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Saturday, June 27, 2009

Christmas Trivia - Kris Kringle

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German for “Christ's Child” or “Christkindlein.” A name for an early German gift-bringing infant Jesus or angelic being, who was thought of as a Christ's helper and gave gifts to poor and needy children. As cultures merged, visits from the similar St. Nicholas, Pere Noel, Pelznickel and Christkindlein all became overshadowed or mutated into Santa Claus.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Christmas Trivia - Mistletoe

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Ancient Celtic priests called Druids around the New Year would collect mistletoe from their holy oak tree and offer some as a sacrifice to the gods. Some would be hung up during a ceremony which people would stand under it and kiss showing an end to their old grievances with each other. This later practice never actually died out.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Ideas for Twig Trees

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Thanksgiving Tree. Each person in the family, including dinner guests, trace their hands and write down things they are thankful for.

Spray paint red and white like a candy cane and hang candy canes from it.

Use only nature type things like bunches of holly berries, small eucalyptus wreaths, bouquets of baby breath, pinecones.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Safely Store Your Ornaments & Holiday Decor

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Proper storage of your ornaments and decorations keeps them in perfect condition year after year. Purchase sturdy storage containers and resolve to store your treasures properly this year!


Don't wrap ornaments or decorations in newspaper, printed tissue, or other printed papers. The inks can rub off on the ornaments and ruin them.

Keep glass ornaments away from damp environments, like basements, garages, storage units, or attics. These treasures need to be kept inside to avoid mold or mildew damage.

Avoid using plastic shopping bags for storage as they tend to break down or weaken over time.


Compartmentalized ornament boxes are wonderful and can be found at discount department stores or ordered online.

Specially made containers are great, but you can also use sturdy cardboard boxes and inexpensive plastic bins with lids. It's a good idea to save your original ornament boxes whenever possible, especially for breakable items as they are usually packaged to prevent damage.


Save and organize your gift wrapping materials in a plastic organizer made especially for this purpose. You won't have to buy all new materials next year, and you'll know exactly where your papers and bows are when you need them.
Long rolls of paper can also be stored by tying the rolls together with string or ribbon (don't tape them or use rubber bands that can mark or tear the paper) and lying them flat on a closet shelf. Store gift bags by removing any tissue paper from the bags, fold bags carefully, and store the folded bags in your largest gift bag or in a large department store bag. Hang or place the bag so that it won't be crushed or come into contact with moisture.

Sturdy cardboard inserts (like the ones packed inside all those toy packages) work great for wrapping garlands around to keep them flat and untangled. Layer in paper bags for protection and easy handling next year.

Wrap individual strings of lights around cardboard inserts. Check for broken or burned out lights and replace or mark with a colored twist-tie for replacement next year. Buy replacement bulbs in the after Christmas sales.

You can quickly make cloth bags to store and protect your lights by cutting the legs from a pair of old, worn out jeans and either sew, glue or use fusible web to seal one end. Place lights inside the bag and secure the open end with a large rubber band and by tying a length of string securely around the end. The bags can then be securely hung up in your storage area on a hook or nail. Store smaller strings of lights (for wreathes, or other decorations) in plastic containers marked to identify what the lights are used for.

Store extension cords with lights so you can locate them next year when you need them.

Use acid-free tissue paper to wrap loose ornaments and place in shallow, sturdy cardboard boxes or plastic ornament containers.

Many home/school made ornaments have candy (peppermints, etc.) that can deteriorate, get gooey or sticky, attract pests, and are generally not easily stored. If you want to try to keep them, place each in a Ziploc baggie to protect other items from direct contact.

Cushion ornaments by using lots of tissue between them. I don't recommend Styrofoam peanuts as packing material because they can get wedged into an ornaments tiny openings and cause breakage, and moisture can also cause the material to stick to your ornaments

Avoid overcrowding a box of ornaments or making too many layers.

Use sturdy cardboard boxes to store antique or fragile ornaments rather than airtight plastic containers.

Ornaments with photos, natural materials (pinecones, dog biscuits, macaroni, etc.) should be wrapped in acid-free tissue paper and stored in airtight containers to avoid attracting insects. Note that some natural materials may not store well from year to year.

