Friday, December 23, 2011

Christmas Reminder

This was in an email I received, so I thought I would share. May you all have a Merry Christmas!

'For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given,
and the government shall be upon His shoulder:
And His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor,
The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 9:6

When the song of the angels is stilled,
when the star in the sky is gone,
when the kings and princes are home,
when the shepherds are back with the flocks,
then the work of Christmas begins:
to find the lost,
to heal those broken in spirit,
to feed the hungry,
to release the oppressed,
to rebuild the nations,
to bring peace among all peoples,
to make a little music with the heart…
And to radiate the Light of Christ,
every day, in every way, in all that we do, and in all that we say.
Then - the work of Christmas begins.

by Howard Thurman

Friday, December 16, 2011

Clementine Patterns

When I was younger, my mom taught me how to do embroidery. I was not wonderful at it, but I tried. I eventually burnt out on the sewing. Now that I am older, I am beginning to appreciate sewing and embroidered work more. I even made some embroidered gifts this year for Christmas! (I will post pictures later.)

Now to the point of my post...speaking of embroidery...I found this really neat Etsy shop that sales embroidery patterns. It is a mother-daughter team. The patterns are creative and beautiful!

Check out her blog also if you get a chance...the pictures she takes are wonderful!

Also (off topic), just wanted to say I hope everyone is having a great Christmas season!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Cookies, Cookies!

Cookies, cookies, cookies! I betcha can't guess what this post is about. ;) Recently as I was browsing through blogs. I stumbled upon a cookie swap. Being the cookie/dessert lover that I am, I signed right up! Wow, am I glad that I did, because I have received some delicious cookies the past couple weeks!
By the way, if anyone is interested in this swap, there will be another cookie swap next year. Just click on the link for directions.

I also want to thank those who sent cookies to me. They were truly delicious. In fact, so good...I just had to share pics! You can find the recipes on their blogs.
This was called coconut almond macaroon. Wonderful!

Look how these cookies were packed...what a neat idea!!!
I am not sure of the name of these cookies, but they were great! It was chocolate with fruit on the inside, then powdered sugar was used on the outside.

Now the cookie recipe I used was given to me by a friend. This is a great recipe for shipping long distances! It's name is cowboy cookie. I believe online there are many different variations. I had never eaten them before, but I did enjoy this recipe very much. I hope you enjoy it just as much as I did!

Cowboy Cookies

makes dozens and dozens!

2 cups flour
1 tsp. soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup shortening
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups rolled oats
1 package chocolate chips
1 cup chopped pecans

-Sift together the flour, soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
-Cream together the shortening, sugars, eggs, and vanilla until fluffy. Add the flour mixture and mix well.
-Add the oats and chips; then add pecans.
-Drop by teaspoon full onto greased cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes, or until the cookies are golden.