Archive for December, 2013


Happy New Year!

IMAG0380_1First I must apologize for not posting as regularly as I usually do. Life has been blessed beyond expectation and I had to let go of some things for the moment.

Now that all the festivities are almost done (after tonight there should be some normality back) and then starting on Monday, routine is welcome to come and rule again! I love routine in my daily tasks.

The picture is one of my journal entries today.

I am so glad that each year is made up of months, which are made of weeks, that are divided into days and those are constituted of moments that we live and we choose how we hopefully act, not react as we see things unfold before our eyes.

There are many things we have no control and they simply show up for us to deal with.

Since I started living the moments with all the faith I can muster, all the love I can give and looking for all the good I can find…life has taken a huge turn for the better.

So, today I am giving thanks for everything that was brought into my life in 2013. There were some miraculous great things, there were some amazing blessings, some trials that I would rather not have had, and yet, I can see the good they brought into my life and some pain that it would’ve been much nicer to not have experienced…and again…they were what I needed to bring the very best out of my soul. Farewell 2013…

Welcome 2014! I am looking forward to living  up to all you have to offer!

I am looking for the great people, things and events in each day I am given, I am committed to doubt my doubts before I doubt my faith and I promise to give my very best in all that is presented before me.

HAPPY NEW YEAR AHEAD!

Make it the very best year you have lived thus far. Happiness is a daily choice, not a given.

 

Merry Christmas!

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Life has been blessed beyond belief! From very early in the morning until we go to bed. Lots to do and the same 24 hours that everyone gets to get things done.

I am so grateful for Christmas because of Christ.

I am grateful for my Savior and for the relationship I have with Him.

This Christmas I am choosing to receive the Christmas spirit, embrace it throughout the next year, carrying it with me in my heart and live a better life because of it.

Merry Christmas, remember to love deeply…as you are loved by the very God that created you and gave His Son so we could go back to Him  and live!

 

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Have you ever had a Christmas season that you are not excited to decorate, bake or shop? I was having one of those seasons. Whether you are tired, not healthy, not wealthy (broke), not feeling happy or all of them combined?

I usually am very excited to decorate the day after Thanksgiving and get the house looking like Christmas.

This year, for some odd reason, I wasn’t excited at all. As a matter of fact, I dragged getting decorations out as long as I could.

Don’t get me wrong, I love my Savior and I do have a relationship with Him, just not in the mood to do the traditional things people do at Christmas.

However, I am very blessed to have an eleven year old girl in my life. She is my angel of cheer, faith and joy. And…she is as tenacious as her mother…I got more tenacity due to age, she got more spunk…also due to age 😀

I am so grateful she kept on bugging me and bugging me…we got the containers out (the guys did, the girls decorated) and we went about decorating.

Christmas has a special Spirit about it. It is the spirit of giving…and receiving. I personally love to give presents. I love paying attention to what people say during the year and make mental notes of the things they express a desire to have. Then I love to receive their reaction as they open it, smiles and contentment clearly on their faces… foremost, I love receiving the love of the Savior for me and us all…His life, the purpose of His life and His infinite Atonement for every soul that ever lived.

I am so grateful for the angels God sends to us on constant basis. They might be mortal or from beyond the veil, they all love, care for and help us to get where we are meant to be.

So, my house now looks and feels like Christmas. I am thankful for a daughter that pushed me and pushed me to get it done.

May your Christmas be filled with blessings, people who are special to you, may your heart be open and may the love of Christ bring all the good things it has to offer into your life…may you be in tune enough to see it, embrace it and be happier for it.

 

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Left Over Bread Dough

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If you have leftover bread dough and don’t know what to do with it, melt a cube of butter, mix some sugar and cinnamon in a separate bowl and roll balls of dough in the melted butter, then roll it on the sugar and cinnamon mix.  Put it in a bread pan, pour the rest of the sugar and cinnamon over it, then the butter… let it rise for 30 minutes.

Bake it for 35 minutes at 350, dump it upside-down on a plate and let everyone go at it…it disappears quite quickly with a glass of milk 😀

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I don’t know about you, but during December I do easy meals for everyday dinners. Yesterday was one of those lazy nights.

I made my bread recipe that I use for white, half and half or whole wheat bread.

Bread Recipe

6-8 cups of flour

2 TBSP of yeast

2 3/4 cups of hot water

1 TBSP of salt

3 TBSP of sugar or 1 TBSP of honey

3 TBSP of oil

In a mixer put 3 cups of flour and the yeast, mix it and add the hot water and mix it again (I get it cold out of the tap – not all the way on the cold, just midway and microwave it for 2 minutes, it will be hotter than you can touch, but not boiling or near boiling). Let it sit for 10 minutes then add the rest of the ingredients and knead for 5 minutes. Let it raise until double ( about 30 minutes), knead it again for 5 minutes and then I wrapped it around the Costco Polish dogs. Place it in a greased cookie sheet and bake it at 350 for 20-25 minutes.

If you don’t have a mixer, use a bowl, to do the mixing of the flour with the yeast and hot water and all the other ingredients. When kneading, do it for 10 minutes each time.

Enjoy!

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Sometimes we pray to God fully expecting to do our part of the solution needed. And then…He answers that prayer in a totally unexpected way and it helps you let go of pride, it fulfills your needs and blesses others.

When asked to serve by God, I am willing to do it and do it to my best capability, for Him. When being told I am going to be served…it is a humbling experience. It is knowing the God you pray to is so very aware of every detail in your life that He is making sure that you get every needful thing…He sends His mortal angels and answer your prayers in ways you didn’t utter…He just knew the need was there. You see, the more humble one is, the closer to God they become. Sometimes we are not humble enough…so He creates life events that you get the opportunity to do that, choose to be humbled with much love and develop a deeper sense of gratitude.

Although it is much easier and much more fun to serve, I am grateful to be served at this time and taking the opportunity to let go of more pride…it feels great in my heart!

“When was the last time you allowed someone to serve you and felt great about it? No guilt involved…just gratitude.”

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Have you notice that we tend to ‘own‘ everything?

We own our family members, our things and places?

Well, here is a little secret…we don’t own anything!

We will be long gone and everything will be left behind.

People will come with you…their choice of course, but every possession we ever had, will be left somewhere in some journey of yours.

We can’t make our bodies work how we want them to…the only thing we own is our will and if we are smart, we subject that unto God to get anywhere worth going.

Soooo, if we don’t own people or “stuff,” we are not disappointed or angry when things don’t go the way we planned or wanted.

Let’s say you lend your favorite book to someone…they returned it with a few pages missing and the cover is bent.

If you owned that book, you are going to be bent out of shape. It was your favorite, it was lent to a friend and it came back damaged!

If it is God’s book, He knew what was going to happen…He just wondered if you were ok with what happened. How you would handle it…

And if He is ok with what happened, then why shouldn’t we be Ok with whatever the outcome is?

People are more important than things, places and events.

And they too belong to God, not us.

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