Place small packets of silica gel (available at arts & crafts stores) in storage boxes to avoid mildew.

Wreaths should be wrapped in tissue paper and can be stored in cardboard boxes; avoid stacking wreaths.

Separate out any ornaments or objects in need of minor repairs and set aside to fix before packing them away.

Store collections or like items together so that each collection can be easily put together next year.

Label boxes for easy identity next year.

Use a clear plastic shoebox to organize and store extra gift tags, tape, scissors, small ribbons, trims, ornament hangers, cookie cutters, and other small miscellaneous holiday items.

Ribbons and bows are best stored in a large plastic box so they won't be crushed or exposed to moisture.


A cool, dry area where the temperature remains fairly steady is preferable for storage of your treasured collectibles.

Avoid storing holiday decorations in laundry rooms, garages, outside storage buildings, basements, or attics that are not temperature regulated.

A high closet shelf or indoor under-the-stairs storage area where the boxes can remain undisturbed is ideal, especially for fragile items.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Unify the Decorations on Your Tree

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Create a truly unique tree by adding special decorating touches.

Choose a Christmas Tree Theme
Spark your creativity with a color or style theme. For instance, a silver theme can use silver ribbons, silver ornaments, and garlands of silver beads. Choose the decorations according to the theme. An elegant theme would use velvet, satin, sparkles, and beads. A country theme would make use of raffia, cookie cutter ornaments, popcorn and cranberry garlands, and wooden toys. Add clumps of dried herbs to a kitchen tree for a wonderful scent in the room.

Too Much is a Good Thing
You can never really have too many decorations on the tree. If they're evenly spaced and carefully selected, the more the better.

Add Natural Materials
Use colorful ribbons to tie together clusters of dried flowers or small twigs. Place them between branches where some fill is needed. Use wire to attach the clusters to the branches.

Use Silk Flowers for Color
Trim blossoms off stems of silk flowers and lay them on the branches of your Christmas tree for a formal look. Choose blossoms in shades of the colors of your theme or choose all white for a snowy effect. Place the flowers evenly around the tree on the inside and outside of branches.

Add Sparkle With Metallic Spray
Preserved leaves, pinecones, and seed pods can be embellished with metallic spray paint &/or a sprinkling of glitter. Add just a touch for a subtle look or cover completely for a more formal effect.

Ribbon Streamers
Instead of a garland, attach holiday colored ribbons or long strands of raffia to the top branches of the tree. Wind them down and around the branches to the bottom of the tree.

A Crowning Glory for Your Tree
Every traditional Christmas tree is topped by a star or angel. If you have a family heirloom, use it even if it doesn't "match" your tree decorating theme. Traditions are an important part of Christmas and what more suitable place would there be for an heirloom than the tip of your Christmas tree?

What Do the Holidays Mean to You?

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Your Holidays Are Lively

For you, the holidays are about celebration. You enjoy all the fun and fellowship that the holidays bring.

You celebrate the holidays in a minimalist style. You are likely to only give one great present and decorate your house with a few special items.

During the holidays, you feel magical. You love all of the decorations and how happy people are. You like to sit back and take it all in.

You think the holidays should be nostalgic and sweet. The holidays bring out your inner child.

Your best holiday memories are of childhood foods and traditions. You secretly still wish you believed in Santa Claus.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Happy Leon Day!

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“Leon” is “Noel” spelled backward. Leon Day marks the halfway point to Christmas.

Do something today to get ready for Christmas... buy a gift (or two), create cards, work on your Christmas notebook, create an ornament, send a Christmas in June card to a friend, listen to some Christmas music.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

How Much Do You Know About Christmas?

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You Know a Lot About Christmas

You got 10/10 correct

You know tons about the history and traditions surrounding Christmas.

When you celebrate the holidays, you never forget their true meaning - or all the little fun details.

Random Christmas fact: The average mall Santa is 5'9, 218 lbs, and 52 years old. The average waist size is 43 inches.

The History of The 12 Days Of Christmas

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There is one Christmas Carol that has always baffled me. What in the world do leaping lords, French hens, swimming swans, and especially the partridge who won't come out of the pear tree have to do with Christmas?

