Saturday, December 5, 2020

European Christmas Music #2 - IRELAND

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European Christmas Music - IRELAND

There won't be much travel this Christmas season due to the Pandemic, so I thought it would be fun to bring the sounds of Christmas in Europe into our homes.
We will be visiting 7 European areas during this musical trip (click the following titles to visit):
Ireland
Germany
Italy
United Kingdom
Sweden
Spain  
Also, after the featured songs, I will share some of my recipes that coincide with that area.
Today we are visiting the Republic of Ireland. 

Please enjoy the following Irish Christmas songs!


Wexford Carol


A special thanks to "Celtic Woman Official" for sharing this with us on YouTube


The Bells of Dublin/Christmas Eve


A special thanks to "The Chieftans - Topic" for sharing this with us on YouTube

Miss Fogarty's Christmas Cake


A special thanks to "The Irish Rovers" for sharing this with us on YouTube
 
Christmas in Killarney


A special thanks to "Barra MacNeils - Topic" for sharing this with us on YouTube

 
IRISH RECIPES 
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The following are my potato recipes (previously shared on this blog).  I thought it fitting since Ireland is known for growing potatoes (especially during the potato famine in the 1840's)



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Friday, December 4, 2020

Fun Fridays #46 - STOCKING STUFFER SURPRISE

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Fun Fridays #45 - STOCKING STUFFER SURPRISE
Happiness and laughter are so good for our health!
"A happy heart makes the face cheerful" Proverbs 15:13
(click HERE to read the health benefits of laughter)

This is a series called:  "Fun Fridays".  On the first Friday of every month I will share with you an old photo or something from the recent past that made me happy;  in hopes that it will at least make you smile 😊


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I want to begin by saying that the real reason for Christmas is the birth of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.  When I think back to my childhood, Jesus was always (and still is) the focus of Christmas, but Christmas mornings were also special.  My mom was a master "stuffer" of stockings.  Often, the many little gifts packed into the Christmas stocking (each individually wrapped) were more precious than that one giant gift under the tree.  In the picture above, I was holding the stocking open so that my little sister could dig down deep for that next treasure.

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Wednesday, December 2, 2020

European Christmas Music #1 - FRANCE

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European Christmas Music - FRANCE

There won't be much travel this Christmas season due to the Pandemic, so I thought it would be fun to bring the sounds of Christmas in Europe into our homes.
We will be visiting 7 European areas during this musical trip.  Also, after the featured songs, I will share some of my recipes that coincide with that area.

Please enjoy the following french Christmas songs!


Il est né, le divin Enfant
(He is born, the Divine Child)


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


Entre le boeuf et l'âne gris
(Between the ox and the gray donkey) 

A special thanks to "Shirley2107" for sharing this with us on YouTube

Un flambeau, Jeanette, Isabelle
(Bring a torch, Jeanette, Isabella)
This is a traditional French carol from the "Provence" region in France written during the 16th century.   This is the first verse translated to English:
Bring a torch, Jeanette, Isabella
Bring a torch, come swiftly and run.
Christ is born, tell the folk of the village,
Jesus is sleeping in His cradle,
Ah, ah, beautiful is the mother,
Ah, ah, beautiful is her Son.

A special thanks to "Quintin Couch" for sharing this with us on YouTube
 
Petit Papa Noël
(Small Santa)

A special thanks to "Oxygene 80" for sharing this with us on YouTube

 
FRENCH RECIPES 
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Rainbow Swiss Chard Quiche

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Tuesdays with a Twist Blog Hop #397

Welcome to Tuesdays with a Twist #397!

Before we get to the blog hop today - checkout this post:
Day#1 - Blog Post Advent Calendar
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Start planning next year's Victory Garden!  There are many wonderful seeds available at Mary's Heirloom Seeds (click picture below):


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Good Morning and Welcome to another No Rules Party!


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We're your hosts & co-hosts 

Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures
Angie @ God's Growing Garden
Checkout my amazing "Featured" Pinterest Board

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Features!
Each co-host will be sharing her own picks for Features. This gives everyone a better chance of being featured. Be sure to check all of our blogs to see if you were featured! 
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My Features this Week are:


2. "Vintage Christmas Faux Fireplace" by A Debbie Dabble Christmas
3. "Crochet Christmas Trees" by Annemarie's Haakblog

If you've been featured we'd love for you to grab a button.

