a bench with a view

a bench with a view

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

one more loose end being tied up

Look what I found!  Remember when I was mentioning needing a gingerbread cookie recipe

Lo and behold.  What did I find at the grocery store a few weeks later? Honestly, this is the extent of my baking.  I'm not one to measure sugar and flour and eggs and whatnot together to create a cookie dough.  

This is easy peasy in my books.

Get a few tubes of icing and we are good to go.  



Step grand daughter can help bake them in the oven and then she can decorate the 12 cookies.  Win-win solution in my book!!

This is my last post for 2016.  I'll be reading and commenting on blogs, but won't post anything here until 2017 (can you believe already 2017???)

Its been an interesting year.  Ups and downs.  That is life.  A new grandson, a move to a new area, other curves along the way.  Up and down.  That is life.

I let a lot of things steal my joy this year.  My joy is not found of this world, but in Jesus.  I kind of forgot that in all my recent struggles.  I'm finding joy again in that Savior that was born so many years ago in a lowly manger. Don't let anyone steal your joy.

My mom made this many years ago.  She enjoyed her arts and crafts and was good at them.  12/13/2016 was the 10th anniversary of her passing.  First of all, I can't believe its been 10 years. Second of all, it made me realize what a wonderful woman she was (as is all of our moms).  Life is so fleeting here this side of eternity, no matter how many years one might get to live.  Don't take your loved ones for granted.  Love them completely and unconditionally.  We just never know how many days we are granted and we must live life to the fullest. 


Thank you all who come and visit and leave a comment.  Thank you all who think good thoughts or say a prayer for me.  It is always appreciated (and always needed). 

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!!!

See you in 2017


44 comments:

joeh said...

Wishing you a wonderful Christmas.

Big Mark 243 said...

...next year holds peace and joy for you Betty... you have come through so much and you will have earned your future happiness..!

Sheena-kay Graham said...

The most convenient way to bake for each individual is the best. Enjoy your gingerbread and happy holidays Betty! See you in 2017 and the loss of a loved one is always a sad thing. But in the Lord we trust we know that we will see them again one day in heaven. Amen.

Nasreen said...

Beautiful! I'm looking forward to seeing your photos of your baking!

Bijoux said...

Merry Christmas, Betty! May 2017 bring much joy!

Pat Hatt said...

Hope a great Christmas is had at your pad. Always many ups and downs indeed, but have to keep on keeping on. Hopefully 2017 will have more ups than downs for us all.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

How nice you have that beautiful craft from you mother to enjoy. My own mom was not crafty but I do have a few gifts she'd given that I kept over the years. Hope you have fun making those cookies. I didn't know the dough came already made. Christmas JOY is a wonderful thing. Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and the happiest of New Years too.

Maria Zannini said...

Merry Christmas, Betty! Enjoy your time off and your family.

I want to tell you how much I've enjoyed reading your posts. Thank you.

Saleslady371 said...

Beautiful sentiment, yours is the real heart of Christmas! Thank you for your messages and for being such a faithful friend! Merry Christmas.

Joanne Noragon said...

Your cookie solution is brilliant all around. Have a good holiday season. Joy to the World.

Joanne said...

Joy and Jesus and gingerbread cookies. I think you've found the spirit. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

jack69 said...

I must tell you something. I have admired your mama through you nearly from the first you mentioned her. She must have been a tough cookie and a sweet one too. I love it that you have that JOY hanger to remember her by.
I will miss you for a week or so. Take care and have a Very Merry Christmas helping and watching Ginger bread stuff!

Adam said...

Have a good Christmas

salemslot9 said...

don't burn the cookies ;)

Mac n' Janet said...

I'm glad you found your Joy again, enjoy your Christmas and will look for you in the new year.

Alicia said...

I don't think you would have shown any more love sifting flour and measuring sugar than you did in purchasing the dough pre-made. The point is trying to make the memory happen and then enjoying it.

I too let things/people steal my joy this year and it's funny that just last night I had decided that in 2017 I wasn't going to allow it anymore! Great minds think alike. Merry Christmas to you and yours and Happy New Year!

Linda said...

JOY ... beautiful post to end the year. Life is an adventure at times, some things out of our control, lost sleep. Enjoy your time together baking or whatever. Good tidings to you and yours!

peppylady (Dora) said...

Sure hope you enjoy the rest of 2016. It been an up and down year.
My mom been gone since 2000. I miss her words of wisdom...sort of like Will Rodgers.
Sure hope 2017 is full of good blessing.