From 1558 until 1829, Roman Catholics in England were not permitted to practice their faith openly. Someone during that era wrote this carol as a catechism song for young Catholics. It has two levels of meaning: the surface meaning plus a hidden meaning known only to members of their church. Each element in the carol has a code word for a religious reality which the children could remember.

  1. The partridge in a pear tree was Jesus Christ.
  2. Two turtle doves were the Old and New Testaments.
  3. Three French hens stood for faith, hope, and love.
  4. The four calling birds were the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, & John.
  5. The five golden rings recalled the Torah or Law, the first five books of the Old Testament.
  6. The six geese a-laying stood for the six days of creation.
  7. Seven swans a-swimming represented the sevenfold gifts of the Holy Spirit -- Prophesy, Serving, Teaching, Exhortation, Contribution, Leadership, and Mercy.
  8. The eight maids a-milking were the eight beatitudes.
  9. Nine ladies dancing were the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit -- Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self Control.
  10. The ten lords a-leaping were the ten commandments.
  11. The eleven pipers piping stood for the eleven faithful disciples.
  12. The twelve drummers drumming symbolized the twelve points of belief in the Apostles' Creed.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

You're Invited

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You are cordially invited to A birthday celebration!

Guest of Honor: Jesus Christ

Date: Every day. Traditionally, December 25, but He's always around, so the date is flexible.

Time: Whenever you're ready. Please don't be late, though, or you'll miss out on all the fun.

Place: In your heart . . . He'll meet you there. You'll hear Him knock.

Attire: Come as you are. Old clothes are okay. He'll be washing our clothes anyway. He said something about new white robes and crowns for everyone who stays til the end.

Tickets: Admission is free. He's already paid for everyone. He says you wouldn't have been able to afford it anyway . . . it cost Him everything He had. But you do need to accept the ticket!

Refreshments: New wine, bread, and a far-out drink He calls "Living Water," followed by a supper that promises to be out of this world.

Gift Suggestions: Your life. He's one of those people who already has everything else. He's very generous in return though. Just wait until you see what He has for you!

Entertainment: Joy, Peace, Truth, Light, Life, Love, Real Happiness, Communion with God, Forgiveness, Miracles, Healing, Power, Eternity in Paradise, Contentment, and much more! All "G" rated, so bring your family and friends.

R.S.V.P. is Very Important: He must know ahead so He can reserve a spot for you at the table. Also, He's keeping a list of His friends for future reference. He calls it the "Lamb's Book of Life."

Party Given: By His Kids (that's us). Hope to see you there.

Christmas Trivia - Holly

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Early Christians of Northern Europe decorated their homes and churches with this easily grown evergreen that was called “Holy Tree” later “Holly”, because the pointed green leaves reminded them of the crown of thorns and the red berries of the drops of blood at Jesus' crucifixion.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Getting to Know You - Christmas

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1. Wrapping paper or gift bags?
For the children, wrapping paper. For others baskets. Sometimes I use gift bags for unusual-shaped or bulky items.

2. Real tree or artificial?
Artificial since I do so many trees and I don't want to deal with the pine needles of a real tree. Also, since I'm the only adult in my household I have no idea how I would get a real tree in the tree stand. Lol.

3. When do you put up the tree?
The big traditional family tree is put up between the 2nd and 4th week of November. The other trees start going up the day after Halloween.

4. When do you take the tree down?
The tree does not come down until after Kings Day, the 6th of January. If I took it down earlier my grandmother and father would come back to haunt me. Lol.

5. Do you like eggnog?

6. Favorite gift received as a child?
The year I got 10 Barbie dolls, 1 Ken doll, and all the accessories. Thank goodness for yard sales.

7. Do you have a nativity scene?
Yes. I have several since it is one of things I collect.

8. Hardest person to buy for?
My mother because I feel the gift has to be perfect. Long story.

9. Easiest person to buy for?
My children and dog.

10. Worst Christmas gift ever received?
Not receiving a gift for Christmas.

11. Mail or email Christmas card?
Definitely mail. Though, I do send e-greetings too.

12. Favorite Christmas Movie?
The old Rankin Bass animated shows.

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas?
All year!

