Christmas pudding and Christmas cake are made.  That’s what we are busy doing today.  Ella is such a help at cutting all the fruit and nuts.

Christmas Plum Pudding
1/2 c butter                                       1/2 c sugar
1/4 c molasses                                  1 egg
1/2 c milk                                            1 c flour
1/2 c breadcrumbs                         1/2 tsp bk powder
1/2 tsp salt                                           1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg                                   1/2 c raisins
1/2 c currants                                     1/4 c walnuts
Grease and sugar your pudding mould (or bowl as I use).
Cut butter into the dry ingredients.  Add the chopped fruit and nuts.  Stir in the rest of the ingredients.

 Spoon into mould and cover with 2 layers of buttered tin foil.  Tie securely and don’t forget a handle.

 Steam over medium heat (water half-way up the mould) for 3 hours.

Invert and serve with caramel sauce.

Caramel Sauce
3 Tbsp butter                                         1 c brown sugar
3/4 c water                                             1/4 c milk
2 Tbsp cornstarch                               pinch of salt
Melt butter in a heavy saucepan.  Add brown sugar and stir until melted and bubbly.  Slowly add water and stir until dissolved.  Make a paste with the milk and cornstarch and salt.  Stir into hot mixture.  Reduce heat and cook until thick.  If too thick, thin with a little milk.

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I know there is no official Farm Girl Friday this week, but I wanted to share our last week of Advent fun.



We continue to enjoy the mischief Merry gets into overnight.  It’s amazing how fast Ella finds Merry.

Saturday we made edible gifts for the birds.  Very easy, just coat large pine cones with peanut butter then roll the cones in bird seed.  We also found some extra goodies for the cats to keep them occupied while the birds enjoyed their treat.  We read Jingle Bells and Poky Little Puppy’s First Christmas.  More Little Golden Books from my childhood.


Sunday, our fourth Sunday of Advent.  The Sunday of the Angels.  After church we made a mouse angel from Christmas With the Mousekins.  We read Listen said the Donkey.



Monday we finished up our Christmas baking.  We need to get the tins filled and ready for delivery.  We read The Nutcraker and The Hat.



Tuesday we wrapped our presents and put them under the tree.  We read Santa’s Workshop and Leave it to Rudolph.


Wednesday, the Winter Solstice.  Ella will be happy to hear that the days are getting longer from now on  🙂  We made Winter Solstice chicken pie.  We read Bruno in the Snow and the winter book from our new Year at Brambly Hedge.


Thursday we delivered our cookie tins.  They were well received as always.  Now we can nibble on the leftovers.  We read Berenstain Bears Joy of Giving.


Friday we made paper snowflakes.  I tried some fancy patterns off the internet, but our paper is too thick.  I fear it’s the only snow we’re seeing this Christmas.  We read Christmas Trolls.


This will likely be my last post until sometime later in the Christmas Season.  This is what we hope to do and read for the next couple days.


Saturday, Ella hopes to come to midnight mass (‘midnight mouse’ -not sure where that came from) with Momma and Grandma for the first time.  Service starts at 11 pm, so I’m not sure.  We’ll real The Night Before Christmas and Madeline’s Christmas.  We’ll also finish off The Advent Story Book and The Jesse Tree.



Christmas Day!!  We’ll read The Christmas Story.


I must say a giant Thank You to my Mom who saved most of these great books from when I was a kid and salvaged a few from Dad’s old house too.  Without her our Christmas book list would have been much smaller!


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Another lovely week of Advent almost over.  Again, we’ve lost a couple of days to Ella being sick.  This time it was a bad ear infection.  The medicine seems to be working and Ella’s feeling much better now.

Sunday was the Sunday of Peace.

Since this was also Santa’s list day, Merry arrived for her Advent stay.  Ella tries extra hard to be good now that someone is watching  🙂  We read The Story of Christmas and the Littlest Angel (and yes, that was one of mine).

Monday we delivered the treats for December.  It’s one of the easiest Christmas presents ever (especially for mother and sister-in-laws).  I try to deliver close to the first of the month, but it’s usually whichever grocery day is closest (since his sister doesn’t live in Cobden).  I did groceries for the MONTH!   I am avoiding the stores as much as possible.  I’ll have to run in for milk and veggies, but that’s it.  We are really enjoying our daily stories from the Advent Storybook and the Jesse Tree.

Tuesday Ella was at Grandma’s again.  The doctor is over in Beachburg so Grandma took Ella home with her so they could get her ear looked at.  And yes, an ear infection.  Got to get my girl healthy for Christmas.  Ended up not doing anything for St. Nicholas day since Ella felt so miserable.  We read Santa Mouse and Santa’s Surprise and the Berenstain Bears Meet Santa Bear.

Wednesday we put our Christmas candle in the front window.  It’s a nod to our Irish roots (which I’ve discovered both sides of the family have lots of, need to look into more traditions).  We’re not having much luck with the Christmas lights, but Daddy’s working on fixing those.  We read The Night Before Christmas and Reindeer’s First Christmas.

Thursday was National Brownie day so baked some yummy brownies.  Daddy was very happy when he came in for coffee break.  We also wrote a letter to Santa.  Well, Ella dictated and Momma wrote -too many words (ha ha).  Ella’s creche came out of storage today.  I was going to bring out the people as they appeared in the story, but soon gave in:

It was either let her have all the people and play or else she wanted to ask for another one from Santa.   We read the Berenstain Bears Get Ready for Christmas and A Star for Christmas.  I love Trisha Romance prints and this book is gorgeous.

