What you do in your house is worth as much as if you did it up in heaven for our Lord God. We should accustom ourselves to think of our position and work as sacred and well-pleasing to God, not on account of the position and work, but on account of the word and faith from which the obedience and the work flow. ~ Martin Luther

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

a simple few

We had eight houseguests come and stay with us for the weekend. Very dear friends they are. And despite the last night both mothers being up with puking children, it was a very pleasant visit! :-)

Thankfully, I spent plenty of time last week getting the house in spit-spot shape for their visit, so this week I can concentrate on the many (many) blankets, towels, afghans, pillows affected by Pukefest 2010.

It is nice to have a tidy house, even if it smells a bit putrid. :-)

Thank GOODNESS for pumpkin spice and caramel apple scented candles.

A few bits of winter pleasure from the last couple days:

It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas~it has been so mild lately for end of November/beginning December. It has only just begun to get truly cold and snowy. Being the coldaphobe that I am, I am SO thankful for that. Addie Mae sure likes watching the snowflakes falling.

Candles are being lit and stained glass lamps in the evening make winter so comforting and beautiful. By some bit of magic, the very same candles and lamps lit in summertime cannot compare with the wintertime ones.

Baking sugar cookies, my favorite cookies to bake. I love *LOVE* to decorate sugar cookies. As much as the children---maybe more. There were so many *little* hands helping, I might just have to make a batch of cookies to decorate MYSELF some evening after the children go to bed.

Yes, I might that.

Apples in pies. Apples in crisps. Apples in salads. And in cinnamon rolls. These were an experiment... a successful one.

Cold weather makes a warm oven a welcome treat. Now is the time when my passions for cooking are rekindled. I love recipes. I love searching for them almost as much as I love using them. What I don't love, is the pile of recipes printed or scribbled out and piled up that invariably happen because of it. Just one more pet-peeve I have for myself. At least the food is good.

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