Saturday, December 26, 2015
When it is all said and done, this is the true meaning of Christmas. All the rest is in honor of it and symbolizing the Gift of our Father in Heaven to us, His children. He gave us a Savior to help us live a better life in harmony with our fellowman by being our example of love and obedience. He paid the price for our sins, allowing us to change and grow. Without the burden of our sins we are able to progress, if we will but repent. Through God's grace we are made whole in Jesus Christ. And the Earth is a better place to be because we are more like Him. Man is that he might have joy. The atonement is the only way to experience that fully forever.
You can find my 2015 Christmas Blog here:
There are three posts. You may choose any or all of the posts to read. You may select them from the side bar on the right or just click on Older Posts at the end of the page of the first two.
Merry Christmas! May the Spirit of Christmas remain in your heart all year.
https://youtu.be/IgqmyimVlfU A beautiful video of Christmas Music
Posted by Bonnie at 10:32 PM
Friday, December 11, 2015
Here's what I wrote in the original post about this delectable treat:
So, there is just no good name for a cheese ball. Seriously, think about it. If you can think of one for this recipe~let me know. It is made with Blue Cheese and Blue Cheese Cheese Ball doesn't cut it, in the best of all worlds. Instead of 'name that tune' we can play 'name that cheese ball!' Wanna play?
I have concocted this recipe. Barbara and I have made it over the years for parties and small gifts. We both do make it a lot for various gatherings around the holidays. Even people that are not crazy about blue cheese love this. We were looking for a cheese ball that was colorful and Christmasy and delicious. You know how they are normally boring looking with no color and just rolled in nuts? Not this one, it just screams Christmas!
We think we have a winner here. Some people even invite us to their gatherings on the condition we bring this! It takes a little time (especially if you are photographing it) but is easy and I like that part. I am not into a bunch of labor intensive cooking. What I do love is cooking with my hubby, he is a natural in the kitchen. Lucky me! He says food talks to him...OK, so he is a little wacko! (Food has never talked to me except to discuss which part of my body it would like to attach itself to permanently!)
Tomorrow is our big family dinner for our relatives that live in our area, so Jim and I are cooking up a storm. Speaking of wacko, it's Official~ I am totally wacko about blogging about food! I have discovered it is fun to cook, photograph and to stage the food. It is 10 times more fun that just cooking! Multi-tasking lives on!
Hmmm, people do not always sell their houses but...everybody eats. Maybe I can dabble in a new facet of design for me to supplement the mad money. Actually I am pretty much kidding because these photos need much improvement but we had a lot of fun cooking and shooting the process.
if you prefer calling them that
Four bricks of softened cream cheese,
a bunch of blue cheese,
(I am not into exact measurements, sorry!)
Craisins, green onions, nuts and some garlic salt~
because everything that isn't sweet need garlic!
find it works best to mix it all by hand and shape
parties, gifts, or whatever.
as it is no fun getting the cheese out
Posted by Bonnie at 12:49 PM
Monday, December 7, 2015
This is a video of the place where my Welsh ancestors lived. So beautiful and peaceful and I'm so grateful to have found it. Created by Harry Paul of Rhandirmwyn, carmarthenshire, Wales in 2013.
No wonder I like places like this so much! It's in the genes!
Posted by Bonnie at 9:33 AM
Sunday, October 25, 2015
In Church today we talked about how a grateful heart can marvel all day long at the gifts from God. That heart sees God's hand in it all. While an ungrateful heart spends most of its time complaining about the state of things and often feels entitled to something better. That heart focuses on what it doesn't have instead of what it does have. Then when there is a blessing the heart thinks it deserves it and earned it, etc. Or even worse it thinks it was just a lucky break or a coincidence rather than a gift from God. Gratitude and unhappiness are not compatible. An unhappy heart is not a grateful heart. A grateful heart is not unhappy.
On Pinterest This Week....I pinned a lot of pins. I find it relaxing there when I have worked really hard or am bothered by something it brings me back to the things I love. Beauty of the earth, order, family, worthy and wholesome activities and daydreams. https://www.pinterest.com/onedesigner/
Someone I am praying for this week...Our dear friend, Mike, who is very ill right now and his family, our family and our friends always. We pray for all of you that have specific needs that we are aware of and the world in general.
The White Countess last night. It was very good. A movie from 2005.
I Am Quoting...
Some things that made me so happy this past week...just reflecting on all the happy things that happened in Washington a few weeks ago that you can read about in the post below this one if so inclined An all day seminar that we had been planning at the library for months finally happened last week and it turned out very well. Hearing that our friend Judy did not have a heart attack. Texting with my friend every night, letters from some family members, it was just a great week. I had dinner with five friends. That was really fun too.
Here are two photos I'm sharing... We haven't had much Autumn around here this year so far. But I love it so much I am enjoying it on Pinterest instead.
Thursday, October 8, 2015
It had been seven Septembers since I had seen my five cousins at their Mother's and my Aunt Grace's Memorial Service. Jim was working but I was able to go up with my brother, Steve. It was a rare opportunity to have extended quality time with my brother. Jim hadn't been back to Washington since June of 1969 when we attended my Grandmother's funeral just a year after we were married almost to the day.
We were invited to go up for a family reunion on the 24th of September this year. We were so happy to be included in this gathering. I was so afraid something would happen like last year, that would prevent our going, so we were so thrilled to pull out of the driveway before sunrise on the 23rd and head up there to Washington.
