Monthly Archives: December 2010

New Year’s Eve

I love a new calendar.

It’s so fresh and full of opportunities.

365 days of the unknown.

One year ago I had no idea of the events that would unfold in the pages of 2010 calendar – the deaths, the births, the weddings, the heartache, the joys, the challenges.

But God did.

He sees my blank 2011 calendar and knows my every coming and going.

He knows the pain I will feel, the tears I will cry, and the laughter I will enjoy.

And He cares.

So on this eve of another New Year – I rest firmly on His promises.

“For I know the plans I have you says the Lord, plans for good and not for evil to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11

Have a blessed New Year!

The Celebration Continues!

Christmas may be over – but the celebration continues here!

My sister -in – law Julie and her 2 boys are spending the week with us. It’s a week we all look forward to because they are so fun to have around.

The boys will keep themselves busy building Legos, playing the Wii and out sledding in the snow.

Meanwhile we girls will be hanging out with Aunt Julie.

Just saying that makes me smile – because Aunt Julie is really fun to hang out with.

We’ll be watching a movie when she will suddenly sit up and say, “Do you what would taste really good right now?” And the next thing we know we’re eating strawberries dipped in sour cream and brown sugar – or eating a brownie covered with ice cream and hot fudge.

Yeah – she’s pretty fun to have around!

Do you remember the week that we had my three special nieces? Julie was here the whole week to help. She even brought meals.

Do you remember the epic one day Vacation Bible School we hosted last summer? Julie was here the entire week before to help us set up. She even taught a lesson, made the curtains for the puppet theater and created a dolphin puppet.

But we have no big projects this week. Oh no. The next few days will be spent relaxing and enjoying.

We’ll watch movies, drink hot chocolate, eat lots of goodies, and check out our favorite thrift stores.

We’ll play games, work out, go cross country skiing, and laugh – a lot.

But most importantly – we’ll make some memories!

So the celebration continues…




The True Gift

The true gift of Christmas“He who has no Christmas in his heart will never find Christmas under a tree.”
Roy L. Smith.

May the true gift of Christmas – a tiny babe born in a stable who grew to be the Savior of the world – live in your hearts this Christmas.

Blessings from my home to yours.

Photo courtesy of  Nils Fretwurst.

Christmas Memories

Christmas Memories
“Isn’t it fun?” said Daryl. “I just love Christmas!

Even when we were little kids Mother always let us make things for each other, and we always enjoyed the surprises so much. It didn’t matter what they were.

I made Father a pair of woolen gloves one Christmas out of a piece of brown flannel. I ripped up his old ones and got the pattern. They were all crooked and cut the wrong way of the cloth and the stitches were funny and uneven, but Father made a big fuss about them, and said they were the best gloves he had ever had, and wore them every day that winter, though I knew they were awfully crooked and misshapen.

Oh some of my dearest memories I have are connected with Christmas. It is the best day of all the year.”

~Grace Livingston Hill, “The Substitute Guest”

Cranberry Almond White Chocolate Cookies

Cranberry Cookies We had a wonderful Christmas with my husband’s family over the weekend!

The kids loved the time spent with cousins – and I loved my time with my sisters-in-love and my three sweet and very special nieces Katie, Emie and Annie.

My assignment for the weekend was to bring a variety of cookies.  Yes – it was the perfect job for me – and I took it very seriously. 🙂

The girls helped me make several of the traditional favorites – chocolate covered pretzels, gingersnaps, and spritz cookies.

But we also wanted to try something new.

Knowing that my mother-in-law wasn’t big on chocolate, and that one of my sisters-in-law loved cranberries, we went looking for a cranberry cookie.

This is it – and boy – did we pick a winner!

It’s a refrigerator cookie – so you can make up a batch and bake them as needed. We threw in some almonds and a little almond extract for a twist.

Cranberry White Chocolate Cookies

1 – 1/4 cup butter, softened
1 cup packed brown sugar
2/3 cup white sugar
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
3 – 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup slivered almonds
1 cup white chocolate chips
2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries, chopped

Cream together the butter and sugars. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the extracts, beat well.

Combine the flour, baking powder powder, salt and baking soda in a separate bowl. Gradually add to the creamed mixture. Stir in the almonds and white chocolate chips.

Carefully stir in the cranberries.

Shape into three rolls and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.

Cut into 1/4 inch slices and place 1 inch apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes.

Cool on wire racks.


I’ve linked this post up at Tempt My Tummy Tuesday over at Blessed With Grace, Tasty Tuesdays at balancing beauty and Bedlam, and with the Christmas Cookie Exchange at Life As Mom.