Yesterday was the Second Sunday of Advent.
We have two candles lit- one for each Sunday in Advent so far.
I made my wreath out of boxwood, juniper branches, holly berries, and dusty willy. My Mom gave me the Christmas candle. In our family, we always have a candle in the middle to light on Christmas.
My kids are so excited to talk about Advent, Christmas, the wreath, and of course they love to ask- how much longer until Christmas?!
Here are the kiddos after a special Advent Christmas Concert at my parents' church! My Dad was in the choir!
We made this delicious dessert for the Holy Day...
Strawberry Shortcake: for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception
This is the easiest shortbread recipe- only 3 ingredients! It is from Better Homes and Gardens cookbook.
For the shortbread, combine in food processor:
1 1/4 c. flour
3 tbsp. sugar
1/2 c. cold butter
~Sometimes I add a tiny bit of ice water if it's too dry!~
bake in a 325º oven for 25-30 min. or until just brown at edges.
cook down a cup or 1 1/2 c. strawberries with 1 c. sugar
strain (save syrup for pancakes!)
Top shortbread with strawberries and real whipped cream!
It is Delicious!
I have also been taking an absence from social media, by participating in Advent Unplugged with Haley at Carrots for Michaelmas. It is going so-so. The only thing I find hard is to stay off of facebook on the weekends. It is so easy to just click on the link, and then I end up spending too much time there! So that needs a bit of prayer.
Linking up with Catholic Mom for their Advent Wreath Link-up
and Haley @ Carrots