Tuesday, December 30, 2014

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:

Saturday, December 27, 2014

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!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

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!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

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.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Joshua Tree Down

As I looked outside today, I noticed a once-tall Joshua tree lying 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:

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

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:

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I'm thankful for animals.

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Monday, December 15, 2014

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?

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

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

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.

Monday, December 8, 2014

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.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

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.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

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, December 1, 2014

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.