Merry Christmas and Prayers – Keep CHRIST In Christmas!

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Happy Holidays to you and hope you have a very Merry Christmas!

 

 

Remember to spend quality time with family and friends, and that GIVING is better than receiving. 😉

 

 

May 2014 be a safe, healthy, prosperous and happy year for you all!!

 

 

Christ Born in a Stable

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Christ born in a stable is born in me
Christ accepted by shepherds accepts me
Christ receiving the wise men receives me
Christ revealed to the nations be revealed in me
Christ dwelling in Nazareth You dwell in me
Christ, grant that people may look at me
and see Your Presence. Amen

Family Christmas Prayer

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I think about my family, my relatives, the neighbors, people with whom we will spend this day. Dear Jesus, as I look at their faces and remember their stories, there are feelings of gratitude and some fear and anxiety. Thank you for these loved ones and please forgive me for the ways I have been less than accepting and loving. Please heal the wounds, division and conflicts that stand between us and help me to remember how dearly you love them. I only want to remember that you have come to save us all.

The Christmas Tree

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The Christmas tree probably originated from popular early medieval religious plays, “the Paradise Plays,” performed in churches and town squares of Europe during the Advent season. The plays told the story of the human race from the creation of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Paradise till the Birth of Jesus in Bethlehem. On stage during the play was a great tree hung with apples, symbolizing the Garden of Paradise. Soon people began the custom of putting a “paradise tree” laden with gifts and lighted with candles in their homes during the Christmas season to celebrate paradise regained through the coming of Christ.

Representing many things–the original tree of paradise, the life-giving tree of Christ’s cross, the tree John the Apostle saw in the Book of Revelations, “a tree of life, which yields twelve crops of fruit, one for each month of the year…for the healing of the nations”–our Christmas tree is rich in Christian symbolism.

Luke 2:9-14

An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”

Happy Holidays To You and Much More to Come Here on the Blog for 2014!!!! 🙂

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Festive Colored Porcelain Ramekins (A set of four brightly colored ramekins)

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Festive Colored Porcelain Ramekins – A Perfect Gift For The Holidays!

Brighten up your kitchen 🙂

 
 
 
 
Perfect Gift For That Special Grandma On Your List This Year!

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COLORED PORCELAIN RAMEKINS FROM PREPARED PANTRY

These are cute, they’re pretty, and will add a splash of color to any kitchen. But let me tell you what you’ll use them for. These ramekins make great:

* Baking dishes
* Serving dishes
* Condiment dishes
* Utility dishes
* Staging dishes for ingredients

Ramekin Recipes Ideas for Little Cakes and Individual Desserts

We sold thousands of these ramekins in January. We heard over and over:. “They’re pretty—what do you do with ramekins?”

They’re handy baking cups. Traditionally, they’re used for custards, crème brulee, and desserts. They’re great for fancy little cakes and cobblers. We have a recipe for a blueberry lemon crisp we were going to bake in these cups and just haven’t gotten that far. You can convert many desserts—like cobblers and crisps—into individual desserts baked in ramekins. Little chicken pot pies work in ramekins.

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There are hundreds of things you can bake with them. Use these classy porcelain ramekins in the oven for crème brulee, molten lava cakes, custards, soufflés, muffins, and desserts. You’ll find lots of uses for these pretty little porcelain dishes.

Give these as a gift or get them for yourself and add a splash of color to your kitchen.

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Happy Thanksgiving And a Prayer

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I wanted to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! Hope you all have a great one with your families. 🙂

Take time to LOVE EACH OTHER!

 

 

 

A Thanksgiving Day Prayer

Lord, so often times, as any other day
When we sit down to our meal and pray

We hurry along and make fast the blessing
Thanks, amen. Now please pass the dressing

We’re slaves to the olfactory overload
We must rush our prayer before the food gets cold

But Lord, I’d like to take a few minute more
To really give thanks to what I’m thankful for

For my family, my health, a nice soft bed
My friends, my freedom, a roof over my head

I’m thankful right now to be surrounded by those
Whose lives touch me more than they’ll ever possibly know

Thankful Lord, that You’ve blessed me beyond measure
Thankful that in my heart lives life’s greatest treasure

That You, dear Jesus, reside in that place
And I’m ever so grateful for Your unending grace

So please, heavenly Father, bless this food You’ve provided
And bless each and every person invited

Amen!

–Scott Wesemann

From: – http://christianity.about.com/od/thanksgivingverses/a/thanksgivingpra.htm

Happy Mother’s Day!

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Happy Mother’s Day to all Moms and Grandmothers! 🙂

I hope you spend Mother’s Day with your mom doing something that she absolutely loves. Show her how much she means to you, and above all…

Tell your mom you love her!!

