Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Merry Christmas to ME!!!!!

I really enjoy cooking.  Notice I didn't say I am a GREAT COOK, I said I enjoy cooking.  There is a feeling of satisfaction that comes from taking a few simple ingredients and turning them in to something special.  I told BP that I wanted a good knife for Christmas, a chef's knife.  My knives are old and fairly dull even though I try to keep them sharp.  Well, guess what my wonderful husband had under the tree for me Christmas morning????

THIS is a Wusthof Classic 7" Santoku knife.  It is incredibly easy to handle and EXTREMELY SHARP.  No more putting all my "weight" into slicing an onion.  No more "sawing" back and forth cutting meat.  This knife cuts through everything like its warm butter. 

Thank you BP for my awesome Christmas gift.  And thank you Ebay for allowing me to buy this brand spanking new knife at 1/2 the price of Wusthof knives at Williams-Sonoma.  Sorry Williams-Sonoma.  I love you, but saving money is saving money!!!  If you enjoy cooking at all, you really gotta get one of these knives!!!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Good Tidings Of Great Joy!!!

And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed .  (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David), to be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.  And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.  And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.   For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.   And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.  And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.  And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger.   Luke Chapter 2

I pray that these same Good Tidings live in your heart today.  If you don't know Jesus, what better time than this, the celebration of His birth, to ask Him into your heart.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

White Christmas ? ? ? ? ?

Surely this isn't the weather man's idea of a White Christmas?  I mean "I'm dreaming of a white Christmas" means REAL SNOW . . . not this DUSTING of snow.  This is what we had this past weekend and, you know what, IT'S ALREADY GONE!!!!  We're back to dead brown grass around here and now the weather man is saying rain.  Rain before Christmas.  And I really wanted a white Christmas!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

December 1

Can you be-LIEVE that today is the first day of December?  I mean, where did fall go?  For that matter, where did summertime go?  We didn't even have summer (not that I miss those sweltering days) but it was a very cool summer here at Down On The Farm, and a very COLD, WET, RAINY fall. 

And now Thanksgiving is over and the Christmas rush has begun.  As usual, I'm in the middle of things.  I have outdoor Christmas lights up, but no Christmas tree or Christmas decorations inside.  I have gifts bought for my nieces and nephews, but NOTHING for my kids.

But all in all I'm in better shape this year than in years past . . .  at least I have SOME Christmas shopping done.

As the next few weeks FLY BY, please take a few moments to remember what its all about.  It's not the tree, or the lights, or the presents, its about Jesus.  So, make yourself a cup of hot chocolate, sit down with your feet up, close your eyes, and remember that day in Bethlehem so long ago . . . and the Savior we celebrate!