12 Days of Home for the Holidays: Welcome Lindsey Moore from Cosmo Cricket

Please welcome Debby's Dare first guest of the 12 Days of Home for the Holidays, Lindsey Moore, Director of Sales for Cosmo Cricket.  If you follow the Cosmo  Cricket blog you will see Lindsey in some of the pre-CHA (Craft and Hobby Association) videos teasing their readers about the new line of products coming out.  You have to know Lindsey has a keen sense of humor that I've enjoyed both at CHA and via email in the past.

Welcome Lindsey Moore!

At the Moore Household the holidays are the highlight of the year, especially Christmas. Christmas Eve we invite friends and extended family over to our place. Before Christmas eve dinner we have a short program. We begin as a group sing Joy to the World (it’s a good thing that my kids have their mom’s singing ability- not the Three Dog Night version), but the Christmas one.

After we sing we sit down and read the story of Jesus birth, as recorded in Luke of the New Testament. We conclude singing Silent Night.

Sometimes, if there are younger children present, I will read the poem by Dr. Seuss, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” I love that poem!

One thing my kids love to do on Christmas Eve is to go out Candy Caneing. This is kind of like Toilet Papering someone’s house. We usually pick three or four families with young children. We buy boxes of different flavors of Candy Canes and tape hundreds to their door and plaster their porch with them. We attach a letter that states, “ you’ve been Candy Caned!”

After we have a Christmas Eve Dinner and we serve homemade Egg Nog. In one of the cups of the Egg Nog there is an almond. If you’re lucky enough to get that particular cup, there is a wrapped present for you.

Christmas day the kids (5 of them 17-25), get up at 6:00AM. We open presents one by one. They go back to bed.

Both Christmas Eve and Christmas Night my kids play games until far into the morning with their mom.

Christmas we have friends and family over, everyone brings their favorite dish, and we cook a Prime Rib. Below is a recipe I like to use.

1/2 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 tablespoons ground black pepper
2 tablespoons ground coriander
1/4 cup chili powder
2 tablespoons kosher salt
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup chili powder
3 tablespoons Cajun-style blackened seasoning
6 pounds prime rib roast, bone in
2 cups water

1.  In a medium bowl, mix together the brown sugar, cumin, black pepper, coriander, 1/4 cup chili powder, kosher salt, and soy sauce. In a separate small bowl, mix together 1/2 cup chili powder and blackened seasoning. Set aside.
2.  Cut ribs from roast, and place in a roasting pan. They will act as a roasting rack. Rub the meat all over with the soy sauce mixture. Then rub and coat with the Cajun seasoning mixture. Let marinate for at least one hour or wrap in plastic, and chill overnight.
3.  Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F (260 degrees C).
4.  Remove any plastic from roast, and place pan into the preheated oven. Roast uncovered for 15 minutes in the preheated oven. Pour water into the pan to produce moist heat. Reduce oven temperature to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C), and continue roasting for 1 hour and 10 minutes, or until the internal temperature is at least 130-140 degrees F/55-60 degrees C) for medium rare, or (145-155 degrees F/63-68 degrees C) for medium . Let the roast stand for 30 minutes before carving to let the juices return to the center.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Lindsay Moore
Cosmo Cricket

From Debby
Thank you so much Lindsey.  I think my kids might be interested in "Candy Caneing.  Do add Cosmo Cricket's blog to your favorites.  Not only do they have awesome projects, I totally love reading their blog posts. 

Remember to stop in tomorrow for another guest blogger for 12 Days of Home for the Holidays.


  1. The candy caning idea is awesome-and the recipe sure isn't bad either. Thanks Debby for inviting Lindsay to share with us.

  2. So fun to hear how Lindsey and his lovely family celebrate Christmas! Sounds like a wonderful time of love and laughter...and good food! I love Cosmo Cricket!!...Nancy :o)

  3. how fun are your traditions. and i love cosmo. that line just rocks.

  4. Only the first day and I'm loving this Debby

    Thanks for being such a wonderful person. Huge hugs


  5. Thanks for sharing your family traditions with us. Never heard of the Candy Caneing! sounds like fun.

  6. Lovin' the thoughts of "Candy Caning" people! I might just have to try that! :-) Prime Rib is a family favorite here too!

  7. <3 cosmo! And that recipe sounds delicious!!!

  8. Love the candy cane-ing idea! And that recipe is making my mouth water!

  9. I'm coming over to your house L !!! Prime Rib? yummo!

  10. Wow! That is an awesome Christmas eve and Christmas tradition! I would love to be able to candy cane someones door/porch!TFS!

  11. I am going to add candy caneing to my holiday season! How fun that will be! Thanks Lindsay! Thanks for sharing your holidays with us!

  12. i had no idea he had so many kids! so awesome to see his family and learn about their traditions! he's awesome!

  13. Love hearing more about Lindsay and his family !

    Love the candy cane idea and the almond.. my luck someone would choke on it.. I think I just might give it a try ! :)


  14. Thanks for sharing! Bookmarking the recipe!!

  15. I made it . . . been a long day. I so want to candy cane someone now!

  16. I love the idea of candy caneing. Brought a smile to me on a dreary day. Thanks for sharing about it. I already love Cosmo Cricuts blog. Thanks

  17. Debby, Lindasy was a great choice!
    Love the candy caneing idea.

  18. Those traditions sound so fun!!! So glad you shared on Debby's blog!!!


  20. Cool web series, Deb! And it was great to get to hear about Cosmo's founder's holiday traditions. Candy Caning is quite a clever idea. I don't know how they manage to be quiet enough not to wake up the people in the house. We'd have way too much giggling, I think!

  21. What a lovely way to celebrate the holiday. I'm loving the "You've been Candy Caned" Thanks for sharing


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