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Happy New Year Everyone!
How is your stomach feeling? Your weight?
Beginning before Christmas with holiday parties, then Christmas Day itself, our family's holiday diet has included food from a birthday, an anniversary, another birthday and now there is tonight and tomorrow, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day! I don't know about you, but I am in a candy, cakes and other treats coma!
I am feeling more motivated than ever before to start the New Year out right and to begin eating in a more healthy way and getting more exercise! So, why not start out tonight and steer away from the sweets and serve some healthier party alternatives? I began by going through recipes right here on the blog that would be great party food with a healthier twist. I found some that I had forgotten all about and I am so excited to make them again and share them with you! Will you join me in celebrating a healthier New Year? Click on the pics to find these recipes!
These Crab Stuffed Potato Appetizers were such a hit when I made them! How could I have forgotten them?
Oh Man! Shrimp, Pineapple, Avocado, Cilantro...You can't go wrong!
Mini versions of these would be awesome at a party!
These are to die for! I may be stretching the healthy part here with so much cheese in these babies. But, they are made with yuca starch rather than wheat flour, so that could be considered healthier for some!
This Salsa is so good, you want to eat it by the spoonful without any chips! But, there are healthier chip alternatives out there, so let's find some!
Add the fresh veggie and fruit platters and I don't think anyone is going to feel deprived at your New Year's Party tonight!
Have a Happy, Healthy and Safe New Year!
This Is Us, 40 Years and Counting!
Sorry we have been absent since Christmas. But, I couldn't be silent today. Today is my 40th wedding anniversary! Wow! It is weird to say those words because in some ways it feels like yesterday that my husband Glen and I met each other in college and began on this grand adventure of life together.
I've thought about how I could pay tribute to the most wonderful husband in the world. I've seen ideas like giving successful marriage tips or writing 40 reasons why I love him. I won't be so presumptuous to think that I know the secrets to a successful marriage because of course we have had our ups and downs throughout these 40 years and we certainly aren't perfect. And, making a list of 40 things would be boring for you and limiting for me. So, I'm just going to tell you a few things about us and you can glean what you may! It is going to be really nice for me to reminisce a bit.
I met my husband at Brigham Young University in 1978. I had walked into my apartment on a Sunday after having been at a church meeting and he was sitting on my couch. He says he fell in love with me at first sight. I don't know what he saw in me. I was taller than him, I was young and silly. He had served in Viet Nam as an Air Born Combat Engineer and had been a missionary for 2 years in Tahiti and was now in school. I had been raised in California and the only places I'd really been were Disneyland and Utah. But, we soon became good friends. He spent a lot of time at my apartment. I thought he had a crush on my roommate! We never went on a date until the end of that school year and I though it was just a fun date, nothing more. We went as saw Monty Python and the Holy Grail at a cinema that played old movies. He wanted to see if I would laugh at it! (I did!)
I went home for the summer. A couple of my roommates, Glen and another guy who I had dated a bit and had crush on came to CA and we all went to Disneyland and to the beach together. I knew that I only had one more semester before I finished school and I hated leaving behind the wonderful friends I had made. It was a fun yet kind of sad time.
Over that summer, a few young men were writing me letters. I would share them with my mom and she kept telling me that Glen really liked me. I told her that we were just friends and besides, he was too short for me. HA!
When I went back to school in the Fall, Glen and I started dating and it quickly became serious. By October we were engaged and 10 days after I graduated in December, we were married! Our wedding took place in the Los Angeles Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. We took upon ourselves eternal promises to make our love and marriage last forever. We have stayed committed to those promises ever since that day.
So, that was the start! Here are a few other interesting things:
Now, just look at my cute husband! I am so blessed! He loves me! I love being with him more than anyone else. He makes me laugh. He is a great Dad and Grandpa. He loves the Lord and serves diligently. He is strong and hard working. He is smart and wise and keeps me calm when I am worried. He is warm and good and I am safe with him. He tells me he loves me daily. He does things for me that he doesn't want to do but because I want them done he does them anyway. Okay, I wasn't going to make a list but I had to tell you a few things about him. And while I am at it I will tell you one marriage tip to success (or 2). Keep your eyes on the eternal goal of loving each other forever and giving 100% of yourself to your spouse and him to you. Trust each other and be trustworthy. Be unselfish! Communicate about everything. Pray together, forgive each other and keep God in your marriage. Don't forget to have fun, too! I am so excited for the next 40 years!
Renny's Recipes: Ginger Soft Cookies!
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The recipe I am sharing today comes from my sister in law Korina. I honestly don't think I ever had ginger soft cookies before she married my brother and made them at Christmas. I had never thought of ginger cookies being soft, but, they are SO delicious!!! I asked if I could share the recipe here with you, and she said I could! This is our last recipe before Christmas and these cookies will be a hit at any holiday gathering you might be having. Fair warning, the recipe as is right now is already multiplied by 4. This makes A LOT of cookies, so don't double it unless you want to have enough cookies to feed everyone at the Sermon on the Mount.
We hope you all have a wonderful Christmas! Thank you for being part of this blog with us! Merry Christmas!
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3 Ingredient Jam Thumbprint Cookies!
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JUST TWO DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS! If you need something quick and easy to add to the Christmas platter, here are some 3 Ingredient Jam Thumbprints. I made mine with Orange Cranberry Marmalade and they are delicious!
We have published a series of 3 Ingredient Cake Mix Cookies for our subscribers to have access to. (Here is the post) But, today we wanted to share these as a little Christmas Gift to you. Any of those cookie varieties would be perfect on a Christmas platter, but these little thumbprints are extra special to me. I have shared my regular thumbprint cookie recipe with you in the past, but these are a great alternative when time is short.
I originally made these cookies with a gluten-free cake mix. But, if you make it with a regular mix, it will work just as well. You may need to adjust the amount of pudding that you use in the mix because of the difference in texture. Here are more tips:
These cookies will make a pretty and tasty addition to any cookie tray. Here is the recipe.
Creators of Hot Cocoa Bombs! (copyrighted)
Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!