Our place all lit up for the Christmas Eve festivities
Our Texas inspired photo booth…
from our family to yours…Merry Christmas Y’all!
I love the Christmas Trees that all of the bloggers and businesses I follow are sharing. I especially love the ones decorated with a monochromatic color pallet. I love the ones that every inch of the tree is covered with decorations. I love the whimsical trees. I love the ones covered with homemade ornaments. But I love our tree the most…
Our tree is a beautiful eclectic mix of travel ornaments, burlap ribbon, woodland animals, bird houses with a touch of glitter and crystal sparkles! Here are a few of my favorites from Christmas’ past and our many travels...
Merry Christmas from our family to yours!
A beautiful mix of ornaments we’ve collected throughout our travels…A touch of glass and glitter and a splash of color…Softened by burlap garland and glittery branches…The cutest collection of owls nestled in with the ornaments from Louisiana and Italy…There is our ornament from San Francisco….A special memory from my home town…Christmas Eve at St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans.A collection of all things Texas…
Have you heard of the Terlingua Chili Cook Off? I spy an ornament from the Cayman Islands and a few handmade paper covered eggs…Then there are the ornaments from our trips to Santa Fe and Taos, New Mexico… May you have Peace this Christmas Season…Even birds are welcome in our tree…May your Christmas be merry and bright…
I have one recipe that is my all time go to dessert recipe…The ingredients always seem to be available in my pantry. When ever I make it and take it to a party, I am asked for the recipe…and yes I can rattle it off with no problem. The recipe is a family hand me down…but if you look it up on the internet you will find dozens of variations on the original. It is known by a variety of names; peanut butter clusters, trash, white trash and crack.
2 cups Honey Nut Cheerios
1 cup Chunky Peanut Butter
1 cup Mini Marshmallows
1 pkg Almond Bark
Combine Cheerios and mini marshmallows in a large bowl. Coarsely chop white bark, place in a microwave safe bowl and heat for 1-1 1/2 minutes stirring once. Stir in chunky peanut butter until mixture is smooth. Pour over dry mixture and stir until cereal is completely coated. Working quickly, use two teaspoons…scoop a rounded teaspoon of mixture, use second spoon to help drop the sticky mixture onto wax paper. Allow clusters to dry before storing in an airtight container.
Lately, when asked how am I doing? My response has been a four letter word…Busy!
Sometimes life just takes over…and busyness begets busyness. I like being busy! Being busy at work makes the day go by faster. Keeping my hands busy keeps me from snacking. Reading a good book quiets my mind and helps me to forget about what I should be busy doing. I do not enjoy being busy for the sake of being busy...However, sometimes busyness takes over and takes on a life of its own.
When given an option I would choose a quite evening spent with my best friend, my husband, in front of our outdoor fireplace. I would choose a slower paced drive across the country over rushing through an airport to catch a flight. I would choose relaxing in a hammock under the oak trees over a crowded street fair.
It’s not that I don’t enjoy street fairs or traveling via the friendly skies. It’s just that life is busy enough all on its own…the daily grind of being plugged in and connected 24/7 promotes busyness. That comment alone could get me on my soap box for hours…but that would just add busyness to my day.
When I started writing I felt compelled to write every day for the sake of writing. I put unnecessary pressure on myself. Then when I couldn’t keep up the pace I felt guilty. My love of writing became a chore of busyness. It lost its shiny new luster, all because of the need to be busy about the business of writing.
I have friends that are so busy running their kids from one activity to the next, arranging after school activities and summer camp programs that they need a personal assistant to keep the calendars organized. I have friends who have traded their busy work life for a busier retired life.
I wonder if being about the business of being busy is really worth the toll it takes on our health and well-being. I wonder what effect it has on our relationships. I guess that would depend on who you ask…
At some point you come to a time and place in your life where quality becomes more important than quantity. Can you have both? I am sure some people can and do and their life is full and complete. I am not one of those individuals…I prefer smaller more intimate settings, dinner parties of 12 or less, lunch ordered from a menu not from a buffet line, food eaten on a real plate and my drink in a real glass, not out of a paper sack or in a foam container.
When did busy become a four letter word?
I understand the science behind the optical phenomenon of reflection and refraction of light through water droplets resulting in a rainbow. Nevertheless, rainbows are a magical experience.
Did you know…A primary rainbow arc shows red on the outer part and violet on the inner. On a double rainbow, the second arc has its colors reversed. I know the second rainbow is barely visible, but I think I was lucky to see it at all.
According to Genesis, after Noah saved the animals from the Great Flood, a rainbow appeared. As the flood had killed all other living beings, the rainbow came to symbolize God’s promise that he would never send another flood to destroy all of the earth and that never again would all living things be killed in the waters of a flood.
As much as I believe in the existence of rainbows, I also believe the Biblical story of the great flood to be true and accurate.
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