Sunday, May 31, 2009
The mall was packed with shoppers, who were going to and fro, Some with smiles, some with frowns, and some too tired to go. They rested on benches, or they hurried on their way. To fight the crowds for purchases, to carry home that day.
The music from the stereo, was playing loud and clear. Of Santa Claus and snowmen, and funny nosed reindeer. He heard the people talk about, the good times on the way. Of parties, fun and food galore, and gift exchanges that day.
I'd like to know what's going on, the man was heard to say. There seems to be some sort, of celebration on the way. And would you tell me who this is, all dressed in red and white. And why are children asking "him" about a special night.
The answer came in disbelief, I can't believe my ears. I can't believe you do not know, that Christmas time is here. The time when Santa comes around, with gifts for girls and boys. When they are asleep on Christmas Eve, he leaves them books and toys.
The man you see in red and white, is Santa Claus so shy. The children love his joyful laugh, and twinkle in his eye. His gift packed sleigh is pulled along, by very small reindeer. As he flies quickly through the air, while darting here and there.
The children learn of Santa Claus, while they are still quite small. When Christmas comes "he" is the most, "important" one of all. The stranger hung His head in shame, He closed a nail pierced hand. His body shook in disbelief, He did not understand. A shadow crossed His stricken face, His voice was low but clear. "After all these years they still don't know." And JESUS shed a tear.
By Author Unknown
Saturday, May 30, 2009
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German glass blowers began producing glass balls to replace the heavy decorations. These became known as Blubs.
In the 1800's the women's publication, "Godey's Lady Book" popularize the making of homemade Christmas ornaments & decorations.
2. If you have time, freeze the layers of your cake before frosting. It makes your frosting job much easier and no crumbs.
3. Frosting will look more professional if you first frost with a thin layer and let it set. Then apply a second coat of frosting.
4. After adding batter to your cake pans, tip slightly from side to side to level the dough and put a little on the sides of the pan. When the cake rises, it will make a flatter layer.
5. Form drop cookies by dropping them on a cookie sheet and then press them with the bottom of a water glass dipped in sugar.
6. Preserve the creamy texture of frozen cheesecake by thawing it in the refrigerator for 12 hours.
7. Dip your cookie cutter in slightly warm salad oil for a cleaner cut.
8. Quick frosting can be made by adding a little chocolate syrup to prepared whipped topping (Cool whip type)/
9. Sprinkle powdered sugar on each layer of your cake before filling or frosting. This will keep the filling from soaking through the cake.
10. Uncooked spaghetti is great to use instead of toothpicks for holding a cake together while waiting for the icing to set.
11. Uncooked spaghetti works well to light birthday candles.
12. Substitute two egg whites stiffly beaten for each whole egg in a recipe for lower cholesterol.
13. Add a pinch of salt to the sugar and your icing won't become grainy.
14. Use cocoa instead of flour to "flour" your baking pans so your cakes and cookies won't have that floury look.
15. Trace the bottom of your baking pan onto waxed paper and cut it out. Use this in the bottom of the pan and grease the sides like normal. When the cake is done, it comes out easily and the paper can be removed while the cake is still warm.
16. Roll the dough directly onto a greased and floured cookie sheet. Cut the cookies out and then pick up the scrap for thinner crispier dough.
17. Cookies wills stay moist if a slice of bread is placed in the cookie jar.
18. A pinch of salt added to chocolate dishes enhances the flavor.
The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light,
I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight.
My wife was asleep, her head on my chest,
my daughter beside me, angelic in rest.
Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white,
Transforming the yard to a winter delight.
The sparkling lights in the tree, I believe,
Completed the magic that was Christmas Eve.
My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep,
Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep
in perfect contentment, or so it would seem.
So I slumbered, perhaps I started to dream.
The sound wasn't loud, and it wasn't too near,
But I opened my eye when it tickled my ear.
Perhaps just a cough, I didn't quite know,
Then the sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow.
My soul gave a tremble, I struggled to hear,
and I crept to the door just to see who was near.
Standing out in the cold and the dark of the night,
A lone figure stood, his face weary and tight.
A soldier, I puzzled, some twenty years old
Perhaps a Marine, huddled here in the cold.
Alone in the dark, he looked up and smiled,
Standing watch over me, and my wife and my child.
"What are you doing?," I asked without fear.
"Come in this moment, it's freezing out here!
