Sunday, December 4, 2011

advent dilemma

 I love my advent calendar.  It was a splurge a few years ago- but it's possibly my favorite Christmas decoration.  

Check out this cute little picture of Zebby when he was Ike's age!!

The kiddos chose 'airheads' for the advent calendar treat this year and loved putting all of the candies in the slots. But we have an advent problem. It causes a little bit of discord in the family.

Advent calendars with treats do NOT work for half of our family.  During the day I can't help myself. I eat the candy.  And so does Ike. And it drives kent and Zeb CRAZY.  Except for all of the gross flavors. It's only December fourth and I think our calendar has seven days with orange candies in them. The rest have been pilfered.  Both Kent and Zeb are stressed about it.  Ike and I are just stressed that all of the good flavors are already gone.   We are trying to come up with a solution so I'm just finishing up some 'Christmas activity' cards to put in all of the slots instead :) can't eat those.

On a sidenote- I made these rolls to go with dinner last weekish and they were WAY WAY WAY too easy to make.  I should have never tried them.  I got the recipe on pinterest.  I'm not crazy about pinterest- but I have found some pretty amazing recipes on it.

Easy Parmesan Knots

  • 1 tube (12 ounces) refrigerated buttermilk biscuits ( I used Pillsbury Golden Layers Refrigerated Buttermilk Biscuits)
  • 1/4 cup canola oil or melted butter
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese (I did use the green can stuff)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
roll each biscuit into a 10 inchish rope and tie into knots.  Bake 8-10 minutes at 400. make sure they aren't gooey on the inside!! 
add the other ingredients together and brush over warm rolls.


Jill Lau said...

We do the activity a day thing which doesn't cause too much contention. I can only imagine the candy thing causing major problems in our family too.

Nate and Jessica said...

I have to have Nate just take extra cookies and candy to work because I absolutely cannot stop myself. You'd think we'd learn after our root canals.

Laney said...

What's so bad about pinterest? I must agree however that it's getting a little boring. It seems like the same stuff posted over and over again. I need to get some non mormon non moms to follow so I see something new.

Linz said...

hahaha! I am sorry for the advent discord. We do treats, and my kids are like the treat patrol making sure nobody gets the wrong day. The solution for me - I buy an extra bag or two (or 5...) and put in a bowl so I can sneak treats all day. It works for me. :)

Those rolls look yummy!!!

Kim T. said...

Candy in our house goes really fast as well. Mimi, Quinny, and I are the biggest culprits. The only solution that has worked for us is buying an advent calendar for each kid.

Michelle said...

You'll figure out what works best for your family with the advent calender. ;) Although, I truly LOVE Lindsay's idea. hahahaha.

I'm gonna try those knot rolls tonight! I'm excited!!

I. LOVE. PINTEREST. hah! Can't get enough of it!