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present?

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas?
I love it all. Lol.

16. Clear lights or colored on the tree?
With having a variety of trees, I have both, depending on the theme of the tree.

17. Favorite Christmas song? Too many to list: Santa Baby, Mary Did You Know? (Favorite), Jingle Bell Rock, others that I cannot remember the titles of right now.

18. Travel at Christmas or stay home?
We stay home on Christmas day.

19. Can you name Santa's reindeer?
Yes, I can.

20. Do you have an Angel on top or a star?
Depends on the theme of the tree. Both.

21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning?
The kids open two gifts on Christmas Eve: (1) pajamas to wear that night so that the kids look crisp and clean for pictures on Christmas morning, and (2) one book or movie to watch read or watch on Christmas Eve. All other gifts are opened on Christmas morning.

22. Most annoying thing about this time of year?
Commercialism, being a humbug.

23. Best thing about Christmas?
Christmas spirit, believing in Santa Claus, the birth of our Savior.

24. Favorite Christmas quote? Believing is seeing.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

The W in Christmas

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Each December, I vowed to make Christmas a calm and peaceful experience. I had cut back on nonessential obligations - extensive card writing, endless baking, decorating, and even overspending.

Yet still, I found myself exhausted, unable to appreciate the precious family moments, and of course, the true meaning of Christmas.

My son, Nicholas, was in kindergarten that year.

It was an exciting season for a six year old. For weeks, he'd been memorizing songs for his school's "Winter Pageant." I didn't have the heart to tell him I'd be working the night of the production.

Unwilling to miss his shining moment, I spoke with his teacher. She assured me there'd be a dress rehearsal the morning of the presentation. All parents unable to attend that evening were welcome to come then. Fortunately, Nicholas seemed happy with the compromise.

So, the morning of the dress rehearsal, I filed in ten minutes early, found a spot on the cafeteria floor and sat down. Around the room, I saw several other parents quietly scampering to their seats. As I waited, the students were led into the room. Each class, accompanied by their teacher, sat cross-legged on the floor. Then, each group, one by one, rose to perform their song.

Because the public school system had long stopped referring to the holiday as "Christmas," I didn't expect anything other than fun, commercial entertainment, and songs of reindeer and Santa Claus, and good cheer. So, when my son's class rose to sing, "Christmas Love," I was slightly taken aback by its bold title.

Nicholas was aglow, as were all of his classmates, adorned in fuzzy mittens, red sweaters, and bright snowcaps upon their heads. Those in the front row - center stage - held up large letters, one by one, to spell out the title of the song. As the class would sing "C is for Christmas," a child would hold up the letter C. Then, "H is for Happy," and on and on, until each child holding up his portion had presented the complete message, "Christmas Love."

The performance was going smoothly, until suddenly, we noticed her; a small, quiet, girl in the front row holding the letter "M" upside down - totally unaware her letter "M" appeared as a "W".

The audience of 1st through 6th graders snickered at this little one's mistake. But she had no idea they were laughing at her, so she stood tall, proudly holding her "W".

Although many teachers tried to shush the children, the laughter continued until the last letter was raised, and we all saw it together. A hush came over the audience and eyes began to widen.

In that instant, we understood the reason we were there, why we celebrated the holiday in the first place, why even in the chaos, there was a purpose for our festivities.

For when the last letter was held high, the message read loud and clear: "CHRISTWAS LOVE"

I believe, He still is...

Story by Candy Chand.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Wordless Wednesday #4

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Look at these ceramic trees I found at a flea market. I got all five for $10.00. Whoo hoo!

To see other great photos of just about anything, go to 5 Minutes for Mom.

The Twelve Days of Christmas

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It was Christmas. The snow that gently hugged the tips of the mountains and the farolitos (paper lanterns) that graced the homes and business establishments in the desert Southwest told me so. But it was not Christmas in my heart. My children were busy with their holiday parties, and simply baking the perfunctory cookies for them was a massive chore. You see, tragedy had struck our family just four months earlier by way of the untimely and sad death of my oldest daughter, Kristen.

