Random Thought Friday

25 days until Christmas!!!

Being sick is a pain. Having an mysterious rash is a bigger one. Finding out it is shingles is worse. Not a happy camper right now.

I wonder how many NANO participates reached 50k words this year? How many went over the 50k mark?

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What Are You Reading Thursday

I’ve had the honor once again to read an advanced copy of an upcoming release by Juli Alexander. Investigating the Hottie. This is purely a fun and enjoyable book that will keep you smiling and turning InvestHottiethe page as you live a week in the life of 15-year-old Amanda Petersen. Finding out first that she had been receiving training to be a spy without knowing it is one thing, but to be asked to investigate the hottest boy at Princeton Academy is another. How could she possible spy on him when all she wanted to do was stare and drool. She couldn’t possible carry on a meaningful and information gathering conversation could she?

Spending her fall break visiting her aunt was supposed to be fun and relaxing, but Amanda finds herself enrolled in Princeton Academy on assignment to find out all she can about a possible hacker. And she has six days to to uncover his next move or lives could be in jeopardy. Instead she finds herself too close for comfort, getting to know the hottest boy in the world and risking her own heart in the process.

Ms. Alexander has a wonderful handle on understanding a teen’s feelings with falling in love for the first time. Her wit and cleverness comes across with each page. If you are looking for a new book this is definitely one to check out when it hits the bookshelves (electronic or print).

Recipe Tuesday

For the next few weeks I’d like to focus on holiday goodies as we approach Christmas and the New Year. Here is a yummy treat that can used all year, just substitute crushed peppermint for colorful sprinkles, change food coloring color accordingly. Enjoy!

Peppermint Meltaways

Cookies

    • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
    • 1 cup butter, softened
    • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
    • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1/2 cup cornstarch

Glaze

    • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
    • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
    • 1 -2 tablespoon milk
    • 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
    • 2 -3 drops red food coloring
    • hard peppermint candies or candy canes, crushed

 

FOR COOKIES, combine sugar, butter and 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract in large mixer bowl.
Beat at medium speed until creamy (1 to 2 minutes).
Reduce speed to low; add flour and cornstarch.
Beat until well mixed (1 to 2 minutes).
Cover; refrigerate until firm (30 to 60 minutes).
Pre-heat oven to 350°. Shape rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into 1-inch balls.
Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Let stand 1 minute; remove from cookie sheets. Cool completely.

FOR GLAZE, combine 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons butter, 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract and enough milk for desired glazing consistency in small bowl. Stir in food color, if desired. Drizzle over cooled cookies. Immediately sprinkle with crushed candy.
Tip: put crushed candy in a bowl and”dip” the top of cookies in them right after frosting.

 

Sunday Sundaes

I have choir practice again today. The last Sunday practice before the service next Sunday. Going to these practices remind me of when I was a kid and we would go to practice for our little song service. We’d do your typical Christmas songs like Away in a Manager, Silent Night, Joy to the World. But our big one would be the Christmas song where you spell out the word C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S and tell what each letter stands for.  Do you know it?

When I was but a youngster, Christmas meant one thing. That I’d be getting lots of toys that day. But I learned a whole lot better when moma set me down and taught me to spell Christmas this way.

C is for the Christ child born upon this day

H for Herald Angels in the Night

R means our Redeemer

I means Israel

S is for the Star that shown so bright

T is for Three Wise Men, they who traveled far.

M is for the Manger where He lay.

A is for All He stands for.

S means Shepherds came.

And that’s why there is a Christmas Day.

Nine of us would be given a poster board sign with one of the letters to hold up. It was a real treat to be one of the nine chosen for this song.

Did you do any special music as a child in your choir whether at church or school? Do you still have fond memories of these programs? If you do, I hope you’ll take a moment to reflect and remember them.

Play Date Saturday

I spent most of my day helping my son complete a collage for his social studies class. He is the type that cannot express himself, especially in writing. The questions he had to answer meant he had to talk about himself to define how his culture plays a part in his life. So I prodded him about every question until he had them all answered then we had to find pictures that represented at least 8 areas to create the collage.  Who knew it could take the better part of the day?

As a treat I went to see Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 2. I tried to take my son, but he refused to go because he had other plans which meant he wanted to play on the computer. So he stayed with his grandparents. Did I feel bad going and leaving him behind. Yes, since he had wanted to see it, but it was his choice. I’ll buy the DVD when it is released and we’ll watch it together then. I read most of the book to him  … gosh has it really been four years ago now? Anyway it was great. I think it was better than all the other ones.