Monday, December 10, 2018

You're the STAR - Week#3 FAMILY (December 2018)

I hope that you are all enjoying this beautiful Christmas season!
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Welcome to week#3 of the December "You're the Star" Blog Hop!
Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to share this post from my blog:
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WELCOME to FAMILY feature week of the
December "You're the STAR" blog hop!
Meet your FAMILY week Host & Cohost 
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This week is FAMILY feature week
Swing by the Family hosting team's blogs:
Miranda @ The Myrabev Life
Elizabeth @ Family Farm School
Michelle @ Moms Are Frugal
This is a month long Linky party featuring YOU!
There will be 4 different features each week and 4 different feature categories.  Just to be clear - this is NOT a themed party - you may link up ANY family-friendly blog posts any day of each month. 
The "theme" occurs in our weekly features:
WEEK#3 FAMILY - parenting, fitness, health, finances & inspirational (this can include anything about children like: education ideas for children, also self help, beauty etc -  anything family friendly)

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(These features were chosen from the November "You're the STAR" blog hop)

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All Hosts/CoHosts will post this blog hop on every Monday of each week.
Please link up your family friendly blog posts below!
It wouldn't be a linky party with YOU!
(IMPORTANT NOTE: by linking up you understand that you might be featured next month and if so, we will use some of your photos from your post - rest assured - we will always link back to your lovely blog.  We might also share your fantastic posts on social media.  Also, you may link up as many family-friendly posts as you like & YES - other blog hops &/or giveaways are welcome {giveaways and blog hops will NOT be featured though}  Thank You & ENJOY! )



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Sunday, December 9, 2018

The Second of Advent - GLORIFY

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The Second of Advent - GLORIFY
Today is the second of Advent and we continue celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.  If you would like to learn the basics about Advent and about having a family worship time (click HERE to view).  
This year we will focus on preparing our heart, mind and soul to celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
(below each definition is a Christmas Hymn video - please listen and sing along with each song)

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A special thanks to "spiritdei" for sharing this with us on YouTube

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Saturday, December 8, 2018

100 Years of Christmas Music - 1960's

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100 Years of Christmas Music - 1960's

Music has always been a vital part of my Christmas celebrations, even since I was a child and into my adulthood.  During my childhood my family started out with a small radio that my parents placed on the fireplace mantel but then years later that was replaced with a surround sound stereo.  However, the real music that stands out in my memory was from Christmas Eve candle light services hearing the German Baptist choir harmonizing the songs of the season.

Even more precious than the choir music that I have memorialized in my heart occurred around the Advent Wreath during our 
"Advent Family Worship" (click HERE to read).

In this series I will feature Christmas songs from each decade over the past 100 years.
We just finished featuring songs from the 20's (click HERE to view 1950's)
  Today we continue our musical study with the "1930's."
The Sixties (a.k.a. The Swinging Sixties) was a tumultuous decade with the assassination of President Kennedy in 1963, The Cold War picked up steam, Vietnam War continued through this entire decade and constant anti-war protests occurred.  The civil rights movement began in the mid 1950's but continued through to the end of the 60's.  Apollo 11 landed on the moon in 1969 and of course the Woodstock Festival also happened in 1969. 
Most of the Children's Christmas Classics (cartoons and Claymation) movies were created during this decade:  Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer 1964, A Charlie Brown Christmas 1965, How the Grinch Stole Christmas! 1966, The Little Drummer Boy (Claymation) 1968 and Frosty the Snowman 1969.   

Since the 60's was the decade that produced many of the cherished children's Christmas television specials I decided to include my favorite scene from "A Charlie Brown Christmas".


A special thanks to "ExactlyMyPoint" for sharing this with us on YouTube


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A special thanks to "Walter Tan" for sharing this with us on YouTube


A special thanks to "lone1tiger" for sharing this with us on YouTube
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A special thanks to "VinceGuaraldiVEVO" for sharing this with us on YouTube


A special thanks to "blondybash321" for sharing this with us on YouTube
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A special thanks to "ChicagoBluesMuseum1" for sharing this with us on YouTube

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Friday, December 7, 2018

100 Years of Christmas Music - 1950's

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100 Years of Christmas Music - 1950's

Music has always been a vital part of my Christmas celebrations, even since I was a child and into my adulthood.  During my childhood my family started out with a small radio that my parents placed on the fireplace mantel but then years later that was replaced with a surround sound stereo.  However, the real music that stands out in my memory was from Christmas Eve candle light services hearing the German Baptist choir harmonizing the songs of the season.

