Saturday, December 12, 2015

Joy to the World!

Two Things I am Grateful For:

1) Lazy Saturdays!  It was so nice to sleep in this morning.

 2) The weather!  I love it when it cools off like this.  

From the Camera:

Lexi and I ran out to Danielle's house tonight.  Danielle was going to make it over to our house but she wasn't feeling well, so we went out to her.  While we were there, we had to snap a photo of her tree.  Apparently, not finishing the tree decorating runs in the family because Danielle said she wasn't done either.  She still needs to add her bows.  Her tree is a flocked, but even so, I don't see much green on her tree either.  Like Mother like Daughter.  Yikes!  

From the Craft Room & Other Things:

Aren't these gift tags adorable?

Here is the printable from
Free Santa's Special Delivery Gift Tags from
First, download your FREE Santa’s Special Delivery Gift Tags and save to your desktop. Do not try to edit the fields in your browser. Then open the PDF file in Adobe Reader, which is a free program already on most computers. Type in the name and date in each tag. Print on card stock, trim and spread some Christmas magic!*
**UPDATE** Readers requested a version that allows you to edit the tag number too, so Santa’s Special Delivery Gift Tags Version 2 allows you to edit those fields. Same tags, just with a fillable field for the numbers in case Santa brings more than one gift for your kiddos.
Troubleshooting help: If you are having trouble with your fillable fields (deleting or adding text), please make sure that you are not trying to edit the fields in your browser. Download to your computer first and then type into the fields. If you have downloaded to your computer and the font is changing to something else or acting wonky, please update your computer to the most current (and free) version of Adobe Reader and follow the instructions to execute the new update/download. Old versions may cause problem
From the Heart & Spirit:

I have a small Mary did you know? fetish.  Especially when it's sung a'Capella.  This one is really good.  Check it out. 

Here is another one from Gentri - What Child is This/I Wonder as I Wander.

From the Kitchen:

No Bake Peppermint Cheesecake Mousse
5 Ounces Nabisco Famous Chocolate Wafers
2 Tablespoons Butter, Melted
1 Box White Chocolate Instant Pudding mix
1 Box Cheesecake Instant Pudding Mix
2 Cups Whole Milk
8 Ounces Cream Cheese, Softened
½ Teaspoon Peppermint Extract
8 Ounces Extra Creamy Cool Whip Whipped Topping
2 Drops Red Food Coloring (If desired)
Place Nabisco Famous Chocolate Wafers in a large baggie. Crush with a rolling pin. (You could also use a food processor if you have one).
In a small bowl, stir crushed cookies with melted butter until combined. Spoon into individual serving cups.
In a large bowl, combine milk and white chocolate pudding mix. Mix until combined. Set aside.
In another large bowl, beat cream cheese until light and fluffy.
To your cream cheese, add white chocolate pudding mix, DRY cheesecake pudding mix, peppermint extract, and food coloring.
Beat until combined. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours or until set.
Pipe or spoon into dishes over top of the cookie crust.
Garnish with additional cookies, or crushed candy canes if desired.

From the Schmidt's:

Blog Challenge: What's your favorite holiday dish?
My favorite holiday dish.  Well, let's see...
I think my favorite thing about the holidays are all of the yummy treats like peppermint bark, sugar cookies cut out in Christmas shapes with icing and sprinkles, and homemade candies.  I usually do not have a sweet tooth and prefer something more savory in lieu of sweets, except around the holidays.  That's when my sweet tooth comes out for the entire season.  

Here is a holiday idea....
To simplify your holidays immensely try following this simple little list for holiday shopping.  Instead of trying to buy everything on your children's Christmas list instead do this.  For each child, purchase gifts that could be considered a want, a need, and a talent (meaning something talent related...a piano book, a tool for their talent), a book, a movie, something to wear and something "spiritual" related....which could mean anything from a tie to wear to church to a new cover for their scriptures.  You can also purchase Jammie's for Christmas Eve and then family gift for the morning of Christmas Eve...a game, puzzle, or DVD...something to keep them busy and entertained on the longest day of the year.  Make your Christmas more about guessing which category your gifts cover and as much fun as opening the gifts, and who knows, this could be your best Christmas ever!  gift it a try.  

Here is another fun little Christmas idea....

A couple, who could afford generous gifts, choose to spend $20 or purchase four $5 gifts for each other.  They have a great time coming up with thoughtful, personal gifts for each other and spend the rest of their Christmas budget on their children and others.  And they stick to it and enjoy the challenge!  I thought that this was a great idea, especially for a couple of newlyweds or students.  Whatever the dollar amount that could be set, it would be a fun challenge.  Love it!

Just one other thought on the holidays today....

Today, find someone to help in a simple way.  I know I have had experiences where I have asked someone to do a three-minute task and they acted like I'd asked then to give up a week of their paid vacation, to cut off their arm and to give me a million dollars.  Seriously!!???  I was so shocked by their reaction that I could hardly sleep.  In trying to get over it, I'm challenging myself and everyone who reads my words to find someone to do a random act of kindness for today!  Make someones day special by doing an unexpected kind deed to make up for the many other not-so-kindness that they may experience today.  It will make your day too, I promise!  Enough said.
Today was a nice lazy day for all of us.  We sent the morning searching Amazon and a few other sites, watching a movie, followed by a quick trip to Danielle's house.  This evening, after dinner, Lexi and I watched a movie together.  Trust me, I had a ton of other things I should have been doing, but it was nice to spend time with my family instead.  

Tomorrow Lexi has an appointment to start the process to get her Patriarchal Blessing.  I'm excited for her.  She has had so many changes in her life lately.  Some exciting, some not much fun at all.  This girlie has been in my prayers a lot lately.  I think she needs this.  It's time and I can't wait for this to happen for her.  

Here is hoping your Saturday has been stress free.  Take care my friends and we will talk again soon.

From the Missionary:

Nothing new from our Missionary yet.  More next week.

Quote of the Day:
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