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All I Want For Christmas is a Big Can of Mace

Posted by Carol on December 21, 2009

Really, that’s all I want. And it doesn’t have to be THAT big. The only reason I want some mace or pepper spray is for my real estate business.

One of the teachers in my licensing class had me scared silly. She warned us about being alone in empty houses with strangers. And I thought, duh, isn’t that pretty much what real estate people do every day? And she told us about random attacks on real estate agents.¬† By the time she was done, I was ready to sign up for a martial arts class. I’m not a person who is scared very easily, but I do believe in being prepared.

So, Santa, just a can of mace or pepper spray in my stocking would make my day.

And seriously, other than that, I don’t really need or want anything else. I have been blessed beyond measure.

We have a home to live in, food on the table, clothes to wear (although if anyone wants to nominate me for “What Not to Wear” – I’m game ūüôā ), jobs, health, and family close by.

I have two friends that have each lost a child this December (Pray for Hope and Melanie). I have a friend whose husband just got laid off right before Christmas (Pray for MaryBeth). I have a friend whose wife has left him and just filed for divorce before Thanksgiving. Please pray for their family.

So, no. I don’t need anything for Christmas. I have all I need in the gift of Jesus Christ and all He provides. Any thing more than that is icing on the cake.
Merry Christmas!

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Agnus Dei by Michael W. Smith

Posted by Carol on November 26, 2009

On this day of Thanksgiving, let us give thanks and praise to the One from Whom all blessings flow…

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Merry Christmas!!

Posted by Carol on December 24, 2008


Wishing you a Merry & Blessed Christmas 2008!

Dear Hubby was taking the picture, but here’s me with College Son, Darling Daughter, Sadie, and Kobi wishing you a Merry Christmas!

You Tube won’t let me embed this song, but here is Michael W. Smith with Mandisa singing Christmas Day just for you!! Copy and paste the link to enjoy.

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I Need A Silent Night by Amy Grant

Posted by Carol on December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas! I heard this song for the very first time this year and I loved it so much that I want to share it with you. I hope you have a blessed Christmas and that Jesus truly is the Reason for all we do on December 25th and every day!

Sweet Blessings!

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1 Corinthians 13 Christmas Style by Sharon Jaynes

Posted by Carol on December 16, 2008

As fun as it is to deck our halls and share the pictures with all our friends in Bloggsville, when my sweet friend, Pam emailed this to me the other day, I knew this is what I really wanted to share with everyone.¬† While my decorating skills may need improvement,¬† I hope that my “1 Corinthians 13 skills” are ever increasing. Be blessed, Carol

If I decorate my house perfectly with lovely plaid bows, strands of twinkling lights, and shiny glass balls, but do not show love to my family – I’m just another decorator.

If I slave away in the kitchen, baking dozens of Christmas cookies, preparing gourmet meals, and arranging a beautifully adorned table at mealtime, but do not show love to my family – I’m just another cook.

If I work at the soup kitchen, carol in the nursing home, and give all that I have to charity, but do not show love to my family – It profits me nothing.

If I trim the spruce with shimmering angels and crocheted snowflakes, attend a myriad of holiday parties, and sing in the choir’s cantata but do not focus on Christ, I have missed the point.

Love stops the cooking to hug the child.

Love sets aside the decorating to kiss the husband.

Love is kind, though harried and tired.

Love doesn’t envy another home that has coordinated Christmas china and table linens.

Love doesn’t yell at the kids to get out of the way.

Love doesn’t give only to those who are able to give in return, but rejoices in giving to those who can’t.

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things.

Love never fails.  Video games will break; pearl necklaces will be lost; golf clubs will rust.  But giving the gift of love will endure.

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Christmas Tour of Homes

Posted by Carol on December 15, 2008


Sophie is hosting The Christmas Tour of Homes once again. Last year, I was too chicken intimidated to participate, but after a whole year of blogging, I have lost all of my decorating inhibitions and decided to play along this time.

I mean, you guys have read about my lack of Martha-genes, you’ve seen my Thanksgiving table, and my recent attempt at a gingerbread house.¬† So, now we’re just like family.

So welcome to my home. As usual the decorations are simple, but the welcome is warm.  I have a very tasty appetizer recipe for you at the end of the post.  So grab a cup of coffee and a slice of warm Dutch apple pie and enjoy the tour!

christmas-2-005Hubs and Darling Daughter scoping out a possible tree to cut at the Christmas tree farm.

christmas-2-014Just starting to get the lights on.

christmas-2-019All decked out.

christmas-2-022The stockings all hung by the chimney with care.

christmas-2-026These are wax houses and trees, otherwise known as candles, I suppose :). I never burn them.¬† I also have a little village that is going to be set up in the dining room, but haven’t finished that yet. I need to get some fake snow. When I do I’ll take a pic and post it here.

Now for hanging in with me so long, here is a really de-lish appetizer recipe.

Spinach Balls

  • 1 10 ounce package frozen chopped spinach
  • 1 cup seasoned stuffing (not cubed)
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 3 eggs beaten
  • 6 tbsp softened butter
  • salt & pepper to taste

Cook the spinach and drain well. Combine all the ingredients and roll into walnut sized balls and freeze on a cookie sheet. Once frozen they can be transferred to a freezer bag.  Keep frozen until just before serving. Cook frozen spinach balls at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Serve warm.

