Saturday, December 18, 2010

A Social Network Christmas



I love this video - such a unique, modern twist on the birth of Christ through the eyes of Facebook!

Monday, December 13, 2010

'Tis The Season...

While listening to this...
... I made these:

Jeanette Sinclair's Reeses Bars

1 package graham crackers (ground to powder in a food processor or blender)
1 box powdered sugar
2 sticks butter, room temperature
2 C creamy peanut butter
32 oz hershey's chocolate bars melted

Mix all ingredients but melted chocolate together in kitchen aid with paddle attachment
Press into a buttered 9x13" baking dish
Top with melted hershey's chocolate
Let sit until firm


...and these...

Debra Sadler's Scottish Shortbread

1lb unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
1 C white sugar
5 C flour

Press dough with hands and rolling pin into a large 9x15" cookie baking sheet. Score into rectangles with a plastic knife and prick with a fork.
Bake at 275 for 1 hr. (Yields 48 biscuits)


Hoping to make this Mocha Cocoa as a delicious pairing with the shortbread - excited to try this recipe :)

Homemade Instant Hot Cocoa Recipe

4 cups dry milk

1 cup non dairy creamer 1 4oz pkg chocolate pudding mix
1 1/2 cup sugar 2/3 cup cocoa powder 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

How to Make

First finely grind or chop chocolate chips. I used my Magic Bullet Express Mixer to grind the chocolate chips to a powdery texture so it will melt completely. I tried a slightly more coarse texture which results in a longer melting time in the mug. The taste is the same, just took a few more minutes for the chunkier chocolate to melt in the liquid.

Place the dry ingredients in a food processor and pulse a few times till thoroughly blended. Store in an airtight container. Makes approximately 32 servings and yields 8 cups of instant hot cocoa mix.

Mix and Serve. Mix 3 tablespoons of hot cocoa mixture with 8 ounces of boiling water or hot milk.

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Or this twist (with decaf or regular instant coffee)...

Instant Mocha Cappuccino Mix

1 1/2 cup instant coffee 2 cups hot cocoa mix (recipe from above)
2 cups non dairy creamer

How to Make

Blend all your ingredients in a food processor until they are the same consistency. Makes approximately 33 servings and yields 5 1/2 cups of instant mocha cappuccino mix.

Mix and Serve. Mix 2 tablespoons of instant mocha cappuccino mix with 8 ounces of boiling water.

Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus

With our Christmas Outreach Concert, "The Wonder of Christmas" coming to a close this past weekend, I'm left pondering the words to one of the songs we sang: "We hear the stories, we sing the songs; but is there any wonder left in us at all?" Abba, I don't want to lose sight of the WONDER of YOU! As Kenny and I prepare our hearts for this Christmas Season, we're looking forward to reading through this book together, "Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus" by Nancy Guthrie. I don't want this Advent season to go by without really taking the time to ponder the mystery of it all: Emmanuel, God is with us! Oh, the wonder of it!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Fate!

Just one pair...sitting abandoned on the DSW check-out counter... FATE! :-)

I probably loved them so much because I love THIS...
...and THIS :-)

What do YOU think? ;-)