Posted: 1:44 pm Friday, December 1st, 2017
By Staff Writer
The days pass us by. Several of us, I know, for so many different reasons are wondering how November has already come to an end.
But come to an end it has and December, with it’s seductive promises, sales, glittery lights, and enticements beckon.
Rejoice, restore, revive your spirit, and remember self-care. Don’t take a single second for granted, and never, never take yourself for granted.
Each year I try to practice restraint and a return to the basics. It’s a work in progress, but this year I feel I’ll be more successful for the simple reason that I don’t have the emotional energy to put into it. And I’m OK with that.
Instead of a bunch of frantic consumerist shopping, I recently took a large number of immediate and extended family on a fun-tastic city outing. It was a good deal like… trying to rake leaves in a wind-storm.
We whorled and swirled through people and crowds and chaos, smiling and laughing and at times with tears in my eyes as I looked frantically for the colorful leaf that had danced away on the wind.
The day ended with an amazing sensory experience of the Trans Siberian Orchestra. For those uninitiated TSO is an electric orchestral rock group, whom I befriended in recent years. Their tour hit our town and they treated us to a group of wonderful tickets, and I was able to add additional seats for our entire group.
Their Christmas story presentation was both rockin’ and sincerely honored the miracle of Our Savior’s birth.
A handful of us went backstage and met with some of the group who serenaded us and made us feel truly special and beloved.
My thanks to TSO!
I’m so happy to welcome Sia’s brand new album, Everyday is Christmas to my 12 Stockings! With 10 original tracks, Sia has written and composed some modern day holiday songs that I love and so will you!
This album includes Santa’s Coming For Us, Candy Cane Lane, Sunshine, and the so-adorable-it-can’t-be-real Puppies Are Forever.
Make every day Christmas with Everyday is Christmas!
Train, Christmas in Tahoe | DELUXE will also be part of the music collection in my 12 Stockings! With 17 tracks on the album, there are old and new favorites.
Run Run Rudolph, Blue Christmas, This Christmas, and Shake up Christmas are all included as well as bonus tracks like, Please Come Home for Christmas.
Put a little Christmas Train under your tree! Available at Amazon!
For over 100 years TheCompanyStore.com has set the standard in quality bedding, bath, and décor for your home, and that’s why I am so excited to include them once again as one of my sponsors in the 12 Stockings of Christmas Sweepstakes.
I love their down comforters, pillows that are still made in the USA, towels, sheets… OK! I LOVE EVERYTHING they offer, especially the matching family pajamas!
Check out those PJ’s at TheCompanyStore.com.
I’m welcoming back one of the favorites from last year’s 12 Stockings of Christmas, the FUJIFILM Instax Instant Camera. You’ll have fun ALL year long with this fun little Instax Camera; birthday celebrations, weddings, parties, any time and any place people gather.
It’s a great stocking stuffer, perfect for capturing every moment of the holidays.
Put some fun in your holiday stocking this Christmas by sharing an original FUJIFILM Instax!
Use Keyword: PICTURES
New Recipe | Cheesy Sausage Vegetable Soup
My awesome sponsors at Borden® Cheese have generously provided a wealth of recipes for my fall and winter newsletters. This one, looks especially satisfying for a cold and crisp, or more likely dreary, day. I’ll try it if you will!
- 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
- 1 lb. sausage links, cut into ½ inch-thick slices
- 2 large yellow onions, chopped
- 2 to 3 cloves garlic, chopped
- 2 lbs. zucchini, diced
- 4 to 5 large carrots, cut into thin slices
- 2 tbsp. Borden® Butter
- 3 tbsp. flour
- 2 cans (12 oz. each) chicken or beef broth
- 1 can (12 oz.) evaporated milk
- 1½ cups Borden® Cheese Finely Shredded Mild Cheddar Shreds
- HEAT oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Add sausage; cook and stir until browned. Remove sausage from skillet and keep warm. Add onions and garlic to skillet and cook until onions are tender. Stir in zucchini and carrots and cook, stirring occasionally, until the carrots are crisp-tender; set aside.
- MELT butter in a large saucepan. Whisk in flour until it forms a paste. Add the broth a little at a time, whisking after each addition until the mixture is smooth. Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and stir in the evaporated milk and 1 cup cheese. Continue cooking, stirring continuously, until the cheese has melted. Stir in the reserved sausage and vegetable mixture.
- TOP with remaining ½ cup cheese before serving.
VARIATIONS: Add 1 head of chopped cabbage; or add 2 bunches of torn Swiss chard, torn spinach into the soup when you stir in the cheese.
Do you love to get your craft on during the holidays? I do!
Around my property are an abundance of cones; fir cones, pine cones, little alder cones… I’ve been seeing some fantastic wreath ideas on the internet so I think a project with the girls is in order.
I’m not sure what we’ll come up with, but I’m sharing a site with you that gives some basic instructions on how to turn cones into a wreath using a wreath frame and hot glue; HERE. Thank you Cassidy from Remodel-alholic!
I’ve also seen wire coat hangers used as a frame, and florists wire looped around the base of the cone to attached them.
Whatever system or cone you use, if you make a cone wreath will you please share it with me by emailing to D@delilah.com?
Can’t wait so see what you come up with!
Rejoice, restore, and return to the reason of the season my beautiful and faithful friends.