This post is sponsored by Walkers Shortbread, but all opinions are my own. This Eggnog Icebox Cake has layers of a light and airy eggnog mouse, Walkers Shortbread, and whipped cream. It’s no bake, so it’s nice and easy to put together and is perfect for sharing for the holidays! I don’t know about you, …
The holidays are a time for recognizing our profound fullness, of purposefully dwelling on the abundant overflow we find ourselves in and being grateful.
Our houses and our bellies bulge to capacity and we gleefully overindulge in food and friends and laughter. We fill ourselves to bursting with all the things and the people that make life glorious and make the pain bearable.
This is a season where we inventory our lives and readily acknowledge all that is good and sweet and right.
It is about celebrating presence.
But not for you. Not right now.
Though you may indeed have so many reasons to feel fortunate and to give thanks, what this season is now marked by more than anything else—is absence. Surrounded by noise and activity and life, your eyes and your heart can’t help but drift to that quiet space that now remains unoccupied: the cruel vacancy of the empty chair.
You’re not alone, friend. In fact, though…
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Ok, I think it’s time for a toast. First of all, TGIF! I don’t know about you all, but my week has been bonkers busy with work, and I have been counting down to the weekend. Looking forward to some much-needed hang out time with friends, officially starting the move into my new loft (with …
Social media has been saturated with “Red Cups”. (Don’t blink this “culture war” is probably already over and done with as I write). But before I move on, let me add my two cents. Some offense has been taken by the lack of Christmas images on this years Star Bucks holiday cup. I’m not entirely sure if snow flakes, sledding, and other “secular” images really ever did capture the birth of Jesus, but, whatever. Onward Christian Soldiers.
Christians, the holidays, probably more than any other time of the year is the time to put down your weapons, and pick up your cross.
Maybe God is doing a new thing? Is He calling Jesus followers to lay down our weapons and pick up our towels? Could He be calling us to wash the feet of others, to anoint our fellow humans lavishly with fragrant oil? Now is the time to open our tables to the least of these. Love others as we want to be loved. I know there is fear in change. There is trepidation in looking at our fellow humans through a lens of love instead a lens of skepticism.
Every day I ask God, am I doing this right? Have I stepped too far from center? He whispers back to me to keep going. It’s ok if other’s don’t get it. No two journey’s will look exactly alike.
Now back to the “plain red cups”. Maybe we, as the church, should remember what Jesus said in Luke 10:27: “Love the Lord you God with all of your passion and prayer and muscle and intelligence-and love your neighbor as well as you do yourself.
This holiday season Jesus might want a few more representatives, and a few less henchmen.
This looks so, so yummy. I will be making soon!
My Mom’s birthday was this past weekend so I wanted to make special dessert for her other than cake and ice cream. That’s when I remembered that she had been asking for the past year for me to make her my bread pudding that I made a few years back. This is hands down the BEST bread pudding I have ever had. After making it, I’ve actually been disappointment when ordering it out at restaurants because it never lives up to my homemade favorite. This recipe comes from a 2001 issue of Bon Appetit.
For Bread Pudding:
- 8 large eggs (I would use 6 or 7 because it can get a bit too custardy at 8)
- 3 1/2 cups whole milk
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 1/2 cups whipping cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 1-pound loaf challah cut into 1-inch cubes
- 1 Tbsp of Cinnamon
- 1 cup golden raisins (I…
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