With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: 12/6/09 - 12/13/09

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Our Newest Grandbaby ~ Cambrie Noelle

Children's children are a crown to the aged
Proverbs 17:6

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Show and Tell Silent Night Cross Stitch

This is a favorite piece of mine made in 1990. I used to do a lot of counted cross-stitch but my eyes don't want to help me see those tiny little holes anymore.

Welcome Dear One ~ Cambrie

Our ninth grandbaby!
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights
James 1:17

Baby Cambrie

Born to Jamie and Joshua

December 10th 2009

Time 4:13 am

Weight 7 lbs. 6 oz.

Length 19 3/4

Joining siblings

Keri, Noah, Silas, & Caleb

Gentle Jesus, meek and mild

Gentle Jesus, meek and mild,
look upon a little child;
pity my simplicity,
suffer me to come to thee.

Fain I would to thee be brought,
dearest God, forbid it not;
give me, dearest God, a place
in the kingdom of thy grace.

Lamb of God, I look to thee;
thou shalt my example be;
thou art gentle, meek, and mild;
thou wast once a little child.

Fain I would be as thou art;
give me thine obedient heart;
thou art pitiful and kind,
let me have thy loving mind.

Let me, above all, fulfill
God my heavenly Father's will;
never his good Spirit grieve;
only to his glory live.

Thou didst live to God alone;
thou didst never seek thine own;
thou thyself didst never please:
God was all thy happiness.

Loving Jesus, gentle Lamb,
in thy gracious hands I am;
make me, Savior, what thou art,
live thyself within my heart.

Charles Wesley, 1742

Barefoot Bloggers ~ Croissant Bread Pudding

Ina Garten of Barefoot Contessa fame has been one of my favorite Food Network personalities for many years. Five years ago, my husband gave me a signed photograph of Ina as a birthday gift. I was excited to become part of a blog called Barefoot Bloggers that prepares one of her recipes twice a month.

The recipe used for my first time participating is for Croissant Bread Pudding (which can be found in The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook on page 192). It was a pick by
Peggy from Pantry Revisited
I halved the recipe and substituted egg Challah bread for the croissants.

Click here to see video of Ina preparing the Croissant Bread Pudding

Croissant Bread Pudding

  • 3 extra-large whole eggs
  • 8 extra-large egg yolks
  • 5 cups half-and-half
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 6 croissants, preferably stale, sliced horizontally
  • 1 cup raisins


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the whole eggs, egg yolks, half-and-half, sugar, and vanilla. Set the custard mixture aside. Slice the croissants in half horizontally. In a 10 by 15 by 2 1/2-inch oval baking dish, distribute the bottoms of the sliced croissants, then add the raisins, then the tops of the croissants (brown side up), being sure the raisins are between the layers of croissants or they will burn while baking. Pour the custard over the croissants and allow to soak for 10 minutes, pressing down gently.
Place the pan in a larger one filled with 1-inch of hot water. Cover the larger pan with aluminum foil, tenting the foil so it doesn't touch the pudding. Cut a few holes in the foil to allow steam to escape. Bake for 45 minutes. Uncover and bake for 40 to 45 more minutes or until the pudding puffs up and the custard is set. Remove from the oven and cool slightly. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Outdoor Wednesday ~ The Porch at Night

Susan of A Southern Daydreamer has so many more beautiful Outdoor Wednesday posts. Click the button to visit.

~From The Christmas Album ~ Why Christmas Trees Are Not Perfect

My first From The Christmas Album post ~ hope you'll join in!
I saved this page from a 1981 Woman's Day Magazine.
It is very sweet story of sacrificial love.
(Click picture to enlarge so you can read the words)
Now it's your turn to share a special Christmas memory!
Whatever you like... no rules...
maybe a picture, craft, song, event...
just something you have tucked in your heart about Christmas !
Add your name to MckLinky!

From the Christmas Album
is posted each Wednesday for the month of December. I will try and post MckLinky by 8:00 EST on Tuesday the night before.

How to add your link:

1. Publish your From the Christmas Album post on your blog.

*Add a link back to my blog so other readers will know where to join in the fun.

*You are welcome to use my picture. Just copy and paste it on to your blog

2. Copy the "permalink" from from your From the Christmas Album post, not the link to the front page of your blog.

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3. Add your permalink to Mr. Linky.

*Do not sign Mr. Linky until you have your From the Christmas Album post published on your blog.

Inappropriate links will be removed at my discretion.

Hope you'll join in and add your post to MckLinky!
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Monday, December 7, 2009

Sables ~ French Shortbread Butter Cookie~TWD

Whether you call them Sables, galettes or palets as they do in France or Shortbread as they do in Scotland or Shortbread, sand tarts or butter cookies as we do in America, these tender cookies are pretty for the holidays in festive colors or anytime with white sugar.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

It started in low... then it started to grow...

You know how it begins...
Your first Christmas together with just a few tree ornaments...
Children arrive and with them arrives more ornaments.
Little hands lovingly create more ornaments...
Like reindeer clothespin ornaments and picture ornaments...
And more and more ornaments...
Add to that your own handmade ornaments...
Ornaments from dear family and friends...
The tree b-u-l-g-e-s with precious ornaments!

Now, I LOVE each of those heartfelt ornaments


I have a few very special ornaments. so... I put up a small tabletop tree each year just for my special ornaments.

As children grow and leave the nest, many of those dear homemade ornaments now bedeck their own tree.

My little tree has now grown to full size. Filled with my most cherished ornaments.

Each Christmas I sit quietly by the glow of this tree and gaze on each little angel, cradling a tiny baby, and reflect on what it means that Jesus is:

The Lamb of God
Almighty God
God is with us
Son of God
Prince of Peace
King of Kings

The Light of the world
Wonderful Counselor
Almighty God

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Isaiah: 9:6

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