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It’s Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas!


Today marks the first Sunday of Advent and as I woke up this morning my first thought was “It’s time to open the Christmas box!”.   I leapt out of bed and headed to the box that holds all the ornaments and Advent readings I’ve collected over the years.  Finding the candle was a little harder since I’ve been decluttering things.  Sadly I think I’ve decluttered some of my candle holders too!

For some reason I don’t have the cover for the readings that I’m going to follow this year, but I suspect they are based on the writings of Henri Nouwen.  (I do have the back cover, and his name is there quite frequently) Actually I have more information.  The booklet was published in 2007 and compiled and editted by James E. Adams.

I have been pondering lately about the movement of Grace in my life, so I would like to share this quote from today’s reading:

God’s grace is indeed like a gentle morning dew and a soft rain that gives new life to barren soil.

I am looking forward to enjoying this Christmas with my family and especially with my new and delightful granddaughter.  All the little things change when there is a new person to enjoy them with!

Have a blessed Sunday and a delightful Advent!




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It was a Workout!

I’ve just gotten back from the gym, no coffee yet, so I better type fast!  In my Advent reading I was struck by my own laziness.  I want things to be easy and I don’t WORK.  Yeah, I’ll do my time on the machines, but…  I don’t have intensity.  Maybe that’s okay for most of the day, but there are times in my day that I need it – and gym time is one of them.  I need to work harder than I do.  It shouldn’t be a walk in the park.

Today I spent 40 minutes on the treadmill – walked/ran over 2 miles.  What I did differently today, however, was that I tweaked my incline – just a little while I ran and much more (3.5) when I walked.

  “Weary Willie” is the second installment in the radio program.  I’ll have my own listen as soon as I’ve got my coffee and breakfast assembled!

In the meantime, I wish you all a joy-filled day, a day to get it done – whatever it is that you need to do!

And Alida, have a wonderful birthday!


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Because I don’t Want to Lose it!!

Candy Cane Cookies! Well loved and Well Used!

Candy Cane Cookies! Well loved and Well Used!

Last Christmas I lost this recipe.  I googled.  I searched.  I emailed the company.  I could not find this recipe.  Then…. somehow, somewhere, somewhen… I found it again!

So today, while I have it in my hands, I am going to share the history of this recipe and why I like it so much!

Actually I’m going to scan it, so that I don’t have to bother typing it all out!

Many Christmas’s ago –  maybe even 20 of them, I had a neighbour who made these.  Emma and I enjoyed them and have made them every Christmas since.  We never shaped them as candy canes, because that is too persnickity for me.  We rolled the dough into balls, rolled the balls into the crushed candy canes and pressed them down with our fingers or a glass.   Sometimes I would forget and mix the crushed candy canes in with the dough.  DO NOT do this.  It is far better to roll balls of cookie dough in the candy – even if this makes for some extra work.

You used to be able to find the recipe on the back of the Candy cane box, but alas, it hasn’t appeared for the last few years.  And lest I  lose sight of it again, at least I will be able to find a copy of it on my blog.

And if you do, I hope you enjoy making them with your family.

Somewhat Frugally Yours,


PS:  I usually add more peppermint extract – experiment!

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