12.28.2010

Christmas Eve at Our House


Chelsy's and Hudson's appetizer pizza concoction was a wonderful blend of cheese, garlic, red onions, and cream cheese.
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Carson made some incredibly yummy onion rings.
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Does anyone notice a problem with this picture?:)
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Mitchell made these lovely cups using broccoli, salami, pastry dough, homemade mayonnaise, and other yummy ingredients.
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Denver had fun making breaded, grilled shrimp with a delicious sauce for dipping.
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Other delectable appetizers were:
~Layered Nacho Dip with chips (made by Joshua)
~Stuffed Mushrooms (Mom and Liz)
~Sweet Pepper Dip (Taylor)
Of course, we had to serve some fresh veggies, too!  (Somehow, most of the recipes we made seemed to consist more of cream cheese, cheese, and other such yummies than veggies.)






This year we had pound cake, pretzels, and fruit dipped in chocolate fondue for dessert.
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Christmas eve traditions:
- the day is spent (mostly) cooking
- each of the older children prepare (or help to prepare) an appetizer for the evening meal
- everyone wears formal clothes to dinner
- the table is set with linens and goblets
-dinner is eaten by candlelight

12.23.2010

"Thy Word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against Thee." Psalm 119:11

:: the children recite their verses for the family ::

For the past several months, Mother has been helping the younger children memorize 26 verses- one verse for each letter of the alphabet.  The promised reward (when they completed memorization) was an ice-cream party for the whole family.  (Of course, everyone was delighted with that arrangement!)  Finally, Denver, Taylor, Liz, Hudson, and Rebecca individually quoted the required 26 verses.  We celebrated with Breyer's ice-cream topped with peanuts and chocolate sauce.  (recipe below) 

Bontrager's Chocolate Ice-cream Sauce:
8 oz. Hershey's dark chocolate chips
2 teaspoons coconut oil
Melt chocolate chips and coconut oil on very low heat.  Serve over ice-cream.  What we love about this recipe is that the chocolate sauce hardens when you put it on ice-cream!  The little children (and the big) think that is so cool!  




12.16.2010

Life continues......

{even when you don't update your blog.}


I have several excuses to offer before I give you a glimpse of the past few weeks at the Bontrager house!  
#1: We have been ohh.....so busy.  Ok, you didn't like that one?  Try.......
#2: We have had two computers crash in the last month, and, as a result,  many of our pictures from the past few months are still floating around somewhere in cyberspace.  


And now, I would like to share pictures (the few that we do have) with you:


 Hudson and I had a special time together making "Little Mexican Quiches" for Sunday evening supper.
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 In the midst of all the hustle and bustle around here, my dear mother still makes time to love her "little ones" and teach them about Jesus.
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Denver accomplished his goal of milking the cows "by himself" before his 11th birthday.  He did a great job!
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 Well..........the cows are a big part of our life, so why not show you a picture of them, too?;)
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Rebecca is growing up so much, and I just love her sweet and willing heart.  She truly delights in helping and serving others.
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 And this is our incredible gift from God (more about that later.)
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 Denver's birthday party was a fun evening of celebration and family time.  Our current birthday traditions:
-the birthday person's meal of choice
-a special dessert, usually cake and ice-cream
-a time of everyone sharing what we appreciate about the birthday person
-opening gifts....of course!
-a game chosen by the birthday person and played by the whole family
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Taylor and Denver have been "pigeon hunting" on our farm recently.  One night we were privileged to have a taste of the meat.  ::grins::  Let's just say, it was received with various degrees of enjoyment.  One family member declared it "the best meat he has ever had!".  Others were not so sure.......
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