Tuesday, November 26, 2019

In Hushed Anticipation: Observing The Season of Advent - Third Sunday

Introductory Hymn
Missa Gaudete. Listen, here.

Introit: I exult for joy in the Lord, my soul rejoices in my God; for he has clothed me in the garment of salvation and robed me in the cloak of justice, like a bride adorned with her jewels.

- Isaiah 61:10 (Roman Missal)

Gaudens gaudebo in Domino et exsultabit anima mea in Deo meo: quia induit me vestimentis salutis, et indumento iustitiæ circumdedit me, quasi sponsam ornatam monilibus suis.

Ps. Exaltabo te, Domine, quoniam suscepisti me: nec delecasti inimicos meos super me.(Graduale Romanum)

The Reading of the Word and The Lighting of the Candle
Isaiah 12:2-6

Surely God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid, for the LORD GOD is my strength and my might; he has become my salvation.

With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.

And you will say in that day: Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known his deeds among the nations; proclaim that his name is exalted.

Sing praises to the LORD, for he has done gloriously; let this be known in all the earth.

Shout aloud and sing for joy, O royal Zion, for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.

The Candle of Joy
Light the Advent candle three
Think of heavenly harmony
Angels singing "Peace on Earth"
At the Blessed Saviour's birth.

Candle, candle burning bright
Shining in the cold winter night
Candle, candle burning bright
Fill our hearts with Christmas light.

Joy To The World

Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments
1 cup applesauce
1-1 1/4 cup  ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon ground cloves or nutmeg (optional)

Preheat oven to 200 degrees F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, combine the applesauce, cinnamon, and cloves (if using). You want the dough to be able to form a ball without being too sticky. Add additional applesauce or cinnamon if needed. You can also mix the dough by hand.

Sprinkle a clean surface with cinnamon (like you would with flour while rolling out cookies). Place the dough on the surface and sprinkle with more cinnamon. Use a rolling pin to roll the dough to 1/4 inch thick, sprinkling with more cinnamon to keep from sticking.

Cut out into desired shapes and place on the prepared sheet pan so that they aren't touching. Use a skewer to poke a hole into each ornament (to attach string). Bake in the preheated oven for 1 1/2 - 2 hours or until rock hard. Loop a decorative string through the ornament and hang on your tree.

I also LOVE these . . .
Wood and Paper Stars

Maple Cinnamon Star Cookies
2 and 1/4 cups (281g) all-purpose flour (spoon and leveled)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup (170g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
3/4 cup (150g) granulated sugar
1 large egg, at room temperature
1 and 1/2 teaspoons maple extract*
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
gold sprinkles and/or edible glitter sprinkles
optional: 8 ounces white chocolate, coarsely chopped

Whisk the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt together in a medium bowl. Set aside.

In a large bowl using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter until creamy and smooth, about 1 minute. Add the sugar and beat on high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Scrape down the sides and up the bottom of the bowl as needed. Add the egg, maple extract, and vanilla extract then beat on high until fully combined, about 2 minutes. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed.

Turn the mixer down to low and add about half of the flour mixture, beating until just barely combined. Add the rest of the flour and continue mixing until just combined. If the dough still seems too soft, you can add 1 Tablespoon more flour until it is a better consistency for rolling.

Divide the dough into 2 equal parts. Roll each portion out onto a piece of parchment (or a silicone baking mat, what I prefer!) to about 1/4″ thickness. Stack the pieces, with parchment paper between the two, onto a baking sheet and refrigerate for at least 1-2 hours and up to 1 day. Chilling is mandatory. If chilling for more than a couple hours, cover the top dough piece with a single piece of parchment paper.

Once chilled, preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Line 2-3 large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Remove one of the dough pieces from the refrigerator and using a cookie cutter, cut into star shapes. Transfer the cut cookie dough to the prepared baking sheet. Re-roll the remaining dough and continue cutting until all is used.

Before baking, top with sprinkles. Use a spoon to press the sprinkles into the cookies so they stay secure on top.

Bake for 10-11 minutes, until lightly browned around the edges. Make sure you rotate the baking sheet halfway through bake time. Allow to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before dipping into chocolate. If using, melt the chopped white chocolate in the microwave in 20 second increments, stirring after each until completely melted. Dip the cookies into the white chocolate and allow chocolate to set completely at room temperature or in the refrigerator.
Mexican Hot Chocolate
4 cups whole milk
2 Tbsp cocoa powder
4 oz bittersweet chocolate , chopped
7 oz sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper

Optional Toppings:
marshmallows (regular or mini)
whipped cream
pinch of cinnamon
drizzle of chocolate sauce
grated chocolate

To a large saucepan, dutch oven or stockpot, add all ingredients and heat over MED heat. Whisk as it heats, to combine all ingredients until smooth. Bring to a low boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 3-5 minutes.

Pour into mugs and top with desired toppings. My usual preference is whipped cream, grated chocolate, and a sprinkle of cinnamon.


Julie D. said...

Kim -

In one of your responses to a recent comment of mine, you encouraged me to share any particular Advent traditions. I thought I'd share one that will take place next week. I have a friend who has celebrated Advent all her life, and the church calendar is very meaningful to her. Every year sometime during Advent, she has a tea - sometimes just with me and sometimes for another like-minded friend or two. She always prepares her delicious homemade scones and a pot of tea and then lights her Advent wreath while we partake. Either before or after the tea, we have a little program. A few weeks ahead of time, she gives me an assignment to prepare as part of the program, which is slightly different every year. This year I am to bring two readings - one focused on love and another focused on joy. She will prepare one on hope and one on peace. She'll read appropriate Scripture passages for all 4 as well and usually play a piece of music that has particular meaning based on whatever theme she has chosen that year for Advent. In the past, she has assigned us to each bring a Christmas carol on CD that pertains to love, joy, peace, or hope. One year, she did the opposite of the Tenebrae service (where the candles are extinguished one at a time on Good Friday). Instead, she read various passages and shared insights and then would light a candle and then continue to do so until her lights were all lit. One year she focused on movements from the Messiah and had us choose parts that were particularly meaningful and why. It's something I look forward to every year as it prepares my heart for the season. I'm so thankful that she loves coordinating and executing it all. It's really nothing fancy - tea, scones and a short program - but it's a huge blessing to me. I love our time together and also the assignment she gives beforehand which starts moving my heart in the right direction.

In love, joy, peace & hope,
Julie D.

Kimberly Lottman said...

Oh, Julie! Thank you SO much for sharing this! I absolutely LOVE this idea, so much that I am going to see if I can't pull my own little celebration with a few friends together. I don't know if I can make it happen this year, or not, but I am so inspired! Thank you again for sharing!

Julie D. said...

So glad you loved the idea, Kim! If you are able to do it this year, I would love to see a blog post on your version!

A blessed Advent to you . . .

Kimberly Lottman said...

Julie! I am SOOOO excited! I have it all planned! I contacted three of my closest friends and we are getting together on December 17 for an Advent Tea! I did what you mentioned and assigned each of them one of the themes from the Sundays in Advent, Hope, Peace, Joy and Love! I will definitely be posting about it, so be on the lookout some time after the 17th! Thank you SO much for the inspiration! I am so glad I was able to make this happen this year!