Saturday, December 31, 2011
Friday, December 30, 2011
Saturday, December 24, 2011
that we may share in the song of the angels,
the gladness of the shepherds,
and worship of the wise men.
and open the door of love all over the world.
Let kindness come with every gift and good desires with every greeting.
Deliver us from evil by the blessing which Christ brings,
and teach us to be merry with clear hearts.
and Christmas evening bring us to our beds with grateful thoughts,
forgiving and forgiven, for Jesus' sake. Amen.
Friday, December 23, 2011
|Far From Camelot|
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Monday, December 19, 2011
Saturday, December 17, 2011
Friday, December 16, 2011
This quote is from Corrie Ten Boom (who, if you haven't read about her or know her story, is pretty amazing and inspiring and worth checking out!) and I am trying to take it to heart and practice it every day! Though I tend to then worry about whether or not I am just living in denial (yes....obsessive, I know!) but I keep trying to focus on this verse from Matthew:
Can you tell I am a worrier??? Yes, it is true. I am a planner, an organizer, and by nature an obsessive worrier. It is genetic, I come from a long line of obsessive worriers. We literally have it down to a hyperventilating, hand wringing science. One thing that is coming out of the current trials I am dealing with is having to face that I have no control. Really, it is so much bigger than I am. So, I am trying out the experience of living in this very moment (which is really hard if you are always worrying about the next moment) and having faith enough to get through it. Since I have no control, there is no need to worry. You see, my worry comes out of the struggle to have some sense of control over situations and fear. I have no control...and God is with me so I will not fear...and I will hold boldly to that in this moment!
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
My DH came home and tried one and promptly said, "Oh...wow...it is like a party in my mouth!" Now if that isn't an endorsement, I don't know what is!
I have to admit.... I had one this morning and it was better than yesterday!!! I am love with these super, chocolaty dream cookies.
Can you tell I like to cook around Christmas? I love trying new, totally healthy (NOT) recipes and sharing them with friends and family. Hey, we can talk health and getting skinny in the new year!
Marshmallow Brownie Cookies
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
I’ll admit it, I am a late comer to the smart phone party! Truthfully, I was one of those folks who really thought all the hype about smart phones was a bunch of hooey! I have even been known to make fun (playfully, of course) of friends and family who just seemed addicted to their phones…and then I caught the bug. Now, I am totally in love with mine. I just love the ability to check email, look up directions, compare prices (YEP, that is totally cool!), browse Twitter & Facebook, all at the light touch of a finger! I am also a huge fan of texting and photo sharing, all of which I attribute to being the mom of teenagers (that sounds acceptable…right?)
My oldest child had a smart phone long before I did. It was a 2nd generation Android powered phone and it gave her many years of good use (and survived some pretty rough treatment as well). So I am excited to be able to share a great deal that Sprint has going on right now featuring the Android powered HTC EVO™ 4G or EVO™. For a limited time you can get the HTC EVO™ 4G or EVO™ Shift for FREE only on Sprint here: Android™ powered EVO 4G devices and you can also get waived activation for new lines of service and free shipping from Sprint!
Now wouldn’t your stockings be stuffed in style if they had one of these in them come Christmas morning? Check out all the great holiday deals from Sprint here: Android™ powered EVO 4G devices
More Great Holiday deals on And
Monday, December 12, 2011
Brownie Peppermint Cookies
1 (18.3 oz) pkg brownie mix
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
1/4 tsp salt
2 large eggs
2 Tbsp milk
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 tsp peppermint extract
1 recipe vanilla cream frosting, recipe follows
1/2 cup crushed peppermint candy canes
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a cookie sheet and set aside. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together brownie mix, flour, brown sugar and salt. Add in eggs and milk and stir with a large spoon. Add in melted butter, vanilla and peppermint extract, stir until well blended. Spoon dough by heaping tablespoonfuls onto greased cookie sheet (you can fit 12 per sheet). Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before frosting. Once cool, frost each cookie and sprinkle with crushed candy canes.
Saturday, December 10, 2011
|Photography by Alvin Stewart Photography|
Friday, December 09, 2011
Thursday, December 08, 2011
|My Memories Digital Scrapbooking Suite|
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Monday, December 05, 2011
Saturday, December 03, 2011
Has anyone had problems over the last few months commenting on blogs? I have repeatedly tried to figure out a solution to this problem but can't seem to figure it out. Sometimes when leaving a comment I have to choose "Google Account" and then it asks to to sign in when I am already signed in and continues to do that over and over and never lets me post the comment. AND lately I have been running into this error message:
Friday, December 02, 2011
It is sad really that this skill has evaded me for 40+ years...and especially through the years when I had small children. It isn't that I had no interest. I had lots of interest....just not a lot of stick-to-itness. Some how, I missed those classes when I was in school and I came from a Mother who apparently hated to sew. But now that I am completely addicted to Pinterest my desire to be able to sew has reared it's crafty head again. There are just too many cute things!!!! I love fabric and feel like I could do so much if I just knew how to sew. I have a friend who says she can teach me and I think I just might have to take her up on her offer (and hope we remain friends through the learning process!)
Here are some of the things I am in love with on Pinterst that have me lusting after the ability to sew: