Our menu is done. I am slowly ticking off presents under the tree. For today then, I shall start compiling playlist for Christmas dinner, especially that Little C commands music while he eats supper.
I am looking over some Christmas albums online. There are instrumental, acapella, and various artists. I am looking for something like a background music. A playlist that is soothing and relaxing with lyrics softly sung while conversations are on going on the table. Hubby suggested I look for an acoustic Christmas album. Then I came across Putumayo World Music Acoustic Christmas album. I think it is awesome how the artists here perform their craft with the help of slide guitar at musicians friend.
If you are looking as well for some background music to play on your family Christmas dinner, check this out:
Risoni, sometimes known as ‘orzo,’ is a small kind of pasta in the shape of a large rice grain. You boil it as you would cook a pasta. Drain and drizzle extra virgin olive oil then leave to cool down.
The recipe is from DinnerTime and I added pomegranate, feta cheese, fresh chopped parsley, and cucumber. It makes for a gorgeous sight on supper table!
Little C has three more weeks to school before the long Christmas break. I am now making a list of activities we can do every day to keep boredom away. High on our list of course is arts and crafts that includes 3D painting. I found an amazing website that sells wood craft supplies and quickly placed a few orders. Next is cooking and baking - It’s messy but when you have an eager little helper in the kitchen, it’s just so heartwarming! Plus it helps him eat more healthy food.
I tested this easy banana muffin recipe and was a hit. I tried making second and third time and the result is constant. With easy to follow steps, I added it to our child-friendly recipe list. If you like to check it out below:
Kid-Friendly Banana Muffin Recipe
(makes 12 regular size muffins)
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 large ripe bananas, mashed
3/4 cup white sugar
1/3 cup butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon vanilla (optional)
a pinch of teaspoon cinnamon powder (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line your muffin pan with paper cups.
2. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt then set aside.
3. Combine bananas, sugar, egg, and melted butter in a large bowl.
4. Fold in flour mixture, and mix until smooth. Do not overmix.
5. Scoop into muffin pans. Bake 25 to 30 minutes. You know your muffins are done when they spring back when lightly tapped.