The Night Before Christ’s Birth!

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Last year I started a rewrite of the poem, “The Night Before Christmas.” Of course, as usually happens, I ran out time as other more important tasks took over. Then it came to mind on our drive home Christmas night and I decided to finish it. So here it is!

Twas the night before Christ’s birth, and all through the stable,

Not a creature was stirring, not even the cow Mable.

The cloths were readied by the manger with care,

In hopes that Messiah, soon would be there.

The animals were nestled all snug in their stalls,

Not one of them was stirring, no bellows or calls.

And Mary in humility and I doing right,

Had just settled in for the long winter night.

When all of a sudden, Mary’s time had drawn near,

And the animals awoke, by the sounds they could hear.

The stable was alive, everything was aflutter,

The cow could not even give any butter!

The shepherds were herding their sheep on this night

When suddenly, they saw a great light.

And what to the shepherds eyes should appear?

But angels from heaven, with a message so clear.

A bright star above, leading the way,

Guiding the shepherds, to the Babe born, that day.

They traveled so quick, to see the great sight

Yet continually following that starry light.

And as they arrived, a miracle there lay

God’s own true Son, was lying in the hay.

Messiah had come, though not as expected,

He came just the same, though He would be rejected.

The long awaited day was finally here,

A Savior arrived, God came near.

So many things ahead for this baby, yet King,

So many reasons for us all to sing.

But for now His subjects were few in this stable,

Just Mary and Joseph, the shepherds and Mable!

Praying you all had a wonderful celebration of Christ’s birth!

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Turning 45!

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Today I’m turning 45, and a week ago I was feeling a little sad, for several different reasons. But, surprisingly, I started my day feeling very blessed! My first mother called to wish me a Happy Birthday within moments of my waking, and I’ve had so many happy greetings from friends and family already thus far. I also opened a few amazingly thoughtful gifts! I’m getting ready to head into town and later I’ll meet up with my sweetie for my favorite meal at a local restaurant with a gift card. What is my favorite meal? Chicken Fettuccine!!! I don’t eat it often, but oh how yummy it is!

And to extend the celebration, my in-laws will be coming up soon and we’ll be going to Solvang, a little Danish town nearby! I Love it there, and I LOVE the Swedish Delight at The Oleson’s Bakery!! Meringue, nuts, chocolate and whipped cream = a WINNER!

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Turning 1 year old!!

So today I’m feeling thankful and blessed, for a long lost mother, friends and family, near and far and a Savior who loves me more than any of them!!!

The Savior is Born!

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This will probably be my last post for the next several days, as I’ll be busy with family and Christmas. So I want to take a moment to remember the reason for Christmas. Many people give nice, sweet reasons to celebrate this day, and others just like the food and gifts. But there is a much better reason to celebrate this season, and it leaves you with no feelings of disappointment. I have many reasons to let this time get me down, due to life’s circumstances, but I also have many blessings and reasons to be thankful! Honestly I usually waver back and forth, and eventually the blessings win out. Why? Because it’s hard not smile when you remember that Christ is God’s GREATEST gift we could ever receive! Sadness must give way to joy over this fact that I am trusting what God has told me, that this child is my Messiah, and would grow up and choose to sacrifice His life for me to be my Savior from my sins. Hallelujah!

I love these Nativity scenes from around our little town!

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“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6

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This one surprised me the most in our little non-conservative town!

 

 

 

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Our church puts the manger under the tree!

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So Merry Christmas to you all as you celebrate such a memorable day in our history: the birth of our Savior and King, Jesus Christ! Enjoy your time spent with family, friend and loved ones as you remember the One who has always and will always love you most, whether you choose Him or reject Him. It’s a unique, amazing and forgiving LOVE He has for us all! But I guarantee that making the choice to choose Him is the best choice you could ever make! And you can’t beat spending eternal life with the One who LOVES you the He does! God WANTS ALL of us to be with Him, not Satan, but we have to choose Him. I choose God and His ultimate love for me!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESUS THE CHRIST!!!!

 

 

 

Recipe Exchange: Easy “From Scratch” Chicken Pot Pie

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When I was looking for a way to use up the last of the leftover turkey from Thanksgiving, nothing seemed appealing, especially for the dark meat my sweetie likes. Make a whole, big meal around it? I just didn’t want to. Then I remembered my new (almost 2 years ago) favorite Chicken Pot Pie recipe! I always made the canned cream soup version, but was wanting a more natural ingredient recipe that was still yummy. Then a friend brought pot pies from a local restaurant to our annual 4 day scrapbooking retreat where we each provide one meal. Skrumpdillyicious!! So I went on a quest to create THE best, yummy pot pie!! So this time I made Turkey Pot Pie with our leftovers, and may do it again after Christmas. :>

Ingredients:
1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves – cubed or a 12.5 oz. can of chicken
1 cup sliced carrots
1 cup frozen green peas
1/3 cup butter
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
dash of dill and parsley
1 3/4 cups chicken broth
2/3 cup milk
2 (9 inch) unbaked pie crusts
Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C.)
2. In a saucepan, combine chicken, carrots, peas. Add water to cover and boil for 15 minutes. Remove from heat, drain and set aside.
3. In the saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Stir in flour, salt, pepper, dill and parsely. Slowly stir in chicken broth and milk. Simmer over medium-low heat until thick. Remove from heat and set aside.
4. Place the chicken mixture in bottom pie crust. Pour hot liquid mixture over. Cover with top crust (I was lazy with the top crust and just sort of smooshed it over), seal edges, and cut away excess dough. Make several small slits in the top to allow steam to escape.
5. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes, or until pastry is golden brown and filling is bubbly. Cool for 10 minutes before serving.

