Simple Advent Calendar Garland to #LIGHTtheWORLD this Christmas!

This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for supporting Kara in the Kitchen! #LIGHTtheWORLD - karainthekitchen.comEvery Christmas season, we always want the focus to be on the birth of Jesus Christ, the Light of the World. So many times, though, we get caught up in the busyness of the season. Running errands, making cookies, wrapping gifts, attending parties, shopping, cleaning, the list goes on and on. Before we know it, it’s Christmas Eve! #LIGHTtheWORLD - karainthekitchen.comThis year, to help my family stay on track and remember who the Christmas season is about, we are joining with people all over the world to #LIGHTtheWORLD! For 25 days in December, we will look on the back of our advent garland and see what the day suggests doing to serve others. To make our super Simple Advent Calendar Garland, I bought this cute garland at Target and printed out the advent calendar here. For Family Home Evening, we cut out the dates and the girls matched them to their corresponding numbers. I taped the twine to the brick with Scotch tape and arranged the numbers with the mini clothespins. I’m all about easy during the holidays!#LIGHTtheWORLD - karainthekitchen.comIt has been awesome to have conversations with our daughters about service. I shared with them that a woman came and asked if she could take my cart after I’d put my groceries and baby in the car. I was doing the awkward, “Should I run and leave my baby alone or leave the cart here?” debate in my mind. She saw my dilemma and helped! Then when I was by myself with all three of the girls at Costco, a woman parked next to us helped load up the trunk while I buckled the baby in her seat. I thanked her profusely and we talked on the drive home about how she saw a need and served us, and now we need to do the same for those around us. I am so excited to focus on serving others this Christmas season as Jesus Christ did. If any of you would like to come to church with me on the 4th for that advent day or on any Sunday, let me know! I’d love to go with you :) #LIGHTtheWORLD - karainthekitchen.com Head over to Mormon.org for more inspiration, videos, ways to serve and #LIGHTtheWORLD this Christmas season!#LIGHTtheWORLD - karainthekitchen.com

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Cranberry Fluff Recipe

This side dish is always present at my family gatherings for the Holidays! We have it at Thanksgiving and Christmas. I first got my hands on the Cranberry Fluff recipe when I signed up to bring this to a Ward Christmas Party in 2006 or 2007. I still have that recipe, hand written by Robin Leishman, and pull it out every year at this time!Cranberry Fluff Recipe - Kara in the Kitchen Cranberry Fluff is sweet, delicious, and mysterious. It is highly addictive and you will find yourself grabbing more to put on your plate! This recipe takes some planning, because the cranberries need to soak in sugar overnight. Then the whole fluff has to chill for at least one hour, so plan ahead for this one! You won’t be sorry :) Cranberry Fluff Recipe - Kara in the KitchenThe original recipe calls for nuts, but we don’t use them. On the side dish spectrum, it definitely falls on the dessert side of things. We make it in place of a Jell-O salad which really isn’t a salad at all, right? You’ve got your pineapple, marshmallows, cranberries, and whipped cream. Magical! Cranberry Fluff Recipe - Kara in the KitchenHere is the recipe (note – we usually double this):

Cranberry Fluff Recipe
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 bag cranberries, frozen
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)
  • 1 16 ounce can crushed pineapple in its own juice
  • ½ package miniature marshmallows
Instructions
  1. Grind cranberries in a food processor until coarsely chopped. Stir in the 2 cups of sugar and refrigerate overnight.
  2. The next day, whip the heavy cream until semi-stiff peaks form. Chop the nuts (if using) and drain pineapple. Stir together the cranberry mixture, pineapple, nuts, and marshmallows. Gently fold in the whipped cream.
  3. Chill at least 1 hour and serve.

 

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