Monday, December 31, 2012

Monday Morning in the Kitchen: Apricot Pastry with Persimmon Glaze


John's comment when eating this was, "Do you have some way to mark really good recipes, so that they get made again and not just forgotten?"  My solution?  Put it on the blog.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Sunday Musings of the Spirit: January 2013 Visiting Teaching Message

The visiting teaching message for January can be found here.  Though the topic is missionary work, it reminds me a bit of the idea behind the movie, "It's a Wonderful Life." 

Friday, December 28, 2012

Friday Family History: New Year's Eve Memories

New Year's Eve memories from my childhood did not include Times Square, noise makers, or midnight kisses.  They did include Scrabble games, popcorn, and getting to stay up late.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Thursday Thoughts: Resolutions

It's that time again, when one reviews the past and sets goals for the future.  Making resolutions can seem daunting and scary, or exciting and freeing, depending on perspective. 



Monday, December 24, 2012

Monday Morning in the Kitchen: Mom's Sugar Cookies


Though cookie cutters come in various designs, it seems I only make sugar cookies at Christmastime.  And though I'm sure there must be more than one sugar cookie recipe, this is the only one I use.  If you still need cookies for Santa, this is a good recipe to try, as the dough does not need to chill prior to rolling out to cut.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Sunday Musings of the Spirit: Silent Night

I hope you enjoy this rendition of one of the most beloved of Christmas hymns. 



Thanks for that beautiful silent night.


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Friday, December 21, 2012

Friday Family History: Making "Soap"

"A little knowledge is a dangerous thing," goes the saying.  Or in my case, a little knowledge is a drain-clogging thing.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Thursday Thoughts: How Do You Prefer Replies?

I love reading comments, and I try to frequently make comments on blogs that I read.  My question for you is:  How do you like to receive replies to your comments? 

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Tuesday Time to Tackle: Christmas Ornament Tutorial

Instead of other gifts, my siblings and I exchange ornaments at Christmas.  (Siblings, spoiler alert! Continue reading only if you don't want to be surprised this year.) Nothing says the ornaments need to be homemade, but I do try to make a new one each year.  I make them not only for my siblings, but also for my children and others. 

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Sunday Musings of the Spirit: Christmas Spirit

Sometimes our to-do lists seem to grow during the month of December, and stress can build.  This short video reminds us of what is truly important.





Thanks for Christ.


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Friday, December 14, 2012

Friday Family History: Education Expectations

Dad always told us kids, "The worst mistake I made was marrying your mother before she graduated from college."  We would all laugh, because our parents are very happily married, but we also understood the expectation that we would all finish college. 

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Thursday Thoughts: Reactive Attachment Disorder and Hope

When I started this blog, I knew that I had experiences in my life that could be helpful to others, yet sharing those experiences might embarrass or otherwise cause distress to certain of my children.  This past week, however, my middle daughter gave me permission to share a bit with my readers.  I hope that this might give hope to any who might find themselves in similar circumstances.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Tuesday Time to Tackle: Deck the Halls

With Thanksgiving so early this year, I had grand plans of having my house decorated for Christmas by December 1st.  That didn't happen, but it's OK. 

Monday, December 10, 2012

Monday Morning in the Kitchen: Ambrosia

Grandma would always bring her wonderful fruit salad to our house every Thanksgiving.  Though we called it a fruit salad, we should have called it a dessert. 

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Sunday Musings of the Spirit: Hallelujah Chorus

Beautiful words combine with inspired music to produce this masterpiece.  Enjoy!




Thanks for Handel, and for the reason we sing Hallelujah.


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Monday, December 3, 2012

Monday Morning in the Kitchen: How to Peel a Pomegranate

Do you enjoy fresh pomegranates, but dislike the hassle of actually getting at the fruit?  Removing the edible parts seemed a tedious task, until I learned a simple way.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Sunday Musings of the Spirit: Christmas is Jesus Christ

Sometimes in the hustle and bustle of the season, the true meaning of Christmas gets lost.  Please enjoy this short video which reminds us of the real reason for Christmas.





Thanks for a tiny baby, born in humble circumstances, who changed the world.


