Christmas Links

Eggnog

Can’t wait to try this new eggnog recipe from Deliciously Organic.  It’s quite similar to my normal recipe, but this one uses maple syrup instead of sugar.  Doesn’t that flavor combination sound delicious?

More Cookies, Anyone?

I’m a big fan of “peanut butter blossoms,” although now that I think about it, it’s been a long, long time since I’ve eaten one or made any.  These cookie pictures and recipes from Bakerella will make you drool, and I can’t wait to try the Reese Cup-in-the-mini-muffin-tin idea . . . next Christmas.

Orange Pomanders

This is an enjoyable, aromatic activity we look forward to every year.  We’ll be making some today, and here’s how . . .

Neighborhood Gifts

Joseph and Hannah helped me sew up some more fabric gift bags like we made last year—the size which nicely holds a ziploc bag full of whatever, in this case yummy hot chocolate mix.  We’ll be delivering them along with these freshly-dipped hot chocolate stir sticks.  Mmm.

Peppermint Stick Cocoa

And next year I plan on making some jars of this.  Thanks to Amy at Homestead Revival for the idea.  What a pretty presentation!

Examine Yourself

What do you find special about Christmas?  The fun and festivity?  The food and decorating?  Giving and receiving gifts?  The music and celebrations?  These are all wonderful things I enjoy.

But I want to take a minute and ask you to reflect on what you believe and why.  Is Christmas more to you than just these things?  What do you believe—I mean really believe?  And whether you’re sure or unsure, I’m asking you to please spend just one hour of this crazy, hustle-bustle month to listen and be challenged by these words . . .