Monthly Archives: December 2013

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from all of us here at Blue Jeans and Cotton Tees!
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 May the hope that was born in Bethlehem so many years ago, be real in your lives this Christmas and through-out the New year!

God bless you and your families.

 

Caramel Corn with the Master

Once upon a time the King of Caramel Corn came to visit and endeavored to teach his loyal subjects the art of making caramel corn perfection.

First he looking critically through all of their bowls – and dismissed them as too small. Until they brought up the massive Navy bowl – which he deemed an acceptable substitute for the kings own royal popcorn bowl.

caramel cornThen he got Buddy popping the corn. Lots of corn. But he didn’t measure it. The Master didn’t need measures – he went by eye. He knew when there was just enough.

old maidsHe carefully picked through the popped corn for the old maids. It’s the little things- you know – that make a difference between the good and great.

When the corn was popped to his satisfaction, the making of the caramel commenced. It was measured with precision, stirred with care, and timed to exactly 3 minutes.

stirringThen it was poured over the popped corn and stirred slowly and methodically until every kernel of corn was coated.

The pans of perfectly prepared caramel corn was then ready to be baked.

Five CrownsAnd the King of Caramel Corn and his underlings played a rousing game of Five Crowns while it baked, stopping every 20 minutes for “a stirring” of the corn to avoid burning.

When the King of Caramel Corn had won the game of Five Crowns, and the corn had roasted for exactly one hour and thirty minutes, it was removed from the oven and dumped on the table.

caramel cornWhere the King and his court burned their fingers tasting it while eating enough to ruin their supper.

And they all lived happily ever after.

The end.

For the King of Caramel Corn’s official Royal recipe – just click here.

Spiced Nuts

spiced nutsMatt’s coming home today!

Isn’t it interesting that we say he’s “coming home” when he comes and that he’s “going home” when he leaves?

I guess that’s the blessing of a beloved child.

You will always have two homes – one where you live  – and Mom and Dad’s where you will always be welcome.

To get this beloved firstborn of ours home requires a trip to the airport in the big city. So Jan and I plan to do some Christmas shopping in route.

Since we will be without children for the first part of the trip – it definitely qualifies as a “date”. 😉 So I whipped up a batch of these yummy spicy nuts to munch on in the car.

With so many sweets around during the holidays – sometimes a little spice just hits the spot.

They are super fast to make – and disappear almost as quickly!

Spiced Nuts

1 cup raw nuts (I used almonds, but cashews, pecans, walnuts, or even peanuts would also work – just make sure they are raw!)
1 teaspoon olive or coconut oil
3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Toss all the ingredients together and bake until lightly toasted – about 15- 20 minutes. Watch them carefully – some nuts toast faster than others!

This recipe easily doubles, or triples.

Enjoy!

For all you THMer’s – this is a solid and very satisfying S.

I’ve linked this post with Trim Healthy Tuesday on Gwen’s Nest.

A Tale of Christmas Greens

tale of Christmas greensTwas a cold day in December when the lady of the place,

Decided she needed  some Christmas greens  to fill an empty place.

So dressed up very warmly, with boots so she wouldn’t fall,

She found her handsome husband, looking rugged in coveralls.

Hand in hand together, they headed through the snow,

When suddenly they heard a noise that made them say “Oh no!”

They turned around in horror and saw to their dismay,

They were being followed by a piglet, out of his pen that day.

“Go back you pesky varmint” yelled the woman of the place.

But that curious little piglet just kept right up with their pace.

She waved her hands and stomped her feet but it was of no avail.

That piglet would not turn around, for he thought her basket was a pail.

And pails mean food in a piggy’s world, so he kept up with their gait.

And with a sigh they realized, they had to take a piglet on their date.

December Check-Off

Okay – be honest now – how many of you see December as a month of check-offs? I will confess that I found myself doing that very thing this week.

4H Christmas Party. Check.

Take Sunday School kids to nursing home. Check.

Make sugar cookies. Check.

Ugly Christmas Sweater party. Check.

Decorate Christmas tree. Check.

Our lists are long. Our responsibilities many.

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Buy Christmas gifts.

Plan menus.

Bake more sugar cookies.

Children’s Christmas program.

Find stocking stuffers.

Write Christmas letter.

Christmas Eve service.

There are special treats to make. Special people to bless. Special memories that we want to create.

But I don’t want my Christmas season to be filled with long hours stressing about an overwhelming list of must-do’s.Nativity

It’s time to hit the re-set button on my heart.

To take a deep breath and relax.

To be more Mary and a little less Martha.

To let the music of Christmas soak into my conscious – not just be background noise.

To glory in the incredible love of God – that He would send His only Son as a baby in a manger to redeem me.

After all, Christmas only comes once a year. I don’t want to miss it.