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Friday, November 30, 2012

Friday Family History: A Letter to My Granddaughter

Dear Sweet Granddaughter,

After thinking about you for months, I finally met you on Monday night.  Your mom called me Monday morning to tell me that you were going to make your appearance that day, and asked if I would come be with her for your birth.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Thursday Thoughts: Thanks for Life

Most of the time, I don't give much thought to the gift of life.  This past week, however, I have been reminded time and time again just how fortunate we are to be allowed to be here on earth. 

Three events have brought this realization home:

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Blogging Takes a Back Seat

Big news:  I'm a grandma!  I'll be back to blogging, reading, and commenting in a while, but for now I'm busy with other things.  The baby had a bit of a rough time during the delivery, and will spend some time in the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit), but I think she'll be fine. 

Thanks for the miracle of birth, wonderful nurses and doctors, and medical facilities.


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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Sunday Musings of the Spirit: December Visiting Teaching Message

December's visiting teaching message can be found here.  I used one of the suggested scriptures for the handout:



Thanks for the visiting teaching program.


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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thursday Thoughts: Happy Thanksgiving!

I thought I'd share another one of my favorite songs:  Simple Gifts. It seemed appropriate today. 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Not-at-All Wordless Wednesday: Thanks for Prayers

I just wanted to thank those of you who have answered my prayer request.  The latest update is that the man is now awake and can squeeze his wife's hand in response to questions.  The family appreciates all the thoughts and prayers, and asks that we continue to remember them.  This scary situation is looking brighter!

To borrow my friend Debbie's phrase, "Be sure to give your loved ones a hug!" 

Thanks for faith, prayers, and miracles. 


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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Tuesday Time to Tackle: Baby Blessing Dress

I love the look of heirloom blessing dresses, but know myself well enough to realize the amount of time I could spend trying to sew from a complicated pattern. 

Monday, November 19, 2012

Prayers Requested for a Friend

A family from our church is in need of prayers.  A father of 5 children--the oldest is 15, I think--collapsed while running this morning.  His heart arrested, for an unknown-as-yet reason. He is a cross-country coach, so this is very unexpected.  He is currently in the intensive care unit, and his wife would really appreciate prayers. 

Thanks for the power of prayer.


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Monday Morning in the Kitchen: Mom's Pumpkin Squares

Every Thanksgiving for as long as I can remember, dessert consisted of a choice between apple pie and my mom's pumpkin squares  (or both, of course--it was Thanksgiving, after all!)  This recipe captures the yummy flavor of pumpkin pie without the hassle of rolling out a typical pie crust. 

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Sunday Musings of the Spirit: My Heavenly Father Loves Me

A week or so ago, I confessed that I have a hard time choosing favorites.  Let me be more clear:  I have a hard time saying that any one thing is my favorite.  I have a much easier time saying that something is one of my favorites.  

Friday, November 16, 2012

Friday Family History: Adding to Our "Remember When" Stories

Who will ever forget the time I tried to help John and ended up e-mailing his boss John's new job offer?  Though I hope never to top that incident, "The Time We Went to Utah to Celebrate John's 50th Birthday" certainly deserves its own page in our family history story.


Thursday, November 15, 2012

Thursday Thoughts: I Am Blessed

I love this message.  I know sometimes all it takes is someone to ask, "How are you?" for me to release all of my frustrations, worries, and concerns.  This is a great reminder to count the blessing in my life.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Tuesday Time to Tackle: Truncating Blog Posts

I try to learn from the experiences of others, and that trait carries over into blogging.  Karen, from Sew Many Ways, has taught me so much about how to set up a blog.  (She also has great organizational ideas for craft rooms, great blog hops, and so much more.  I highly recommend visiting her blog.) Anyway, when I read this post of hers about how she had entire blog posts stolen, I thought I should probably do something to prevent that from happening on my own little blog.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Monday Morning in the Kitchen: Baked Eggs in Ham Cups


While browsing pinterest, I found this recipe for baked egg cups.  I loved the ease and simplicity of the recipe, but ended up making an even lazier version--mainly due (we'll say) to lack of scallions and  cheese.  Leaving out the salt and pepper legitimately qualified as sheer laziness, however.  Anyway, this is a simple recipe that can easily be doctored up to be elegant.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Sunday Musings of the Spirit: For the Beauty of the Earth

I love traditional hymns, and this one is perfect for the season:



Thanks for the talents of others, who lend voice to beautiful praises.






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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Thursday Thoughts: Tag--You're It!


