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2014, Merry Christmas

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.  Luke 2:11

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December 2014 Noel

Merry Christmas!

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Chocolate-Peppermint Cookies, Gingerbread Houses, and a Lovely Gift

Chocolate Peppermint cookies

The scent of cinnamon, cloves, ginger, molasses, chocolate, vanilla, and peppermint have been swirling around my kitchen for the past week.  Dozens of cookies baked, packaged, and given out as gifts.  One of the recipes I made was Chocolate-Peppermint Cookies.  A wonderful chocolate cookie topped with a sprinkle of crushed peppermint candies. It’s a basic chocolate cookie recipe that could easily be changed for other occasions by replacing crushed peppermint with toffee, peanut butter morsels, white chocolate chips, or other toppings.

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One Last Time…..to Middle-Earth, The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies

The Hobbit: the battle of the five armies


The Hobbit:  Battle of the Five Armies

The long wait is finally over.  The conclusion to The Hobbit trilogy, The Battle of the Five Armies by director, Peter Jackson opened in US theaters, December 17, 2014.  Going to see this movie will be a family affair for us with lots of popcorn and sodas in the course of a little over two and a half hours.   We will be transported back to Middle-earth one last time.

This is the  third and final movie in the film trilogy based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s book, The Hobbit. In the story, Thorin Oakenshield {Richard Armitage} and 11 other Dwarves with the help of Bilbo Baggins {Martin Freeman} came back to the Lonely Mountain to reclaim their homeland from the Dragon Smaug.  Once they defeated the dragon, Thorin has to defend his land.  The battle for the survival of Middle-Earth hangs on this epic battle that united Dwarves, Elves, and Men to defeat Evil Sauron and his Orc armies.

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Winner of the Giveaway & More Packaging Ideas

Packaging, Christmas-peppermint sprinkles

Thank you to all of you for your wonderful comments on packaging gifts and thoughts of the Christmas season!

The winner of the packaging giveaway is Betsy from A Plateful of Happiness.

In Betsy’s recent blog post she made, Lamb and Dried Apricot with Tagine from Dorie Greenspan’s cookbook, Around My French Table.  Afterward, she gave her opinion about the recipe along with  Howard’s thoughts after he tasted it.  click here to visit Betsy’s website.


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The Christmas Season, Favorite Things, and a Giveaway…..

Christmas  favorite things

A little dusting of snow on the ground,
temperature in the 20s and 30s,
the warmth from the wood stove,
Christmas decorations in the house,
and the sounds of Christmas music…
what a nice start to the season,
or as Bing Crosby would sing it…

“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!”

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