Quick Gift of A Scarf

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Do you still need to find a  gift? Here is one that is home­made, eco­nom­i­cal and best of all — it will be appre­ci­ated and used!  It can be made quickly for a man, woman, boy or girl.  Per­son­al­ized and color of choice.  Click HERE for very easy to fol­low tuto­r­ial fleece scarf.

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Baby Green Festive Salad

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This Fes­tive Baby Green Salad is one I crafted to show­case the hol­i­day cel­e­bra­tions.  It’s made with baby greens, pears, apples, honey roasted nuts, parme­san and a won­der­fully lus­cious dress­ing incor­po­rat­ing cran­ber­ries.   Not a heavy salad but healthy, so easy to put together, and fab­u­lous for any gath­er­ing and sings of fes­tiv­i­ties and hol­i­days.  Click HERE for the recipe.


What’s the Reason Again???

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With all the hus­tle and bus­tle, it is so easy to get caught up in the com­mo­tion and motion this time of the year; but what is sig­nif­i­cant about this spe­cial season?

I have had some years when the tree is put away and the dec­o­ra­tions back in stor­age, it seems I missed some­thing.  Do you ever feel this way too?

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Gift of Date Night & THANKS!

Gift of Date Night

To keep the won­der­ful feel­ing that comes this sea­son as our hearts reach to oth­ers, would you con­sider giv­ing another cou­ple, sin­gle par­ent, cus­to­dial grand­par­ents, or any­one who just needs a chance to get a chance to get Christ­mas shop­ping done; or maybe needs time to wrap the presents.  Some of our fam­i­lies fond­est mem­o­ries involve these expe­ri­ences.  Please click HERE to see if this is some­thing you can do.

THANKS to ALL who have Par­tic­i­pated in the Ser­vice for the Kids, click HERE for details

Thank you SO much to Bethany (she is the sis­ter of my daughter-in-law Tawni) and her friends for help­ing us with the blan­kets.  We could NOT have fin­ished them in time with­out you guys!Bethany & FriendsA HUGE shout out of appre­ci­a­tion to my sis-in-law Ruthann and her kids for the hats, gloves and socks for the kids! WOOTWOOT!DSC_3488Another SWEET thanks to my daughter-in-law Tawni for tak­ing her boys shop­ping to get the kids some candy for their Christ­masDSC_0155Thank you to my sis­ter Jody for mak­ing the scarves and to an anony­mous donor to fin­ish up the last of the details.

Have a won­der­ful week­end and remem­ber:  Rec­og­nize a bless­ing and be a bless­ing today


Last Minute Homemade Gift Ideas

Christmas Collage 2014A last minute gift for almost everyone!

My friend Tyler helped me with the tuto­ri­als for the sugar scrub, oven mitt, hair bows and mug.  THANK YOU!

Delsi was so kind to do an easy to fol­low instruc­tion for the soda pop tab jewelry.

Easy Peasy — Let’s get crackin!   Oh, oh, oh, and don’t for­get to con­sider giv­ing my book, A Mother’s Shadow!!!!

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Cranberry Mousse

Cranberry Mousse

This is a beau­ti­ful salad for the hol­i­days, but per­fect for any­time of the year.  Light, refresh­ing and can be made smooth by puree­ing the ingre­di­ents or left a bit chunky — your choice.  ENJOY!

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Are YOU Ready for the Holidays?


SURVIVING and Hav­ing JOY in the HOLIDAYS 

 Yes, they ARE coming!!!

The hol­i­days are highly antic­i­pated with vis­its from fam­ily near and far. How­ever, it can be a challenge.…ok, even down-right frus­trat­ing often­times.  The weeks of plan­ning, shop­ping, wrap­ping, cook­ing and prepar­ing for a ‘per­fect fam­ily time’ can some­times, actu­ally most of the time, turn out a bit dif­fer­ent than planned.  Hope­fully this arti­cle will help you enjoy and rel­ish your time with fam­ily and friends.

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Christmas GIFTS & HELP

A MOTHER'S SHADOW - Front Cover (for Amazon)

Please con­sider pur­chas­ing my book A MOTHER’S SHADOW as a Christ­mas gift.  It will give last­ing value and change  life for the bet­ter.  It’s avail­able on Ama­zon and the link is on the side of my blog.

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December Service — KIDS

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Hello AMS friends!  Our ser­vice project for Decem­ber is to help out a kinder­garten class my cousin Allene teaches here in Utah.  It is rated as one of the top at-risk schools in the state and is a full day kinder­garten.  Many of the chil­dren, due to unfor­tu­nate cir­cum­stances have been left with grand­par­ents or rel­a­tives other than their par­ents.  A few do not speak much or any Eng­lish, some live in a car with their fam­ily, some do not even have a blan­ket of their own.  The Catholic Church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Lat­ter Day Saints and other denom­i­na­tions join to gather food stuff, which are bagged so that each child can take home a few items to have some­thing to eat dur­ing the school holiday.

What can you do?  Alot, with just a little!

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THANKS for YOUR help!!!

Hello all my AMS friends!  I want to thank ALL who par­tic­i­pated in the Meals On Wheels Ser­vice Project!!!  We had a fab­u­lous show­ing and I am so incred­i­bly grate­ful for your gen­eros­ity. Those in charge at my local Meals on Wheels were so appre­cia­tive of the out­pour­ing of kindness.
DSC_3331  Tomor­row is a NEW ser­vice we can all be involved in.  Make sure to stop by and maybe YOU can help give a lit­tle help?!

Festive Appetizer RoundUp

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Do you need ideas for an appe­tizer, snack, party fare or just because it’s the holiday’s? 

I have FOUR scrump­tious and taste-bud tick­ling dishes for YOU!


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Crispy Pork Filled Wontons & Dipping Sauce

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Do you like a really good Chi­nese style won­ton?  I do, but not the high price in a restau­rant, nor a mys­tery filled frozen wontons.

 An AMS reader asked me for a recipe for won­tons, and since I like a chal­lenge, here is my inter­pre­ta­tion. I do hope you enjoy it as much as my fam­ily does.

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