Saturday, December 7, 2013

Chocolate Walnut Clusters

Chocolate Walnut Clusters:
2 cups of semi sweet chocolate chips
14 cut up marshmellows
1 tsp butter
1/2 cup raisins
1 cup chopped walnuts
optional 1 tsp vanilla
Melt chocolate and marshmellows with the butter.  Add nuts and raisins.  Drop onto greased plate or cookie sheet.  Cool and serve.  NO baking!

Go "NUTS" For Nuts

Help yourself to some nuts this holiday season.  Regular eaters of nuts were less likely to die of cancer or heart disease-in fact, were less likely to die of any cause, during a 30-year study from Harvard.  Nuts have long been called the heart-healthy food and the study is the largest ever done on whether eating them affects mortality.  After tracking 119,000 men and women they found that those who ate nuts daily were 20% less likely to die than those who never ate nuts.  The risk of dying of heart disease dropped 29% and the risk of dying of cancer fell 11% amongst those who had nuts seven times a week versus those who never ate them.  Peanuts, walnuts, pecans, almonds, pistachios and all others were included.  A bonus:  Nut eaters stayed slimmer.  So add nuts in your cereal, your homemade fudge, your cinnamon rolls, banana bread, etc...

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Start Your Own Holiday Christmas Traditions

Now is the time to start your own holiday Christmas family traditions.  Here are a few ideas that I have done over the years or that I think are great:
1.  Make your own felt Christmas stockings for each child.
2.  Set out cookies and milk for Santa on Christmas Eve.
3.  Act out the Nativity complete with baby Jesus and angels and shepherds, Mary, and Joseph.
4.  Make Christmas cookies and fudge.
5.  Decorate trees in every room.
6.  Go and see all of the Christmas lights.
7.  See the "Nutcracker" or "Christmas Carol"
8.  Read from the Bible the account of Christ's birth.
9.  Have a family talent show.
10. Sing Christmas carols around the piano.
11.  Put out your Christmas stockings on the couch or chair where you want Santa to set out your gifts.
12. Do the 12 days of Christmas to a family in need where you leave them a gift every night for 12 nights on their doorstep.
13.  Make gingerbread houses.
14.  Send out a Christmas card to all of your family and friends.
15.  Read a Christmas story/book every night.
16.  Collect children's Christmas books.
17.  Do themed Christmas trees.
18.  Go ice skating or sledding as a family
19.  Go skiing as a family.
20.  Do an appetizer night with all of your favorite appetizers.
21.  Do a white elephant gift exchange.
22.  See or collect creche sets.
23.  Go to Handel's Messiah.
24.  Read "The Christmas Carol" By Charles Dickens and "The Mansion" By Henry Van Dyke

Wear Beautiful Burgundy

This holiday season add some richness by adding beautiful burgundy.  You can wear wine lipstick.  Try a touch of burgundy in a jacket or coat.  Wear burgundy pants or shirt.  Buy a rich colored scarf. 

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Five minute fudge

This is a holiday favorite!  It is yummy and rich and creamy and fast!
1 1/4 cup sugar
2/3 cup evaporated milk
3-4 tbsp butter
Melt in pot and then boil on low for 4 minutes.  Then add:
2 1/2 cups mini marshmallows
1-12 oz bag of semi sweet chocolate chips
Stir rigorously off of heat until smooth and creamy!  Pour into your favorite Christmas tin or a 8x8 buttered pan!  Cool and cut!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Do What Highly Successful People Do and Soon You Will Succeed!

I just read an interesting article about what highly successful people do on a daily basis.  Here is a sample of what their habits are:
1.  They get enough sleep and go to bed at the same time and wake up at the same time.
2.  They consistently write down their goals.  76% of those who write down their goals achieve them.
3.  They read daily for at least 15 minutes.  This expands your mind and knowledge.
4.  They read the newspaper.
5.  They reach out and serve others consistently.
6.  They find the time to exercise daily.
(I found this in the Deseret News but I accidentally threw it away)

Thursday, November 14, 2013

I'm A Mormon and....

I'm a Mormon and I:
1.  Rely on the Lord for just about everything
2.  Pray daily to God
3.  Hold Family Nights every Monday night
4.  Have dinner most nights with the family
5.  Attend 3 hours of church service every Sunday
6.  Believe in a living prophet who speaks to us
7.  Worships in a holy temple at least once a month
8.  Believes in God
9.  I go visiting teaching every month where I visit three sister/ladies in our neighborhood
10. Write in my journal
11. Serve and love others
12.  Believe that families are together forever
13.  Don't swear or drink coffee or tea or smoke