Friday, December 28, 2012
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
What a season of pain it has been for too many this year. This simple song means so much to me - I chose it as one of the songs we sang at my mom's memorial service. It takes on a special meaning when I think of those innocent little ones, so much like my own. And also of my daughters' friend from skating, who just passed away yesterday after being involved in a horrible car accident.
“Now cracks a noble heart. Good-night, sweet prince;
And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest. ”
― William Shakespeare, Hamlet
Posted by The Merry Band of Fife at 12:46 PM
White Layering Tee: purchased from Kohl's last year (about $10)
Red Glitter Cable Cardigan: Found at Saver's for $3
Black Skirt with Embroidered Lily Print: Coldwater Creek via Mom (free for me!)
Black Leggings: Cuddle Duds from Kohl's (about $15)
Christmas Kitty Scarf: Purchased years and years ago from the mall
Black Boots: ebay ($65 - and I wear them at least three times a week)
Here's a close up so you can see the sparkle embedded in my cardigan and my sweet scarf - who loves scarves like me? They are so great!
Chocolate Peppermint Candies
3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
1 1/2 tsp peppermint extract
4 to 4 1/2 cups confectioner's sugar
3 cups (18 oz) semisweet chocolate chips
This is your adorable final product. As you can see, I went for artistry rather than perfection. If I'm going to hand dip chocolate, I went them to look hand-dipped. If you'd prefer a more polished look, just take extra care and don't drizzle the remaining chocolate on top of the waxed paper. Either way, they are totally delicious, and very filling, so one patty goes a long way.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
This was seriously as good as it got when it came to a kid pic.
And there's the one with me. Since the kids are the same, I'll describe my outfit, since it does fit in with the whole modesty thing.
Head covering: Autumn Chiffon in Rustic Roses in Vintage Pink by Garlands of Grace ($19)
Lavender Tee: Very old, plain tee from my mother (free!)
Sweater: From Kohl's on Black Friday last year (about $20)
Vintage Broach holding sweater closed, from my great-grandmother
Denim Skirt by Ralph Lauren, purchased from Savers two years ago or so (about $10)
I also have a vintage white eyelet slip/petticoat underneath from ebay ($15)
and white cotton lace-trimmed pettipants from Amazon last spring ($9)
Brown Leather Boots from ebay ($25)
Since I promised I'd add some more pictures of full-figured modesty, here's my take on nice casual wear. I wore this on Saturday - James and I spent the morning running errands while Hero babysat her siblings and we turned it into a date with a nice adults-only lunch! I don't have a problem with shorter dresses, although this sweater dress is about as short as I'm comfortable with, and I am wearing a full legging under it (not just tights, although it might be hard to tell). It's super super comfortable with a empire waist and a turtleneck (I love turtlenecks, but it can be hard to find dresses with that neckline).
Sweater Dress: Simply Vera from Kohls ($8 last year)
Cross Necklace: From my mom (free!)
Black Leggings: Old Navy ($5)
Black Leather Boots: ebay ($65)
1 cup butter
Monday, December 17, 2012
Friday, December 14, 2012
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Marriage is more than your love for each other. It has a higher dignity and power, for it is God's holy ordinance, through which he wills to perpetuate the human race till the end of time. In your love you see only your two selves in the world, but in marriage you are a link in the chain of the generations, which God causes to come and to pass away to his glory, and calls into his kingdom.
In your love, you see only the heaven of your own happiness, but in marriage you are placed at a post of responsibility towards the world and mankind. Your love is your own private possession, but marriage is more than something personal—it is a status, an office. Just as it is the crown, and not merely the will to rule, that makes the king, so it is marriage, and not merely your love for each other, that joins you together in the sight of God and man.
As high as God is above man, so high are the sanctity, the rights, and the promise of marriage above the sanctity, the rights, and the promise of love. It is not your love that sustains the marriage, but from now on, the marriage that sustains your love.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
3/4 cup sugar, divided
1/3 cup water
1/4 chopped walnuts
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Sesame Coconut Slice Cookies
1 cup butter
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup flaked coconut
1/2 cup sesame seeds (I buy mine from the bulk bins, so they are considerably cheaper)
1/4 cup finely chopped almonds (again, from the bulk bins, and then I just chop them down finer at home)
Divide dough in half. Shape each have into a 2 inch diameter roll. Roll up in waxed paper, twisting ends to seal, so that they look like giant Tootsie Rolls. Refrigerate for a minimum of 2 hours (or overnight is fine too). Remove waxed paper, cut into 1/4 inch slices and place on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 25 minutes, or until lightly browned, in a preheated 300 degree oven. Cool for 2 minutes on the sheet, then remove.
And there you have the finished product (each roll made approximately 2 dozen cookies, but they go fast, so you could consider doubling the recipe and keeping the logs on hand in the fridge for a quick holiday snack) - a delicious, not overly sweet cookie with a slight crunch due to the almonds and sesame seeds.
If you give the recipe a try, let me know what you think about it - I'd love to hear your feedback!
Monday, December 10, 2012
Okay, I admit, I'm addicted to blogs where people post what they are wearing. So, if I want to encourage others to do that, then I probably should put some of my own posts up. I think it also might be a useful step in self-acceptance. I don't mean self-acceptance in terms of not trying to do better in being healthy (I decided to rejoin Weight Watchers before the holidays, instead of waiting til afterwards, because this is, of course, the most challenging time and I wanted the "it's brand new and I'm losing three pounds a week" inspiration to see me through the holiday eating season), but self-acceptance in terms of not determining that life will begin when I can just lost 20 pounds (or earn $20,000 more a year, right?). But anyhow, I digress (as I always do). Here's my first installment, which lines up nicely with the Modest Mondays posts I found all over the blogosphere. This is yesterday's outfit. I do try to dress nicely all week, only adding a headcovering for church on Sundays, and maybe some of my more "uncomfortable" clothes. For example, for weekday wearing, I probably would have substituted the blue poplin faux wrap top for a nice teal knit top under a black cardigan (I have a thing about poplin - it's pretty, but not my favorite material).
Black Leggings: Cuddle Duds from Kohl's (about $12)
Friday, December 7, 2012
Thursday, December 6, 2012
By popular demand - here's a delicious wheat bread version of an everyday type bread that is delicious and easy. Wheat bread takes more ingredients and a little more time than white bread, but I find that the dough is also a bit easier to work with because it's almost never sticky (although you will have tired arms after kneading).
First - In your mixing bowl combine 2 cups bread flour, 1 cup whole wheat flour, 2 Tbsps active dry yeast, and 1 Tbsp salt.