Saturday, November 21, 2009

Keep Christ In Christmas~

"Christmas Chapel Model, Bavaria, Germany" Photographic Print

I've received this before, and still love the idea.



Pass this on to your church, co-workers, family, and friends

What do you have to lose but 44 cents, what do you have to gain ----------- more than you will ever know.

A clever idea!


Yes, Christmas cards. This is coming early so that you can get ready to include an important address to your list.
Want to have some fun this CHRISTMAS? Send the ACLU a CHRISTMAS CARD this year.


As they are working so very hard to get rid of the CHRISTMAS part of this holiday, we should all send them a nice, CHRISTIAN card to brighten up their dark, sad, little world..


Make sure it says "Merry Christmas" on it and "In God We Trust".


Here's the address, just don't be rude or crude. (It's not the Christian way, you know.)


125 Broad Street
18th Floor
New York , NY 10004


Two tons of Christmas cards would freeze their operations because they wouldn't know if any were regular mail containing contributions. So spend 44 cents and tell the ACLU to leave Christmas alone. Also tell them 
that there is no such thing as a " Holiday Tree". . . It's always been called a CHRISTMAS TREE!


And pass this on to your email lists. We really want to communicate with the ACLU! They really DESERVE us!!


For those of you who aren't aware of them, the ACLU, (the American Civil Liberties Union) is the one suing the U.S. Government to take God, Christmas or anything Christian away from us. They represent the atheists and others in this war.


FIGHT BACK!!!!  Help put Christ back in Christmas!


Tony Passaro

Bel Air Tea Party Patriots


Holiday Muffin Mix~In A Jar

"Christmas Tree on Snowy Night in Pioneer Courthouse Square, Portland, Oregon, USA" Photographic Print
3 cups of flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup dry milk
1T. baking powder
1 t. salt
1/2 t. nutmeg
1 1/2 t. cinnamon
1/4 t. cloves

Combine all ingredients. Place in a quart size jar.

Attach this note:
1 egg slightly beaten
1 1/4 c. water
1/4 c. oil
1 Jar Holiday Muffin Mix

Preheat oven to 400 degrees and grease muffin tins. In a bowl, empty muffin mix with other ingredients until moistened. Do not over mix. Pour into muffin tins. Bake 10-15 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Makes 15-18 muffins. Enjoy!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Homemade Easy Bake Oven Mixes~ Frugal Gift Idea

"English Christmas Pudding on Silver Plate" Photographic Print

I remember when my girls wanted an Easy Bake Oven for Christmas. The mixes were more expensive than the toy. Here is a homemade version of The Chocolate Cake Mix and Frosting. If you have an Easy Bake Oven to buy this Christmas ~make your own mixes and place them in festive cello bags!

Easy Bake Oven Chocolate Cake Mix~
1 cup of sugar
3 Tbsp. cocoa
1 1/2 cup flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/3 cup of vegetable shortening

In a medium bowl combine sugar, cocoa, flour, baking soda and salt. Cut in shortening  until it resembles corn meal. Store in airtight container and use within 12 weeks.

To Use:
1 cup of mix
5-6 tsp. water

Mix together and pour into greased and floured pan. Follow Easy Bake Oven directions.

Easy Bake  Chocolate or White Frosting~
2 cups powered sugar
3 Tbsp. dry milk
1/2 cup cocoa
6 Tbsp. vegetable shortening
In bowl, combine first three ingredients. Next cut in shortening. Store in airtight container. Use within 12 weeks.
For white frosting omit the cocoa.

To Use:
1 cup of mix
2-21/2 tsp. water

Mix with a fork.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Berry Good Wild Rice~

 Quick & Easy Family Favorites cookbook

This was in my mailbox this morning. It is from Gooseberry Patch. I just love Gooseberry Patch Cookbooks. This sounds wonderful and I have not made a recipe from their books that I did not like! It would be so easy for the busy days ahead. Hope you enjoy. I am going to try it!
*It is from the new Quick and Easy Family Favorites Cookbook~YUM!*  I might just have to buy this one!

Berry Good Wild Rice

1-1/2 c. wild rice, uncooked
2 14 oz. cans vegetable broth
4-1/2 oz. can sliced mushrooms, drained
4 green onions, sliced
1 T. butter, melted
1/2 t. salt
1/4 t. pepper
1/2 c. slivered almonds
1/3 c. sweetened dried cranberries

Mix first 7 ingredients in a 3-quart slow cooker. Cover and cook on low setting 5 hours or until rice is tender. Stir in almonds and cranberries. Cover and cook on low setting 15 more minutes. If all liquid is not absorbed, serve rice with a slotted spoon. Makes 7 cups

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

How To Keep The Holidays Stressless~

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I am planning to keep this Christmas stress free~ Plan the work and work the plan!

  • When you ask family members to share their favorite Christmas memory. You might be surprised how few meals and toys they mention. Most people remember the memories. Toys get broken, but a memory lasts forever.
  • Remember what really matters. Family and your own home should come first. Everything else should come second to your special place~your Home. The hassles can take care of themselves. 
  • A handmade gift is more special than a bought gift. 
  • It is really okay to say NO! We would  like to do it all, be everywhere, and see everything. We need time together as a family!
  • Plan some time for yourself. You can read a book, listen to music, take a bubble bath by candlelight, get a hair cut, polish your nails, buy yourself a new nightgown. Take a moment to plan what you will wear for Christmas. By taking care of yourself you will avoid the last minute hassle about your appearance.
  • Watch your spending carefully. For many years I found myself in debt trying to create the perfect Christmas~only to regret it January 1st when the bills rolled in. Talk about tension and depression! Overspending will do it! Give yourself the gift of NO DEBT this year. You will be so glad you did!
  • Remember Christmas will come even if the "To Do List" isn't totally finished. Celebrate family, friends, and above all, the true meaning of Christmas! 

Christmas Week # 3 Planner~

"Christmas Window" Print
If you are new to my blog~ let me explain! I am getting all of Christmas wrapped up in four weeks because I am flying out to be with my daughter as she delivers my new grandson. I normally take about 3 months to get it all done. I have started some new business adventures that have kept me so busy I have not had time to prepare for Christmas. One of the things I do is shop all year long when I see great buys so I have a gift pantry ~which is going to help greatly.

Week # 3 ~ Christmas Planning
  • *Take my Gift List and SHOP,SHOP,SHOP!!
  • *Set up a wrapping station~this is one of the smartest ideas I have ever come up with! It makes it easy to keep up as you shop. I set mine with a pretty tablecloth, baskets of tape, ribbon, paper and bows. 
  • * Recheck my pantry for Holiday Baking. This will be a great sale week for stocking up!
  • * Prepare several freezer meals for the busy weeks before Christmas.
  • * Hit anything not completed from last week~which happens to be our Christmas cards.
  • * Get Stocking Stuffers

Heap the holly! Wreath the pine!
Train the dainty Christmas vine~
Let the breath of fir and bay
Mingle on the festal day.
Helen Chase

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Funnel Cakes~Frugal Gift Idea

* I love to bake for Christmas! I bake the whole month~to give away to friends and family. Of course we have a nibble or two along the way in the Shindorf household! Yum~I am dreaming of fudge. I love chocolate fudge with a glass of ice cold milk.  This year with my trip I am simplifying Christmas. I will be gone half of the month falling in love with my new grandson so I am making mixes to give away instead of all my baking. The great thing about giving a nice mix is~ during the Christmas rush we have so many goodies. A mix can be used after the season during those long months of winter. It is a nice treat to look forward to.
I thought this Funnel Cake would be wonderful! ~And so cute in a nice bag with a funnel attached!

1 cup of sifted flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cinnamon

In a bowl mix all dry ingredients. Store in an airtight container.


Funnel Cake
1 egg
1 cup of milk

*Put Funnel Cake Mix in a bowl.
* Add egg and milk~stir.
* Heat oil in skillet to 375 degrees.
*Fill funnel~holding finger over the end of the funnel, let go and pour 1/2 cup into skillet . As batter flows move funnel in circles to form a spiral cake. 
*Fry about 2 minutes on each side until golden brown.
* Sprinkle with powdered sugar, glaze or nuts. Makes  6 cakes.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Festive Christmas Potpourri~ Frugal Gift Idea~

3 Tablespoons whole cloves
2 bay leaves
3 cinnamon sticks
2 cups distilled water
1 handful of pine needles
3 pieces dried orange or lemon rind
Add a few drops of essential oil.

Mix all ingredients and place in jar.

Attach this note to the jar: (Drag to your desk top or copy and paste)

Graphics~ Life In The Craft Lane With Mandy

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Santa~I Can Explain!

My Hannah took my sister's pictures for their Christmas cards yesterday and
 I just had to share this one. It was taken while Mom was trying 
to get all her children to behave! I think it is so cute. I just has to show you. 
These are my adorable~at the moment~not behaving nieces and nephews!

Please don't tell Hannah or my Sister. This is an unedited version! LOL

Monday, November 2, 2009

How To Paint A Window~ Frugal Gift Idea

You can pick up old frames for next to nothing or free often times. 
Painted windows can be such a nice gift for pennies. 
 Decorate them in any style you wish.  
This one is hanging in my booth for sale.

1. Sand frame.
2. Take newspaper and masking tape~ cover all the glass.
3. Spray paint frame~remove newspaper.
4. Paint the design you want. You can print images from the computer and  tape them to the back for an easy way to paint if you do not like to draw. This is great for sayings. I use cheap Apple Barrel Paints.
5. When you finish with your painting~let it dry. Then coat it with a clear spray paint. I give it about 5 coats ~letting it dry between coats. This is the time to add sprinkles and glitter if you wish. This will seal it and keep the paint from pealing off~works like a charm.
6. Place 2 sturdy screws on the back with heavy wire for hanging.

This one hangs in my house.

Christmas Planning With Carrie~

"Main Street with Christmas Lights at Night, Leavenworth, Washington, USA" Photographic Print
Week #1 ~ Christmas Countdown

*Make a gift list of all people I need to give gifts to.
*Make a list of all the people I will deliver baking to.
*Figure my spending budget and plan accordingly.
* Plan what I will bake this year~like FUDGE!!
*Buy all my baking needs~ I will go to the Amish Dutch Pantry, Dollar Stores and Aldi to save here $$.
*Stock the pantry.
*Work on craft projects.
*Get pictures taken for cards. My Hannah will take ours and do magic on them at     Then we will send them to Walgreens to print. Big savings here$$$$.
I am heading off now to the Amish~oh am I going to have the most wonderful day! Wish you could come along! Have a good and Godly day!

I'm Walking On Sunshine~A Day With The Amish

Woo~hoo~ I woke up on the right side of the bed! I am walking on sunshine today! I am so excited!! Can you tell? I am heading to Jamesport , Mo~(Amish Country) with my Pastor's wife, Pam Marshall and the Evangelist's wife Karen Hightower. We are going to stock our pantries for the Thanksgiving and Christmas baking. 
This is my all time favorite kind of day!!! I buy all my baking needs at the H&M Amish Store. We will of course eat at the Mennonite Buffet and have the best food in whole wide world~my mouth is already watering. I just had a piece of toast for breakfast because you never want to go to the Gingerich's Restaurant unless you are starving. My family tease me so because I can actually dream about this meal all the time. It is so good. I wish you could all come and go with me.   I love stepping back in time~I just may never come back to this to fast pace way of life we live. I just hope if I choose to stay ~My Brian will come and join me! 

You can have a peek at Jamesport~Amish Country here.



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