Tuesday, December 24, 2013

O Holy Night


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'O Holy Night' is my favorite Christmas carol. If you think about it, it sounds so beautiful- the little family in the peaceful stable.
But... I bet it ws smelly, with all the animals.
And I'm sure Mary and Joseph were confused and scared.
Who were all these shepherds? Why did an angel tell them about their baby? Was he really the Son of God?

Think about Jesus, how he must have felt, leaving perfect heaven to come down here for UNperfect humans.
We're messy. We make mistakes. We're not perfect. But neither was that first Christmas.
But the Baby who was born that night was

...and he came for us.
Have a great CHRISTmas!! Love ya'll!

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Oh holy night!
The stars are brightly shining
It is the night of the dear Savior's birth!
Long lay the world in sin and error pining
Till he appear'd and the soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn!

Fall on your knees
Oh hear the angel voices
Oh night divine
Oh night when Christ was born
Oh night divine
Oh night divine

quick and easy Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut Butter Cookies
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  • 4ingredients
  • 1/2 cup  peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup  butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup  granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup  packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon  baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon  salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon  vanilla
  • 1 1/4 cups  all-purpose flour
directions
1.In a large mixing bowl beat peanut butter and butter with electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add granulated sugar and brown sugar, baking soda, and salt. Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in egg and vanilla until combined. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in any remaining flour. Cover and refrigerate dough about 1 hour or until easy to handle.


2.Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Shape dough in 1-inch balls. Place balls 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten the cookies by making crisscross marks with fork tines, dipping fork in sugar between flattening each cookie. Bake about 8 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Transfer to wire racks. Cool. Makes about 3 dozen cookies.
ENJOY! I've made these for my church banquet, my 4-H group, and my family-they're my specialty!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Carribean Princess Cruise Day 3 Cozumel, Mexico

The view of  Cozumel from our balcony + a selfie.
Day 3 we docked at our first port of call, Cozumel, Mexico. I was surprised that it wasn't as commercialized as I'd expected. Instead there were the street vendors, tons of them.
"Family, over here!"
"Pretty bracelets for pretty ladies!"
"Ooh, you like this, very nice hats and sunglasses!"
"Best prices in Cozumel!"
Be prepared to say "No, gracias." And you're going to have to say it a lot. The people go so far as to grab your arm and put bracelets on you. It was a little scary. But Dad is a great bargainer, having been to Hong Kong and Malaysia. He was in his element. We wentd up buying 4 woven bracelets, a Panama hat, and several exquisite seashells for the grand total of seven bucks.
;D
This is us getting off the boat, with our church friends.



Then we rented a taxi. Our driver took us to the non-tourist-y side of the island, where the locals live. And it was beautiful. We ate at a little restaurant called SenĂ³r Iguana' s, right on the Caribbean Sea. There was a swingset on the beach and you could swing out over the sand. It was so pretty!
Next we stopped at another beach, but here there were  rocky cliffs, made up  lava rock that jutted out into the sea. We climbed some of them. It was a little scary, because the rocks were sharp and slippery, but it was really fun. While we were there,  a man approached us . He was clutching an iguana, which he proceeded to place  on Christopher's head. He then declared,
"Five dollars for a picture!"
We fell for it. :)



Then we had to get back on the cruise ship. You only have a certain amount of time in each port, and we didn't want to be left!