Next comes the Advent Calendar, which we always make from whatever we have in the house the last day of November. (This year that was multi-colored index cards.) We always cut pictures and numbers out of magazines or newspapers and paste them on the pockets, and we hand the pockets in random order on a piece of yarn.
|Isn't it pretty?|
|6 and 25 always go in the center. 6 is my birthday. 25 is someone else's birthday, but He is gracious enough to let us get all the presents.|
And then: THE ADVENT GOBLINS COME!
For this first day of Advent, the goblins told us that today is National Eat a Red Apple Day! They gave Ella a bible verse and a shiny red apple, and they told her to have me teach her to bake a Brown Sugar Cinnamon Apple.
|The note that was in the pocket. |
"Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings."
It was DELICIOUS. Here's how we did it:
- Core an apple and remove a bit of the peel around the top and bottom of the opening. The bigger the core you take out, the more room you have for brown sugar. :)
- Mix some cinnamon into some brown sugar. As much or as little cinnamon as you like. You can use other spices too - nutmeg and/or cloves are nice.
- Put the apple in an apple baker or any container that is oven safe. Stuff the opening with as much brown sugar as you can - pack it in tight - and top with a pat of butter.
- Cover the apple loosely with some foil so it doesn't burn, and bake it at 375°F until it is soft (25-35 minutes, depending on the size of the apple.)
|I love how the center thingie in the apple baker ends up looking like an apple stem.|
I'll be back in a bit with my final report on The Minimalist Game. First, I have to eat a baked apple.