This Just In…Lord of the Rings Freebie on Google Play!

Hullo, all!  In between the craziness of preparing things for the holiday season (I will eventually get the chocolate out from under my fingernails), I’ve noticed a few things when I’ve gone to Google Play.  Yes, for all the iHeads in my life, Google.  Play.  As in Android.  (And I know my sister is secretly snickering in front of her iPad while she reads this…yes…even from over 200 miles away I can hear you.  Yes, I know I have an iPhone.  And that I tried two or three times to access my Google Play account on it.  I’m special that way.)

First, if you don’t have The Lord of the Rings:  Fellowship of the Ring, it is available as a free purchase (not rental) from Google Play.  Simply go to “Movies and TV” from the Google Play homepage or app.  (I don’t think this carries over to iTunes…just sayin’.)  This is kinda like the free copy of Elf that I scored last year…or was it the year before?

Second, the freebie album of the week is from Linkin Park…not really kid friendly, but for all those LP fans out there, I would jump on this one!

Also–there is a Trans-Siberian Orchestra Christmas album available for Free!

Yay, Google!  Yay, Android!

(Sorry…had to sneak that in)

I don’t know how long these three will be available, so I would snatch them up soonest!


25 Days of Holiday Goodies Day 17: Candy Cane Cookies

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In addition to the frogs, this is another recipe that Josh remembered from his childhood that we make every year.  Most of the recipes that I’ve found make a ton, so I usually half the recipe.  We like to make small amounts of many different goodies to keep us going throughout the holiday season.

This is a fun recipe for Muffin to help with because you get to make snakes and then twist a red snake and a white snake together.  It never fails, however.  I always tend to have either some orphan red “crooks” or white “crooks.”

This photo that you’ve seen before shows them artistically wreathed around a grouping of koek.





In the upper right.

Here’s one of the orphans from last year.  From the crumbs that remained, Santa didn’t mind the orphan.

Here’s what I do:

Candy Cane Cookies

1 cup butter (2 sticks), softened

1 cup powdered sugar

1 egg

2 teaspoons vanilla

1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract

2 1/2 cups flour plus 2 tablespoons flour

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon red food coloring

Cream butter and sugar.  Add egg.  Add flavorings and salt.  Add 2 1/2 cups flour in half cup increments, beating with the mixer after each addition.  Remove and chill half of dough.  To the remaining dough, add the 2 tablespoons of flour.  Beat.  Add in the red food coloring.  Beat until the color is well blended.  Chill dough.

When dough is chilled, break off teaspoon bits of dough and roll into “snakes” 4-5 inches long.  Twist together one red and one white piece of dough and bend at the top to resemble a candy cane.  Place on a parchment-lined pan.  Chill pan 15-30 minutes.

Bake at 350 for 6-9 minutes.

And for the printable:

Candy Cane Cookies

These are completely Muffin Approved.

Muffin Approved