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The Snow is Falling!

Here are some fun activities to do with your children to help celebrate the winter season! These activities are also great to do to celebrate Yule!

Recipe: "Monkey Bread" or
Mother Winter's Wish Bread
 
Ingredients-
  • 2 TBS. dry yeast
  • 1/3 C. warm water
  • Sprinkle of Sugar
  • 1 C. milk at room temp.
  • 1/2 C. brown sugar
  • 4 TBS. softened butter
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 4 1/2 - 5 1/2 C. flour
  • 1/2 C. raisins or other pieces of dried fruit, optional

GLAZE Ingredients-

  • 1/4 C. butter
  • 1/4 C. packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 C. chopped walnuts or pecans, optional

1. Mix the yeast into the water, sprinkle sugar, let set until foamy.

2. Mix the milk, sugar, butter, eggs, and salt together in a large bowl. Add the foamy yeast.

3. Stir in the flour, one cup at a time until stiff.

4. Turn out onto a lightly-floured board and knead until the dough is soft and pliable.

5. While kneading the dough, feel free to sing the "Wish Bread Song" by Starhawk.

6. Oil a bowl, put in the dough, turn it over and cover the bowl with a moist tea towel. Let it rise until doubled.

7. Meanwhile, make the glaze by melting the butter and brown sugar together over low heat.

8. Butter a bundt or tube pan.

9. Pour 1/3 of the glaze into the bottom of the pan.

10. Gather the children around the table and have them tear off pieces of the dough about the size of golf balls, and ask them to think about their wishes for the coming year. They can share their wishes for the coming year. They can share their wishes, but silence is fine. Have them place a raisin or piece of dried fruit inside each ball to represent their wish. Encourage them to finish each wish with the following condition: "If that's what is best for me."

11. Lay half the balls evenly around the bottom of the pan.

12. Pour another 1/3 of the glaze on top of the balls.

13. Fill the remaining portion of the pan with the rest of the balls.

14. Pour the remaining glaze over the top.

15. Cover the pan again with a damp tea towel and let it rise until 80% doubled.

16. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 45 minutes.

17. When done, allow to cool in pan before serving. This is finger food so provide plenty of napkins!

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Recipe: Quick Monkey Bread 

Ingredients-

  • 3 (12-oz) pkgs. refrigerated biscuit dough
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup margarine
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease one 9 or 10 inch tube/bunt pan.

2. Mix white sugar and cinnamon in a plastic bag. Cut biscuits into quarters. Shake 6-8 biscuit pieces in the sugar cinnamon mix.

3. Arrange pieces in the bottom of the prepared pan. Continue until all biscuits are coated and placed in pan. If using nuts and raisins, arrange them in and among the biscuit pieces as you go along.

4. In a small saucepan, melt the margarine with the brown sugar over medium heat. Boil for 1 minute. Pour over the biscuits.

5. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 35 minutes. Let bread cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a plate. Do not cut! The bread just pulls apart.

As everyone tears off pieces make a wish for the new year!

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Craft: Window Snowflakes

Supplies-

  • Pipe Cleaners in an array of "wintery" colors (like blue, white, irridecent)
  • faceted beads in assorted sizes and in an array of "wintery" colors (like blue, white, irridecent)
  • Monofilament thread

 

Hold 3 or 4 pipe cleaners together in a bundle, then twist them together in the center a couple of times. Spread out the 6 or 8 legs evenly to form a wheel. Thread the beads onto the legs until only about ” is left uncovered. Thread the end partially back into the last bead to form a loop, then flatten the loop to secure the beads. Fold and bend the beaded legs into an array of patterns to form the snowflakes. Attach a piece of monofilament for hanging.

These look great in windows, hanging in cars, or on your Yule tree!

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Book Review: Grandmother Winter

  • Author- Phyllis Root & Illustrations by Beth Krommes
  • Copyright 1999 Houghton Mifflin Co
  • ISBN- 0439237246

“Grandmother Winter” is a charming story, by Phyllis Root, that really speaks to the heart of every young pagan child! Refreshingly, there is no focus on the typical commercially overrun “Christmas.” This story begins as Grandmother Winter and her flock of squawking geese begin preparing for the winter solstice and follows them throughout the wheel of the year. Once the solstice begins, the story shifts gears to show glimpses of life for the other people and animals of the world as they too prepare for a long winter’s nap. In the last few pages of the book the story, once again, shifts gears and brings the focus back onto Grandmother winter and her geese completing the “circular life” theme that runs through the book. The illustrator, Beth Krommes, adds to the folk charm of this tale by using an old style of art called scratchboard. She then hand tinted the results with watercolors for an old charm that cannot be left from this book. You can purchase a paperback version of this book through Scholastic for a very reasonable price or you can pick up the hardcover version for $16 at any major book store.

[Sources:] Recipe: First Recipe from Lady Autumn‘s mother (Diana), second recipe from Lady Autumn’s own collection, Song and Wish Method from Starhawk (Circle Round, 1998, Bantam Books) Craft: “Yule” by Dorothy Morrison 2000 * Llewellyn

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