Archives for November 2011

Bible Scriptures For The Week of Nov 28 through Dec 2

Good Morning Everyone! More scriptures from the Word 😉

I was reading a few emails a few days ago and a cousin of mine comforted me about my Mom’s passing. I miss her so much during the holidays! He is a retired minister. Thank you so much Jim!

JESUS SAID: “I go to prepare a place…and if I go…I will come again…that where I am there you may be also. Let your light so shine that others might see your good works and glorify the Father which is in heaven”

This comes from John 14:1-7

1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.
5 Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?
6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
7 If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.

And Matthew 5:16

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Nobody knows when Jesus will come back for His people except for Him. We have seen all the signs, and the last days are definitely upon us!

Matthew 24:42-44

Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.

I love Revelations!

Revelation 3:3

Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. IF therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.

More Scriptures From Psalms 119; 33 and 34

Teach me, O LORD, the way of thy statutes; and I shall keep it unto the end. Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart.

Psalm 149:1-3

Praise ye the LORD. Sing unto the LORD a new song, and his praise in the congregation of saints. 2Let Israel rejoice in him that made him: let the children of Zion be joyful in their King. 3Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp.

God bless you and be with you this week! 🙂

Thanksgiving Blessings

Happy Thanksgiving to all! Hope you all have a joyful holiday with good friends and family. 🙂

Just the other night as I pulled back the sheets of my bed, I suddenly had thoughts of the hungry and homeless. I started to pray for them. 😉

After getting settled into bed, I had this overwhelming gratefulness. Wow, I am so very, very fortunate that I have a warm bed to sleep in!! Think about that! How many of us take this for granted??

Thank you God! 🙂

The following are a few quotes…

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. ~John Fitzgerald Kennedy

For flowers that bloom about our feet; For tender grass, so fresh, so sweet; For song of bird, and hum of bee; For all things fair we hear or see, Father in heaven, we thank Thee! ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Dear Lord; we beg but one boon more:
Peace in the hearts of all men living,
peace in the whole world this Thanksgiving.
~Joseph Auslander

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Monthly Food Column – Wonderful Cupcakes—Even for Decorating Dummies

By Dennis Weaver of The Prepared Pantry

I’m a decorating dummy. We have plenty of people that that are naturally talented but somehow, I missed that line. I can make reasonably attractive cupcakes by sticking with a few basic techniques. I can make cupcakes that taste good. And that’s my priority—making them taste good. But they still need to be reasonably attractive.

How to Make Your Cupcakes Taste Better

Because it’s easy, I usually use a box cake mix. But a box won’t win any culinary awards. So I enhance my box cupcakes, and make them taste better in the following manner:

Add goodies to the batter. Usually, I add cinnamon chips or raspberry, strawberry, or blueberry tidbits. You can add nuts or coconut. You can add chocolate or other baking chips. Add 3/4 to one cup chips or tidbits. Fold them in after the batter is mixed so that they don’t melt in mixing and tint your batter.

Add flavors and colors to the batter. You have an incredible array of flavor choices with warm flavors like butterscotch or caramel and fruit flavors from apricot to blackberry. To get enough flavor, it will usually take two teaspoons flavor. Add a coordinating color. Americolor professional food color gels come in 27 colors.

Add a filling. I don’t remember the last time that I made cupcakes without a filling. It’s just too easy and adds too much. Use premade pastry fillings. Snip a quarter-inch corner off the bag, insert the cut corner in the top of the cupcake, and squeeze. When you frost the cupcakes, you’ll cover the holes. You can fill a dozen cupcakes in a minute. I use Bavarian cream pastry filling most often but I also love raspberry and lemon. They’re all good.

Make the frosting good. There are a ton of great frosting recipes out there. I love butter and cream cheese based frostings. Seven Minute Frosting is very good. I don’t care for shortening. A half teaspoon of flavor and couple drops of color can transform an ordinary frosting into something memorable.

Add toppings that taste good. Most toppings are sugar and color. They’re for show, not flavor. And I’m not too fond of big chunks of candy on my cupcakes. Our new favorite toppings are the chopped bark toppings. They pack a lot of flavor. If you load your cupcakes up, you’ll add a layer of flavor to your cupcakes.