Put down your pack, brush the snow from your sleeve,
You should be at home on a cold Christmas Eve!"
For barely a moment I saw his eyes shift,
away from the cold and the snow blown in drifts,
to the window that danced with a warm fire's light
then he sighed and he said "Its really all right,I'm out here by choice. I'm here every night."
"Its my duty to stand at the front of the line,
that separates you from the darkest of times.
No one had to ask or beg or implore me,
I'm proud to stand here like my fathers before me.
My Gramps died at 'Pearl on a day in December,"
then he sighed, "That's a Christmas 'Gram always remembers."
My dad stood his watch in the jungles of 'Nam
And now it is my turn and so, here I am
.I've not seen my own son in more than a while,
But my wife sends me pictures, he's sure got her smile.
Then he bent and he carefully pulled from his bag,
The red white and blue... an American flag.
"I can live through the cold and the being alone,
Away from my family, my house and my home,
I can stand at my post through the rain and the sleet,
I can sleep in a foxhole with little to eat,
I can carry the weight of killing another
or lay down my life with my sisters and brothers
who stand at the front against any and all,
to insure for all time that this flag will not fall."
"So go back inside," he said, "harbor no fright
Your family is waiting and I'll be all right."
"But isn't there something I can do, at the least,
Give you money," I asked,
"or prepare you a feast?
It seems all too little for all that you've done,
For being away from your wife and your son.
"Then his eye welled a tear that held no regret,"
Just tell us you love us, and never forget
To fight for our rights back at home while we're gone.
To stand your own watch, no matter how long.
For when we come home, either standing or dead,
to know you remember we fought and we bled
is payment enough, and with that we will trust.
That we mattered to you as you mattered to us.
~~ Michael Marks ~~
Friday, May 29, 2009
This tree has become a Christmas favorite in recent years, thanks to the pretty contrast between the silver on the underside of the needles and the dark green on top. No worries about being pricked — the three-quarters-inch-long needles are flat, have blunt ends, and are soft to the touch. The Fraser fir is said to have the best needle retention of all the trees, but farmers say needle retention is based more on how well you care for the tree.
This aromatic, dark green tree will keep a room smelling like a forest in Maine. The needles are three quarters of an inch long, flat, and blunt at the ends, and grow in two rows on either side of the branch. All firs have good needle retention. Fir branches are airier than those of pines or spruces, so you can go wild with popcorn strings and colored balls.
At the Jones Family Farms, in Shelton, Connecticut, the white fir is called "the tangerine tree" because of its citrusy smell. The soft needles are flat and thin, two to three inches long, and silvery blue, growing all around the branch. The white fir tends to be fuller than other firs. Not widely grown, it is a niche tree, says Terry Jones: "You either love 'em or you hate 'em."
Eastern White Pine
This tree is popular in the South. The branches grow close together, and the soft, hairlike needles, 2 1/2 to 5 inches in length, grow in bundles of five, giving the tree a soft, full appearance. But because of the tightness of the branches, it doesn't showcase ornaments as well as firs do.
The inch-long needles are thin, pointed, and soft; they grow in two rows, as on the balsam, and stick out in different directions, giving the tree a beautiful, feathery appearance. Douglas firs are dark green or blue green, depending on their genetic makeup and the type of soil they were grown in. The branches are more flexible than those of the balsam, making this not the best choice for heavy ornaments.
Colorado Blue Spruce
A beautiful tree that ranges in color from silvery blue to dark green, the Colorado blue spruce has needles 3/4 to 1 1/2 inches in length that grow "bottle brush" style on the branches. Because the needles are prickly, the Colorado blue spruce is often recommended to people who have cats. They won't try climbing it twice. The strong branches can support heavy ornaments without sagging.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
- Use candy canes as stirring sticks for hot beverages.
- Add crushed candy canes to vanilla frosting and make cookie sandwiches with purchased cookies or graham crackers.
- Add crushed candy canes to Rice Krispy treats.
- Melt some purchased white almond bark and add crushed candy cane pieces. Pour onto waxed paper and chill for instant Candy Cane Bark.
- Sprinkle crushed candy canes on top of iced cupcakes or on top of ice cream sundaes.
- Layer ice cream and hot fudge sauce with crushed candy canes and top with whipped cream for a peppermint twist treat.
- Dip the candy canes in chocolate coating.
- Save the candy canes and use them for decorations next year, like hearts for Valentine's Day.
- Then grab a candy cane to enjoy.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
This is a Christmas tree.
