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I don’t know about your family, but kids all around me are getting out for Christmas Break. Parents everywhere are looking forward to baking cookies, sledding, package wrapping, and fun….right up until the kids have been home for days and you run out of things to do.
I am pleased to share this Thursday’s author and all of her fun ideas for things to do with your kids, just in time for families everywhere to be snowed in. And trust me, Nina is an expert. She has eight children and still finds time to write children’s books.
Nina Harris, Author of a children’s book called The Ten Leopards, not only has an adorable book, but she has a fun website! Nina shares all kinds of creative ideas for activities with your kids while school is out. I asked Nina why she is committed to writing only clean or inspirational books. Nina said:
“Finding a good book which is also clean can be a challenge. A lot of times people decide how much they will tolerate to appreciate the rest of the book. The world needs more good clean books. I want to write uplifting fun books. Anything which will detract from that isn’t what I am about.”
About Nina Harris, Author:
Nina Harris has been writing poems and stories since she was a girl. She also loves music, art and anything creative. She often finds inspiration in the wonders of nature. Some of her favorite experiences are walking through a Redwood forest and listening to the ocean. Most of all she loves being a mom to her eight children. She and her family live in Idaho Falls, Idaho.
Anyone who loves the sound of the ocean and walking in the redwoods is my kind of person. And they should nominate anyone who raises eight children and still finds time to do creative things with them as a Christmas Angel.
About the book: The Ten Leopards
Everyone knows that there is nothing a leopard loves more than his spots. But what happens when he sneezes them all off? Told in sweet, rhyming verse, this imaginative retelling of the healing of the ten lepers puts a fresh spin on a Bible favorite.
Before I read the description for Nina’s book, I purchased and enjoyed Nina’s story. As a Nana, I plan on sharing Nina’s book with the grandkids. At first, while I read, I found myself wondering when I would be going to the store to buy stuffed leopards with adorable names. Then I understood I was reading the story of the ten lepers. My heart warmed as I realized the layers of messages. It opened opportunities to talk about healing, faith, agency, and acceptance of everyone by the Savior. It was a story about how the Savior loved the leopards, with or without their spots, and leopards got to choose what they wanted to do with their time.
Nina’s favorite family’s cookie recipe for the holidays!
1 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp. vanilla
red food coloring
2 ½ cups flour
1 ½ tsp. Baking Powder
In a large bowl, mix butter, sugar, egg and vanilla till fluffy. In small bowl mix flour and baking powder. Add dry ingredients to butter mixture and mix well. Divide dough in half and place in separate bowls. Knead 1 tsp. Peppermint extract and 4 drops red food coloring into one half. Roll out each half into 12X8 rectangle. I like to roll out the dough on wax paper. Place one layer on top of the other. Using wax paper makes it easier to flip the top layer onto the other. Roll the dough in a long roll. Chill for 2 hours. Slice into 1/2 inch thick pieces. I use a length of thread to slice the dough. Slide the thread under the roll and cross on top and pull. (a knife tends to squish the cookies). You can also freeze the dough and slice it with a knife. Bake at 350º for 10 min.
You can find The Ten Leopards at Deseret Book Stores
Check out Nina Harris’s website and her directions for Kissmas Balls or is that Christmas Balls
Find The Ten Leopards on Amazon
Follow this fabulous mom, Nina Harris, on Facebook!
Check out her post at Facebook: Authors who Wait By The Gate
Serious Readers of the world! Nina is on Goodreads!