OK, so it's not quite tag, but it's the closest I could find.
 
 

 Debbie from ::Our Old Homestead:: surprised me recently by tagging my blog.  Having never played blogging tag, I needed an explanation.
So like usual there are rules;
 
- every tagged person has to tell 11 things about themselves
- the person who tagged you asked 11 questions, answer them
- ask 11 questions for the 11 blogs you're going to tag
(the people you tag should have fewer than 200 followers)
- mention the blog that tagged you but don't tag back


So . . .  Hello, I'm Kristi, and:
  1. I have a hard time choosing favorites, which made answering some of the following questions a bit tricky.
  2. I hate to cry.
  3. Every spring, I sentence more raspberries to death by optimistically trying to get them to grow in my hot, windy backyard.  (No need to remind me of the definition of insanity.  I know, I know.)
  4. I love old Craftsman-style houses.
  5. I once won the "Most Unusual Pet" award at the city library's pet show.  Apparently not every little girl grows up with boa constrictors in the living room. 
  6. An even stranger award for me, though, had to be my 3rd place trophy for a 5K run.  I'm sure the organizers really wished a fourth person in my age group would have participated in the race.  I never realized that slow and steady sometimes wins the literal race!
  7. From the day after Thanksgiving until Christmas, my radio is tuned to the "all Christmas songs, all the time" station.
  8. I love Disneyland.
  9. My kids wish that my idea of vacation involved more relaxing and less walking.  ("Yes, kids, we did just arrive in Boston after a red-eye flight, but we are walking the Boston Trail now.  We are here to have fun!")
  10. I grew up without a television, so I was a bit of a conversation-killer at school.  "No, I didn't see the show last night.  I don't have a TV, remember?"  My siblings were smarter than I, and figured out they could just read the TV section of the newspaper for the synopsis of the popular shows.
  11. I enjoy snorkeling.  (That counts as relaxing on vacation, right?)  I did not like snuba diving.

And now, to answer Debbie's questions:

  1. What is your favorite flower?  Lilacs or roses or daffodils or. . .
  2. Where would you love to visit if you could visit anywhere?  New Zealand comes to mind, but there are so many options.
  3. Do you have a bucket list?  No
  4. What is your greatest fear?  Heights, perhaps, but only if there is real danger of falling.  I have no problem flying in an airplane, for example, but the thought of skydiving terrifies me.
  5. What is your favorite animal?  Dogs, in general.  Specifically, basset hounds really make me smile.
  6. Are you a sweet or salty snack person?  Definitely sweet.
  7. What is your favorite song?  Seriously, I need to devote a post or a whole series of posts to address this question.  There is no way I can limit myself to just one song; I don't think I could even pick only one song per genre.  Stay tuned, so to speak.
  8. What does your weekday breakfast look like?  It varies, but usually is something quick.  Oatmeal, or eggs, or cold cereal.
  9. What is your favorite season?  Today it is fall.  Soon to be followed by winter, spring, and finally summer.  
  10. Do you vote?  Yes, every election!
  11. Will you retire early?  Is this an option for homemakers? :-)
To the following bloggers, I yell:  "Tag!  You're It!"


 
 
Be sure to stop by and visit those great blogs and see their answers to the following questions:
 
  1. What is one talent you would like to have?
  2. What's the last movie you watched in the theater?
  3. Do you play a musical instrument?  If so, which one(s)?
  4. Name one of your favorite childhood books.
  5. Night owl or early bird?
  6. Do you have any pets?  If so, tell us about them.
  7. When you were a child, how did you answer the question, "What do you want to be when you grow up?"
  8. What is the last thing you planted?
  9. If you had to choose another time in which to live, which would you choose?
  10. What one word would you like others to use to describe you?
  11. What is one of your favorite mottos, sayings, or verses?
     
I wish I could have linked all of the blogs I read.  If your blog isn't listed, you can still play along.  Just choose one of the questions above--or make up your own--and answer in a comment.  
 
Thanks for the wonderful, creative blogging community!


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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Nearly Wordless Wednesday: Backyard Visitor


Can anyone identify this bird from this blurry photo?


Thanks for the beauty all around us.


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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Tuesday Time to Tackle: Voting!



For my friends in the United States, don't forget to vote today!

Thanks for our system of government and the freedoms we enjoy.


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