Saturday, December 31, 2011

Duggars Countdown to 2012

Happy New Year!

As 2011 draws to a close, people all across the globe are preparing to celebrate. The Duggars' party may be slightly different than the typical New Year shindig, but the family has traditions that everyone looks forward to.

"We'll take turns going around the room asking each of our 19 children what they feel like the Lord would have for their goals for the next year," writes Michelle in her latest Parentables post. "When [the] New Year's countdown begins those of us who can actually stay awake for it will pray in the New Year."

The Duggars' New Year celebration is also filled with board games, ping pong, and plenty of munchies. The clan especially enjoys pretzels with French onion dip--made from French onion soup mix.

How does your family ring in the New Year? 

Michelle Duggar: "Mom of Many"

NBC's Today Moms announced their "most notable moms of 2011." Can you guess who made the list? 

That's right, Michelle Duggar! She was affectionately named the "Mom of Many."

Congratulations, Michelle! You deserve it.

Friday, December 30, 2011

The Duggar Twins are Teens!




Happy 13th Birthday, Jedidiah and Jeremiah! 




Trivia: How many Duggar kids are currently in or have passed their teenage years?

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Watch Full Episodes!

Have you seen our newest feature? We have now made it easier than ever for our readers to watch full episodes of "19 Kids and Counting," as well as all of the Duggars' previous shows. Visit our "Watch Full Episodes" page to let the entertainment begin!     

Monday, December 26, 2011

Tour the Duggar Home

In January 2006, the Duggars moved into their spacious, 7,000 square-foot home. With guidance from Clark Wilson, a carpenter and close friend, the entire family was involved in the construction process. From the laying of the foundation to move-in day, the project took the Herd of Turtles (aka H.O.T. Crew) almost four years. What did the house look like soon after it was built? Take a look at these photos!

 
Exterior

 
2,000 Square-Foot Living Space

 
Catwalk over living room
Jim Bob

 
"Pretty" Kitchen
Jill and Joy-Anna

 
Industrial Kitchen (Duggar's Deli and Diner)

 
Family Clothes Closet
Jinger and Justin

 
Laundry Room
Jessa

 
Music Nook

 
Playroom

 
Indoor Climbing Wall
Jason and Jeremiah

 
Indoor Slide
Justin, Jason, Jeremiah, and Johannah

 
Tunnel connecting playroom to boys' room
Justin

 
Boys' Room

 
Girls' Room

 
Master Bedroom
Jim Bob, Michelle, and Jennifer

 
Studio
Josh, Josiah, and John-David

 
Prayer Closet
Jill

What is your favorite room?

Two-Year Anniversary

Celebrating the two-year anniversary of the Duggar Family Blog! Thanks to all of our loyal readers!

Our goal is to maintain an uplifting website where you can find the latest, factual information about Jim Bob and Michelle and their delightful children.

Proud to serve you,
Lily and Ellie    

Saturday, December 24, 2011

As you celebrate the season, may peace, love, and joy be yours. 

Merry Christmas!

~Lily and Ellie

Friday, December 23, 2011

Holiday Discussion

The Duggars celebrate Christmas. We are curious to hear what holiday you celebrate! Go ahead and post your response as a comment. And if you would like, tell us your favorite holiday tradition.

~Lily and Ellie  

Christmas With the Duggars Part 2

Yesterday, we wrote about the Duggars' traditions leading up to Christmas. Today, let's take a look at how they spend Christmas Day.


Jim Bob and Michelle host an average of 30-45 immediate and extended family members for Christmas dinner, which is served buffet-style at their 7,000 square-foot home in Northwest Arkansas.


Can you guess what the Duggars' favorite holiday dish is? It's not the mashed potatoes, turkey, stuffing, or even the assortment of homemade pies. It's the rolls; the Duggars' melt-in-your-mouth, Homemade Yeast Rolls.
(Click here for recipe.)


After dinner, the family gathers around the Christmas tree (decorated this year by Jessa and Jinger) for an evening of carols, board games, hot apple cider, and plenty of wrapping paper!


How does a super-sized family handle Christmas presents? The Duggars usually organize their gift exchange by pulling names out of a hat.

 "You can feel the love in the room," says cousin Amy in a recent Examiner interview. There’s no family drama. It’s amazing."

Enjoy this video of the Duggars singing "Silent Night," back when they were "18 Kids and Counting."

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Josiah Duggar's Cheese Biscuit Recipe

Josiah Duggar recently wowed his family with a batch of savory cheese biscuits. The irresistible aroma floated up to the second floor, drawing everyone to the kitchen with their stomachs grumbling. Josiah plans to add his cheese biscuits to the collection of treats that the family distributes to the community during the holidays.

To read more about the Duggars' Christmas traditions, check out our post entitled "Christmas With the Duggars Part 1."

Click here to view more delicious Duggar recipes. 
 
