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Advent Calendar Christmas Tree by Brittney (gr.6)

In the cold December me and my family go out to find a beautiful bushy green tree. When we go to the shop, we usually spend almost an hour looking for the best tree they’ve got.

My father doesn’t care which one is picked, so he usually talks to the person that works at the shop. My brother walks with me and my mom through all the beautiful trees and asks which one is good. My mom is kinda picky with her trees. It could be too short or to long or even there would be a spot in the tree that’s bare. If I really like a tree and ask if we could take it, my mom usually says no because it’s not perfect. But after all that we always get the perfect, beautiful bushy natural tree.

My father and my brother pick the tree up and lift it into the back of my truck. When we get home, my father hauls it inside through the front door, my brotehr grabs the trunk and tries to help. We lay it in the center of the living room and my father drills ahole at the bottom of it. Me and my mom put it into the stand and we wait for all the branches to fall into place. While my family is waiting, I alwayts hve to vacuum the pines that fall on the stairs. I’m always anxious to decoreate the tree, sometimes I nag my mom to decorate the tree. She gets mad at me, but I don’t mind.

Las year we put the ree in a corner, where our closet is. Now I’m not sure because there is a lot of stuff in that spot.

My Mom’s Apple Crumble

Originally published by Jane when she was 11 years old.

What I like most about apple crumble is of course the taste of fresh heated apples with good sauce on it that has cinnamon in it, (there’s more stuff in the sauce though) and how the taste is sugary. I save the crust for last because I love the crunchy part of crusts!!!  Apple crumble is my favourite dessert.

My mom makes it from scratch. She went on a site, printed the paper and followed the directions. But now if were having a party or people coming over, that’s when we mostly do it. We also buy it from the store when we don’t have time to make it.

My mother comes from Chile but moved in Canada in 1975 when she was 5 years old. There are good desserts from Chile that my grandmother does,Apple Crumble, WikiMedia Commonsbut with my mom, we like to make recipes from Quebec like the apple crumbles (but we can still make those recipes my grandmother does). Of course there are good, and tasty apples in Chile and my grandmother makes an apple dessert that is called Kuchen de manzana. It is like an apple strudel or a typical dessert from Chile is called Brazo de reina that is a cake with a kind of caramel in it. But my favourite is the apple crumble (or apple pies) Maybe someday I’ll share the recipe of Brazo de reina from my grandmother, and of course I will have to translate it in English with the help of my mom so you can taste this excellent dessert!!

I like to eat apple crumble at any time of the year (almost all the time) but mostly when it’s a supper. I’m lucky, because each time we have apple crumbles, the rest of my family don’t eat too much and there is more for ME. We can also save some for other days.

How to make an Apple Crumble

Ingredients: (you will need a measuring cup and spoons)

– ¾ cups of flour

– 1 cup of oatmeal

– ¼ tea spoons of nutmeg

– ½ cup of brown sugar

-1/2 cup of margarine

-1/2 tea spoon of cinnamon


7 apples (with no skin)

1/3 cups of brown sugar

1 table spoon of lemon juice


1. Before starting this recipe, warm up your oven to 375˚F. Cut all the apples in small pieces and mix it up with the brown sugar, and the lemon juice. (From the Garniture)

2. Place in a baking dish lightly greased.

3. In a bowl, mix together all other ingredients except margarine. Undo margarine to make it creamy and stir into the dry ingredients.

4. Spread this mixture over apples

5. Bake at 375˚F for about 30 minutes.

And There You Go Everyone! An Apple Crumble!

Mia’s Shortbread Cookies

Recipe, Mia's grandmotherThis is a recipe for Shortbread cookies with sprinkles on top. There are usually green or red sprinkles on top. So you can guess what season it is for – Christmas!!

What I love the most about shortbread cookies are that when you put them on your tongue and you suck on them – they melt in your mouth. They taste so good and so smooth and creamy!

Originally published by 11 year old Mia on her personal blog.