Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Angels we have heard on high

Two Things I am Grateful For:
1) Our Bishop!  That man is amazing!  This past Sunday I listened to his counselor's talk about how much they have enjoyed working with him and how much he cares.  As I listened to these men and looked around the chapel you could tell everyone in the room agreed with everything being said.  What a blessing it is to have a man like our Bishop that knows how to make every person in a ward feel that they are important and special.  

2). Our Bishop's wife and children who sacrifice so much to allow their husband and father to serve as Bishop.  In the LDS Church none of the Bishops or church leaders are paid for their service.  Our Bishop works a full-time job to support his family by day and then works at least another 40 hours plus per week to service as our Bishop and his family barely sees him.  We owe this family a debt of gratitude for all that they do.  We love them and appreciate them very much. 
From the Camera:
Our tree is almost done.  We only have a few ornaments and the star to place at the top and then we can call it done.  Very pretty if 
I do say so myself.  
From the Craft Room & Other Things:
Here's a nice and easy neighbor gift.  White chocolate dipped candy canes and sprinkles.  Yum!!!
From the Heart & Spirit:

From the Kitchen:

  Fried Amish Apple Fritters
For fritters:
2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. salt
¼ cup milk
2 tsp. fresh lemon juice
2-3 cups peeled, cored and chopped Granny Smith or Gravenstein apples (firm pie apples!)
Vegetable oil for deep-frying (approx. 4-5 cups- enough to come halfway up sides of pan or skillet)
For glaze:
1¼ cups powdered sugar
¼ tsp. vanilla
3-4 tsp. warm water (thin enough to make the glaze “paintable”)
In a large bowl (or the bowl to a stand mixer), cream the sugar and eggs for 1-2 minutes with a mixer.
To this, add the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and milk. Mix these ingredients well.
In a separate bowl, mix the chopped apples with the lemon juice. Using a spoon, add the apple mixture to the batter and stir well, to combine.
Heat vegetable oil to 375 degrees (use a deep-fry thermometer or use an electric skillet with a temperature control). It is very important to make sure the temperature is hot enough to fry the fritters correctly.
Once the oil is at 375 degrees, scoop out really large tablespoonfuls of the fritter batter (as big as you can get ’em!) and carefully and gently slide the fritter into the hot oil.
When they get to a true golden brown color, carefully turn the fritters over to the other side (I used two spoons to carefully flip them) and continue cooking. (This should take approx. 2-3 minutes on each side).
When the fritters become brown on both sides (you might have to flip them over again to make sure both sides are brown), then you know they will be ready and cooked through.
Using a slotted spoon, remove the fritters, one at a time, to a paper-towel lined (several thicknesses) plate to drain and cool.
To make a glaze for the tops of the fritters, mix together the powdered sugar, vanilla and water in a small bowl until you have a nice “paintable” glaze.
Using a pastry brush, brush this glaze over the entire top of the fritter. Let glaze harden slightly, turn it over and “paint” the glaze on the bottom. Place glazed fritters on wire rack; let glaze harden, then serve.
From the Schmidt's:

I spent the day in my Jammie's and warm socks today.  Kevin was having another rough day.  Not exactly my idea of fun at all!  While I was home, my Anniversary gift arrived in a big box.  It's still sitting in the middle of my living room waiting for someone to put it together.  I'm not putting it together.  Kyle will have to help me when he is available again.  I got a recumbent bicycle.  I thought Kevin and I both could use it.  That's right I said Kevin.  He uses one during his therapy sessions and besides, I have wanted one for a while now.  I'll be using it to strengthen my knee.  Kevin will be using it to increase his endurance.  Now all we need to do is find the perfect place for it somewhere that Kevin can get to it.  It may end up waiting until after Christmas to be pulled out of the box because there are so many other things we still want to do, and those things need to be our first priority. 

Can you believe Christmas is only 17 days away?  I can't!  I still have totes all over my home that need to be emptied and decorations placed around the house.  At this rate, I might get my decorating done by next Christmas.  Seriously!  It can be a lot of work sometimes.  

Today for the blog challenge I thought I would share the ABC's of a Schmidt Christmas.  Kevin has added some of his humor as I created my list.  He is a crack up!  Thank heavens he is in a joking mood and he doesn't really think like that!  Here goes....

A is for Attitude anew, Advent Calendars, and Angels so near.
B is for the Birthday for the Babe Jesus and Bright smiling faces we see everywhere.  (Kevin says, "B is for Ba humbug!  Because Christmas is Blah!"....of course, he is just joking because he is the biggest kid of them all!)
C is for Carols that I so love to hear!  
D is for Decorations, Decoration, and Decorations more!
E is for Entertaining, Excitement, and Eating, of course!
F is for friends, family, and festivities!  (Kevin says, F is for the "Fine Folks that we are.")
G is for that good feeling in the air for the whole month of December. 
H is for Homemade Goodies that we deliver and that come our way too, for we love them all!
I is for Inn, you know the one, for each of us are Innkeepers, who decides if there is room enough for the babe they call Jesus.  Surely that decision isn't tough?
J is for Jingle Bells, that sound never gets old!
K is for Kisses....you know the one, chocolate, almond, and the peppermint ones.  Thank you Mr. Hershey!
L is for Love, which is shown more this time of year than any other time of year and Lights shining everywhere.  (Kevin said, "L is for Lights, will my wife ever have enough?") 
M is for the Magic in the air!
N is for Nativities!
O is for Ornaments! 
P is for Pajamas all nice and new, picture perfect windows and presents to undo. 
Q is for Quiet, the moment before everyone awakens on Christmas morning, the sounds outside on a beautiful Christmas morning, the thing I long for every once in a while.  (Kevin said, "Q is for Can't we Quit while we're ahead??)
R is for Recipes, old and new, tried and
S is for Santa, Snowmen, sweet scents of Christmas, Stockings, and Sondra. (as Kevin would say.)
T is for Traditions carried out through the years.
U is for all the love, thought, and energy that is wrapped and placed lovingly under the tree.
V is for the beautiful Christmas Village in our front window.
W is for wreaths.
X is for the X's and O's under the mistletoe.
Y is for all the Yummy things to eat, and Yahoo, It's Christmas!!!
Z is for Zonked.  That's me the day after Christmas. 

As you can see, Kevin had some fun with my list too.  You'd have to know him to appreciate this humor because this man is very gentle natured, easy going, as my oldest daughter says, a big softy.  So, coming from him, this was quite funny.  Have a wonderful evening and tomorrow a great day. 

Take care friends, and we will talk again soon!
From the Missionary:
We will get to talk to this dear boy in about 17 days!!!  And the countdown begins.  We love our missionary and can't wait to hear his voice.  This is the best Christmas gift any family member receives while these young men serve.  {smile, smile}
Quote of the Day:
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