Dollar Tree DIY #Wreathmaking #Video—7 minutes

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Christmas Wassail #Recipe

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Serves: 12

Ingredients:

  • 2 quarts apple cider
  • 2 cups pineapple juice
  • 1 12 cups orange juice
  • 34 cup lemon juice
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves

Directions: Combine in stove top pot. Bring to a boil. Serve. Enjoy hot in your favorite Christmas mugs.

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Cover Reveal—The Christmas Baby

The Christmas Baby is my favorite Love Inspired cover yet. I hope you’ll join Anna and Ryan for a romantic Christmas adventure on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.

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Preparing Our Hearts for Christmas—a 6 minute #video

This song was my inspiration while writing The Christmas Baby. I hope you will take this opportunity to worship with me through the thought-provoking words of this song.

It is my prayer that as you prepare for this Christmas season of His advent that you will make your heart His Bethlehem. And that His love will truly be born in you.

Christmas Cookie #Recipe—Polvorones

 

Also called Mexican wedding cookies—this is the Christmas cookie Anna brought to her “surprise” baby shower—

 

Servings: 41/2 dozen cookies
 Ingredients:
• 6 oz. whole pecan halves
• 1 tsp salt
• 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
• 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
• 1 cup sugar
• 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
• 1 cup powdered sugar

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

1. Place the pecans in single layer on cookie  sheet. Put pecans in the oven for 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly toasted. Remove from the oven and reduce the oven temperature to 325 degrees.

2. Allow pecans to cool to room temperature. Process pecans in a food processor until the pecans are finely ground. In a large bowl, add the flour, salt and cinnamon. Stir in pecans and combine.

3. With a mixer cream the butter and 1 cup of sugar. Add the vanilla and the flour mixture and mix until well blended.

4. Roll 1 tablespoon of dough into small ball for each cookie. Place the balls on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until lightly brown. When the cookies cool completely, roll in the powdered sugar.

Enjoy!

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Christmas Cookie #Recipe—Chinese Almond Cookies

The cookies Evy brought to the Christmas cookie swap—

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 teaspoon water

Directions:

  1. Cream butter and sugar in a large bowl. Beat in egg and almond extract.
  2. Combine flour, baking soda and salt; add gradually to creamed mixture.
  3. Roll dough into 1 inch balls. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten with fork. Sprinkle with almonds.
  4. Beat egg white and water in a small bowl. Brush glaze over cookies.
  5. Bake cookies at 325 degrees for 14-16 minutes or until edges/bottoms are lightly browned.
  6. Cool 2 minutes before removing cookies from sheet to wire racks.

Yield: 5 dozen

Enjoy!

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