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“Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.  For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”  …Luke 2:10-11

How can any gift compare to “The Gift” given to us over 2000 years ago in a stable in Bethlehem?   He didn’t come as royalty but as a servant and that is my prayer that I always have a servant’s heart as  I serve my Savior and as I serve those around me. 

Here are some beautiful blessings around my home at Christmas.  It may look like your Grandmother’s house.  I hope it does.  I am a vintage girl by heart and love old things.  I believe Jesus has taken worn-out, washed-up me and has given me a new life and new perspective and a new heart and I want to do the same for things that deserve a second chance so I hope these pictures make you smile.  Merry Christmas!

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The task of decorating for Christmas or any holiday seems to be overwhelming for me. I truly love the house filled with all sorts of vintage bulbs and other decorations.  However, getting to that point isn’t quite as fun as the end result. This task starts by getting tote after tote of decorations out of the basement. We search through them looking for the right combination of twinkling lights and decorations.  There are old standbys that make some of this process easy. For instance, my son has a collection of nutcrackers that we generally sit on a shelf in the sun porch. There is a piece of greenery that we always put around the fireplace. The rest of the house and  odds and ends can be a bit problematic.

This year when I was out helping a dear friend set up a benefit sale my husband Adam  and son Remington put up the tree with the lights and a few bulbs. Later that night that same dear friend Kelli came over and finished decorating with me. She has an eye that makes everything fit in its place. I can’t quite explain it but, when you look at what she has done you say to yourself, “Oh that looks so beautiful!”  Between all of us the house looks lovely!  Thank you everyone for helping me!!

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Remi is 10 years old right now and is the complete opposite of his brother. I don’t know if that is by choice or design but ask anyone that knows them and they would agree.  Remi is my little social butterfly. He would rather be playing with his friends and goofing around than sitting quietly with a book in his hand. He does, however, love video games, computer games and just about anything electronic.  I am proud of both of them.

 

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My son Adrion is 15. He is an avid reader. He brags to his dad that he has read more books in one day that he has read in his whole life. His favorite author is Rick Riordan. If you have not heard of him he wrote the book The Lightning Thief. He is also working on his Eagle Scout Rank as a Boy Scout.    

Nice use for an old table.

This table could have tossed in the trash heap, but someone chose to give it a new home as a sink.

Everyone goes on and on about buying green and saving the planet.  However, everything they buy is something new. And when you buy something new most of the time you are replacing something you already have. Take a car for instance. There is a push to buy better economy greener cars. You are throwing away an old one in the process. It may be a large undertaking to re-purpose an old car but this is still a good example of how the traditional green movement isn’t very green at all.

My suggestion is buy something old and use it again. Thrift stores are full of very good usable dishes just waiting to go home with you.  Most marketing venues would never promote this as “green” because if you go this route they can’t sell you dishes that 1/2 of 1% of the net profit is used to buy Dawn dish washing soap for greasy ducks.  HaHa! Either way, go real green and go to flea markets, yard sales, and thrift stores. Buy stuff that might wind up in the landfill and use it for another year or five years or ten years. Junk is the REAL GREEN.

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Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 1/2 cups white sugar

1 cup canned pumpkin puree

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups confectioners’ sugar

3 tablespoons milk

1 tablespoon melted butter

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

1.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves, and salt; set aside.

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In a medium bowl, cream together the 1/2 cup of butter and white sugar. Add pumpkin, egg, and 1 teaspoon vanilla to butter mixture, and beat until creamy. Mix in dry ingredients. Drop on cookie sheet by tablespoonfuls; flatten slightly.

3.

Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven. Cool cookies, then drizzle glaze with fork.

4.

To Make Glaze: Combine confectioners’ sugar, milk, 1 tablespoon melted butter, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Add milk as needed, to achieve drizzling consistency.

 

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Ingredients:
6 frozen skinless, boneless chicken
breast halves
1 (12 ounce) bottle barbeque sauce
1/2 cup Italian salad dressing
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
Directions:
1. Place chicken in a slow cooker. In a bowl, mix the barbecue sauce, Italian salad dressing, brown sugar, and Worcestershire sauce. Pour over the chicken.
2. Cover, and cook 3 to 4 hours on High or 6 to 8 hours on Low.