Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Monday, December 21, 2015
She also has 4 babies (two half-siamese, a black & white, and a white and grey stripe) but they are pretty wild. I can’t even touch the door handle and they are gone. It has taken me a month to tame the mamma enough to get her to come in and eat. She even let me pet her this week.
Unlike the magpies, this mamma is a mouser. She is constantly bringing in mice from the field to give to her babies.
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Friday, December 11, 2015
THEN…………..look what I woke up to this morning. This is the view I had looking out my bedroom window. Breathtaking…that’s what it is!
Thursday, December 10, 2015
I measured the snow when I got home and it was 5” deep. I do like taking snow pictures right after it snows and before the snow has the chance to take on the dingy look. Let it snow, let it snow, let it……..
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas………………… From Halloween to Thanksgiving and then Christmas, I get excited. I just love the Holidays at this time of the year, especially the feeling of warmth that comes along with Thanksgiving and Christmas.
This year, our church ward is having their Christmas party earlier than past years and I’m thinking it is just the start needed to get everyone’s Christmas spirit flowing into action.
My second counselor in the Relief Society was asked to be in charge of the Ward Christmas Party this year so I told her I would be in charge of making an information poster that we could send by e-mail. She also printed off a big one for display and smaller ones to give as handouts.
A few years ago, a good friend of mine used one of my photos and turned it into a nativity scene with the Three Wise Men. As I was thinking of what to use as a background for the poster, I remembered what she had done with my photo. I took her idea, using my photo as a background, and embellished it with Mary and Joseph, kneeling by Baby Jesus. I put them in the bottom left-hand corner of the poster then added the wording. As I played around with it, I decided it needed more, so I added trees. And then, of course, what would a nativity scene be without a stable, so in it went. Oh, and wait…….Wise Men, there needed to be Wise Men!
This is my final creation:
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Sunday, I gave a lesson in Relief Society titled “Come, Let Us Adore Him, by Elder Patrick Kearon of the Seventy, that was in the December 2011 Ensign. The message was beautiful and I also incorporated 4 church video into the lesson…………………
Shepherds Learn of the Birth of Christ:
The Christ Child Is Presented at the Temple:
The Wise Men Seek Jesus:
Glad Tidings of Great Joy: The Birth of Jesus Christ:
These video are and give a beautiful message. Not only for this special time and season, but anytime!
I made a treat/handout to give to the ladies, forgetting that it was Fast Sunday, so I hid them in the closet until the very end of the lesson. When I opened the closet door to get the cookies out….mmmmm, the smell in the closet was pretty strong….COOKIES!
I had seen on Pinterest where ladies had taken CD envelopes and put cookies in them to give away as gifts. I made a circular handout (using a graphic from Google Images) of a Nativity, to tape on the front of the CD envelope.
There is a lady in our ward that is allergic to chocolate so I wanted to find a cookie recipe that was plain, but good, that I could slip inside the envelopes. I took an old, drop sugar cookie recipe, given to me by Aunt Bunny, many years ago and made them large.
I used my large, plus my small cookie scoops and combined the amounts of dough each one held to make the amount of dough needed per each cookie.
After scooping out the dough and rolling both scoops into a large ball, I put them on a parchment lined cookie sheet. The balls of dough were quite large so I was only able to fit 8 cookies on each cookie sheet.
After placing my dough mounds on the cookie sheet, I took a small bowl, dipped the bottom of it in flour, then press each ball into a medium-sized flat circle.
After baking the cookies, I wrapped each one in plastic wrap and stuffed them in the CD envelopes.
This is a very easy drop sugar cookie recipe that I have made many times. I can’t remember how many regular sized cookies this doubled recipe makes, but from this recipe I got 45 jumbo cookies. As suggested by a friend, after the fact, you could also dip your bowl in sugar or a cinnamon/sugar mixture before flattening your dough balls. Now why didn’t I think of that?…………. Your cooking times may vary from the recipe given so watch the first batch closely.