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Here we are at the end of another year. It’s a great time to think about the year you’ve just lived through. How was it? Was it challenging or easy? What were the sorrows and joys of this year? Did you have as much fun as you wanted to? Did you accomplish the things you hoped you would? What can you do to make the next year better?
I’m not big on the whole New Year’s resolutions thing, but I do like to take inventory of the year gone by and set some goals for the next year. What do you want to do differently next year? What did you implement this year that really worked? You can’t do everything, but you can make time for the most important things.
Toss out the guilt and regrets. They will only weight you down. Brush off the offenses and hurts. Forgiveness will do wonders to brighten your outlook. Look realistically at the areas where you fell short and figure out how to make them better, if you can. Plan to relax more and worry less. In short, take a few minutes before the year runs out and make a few plans for improving on the fresh shiny year to come.
I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. Ours was a bit chaotic, but turned out nice anyway. Now my thoughts are turned to the new year on the horizon. I’ve been thinking about things I can do to streamline my life. That got me thinking about the tools and supplies I use and need to have on hand.
After the pre-holiday cleaning frenzy, I’m sure some of my cleaning supplies need replaced. I know the baking supplies took a heavy hit as well. But the supplies I’m most thinking about are the ones that aid in relationships. This is an area I really want to work on this coming year.
Doesn’t it make you feel good when you get a card in the mail in celebration of your birthday or anniversary? I love getting cards, but am terrible at sending them out. I’ll remember the occasion and then have to wait to go to the store and get a card. Then I have to actually take the time to sit down and write in it and address the envelope. When that’s accomplished I discover all my stamps have been used and now I have to wait until I have time to go to the post office. Three weeks later when I think of it again, it’s embarrassingly late and doesn’t get sent at all.
Baby and wedding gifts are almost that bad. If I finally manage to get a gift, then I wont have the right card or the right size bag or will be out of tissue paper. I’ve learned not to buy newborn sized clothes, because by the time I get the gift to them, they probably won’t fit.
So, I’m thinking about the supplies of relationship. My shopping list includes birthday cards, anniversary and wedding cards, new baby cards, and a handful of assorted congratulatory, sympathy and get-well cards. I’m buying a roll of stamps and hiding them in my desk. I’m buying a small assortment of gift bags and tissue. All this, except the stamps, is going into a container in my office where I can find the supplies I need when I need them.
What are you working on in 2011? How are you fixed for relationship supplies?
It’s Christmas Eve. Take some time to slow down and read the last of your Advent stories and the scriptures that tell of His coming. Light all the purple candles, the pink one, and the white candle in the middle.
It’s the fourth and final Sunday of Advent. Christmas is this week. Where did the time go? Light light the first two purple candles, the pink candle, and then the final purple candle. If you are reading Advent stories, be sure to check the schedule to see how much you need to read to finish before Christmas.
It’s the third Sunday of Advent. Christmas is coming soon. Light the first two purple candles and the pink candle.
Welcome to Day 9 of my Christmas Cookie Countdown. I’ll be posting a different Christmas Cookie recipe every day from now until Christmas. If you miss any days, just look for the posts labeled Christmas Cookie Countdown. Today’s cookie is Snickerdoodles. These buttery bundles of goodness coated with cinnamon sugar will make your house smell wonderful.
3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup butter
2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
1/4 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
cinnamon sugar mixture
Preheat oven to 375. Stir together flour, soda, cream of tartar and salt. Beat butter for 30 seconds. Add the 2 cups sugar and beat until fluffy. Add eggs, milk and vanilla; beat well. Add dry ingredients to beaten mixtur, beating until well blended. Form dough into 1” balls. Roll in cinnamon sugar mixture. Place 2” apart on greased cookie sheet. Flatten slightly with the bottom of a glass. Bake at 375 for 8-10 minutes until light golden and just beginning to crack on top.
Welcome to Day 8 of my Christmas Cookie Countdown. I’ll be posting a different Christmas Cookie recipe every day from now until Christmas. If you miss any days, just look for the posts labeled Christmas Cookie Countdown. Today’s cookie is Chocolate Crinkles. It’s also National Brownie Day today and these cookies are chewy on the inside and crispy on the outside and rich like a good chocolate brownie. These are striking on the cookie tray with their dark brown interior and cracks and white powdered sugar exterior.
2 cups + 2 Tbsp flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
1 3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
4 oz unsweetened chocolate, melted
1/2 cup powdered sugar
Combine first 3; set aside. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar until fluffy. Beat in eggs, then vanilla and chocolate. Gradually add flour mixture, mixing just until blended. Chill dough 1 hour. Heat oven to 350. Lightly grease cookie sheets. Shape dough into 1 1/4” balls and roll in powdered sugar. Place 1 1/2” apart on cookie sheets. Bake 12 minutes. Tops should be puffed and crackled. Remove to rack. Store tightly covered with waxed paper between layers.