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Christmas Past …

I am having fun today searching my blog for special treats and recipes I shared over the last seven  Decembers.  You can click on the posted link and it will take you to the original blog post and the recipe!   I must start out with my favorite sugar cookie recipe!

Christmas always means Sour Cream Coconut Cake at our house!

Looking for a few colorful recipes this one caught my eye.  Perfect for some Christmas eve appetizers this red and green taco dip is surely festive!

Layered Taco Dip

Hot fruit compote is so easy and incredibly good with breakfast on a cold, snowy, Christmas morning.  Okay, so it may not be cold and snowy where you are (or where I am) but the hot fruit compote is still my sous-chef dish-washing mom’s favorite!

Speaking of breakfast … this Apple Sage Sausage recipe was a huge hit every time we served it at our bed and breakfast.

Unbelievably Delicious Apple Sage Sausage Balls

It’s not too late to “gift from the kitchen” with this Better Than Starbucks Hot Chocolate! Check it out!

I am having a blast taking a walk down memory lane from Christmas’ past!  I hope you enjoy these pictures and recipes too!

Oh! Brine Your Turkey!  I know many of you deep fry your turkeys and I hear that is an awesome way to tuck in the moisture and flavor.  I haven’t ever eaten deep-fried turkey but I have brined a few and highly recommend as the way to go! 

My family can attest to the fact that if it is “broccoli” I love it! Add the au gratin and I am all in!

Another favorite au gratin comes in the form of Brussel sprouts.  Ah, so yummy!

Looks like I need to stop looking backward and get to the kitchen for some Christmas weekend cooking!  Before I sign off I would be remiss for not including this Peppermint Fudge Cake Roll.  Enjoy!

Happy Cooking!
~Blessings, Catherine

Isaiah 9:6

For to us a child is born,
    to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
    and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Christmas Giveaway Winner and Winning Holiday Recipes

amazon gift card

alishaIt is with pleasure that I announce Alisha L. has won the $25 Amazon gift card sponsored by Free Shipping Code!

Thank you to everyone who stopped by my blog this past month and entered the contest! Alisha’s entry drawn by random selection.

Looking back over December here are a few of the goodies I featured.

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My nephew Ryan’s family-favorite Pepperoni Bread!

The “Grandma’s Heritage Collection of goodies.  Pecan Puffs, Fudge, Scotch-a-roos, and Peanut Clusters.

Sweet Potato Pie worthy of any holiday celebration.

Hot Caramel Apple Spice drink that rivals Starbucks!

More heritage recipes from my Grandma Paulsen:  Spritz Cookies and Cream Puffs.

Jack Bac Jam – really, you need to make this!

Super Ham Salad for appetizers and sandwiches. Super easy, super delicious!

Counting down the days to the end of the year and the beginning of a fabulous new year!

God Bless,
Catherine

Year-end scripture:  Philippians 4:6-7  

“Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.”

Scripture Taken from The Message

 

A Half Truth

Half truthDriving into town last week I read this  sign in a local church yard.  A half truth, a “little white lie”, a twist of truth … is still a whole lie.   This has bounced around in my head all through the week, not to mention the many times I drove that road in to town and read the sign.

I am studying 2 John this week.  From the study 2 John 1:6 is my memory verse.

2 John 6
Having just gone through Holy Week and Easter weekend, it seems there was a lot of conversation on television, in the grocery stores, and among  friends about Jesus.  About The Bible and doctrines of the Bible.  Often times I feel that when I choose sound Bible doctrine over what is socially accepted I come off as being narrow-minded or judgmental.

Then I read a sign that says a half truth is still a whole lie.   In 2 John he encourages Believers to live in truth and walk in love for one another.  That is what I want to do … walk in love for all others.

Do you ever struggle with that line between half truth and whole lie or between living in this world but not being of this world?

I pray you have a week filled with the truth imparted to us by the life of Jesus Christ and that each day you find time to walk in love for one another.

Blessings,
Catherine

P.S.  I made Italian Cream Cake and Hot Cross Buns to take to our friends for Easter Dinner.  Click on the picture and it will take you to the recipe!italian cream cake frosting italian cream cake whole

hot cross up close

Maundy Thursday

maundy thursdayToday is Maundy Thursday.   It is the Christian holy day, falling on the Thursday before Easter. It commemorates the Maundy and Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles as described in the Canonical gospels.

“And Jesus going up to Jerusalem took the twelve disciples apart in the way, and said unto them, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be betrayed unto the chief priests and unto the scribes, and they shall condemn him to death, And shall deliver him to the Gentiles to mock, and to scourge, and to crucify him: and the third day he shall rise again.”    Matthew 20: 17-19 KJV

Do you have special plans for this Easter weekend?  Do any of those plans  include a little time in the kitchen?  Here are a few of my favorite spring and holiday recipes.  Happy Baking!

baked french toast singleOvernight Baked French Toast (oops, sorry about the Christmas dishes!)  This is a great recipe because it can be made on Saturday and ready to bake Sunday morning.  No fuss, no muss!

strawberry cake finishedFresh strawberry cake!  This is one of the best recipe I have ever made for flavor, texture and all around  tasty “wow” feature!

Strawberry cupcake biteFresh strawberry cupcakes work well for feeding a crowd of little kids and big kids!

hot cross bun 2 dozenI’ll be making Hot Cross Buns on Saturday for a Sunday Easter dinner with friends.  These hot cross buns are easy and so incredibly delicious when served slightly warmed. (Not enough to melt the cross!)

Happy Spring and blessed baking!
~Catherine

 

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