Today we went skating in Pembroke.  They have children’s ice time Monday, Wednesday and Fridays from 11-12.  Since today is Christmas card day, we headed to the post office to get all our Christmas cards into the mail, especially a certain special one that needs to go all the way to the north pole.  Tonight we are reading Little Women, a very short, little girl version.

Go and check out the other fun going on with the other Farm Girls.

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Joining the Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real fun this week.

My pretty, funny girl is happy that Merry the elf arrived on Sunday for the Advent season.  She keeps an eye on Ella and reports back to Santa.  She’s a very mischievous elf, we never know what she’s going to get into overnight.

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For December our Farm Girl post will be a wrap-up of the week’s Advent celebrations.  This week is a little off since Ella was sick (and at Grandma’s).  We try to do something every day.

So far this week, we’ve got our nature table set up for Advent.  Our Advent tree got it’s first ornament yesterday.  Ella set up our peg people nativity too.   Last night we ate supper by light of the Advent wreath.  Ella had me take a picture but it was too dark  🙂

We had our visit with Santa yesterday.  I even got Ella’s special dress finished, though Santa is covering the snowflake.  We arrived at the perfect time.  First in line!  That never happens.  This Santa is so good with the kids, it’s the same fellow every year.  For some reason this year Ella was really shy with him.  Usually she hops up on his knee and chats his ear off.  This year we had a hard time getting her to smile.

But then the photographer was able to catch this picture.

Today we are waiting for Grandma to arrive and we’re going to put up the outside Christmas lights.  I’m not sure Grandma can hold ladders any more, but at least I know she can get help.

For Christmas/Advent/Winter books we’ve been reading:

we started the first stories of:

We try to have a very laid back Advent.  It’s nice to avoid all the hustle and bustle at the malls

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A little disappointed today.  We headed out for church in Ottawa today (St. Barnabas) and since it was snowing we got stuck behind a snowplow.  We ended up being so late for church we didn’t go.

This is the Fourth Sunday of Advent and we light the Angel’s candle.   This week we are reminded of the Angel’s.  First there was the Angel that greeted Mary with ‘Hail Mary, full of grace’ and was answered with ‘be it unto me’.  How frightened Mary must have been?  And that leads to the second visitation, with Joseph.  ‘Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife’ (Mt 1:20).

Then we remember the Angels that proclaimed the birth of Jesus so many years ago.   We are in the final preparations for the coming of our Lord.

Annunciation Giclee Print

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Uncle Stefan, if you are reading this stop now!!!!!  Come back tomorrow or after Christmas please!

We woke up this morning and found Merry had been up to some more elf mischief.  Ella discovered her peeking out from Daddy’s stocking.  Not sure what she was doing in there  🙂

Our Advent activity today is to make a shirt for Uncle Stefan.  We need to get out Momma’s folk art paint and make some hand prints on a shirt.  We’ve made a number for Daddy over the years and thought Uncle Stefan would like one this year.  I’ll post a picture later.  We also need to get at the Christmas cookies, I didn’t get any made yesterday.


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December 14 -Snow!!

Good thing we didn’t have much planned for today.  We are getting quite a bit of snow today.  In fact, Grandma had to call in someone to plow out her driveway because she couldn’t get the car in last night.  Ella is with her today (Momma needed sleep last night) and will be having an extra sleepover day since the roads are a mess.  Ella’s Advent fun is playing in the fresh snow, movies and hot coco with Grandma.  Much nicer than my day of laundry and dishes  🙂  I am doing some fun though, I am trying to get some new dresses made for the holidays.  I wish I had a dressmakers’ dummy.  Maybe I’d have less trouble since I wouldn’t be looking at myself but at the dummy -I’d be more objective??

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Mary and Joseph made their appearance this morning (not sure why the camera says it was the 12th).  They were going to slowly make their way around the house until their arrival at the Stable.  But as you can see, Ella made their journey much shorter  🙂  I don’t mind.  It’s so sweet to see her playing with the creche people.

Ella and Daddy made a house yesterday.  She was having a hard time not playing with my German Advent house (very old and fragile).  So Ella decided to make her own.  Unfortunately she only coloured two pages of regular paper and then was going to try to make a house.  Sensing the ‘melt-down of melt-downs’ Daddy came to her rescue and constructed a sturdy cardboard house.  We got out her water paints and she and Daddy had a great time decorating the house.

I have a request.  Any one out there have any extra Little People Creche people?  What we need is a Joseph/shepherd figure.   For some reason the LP makers didn’t include a Joseph, so we use the shepherd but that leaves the sheep untended  🙂   I really don’t think Mary should appear a single parent.  Ella would love another camel too.

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This is the third Sunday of Advent.  If you are using coloured candles, this is the pink week.  It is the Sunday of joy and rejoicing.   Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I say, rejoice; let your forbearance be known to all, for the Lord is near at hand; have no anxiety about anything, but in all things, by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be known to God. (Philippians 4:4-6).   This is the opening lines from the introit for this Sunday’s Mass.

The three candles move us from expectation, to longing, to rejoicing.  We can be confident that the grace we ask for will be given.  And soon we will be shouting with the angels, proclaiming the joy of Christ’s arrival.

Today’s Advent activity was to finish decorating in the house.  The garland and lights are up and our various angels are out.  Ella loved her stocking and was quite amazed with my German Christmas pyramid.

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