We had a big family Christmas nativity gathering at our home last night. It was great, as usual, to be together as a family and remember why it is that we celebrate Christmas -- the birth of our Savior.
The nativity was done by the littlest family members, the great-grandchildren. They did a fantastic job. I love this little photo of Joseph not being able to contain himself as he bends down to pick up the "baby Jesus". So sweet!
After the nativity, we always eat yummy appetizers and treats that we all help in making and bringing. I ended up bringing the same old, same old this year...
Christmas Peanut Butter Kiss cookies. They are simple to make, and always seem to turn out. Plus, by changing the colors of the sugar crystals, they become very festive for many a holiday!
My favorite recipe to use for the cookies is the following:
Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies
Makes about 5 dozen
1 (14 oz) can Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk
3/4 to 1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 t. vanilla extract
2 c.Bisquick baking mix
granulated sugar, or to make them festive, use colored sugar crystals mixed with white sugar
60 Hershey's kisses, unwrapped
Beat sweetened condensed milk, peanut butter, egg and vanilla extract together until smooth. Add Bisquick and mix well. Chill at least one hour. Shape into 1 inch balls and roll in sugar. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350 for 7 minutes. As soon as you remove from oven, place a Hershey kiss on each one, pressing down into cookie. Let cool. We like them straight from the refrigerator!
One of the other things I did that was easy and festive, was to wrap a decorative plastic tape around the water bottles. I saw the tape at Home Depot (of all places), and bought it not knowing exactly what I was going to use it for. It turned out to be just the right size to cover the blue water bottle label! I like that the tape is plastic so it didn't get torn and messy.