Even more precious than the choir music that I have memorialized in my heart occurred around the Advent Wreath during our 
"Advent Family Worship" (click HERE to read).

In this series I will feature Christmas songs from each decade over the past 100 years.
We just finished featuring songs from the 20's (click HERE to view 1940's)
  Today we continue our musical study with the "1950's."
This decade was a struggle between capitalism and communism.  The Korean War occurred early in this decade to try to stop the spread of communism.  The "Interstate Highway Act" began in 1956 but the building completion of all these highways took decades to finish.  Also, the "Space Race" began with the release of Sputnik in 1957.  Household television ownership soared during this decade.  
A few Christmas movies released during this decade are:  White Christmas (with Danny Kay and Bing Crosby) and Scrooge (with Alastair Sim).  

Since the 50's saw the largest increase in home television ownership I thought it would be fun to look at a few old television commercials from that era.


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A special thanks to "jym 1644" for sharing this with us on YouTube


A special thanks to "Joe Trusty" for sharing this with us on YouTube
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A special thanks to "MusicProf78" for sharing this with us on YouTube


A special thanks to "Bambi650" for sharing this with us on YouTube
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A special thanks to "sigma vita" for sharing this with us on YouTube


A special thanks to "Frank Sinatra" for sharing this with us on YouTube

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Sweet Potato Cheesecake RECIPE

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Sweet Potato Cheesecake RECIPE

We were blessed with a great sweet potato crop this year and I always try to come up with new ways of using our garden produce.  I thought that sweet potatoes and cheesecake make a perfect combination.

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Printable Recipe

Begin by making a graham cracker pie crust (follow the recipe on the back of a graham cracker crumb box)(My recipe makes 2 pie crusts - I always freeze one to use later)

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Filling
2 packages of cream cheese (softened/ at room temperature)
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
1 egg
1 cup pureed sweet potatoes (baked, cooled, peeled and then pureed)
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

With an electric mixer, beat the packages of cream cheese, granulated sugar and heavy cream until combined.  Add the egg and vanilla and mix until creamy (see picture above).  Take out two thirds of this mixture and set aside.  To the remaining third of the cream cheese mixture add the sweet potato puree, spices and brown sugar - mix with electric mixer until blended (see picture below on the left).

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Spread half of the sweet potato mixture on the bottom of the pie crust.
Drop dollops of  the reserved two thirds cream cheese mixture all over the sweet potato base and then dollop the remainder of the sweet potato mixture (see picture above on the right).
With a dull knife, swirl the dollops and smooth the filling (see picture below on the left).
Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 25 to 30 minutes and then turn off the oven but leave the pie in the oven.  Open the door just a bit (make sure the oven has been turned off!) and leave the pie in the oven for one hour.

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Remove from the oven and refrigerate for 2 hours before serving.

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Slice and serve topped with fresh whipping cream or cranberry sauce.
ENJOY!

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

100 Years of Christmas Music - 1940's

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100 Years of Christmas Music - 1940's

Music has always been a vital part of my Christmas celebrations, even since I was a child and into my adulthood.  During my childhood my family started out with a small radio that my parents placed on the fireplace mantel but then years later that was replaced with a surround sound stereo.  However, the real music that stands out in my memory was from Christmas Eve candle light services hearing the German Baptist choir harmonizing the songs of the season.

Even more precious than the choir music that I have memorialized in my heart occurred around the Advent Wreath during our 
"Advent Family Worship" (click HERE to read).

In this series I will feature Christmas songs from each decade over the past 100 years.
We just finished featuring songs from the 30's (click HERE to view 1930's)
  Today we continue our musical study with the "1940's."
World War II occurred during the first half of this decade (WWII started in 1939 and ended in 1945.  After that began the "Cold War."  The post-war era expedited economic expansion which lasted into the 1970's.  Some of the major advancements during this decade were nuclear power and jet propulsion.  The United Nations was founded on October 24th, 1945 in San Francisco, CA.
There were many Christmas movies that were filmed during this decade:  It's a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street, The Bishop's Wife, Holiday Inn, Christmas in Connecticut and many more.  

If you have time, please watch the video below (it's almost an hour long - and it's only part #1 but it's really worth watching) - it shows what Christmas was like in England (Cornwall to be specific) during WWII.  Even though they endured such horror, they were still able to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ and help those in need!  (NOTE - the video got stuck half way through but if you advance it a little it should correct itself)


A special thanks to "Phil in Cornwall" for sharing this with us on YouTube


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A special thanks to "loveforjudy" for sharing this with us on YouTube
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A special thanks to "ScrambledEggs1969" for sharing this with us on YouTube


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