You can add more flavor to your cupcakes by spreading a layer of jam or pastry filling over the cupcakes before adding frosting. That’s especially easy to do if you’re piping frosting onto the cupcakes rather than spreading the frosting.

How to Make Your Cupcakes Pretty

Even a decorating dummy like me can make cupcakes reasonably pretty. I love making Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes (they’re very good) because all I have to do is dip the cupcake tops in melted chocolate and let the chocolate set.

But here are some other suggestions:

Use pretty colors and pretty decorations. There is no reason not to use pretty colors and colorful decorations. We have 27 colors, 16 colors of jimmies, and decorating sugars, not just in standard colors but less used colors from black to sage. Chopped bark toppings are two-toned, are pretty, and add flavor. Decorations go a long way in masking imperfections in the frosting.

Don’t be afraid of a pastry bag. For most cupcakes, we use a pastry bag; it’s faster and easier than spreading frosting. If we have a lot of cupcakes to do, we use a large disposable pastry bag and either a star tip or a round tip.

A Note about Bark Toppings: To Sprinkle or Dip?

Bark—like almond bark—is a confectioner’s delight, a melding of white chocolate with another candy. This bark is cut into pieces perfect for cookies, cakes, and cupcakes. The nuggets are full of flavor. They are also pretty, two-toned.

If you are only interested in pretty, sprinkle the toppings on your cupcakes. (Be sure and set the cupcakes on a plate so that you can recover any sprinkles that slide off the cupcakes.) If you want pretty and flavor, dip your cupcakes to get more decorations on your cupcakes. To do so, fill a small bowl with topping–a bowl slightly larger than a cupcake is perfect. And then invert the cupcakes into the bowl with a rocking motion to cover the top with pieces.

The Recipes

Caramel Apple Cupcake Recipe

This is a terrific apple cupcake recipe. The cupcakes are made with a box cake mix–either yellow or white—with cinnamon chips added. They are made with an apple filling, a caramel frosting, and topped with cinnamon apple bark topping.

Make a batch of cupcakes with a boxed yellow or white cake mix. Add 3/4 cup cinnamon chips to the finished batter. Bake the cupcakes. Let them cool on a rack.

Snip a quarter-inch corner off a bag of apple pastry filling. Insert the snipped corner into the top of a cupcake. Squeeze to fill the center of the cupcake. Repeat with the remainder of the cupcakes.

Make the frosting—the recipe follows—and frost the cupcakes.
Decorate with cinnamon apple bark topping or other decorations.

Caramel Frosting

This is a great caramel frosting and firm enough that you can spread if you like. No cooking is required.

1/2 cup (one stick) butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon caramel flavor
3 to 4 cups powdered sugar

Melt the butter in a saucepan. Add the brown sugar.

Cook and stir until the sugar is melted and bubbly. Remove from the heat.
Add the milk and stir vigorously with a wooden spoon until smooth. Add the flavor.

Add the powdered sugar and beat until it reaches spearing consistency. Spread the frosting while it is still warm.

Lemon Cream Cupcake Recipe

These are wonderful creamy cupcakes with a bright, lemon flavor. The cake is lemon, the filling is lemon, the frosting is a lemon cream cheese frosting, and it’s topped with lemon bark.

Make a batch of lemon cupcakes with a boxed lemon cake mix. Let them cool on a rack.

Snip a quarter-inch corner off a bag of lemon pastry filling. Insert the snipped corner into the top of a cupcake.

Squeeze to fill the center of the cupcake. Repeat with the remainder of the cupcakes.

Make the frosting—the recipe follows—and frost the cupcakes.
Decorate with lemon bark topping or other decorations.

Creamy Lemon Frosting

This is a great frosting for lemon lovers. It’s a creamy frosting made with cream cheese that packs a lot of flavor. It works well with a pastry bag. No cooking is required.

6 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup (one stick) butter, softened
1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
3 to 4 cups powdered sugar
zest from one lemon

Beat cream cheese, butter, and lemon juice together with an electric mixer.
Add three cups powdered sugar and beat until well mixed and fluffy. Add more as necessary to reach the desired consistency. Add the zest.

Black Forest Cupcake Recipe

Black forest is a mixture of chocolate and cherry. We used a boxed cake mix and filled the cupcakes with cherry pastry filling.

