Christmas Thanksgiving

Thankful for: some snow travel mercies Christmas music, new and old, traditional and unusual thoughtful gifts from family and friends time together the unexpectedness of the Christmas story

Maple syrup scones two ways

I meant to post this recipe several months ago, but I guess that it’s better late than never, right?  😉 In my quest to eat more maple syrup, I decided that maple syrup scones sounded pretty good.  After some help from Google, I decided on this recipe from 101 Cookbooks and made a few modifications….

Hallelujah

Several different takes on a theme… A Christmas one: A difficult, but hopeful, one (lyrics here): Just a beautiful one: A classic one: And one just to make you smile: Hallelujah!

Prayer to the child of Bethlehem

Sweet child of Bethlehem, allow us to fathom with our whole soul this profound mystery of the Nativity. Put in the hearts of men that peace which they seek, at times with such violence, and which you only can give. Help them to know you better and live as brothers, like children of the same…

Spiced Cider

I was looking for a recipe for spiced cider and used several different recipes online for inspiration before settling on this combination. It was a hit with all of the taste testers.   😉 Ingredients: 1 gallon apple cider 3 green cardamom pods 1 6 inch cinnamon stick 10 whole cloves 1o whole allspice berries 1…

Christmas gifts

I just finished my Christmas shopping yesterday and am working on my last handmade gift.  Hooray! If you’re still working on getting the right presents for all the people on your list, here are a few suggestions (updated slightly from last year’s version of this post). Fairly-traded items For unique gifts with an international flair,…

Advent thanksgiving

In addition to the little booklet from the Misioneros Salesianos that I’ve been reading through this Advent season, I’ve also got a small leaflet from World Vision with four reflections written by their staff around the world. Here’s the third one: Christmas is a celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. …

Light in the darkness

It’s already the third week of Advent, and time continues to fly… I’d like to take a moment today and go back to a reading for the first Sunday of Advent.  It had a message that I needed to hear that day, and considering the events of this week, it bears re-reading. Preparation: Let’s not…