Much to my surprise, life proceeded, albeit on a surreal level. How would I get through the holidays? How could I be strong for my family? Christmas was just two weeks away, and my parents decided to fly out and join us. They had not weathered the death of their grandchild well. It was good that we would all be together for this holiday. Little did we know what was about to happen to us on that holiday.

It was a quiet night. The lights of Albuquerque sparkled below us, and I had just finished playing Christmas songs on my piano when the front doorbell chimed. My son, Nick, was quick to see who had come to visit us this late.

“What in the world?” he exclaimed. “There is no one here.”

My daughter, Kate, ran to the door and gasped in surprise. Sitting on the front porch was a beautiful white candle covered in a glass dome. The fire of the candle danced merrily, and we quickly brought it inside.

How nice! Who could have given us such a nice present? Why didn’t they stay so that we could thank them? So many questions!

The following night, after a particularly stressful day, we once again heard the sound of the doorbell. The children laughed merrily. This time, a basket of freshly baked ginger cookies was left for us. They were still warm and covered with a clean red-checkered dishtowel.

Nick quickly ran out onto the porch and into the driveway. No one was there. What was going on? Who could be doing this? And how could they disappear so quickly without a trace into the night?

On the third night, we waited with anticipation. Nick had a plan that he felt would be foolproof. He would be ready this time if the doorbell rang. He camped out in the foyer, directly in front of the door. Sure enough, this time, there came a knock. Before anyone had a chance to respond, Nick swung open the door. However, much to his chagrin, he wasn’t fast enough. Nestled among delicate green foil were two crystal tree ornaments. They were filled with a fragrant, spicy potpourri. We immediately placed them in a prominent location on our Christmas tree.

This was fun! My father’s eyes sparkled with life, and my mother’s face was lit with a happy smile.

How wonderful! Someone was playing the “Twelve Days of Christmas” on us. But who? Who could be doing such a wonderful thing?

The fourth night arrived, accompanied by a storm. Wind and snow lapped against our windows with a fury, and we were certain we would not receive a visit from our Christmas "ghost" on such a dreary and cold night. We were wrong!

Right on schedule, the front door rattled with a knock, and this time, two tiny, wooden angels with starched lace wings were left behind for us to behold.

The children ran to the end of the porch. Nothing could be seen, not even a footprint in the snow. Such a mystery!

On the fifth, sixth, and seventh nights, we received tall, honey wax candles, a nut bread bursting with cherries and almonds, and a tiny nutcracker carved from clothespins and held together with pipe cleaners.

Now it was time to get down to serious business. Our curiosity was piqued. We simply had to know our mystery benefactor.

“No,” said my father. “Whoever it is does not want to be seen, and it is our responsibility to keep it that way. This is part of the gift. This angel is also receiving a gift, the pure and obvious joy of giving, secure in the knowledge that he or she is bringing joy to this family at a very difficult time.”

He, of course, was right.

On the eighth night, we waited. No one came. Disappointed and tired, we went to bed. We had come to look forward to our nocturnal visits and now wondered why they had stopped.

Morning dawned brightly, and when my husband stepped outside to retrieve his paper, lo and behold! On our threshold were two gifts: a red poinsettia, and a lovely Christmas cactus that was preparing to bloom. Our friend had truly caught us off guard this time. Indeed, our eighth and ninth day gifts had been quietly left outside our door sometime during the night.

On the tenth night, we received an apple pie, steaming hot and carefully wrapped in red and green napkins.

On the eleventh day, brown and white handmade coasters made of cardboard and lined with satin ribbon were left. So lovely!

Christmas Eve was upon us, and it had happened so quickly that we forgot our sad spirit. Our sweet angel had taken our minds from our loss and had treated us to a very different kind of Christmas. It was one that we had never anticipated.

Each night, the children had run outside in a vain effort to catch a glimpse of our benevolent friends, and yet, on the twelfth night, we still had no idea who had so diligently and kindly bestowed us with its sweet blessings.

On the twelfth day - Christmas Day - we sat in the living room. All of our gifts had been exchanged, and we had enjoyed a quiet family dinner. It had been a good Christmas, after all, loving and joyous.