To continue on the tour, click on the cute button at the top of this post.

Merry Christmas and God bless us everyone!

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The Gingerbread House

Posted by Carol on December 9, 2008


I have written in the past about my lack of mad decorating skillz, but now I am offering proof.  Here is a picture of a gingerbread house Darling Daughter and I assembled this past weekend.

Notice I said “assembled” rather than “made”. I bought a kit at the grocery store that had all the parts ready to go. All we had to was “glue” it together with the royal icing and stick the candy in the right places.¬† Even so, I somehow managed to put one side of the roof on upside down. Fortunately there is enough sugar to hide even the worst decorating transgressions and keep our dentist in business for a very long time.

If you want to see a true gingerbread work of art, check out Linda’s masterpiece that she made from scratch. No kits for her, just lots of blood, sweat, and tears flour, sugar, and candy.

Oh, well. Easter will be here before we know it and I will once again get to show off my inner Martha Stewart when we decorate those eggs. With a kit, of course.

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A Simple Thanksgiving

Posted by Carol on November 27, 2008

thanksgiving-08-006This year Thanksgiving was very simple. It was just the four of us, Hubby, College Son, Darling Daughter and me.¬† Although I did miss the hustle and bustle of a large crowd for dinner, I love having all of us together especially since the kids are getting older and I can’t take it for granted that they will always be home.

College Son works at Starbucks and he was scheduled to open this morning. That means he had to be there at 4:45 AM. He was supposed to be off by 1:15 but I guess the line was out the door all day, so they kept him until 3:30 PM.  I had planned a late dinner, but I was a little annoyed at the caffeine junkies who should have been home eating turkey so my son could get home to eat his. College Son was not at all upset because on holidays they earn time and a half. His feet were loudly protesting the long day by the time he got home though. : )

Dinner was simple with the usual Thanksgiving menu: turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, broccoli casserole, rolls, and cranberry sauce. Home made pumpkin pie and apple pie were dessert, of course.

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving with friends and family!  Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Oh, in case you’re wondering, Saturday Stirrings is taking a break this weekend for the holiday. It will be back at its regularly scheduled time and location next Saturday.¬† Thank you for your understanding!

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The one with the Indian and the Panda

Posted by Carol on November 7, 2008


The Panda¬†asked the Indian, “Do you think your mom will let us go to a Halloween party with a bunch of college kids and no parents at home?”


The Indian answered the Panda, “I don’t think so”.


The Indian was right. So the sad little Indian and Panda stayed home and watched movies.

The End.

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Martha Doesn’t Live Here

Posted by Carol on October 9, 2008

Martha Stewart definitely does not live here. 

I decorate for Christmas.¬† That’s all.¬† It takes every ounce of my decorating ability to deck our halls as festively as I possibly can.¬† Some years I even put up two Christmas trees.¬† I know that is small potatoes for some of you obsessive decorators out there in Bloggsville, but for me, it’s all I can do without my head exploding.

One year, I went to Costco and bought a wrapping paper kit that included little miniature bells, snowflakes, wooden soldiers, and the like to adorn the gifts. On Christmas morning my family was in awe. In hushed tones, they still talk about the year that Mom even decorated the presents. 

I am not totally inept at decorating my house for everyday life.¬† I can pick out paint and curtains and accent pieces with the best average of them.¬† It’s just the holidays that knock me for a loop.

My sister-in-law has been a preschool teacher for many years.¬† As a result, she has decorations for every holiday known to man and she uses them.¬† At the appropriate time of year,¬† you can walk into her house and see happy¬†green leprechauns for St. Patty’s Day or cute little Easter bunnies complete with an Easter tree decorated with colorful Easter eggs¬†hanging from its¬†branches.¬† And at Christmas, forgetaboutit.

My own sister inherited the Martha Stewart gene, as I call it.  She is all crafty and creative. She stamps her own greeting cards, arranges flowers, and knows how to sew.  She is also three years younger than me.

Life is so not fair. 

When I want to either buy a new piece of furniture or hang something new on our walls, my husband has to call my sister to get her opinion.  Only if she gives her OK to my decorating ideas do we move forward. But unless I am making some heinous decorating faux pas, she usually sides with me.

My kids have asked me if we can decorate for Halloween this year.  I really do not want to decorate for Halloween.  I am not morally opposed to Halloween per se.  But the thought of purposely putting gross and ugly decorations all around my house does not appeal to me at all. 

I have a hard enough time with pretty, non-gag inducing decor.

I thought I had the problem solved when I sent my husband over to get some free corn stalks that were left over decorations from our neighborhood block party.  I placed them on the wooden posts of our front porch and on our lamp post. 

I began to feel all Martha-like inside. 

Later that same day, at the grocery store, I saw these adorable miniature pumpkins in both orange and white as well as some Indian corn.  So, inspired by my corn stalks, I bought some and a pumpkin pie scented candle to boot.

I brought them home and made a nifty little arrangement on my kitchen table.¬† I thought I had done a good job and my husband commented on how happy and festive our kitchen looked.¬†That’s what happens when you keep their expectations low.¬†

Darling Daughter even approved, but informed me that I had made a critical error.  I had decorated for Fall, not Halloween. 

I was hoping no one would notice the difference.

Back to the store we went and picked up some fake cobwebs and bloody hand cling ons to put on the windows.


(Go to I am Blissfully Domestic for ideas you can actually use!) 



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