Coffee is on

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Those cookies will work out great for you. You know Trader Joe's has a kit of sweater cookies already baked to decorate as Ugly Sweaters. I bought a kit for us to do and a few for gifts.

((HUGS)) It has been a hard year for you and praying 2017 will be awesome. I love the wall hanging your mom made.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. See you next year...xoxo
Debby

Intense Guy said...

I like how you think when it comes to making cookies!!!

SweetMarie said...

I'll be adding these cookies to my baking. :) I usual bake cookies and brownies for hubby's co-workers, friends, vet and family. :)
Wishing you and yours a beautiful Christmas. :)
hugs,
Marie

Paula Kaye said...

I need to pick up some of these cookies and some icing and call it good to go!! Merry Christmas Betty!

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

Merry Christmas, Betty! Have a wonderful time with your loved ones. And may 2017 bring you lots of joy!

Denise said...

Merry Christmas to you. EnJOY the holiday!!!

Liz A. said...

What a beautiful banner. Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year.

Mevely317 said...

Dear friend, you'll always be in my prayers.
Ironic (that) today another blogger friend posted the anniversary of her dad's passing on 12/13. Silent anniversaries of the heart....

Those things that my mother fashioned - once taken for granted - are priceless in my book.

Like I wrote on Ma's post, I think JOY is elusive, and will 'run away' the more we chase after it. Like a butterfly, it arrives unbidden ... if we allow it.

Huggers!

Jo said...

I hope you have a wonderful Christmas Betty and that 2017 will be a great year for all of us.

TARYTERRE said...

Cookies are the perfect find. Looks easy and I'm sure will be delicious. But that sweet JOY sign is a lovely treasure, indeed. I know how much you must treasure it.

TARYTERRE said...

ALSO wanted to add- MERRY CHRISTMAS. ENJOY!

Victoria Zigler said...

I hope you have a wonderful Christmas, and that 2017 will be a better year for you.

I've not been around much over the past couple of years, but you've often been in my thoughts.

Tori
ziglernews.blogspot.com.

Kat said...

I had a bracelet made that has "Seek Joy" written on it and I had a necklace made that has "Be Still" written on it. You'd think that between the two I'd figure it out but life is hard and we often forget.
The gingerbread cookies are the perfect solution! Definitely a win/win!

Wishing you and your family a blessed Christmas and a peaceful and Joy-filled New Year!

baili said...

lovely last post for 2016 dear.
i am glad that you have very beautiful heart and peaceful soul to realize the presence of your CREATOR around you it is most precious blessing one can have .
glad that you are enjoying your worldly happiness alongwith your soul peace .
art from your mother made my eyes teary because i too have some pieces of the art of my late mom.
Prays are always needed as they work like umbrella above our heads who prevent us from any unexpected disaster .
have a beautiful Christmas ahead .

DMS said...

Looks like the perfect gingerbread cookie answer to me! I know she will love decorating them too. Look how festive you are this year- and I know it wasn't easy. :)

Love that you have the word JOY as a wonderful reminder of your mom. Excellent message too.

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a 2017 that is filled with many more ups!
~Jess

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Now I am craving cookies :)

Have a Merry Christmas :)

Melanie said...

I'll be baking my Mom's Christmas cookies today. Merry Christmas!

Ann Bennett said...

So true, our blessings are always abundant. They just don't come the way we think they should. It sounds like a nice evening with your step granddaughter. I've always enjoyed children. Later in my career as a teacher, I had the awareness that so many choose the same profession and discover that children aren't their cup of tea. lol
Best wishes for a Merry Christmas. My dad passed on December 18th. It can be a dark day for us all; but especially my mom.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Wish you a Merry Christmas. I like baking but I also like buying ready to go cookie dough at times. It's easy and tastes good. I miss my mother too.

Blue Grumpster said...

It's easy peasy in my book, too. I can't bake, cook, boil anything to save my life.

yaya said...

I haven't seen those cookies but I'll look for them..how easy! I used precut ones from GFS that were fun to decorate without all the mess! Have a wonderful Christmas and many blessings for the new year. See you then!

Mary said...

I don't think I've seen the gingerbread cookie dough with the men already cut! I've seen the roll, though, and they're delicious! :)
Merry Christmas, Betty!

Elizabeth said...

Merry Christmas, Betty!
That is a great point you made about finding joy in Jesus. That's a good reminder as we enter a new year.

Secret Agent Woman said...

As much as I like to cook, I still go for already-made cookie dough every time. We did that tonight in fact.

Linda said...

Hope your baking went well and a happy day yesterday. Merry Christmas!

Blue Grumpster said...

Hope you had a wonderful X-mas.