Holiday Blog Blitz: Merry Christmas and Recipe

Dear Friends!  I hope you have been well.  I am happy to be part of SewCalGal‘s Holiday Blog Blitz.

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Click on the participants’ blogs to read the bloggers share about Christmas and a recipe:

SewCalGal –
Stitch This (Martingale) –
Leah Day – The Free Motion Quilting Project –
Wendy Sheppard (Ivory Spring) –
Marjorie Busby (Blue Feather Quilt Studio) –
Jeannette Jones (Inchworm Fabrics) –
Barb Gaddy (Bejeweled Quilts) –
The Electric Quilt Company (Behind The Mouse – The Electric Quilt Blog) –


Christmas 2013

There is a lot of excitement at my end, as it is only 3 days away from Christmas.  We have had a very fun month celebrating Christmas at the Ivory Spring household.  From getting ready for performing on stage to share the Good News,


…the music of Christmas,


… the decorations,








…the baking,


… the crafts,




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… to the anticipation (each day),


… all for my little family to ponder, appreciate and believe once again the reason for the season!



behold the lamb

O come to my heart, Lord Jesus,
There is room in my heart for Thee.

excerpted from There is Room in my Heart for Thee, by Emily Elliot (1864)


Recipe: Double Chocolate Chip Cookies (from Christmas with Southern Living 1997)


2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup butter

2 tablespoons instant coffee granules

1 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1/2 cup sugar

1 large egg

1 egg yolk

1 (11.5 oz) package semisweet chocolate mega-morsels (I used dark chocolate chips)

1 cup walnut halves, toasted (I used chopped pecans)


1. Combine first 3 ingredients; stir well.

2. Combine butter and coffee granules in a small saucepan or skillet. Cook over medium-low heat until butter melts and coffee granules dissolve, stir occasionally. Remove from heat, and let cool to room temperature.

3. Combine butter mixture, sugars, egg, and egg yolk in a large bowl. Beat at medium speed of an electric mixer until blended. Gradually add flour mixture, beating at low speed just until blended. Stir in mega morsels and walnuts.

4. Drop dough by heaping tablespoonfuls 2″ apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake at 325 F for 12-14 minutes. Let cool slightly on cookie sheets. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.


So, do you have a favorite Christmas cookie?  If so, what is it?

Thank you for stopping by.  I hope you have a most blessed week.  Hugs to you all.