We used a chocolate buttercream frosting mix and added a teaspoon of cherry flavoring. We sprinkled the cupcakes with Black Forest bark topping.

This recipe makes great cupcakes.
Make a batch of chocolate cupcakes with a boxed cake mix. Let them cool on a rack.

Snip a quarter-inch corner off a bag of cherry pastry filling. Insert the snipped corner into the top of a cupcake. Squeeze to fill the center of the cupcake. Repeat with the remainder of the cupcakes.

Spread a thin layer of cherry pastry filing on the tops of the cupcakes.
Make a chocolate buttercream frosting.

We used a chocolate buttercream frosting mix. Add a teaspoon of cherry flavoring. Frost the cupcakes.
Decorate with black forest bark topping or other decorations.

Wild Blueberries and Cream Cupcake Recipe

These are blueberry cupcakes in five ways.

There are blueberry tidbits in the batter, the centers are filled with blueberry pastry filling, the frosting is made with a wild blueberry flavor, the topping is Wild Blueberries and Cream bark topping, and each cupcake is decorated with a fresh blueberry.

Make a batch of cupcakes with a boxed white cake mix. After the batter is mixed, add 3/4 cup blueberry tidbits. Bake the cupcakes and let them cool on a rack.

Snip a quarter-inch corner off a bag of blueberry pastry filling. Insert the snipped corner into the top of a cupcake. Squeeze to fill the center of the cupcake. Repeat with the remainder of the cupcakes.

Make your buttercream frosting. We used a vanilla buttercream frosting mix.

Add a teaspoon of wild blueberry flavoring and a drop or two of Electric Purple food color gel or a blue food color of your choice. Frost the cupcakes.

Decorate with Wild Blueberries and Cream bark topping or other decorations. Top each cupcake with a fresh blueberry.

Cinnamon Apple Pie Cupcake Recipe

If you like apple pie, you’ll love this cinnamon apple pie cupcake recipe. It’s a wonderful combination of cinnamon and apples.

Make a batch of yellow cupcakes with a boxed cake mix. After the batter is mixed, add 3/4 cup cinnamon chips. Bake the cupcakes and let them cool on a rack.

Snip a quarter-inch corner off a bag of apple pastry filling. Insert the snipped corner into the top of a cupcake.

Squeeze to fill the center of the cupcake. Repeat with the remainder of the cupcakes.
Make the frosting—the recipe follows—and frost the cupcakes.
Decorate with cinnamon apple bark topping or other decorations.

Browned Butter Frosting Recipe

1 1/2 cups butter
6 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 or 6 tablespoons milk as needed to reach the right consistency

Melt the butter in a small saucepan until it has started to brown.

Watch it closely. It should be just amber in color, not dark brown.

Let the browned butter cool for a few minutes then pour the clearer liquid off the top into a small bowl leaving the dark solids and a little liquid in the pan.

Place the browned butter in the refrigerator to cool for about an hour. It should cool to a gel.

Add the flavor and browned butter to the powdered sugar in a large bowl. Whip with an electric mixer. Thin with additions of milk as needed.
Frost and decorate as desired.

Strawberry Cream Cheese Cupcake Recipe

These strawberry cupcakes are filled with a strawberry cream cheese filling and topped with a flavored cream cheese frosting. They are topped with a strawberries and cream bark topping.

Make a batch of cupcakes with a boxed white cake mix. After the batter is mixed, add 3/4 cup raspberry tidbits and 1 teaspoon raspberry flavor. Bake the cupcakes and let them cool on a rack.

Snip a quarter-inch corner off a bag of cream cheese pastry filling. Insert the snipped corner into the top of a cupcake. Squeeze to fill the center of the cupcake. Repeat with the remainder of the cupcakes.

Make the frosting—the recipe follows—and frost the cupcakes.
Decorate with lemon bark topping or other decorations.

Creamy Strawberry Frosting

This is a creamy frosting made with cream cheese and strawberry flavor. You may add red food coloring or pink food coloring to tint it pink if you desire. It works well with pastry bag. No cooking is required.

