Tuesday, December 13, 2016
For Tuesday, December 13th, 2016
ON THE BRIGHT SIDE
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13TH, 2016
7 DAYS UNTIL WINTER
11 DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS
Life is a Special Occasion!
Today is St. Lucia’s Day which is a festival of light celebrated in Swedish homes and schools on one of the darkest days of the year. Her name is derived from Latin , meaning light, so she has become associated with festivals and celebrations of light.
St. Lucia Day is a celebration of hospitality, and teaches the values of sharing and caring.
THOUGHT FOR TODAY
In the right light, at the right time, everything is extraordinary.
I think it’s important to know about the customs of other countries. Many of our Ancestors came over to the US from Europe and so their customs are celebrated here too. As far as I know none of mine came from Sweden, but no matter where you go, hospitality and caring for others is important, especially this time of year.
Today’s pictures are repeats as I really don’t have a lot of pictures on my computer anymore. The upgrading that was done over thanksgiving left me with little share. I’ll have to take more in the days ahead so I’ll have some new ones to show you.
Time is marching on and along with packing up and sorting out and Christmas packages to wrap, I’ve little time for picture taking so bear with me in the days ahead.
I hope you all have a TERRIFIC Tuesday!
WHAT’S NEW IN THE KITCHEN
There is a food holiday to celebrate every day of the year!
Today is Ice Cream Day!
We have already had holidays to celebrate ice cream flavors, ice cream cones, ice cream sodas, ice cream sandwiches, and ice cream sundaes. Does ice cream really need an additional day of celebration?Of course it does!There’s no better opportunity than in the midst of the sweet tooth overload that is part of the holiday season. Scoop up some of your favorite holiday flavored ice cream and celebrate Ice Cream Day! Ho Ho Ho.
When the babes were young our dairy sold holiday shaped ice cream. Single servings came prepackaged and they loved them. I’m going to have to check out the grocery store now to see if they still have them. Our favorite ice cream store also had some ice cream cakes that were rolled up to look like a festive Christmas log and were delicious.
It you’d like to try making your own Ice Cream dessert, I found this recipe to try.
Peppermint Ice Cream Brownie Bars
1 box, for 9x13 pan, of your favorite brownie mix
1 cup white chocolate chips
1 container,8 ounces, Cool Whip
3/4 cup heavy cream
8 ounces good quality white chocolate, baking chocolate
1 quart peppermint ice cream
Peppermint Bark, coarsely chopped, for garnish
Prepare brownies according to package instructions Adding in the white chocolate chips to the batter is optional. Set aside and allow to cool.
As brownies are cooling, bring the heavy cream to a boil in a small saucepan. Take off of heat and add the baking chocolate. Stir until well combined and allow to cool for about 5 to 10 minutes. You want it still pourable.
Once the brownies have cooled, top with the white chocolate sauce. Put pan in the freezer for about 20 minutes until the white chocolate has hardened.
Take out of freezer and top with peppermint ice cream. Top the entire thing with cool whip and sprinkle on the peppermint bark garnish.
Continue to freeze for 4-6 hours until the ice cream is fully frozen and the dessert is easy to cut into defined squares.
COUNTING MY GIFTS
Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love!
Hamilton Wright Mabie
Counting at least 3 things every day that I'm thankful for. There is truly is always something to be thankful for.
4474. for Christmas customs around the world, making holidays brighter
4475. for Ice Cream, always a good dessert
4476. for my camera, it still works
Enter into His courts with thanksgiving — and in His presence is fullness of Joy!
PRAYER FOR OUR TROOPS
Please pray for God's protection of
our troops and HIS wisdom for their
Almighty and eternal God,
Protect our military
as they discharge their duties
with the shield of your strength,
may the power of your love
enable them to return home in safety
that with all who love them
they may ever praise you for your loving care.
AND bless our Police Officers, Firefighters
and Paramedics and EMT’s
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
GOD BLESS YOU ALL !
ADVICE FOR TODAY
Let your light shine. Shine within you so that it can shine on someone else. Let your light shine.
A little smile, a word of cheer,
A bit of love from someone dear…