The Simple Life Christmas
- The Simple Life
By Sheryl Simons
Merry Christmas 2008!
To all of you, near and far, in the far corners of the world, I wish
you peace and happiness, and loads of time with family, and the gift
that Jesus was born for - to come as the perfect sacrifice for our
sin. God bless you!
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Have you noticed that Christmas is not just about the gifts,
the parties, the food, but also the sounds. The sounds of Christmas
we all recognize: sleigh bells, Carols, laughter, car tires crunching
on the snow in the driveway. But what about in the quiet? What do
you hear when you are all alone? Lots of times, we try to ignore
that little whisper in our ear. But what if we really listened and
tried to obey?
A friend was in the middle of getting ready for a Christmas party.
The dog was barking, the kids were begging for dinner, her husband
was expected any minute to show up with the sitter, and she wasn't
dressed yet. But she heard a voice whisper to her to call a woman
named Linda a woman she barely knew. She tried to put it off, but
the voice just got louder. She called. The woman was crying. She'd
just found out she had cancer. My friend was able to set a time to
visit, and reassure her that she would be there when needed. She
wasn't able to take away the pain, but she was able to give comfort.
And it took only 5 minutes of her time.
Maybe you hear a voice encouraging you to touch base with
someone from the past, or visit a neighbor. Or take a plate of
cookies to the local nursing home, or a shut-in. Go ahead and do
it! You will both feel better. And the sounds of Christmas will be
so much sweeter.
"Oh give me Samuel's ear,
an open ear, oh Lord,
alive and quick to hear
each whisper of thy word.
Like him to answer to thy call
and to obey thee first of all." (told by Pastor Bill Hybels)
"If you listen to whispers from God the rest of your life and if you
heed them, God's favor will fall on your life and follow you for the
rest of your life."
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I went to a catalog party recently where there were dip mixes
for sale for $9 each! I almost laughed out loud! The tiny bit of
herbs in those little bags cost only pennies, and yet they thought we
would actually want to buy these! Holidays are notorious for dips.
Crackers and dips, Veggies and dips, even fruit and dips. And, dips
are so easy to make! My Favorite dip is just chopped ham and onion
and softened cream cheese. You can mix in sour cream or salad
dressing or mayo to make them even easier to mix. So, say you like
dill, or horseradish, or bacon you can mix these up for pennies.
You can even mix up a few in a jar and they will last 6 months and
for a fraction of the cost you can buy them at parties, stores, or
booths at craft fairs.
Go online with your favorite ingredients or mix up your own
until you find just what you like. And just for starters, here are a
few You can buy your favorite herbs at health food stores or the
herb section of your favorite store. You can purchase dried
horseradish powder, dill, onion powder, dried vegetables, parsley,
spinach,Italian seasoning, and even things like hickory smoke
seasoning. Red pepper flakes add some zip. You probably have just
what you need right in your cupboard! Mix it until you have it just
right, adding a teaspoon of seasoning at a time. When you get it
just right, right down your favorite combinations.
Veggie Dip Mix
1/4 cup dried chopped chives (dried from your garden!)
2 t dried dill weed,
1 t garlic salt,
1 t onion salt,
2 t smoked paprika
Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Blend well. Spoon mixture
into a small glass container and store in a cool, dry place. Label
as "vegetable Dip Mix". Use within 6 months. To make Veggie Dip
Combine 1 T. lemon juice, 1 c mayo, 1 c sour cream, and 2 T. Veggie
dip. Chill at least 1 hour before serving. Makes about 2 cups of
Horseradish Bacon Dip
Add smoked hickory powder, dried bacon or imitation bacon bits, and
horseradish powder to taste (just try a little at first) to1/2 c each
sour cream and mayo. Or, try your favorite herbs!
Keeping it Simple,
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