December 20, 2013


Signs of Christmas

The first snow falls softly. Suddenly moonlit children spill across the sidewalks laughing. Give me your red mitten hand. We will join them. The moon will light our faces too. It is time that we learn again the play and the magic of peace in that first snow that falls. ~ Winter Homecoming, Eileen Spinelli

Carols singing, church bells ringing,
 It's Christmastime again.
Wind-a-blowing, hearth fires glowing.
Candles shine in windowpanes.
~Lucille King

She only knew, when morning dawned, that she was safe in bed.
 "It's Christmas! HO!" and merrily she raised her pretty head;
Then, wild with glee, she saw what "dear Old Santa Claus" had done 
And ran to tell the joyful news to each and every one!
 ~Mary Mapes Dodge

I love the Yuletide's radiant things,
The treetop angel's spun-glass wings,
Each scarlet ball and tinseled limb,
The tapers sputtering, soft and dim
~Sadie Stuart Hager

Christmas fills the senses In a most delicious way.
The sight and sound and taste of it
For one full month hold sway.
The smell of cookies baking,
The crunch of sparkling snow,
The eyes of little children
A-shine with hope and glow
~Elizabeth Collier

December gifts....customs, ceremony, celebration, consecration...
come to us wrapped up, not in tissue and ribbons,
but in cherished memories.
~Sarah Beth Breathnach
I LOVE this recipe! It features fresh seasonal cranberries, a packaged cake mix and a slow cooker! It smells heavenly and tastes incredible. I would say its a perfect holiday treat!
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup melted butter
1 (14 ounce) can of whole berry cranberry sauce
1 (12 ounce) package of fresh cranberries
1 (16 ounce) package pound cake mix
3/4 cup milk
2 large eggs
½ t. almond extract

 Lightly grease a 5 quart slow cooker. Stir together the first 3 ingredients in a small bowl until well blended. Pour this mixture into the greased slow cooker. Top with fresh cranberries.

Beat pound cake mix, milk and next two ingredients at low speed of an electric mixer until well blended, about 30 seconds. Beat on low for 2 minutes. Pour batter over cranberries. Cook on HIGH for 2 hours and 10 minutes. Turn off the slow cooker and let cake stand, covered for about 20 minutes. Invert onto a serving platter. Cut into wedge serving pieces and serve with whipped cream or a big scoop of vanilla ice cream!

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