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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