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Buckeye Balls!

 

This is the first time I have made buckeye balls and, even though they might not have turned out exactly how I had wished, the taste is amazing and they are very addicting. Definitely a repeat recipe in this household! I researched several recipes on healthy buckeye balls and found lots, but nothing that really suit me. The recipe I have below is a bit of an experiment derived from another recipe for peanut butter fudge. Lets just say, it was a GOOD experiment (a little sticky) and delicious!  🙂

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Merry CHRISTmas!!

Its that time of year again! My favorite time by the way. Where lights are hung all over, we bring trees into our homes, have crazy wonderful family gatherings, and give (and receive) presents. But is that really what Christmas is about? Is it just a busy time of year where we  give (and receive) gifts and go looking for the “perfect Christmas tree”?

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The Christmas Story

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Luke 1: 26-38

(26) In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, (27) to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. (28) And he came to her and said “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” (29) But she was greatly troubled by the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. (30) And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. (31) And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. (32) He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, (33) and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”

(34) And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?”

(35) And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy-the Son of God. (36) And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. (37) For nothing will be impossible with God.” (38) And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.

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Luke 2: 1-20

(1) In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. (2) This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. (3) And all went to be registered, each to his own town. (4) And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. (6) And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. (7) And she gave birth to her first born son and wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

(8) And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. (9) And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. (10) And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. (11) For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. (12) And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” (13) And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly hosts  praising God and saying,

(14) “Glory to God in the Highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”

(15) When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” (16) And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. (17) And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. (18) And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. (19) But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. (20) And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

Matthew 2: 1-12

Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, (2) saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” (3) When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all of Jerusalem with him; and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. (5) They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet:

(6) “‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who will shepherd my people of Israel.'”

(7) Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star had appeared. (8) And he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him, bring me word, that I too may come and worship him.” (9) After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place that the child was. (10) When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. (11) And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshipped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. (12) And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.

Have a Merry Christmas and don’t forget to be like the shepherds and share the great joy!

by Alexa

O Christmas Tree

Many people either have their trees already set up or are planning on getting one soon. My family has a fake tree that we set up because I am allergic to real trees. We used to get real trees but we could only keep them up for a few days. It has become tradition, since we got our fake tree, to set it up the day after Thanksgiving. I love decorating it and taking pictures of it.

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Christmas trees have become a regular tradition in most of America, but most people have no idea how long it has been around or how it began.

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In the early ages people would hang evergreen branches above their windows and doors. They thought that those branches would keep away witches, ghosts, evil spirits, and illness. In the northern hemisphere, the people believed that the sun was a god. They believed that the dark days leading up to winter solstice happened because their sun god got very sick. They celebrated winter solstice by hanging evergreen branches around their houses, because that meant that their god was getting better and the evergreens reminded them of all the green things that were to grow. Both the Egyptian’s and the Roman’s have been documented to do similar things.

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Germany is credited with having started the Christmas tree tradition. Devout Christians would bring an evergreen tree into their homes and decorate it with wood and candles. In the Middle Ages, Christmas Eve was also celebrated as the Feast Day of Adam and Eve. Churches would put on plays and use an evergreen tree decorated with fruit as a prop for the plays. In America, the first documented Christmas tree was set up by the Pennsylvania Germans in 1747. The first real revolution of Christmas trees came in 1846 when Queen Victoria, Prince Albert (who was German) and their kids were pictured standing around a decorated tree. What was done in the Royal Palace immediately became a new fashion.

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Christmas Tree Fast Facts:

Christmas trees are grown in all 50 states.

In 2002, 21% of U.S. households had a real tree, 48% of the households had artificial trees, and 32% had no trees.

Around 34-36 million Christmas trees are produced each year.

Over 1 million acres has been planted with Christmas trees.

Out of the 2,000 trees planted in 1 acre, only 1,000-1,500 survive.

All real Christmas trees require shearing to obtain their ‘Christmas tree’ shape.

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So now, enjoy your Christmas tree and have a great weekend!

Alexa

The Christmas Season

This week I wanted to start off by sharing a recipe with you.

Paleo Banana Bread

3  Bananas

2  Eggs

1/2 c.  butter, melted

1/2 tsp.  baking soda

1  tsp.  cream of tarter

1 tsp. vanilla

1/2 c. coconut flour

1/2 c. tapioca flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease three mini stoneware loaf pans with some butter. Combine all the ingredients and mix well. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick, inserted into the middle of the loaf, comes out clean. Cool the loaves for 15 minutes before removing from pan.

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Ways to Give this Christmas;

We associate Christmas with a time of giving, don’t we? Below, I have listed two organizations that help families who do not have enough money to buy Christmas gifts, or warm winter clothing.

Christmas Outreach;

Christmas Outreach helps families with low income in Isabella County. They take donations of winter clothing, such as boots, scarves, hats, gloves, winter coats, and other things like books, Christmas decorations, toys, and non-perishable food.  The public can also volunteer to help sort items and take in donations. Christmas outreach has helped over 750 families in Isabella County in the past years.

Salvation Army;

Salvation Army has helped a great many families all over the country by providing clothing, appliances, household goods, toys, books, cars, and education. Their mission is to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and meet peoples needs. Ways you can help is by financial support, item donations, and volunteering.

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Thanks for reading today, have a great rest of the week.

(If you would like to see one of your favorite verses on next weeks verse image please comment and I will be happy to get it on next weeks post) Thanks!

-Anna

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get a Jump on Christmas!

I know it is a little early for Christmas crafts (it is not even past Thanksgiving!), but I just could not keep myself away from looking up Christmas crafts on Pinterest. So this is what happened:

Christmas pipe cleaner craft

Christmas pipe cleaner crafts

Yes, I made not just one craft, but four crafts. They were so much fun, that I have decided to share just how I did them. So here it goes, my first craft tutorial:

pipe cleaner tree

pipe cleaner tree

Materials: approximately 5 red pipe cleaners (or any color that you want your tree), 20 pony beads (a few of mine are glow-in-the-dark), a piece of paper (cardstock or printer paper), scissors, tape, and a small piece of white or yellow pipe cleaner

Instructions: Roll the piece of paper to form a cone and tape the cone so that it does not unroll. It is ok if there is a small hole at the top. Cut the cone to how ever tall you want your tree. Mine is 4 inches tall (without the white star on top). Link 4 of your pipe cleaners together and distribute your pony beads along your line of pipe cleaners. Don’t worry about how even they are apart, because while you are wrapping the pipe cleaners around your cone, you are going to be moving the beads to where every you think they need to go. Link your fifth pipe cleaner to one end of you string of pipe cleaners. Take your cone and insert the pipe cleaner that you just attached through the small hole that is at the top of your cone. Start wrapping your 4 remaining pipe cleaners around the cone, moving pony beads as you go. When you get to the bottom of your tree, link the end of your pipe cleaner to the one you inserted through the top of the cone, and coil the remaining pipe cleaner in the cone. Now cut three small pieces of white pipe cleaner and twist them around each other to create a star. Stick one end of the star into the top of your tree. Ta-Da!

pipe cleaner wreath

pipe cleaner wreath

Materials: 2-3 green pipe cleaners, small pieces of red and white pipe cleaner, key chain ring (or even a cardboard ring would work), and scissors

Instructions: Link the green pipe cleaner together and wrap around the ring. At the end make a loop and cut any access. Form a bow with the red pipe cleaner and use another small piece of red pipe cleaner to attach the bow near your loop. Twist a piece of white pie cleaner around the side opposite your bow. Ta-Da!

pipe cleaner stocking

pipe cleaner stocking

Materials: scissors, 1 red pipe cleaner, and a small piece of white pipe cleaner (about one and a half inches)

Instructions: Attach the small white pipe cleaner to the red pipe cleaner. Starting with the white pipe cleaner, wrap the pipe cleaners around a pencil. Wrap until you have your desired length. Mine is about one and a quarter inches tall (not including the loop). Add the loop by inserting a small piece of red pipe cleaner under a loop of white pipe cleaner and join at the top. Ta-Da!

pipe cleaner reindeer

pipe cleaner reindeer

Materials: 2 brown pipe cleaners, 1 light brown pipe cleaner, small piece of white pipe cleaner, and scissors

Instructions: Make three loops at one end of a brown pipe cleaner, this will be the head. Bend about a half an inch down, this is the neck. Bend again straight out, this is the body. Bend straight up and cut a small tail. Twist another brown pipe cleaner around a pencil. Twist it so that it will be long enough to go on the body and neck. Place the wrapped pipe cleaner around the body and neck. Cut 2 two inch pieces of brown pipe cleaner. Bend both in half and place on the body for the front and hind legs. Cut 2 one inch pieces of light brown and 2 half inch pieces. Twist the half inch pieces near the top of the two one inch pieces, these are the antlers. Insert the antlers behind the head into one of the neck loops. Cut a small piece of white (about a half an inch) and bend in half. Insert one end into the body coil and stick the other half straight up against the brown tail. Ta-Da!

So there! Please let me know how I did on explaining every thing. I had lots of fun making mine! Also, just as a reminder, the Fall Frolic is tomorrow! It is at the Cornerstone Church in Mt. Pleasant, MI on Saturday, November 14, 2015 from 9am to 3pm. Look for us there! We are excited to be going to our first craft fair!

Ruffed Grouse

Ruffed Grouse

Yesterday we saw this Ruffed Grouse on our way to town! It was so cute! I wanted to hug it! Have a great week!

by Alexa