The Love of Keeping Home

Monday, January 9, 2012

When it's cold outside, come in...

Inspiration in January? Yes, the beginning of a New Year can be very inspiring. It can open doors to fresh ideas and new beginnings. Morning frost bites your nose as you begin your Mondays and Tuesdays but warmth of hearth and comforts of home bless your heart as you return through the front door.

The cold snowy weather brings a town into their homes spending time with family and each other. Short days draw you into reflection of what's inside. Outside can be lonely and mindless of others while inside desires to be welcoming and mindful everyone.

So, with winter on our minds and spring in our hearts lets continue to bring warm blessings to our dear ones.

If you find yourself run down and tired, cheer up. For today is a new day. Today is yet another gift. Unwrap the gift in which was specially given to you. When we give way to our feelings in every case, we become exactly what we feel. If one feels tired and lifeless then tiresome and lifeless is brought to the table. If one feels wronged and disgruntled then feelings of aggravation and embitterment take hold of your heart. If one is feeling crabby and lazy then short tempers and whining are all that is heard through out the day.

Make a home a home your family is excited to come into to. Make a home a home filled with love and words of encouragement and endearment. Not a home of criticism and downcast. We all have our "bad days" that is the normal routine of life. But use those bad days as a reflection into your priorities and heart. Wake to the breaking sunrise in which He created for you! Reflect on the fact that He loves you and cherishes you. Embrace and dwell knowing He delights in your happiness and craves to spend time with you.

If nothing else, bake something! Baking always lifts my heart and what a way to welcome your children home from school. Nothing speaks more to my Alexander then homemade baked goodness!

Snowball Cookies

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups flour
1 1/2 cups Pecans, finely chopped
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup powdered sugar

Beat butter, sugar and vanilla in large bowl with mixer at medium speed until
cream. Blend in flour, pecans and salt. Refrigerate 1 hour.

Shape dough into 1 inch balls. Place
on ungreased baking sheets, 2 inches apart.Bake
in preheated 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes.Remove
from sheets; cool on wire racks.
Dust with powdered sugar.
makes 6 dozen

Hoping you find rest in your days and happiness in your hearts.