A few new things

I hope my family isn’t getting tired of the black swirly wrought-iron style decorations I like, because in the last few months we’ve pick up a clock (a Christmas present from my parents) and some lamps (out of necessity since we had to move the living room lamp to one of the kids’ rooms):

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There are four lamps that came in the set. There’s a tall floor lamp that matches that is next to our big chair. This lamp shown is on my computer desk in the living room. It isn’t the ideal place for it but there’s no way we’re adding an endtable to this room until we’re in a bigger home. So for now, there it is! And it looks alright. :) There’s another small lamp you can see in the picture showing the clock (it’s on the black shelf above the keyboard). And the last lamp, which is the same size as the one on my desk, is put away in storage until we move.

Before-and-after girls’ haircuts

Apple-cranberry breakfast side dish!

We had this delicious baked apple treat with our Christmas breakfast:

Use 1/2 cup dried cranberries and plump in boiling water, or use fresh cranberries (we used fresh)

Set oven for 325 degrees.

Prepare the bread crumb mixture:

  • Use a food processor to grind 2 1-inch slices of leftover homemade bread
  • Add and chop 1/3 cup pecans
  • Add 2/3 cup light brown sugar, 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp nutmeg, pinch of cloves

Combine cranberries and bread mixture.

Cut up about 5 apples into very large pieces, and put them into a 9×13 baking dish.

Add crumb mixture.

Melt 3 TBSP butter and drizzle on top.

Add about a cup of water or water/apple juice together. Cover with foil and bake at 325 degrees for 25 minutes. Remove foil and bake for another 45 minutes. You’ll want to drip additional apple juice over the apples 2 or 3 times during those 45 minutes.

Let cool on wire rack and enjoy! :)

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More important than sleep, school, work,television shows, video games, or social media

I add my voice with this promise: as you dedicate time every day, personally and with your family, to the study of God’s word, peace will prevail in your life. That peace won’t come from the outside world. It will come from within your home, from within your family, from within your own heart. It will be a gift of the Spirit. It will radiate out from you to influence others in the world around you. You will be doing something very significant to add to the cumulative peace in the world.

Don’t yield to Satan’s lie that you don’t have time to study the scriptures. Choose to take time to study them. Feasting on the word of God each day is more important than sleep, school, work,television shows, video games, or social media. You may need to reorganize your priorities to provide time for the study of the word of God. If so, do it!

Elder Scott’s talk at the October 2014 General Conference really took me by surprise. Change the world? By personal study? I know that the more I study the better teacher I am, at home or in callings. But I hadn’t thought about how it changed me, and thereby changed others around me. I do feel a peace when I study the scriptures. I love to learn new things and sometimes in the past I have been disappointed when I have studied and not learned something new. But I do feel peace, and I do love hearing the voices of the people who wrote the Book of Mormon. They are real people to me and when I read I feel like I’m communicating with people who love truth, and I think that itself is very calming and comforting for me. I like Elder Scott’s words. I’ll have to keep them handy.

Building Nativities

Last night we got out blocks of all kinds and the kids made nativity scenes. We had just had a Family Home Evening lesson on the wise men coming when Jesus was 2, so some of them made homes for the wise men to come to: