Saturday, December 19, 2009

Christmas Baking Day~

I love to bake and I have been at it all day. I think I need another full day to finish up. I shared some of my favorite Christmas recipes that I made today. I hope you enjoy! Read down my post to take a look~ see. I loved the new Christmas Candy Apple Jelly I made. It looks so festive and tastes so good~thanks Mrs. M. It will be a yearly favorite from now on! I can't wait to get my tags made~it will be a wonderful homemade gift.
I am tired ~Good Night My Blog Friends. I am sure I will have vision's of sugar plums dancing in my head tonight. Sweet Dreams!

Hot Chocolate Mix~

  • 6 1/2 cups powdered milk
  • 1 (5 ounce) package non-instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 cup powdered chocolate drink mix
  • 1/2 cup powdered non-dairy creamer
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  1. In a large bowl, combine powdered milk, chocolate pudding mix, chocolate drink mix powder, creamer, confectioners' sugar, and cocoa. Divide the mixture between two 1 quart jars. Seal, and decorate as desired. These can be stored in a dry area for up to 3 months.
  2. Attach a tag with the following instructions: Hot Cocoa: Dissolve 1/3 cup cocoa mix in 1 cup boiling water.

Look What I Found In My Mailbox~

Boston has another Grammy~her name is Nora. Nora sent me this wonderful book for Christmas. Thank you Nora! I absolutely love this book!! The book contains stories written about Amish and their peaceful way of living.

I envy the Amish and their simple ways. I follow a blog of a family who are going Amish. However, I believe that for Amish or English alike according to the Bible ~salvation is only by trusting in all that Jesus did on the cross not working out our salvation. If we did nothing to get it~we can do nothing to keep it. The spotless blood shed on the cross is the only way to Heaven. That being said I still believe there is much we can learn from the Amish. They have found the key to family living! I am challenged by their frugal life style. They truly do not live to lay up treasures here on this earth!

I could have been born Amish~I would have loved it. But I wasn't! There are many who do inquire about joining the Amish~ and some even do. If you want to follow a family who are going Amish~you can find Homemaker Ang on my blog roll. Her blog is Living Off Grid. You will enjoy reading her story! I so admire her and her husband's journey to a Simple Life!

Become Amish? Oh~ I would love to but my family not so much!

"Uncle Amos" an Amish man who wrote occasionally for Small Farmer's Journal, wrote this thought provoking response.

"If you admire our faith, strengthen yours. If you admire our sense of commitment, deepen yours. If you admire our community spirit, build your own. If you admire the simple life, cut back. If you admire deep character and enduring values, live them yourself."

I say AMEN!!!!! I so agree with Uncle Amos. I want to live a more simple life. I decided about 2 years ago to cut back in all areas of our life. I just love this book and I will share more as the days come!

For now I have to put down the book and this computer. I am going to bake all day. I pray you all enjoy this week ~I plan to. With only a week until Christmas I plan on cherishing the moments with my family~celebrating the ultimate gift~salvation. Which is truly the reason for Christmas!



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