Below are a few quotes for Mother’s Day…enjoy! 😉

 

 

All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel Mother. ~~ Abraham Lincoln

Mother’s Day is among the most appropriate to reflect on the true meaning of love. ~~ I Corinthians 13:4-7

“Most of all the other beautiful things in life come by twos and threes by dozens and hundreds. Plenty of roses, stars, sunsets, rainbows, brothers, and sisters, aunts and cousins, but only one mother in the whole world.” ~~ Kate Douglas Wiggin

Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs… since the payment is pure love. ~~ Mildred B. Vermont

“There is no way to be a perfect mother, and a million ways to be a good one” ~~ Jill Churchill

Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever. ~~ Author Unknown

‘The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.’ ~~ Honore de Balzac

Have an awesome day and show your Momma you care! 🙂

 

 

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Easter Pics

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Finally got the pics on here from Easter! Hope you enjoy.

My hubby BBQ’d, and it was a nice, peaceful day. 🙂

 

 

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Chef For The Day 🙂

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I hope you all had a FANTABULOUS Easter!! 🙂

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The Best Way to Color Easter Eggs – Monthly Food Column

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By Dennis Weaver From The Prepared Pantry

It’s fun to color Easter eggs. Pink and yellow and lavender eggs are part of the Easter tradition. And of course, kids love colors and you can now choose from 41 colors.

In this article, you’ll learn the best way to color eggs plus how to boil an egg and avoid the green on the yolk

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How to Dye Easter Eggs

1 Choose fresh eggs free from cracks.

2 Commercial egg producers coat their eggs with an oil to help seal them. Wash the eggs in a mild detergent to remove the oil and to let the color adhere more readily to the eggs.

3 Boil the eggs to the “hard boil” stage.

4 To one cup of hot water, add 2 tablespoons of white vinegar, and the desired food coloring or dye. Be sure to get enough food coloring in the water to make it a darker shade than the desired shade for the eggs.

5 Dip the eggs in the colored solution until the desired shade is reached. For darker shades, let the eggs sit in the dye for up to two hours.

6 If the eggs are to be eaten, keep them refrigerated.

Use professional food color gels from Americolor, or equal. Professional gels are not expensive, they are nine times more concentrated so it takes a lot less, and the colors are brighter and prettier. Gels just make prettier eggs.

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Tip for blown eggs


If you are going to use blown eggs for Easter (those with the egg blown out through a hole in the end of the shell), color the eggs before blowing. If you blow the egg from the shell before dying, the empty, fragile shells will be difficult to immerse and handle in the dying water.

How to Boil an Egg so that is Perfectly Cooked

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Would you like to avoid that green coating on the yolks of your hardboiled eggs? You can do so if you time your cooking carefully. It’s a matter of temperature. Always use an egg timer.

1. Use only clean, fresh eggs. Discard eggs that are cracked.

2. Lay the eggs in a heavy saucepan, one layer deep.

3. Cover them with cold water just to cover the eggs.

4. Bring the water in the pan to a rapid boil.

5. Remove the pan from the heat, cover it with a lid, and let the eggs stand in the hot water for 14 minutes.

6. Remove the eggs from the pan and place them in ice water until they are cool enough to handle.

Colored egg timers are pretty amazing. There is a built in gauge that tells you how hard boiled your egg is. It takes the guess work out.

Dennis Weaver and his wife, Merri Ann, are the founders of The Prepared Pantry. Dennis is a baker and a writer. Dennis is the author of How to Bake: The Art and Science of Baking.

He is a food columnist and has written articles for websites, newspapers, and magazines. You can follow Dennis and get his articles and recipes by subscribing to The Prepared Pantry’s newsletters or See What’s Cookin’, a log of recipes and methods from The Prepared Pantry’s test kitchens.

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Suggestion​s for Valentines​ – Recipes and More – Monthly Food Column

 

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Suggestions for Your Sweetheart

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From Dennis Weaver Of The Prepared Pantry

I’ve been married for 33 years to Merri Ann. She’s the light of my life. My joy is to please her. She can’t eat wheat but I can make her a Legendary Flourless Chocolate Cake. I’ll drizzle it with raspberry sauce and top it with raspberry whipped cream with a touch of cream cheese added.

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Make a chocolate pie. See these recipes. A chocolate pie is a great choice for your sweetheart. Choices include a French Silk Pie, a Mississippi Mud Pie, and more. (You can make a Mississippi Mud Pie from a mix.)

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Make Raspberry White Chocolate Scones. Here’s breakfast on Valentine morning, absolutely divine. Read the reviews. “The tastiest, flakiest scone I’ve ever baked/eaten . . . worth every calorie!” Make Raspberry White Chocolate Scones for only $4.99, Regular $7.25

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Make Cupcakes. Yesterday we made raspberry chocolate cupcakes with raspberry filling and raspberry cream cheese frosting. The day before, we made the cherry version. If you want to go really special, make Maple Bacon Cupcakes. See how to make these cupcake recipes.