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The party starts every Tuesday at 7am EST and will continue until Saturday at 11:59pm.  Feel free to stop back any time and "like" your favorites.  Please visit other blogs if you have a moment. 

Share older posts as well as new ones.  No limit on links!

*Pictures should be your own* 

By linking up you give us permission to use these photos

 (with proper link backs) in our features.   And now for the party!





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Monday, November 30, 2020

You're the STAR - Week#5 EXTRA (November 2020)

I hope that everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving holiday!
Thank you again for joining us!
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Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to share from my blog:
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WELCOME to the November 2020 "You're the Star" Blog Hop!

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WELCOME to EXTRA feature week of the November 2020 "You're the STAR" blog hop!
(Sometimes we will have 5 Mondays in a month - these 5th special Mondays are called "EXTRA feature" days)
Meet all of your STAR Hosts 
Cindy @ Mom, the Lunch Lady
This is a month long Linky party featuring YOU!

There will be 4 different features each week and 4 different feature categories (except for this special EXTRA day - we will be featuring 4 extra).  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#1 GARDEN - gardening, homesteading, recycling &/or preserving (this can include any type of green living,  while remaining family friendly),
WEEK#2 CREATIVE - arts & crafts, music, writing &/or dramatic arts (this can include sewing, dance, art history, handmade jewelry, computer art, fashion etc - anything creative while remaining family friendly)
WEEK#3 FAMILY - parenting, fitness, finances & inspirational (this can include anything about children like: education ideas for children, also self help, beauty etc -  anything family friendly)
WEEK#4 HOME - recipes, home décor, antique/DIY &/or travel (this can include anything about your home - even history posts - all while remaining family friendly)


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(All features were chosen from the October 2020 "You're the Star" blog hop)

Celebrate the Simple by A Day of Small Things


Mums for Vicki by Comfort Spring 

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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, November 29, 2020

First of Advent - ANGEL Visits Zechariah

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First of Advent - ANGEL Visits Zechariah

Advent is the precious time of year when we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, our Savior.  Last year we studied Isaiah 9:6
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WONDERFUL COUNSELOR
MIGHTY GOD
EVERLASTING FATHER
PRINCE OF PEACE
This year we will be focusing on Angels and specifically the angels who foretold of the coming of Christ.

We often forget about John the Baptist and the fact that he was sent to "pave the way" for Jesus' coming to earth.  In the Scripture above, we learn that John the Baptist was Divinely appointed to prepare the people for Jesus' arrival:    

"And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the parents to their children 
and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous—to make ready a people prepared for the Lord."
Luke 1:17


There are 3 points that stand out to me:
1.  Elizabeth becoming pregnant at her age was a miracle.
2.  John the Baptist was filled with the Holy Spirit even before he was born.
3.  Not believing an angel sent by God has consequences


1.  It was a miracle that Elizabeth was with child because she was too old to become pregnant.  Also, even when she was young, she was unable to conceive. 

"Both of them were righteous in the sight of God, observing all the Lord’s commands and decrees blamelessly.  But they were childless because Elizabeth was not able to conceive, and they were both very old."
Luke 1:6&7

When Mary found out that she was pregnant with Jesus she went to visit Elizabeth (who was 6 months pregnant).  Mary was going to tell Elizabeth what had happened to her but before Mary said anything Elizabeth knew.  Elizabeth said:  

"As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy."
Luke 1:44

2.  Another miracle - John the Baptist being filled with the Holy Spirit before he was born.

"and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even before he is born.”
Luke 1:15

3.  Finally, look what happened to Zechariah when he doubted the angel (he was unable speak):

"Zechariah asked the angel, “How can I be sure of this? I am an old man and my wife is well along in years.”

The angel said to him, “I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to tell you this good news.  And now you will be silent and not able to speak until the day this happens, because you did not believe my words, which will come true at their appointed time.

Luke 1:18-20


God sent angel Gabriel to visit Zechariah to foretell the birth of John the Baptist, who prepared the people for Jesus. 



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Enjoy precious time with your family during Advent.
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