Tag Archive | holiday season

Christmas Flower – The Poinsettia

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According to a Mexican legend, one day near Christmas a child who was too poor to buy a present for the Christ child picked a bouquet of weeds from the side of the road. When the child reached the church, the plant blossomed in beautiful red and green flowers. Beginning in the 17th century, monks in Mexico included the plant in their Christmas celebrations.

Poinsettia Percy

 

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More information on the poinsettia: Poinsettia

 

Eighteen Days ‘Til Christmas

With the cold weather we’ve been having the last few days, a cup of hot tea will give you a warm glow and lighten your spirits!

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Here are some delightful heartwarming tea recipes you might want to try:

Hot Spiced Tea
6 cups water
1 tsp. whole cloves
1 piece cinnamon stick
6 tea bags of your choice
3/4 cup orange juice
1/2 cup white sugar
1/4 cup pineapple juice
2 Tbs. lemon juice

Bring water to boil; add cloves, cinnamon stick. Simmer a few minutes. Remove from heat and add tea bags; steep until desired strength (min. five minutes). Remove spices and tea bags. Set aside.

In a small saucepan stir in orange juice, sugar, pineapple juice, and lemon juice; bring to a boil. Stir juice until all of the sugar dissolves completely. Pour juice mixture into the spiced tea. Serve hot. (adapted from http://allrecipes.com/recipe/hot-spiced-tea-for-the-holidays/ )

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Hot Toddy French Vanilla

6 Bigelow French Vanilla Tea Bags
2 cups heavy cream
2 cups whole milk
¼ tsp salt
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon rum extract

Place tea bags, heavy cream, whole milk in a microwave safe bowl and place in the microwave. Heat the tea bags, cream and milk on high for 4 minutes, stirring at 1 minute intervals. Carefully remove from the microwave and allow the tea bags to steep for 10 minutes. Remove the tea bags and press with the back of a spoon to release all flavors -discard used tea bags. Add remaining ingredients and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Pour into 4 heat proof cups/mugs, top with whipped cream and cinnamon. Enjoy! http://m.bigelowtea.com/recipe.aspx?rid=2647rid=2647

PS  When I went to make this recipe I couldn’t find Bigelow ‘s French Vanilla, so I bought their Vanilla Chai instead.  And since we use nonfat milk I substituted that for the whole milk.  I must say, it was fantastic!!  Sort of like a spicy spiked eggnog.  I halved the recipe since there’s just my husband and me – but I could have drank the whole thing it was so good! 





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Hot Holiday Tea

1 1/2 cups water
8 Bigelow® Apple Cider Herbal Tea Bags
1 1/2 cups cranberry juice
1 cup burgundy wine
Cinnamon sticks as a garnish

In a medium saucepan, bring water to boil, add tea, cover and let steep for 5 minutes. Remove teabags.
Stir in cranberry juice and wine. Return to medium heat. Heat thoroughly.
Serve in a large pottery mug. Garnish each cup with a cinnamon stick. http://m.bigelowtea.com/recipe.aspx?rid=2134





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Ninteen Days ‘Til Christmas

Ninteen things I’m grateful for:

God
Family
Friends
A church running over
Smiles
Pets
A giving and loving community
Running Water
Electricity
A roof over my head
A free country
A loving husband albeit cranky
Two wondeful cats
Memories of four very special doggies
A terrific Home Health team
A car to get around in
Grocery stores close by
And a shopping mall nearby
With a Starbucks in it!

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DH and me in 1989

Holiday Scavenger Hunt Sunday

The prompts for today are: Season; Colorful; Weather; Silhouette; Calm. For more scavenger hunt finds go to Ashley Sisk’s Ramblings and Photos.

SEASON

IMG_3408 IMG_3404 IMG_3430 IMG_3424 SB_31127117 SB_31127116‘Tis the Season – I missed the Bullhead City Holiday Parade this year, but these are photos from last year’s parade.




COLORFUL
Suzi

Suzi is trying to figure out how to turn on the light!



WEATHER
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The cold days are yet to come.  Days are still in the low ’70s and the nights in the ’50s.



SILHOUETTE
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Here is our holiday living room.



CALM
Mandy

Mandy is calmly waiting for Christmas and a new doggie bone.