Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Wrap It Up...With Book Pages

Hello, beautiful friends!
Christmas - oh, how I love this delightful holiday!
One thing I enjoy about this time is the wrapping of gifts for loved ones.

There's nothing quite like listening to good ol' Christmas carols,
drinking a cup of coffee with cream and sugar,
and sitting by the crackling fire while wrapping goodies.

This year for the smaller gifts I used book pages to wrap them up.
If you don't have any extra books lying around than visit your local thrifty store.
You should be able to find one for .50 cents.

I used stamps to add extra Christmas cheer to the gift.
Two pages were torn out of the book, trimmed to size,
and sewn together with the sewing machine.
I left a small gap so that I could slip the gift in
and then finished sewing it up.

Two holes were punched out at the top and I used red lace for a pretty addition.
Then I tied on a handmade Christmas tag for the finishing touch.

Use your lovely creativity, sweet friends, 
and bless someones day with a beautifully wrapped gift :)
Hugs to you!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Butter Cookie Sandwiches With Butter Cream Frosting

I love cookies at Christmastime
and I love eating them around the Christmas tree!
What about you, my friends, 
do you enjoy cookies during this time of the year?
I made some butter cookies with a homemade butter cream frosting
that was simply delicious.
I say "was delicious" because the cookies are already all gone :)

Here is the tasty recipe. . .

For the butter cookies:

1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon almond or vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
1 egg
sprinkles {optional}

Cream the butter until light.
Gradually add the sugar until light and fluffy.
Beat in almond extract {or vanilla} and egg.
Gradually stir in the sifted flour.
Cover and chill the dough until firm.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Roll dough out onto a floured surface to 1/4 or 1/8-inch thick
and cut with round cookie cutters.
Sprinkle the tops with colorful sprinkles.

Bake for 8 - 12 minutes on an ungreased cookie sheet.
Cool completely on a wire rack before adding the icing.

For the butter cream icing:

1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups confectioners' sugar
4 - 6 tablespoons cream

Cream the shortening and butter; add vanilla.
Slowly stir in the confectioners' sugar 
and add the cream until you have the desired consistency.

Get a spoonful of icing to lick and enjoy
I mean add some icing to one cookie and place another cookie on top
to create a delicious cookie sandwich.

Enjoy, sweet friends.
I know I did :)

Happy baking!
And may you have a lovely day.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Who Is He In Yonder Stall

Who is He in yonder stall, 
At whose feet the shepherds fall?
Who is He in deep distress,
Fasting in the wilderness?

Who is He the people bless
For His words of gentleness?
Who is He to whom they bring
All the sick and sorrowing?

Who is He that stands and weeps
At the grave where Lazarus sleeps?
Who is He the gathering throng
Greet with loud triumphant song?

Lo! at midnight, who is He
Prays in dark Gethsemane?
Who is He on yonder tree,
Dies in grief and agony?

Who is He that from the grave
Comes to heal and help and save?
Who is He that from His throne
Rules through all the world alone?

'Tis the Lord! O wondrous story!
'Tis the Lord! the King of glory!
At His feet we humbly fall,
Crown Him! crown Him Lord of all!
- Benjamin Russel Hanby - 

{ picture of the manger scene drawn by my son }

Lift up your heads, O ye gates;
even lift them up, ye everlasting doors;
and the King of glory shall come in.
Who is this King of glory?
The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory. 
- Psalm 24:9, 10 -

Have a blessed Lord's Day, lovelies!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

A Most Inconvenient Marriage - Book Review

Abigail Stuart thought she was
Jeremiah Calhoun's widow.
But Jeremiah is very handsome,
very alive,
and very perplexed.
Most inconvenient indeed.

With few options of her own, nurse Abigail Stuart agrees to marry her patient,
a gravely wounded soldier calling himself Jeremiah Calhoun.
They arrange a quick ceremony before he dies,
giving Abigail the rights to his Ozark farm
and giving Jeremiah the peace of knowing someone will care 
for his ailing sister when he's gone - a practical solution for both of them.

