PREPARE YE THE WAY OF THE LORD

TL 12-1 PREPARE YE THE WAY OF THE LORD

God gave His very BEST to us and for us…  this truly is the season of giving…  how many ways can we give this year?  Does it take a large budget to give?  No – not a large budget – just a creative mind and an intent of heart that bends toward giving.

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We just enjoyed a lovely celebration of Advent at church and are feeling the true meaning of Christmas – and the Spirit that comes with it.  I have an idea…  since today is Monday and a bit of an anti-climax of sorts, to put it mildly…  why not take snacks to work without being asked???

One of the perks of being part of the workforce is the Monday morning you walk in and there are homemade goodies setting on the conference room table for anyone to indulge in.  Oh yeah – it’s like a big score to begin the week!

COOKIES AND CAROLS

You don’t have to spend hours making these goodies either – and you don’t have to hire a professional baker or pay a high price at the bakery.  There are tons of quick and easy recipes that turn out great every time and will be sure to please your co-workers.  Whether you sing Christmas Carols as you serve them…  well, that’s up to you!  😉

Here’s one of my favorites:

ALMOND-CHOCOLATE-CHERRY COOKIES

Makes 24 cookies

11 g. carbohydrates per cookies / 81 calories / 6 g. sugar

INGREDIENTS:

6 Tbs. butter, softened

3/4 c. Splenda

1 egg

1 egg yolk

1 tsp. vanilla

1 oz. semi-sweet chocolate, melted & cooled slightly

1 1/3 c. flour

1/2 c. dried cherries

1/3 c. sliced almonds

1 recipe Chocolate-Almond Glaze

DIRECTIONS:

  1.  In a medium bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium-high speed, about 2 minutes or until smooth.  Add Splenda, beating until creamy.  Beat in egg, egg yolk and vanilla until combined.  Stir in melted chocolate.  Stir in flour.  Fold in dried cherries and almonds.  Cover and chill dough for one hour.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Line cookie sheets with parchment paper; set aside.  Shape dough into one inch balls.  Place balls about one inch apart on prepared cookie sheets.  Bake for 10-12 minutes or until centers are set.  Transfer cookies to wire racks; cool completely.
  3. Drizzle Chocolate-Almond Glaze over cooled cookies.  Let stand until glaze is set.  To store, layer cookies between sheets of waxed paper in an airtight container.  Cover.  Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

CHOCOLATE-ALMOND GLAZE

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 oz. semi-sweet chocolate

1 1/2 tsp. butter

1/2 c. powdered sugar

1 Tbs. fat-free milk

Dash almond extract

DIRECTIONS:

In small saucepan, combine chocolate and butter.  Heat and stir over low heat until melted and smooth.  Remove from heat.  Stir in powdered sugar, milk and almond extract until smooth.

As cookies go, these are the most healthy and tasty ones I’ve had.  I can actually eat a couple of these without causing my blood glucose to raise too high.  So, while everyone else is bringing in goodies that you know you need to stay away from – you can bake these up and know that everyone will enjoy them – and not wreck their health.  Wink!  😉

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GO CAROLING DAY

TL 12-20 GO CAROLING DAY

 

12-20 LET'S GO CAROLING

Back in my day we didn’t have big shopping malls – but I think this would have been really cool – I mean, it’s like singing in a great big shower – listen to the acoustics in there!!!

 Just because I can’t sing doesn’t mean I won’t sing.

I wish I could sing – when I open my mouth to sing praises to God, I truly and quite literally make a joyful noise.  I can play the piano ’til the second coming of Christ – but my singing lacks oomph.  I’m a quiet little alto – I sing on pitch but I have absolutely no volume!  As long as God can hear me, that’s all that matters, right?  Yep – that’s what I thought.

It’s GO CAROLING DAY!!!  Some of the most fun times I remember in church was when we were outside the church, ministering to others.  I enjoyed going to see the shut-ins and singing Christmas Carols to them with fellow choir members.  I remember arguing with the other altos about who would have to stand next to the soprano – no one wanted to get thrown off their part.  I always got stuck standing next to the soprano with an earplug in that ear.  Sigh – good ol’ Linda!

We used to go see the shut-ins, then visit the deacon’s houses.  One couple always invited us inside for hot apple cider, hot chocolate, cookies and candies of all sorts – all homemade!  That was such a treat, especially if it was really cold outside!  I think we sang better when we knew we’d be invited inside for goodies!

K – it’s bad when the one listening has to prompt the one singing…  yeah – awkward caroling – LOL!  What do you mean you don’t know the lyrics to the songs?  You got some ‘xplaining to do!!!  This is funny!

Of course we know that caroling is meant to be a reminder of the true meaning of Christmas – the birth of Christ!  We have fun with singing and the awkward caroling and the secular songs – but really the idea is to remind others of the hope and peace that IS Christ.  We all know that without Christmas we could not celebrate Easter, right?

Warm a few hearts today.  Go Caroling! 

If you are looking for a perfect Christmas gift, may I suggest a new devotional book by Lucinda Berry Hill?  Everyone needs a new devotional book to begin the new year!

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Click on the link below to order your copy!

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