Sunday, December 21, 2014

The Fourth of Advent - Magi & Hymns

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Family Advent time are some of my most precious and life changing memories from my childhood.  On every Sunday during Advent my parents would gather my sister & I around the dining room table; turn off all the lights & light the candle(s) on the Advent Wreath.  In that warm candlelit darkness we would read a passage from the Bible, discuss what we just read and then sing some Christmas hymns.  I encourage you to do the same with your family.


Read this passage of scripture:
"After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, 'Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.' When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. When he had called together all the people's chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Christ was to be born. 'In Bethlehem in Judea' they replied, 'for this is what the prophet has written:

But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will be the shepherd of my people Israel.'
Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, 'Go and make a careful search for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.' After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with this mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route." Matthew 2: 1 - 12
Sing these hymns:




We Three Kings of Orient Are


John H. Hopkins, 1820-1891                                John H. Hopkins, 1820-1891
   
1.  We three kings of Orient are:  Bearing gifts we traverse afar Field and fountain, moor and mountain, Following yonder star.
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2. Born a King on Bethlehem's plain, Gold I bring to crown Him again, King forever, ceasing never Over us all to reign.
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3.  Frankincense to offer have I; Incense owns a Deity nigh; Prayer and praising all men raising, Worship Him, God on high.
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4.  Myrrh is mine; its bitter perfume Breathes a life of gathering gloom:  Sorrowing, sighing, bleeding, dying, Sealed in the stone-cold tomb.
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5.  Glorious now behold Him arise, King and God and Sacrifice; Alleluia, Alleluia!  Sounds thro' the earth and skies.
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Chorus

O star of wonder, star of night, Star with royal beauty bright, Westward leading, still proceeding.  Guide us to Thy perfect light.


A special thanks to "drwestbury" for posting this on YouTube




It Came Upon The Midnight Clear
by Edmond H. Sears, 1810-1876                       composed by Richard S. Willis, 1819-1900
1.  It cam upon the midnight clear, That glorious song of old, From angels bending near the earth, To touch their harps of gold:  "Peace on the earth, good will to men, From heaven's all gracious King."  The world in solemn stillness lay, To hear the angels sing.
2.Still thro' the cloven skies they come, With peaceful wings unfurled, And still their heavenly music floats O'er all the weary world:  Above its sad and lowly plains They bend on hovering wing.  And ever o'er its Babel sounds the blessed angels sing.
3.  And ye, beneath life's crushing load, Whose forms are bending low, Who toil along the climbing way With painful steps and slow, Look Now!  for glad and golden hours Come swiftly on the wing:  O rest beside the weary road, And hear the angels sing!


4.  For lo!  the days are hastening on, By prophet bards foretold.  When with the ever circling years Comes round the age of gold;  When peace shall over all the earth Its ancient splendors fling, And the whole world send back the song Which now the angels sing.





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THOSE RESTING IN PEACE - From My Christmas Family Tree Ornaments

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If you missed the post from a few days ago about "My Christmas Family Tree Ornaments - Scrapbook Style" then click HERE to view.


I decided that I will share a few of these pictures each day until Christmas - they will either be MEMORIES or STORIES.  (Memories are obviously something that happened in my lifetime & Stories are taken from pictures that I did not experience but rather heard the descriptions of the events that those pictures portray)


THOSE RESTING IN PEACE From My Christmas Family Tree Ornaments

My Uncle Willy & Aunt Pat, and my Oma & Opa (grandma & grandpa in German) - The four people in the middle in the picture above are no longer on this earth with us.  We just lost my Uncle this past August .  It will be a difficult season for us loved ones left behind but we will meet again in heaven some day.






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My father-in-law - This is a picture of my father-in-law when he was growing up in the Ann Arbor Michigan area.  He was a veteran of WWII and a prisoner of war captured at the Battle of the Bulge.  It has been 3 years now since he passed away.






