Tuesday, December 17, 2013

DIY Christmas Pajama Play Date

Last year I threw a Christmas Pajama Play Date, and just had to throw another this year! What fun the kids had and what fun I had baking up a storm and decorating!

I found this awesome website with free printables for my "Fa La La" banner, antler name plates, and invitation. Then I made sugar cookies and gingerbread cookies for the kids and mommies to decorate. The kids had green or red frosting and sprinkles, and the mommies had just white icing in a piping bag. I had chocolate and powdered mini donuts for the kids and some pretzels as well. Actually the kids barely touched the donuts since they were overloaded on cookies!

For the mommies I got creative last night and baked a Stout Gingerbread Bundt bread. It was super moist and delicious, but not too sweet. I also made Polar Express Hot Cocoa, which is always a hit! I sent the mommies home with leftover cookies and bread, too!

For crafts for the kiddos we had each decorate an ice cream cone to look like a "Christmas Tree." Green frosting was used to cover the cone, and then white coconut shavings was used as 'snow.' I nought each kid a container of mini holiday M&M's to use as "ornaments" for their trees. They had so much fun... eating everything!

 Free printable invitations, banner, and name plates

 Stout Gingerbread Bundt 

Polar Express Hot Cocoa

 "Decorate Your Own Cookie"

 The Girls Decorating 

 The kiddos

 Kinley decorating his cookie and his "Christmas Tree"

Levi and his sprinkles with a side of cookie :)

- 1 1/2 heavy whipping cream
- 2 cups chocolate chips
- 6 cups milk
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk
- dash of salt

1. Heat heavy whipping cream and chocolate chips until chocolate has melted.
2. Add milk, vanilla, sweetened condensed milk, and salt. Mix together and let simmer and keep on low until ready to serve. You can also make this recipe in your crock pot.

- 1 cup of oatmeal stout beer
- 1 cup dark molasses
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 2 cups all purpose flour (plus 2 tbsp. at high altitude)
- 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 2 tbsp. ground ginger
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp. ground cloves
- 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
- dash of cardamon 
- 3 large eggs
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup vegetable oil
- powdered sugar for dusting 

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour the inside of your bundt pan. 
2. Heat molasses and beer in a medium pot until hot. Remove from heat and add baking soda. Let cool to room temperature.
3. Beat eggs, brown sugar and granulated sugar together.
4. In a separate bowl, mix flour and spices together.
5. Add vegetable oil to the egg mixture.
6. Add beer mixture to egg mixture. Mix well.
7. Add flour mixture to beer/egg mixture.
8. Pour into bundt pan. 
9. Bake for 40-50 minutes.


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