Sunday, December 21, 2014

Sunday, December 21, 2014 - Fourth Sunday in Advent....

From Luke 1:68, we have these words:

                         "Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,

                           for he has looked favorably on his

                           people and redeemed them."

From the United Methodist Women Prayer Calendar for 2014, today's Mission Focus is Pakistan:  Association of Women Awareness and Rural Empowerment (AWARE):  Ending violence against women.

On this day - as on all days - may you be surrounded by love, joy, and peace.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Watching and waiting....

Chris, the Christmas clown, is watching and waiting.


Santa must be nearby!  After all, he has left his hat here!


He must be coming back for it!

Five more sleeps!

Friday, December 19, 2014

No matter how busy....

....these days become as we approach Christmas, there is always time to take a break and enjoy some Christmas reading.


My very favorite way to begin setting the mood for the season is to review this book - Christmas Joy - by Susan Branch.


Ideas for "decking the halls" are especially helpful.  Thank you, Susan!

Another book that is well-loved by many in our family is this one:


Some gllimpses inside follow.



Tolkien fans are sure to enjoy this one!

Take some time for a reading break!  I always feel refreshed when I do!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Appetizer....

When we are faced with coming up with something for an appetizer, the first thing I think of is a cheese tray.  It is certainly the simplest and least labor intensive.  That is not the direction I chose recently, however.  


This was the mixture before it was to be placed into individual phyllo shells.


This is the "lone leftover" that came back home.:-)


Here is the recipe.  It comes from Skinnytaste.com, a very favorite site that I visit regularly!  

Enjoy!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Do you remember....

....when the local utililty company had home economists on their staff?  They would have sessions on various topics of interest to homemakers.  Also, there were publications available, particularly at Christmas time, to give us assistance in making our plans.


Here are some I collected from a number of years ago.  They included help with menus.




There was always a good opportunity to find some good recipes.



I am liking the sound of that Quick Corn Pudding, so that may find a place on the table here very soon!  Grits in Casserole sounds like a good choice, too!  I'll try to remember to take pictures!

The "Santa Crunch" is on!  Does it seem like someone pushed the "fast forward" button?  Eight more sleeps until Christmas Day!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Santa Claus.....

....is coming!

A collection of Santas through the years.  The smaller one was a gift from a student in1988.
The one in the middle was a gift of a friend of our daughters in the church youth group, and the fiddle-playing Santa is in honor of City Girl who chose to play the violin in middle and high school.

The parade continues.  The smaller ones were painted by Country Girl as a Christmas gift for me a number of years ago.  The Santa music box was a student gift in 1995.

The appearance of these must mean the "real arrival" isn't far away!  Are you ready?

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Another chance....

As a week had passed, and I had not heard from the original winner of the giveaway, last night The Husband chose another name.  I have sent email to Sandra Coleman Clark!  You are the winner of this:


I will put it in the mail to you as soon as I have your address!

Congratulations!

There will be other giveaways in the future, so there will be other chances for those of  you who commented.

Wishes for a happy week ahead!