The ingredients:

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The sauce:

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The veggies:

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The completed filling:

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Pure yumminess!

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And make sure you stop by Little House on the Prairie Living for more ideas from the Old Fashioned Recipe Exchange!

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Modest Mondays: Another Christmas Outfit!

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This week’s Modest Monday outfit is another Christmas idea. It isn’t so hard to put together a modest outfit for Christmas. But, first of all, my FAVORITE Christmas accessory by far, is my NATIVITY jewelry!!It took me a few years to piece together this collection, even though every piece came from Kohl’s. But they didn’t have a whole set at one time. I absolutely LOVE having jewelry that depicts the true reason we even have Christmas in the first place! If you’re looking for your own Nativity jewelry. you might try Kohl’s. :>

The dress is an old thrift store find that I shortened a couple of years back from almost floor length to below knee length for a more updated style. The shrug/ cardigan is from Kohl’s I believe.

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And I added a Christmas-y ribbon around the waist.

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I also wore my sweet gingerbread pin. :>

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I wore my dressier looking Sanitas to church and my boots to a party that night.

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I also wore my wrap, a wedding gift from my sweetie 13 years ago. :> I added a hood which was perfect for the drizzly day yesterday. But, alas, I forgot to take photos of it, so another time I’ll post photos.

What are you wearing to Christmas events?

Preparing for Christmas

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I spent the afternoon sitting down and addressing Christmas cards, and trying not to stress out about sitting down and addressing Christmas cards for a full afternoon! There are so many things to do, but I really wanted to do this this year. We haven’t sent cards for several years, usually because of the cost we couldn’t afford, but sometimes it was just too much to add to the list. I really appreciate the cards we receive, many times including photos and updates, and I decided I would MAKE time for them this year! So, that’s how I spent my day! :>

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You know what keeps you smiling while you’re working? The twinkling Christmas tree, so cheery and bright! We got our tree last weekend and it makes me smile all day! This is my one time each year to have that Oregon piney smell, and I LOVE it! I’m going to enjoy it as long as I can!

Tomorrow I’ll be wrapping gifts! Yay…my favorite!

What are you working on today?

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Donut Hole Acorns and Pizzelle Cookies

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Are you ready for the Old Fashioned Recipe Exchange with Little House on the Prairie Living today? Sunday we had our church potluck Christmas party and I wanted to take something festive and Christmas-y, but I also had a busy weekend leading up to it. So, I needed something that wouldn’t be very time consuming that I could squeeze into an hour or so between 2 events on Saturday.

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I browsed my Pinterest boards and saw the idea for acorns made out of donut holes by Gracious Rain, and decided I would make those along with Pizzelle cookies. Both whimsical and different from the normal desserts you usually see or bring, which is absolutely what I wanted! And my sweetie was happy to see both, especially since I haven’t made the Pizzelles in a loooong time!

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Both are oh so easy!

Acorn Donut Holes:

Glazed donut holes, of course (I wanted yummy fresh ones from our local bakery, but alas, they ran out :/  )

Nutella or chocolate icing

Pretzel sticks

Chocolate sprinkles

**Just cover one end of the donut with the chocolate, dip in the sprinkles and poke 2/3 of a pretzel stick into the other end. Voila!

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Pizzelle Cookies:

A Pizzelle iron (like a waffle iron, but with pretty designs)

6 eggs

1⁄4 cup vegetable oil

1⁄4 cup butter, softened

11⁄2 cups sugar

1⁄4 cup shortening
2 tsp baking powder

1⁄4 tsp salt

11⁄2 tsp flavoring (anise,lemon,vanilla or almond extract, almond is most common)

2-21⁄2 cups flour
**Blend ingredients together, adding one at a time. Drop approximately a heaping teaspoon of batter onto center of each cookie section. Close lid and allow to cook 45-60 seconds or until lightly brown. Allow to cool on a wire rack or towels. Dust with powdered sugar. You can serve the cookies flat or rolled tightly into a cylinder or cone. Cookies must be hot during rolling and held in shape until cool.
Makes 6 dozen.

(You could also cheat and make them with Waffle cone batter or mix)

 

 

Here’s a better view of the designs the iron makes. I purposely left the flash off to shoe them better. I didn’t think of photos during my quick preparation, so the have the sugar on them one is partially eaten. :>

 

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And here’s the iron:

 

 

 

 

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They were both a big hit at the party! What is your favorite dish to bring to a Christmas party?

 

 

 

 

 

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Modest Mondays: A Christmas Outfit!

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It’s time for Modest Mondays with The Modest Mom again, and I thought I  would share what I wore for our church Christmas party yesterday, (and to the service of course). I know I’ve shared about this dress before, but I’m sharing again because of how I dressed it up for Christmas. One of the great things about it, especially for a redhead who doesn’t usually wear red, is that it works for several holidays. Bonus!

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As I’ve stated before, I LOVE anything gingerbread, so I used them as some of my accessories! I made a pin and a barrette and both  received compliments at the party.  :> Here’s how the gingerbread accessories started out.

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I just safety pinned it on, easy!

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I also wore my Nativity earrings, necklace and pin from Kohl’s. I just LOVE wearing these every year!

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The cardigan is from a thrift store and works with anything!

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And my fun boots again, even though it was a tad too warm for boots!

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I bought this dress at Marshall’s a few years ago and completely re-worked it, making it more modest and adding sleeves. It started as a sleeveless dress with ruching and gathers, which means more fabric to turn it into a more flattering dress for me!

What are you wearing to Christmas gatherings?

And remember, there’s still time for shopping, so pop on over to the shop!

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