6 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup (one stick) butter, softened
1 teaspoon strawberry flavor
3 to 4 cups powdered sugar
red or pink food coloring (optional)

Beat cream cheese, butter, and flavor together with an electric mixer.
Add three cups powdered sugar and beat until well mixed and fluffy. Add more as necessary to reach the desired consistency. Add the color.

Cherry Blossom Cupcake Recipe

These are wonderful cherry cupcakes with a bright, cherry flavor. The cake is white, the filling is cherry, the frosty is a light, fluffy, seven-minute frosting made with cherry flavor and just enough color to tint it cherry blossom pink. It’s topped with cherry bark.

Make a batch of cupcakes with a boxed white cake mix. Add a teaspoon of cherry flavor and a couple drops of red food coloring to the batter. Bake as directed on the package. Let them cool on a rack.

Snip a quarter-inch corner off a bag of cherry pastry filling. Insert the snipped corner into the top of a cupcake. Squeeze to fill the center of the cupcake. Repeat with the remainder of the cupcakes.

Make the frosting—the recipe follows—and frost the cupcakes.
Decorate with lemon bark topping or other decorations.

Cherry Flavored Seven Minute Frosting

Seven minute frosting is wonderful. Though it must be cooked, it’s easy to make: You whip it with an electric mixer as it cooks on the stovetop. At the end of the cooking, add the flavor and color. It works well with a pastry bag.

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 large egg whites
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/3 cup cold water
1 teaspoon cherry flavor
2 drops red food coloring

Combine the sugar, egg whites, cream of tartar and cold water in a large saucepan.

Beat with a handheld electric mixer for 30 seconds.

Place the pan over very low heat and cook for seven minutes beating continually or until stiff peaks form. Remove from the heat.

Add the flavor and color. Beat for two or three more minutes until the desired consistency is reached.

Dennis Weaver is the founder of The Prepared Pantry and the author of How to Bake, a 250 page book that you can get for free. You can get a dough press and other baking tools and supplies at the company’s store as well as a free e-book of yummy desserts at the company’s site.

Copyright © Dennis Weaver :: The Prepared Pantry :: Grandma’s Home Blogger Place :: All Rights Reserved

Grandparenting Support For Caring For Grandchildren

It’s becoming more and more commonplace. I hear of grandparents giving up their vacations, me time, and not to mention those (golden years), as some people call it and refers to retirement…all for their grandkids. It’s very sad thinking about how many parents neglect their own children. Or even more staggering; the population of women who get pregnant that are too sick , too young, or not financially fit to properly care for a child.

So yes, more and more grandmothers and grandfathers are stepping up to the plate and taking over for the sake of their grandchildren. Are you among those grandparents? If so, indeed your life has changed tremendously, and in some cases; not for the better. Your health will play a big role on your new responsibilities, as well as your bank account.

So what can you do as a grandparent to make life easier? Below are 4 of the most important things you will want to take into consideration.


Health – The first thing you need to think about is taking good care of yourself. Simple scenario, if you don’t take care of yourself, how will you take care of your grandbabies? Practice good healthy habits. Eat right, get plenty of exercise and try and turn in early at night so you get the rest you need for the following day.

Support – Join a support group so you can share your concerns with others that relate to the same issues as you. This in itself can be a great help when it comes to your spiritual and mental self. A support group can often give you various perspectives on the many issues that surround your new day to day life and parental responsibilities. Also, if you have a loving and supporting spouse that is going to participate in caring and disciplining, that will most definitely be a big plus.

Parenting Class – You may not think this would be required, especially if you’ve raised more than one child. Trust me, a refresher parenting course may be just what you need. Things have changed a great deal in the past 20 to 30 years. When we were expecting our first (and only so far), I attended a class with my daughter-in-law, it was quite the enlightening experience. I could not believe just how very much I learned in that one afternoon.

Religion – God should certainly be the center of our lives, in everything we do. If you believe in God, prayer and fellowship with others in your community will be a tremendous help. Remember, God takes care of those who help themselves. Many think that phrase is in the Bible, however, it is not. It’s a famous quote from Greek mythology. Pray to Your God and teach your grandbabies to pray.