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Make Chocolate Lover’s Muffins. These are a breeze—just add water. They’re made with famous Ramstadt Breda cocoa and mini chocolate chips. Make Chocolate Lover’s Muffins for only $4.99, Regular $6.99.

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Make a cheesecake. Cheesecakes are easier than they look. We have dozens of recipes including no-bake cheesecake recipes. Our favorites include White Chocolate Cheesecake and a German Chocolate Cheesecake


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Christmas Pics – Finally!

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Finally some Christmas photos, a whole month late!! lol

It was an awesome Christmas with my grandson, he was soooo very excited and overwhelmed with what to open next. Each gift he opened, he was like, “Get it out!!!” LOL It was a very joyful Christmas I will never forget! 🙂 Lots of pics and I also have it all on video.

Hope You Enjoy!

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Wyatt and I

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The Stocking

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Our Cat – He Rules The House! – Jesse On Christmas

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Get It Out!!!

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Wyatt Could NOT Wait Until Daddy Had It Opened! He Was Jumping Up and Down and Yelling “I’m So Excited!!” LOL

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Wyatt and Papa

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Wyatt and Daddy Playing

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Wyatt and Mommy

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Wyatt Playing With His Haulers

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Me Opening A Totally Unexpected Family Photo Of Wyatt, Mommy and Daddy – So Happy!

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Great Grandpa – My Dad

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Great Grandma – My MIL

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Mommy and Papa

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What to get Grandma for Christmas – Guest Post

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It can be difficult to find a really great gift for Grandma because she already has a lifetime of trinkets and gadgets and “World’s Best Nana” coffee cups. The last thing she needs is more stuff. But just because it’s hard doesn’t mean you should stop trying. Grandmothers are more than “moms with lots of frosting” as the saying goes. They are people with hobbies and goals just like everyone else. If you concentrate on her as an interesting individual your hunt for a gift as grand as she is will be much easier.

A New Camera

Grandmothers love to take photos of their grandkids and their dogs and their gardens – it’s true. But some are also artistic souls who’ve always longed to learn more about photography. If she’s the “dogs and grandkids” kind, buy her an easy share style of camera so she can send her favorite pics to all her friends. If your grandma has been waiting her whole life to explore her artistic side, spring for a beginner friendly DSLR.


Something-of-the-Month Club

Does she love exotic teas or fresh fruit or would she cry happy tears at the thought of not having to cook herself dinner every once in a while? Then sign her up for a monthly delivery club like fruit of the month, or dinner of the month. Gifts that are consumable are especially nice because they don’t sit around collecting dust, and being enrolled in a club means she gets a nice little surprise to look forward to each month. Most “of-the-month” clubs offer 3-, 6- or 12-month membership so you can control the costs.

Scrabble Wine Charms

These are an easy DIY gift that any wine-drinking, board game playing Granny would love. Made from a Scrabble tile, an eye-hook and a bit of ball chain they’ll be the perfect thing for her next game night. For a special gift you could include a certificate for some game time with you because your company really is the best gift of all.

A Warm Snuggle

Alright, it’s true, older women do chill more easily than they used to. A beautiful pashmina, a handmade scarf or cozy button-down sweaters are gifts she’d love. But remember just because the calendar says she’s an old lady that doesn’t mean she wants to dress like one. Skip the fleece sweatshirts with pictures of cats or characters on them; she may buy those herself but we all know she shouldn’t. Opt for something stylish and feminine that keeps her warm without hiding the fact that she’s still a vital and attractive woman.

Homemade Scrubs

Grandma may have trouble finding really great products for her changing skin, so why not make her some? A coffee body scrub is inexpensive and easy – so easy even the youngest grandkids can help. The combination of natural ingredients will help smooth away rough spots, fade varicose veins and help tighten her skin. Grandma will be thrilled that you made a spa-quality gift just for her, but if you’re feeling especially generous you could also throw in a gift certificate for a pedicure; she may be having a little trouble bending over to paint her own toes these days.

There’s no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to choosing a gift for your grandmother. Grandmas living on a tight fixed income might appreciate a gift card for the grocery store more than a charm bracelet, and those who spend their weekends Salsa dancing may not be too thrilled with a new pair of knitting needles.

And, if you don’t know your grandmother well enough to choose a great gift for her then you may just want to start inviting her over for dinner a little more often.

About The Author

Danielle blogs on behalf of Sears and other brands she uses. This year, she’s getting her grandmother sweaters for under the tree and putting wine charms in her stocking.

Merry Christmas From Grandma’s Home Blogger Place!

I’m making this quick. 🙂 I’m currently busy spending time with my family and enjoying a nice long vacation from work. I hope you too, will take some time and spend it with your family and friends, and especially your children, and of course your grandchildren. =)

I’m looking forward to a brand new year, very excited as to what it will bring! Welcomed changes are on the horizon.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a safe, prosperous, and a very Happy New Year! May you all find peace, joy and contentment in all you do and all your home business travels!