After the war, Abigail fulfills her side of the bargain-
until the real Jeremiah Calhoun shows up, injured but definitely alive,
and wastes no time in challenging Abigail's story.
Abigail is flummoxed.
After months of claiming to be his widow,
how can she explain that she's never seen this Jeremiah Calhoun before?
How can she convince him that she isn't trying to steal his farm?
And will she find a way to stay, 
even though this practical arrangement 
has turned into a most inconvenient marriage? 

My Thoughts

As you can imagine by the title of the book alone
there is going to be a lot of smiles and laughs throughout the pages.
But beside the sweet humor there is also blessed hope, forgiveness, and joy
that is found in the lives of several of the characters.
These three characteristics reach out to the readers making it very clear 
that there is precious hope, forgiveness, and joy found in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Abigail had me grinning from ear-to-ear on more than one occasion
with her somewhat stubborn attitude and fiery spirit.
Any lady finding herself in the position of being married to a dead man
who is now fully alive and well would have to have some fire and spunk in her.
Abigail is a hard worker, kind and compassionate, 
and quite endearing to those she meets - 
Jeremiah soon finds out that she is a woman who is hard to ignore. . .

And poor Jeremiah!
Imagine the predicament he finds himself in when he realizes he is married
to a woman he has never met or seen
and at the same time he is all but engaged to his childhood sweetheart.
His so-called wife has been sleeping in his bedroom,
working with his horses, and inching her way into the hearts of his family and friends
while he has been off fighting a battle.
He would have to agree that this is indeed a most inconvenient marriage.

There is romance, a tad bit of suspense, and glorious redemption
found in this delightful book.
The plot is quite intriguing and will have you turning page after page
to find out what happens.

** I was given a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers for an honest review.
All thoughts are my own. No other compensation was received. **

About the Author
Regina Jennings is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University
with a degree in English.
She is the author of Sixty Acres and a Bride, Love in the Balance,
Caught in the Middle, and she contributed a novella to
A Match Made in Texas.
She and her family make their home in Oklahoma City.
Regina can be found online at 

Friday, December 12, 2014

Lacy Wood Ornaments And Vicky's Ornament Exchange

Howdy, my friends!
Last Sunday my parents, grandparents, sister, brother-in-law and nephews
came over to my home to celebrate Christmas 
since it was the only day that worked for everyone.
It was a time of sweet joy and blessing - my heart was overflowing with thankfulness.
My husband and I made some wood slice ornaments for our guests to take home with them
and I thought I would share them with you.

I have seen wood slices with beautiful etching on them,
but unfortunately I cannot draw - seriously!
So I decided to make the wood slices "my own"
and added lace, burlap, and buttons - my favorite kind of embellishments.

My darling husband cut the slices for me and drilled a hole at the top
for ribbon to go through so that the slices can hang from the Christmas tree.
He is such a handy. . .and handsome man to have around :)

I wrote different words on the slices such as

I figured the kiddos did not want lace on theirs
so I used burlap and foam stickers.

These are also perfect for tying on top of a gift package.
I simply used hot glue to apply the embellishments.

Have fun creating, sweet friends!

* * * * *

I had the delightful opportunity of being apart of Vicky's Ornament Exchange.
This was her second year of hosting and once again I was blessed by her efforts
and with the ladies I was paired up with.
Vicky blogs over at
and I know she would enjoy a visit from you.
She is a precious and darling lady.

Anne from
sent me the most beautiful ornaments.
Anne and I have known each other for about two years
and I was so thrilled to see her name on the card - what a pleasant surprise :)
She has become a very special blogging friend to me
and I am truly thankful for her.
Let me show you what she sent. . .

I am thoroughly enjoying the Mannheim Steamroller CD
and these pretty white buttons will be used for a very special project.

Her card was so beautifully made - aren't the pearls just gorgeous!

And the three ornaments are simply perfect
and look lovely on my Christmas tree.

Every time I look at them I think of sweet Anne :)
Thank you my friend!
And a big thanks to Vicky for all of her hard work 
in putting this ornament exchange together.

I sent an ornament to Ann
{she does not have a blog}
and I had the most wonderful time putting her parcel together.
I did a snowman theme and here are the items I sent. . .

To see what others recieved through the ornament exchange 
you can check it out here.

Have a joyful and blessed weekend!
Hugs to you!
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