Then, the front doorbell rang. Right on cue, our secret Santa disappeared into the night, leaving behind a small white envelope. Upon opening it, we found that our twelfth Christmas gift was a message, neatly written in a child’s hand. It read:

I am the spirit of Christmas
Which is PEACE
I am the spirit of gladness
Which is HOPE
I am the heart of Christmas
Which is LOVE
Have a Merry Christmas!

We were changed from that night on. We began to heal. Going on with our lives seemed a bit easier. We never knew who left all of those wonderful gifts. We did, however, divine the “Spirit of Christmas” and how important it is to take the time for friends. We learned how essential it is to bring a bit of sunshine into a dark place, not simply at Christmas, but all year through.

Reprinted by permission of Janet K. Brennan (c) 2001 from A Chicken Soup for the Soul Christmas by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

What Christmas Carol Are You?

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What Christmas Ornament Are You?

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You Are an Angel

A truly giving soul, you understand the spirit of Christmas.

Christmas with a Captial C

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Monday, June 8, 2009

ABCs of Christmas

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A is for the Animals who shared the stable
B is for the Babe with their manger for cradle.
C is for the Carols so blithe and gay.
D is for December, the twenty-fifth day.
E is for the Eve when we're all so excited.
F is for the Fun when the tree's at last lighted.
G is for Goose which you all know is fat.
H is the Holly you stick in your hat.
I is for the Ivy that clings to the wall.
J is for Jesus, the cause of it all.
K is for the Kindness begot by this feast.
L is for the Light shining way in the East.
M is for the Mistletoe, all green and white.
N is for the Noels we sing Christmas night.
O is for the Oxen, the first to adore Him.
P is for the Presents the Wise Men laid before Him.
Q is for the Quiet of the holy Eve as God's greatest blessing we all did receive.
R is for the Reindeer leaping over the roofs.
S is for the Stockings that Santa Claus stuffs.
T is for the Toys, the Tinsel, the Tree.
U is for Us - the whole family.
V is for Visitors bringing us cheer.
W is Welcome to the happy New Year.
X, Y, Z bother me.
So now to you all, wherever you be, a merry merry Christmas, and many may you see!

25 Days of Party Recipes - Day 8

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Banana Spice Cookies - Cookies

1/2 cup margarine or butter
2-1/4 cup all purpose flour
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp ground cloves
3 bananas, mashed (1 cup)
1/2 cup walnuts, optional

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Beat margarine with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add about half the flour, sugar, eggs, baking powder, vanilla, cinnamon, baking soda, and cloves. Beat until thoroughly combined. Beat in remaining flour. Beat in bananas. Drop by rounded teaspoons onto greased cookie sheet.

Bake 8-10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool on rack.

If you want to add nuts, then add chopped nuts after you mix in the bananas.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

25 Days of Party Recipes - Day 7

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Buckeyes - Cookies

2 cups creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 pound powdered sugar
3 cups semisweet chocolate chips

In a large mixing bowl, mix peanut butter, butter, and vanilla together. Add powdered sugar, a small amount at a time, mixing by hand. Continue adding sugar until mixture can be rolled into 1" balls that stay together.

Melt chocolate in double boiler or microwave. Placing ball on fork, dip 3/4 of ball into chocolate. Place balls on wax paper-lined baking sheet. Place in freezer to set.

Yields: 5 dozen

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Christmas Trivia - Nativity Scene

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St. Francis of Assisi is responsible for popularizing the nativity scene, but it most probably existed earlier. In 1223 or 1224, St. Francis wanted to add hope and joy of God's love to his message by constructing a life-size manger scene with live animals, with the gospel sung around the scene.

25 Days of Party Recipes - Day 6

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Original Chex Party Mix - Snack

6 tablespoons margarine or butter
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
3/4 teaspoons garlic powder1
1/2 teaspoons seasoned salt
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1 cup mixed nuts
1 cup pretzels
1 cup garlic-flavor bite-size bagel chips or regular-size bagel chips, broken into 1-inch pieces
3 cups Corn Chex cereal
3 cups Rice Chex cereal
3 cups Wheat Chex cereal

Heat oven to 250°. Melt margarine in large roasting pan in oven. Stir in seasonings. Gradually stir in remaining ingredients until evenly coated. Bake 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.

