Saturday, December 24, 2011

Twenty Five Treats for the Holidays - Day 24 and Day 25

It's a two-fer today!

I don't want to interfere with your family time over Christmas, so today, we'll do two treats.

First, a treat for the birds in your area and a great project to do with the kids!  Simply string air-popped popcorn, cranberries, dried apples and other dried fruits onto some thread and string on your deck rail or outside tree.  Be sure to put it where the kidlets can see what types of birds visit their "feeder", and if possible, keep a bird guidebook nearby to help identify your visitors.  Children as young as three can actually learn to identify different types of birds, so this is not only fun, but educational, too!  You can also set out containers with unsalted, un-dry-roasted peanuts and bird seed, too.  Maybe leave out some whole, unshelled walnuts for the squirrels?

Now, our second treat is a great surprise on Christmas morning - Red Velvet Pancakes!

SPH Red Velvet Pancakes
1 recipe pancake batter from Pamela's Baking Mix (or use your favorite standby recipe)
SEVERAL drops red food color
1/4 c. sugar
1/4 c. cocoa powder

Combine all together, and make pancakes.  How simple is that!  If you want, top them with whipped cream and hot fudge (melt some ganache with a little milk or cream until it's the consistency you want), or dust with powdered sugar.  Sliced strawberries would be good with any or all of these as well!

Remember the Reason for the Season is the greatest treat of all!

I wish you and your family the Merriest, Most Blessed Christmas!

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