These are Christmas trees.
These are NOT Holiday trees.
They are not Hanukkah bushes.
They are not Allah plants.
They are Christmas trees.
CHRISTmas , CHRISTmas , CHRISTmas.
Yes, CHRISTmas -- not Holiday.
We are not celebrating the birth of a Holiday!
We are celebrating the Birth of Jesus Christ!
When you ring this jingle bell,
You sound the season!
For in its tiny song can be heard
The glistening of a snowfall,
The gleeful laughter of a child,
The jubilant voice of a choir,
And the magic of a season so filled with hope!
It is JOY distilled.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
But all the long year through,
The joy that you give to others,
Is the joy that comes back to you.
And the more you spend in blessing,
The poor and lonely and sad,
The more of your heart's possessing,
Returns to you glad.
~~ John Greenleaf Whittier ~~
Shop now for any accessories you might need during your travel.
Write down your packing list so you don't forget anything. Take the list with you in your luggage so you remember everything to bring back home.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
In Holland the tradition arose of St. Nicholas “Sinter Klaas” coming around and putting gifts in children's wooden shoes, this may have developed in the filling of hanging stockings drying in front of the fireplace.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Try new recipes now while you still have lots of time so you can add new recipes you like to your holiday baking schedule.
- Joy of Cooking - Christmas Cookie Recipes
- All Recipes - Christmas Cookies
- Moms Who Think - Christmas Cookie Recipes
- Christmas Cookie Recipes
- What's Cooking America - Christmas Cookie Recipes
- Good Housekeeping - The Best Christmas Cookie Recipes
- Northpole.com - Christmas Cookies
- Better Recipes - Christmas Cookie Recipes
- Kraftfoods.com - Festive Favorites
- Food Network - Christmas Cookie Recipes
- About.com - Cooking for Kids Christmas Cookies
Sunday, May 10, 2009
~~ Charles Dickens ~~
By planning your season step by step, you'll be happy and singing Christmas carols in your head instead of worrying that you'll forget something, or that you'll do something too late. Christmas will again be a time of wonder and joy!
Will you be including Christmas photos of your family with your cards? Do you take annual photos so you can show how big the kids have gotten or how much weight you lost? Plan now! What will you wear? Who will take the photo? Fancy studios are nice, but photos you take yourself are just as pleasant. If going to a studio get it scheduled today. If doing the photo yourself, check the batteries and get the family together this week to get the photo done so you have time to get the photo printed, purchase frames, etc., for mailing and gifts.
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Monday, May 4, 2009
You Should Have a Blue Christmas Tree
For you, the holidays represent a time of calm, understanding, and peace.
You avoid family fights, and you don't get too stressed out - even when things are crazy!
You like to make Christmas about making everyone's life a little bit better.
You don't get caught up in greed or commercialism. You're too sincere for that.
Your blue tree would look great with: Lots of silver tinsel
You should spend Christmas Eve watching: It's a Wonderful Life
What you should bake for Santa: Chocolate chip cookies
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Make a list of all of the places you are going, especially those places where you'll be expected to bring a dish. List each dish you will be making and gather all of the ingredients. Do you have everything you need? Do the shopping now (or schedule it now) for the missing ingredients so won't have to rush out at the last minute.
Saturday, May 2, 2009
Mark wrote this song and it's my all-time favorite Christmas song. I know many artists have recorded it but Mark's version is by far the BEST rendition of this song. When I hear this song, I stop in my tracks and feel the presence of my precious Lord.
Mary did you know that your baby boy will one day walk on water?
Mary did you know that your baby boy will save our sons and daughters?
Did you know that your baby boy has come to make you new?
This child that you've delivered, will soon deliver you.
Mary did you know that your baby boy will give sight to a blind man?
Mary did you know that your baby boy will calm a storm with his hand?
Did you know that your baby boy has walked where angels trod?
And when you kiss your little baby, you have kissed the face of God.
The blind will see, the deaf will hear and the dead will live again.
The lame will leap, the dumb will speak, the praises of the lamb.
Mary did you know that your baby boy is Lord of all creation?
Mary did you know that your baby boy will one day rule the nations?
Did you know that your baby boy is heaven's perfect Lamb?
This sleeping child you're holding is the great I am.
Share your favorite &/or cherished songs at All Things Cherished with my Sing to Me Saturday meme.
Friday, May 1, 2009
~~ Author Unknown ~~