December 6, 2010

Cinnamon Joy

It's been a tough year.

I have to admit, it's been difficult to get into the Christmas spirit.

But with a little cinnamon and applesauce - and the help of my two beautiful little girls - I whipped up some Christmas cheer this afternoon.

There's nothing like the smell of cinnamon wafting through the house!

In the end, we created not only cinnamon ornaments but also a better attitude for the whole season!

Cinnamon Ornaments:
Mix 1 cup + 2 tablespoons of cinnamon with 3/4 cup applesauce until dough forms. You'll have to use your hands at the end. Roll out between 2 sheets of saran or parchment paper until about 1/3 inch thick. Cut with cookie cutters and use a straw to punch holes for the ribbon. Bake at 200 degrees for 2 1/2 hours.

Mortimer's Christmas MangerHave you seen this Christmas story from the creators of Bear Snores On? It's sweet and will remind your kids about the reason for the season! Mortimer doesn't like the dark hole where he lives. When he sees a manger scene, it looks like the perfect place to make his home. He evicts the statues and settles in. But when he overhears the telling of the Christmas story, he understands the significance of the statues he's removed. He reverently returns the statues to their space and prays to Jesus for a home of his own... just in time to spy the Gingerbread house across the room!


  1. Cinnamon is certainly an uplifting scent. This looks fun.

  2. I hope you can enjoy the season and that next year is better for you.

    We made cinnamon applesauce ornaments three years ago and they are still hanging on our tree and they still smell WONDERFUL! Every year I am surprised that they are still in one piece and smelling good.

  3. They are beautiful! What a nice way to cheer things up.

  4. Your girls look so peaceful. We haven't read this book before and I definately want to look for sounds cute and humorous. I hope you have a Merry Christmas.

  5. We read this one too today.....I LOVE it - such a neat story. Your ornaments look lovely too :-)

  6. I love this story. It does a great job of explaining Christmas to kids. Bet the ornaments smell great!

  7. I just bought this book yesterday. It is so adorable!

    I bet your house smelled so yummy with those cinnamon applesauce ornaments!

  8. I hope that the cinnamon-inspired mood brings a cinnamon-inspired wonderful new year!

  9. We had those on our tree when I was a girl! Thanks for the recipe. For me, nothing brings Christmas spirit like Christmas-y smells.

  10. Thanks for the recipe! I had never seen one without glue in it. I made these today with my little ones as gifts for the preschool teachers. :)

  11. this book sounds super cute! my daughter loves taking about baby jesus and playing with her own nativity set. i just requested this book from the library...thanks! also got to try those ornaments!


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