Favorite Christmas Songs


Found on Facebook a couple of years ago, not sure of the source.

Ever since I was a little girl I have LOVED “What Child is This?” Everything about this song screams Christmas, and I found no rivals to take it’s place at the top of the list {although “Go Tell it on the Mountain” has always been close} until about 14 years ago when I found this little gem at Pick N Save (now Big Lots, and not nearly as great).


I’ve always LOVED the Waltons, having grown up watching the first-run episodes in the 70’s and coming from a large family of redheads myself. So ANY reunion draws me back into their world. So now I have a tie between my original favorite and “Follow that Star” from “A Walton’s Christmas: Together Again.” Once again, the wonderful message of the messiah’s coming!

My Sweetie really likes their “All I Want for Christmas is You” poem. Awww…sweet! :>

This year, I can’t enough of Point Of Grace’s “The Giver and the Gift” and all of the wonderful things this songs says: “I’m more than just only, One night that’s holy…” Wow, what a wonderful reminder of who our Messiah really is!

And then there’s JJ Heller and her two lovely songs, “Wake Up the World” and “Star of Wonder.”

So, no song has bumped out my lifelong favorite, but these three are now my top three favorites. I also have lots of others I love, but I could listen to these three endlessly! :>

I’m planning to put some of my Christmas treats up before Christmas, but just in case I get too busy and don’t make it in time, MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6)

Modest Monday: Green Christmas Plaid


It’s Modest Monday time…even though it’s Tuesday. Haha! My to do list is so long everyday, I just try to squeeze the posts in whenever I have a chance. I wore this outfit to two Christmas parties over the weekend, my Sweetie’s company party and our church party on Sunday after church. I love the old fashioned plaid for Christmas! This skirt is actually a part of my newish Irish dance costume that I sewed a couple of years ago, but I just temporarily refashioned it for Christmastime. :>


I couldn’t find one of my nativity earrings yet this year, but I still wore my pin!


And I just bought the necklace at Walmart a couple of weeks ago, as I need more longer necklaces. I think the snowflake earrings are from Avon, a gift a few years ago.


And I bought these boots at Payless last year. I LOVE them!!


I found the little cardigan/shrug at Ross, and I’m wearing a high necked t-shirt under it. It was a fun and festive dressier outfit for Christmastime.

Do you have fun Christmas outfits you like to wear??



Fresh Squeezed Cranberry Apple Juice


Here’s an update on my yummy Fresh Squeezed Cranberry Juice. Now that it’s cranberry season, I get to juice fresh cranberries. So much easier!!!  The result leaves it a bit more tart than when using dried cranberries, but still yummy. I may add a bit of honey to it tomorrow. :>

I just juiced a 12 ounce bag of fresh cranberries and 5 sliced medium apples, skimmed off the bitter foam and voila!

And here’s  my ratio when using dried cranberries:

2 sm or 1 lg apple(s)
1 1/4 cups of dried cranberries

1 – 1/2 cups water

Pour water into blender (dried cranberries don’t like our juicer), add cranberries and pulse until smooth(ish). Cut apples into wedges, add to blender and pulse until smooth(ish). Strain out the pulp, add ice and be prepared to ENJOY!! Mmm, mmm, good!

Here’s my original post on cranberry juicing.

Happy Juicing!!

Modest Monday: Blue Plaid Skirt and Boots

DSCN1094 This week I finally broke out some of my winter items. It was a  bit too warm on the way to church, but then the sun went away and it was cold enough for this outfit. Yay! I even had to add a few warmer items as we headed out for our tree. It’s so nice to have a change…and to wear my BOOTS! :> DSCN1083 I like blue and white for Christmas because they’re the original Christmas colors, as they’re Jewish colors and Jesus Christ was Jewish. :> Foot pop!! DSCN1084_2 This outfit also reminded me of the modern Anne of Greene Gables/Avonlea posts of a few weeks ago. :> You can wear this outfit for church, a Christmas party or change a few things and it can work for everyday. It’s so comfortable and easy to move around in as well. DSCN1093 DSCN1089 Skirt: Kohl’s Boots: PayLess Necklace and Black top: WalMart Cardigan: Target Earrings: ? Joy Nativity pin: Kohl’s  ( I actually have a complete set of Nativity jewelry from Kohl’s)

Bramblewood Fashion


Dutch Honey Syrup and Thick Sliced French Toast


When I worked at the Cannon Beach Christian Conference Center in Cannon Beach, Oregon, one of the cooks (I don’t even remember who) made a WONDERFUL syrup to pour over the YUMMY French toast. I LOVED that syrup, and after I left and married my Sweetie, who I coincidentally met at that same conference center, I really missed it. A few years ago I asked some people for the recipe, but no one remembered it. So…I started searching the internet for something close to it. I “NEEDED” that Dutch Honey Syrup!!!

I found a few similar ones and tweaked them to create what my taste buds remembered from back then as our Dutch Honey Syrup. It made me so HAPPY!! Then I searched the bread isle for that thick sliced, dry bread goodness that makes the French Toast a perfect pairing for the syrup. And found it! The one time I want dry bread!

So here’s the deliciousness that will make your morning unforgettable! Or afternoon, or evening, or anytime!


Dutch Honey Syrup and Thick Sliced French Toast

1 cup light brown sugar

1 cup thick simple syrup (like light corn syrup) *

1 cup heavy whipping cream

1 teaspoon vanilla

Combine sugar, corn syrup and cream in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over low heat, and boil for 5 minutes until slightly thickened, stirring occasionally. Stir in vanilla and let cool. Easy!


*I now make a simple syrup in place of the corn syrup. I’m still playing around with the ratios for the correct thickness, but I’ll update once I get it figured out. I think it will end up being a cup of sugar and just enough water to melt and liquify it.

To recreate the full CBCC experience, I used Van De Kamps California Enriched French Toast bread and a ratio of about 1/3 milk and 2/3 egg mixture. It really makes a difference to have thick sliced, partially dried out bread. The whole thing was absolutely perfect!!

I like to make this for dinner, then we have it for breakfast for a few days after. Just pop it in the toaster on a light setting and enjoy!


DSCN0430Look at that pool of syrup!


P.S. I may try this with honey next time, haha. But really, to omit the corn syrup.


Every Tuesday Afternoon

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