Friday, December 13, 2013

A Few of My Favorite Christmas Things Week

This has always been one of my favorite Winter-Christmas decorations. Growing up in wintry, cold Upstate New York, as a young girl, I could hardly wait for the ice to freeze to go ice skating.   Sometimes it would be in our front yard, or to the park down the street, or to the indoor rink at Colgate University when we lived in Oneida. 

It was interesting to find a bit about this old painting (1920) on the web.   Fidus (Hugo Höppener) must have been quite a character! After reading about Fidus, I am sure I will be looking at the lovely little painting with new eyes and a bit of a chuckle! 

Have a Blessed Day,

Thursday, December 12, 2013

A Few of My Favorite Christmas Things Week

I guess that is why they call them, GRANDchildren, because they ARE grand! 
 Such joy they bring to our lives.  How very thankful we are for such beautiful grandchildren. 

We are blessed!

Have a Blessed Day,

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

A Few of My Favorite Christmas Things Week

My Favorite Christmas Cookies

Delrich Variety Cookies
2 cups sifted flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/8 tsp. salt
1/2 c. sugar
1 egg, unbeaten
1 tsp. vanilla
1 c. butter or margarine
Sift flour, baking powder, and salt.  Cream margarine and sugar together; add egg and vanilla.  Beat until fluffy.  Gradually stir in sifted dry ingredients until well blended.  Roll small amount of dough 1/8" thick on lightly floured board.  Shape with cookie cutter as wanted.  Bake on ungreased cookie sheet at 350 degrees until edges are lightly brown (8-10 minutes.) 
These were a cookie-making tradition at the Kent house.  From my young girlhood I remember making these cookies every year for Christmas.  We put icing (powdered sugar thinned with water and food coloring to glaze) and topped with sprinkles, etc.  These are my husband's favorite iced cookies!  

Italian Biscuits
3 eggs
3 tbs. oil
2 tbs. butter, melted
2 tsp. vanilla or lemon extract
6 tbs. sugar
2 tsp. (heaping) baking powder
3 c. flour
Hand bet in a bowl eggs, oil, butter until bubbles form, add vanilla; beat again; add sugar and beat about 3 minutes until well blended.  Add the flour and baking powder together and mix until the dough holds together.  You might have to add a little more flour but don't make dough dry.  Shape into round balls.  Place on cookie sheets.  Bake 8-10 minutes at 375 degrees.  Do not brown.  Dip in chocolate (recipe below)  or ice with frosting.  Sprinkle with nonparells. 
Chocolate Coating:
In top of double boiler over medium heat, melt 2 cups of chocolate chips with 1/3 bar paraffin.  Dip biscuits into chocolate and place on wire rack over waxed paper.
Thanks to my sister-n-law, Patti Noecker, for the not-too-sweet biscuit recipe.  They are not sickening sweet with just enough chocolate topping or icing to sweeten them up just a bit.  I love these cookies!  We have such wonderful memories of times spent with Patti and her family.  She is a terrific cook, baker, and hostess! 

Have a Blessed Day,

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

A Few of My Favorite Christmas Things Week


This worn copy has been in my keeping since 1973 costing me a big $1.95.    You can find an updated copy of this on Amazon and to download to Kindle and it is still a great buy!  This book is just hilarious and your children will truly enjoy it! 
Denver Post writes about it:
"The book is outrageous, lively, funny, funny and wonderful....The Christmas story takes on a strangely moving depth of meaning and shines through with new brilliance. "
The Herdmans are absolutely the worst kinds in the history of the world.  They lied and stole and smoked cigars (even the girls) and talked dirty and hit little kids and cussed their teachers and took the name of the Lord in vain.  So it just about surprised everybody when they decided to take part in town's Christmas pageant.  The Herdmans never heard of the Christmas story, but the way they interpreted it, you'd think that the story of Jesus came right out of the F.B.I. files.  (They call the Wise Men a bunch of dirty spies.)  It was a Christmas pageant to remember! 


Had a hard time finding these this year.  I finally found them at Target..2 packages for $5.00. 
I love nougat!  Yumm!   

Have a Blessed Day,

Monday, December 2, 2013

Menu Plan Monday - For the Week of December 2, 2013


Alfredo Turkey Divan
Vegetable Juice Cocktail
Lo-carb Southwestern Ham Roll-ups
Honey Roasted Chicken with Pomegranate Seeds
Green Beans
Mashed Potatoes
Sesame Roll
Tossed Salad

(Friends Birthday Party)
Chicken Enchiladas
Fried Eggs
Lettuce, Sour Cream
  Grilled Steak
Salad Greens with Orange Muscat Champagne Vinaigrette
Fresh Made Rolls

Have a Blessed Day,

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Memories of Thanksgiving 2013

We had such a wonderful Thanksgiving Day together with our friends, the Rhodes and the DeKruifs. We are so blessed to have such dear friends.  I tried to get the side dishes pretty much prepared the day before just leaving the ham and turkey, potatoes, and gravy for Thanksgiving Day. 
Our guests brought apple and pumpkin pie, and a beautiful floral centerpiece for the table.  I decided to bring out the china my mother passed along to me.  I can remember this being on our dinner table every holiday as I was growing up.  I have always love it and am so thankful to have it.  This is only the second time we have used these in 10 years of being in Arizona.  We must use it more! 

Yes, and that is my dear husband, getting a start on the dishes.  After packaging up take home bags, our friends graciously pitched in and the kitchen was cleaned up in no time.  

God has blessed us so this past year, and we are truly thankful for His continued goodness to us.  How very thankful we are for our wonderful family and friends, our cozy home, plenteous food and provision, and a dear church family.  

Have a Blessed Day,

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