A Missed Christmas Tradition

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Write about a piece of jewelry that’s important to you…

I do not own many pieces of jewelry, or even go to many places dressy enough to wear what I own but when I saw the prompt above to Write about a piece of jewelry that’s important to you…See Jane Write

I definitely needed to write about a missed Christmas Tradition. My Father has been gone twelve years this year.  He is the person that instilled the thrill and excitement in Christmas.  I absolutely love Christmas and Traditions!! When I was a young girl, every year for many years there was a little velvet box underneath the tree with my name on top. Each year in the velvet box was a special lapel pin for his special girl.  I still have most of those pins in a special tin. 

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November Coming To A Close

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Culinary!!
Baking!!

Pumpkin Bliss Bite 2018
Pumpkin Bliss Bites 2018

Seven days left of November and Thirty-eight days until a new year!!  I hope your Thanksgiving was fantastic!!!   I hope all your wishes come through in 2019!!

This Thanksgiving was full of new recipes and creativity!! Pumpkin & Gingersnap Parfaits were on the dessert menu, and homemade Cranberry Sauce was a hit for dinner menu!

Pumpkin Bliss Bites 2018
Pumpkin & Gingersnap Parfaits 2018

 

Pumpkin & Gingersnap Parfaits was a recipe I found in ” First For Women” Magazine and I tweaked it just a little. 

1 (15 oz.) can pumpkin puree, 3/4 cup maple syrup,  1 orange juiced,

2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice divided, 1/2 cup pecans toasted, 12 gingersnap cookies,

2 cups whipped cream

In a saucepan over medium heat, whisk pumpkin puree, syrup, 1/2 cup orange juice, and 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice.  Bring to a simmer; cook 20 minutes. In a processor, pulse pecans, cookies, and remaining pie spice until crumbly. In each of 6 dessert glasses, layer pumpkin butter whipped cream and gingersnap crumbs as desired.

Above recipe is the original recipe in the magazine, I changed the crumbs and used a German cookie called Pfeffernusse, I personally love the taste of these cookies and they gave a unique taste to my parfaits. 

2018 Homemade Cranberry Sauce
@MidlifeNew’s Cranberry Sauce

Thanksgiving Cranberry Sauce

The above link will take you to the recipe for Cranberry Sauce.

The Ultimate Lesson; 4 Ways Life Challenged Me to be strong

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Imagine for a moment…sitting in a chair in the dark all alone; your mind begins to wander through the ultimate lessons life challenges have brought your way. Which ones stick out to cause you to realize you have learned to become stronger because of those challenges?

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Yesterday was Thanksgiving 2018 and after everyone was gone and kitchen completely clean, I did just that…sat alone in a chair, in the dark and began to think about 4 Ways Life Challenged Me to be strong.
Growing up as a child of an alcoholic father who at times shared his anger in loud physical ways, caused this girl to spend many years as an Introvert.
1. The above Life Challenge taught me to seek out ways to express myself and reinvent who I actually was created to be in this world.
Almost losing my mom when I was 12 due to a brain surgery that lasted 10 hours with a 50/50 chance to survive due to a brain aneurysm and then again in my 50’s almost lose her to blood clots passing through her heart and lungs…caused this girl to make adult decisions even when she should have been outside playing.
2. The above Life Challenge taught me to appreciate every day that God gives you to Love and be Loved and not to take any day for granted!!
At the age of 17, I married my first serious boyfriend and within a few years became aware that there was a different type of abuse in the world besides the physical abuse I grew up with at home. It’s Emotional abuse and in many ways that is the worst way to spend a life. They teach you that repeating things will help you learn it, well if someone tells you for years you are a certain type of person you begin to believe what their saying is true.
3. The above Life Challenge taught me once again to express myself and take action, even if that meant standing up to the person with tough love or just walking away.
{ Tough love was the route I approached, but there are days I still think about walking away.}
At the midlife age of 51 I hold many roles; Daughter, Wife, Mother, Grandmother. All four roles come with Caregiving, Guidance, and Support to get through the day to day activities to live another day. Being a 24/7 caregiver for a spouse in the last stage of a lung disease called COPD comes with many challenges and sometimes thoughts of just throwing up your hands and walking away.
4. The above Life Challenge taught me that every day someone will count on you for support, rather it is physical or emotional be the best person you know how to be.
In conclusion; 4 Ways Life Challenged Me to be strong
The above Life Challenge taught me to seek out ways to express myself and reinvent who I actually was created to be in this world.
The above Life Challenge taught me to appreciate every day that God gives you to Love and be Loved and not to take any day for granted!!
The above Life Challenge taught me once again to express myself and take action, even if that meant standing up to the person with tough love or just walking away.
The above Life Challenge taught me that every day someone will count on you for support, rather it is physical or emotional be the best person you know how to be.