On the financial end of things, you may be able to get some financial aid. I’m sure it will depend on your income and various things. Check the following page for details Here

Above are just 4 things (the most important IMHO) to think about if you decide to take over parenting your grandchildren. It certainly won’t be easy. Take into account the tips above and also take life day by day and don’t worry about tomorrow. Worry only yieilds stress. 😉

Article By Tammy Embrich

Tammy is passionate about her Grandmother status and loves to share photos, advice, Grandparenting Articles and Tips

Tammy also has been successful in the work at home industry for many years. She is an Internet marketer, article marketer, and ghostwriter. She offers free job leads for the job seeker, as well as other work at home resources, work at home articles, tips, and more at http://www.onestopwebemployment.com

Bible Scriptures For The Week 11-7 Through 11-14

I’m experiencing that I have more relaxation and peace when I start out my days reading my Bible 🙂

From the Flowing Faith Newsletter Last Week
http://www.flowingfaith.com/

(Psalm 36: 5-6, MSG)

God’s love is meteoric,
his loyalty astronomic,
His purpose titanic,
his verdicts oceanic.
Yet in his largeness
nothing gets lost;
Not a man, not a mouse,
lips through the cracks.

Was reading this morning…

Psalm 24: 1-5

The earth is the LORD’s, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.
For he hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods.
Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place?
He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.
He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.

The verse below was on a bookmark that was in my Bible while reading Saturday morning…

John 3: 3

Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

I love reading Proverbs 😉

Proverbs 7: 1-3

My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee.
Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye.
Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine heart.

I remember in my teachings so well about the 1 sin that can’t be forgiven…

Matthew 12:31-32

Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.

And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come

More words of comfort…

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we do not fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof.
– Psalms 46:1-3

Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me: You shall stretch forth Your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and Your right hand shall save me.
– Psalms 138:7

For He has not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; neither has He hid His face from him; but when he cried out to Him, He heard.
– Psalms 22:24

Yahweh is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and He knows them that trust in Him.
– Nahum 1:7

Cast your burden on Yahweh, and He shall sustain you: He shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.
– Psalms 55:22

Behold, the hour comes, and is now come, that you shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave Me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me. These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you might have peace. In the world you shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. – John 16:32-33
Wait on Yahweh: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart: wait, I say, on Yahweh.
– Psalms 27:14

God Bless You This Week! 🙂

Free Report – How to Leap the Generation Gap

Introducing – Granny Guru!
And Presenting:

How to Leap the Generation Gap: 58 Reasons Child-Rearing Is Different Today

Granny-Guru Remembers:

In My Day…

And

Today…

After becoming Grandma, I was totally surprised at how everything has changed since I raised my son back in the 80’s.

My son and daughter-in-law said, “Now you do this Mom.”

and….

“They don’t do that anymore Mom!”

I just say, “You turned out perfectly fine, and I’m proud of it!” lol

Free Report! — Use these old and new practices as a starting point for conversations between generations.

Generation Leap Report–Granny Guru

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Grandma’s Holiday Wishlist – Guest Post

With the holidays just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about what you will buy your loved ones. Kids and siblings are relatively easy to buy for, as are parents, but what about grandparents? If your grandmother is anything like mine, then you know that it isn’t necessarily always easy to shop for her. She knows what she wants, and is less likely to be pleased with trivial gifts. Read on for three great gift ideas for granny.

Vacuum Cleaner
This is one of those gifts with which you can’t go wrong. Everyone needs a clean house, making this gift a universal pleaser. Dyson vacuums are top-quality and reasonably priced. The Dyson multi-floor vacuum is lightweight and versatile, and features Root Cyclone™ technology and a quick-draw Telescope Reach™ wand; alternately, the Dyson DC25 Animal Upright Vacuum Cleaner is great for pet owners, as it has a mini turbine head with a brushbar that spins 90 times per second, along with the aforementioned Root Cyclone™ technology. Both models come with Ball™ technology, ensuring easy maneuverability.

Coffee Maker
One of my favorite memories growing up was the smell of coffee brewing in my grandma’s kitchen as I awoke in the morning and headed to the dining room for breakfast. Rather than buying a cheap coffee maker that doesn’t stand out from the crowd, why not look into a French press coffee maker? This will ensure a fresh-tasting cup of coffee each and every time. The Bodum Chambord Coffee Press is inexpensive and comes in a variety of sizes (12, 17, 34, or 51 ounces), making it ideal for the casual to serious coffee drinker, and everyone in-between. I recommend that you buy one with a glass carafe, as opposed to plastic, as glass is more durable. Also take the time to look into Bodum Canteens, which are double wall and transparent, and come in 3, 6, or 13.5 ounces.

