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2014 in 12 Photos

Thanks to Christine making me aware of this link party; I decided I'd jump on board.  Here's a photo recap of highlights of my year:

Ten Things of Thankful: Christmas Edition

Cooking, baking, sewing, wrapping.  Hugging, laughing, singing, playing.  I'm nearly to ten and I haven't even started the list.  This Christmas week has been exhaustingly, wonderfully fun!

Baking Yesterday, Sewing Today

Fudge, gingerbread, shortbread, candied nuts, caramel turtles, candy cane hearts. . . . I had a productive day in the kitchen yesterday.  Now to move on to sewing!

Ten Things of Thankful: It's Almost Christmas Edition

Normally, I am a fairly organized person.  "Normally" being defined as "back when I was a student."  I love order and organization, but seem to be on an endless quest to return to my formerly-organized state.  This week, many of my thankfuls bring me a glimmer of the me-who-I-know-is-still-in-there-somewhere.


Joshua Tree Down

As I looked outside today, I noticed a once-tall Joshua treelying on the ground.  No longer will my photos be able to feature its interesting shape.  It was my go-to foreground for all sky shots:



Animal Kingdom

Florida in December can be a bit chilly.  Such was the case the day my sister and I visited Disney's Animal Kingdom.  Some of the animals stayed inside, hidden from view.  Others, however, ventured outside:









I'm thankful for animals.




Snowman Spa

This requires no recipe, and is more festive than mini-marshmallows:


Now don't you want to give a snowman Peep a nice hot cocoa jacuzzi treatment?




Thanks for hot chocolate, and a good use for Peeps.




Ten Things of Thankful: Disney World Edition

When my little sister asked me months ago if I wanted to build a snowman, I quickly answered yes.  We live on opposite sides of the country, and don't see each other nearly often enough.  Instead of building a snowman, though, we decided to go play at Disney World.  I'm back home now, and linking up late in a jet-lagged, but very thankful state.



Candy Cane Hearts

As I mentioned on my Ten Things of Thankful post this past weekend, I made a bunch of candy cane hearts last week.  My friend found the idea from pinterest, and taught us how to make the treats at Relief Society.


Ten Things of Thankful: Rainy Christmas Season Edition

The Thanksgiving weekend is over, family members have returned to their various homes, and the busy Christmas season is upon us. The tasks to do exceed the capacity of my brain to remember them, but the overlying feeling of the week isn't really one of stress.  I'm thankful.

Throwback Thursday a Day Late: Family Christmas Photo

I'm not sure if only seven years ago counts as "throwback," but I love this family photo.  


Rainy Day

Earlier this week, John told me, "Sailors take warning."


December 2014 Visiting Teaching Message

Appropriately for the month of December, the visiting teaching message is "The Divine Mission of Jesus Christ:  Prince of Peace."  I love the idea that even during challenging times, I can have personal peace as I remember the Savior. 


Thankful Thought:  Thanks for Jesus Christ and the peace He brings.

Monday Morning in the Kitchen: After Thanksgiving Turkey Salad

Though I first ate this salad in May, I've saved the post to publish now, when everyone is trying to figure out what to do with pounds and pounds of turkey leftovers.  This recipe not only will help use up the turkey, it provides a bit of a lighter fare than typically is found during the holiday season.