We decided to drive up the coast of northern California on Hwy 1 and then cut over to eastern Washington via Grants Pass, Oregon where we spent the night. What an amazingly wonderful day. September 23 was the first day of Autumn and such a breathtaking journey. Not because of the autumn colors just yet, but because we drove through the Big Redwood Tress, saw the ocean often and passed thorough towns like Mendocino below. A ten hour journey, off the beaten path through this glorious scenery, can change a person into someone better. We loved every minute of it. We have come to embrace our road trips. They create some of the best "alone times" we ever seem to manage to have anymore.
these trees that make you feel peaceful
and reverent towards our Creator!
Simply Beautiful On a Sunny Day
William was adopted at birth. Through nothing short of a major miracle, he found his siblings in December of 2013 due to a series of very fortunate events. Those included his great desire to press on for 35 years to find his birth mother after he learned he was adopted. His friend, Nancy, who does genealogy took an interest in his story. She also persuaded him to do DNA testing. That produced a trail to his father. I had written a blog piece on my sweet Aunt Grace when she died and posted it on this blog in 2008. It contained pictures of all the kids and her obituary. It also contained pictures of her both in her youth and when she was older.
Nancy found the blog post via searching the Internet. As a result of that Google find and the steps that preceded it, William discovered not only his father but his mother and five full siblings! I'll never forget the joy of that Christmas in 2013. When we all found out we rejoiced. Every one of my cousins welcomed Bill with open arms and unconditional love from the onset! What a precious gift! It was overwhelming and wonderful to all of us. It was a spiritual time, an emotional time and has been an ongoing celebration. It is the miracle and story that never grows old.
Before we went over for lunch, we took a ride to the cemetery to visit the graves of my aunt and uncle and our grandmother. I felt we would probably go as a group but didn't want to miss going if our cousins had other plans. It was exactly as I had remembered it. Green, pristine and very quiet. There was no one there to ask so it took me a little while to remember exactly where the headstones were but we did find them.
Alice Grace Godfrey Colberg Yeasley
in the cemetery near his parents' gravesite.
Bill's wife, Rita, my cousin Judy and
Shaun, my cousin Jake's wife.
I can't tell you how much I love this group
of beautiful cousins!
Chuck and I were born 11 months apart
and I'm sure we hung out as babies
since we lived in the same town.
They seem so together, happy and content.
They are just so relaxed and easy to be with...we miss them.
We love them both to pieces!
with all my heart and soul.
I'd choose them as my sisters any day!
All of these cousins are a big part of
my Aunt Grace and our Grandma to me.
their little Chihuahua on one of the hanging swings.
Aunt Grace always loved to swim and had a pool at her houses in Sacramento and Redding. She and I would hang out in the pool and talk for hours on end. That is why I feel I know these cousins so well in spite of not seeing them very often growing up. I don't think she ever mentioned David without calling him, "My David." He is such a sweet man. We love him dearly. He and Pennie had a serious accident a few years ago. We are so blessed to have them with us still! Thank heavens!
some of the cabinetry and island.
had one evening at the farm.
Just like me, Rita has two brothers!
We talked about that and how she got
5 new sisters too when William found them.
What a Blessing Bill and Rita are!
It truly feels like they have always been with us.
I couldn't be happier with all the spouses
of my cousins and they loved Jim too!
Judy is an amazing baker
and made this bread that morning,
farm fresh eggs for the egg salad, etc.
It was the perfect dinner after the
scrumptious Mexican dish and all the
trimming that Jane had prepared for lunch.
Jane made a fantastic Thanksgiving Dinner for lunch.
Jane's Beautiful Table!
Rita's Pumpkin Pie with the candle in it.
Who wouldn't want to do this for
Two Thanksgiving this year!
And we're twice as thankful so it works!
Guess what Judy made for us around dinner time
that night? She let Rita Choose!
Happy Birthday Rita!
God bless you, Judy, for your talent, skills, and your love of nurturing from your special kitchen. The Carmel Apples, popcorn, cheese and ice cream was Perfect. Delicious and Fun and we all did appreciate this so much. Good choice, Rita!
There was a lot of love and hugs going on this entire time. Especially in this beautiful country kitchen that night. Their mother Grace was a master of showing affection and love! No one ever had to wonder if they were loved when she was around. Her kids are all just like her. The way she loved you was contagious. And she was never afraid to say, "I love you!" I for one, loved that about her.
That was especially fun! We enjoyed the stories
of the cousins' youth and things that William
is catching up on about their childhood.
I'm still re-gluing some of the stuff!
Judy is a natural!
Jake and Jim
The guys up in the mountain
across the valley from the house
waiting for the Blood Moon.
It did my heart good to see Jim among
these wonderful men.
We have a close family no in-laws.
Just cousins one and all.
I adore this photo and these guys...
it is one my favorites!
The sun setting on our family time together!
We will miss all of you and hope we can make this a tradition!
Thanks Jake for the golfing photo, the front yard and valley
and this amazing sunset.
The next morning we headed home...
We were sad to leave but so thankful for
the time we had to celebrate
To honor our ancestors by remembering
all they have blessed us with all of our lives.
So I wanted to share the photo here. It is another treasured reminder of this beautiful time. Thank you everyone for the outstanding and poignant memories! We love each and every one of you with all our hearts! Let's do this again soon!
Posted by Bonnie at 8:02 AM