Showing posts from December, 2010

Christmas in Dixie

I am a special pine cone, made with love just for you. My journey has been long, but there is still much more to do. You see I don't just come from any old tree... The place I call home is somewhere near the sea. My hope is that I bring fond memories of someone you hold dear  So that every Christmas you can feel that she is near. By now you may have guessed, and yet it is true, I came from Granny's house to share her love with you. Noel, Amy

Sprinkled with Memories

Decorating Christmas cookies is one of my favorite things to do with my girls. Last night we had a decorating party at our house for my small group of 6th grade girls from church. It was fun to watch them giggle while they worked and created their own beautiful cookies, sprinkled with memories of the most wonderful time of the year. This is the best recipe I have found for baking sugar cookies, and I have used it for years to make cookies througout the the year to give as gifts: No Fail Sugar Cookies This recipe is GREAT when using complex cookie cutters. The dough holds its' shape and won't spread during baking. Make sure you let your oven preheat for at least 1/2 hour before baking these or any other cookies. 6 cups flour 3 tsp. baking powder 2 cups butter 2 cups sugar 2 eggs 2 tsp. vanilla extract or desired flavoring (I like almond myself) 1 tsp. salt Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix well. Mix dry ingredients

Etched in a Stump

One of our family's favorite Christmas traditions is taking a trip to a tree farm to pick out and chop down our tree. Daddy cuts off the stump, and each year one of our 4 girls gets her turn to draw a picture, which daddy then carves into the stump to be displayed in our home and etched in our memories, precious memories of Christmas past that bring joy to Christmas present. Thanks to my friend Lori for this great idea. We began this tradition in 2004. "Come my children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord. Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days..." Psalm 34:11-12 Amy

Date of Infamy

Five years ago, my husband and I celebrated our 10th anniversary in Hawaii and visited Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial. Today we remember the attack on Pearl Harbor 69 years ago where 2,390 Americans lost their lives, a "date that will live in infamy." Never forget. Still seeping...  "May God grant His face to shine upon them and grant them peace."