Josiah's Cheese Biscuits

Dough:
1 1/4 lbs. Bisquik™
3 oz.  shredded cheddar cheese 
11 oz. cold water

Garlic Spread:
1/2 cup melted butter 
1 t. garlic powder 
1/4 t. salt 
1/8 t. onion powder 
1/8 t. dried parsley

Mix Bisquik™, cheese and water until dough is firm. Using a small scoop, place the dough on a baking pan lined with baking paper. Bake in 375° oven for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. While biscuits bake, combine all spread ingredients. Brush baked biscuits with the garlic topping.


*A note from Lily and Ellie: You can make homemade Bisquik by following this simple recipe:

9 cups flour
1/2 cup baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 1/4 cups canola oil

Mix dry ingredients together well.
Cut oil into mixture with pastry blender until it is like cornmeal.
Store in container with tight cover in the refrigerator.
  

Christmas With the Duggars Part 1

What does Christmas look like for the Duggar family? For the next two days, we will be discussing how Jim Bob, Michelle, and the kids celebrate the season.

In the days leading up to the 25th, the mouth-watering aroma of every kind of baked good imaginable fills the Duggar home.

"We enjoy taking treats, like cookies and homemade bread and honey butter, to those who serve in the community -- the fire department, the police department as well as some other people that we know that need some encouragement because they've had a rough year," explains Michelle in a recent blog post. Delivering baked goods has been a Duggar Christmas tradition for years.

Even though they are a bustling household, the Duggars still find time to serve others. They even whip up special treats for those who have to limit their sugar intake.

"My daughter Jill makes a homemade salsa with cilantro and onions, and it is delicious," Michelle writes in her Parentables post. "It's also great as a gift because sometimes people can't always do the sugar."

Out of all the recipes they make during Christmas, the Duggars' favorite is Mrs. Brundi Crawford's Super Yummy Chocolate Chip Cookies. Would you like to give it a try? We have included the recipe below.

Click here to view more delicious Duggar recipes.  


Mrs. Brundi Crawford's Super Yummy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients:
2 cookie sheets 
2 sticks melted butter
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. pure vanilla (2 tsp. if using imitation)
2 1/4 cups all purpose four
1 ts. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
3 cups chocolate chips   

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350°. Blend butter and both sugars until soft. Add eggs, vanilla, flour, baking soda and salt. Mix well. Gently mix in chocolate chips. Scoop by tablespoon size onto cookie sheets. Bake at 350° for 5-7 minutes, or until lightly brown.  

Very Important!: Squish all sides of cookie together using a spoon or your fingers. Bake 1 additional minute. Let sit 2 minuets on cookie sheet before removing to cool. This sets the bottom & gives that small amount  of crunch. Makes a difference. 

*Makes 2 dozen cookies

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Happy Hanukkah!

Happy Hanukkah to all of our readers who celebrate!

Hanukkah (also spelled Chanukah) is known as the Festival of Lights. It begins at sundown tonight and ends on December 28th. "Hanukkah" means "to dedicate," and the holiday commemorates the re-dedication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem.

The Duggars traveled to Israel in September to fulfill Grandma Duggar's lifelong dream of visiting the Holy Land.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Update: How are the Duggars Coping?

The Duggars are drawing closer as a family as they mourn the loss of 21st child Jubilee Shalom. While Michelle is getting plenty of rest (thanks to Jim Bob and the kids), she has by no means checked out. Even during this painful time, she is in the midst of her children; showering them with love, sharing in their tears, and joining them in prayer.

"[Jill] was crying and weeping last night," Michelle told People Magazine at Wednesday's memorial service. "I hugged her and said, 'I am holding on, and I am going to let the tears go. We can pray, cry and grieve together in the weeks and days we walk through this.' "  

"Our calendar is cleared off, and we are going to take time to talk and pray and cry," says Michelle. "This is going to be a time for our family to just be together."

But one thing that the Duggars are not erasing from their agenda are their December birthdays (all five of them). Turning another year older may not seem like a big event in such a large family, but no birthday goes unnoticed in the Duggar home. Josie celebrated her milestone second birthday on December 10th, Jordyn turned three yesterday, Jinger enters adulthood on Wednesday, and twins Jedidiah and Jeremiah become teenagers on December 30th.

Duggar World Tour Photos Part 1

This September, the Duggars traveled the globe! In less than three weeks, they visited Scotland, Ireland, England, and Israel. Enjoy these photos!

 Ferry ride

Cruising the streets

 
Jedidiah

Grandma Duggar and cousin Amy

 VIP walk through Stonehenge

 Jason and Jill

 Sightseeing

Michelle and Amy with their Scottish friend

Jim Bob

 Mackynzie and Michael

 Jinger, Joy-Anna, Amy, Jill, and Josie

 John-David and Jana

 London Eye
 
 Jeremiah in Israel

John-David in Israel

 Josh in Israel

 
Camera Crew

Grandma Duggar and Michelle

Michelle and friend

 Jill and Jessa baking bread at Causey Farm
Ireland

 Baking bread at Causey Farm 
Ireland

 Jeremiah and Jedidiah

Josiah
 
 Grandma Duggar

James the photographer

There's more where that came from (a whole lot more)!  You will find a collection of pictures of the Duggar family on our "Photos & Videos" page.