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Caramel-Filled Cinnamon Sugar Cookies

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I’m so excited to share my December cooking posts with you this year! Some will be sweet, some will be savory and some will be just plain fun. Hopefully you’ll have as much fun with these recipes as I do. To start things off in sweet style, these Carmel-filled cinnamon sugar cookies are going to rock your world. I’d have to say they’re one of my favorite cookies of all time, and there’s even a secret ingredient! They’re made from two layers of pie crust. (Shh. Don’t tell.)  The soft caramel in the middle and the cinnamon sugar coating makes them absolutely wonderful and completely addictive. Trust me ... stock up on pie crusts. Ingredients: 2 refrigerator pie crusts, room temperature 16 soft caramel candies 1 cup sugar 3 Tbsp cinnamon 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted 1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 2. Unroll pie crusts onto your work surface. Using a small circle cookie cutter or the rim of a drinking glass, cut as many circles as poss

Words For Wednesday

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A DIY Monthly Candle Set For A Christmas Gift

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Ok, so this project is so much fun that I want to make another set! It’s the perfect gift for someone special. There are 12 tiny candles, one for each month of the year, decorated with themed washi tape. I mean, seriously! At my planner desk, there is so much washi tape that sometimes it’s hard to find the ones I’m looking for. So finding 12 holiday tapes was super easy, and I was able to find several that were even the perfect size without cutting them down. After wiping off any wax from the outside of the candle’s wrapper, all I did was wrap the washi tape around the outside and trim it so the overlap is in the back. I know, right? So easy. If you have a super skinny tape you want to use, just wrap it around twice and splice together in the back. For a wider tape, wrap it loosely around and then trim it evenly at the bottom. And when you’re done, you have 12 little candles for a year of lighting. Just add a tag that says “Light one candle on the 1st of each month and think of me.” Wh

Preparing Your Heart Before Preparing Your Home

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It’s not even December yet and I’m on the verge of being overwhelmed. That’s not fair, is it? Between working from home, taking care of the house, praying for my husband like crazy, planning December activities for the youth group and practicing Christmas hymns, I’m pretty scared to even make a list of everything I’d like to get done.  Honestly, I just want to bake cookies, drink cappuccino and read books. Period. Call me when it’s all over. For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 More than 500 years before the birth of Jesus Christ, Isaiah knew what was important. He spoke of the birth of the Messianic King as certainly as if it had already happened. The Child was already born, the Son already given and the Prince of Peace already here. That name which is above all names is His character, His Spirit. Jes

My “December” and “All Is Calm” Planner Layouts

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Oh my goodness. The day after tomorrow is the first day of December. Despite all the craziness of the year, it has absolutely flown by. It’s hard to believe that I’m doing Christmas decorating this weekend and getting a month of Sunday school and youth group lessons done for our teens. This full-month spread is where I plan out my blog posts, so it will be filled up very, very quickly. There’s much to do and just enough time to do it in. Now we’re at the beginning of Advent, preparing our hearts for the birth of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. For this week’s layout, I couldn’t choose between these two phrases: All is calm and bright, and Wise men still seek him. So I used both! The long banner sticker is cut into four pieces and used to divide up the journal blocks. The plaid is absolutely adorable, so I used coordinating bits and pieces in those same colors. This will be another week of working from home, which means I have to be even more scheduled and well-planned out than norma

Choose A Special Advent Activity To Start This Week

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Advent begins tomorrow, a sign we are starting the most wonderful time of the year! We need so much Christmas this year, and now is the perfect time to focus on celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior. When Jesus Christ is at the center of our holiday season, everything else fades away. Traditionally, Advent begins four Sundays before Christmas. The Advent wreath has four candles: hope, peace, joy and love. One is lit each week, accompanied by Scriptures and hymns on that candle’s theme. You can also make or buy your own Advent calendar. Instead of four Sundays, the calendar usually has 25 openings to begin on December 1. The anticipation of Christmas builds as you get closer day by day. In the past, I’ve done something different each year for my Advent calendar. Last year, it was an adorable stacked set of poinsettia boxes . In 2015, I gifted myself with a stack of wrapped books and opened one each day. A couple of years ago I read Ann Voskamp’s book The Greatest Gift, and used h

Creative Ways With Thanksgiving Leftovers

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If your refrigerator looks like ours, you’re beyond blessed to have leftovers from yesterday’s Thanksgiving meal. Or plannedovers, as the case may be. Most dishes are even better the second day, so we are now in prime meal planning time.  But let’s not just pile stuff on a plate and call that good. Let’s try some different ways to make leftovers a little more fun. * Make the ultimate Dagwood sandwich with leftover rolls or thick slices of bread. Make sure to include some cranberry sauce because that’s the secret to yummy. * Create a 7-layer casserole to take advantage of more leftovers at a time. Layer them in a 13x9-inch baking dish and bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes or until heated through. * Practice portion control by making that 7- layer casserole in individual dishes. Large ramekins or even French onion soup bowls are the perfect size and are oven-safe.  * If you still have tubes of refrigerator rolls or biscuits in the fridge, press one into each cup of a muffin tin and fill