Spa Package
Your grandma has lived a long, full life, and has raised a family of her own. Why not treat her to a spa package to show her your appreciation? A visit to the spa has undeniable benefits, and will leave her feeling pampered and loved. In addition to the psychological benefits to being queen for a day, a visit to the spa reduces stress, and soothes sore joints and muscles. The human touch has been shown to be beneficial, and your granny will glow when it’s all said and done. If you are itching for a good massage and beauty treatment, why not book a package for two, and spend the day with your grandma? She’ll love every minute of it!

As you can see, with a little thought and creativity, you can find the perfect gift for everyone in your family, especially the ones who you may have always thought of as difficult to buy for. By taking the individual needs of your grandma into account, you can be sure of finding the perfect gift at the perfect price, and wowing her this year.

Danielle Rhodes, who blogs on behalf of Sears and other prestigious brands, enjoys spending her time keeping up with the latest innovations in home appliances, such as Dyson vacuums.

Danielle also writes for http://www.eatbreatheblog.com

Christmas Cookie Recipe Exchange-Fun Holiday Event

By: Tammy Embrich

Who doesn’t like homemade Christmas cookies?

When I was a little girl my favorite holiday treat was no-bake cookies. I remember the sweet aroma throughout the house and the delightful gems lined up across the kitchen counter on waxed paper.

Mom made them perfect. She always made them around Christmas time. She made other kinds of cookies, but the no-bake ones stick in my mind.

Are you pressed for time or energy this holiday season and you just don’t have the time to make a big variety of homemade cookies? I have a really fun solution for you!

Host a Christmas cookie recipe exchange party. This is an excellent way to gather a nice assortment of Christmas cookies. The key to this event is “how many show up”…the more guests you invite, the more recipes and cookies you will end up with.

This event can even involve a holiday meal before hand as well to make it more festive. This is really up to you. But, the number one rule is…each guest that attends has to bring so many dozens of only one type of homemade cookie along with their recipe. (the exact amount of cookies are decided upon by the hostess).

Important Tips For Your Cookie Exchange Event

1. It’s best to print the recipes on index cards. Each guest will need to bring multiple copies of their recipe. Make sure your guests include their names on top of each recipe copy. It would be a good idea for you to have extra index cards on hand just in case there is not enough to go around to each guest that attends.

2. Have your guests call you to let you know what recipe they will be preparing and bringing to the event. (just to make sure none of them are bringing the same recipe) Of course, you want them all to be unique to provide a good variety.

3. Have some festive throw away containers or trays available for each of your guests to gather their cookies in.

4. If you decide on a meal…to make it easy on yourself, finger foods work really well for this type of event. Make it a buffet style. A good idea for a beverage would be some hot cider.

5. Have fun with this event and set a festive table display!
A cookie exchange party is a really fun way to visit with family and friends and end up with some special holiday treats and recipes all at the same time…not to mention, it’s saves YOU time and energy when it comes to baking.

Below is my Mother’s recipe for no-bake cookies:

No Bake Cookies

Ingredients

2 c. sugar
1/2 c. milk
1/4 c. cocoa (unsweetened)
1 stick margarine
1/2 c. smooth peanut butter
1 tsp. vanilla
2 1/2 c. quick oats

Directions

Combine sugar, milk, cocoa in small saucepan. Bring to boil for 1 minute.

Remove from heat, add remaining ingredients. Mix well.

Drop by tsp. onto waxed paper. (May need to refrigerate)

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Awesome Halloween With My Grandson!

I was so excited as I fixed up the big Halloween bowl for my little guy 🙂

It was about 4:45 and my doorbell rang. I knew my Daughter-In-Law was bringing my grandson by for Halloween. 😉

I opened the door and there he was by himself in a tiger outfit…sooo cute!!! LOL My DIL hid to the side so all I would see when I opened the door was him.

I literally could not compose myself from laughter! He was so darn cute 🙂

Here are the photos…Enjoy! 🙂

A Close Up

Yes, he still has a binkie! lol