My goal for 2012 is to live in the present moment – not to gulp down my coffee, but to sit and enjoy the smell and taste of it. To see my children as the gift they are and, when they interrupt my spinning or knitting, to stop and play with them. Too soon they won’t ask me to play or read to them or hold them. I want to take a walk and just enjoy the beauty that is around me. To look at my husband like I looked at him when I first met him. To not take forgranted that he will be here tomorrow. To enjoy the talent that God gave me to create beautiful fibers and yarns and not look at it ever as a job, or a chore. To love the Lord and respect the choice that He made to die such a horrible death for me. To not ignore Him in my day, but include Him on everything. To take care of my body and not bring disease on myself by lack of exercising and bad eathing habits. To just enjoy life and be content with what I have for the day.
We are looking at Christmas a bit differently this year. With money very tight, our family, kids included, are coming up with alternatives to normal Christmas toys. Yesterday, Ben decided he would like as his Santa gift, an art party. So we are going to invite some of his friends over for an afternoon of creating art. Gracie is so content with what she has, she isn't in that "I want" stage yet. Although, she is really enjoying preparing for Christmas. She and Ben decorated our tree almost entirely by themselves!
I made peanut butter pie for Thanksgiving and boy was it good! You take peanut butter, cream cheese, cool whip and mix that all together and put into a graham cracker crust. Then top it with chocolate syrup. YUM! Here is the recipe. It's from Aunt Bees Delightful Desserts; p.158 Miss Crump's Peanut Butter Pie:
1 cup peanut butter
8 ounces cream cheese
1 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons softened butter
8 ounces whipped topping, 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 9 ounce chocolate or graham cracker crust
Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, optional
Blend first 6 ingredients until smooth. Pour into pie crust. Refrigerate overnight or until pie is cold throughout. Garnish with peanut butter cups, if desired. I swirled a chocolate topping over the top, or you could swirl Hersey's syrup over the top. Either way, the bottom is what counts and boy is it yummy!
Enjoy the preparations for Christmas with your family. May God bless you with His peace and comfort.