Spread on paper towels to cool. Store in airtight container.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Happy Gingerbread Day

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Here's a site to check out in honor of Gingerbread Day.

Check out the houses... one for every occasion. Great inspiration!

Make Recycled Wrapping Paper Bows

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Here's a creative way to recycle all that surplus gift wrapping paper; you can use it to make beautiful paper bows.

25 Days of Party Recipes - Day 5

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Festive Jello Popcorn Balls - Snack

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter or margarine
1 pkg. (10-1/2 oz.) miniature marshmallows
1 pkg. (4-serving size) Jello Gelatin, any flavor
3 qt. (12 cups) popped popcorn
Decorations, such as candy sprinkles and ribbon (optional)

Microwave butter and marshmallows in large microwavable bowl on high 1-1/2 to 2 minutes or until marshmallows are puffed. Stir in gelatin until well blended.

Pour marshmallow mixture over popcorn in large bowl; mix lightly until evenly coated.

Shape into 16 (2-inch) balls or other shapes with greased or moistened hands.

Add decorations, if desired.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

The Meaning of CHRISTMAS

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C is for the Christ Child who was sleeping in the hay.
H is for the Heavenly Host who worshipped Him that day.
R is for the Radiance on Mary's holy face.
I is for the lowly Inn, a poor and humble place.
S is for the Star that shone to guide the shepherds there.
T is for the Travelers who brought Him treasures rare.
M is for the Manger where He laid His little head.
A is for the Angels who hovered 'round His bed.
S is for the Savior whom has given us peace on earth & eternal life.

25 Days of Party Recipes - Day 4

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Oyster Crackers - Snack

This recipe is just fantastic and so easy!

1 bag of oyster crackers
1 package of dry ranch dressing mix
1 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon dill weed

Preheat the oven to 200°. Mix the ranch dressing, oil, and dill weed in a
bowl. Put the oyster crackers in a large bowl. Pour the dressing mix
over the oyster crackers. You must let the dressing mix soak into the
oyster crackers for at least 10 minutes. Stir frequently. Bake for 20
minutes stirring half way through.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

25 Days of Party Recipes - Day 3

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Sausage Cheese Dip - Appetizer

1 lb regular Jimmy Dean sausage, browned
1 (16 oz) jar Cheez Whiz
1 can Cheddar cheese soup
2 cans mild diced green chiles

Combine all ingredients in crockpot; cook on low for 2 to 3 hours.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

25 Days of Party Recipes - Day 2

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Easy Crabmeat Dip - Appetizer

1 can white crab meat
1 package of cream cheese - softened
Cocktail sauce

Spread the cream cheese on a plate in a medium to thin layer. Pour cocktail sauce on top of it. Sprinkle the drained crab meat on top.

Serve with crackers.

Monday, June 1, 2009

25 Days of Party Recipes

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Deviled Eggs - Appetizer

Boil a dozen eggs for about 15 minutes. Put cold water in pan and eggs, then put on stove and heat. This helps the shells remove easily. Remove from boiling water and run cold water over the pot with the eggs in it and start shelling while cold water is running.

Cut the eggs in half lengthwise. Scoop out yolk into bowl and put whites on plate. Add yolks to 1/2 cup (maybe more depending on how creamy you want them) of Mayonnaise or Miracle Whip to bowl. Add a little squirt of mustard. Add a couple dashes of salt and pepper. Use a hand mixer and mix up the yolk mixture until really creamy. Drop by teaspoon into hollowed egg white. When finished dust with paprika.

Diamond Tree

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This is the most magnificent tree I have ever seen. It is made with clear crystals and close to a thousand carats of diamonds. This diamond tree is literally worth a million bucks! Or 1.55 million bucks, to be more precise.

If you’re wondering why the tree hasn’t been stripped bare of its diamonds... it’s because they are all encrusted upon the huge star perched at the top so that it’s safely beyond reach.

Some statistics:
man hours — 12,966
weight — over 3,215 kilograms
lights — 456
crystal beads — 3,762
diamonds — 21,798
carats — 913
worth — $1,550,000