Wednesday, December 21, 2011


i have a few, 
not sure which i will get to
and which will stay on 'the list'

mostly left on my 'to-do' list are party foods to make
i have all of the ingredients for the most part,
except for the elusive white "nonpareils"
i guess a trip to michael's may have to be made
a santa hat won't be complete without them...
santa hats?
glad you asked :)
these have been on my list this season and i can't wait to make them
i wanted to make these for giles' class party
but i completely let it slip
if ya let it, christmas'll sneak up on ya!

my plan also includes fudge, lemon buddies {the chex recipe},
samoa bark.
as close to the girl scouts heaven on earth
that i have had the patience to make
it's not dead on,
but if that coconut, caramel, shortbread & chocolate mix
is what you're after, you're in luck!
and these little delights just caught my eye, on pinterest, of course
i love toffee... and chocolate
i am hoping to put several gifts together
with all of these delights,
and there are actually more on the list to make
fudge {not linking to a recipe because i am not happy with mine right now}
christmas bark
and saltine cracker toffee {see? there's that toffee again}

and then, for my own little {expanding!} family
we will enjoy this yummy looking dish for breakfast
on christmas morning
as well as some homemade sweet rolls from a sweet friend

i can't believe that christmas week is HERE!
i really enjoyed doing some fun crafts with giles last year
 and i had high hopes for this year...
but, they remained just that, hopes.
i can't see the craft supplies coming out in the final stretch...
i can forsee however having a helper in the kitchen,
i think he'd like that...

i have a small amount of shopping still to do,
all presents that have been bought or made are wrapped & ready
and while the house isn't in pristine condition,
with a swipe & dash
it could be company ready in roughly 10 minutes,
i'll take that.

our family elf, winston, will be heading back to the north pole today
we've so enjoyed having him
he is a pretty tame little elf
he brings little gifts every few days
from a ring pop, $1 bill, undies, pjs
to a really cool buzz lightyear thermos
but, for now, he wants us to concentrate on the real meaning
of this magical season
the birth of our savior!
i am quite certain nothing is as worth celebrating as that is!
and as i bake and wrap the remaining gifts
and ask giles to join me
and try not to come unglued when he does it 4yr old style
and not like the vision in my head
{because, just like mikey, he can read my mind---- RIGHT?!???!?}
i will recall these words
{not sure where i originally came across them,
but they were in our bulletin this past Sunday}
keeping in mind what is important
and what is just extra

1 Corinthians 13 {Christmas version}
If I decorate my house perfectly with plaid bows,
strands of twinkling lights and shiny balls,
but do not show love to my family,
I’m just another decorator.

If I slave away in the kitchen,
baking dozens of Christmas cookies,
preparing gourmet meals
and arranging a beautifully adorned table at mealtime,
but do not show love to my family, I’m just another cook.

If I work at the soup kitchen,
 carol in the nursing home and give all that I have to charity,
but do not show love to my family,
it profits me nothing.

If I trim the spruce with shimmering angels
 and crocheted snowflakes,
attend a myriad of holiday parties
and sing in the choir’s cantata
but do not focus on Christ,
I have missed the point.

Love stops the cooking to hug the child.
Love sets aside the decorating to kiss the husband.
Love is kind, though harried and tired.

Love doesn’t envy another’s home
 that has coordinated Christmas china and table linens.

Love doesn’t yell at the kids to get out of the way,
 but is thankful they are there to be in the way.

Love doesn’t give only to those who are able to give in return
but rejoices in giving to those who can’t.

Love bears all things, believes all things,
hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never fails.
Video games will break,
pictures will fade,
clothes will be worn out,
golf clubs will rust,
but giving the gift of love will endure.