Getting Ready for Christmas

Now that I’ve gotten my fill of pumpkin spice flavored coffee, donuts, tea, creamer, bread, and pie, it’s time to make that delicate transition from Thanksgiving to Christmas.  I knew that timing would be key to decorating.  When Dan and I lived in Alaska, we didn’t decorate at all for Christmas, and I was itchin’ to start using our holiday decorations.  The majority of them are homemade gifts from my family, so this wouldn’t just be about a tree and few strings of lights.  I’d need some help.  In order to get Dan in the right frame of mind( CODNO – Call of Duty Is Not an Option) I decided to put some of our Riverside Arts Market apples to good use.

Country Apples


  • 4-5 Cups apples, peeled and sliced
  • 2 Tbsp. flour
  • 1/4 Cup sugar
  • 1/3 Cup raisins
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 2/3 Cup dry oatmeal
  • 1 Cup water
  • 2 Tbsp. butter, melted
  • 1/3 Cup brown sugar


  1. Place all the sliced and peeled apple pieces in a bowl.  Sprinkle the flour and sugar over the top of the apples.  Stir in the raisins, cinnamon and oatmeal.
  2. Pour the water into a crockpot.  Scoop the apple mixture into the crockpot.
  3. Drizzle the melted butter over the apples, followed by sprinkling the brown sugar  over everything.
  4. Cover and set on Low for 4 hours


Right now, the Country Apples need a little more time, but the entire house smells like Christmas morning.

Cue the decorated house photos!






9 thoughts on “Getting Ready for Christmas

  1. I have put out 1 decoration-on my back porch. Just can’t get going with it right now! Why did y’all not decorate when you lived in Alaska? I think I should know this somehow-was it because of traveling light/location? My brain is a little mushy right now-yesterday I was going to read a book on my kindle for the first time in FOREVER. I could not get the title to open up by touching it for some reason. Then I remembered I didn’t have a kindle touchscreen! Let’s hope my brain gets back in gear before school tomorrow. 🙂


    • Thankfully we have Monday off so I’ll have that extra time to get my brain back in the classroom game.

      We decided not to ship our Christmas stuff to AK because we would be back in Michigan for the actual holiday. And what with the shaky shipping options it’d cost us an arm and a leg without a guarantee the stuff would make it.

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