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My sister-in-law - She is the adult on the right side of the picture above.  This picture was taken at my wedding reception.  My parents rented a horse & buggy & our guests were able to take rides around the block in my home town in Canada. (It has now been 8 years since she has passed away)



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365 Days of Being THANKFUL - DAY#25

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A few weeks ago I decided that I would start a new series on this blog called: "365 Days of Being THANKFUL".  The more I thought about it the more I felt led by God but then at the same time I started wondering if I would be able to do this for a whole year!  One month of being thankful is measurable let alone hundreds of days!
So, I'm now in the fourth week of my challenge - I must be able to find something each day that I am thankful for since I am so blessed.
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DAY#25 - Today I am thankful for a brand new day for "this is the day that the Lord has made - let us be glad & rejoice in it!"

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

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MEMORIES#3 - From My Christmas Family Tree Ornaments

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If you missed the post from a few days ago about "My Christmas Family Tree Ornaments - Scrapbook Style" then click HERE to view.


I decided that I will share a few of these pictures each day until Christmas - they will either be MEMORIES or STORIES.  (Memories are obviously something that happened in my lifetime & Stories are taken from pictures that I did not experience but rather heard the descriptions of the events that those pictures portray)


MEMORY#3 From My Christmas Family Tree Ornaments

The live lion cub at the mall - In the picture above my little sister is on the left and I am on the right.  In the 1980's there was a little temporary photo kiosk in the mall where you could have your picture taken with a live lion cub!!  This would never happen in today's society with all of the liability that would be necessary for this photographer.  The picture was taken at the exact moment that the cub started flexing her claws INTO MY LEGS!!  You can see by the expression on my face that I was shocked & did not know what to do to stop the pain.  (Actually there were only a few scratches - no real skin penetration - but still very scary).  My sister was oblivious & didn't want the photographer to take the cub away (my little sister was in her own little world at that age - hahaha).  This is a great Memory Ornament.

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365 Days of Being THANKFUL - DAY#24

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A few weeks ago I decided that I would start a new series on this blog called: "365 Days of Being THANKFUL".  The more I thought about it the more I felt led by God but then at the same time I started wondering if I would be able to do this for a whole year!  One month of being thankful is measurable let alone hundreds of days!
So, I'm now in the fourth week of my challenge - I must be able to find something each day that I am thankful for since I am so blessed.
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DAY#24 - Today I am thankful for the beautiful sparkling decorations & lights in my community

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Friday, December 19, 2014

Cranberry Apple Pie with Slivered Almonds

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Cranberry Apple Pie with Slivered Almonds


Think outside the circle with this square pie! (NOTE: it is just as scrumptious if made in a regular round pie plate - hahaha)
This flavor combination is mouthwatering delicious - apples, cranberries & almonds - YUM!
This is now one of my favorite pie recipe creations yet.

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double pie crust (click HERE to learn how to make your own pie crust)
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon+ cinnamon (ground)
lemon juice from 1/2 lemon
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 cup cranberries (Wash & drain.  If they were frozen - thaw first)
2 cups apples (washed, cored, peeled & sliced)
1/2 cup toasted almonds (click HERE to learn how to toast your own almonds)
2 tablespoons flour
1 tablespoon butter
cinnamon sugar for dusting
a little cream
Toast the almonds (see above link).  Prepare the pie crust & set aside until later.  Prepare the fruit as described above.  In a large mixing bowl combine the sugar, cinnamon, lemon juice/zest, flour prepared cranberries & apples & stir until fruit is coated (see picture above).  Now, divide the pie crust dough in 2 equal portions.  Roll out half & place on the bottom of your pie pan.  Spread the toasted almonds (cooled - not hot from the oven) on the inside of the bottom pie crust (see picture below on the left).  And now pour the fruit filling on top of the almond layer (see picture below on the right).

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"Dot" the fruit filling with 1 tablespoon of butter (by "dot" I mean pinch little pieces of that utter & spread/place on top of the filling.  Roll out the top pie crust dough and place on top of the filled pie.  Pinch & seal the edges of the top & bottom crust together.  Make a few holes in the top crust or a few knife slices so that steam will be able to escape without the fruit bubbling over.  Brush the top of the crust with a little cream (half & half or unwhipped whipping cream - about 1 tablespoon) & then sprinkle that with cinnamon sugar.

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Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 40 minutes (or until desired "doneness" is achieved) (NOTE: my pie plate was dark metal - if you are using glass it might take a little longer in the oven).

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Allow to cool, slice, top with whipped cream & ENJOY!!



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