It's that most wonderful time of the year. With the new year just around the bend, I think everyone would agree it certainly is a busy (I love to say buzzy) time of year. How about trying this idea? Set aside five minutes each morning to sit quietly with a cup of your favorite blend coffee or tea, and breath deep. Use this time to ground yourself, ask God for help and prepare for the day that is to come.
Christmas can remind us of what we don't have, but let's try hard to make the most of it and concentrate on all the good things in our lives. Having an attitude of gratitude can make all the difference in the world.
Wishing you all a very merry Christmas and happy 2016! Let's remember to focus on the REASON FOR THE SEASON.
EGGLESS EGGNOG (No Cook)
1 sm. box (4-serv. size) instant (sugar free) vanilla pudding mix
4 c. milk
4 c. heavy cream (or half and half)
1/3 - 1/2 c. sugar (or sweetener)
2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 - 3 tsp. rum extract
Garnish: whipped cream and nutmeg (fresh grated is best)
In a large bowl (or blender) stir together dry pudding mix and 1 c. milk. When mixture beings to thicken, add remaining ingredients...
(except garnish). Mix well. Cover and chill for at least 2 - 3 hours.
Garnish with whipped topping and a sprinkle of nutmeg.
Yield: 1/2 gallon.
This amazing dish is quick and can be made sugar free! No one will know but you. A creamy, dreamy dish to please all.
1 lg. (8 serv) (sugar free) instant vanilla pudding
(I used 1 sm. cheesecake and 1 sm. vanilla)
1 (16 ozs) can crushed pineapple (or tidbits)
1 (16 ozs) container (lite) sour cream
(or use fat free Greek yogurt) for a 'lighter option'
mini marshmallows, coconut, fresh strawberries, etc., optional
In large bowl, stir pudding mix into pineapple, stirring until well blended. Let stand a few minutes to thicken. Stir in sour cream. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
FRUITED RAISIN OATMEAL MIX
6 c. quick cooking oatmeal
1/2 c. raisins
1/2 c. chopped dried apples or dried banana chips
(use any flavor combo of dried fruit)
1/4 c. sugar (or substitute)
1/4 c. packed brown sugar
3 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. salt
In large bowl, combine all ingredients. For gift giving, divide mix into two batches; store in airtight containers in a cool dry place for up to 1 month. Yield: 7 cups of mix.
Directions for one serving: In large microwave - safe bowl, combine 1/2 c. oat mixture, and 3/4 c. water. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 45 seconds; stir. Cook 20 - 50 seconds longer or until bubbly. Let stand for 1 - 2 minutes before eating.
HOLIDAY CORNFLAKE WREATH
30 large marshmallows
1/2 c. butter (do not substitute)
1 Tb. vanilla extract
20-22 drops green food coloring
3-1/2 c. cornflakes
red hot cinnamon candies
red shoestring licorice and one red Dot candy, optional
In large saucepan, combine marshmallows and butter; heat, stirring over low heat, until smooth. Stir in vanilla and food coloring. Remove from heat; add cornflakes and stir until well blended. Drop by spoonsful onto prepared pan, forming a 9" wreath. Decorate with red hots. If desired, make a bow with shoestring licorice and top with Dot candy. Yield:10-12 servings
“Christmas gift suggestions: To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect.”~ Oren Arnold