Monday, December 20, 2010

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Cookies, Monsters, and Currier & Ives

It's that time of the year. The time where it's bitter cold and ugly outside. Christmas vacation for the monsters is just a couple more days away, and I have visions of Currier and Ives in my head, rather than sugar plums. Somehow, I imagine quiet, Christmasy bliss when I look at Currier and Ives.  I don't know why. It just brings peace. What do YOU feel? See below:
The Monsters have been begging for days to be able to bake cookies and treats.  I've put it off as long as I can. I just know how this is going to turn out. 
So I'm thinking, maybe I can get "the little ones" ( that would be the monsterlettes and notorious #5) to let me read them a book and then get them down for a nap this afternoon before the baking adventure begins. Here's hoping. I wonder if our library has this book?
 Come on now... you didn't REALLY think I would have used any OTHER book for the Monsters, do you??

What fun things will you be doing with YOUR monsters during Christmas vacation to keep them entertained? I'm thinking, if everyone leaves ONE thing in the comment section, by Christmas Eve, there will be oodles and gaboodles of fun things for everyone to try! 
Does your family have Christmas Eve traditions? This is what we do at the Monster House: everyone gets new pajamas, we sprinkle "Reindeer Food" all over the front lawn ( which is usually covered in a foot of snow by now. We're kinda worried about the lack of white, thus far), we leave out cookies for the Big Guy, and then we watch the marathon of A Christmas Story until about 1 in the morning until all the monsters are out cold. Then I carry them all to bed, and flag down Santa.

Recipe and instructions for "Reindeer Food"
OK. Not really, but you know.... it was worth a try.
 1 cup oatmeal. Quaker is fine. Reindeer do not like the instant flavored stuff. I was fined last year.

1/4c glitter, or foil confetti  It helps the reindeer find the food when Rudolph's nose lights up, apparently. Also, it helps them to fly. Apparently.

9 baby carrots, or three carrots cut into 3 pieces each Whaddaya MEAN, "why?!" Ok. This is why. Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet,Cupid, Donner, Blitzen, and Rudolph. Count 'em up. And I swear on Ben and Jerry I did not need to look up even one of the reindeer names. I feel proud now. Please don't ask me to name the Seven Dwarves. I can't do it without cheating. I'm doing well to remember the Monsters' names, and *I* named 'em!
Mix all ingredients really REALLY well. If it doesn't snow where you live, keep the Reindeer food in the fridge until bedtime. They like it chilled. They come from the North Pole. At bedtime, sprinkle the reindeer food in the front yard, taking care NOT to dump it all in one pile and call it good. Reindeer do not share well. 
Don't have all the ingredients? This is an official. Big Guy authorized North Pole list of acceptable substitutions:
Oatmeal may be replaced with any of the following:
quinoa flakes
Cap'N Crunch
Instant potato flakes
Froot Loops
Life Cereal

Glitter may be replaced with any of the following:
nine kisses blown at the bowl. The Reindeer will know if you skip this, or if you short them.
Cake Sprinkles
grated cheese 
plain M&Ms

Carrots may be replaced with any of the following:
apple slices
pineapple chunks
sections of oranges

DO NOT TRY TO USE BROCCOLI OR LETTUCE, Rudolph will dent your car, and your insurance will laugh and call you a liar when you try to file a claim. Not that I know from personal experience.


jillsmo said...

LOL you're awesome. So, basically, just throw any old thing in there, call it reindeer food, and the kids are happy? Gotcha!

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