Well, shoot. I have to report for jury duty this morning. This is going to be short and sweet so I’m not late for reporting. I was REALLY hoping to get bypassed this time around. I’d better bring extra coffee. *sigh*
Verse of the Day
December 4, 2018
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said,”I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
Thoughts on the Verse of the Day
Darkness is more than a symbol, it is a pervasive way of living and viewing the world. Darkness is the place of deception, evil, crime, predators, sin, and death. To follow Jesus means to bring him our heart and let him cast from the darkness that plagues us on the inside so we don’t have to be afraid of the darkness on the outside. In this way, Jesus gives us light, but it is a light that does more than fill a dark room with light. This is a light that illumines the heart.
National Dice Day – Today we celebrate, well . . . DICE! In Ancient Greece dice were considered to not be lucky, and were supposedly controlled by the gods. The very first dice were made with sticks, sea shells, nut shells and pebbles. Later on dice were made of animal knuckle bones and eventually modern dice were created. They are made in a variety of materials such as plastic and wood. The singular form of dice is “die” or “dice cube”. I knew about die, but not dice cube. The official game of National Dice Day is . . . are you ready for this? “DICE!!” hahaha how original is that? The basic game is played by rolling a die, or dice. Multiply the number rolled by 100. The person with the highest score after 4 rolls wins! Couldn’t be easier! I actually learned to count and add in my head in great part by playing Yahtzee with my Dad, so dice were a big part of my growing up years.
Santa’s List Day –This is the day that Santa checks his list – you know the one in the songs and stories! “He’s making a list, and checking it twice . . . ” Santa’s elves have been hard at work compiling lists of all of the naughty and nice children. Naughty kids get coal in their stockings and nice kids get gifts. This where the fairly new tradition of having an Elf on the Shelf comes from. Does anyone else find the thought of people of indeterminate stature (or anyone of any stature) stalking our every move to report back to their boss what we’ve been up to, to be exceptionally creepy and invasive? Does this naughty/nice list scenario remind you acutely of invasions of our privacy that have recently come to light that have been perpetuated by our government?? I know – way to make a fun kid’s story grim. . . it’s really rather disturbing if you put much thought into it though! (Don’t get me wrong – we have an elf, and have been known to take pictures of him getting into mischief – we just haven’t gotten him out this year!)
Wear Brown Shoes Day – Do you have a pair of brown shoes? Most of us may have a pair of brown shoes in our closets, but they truly don’t get worn that often. Today is the day to dust them off and put them on your feet! Doesn’t matter if they are brown boots, loafers, or any other brown colored footwear – they’ll do. As I was writing this I had to wonder, how many pairs of brown shoes and boots do I actually have? Used to be I didn’t have any because I didn’t really have anything to wear them with, but now I think I have at least 6 pairs . . . if you count the two pairs of hiking boots. By the way, if you wear brown shoes today, make the look uniform and wear brown socks too!
Food Celebration of the Day –
National Cookie Day – Don’t stress during the holidays: Take a tip from the pros and double (or triple) your next batch. Freeze the leftover dough to speed up your next round of cookie-making. If you are participating in a cookie exchange or simply baking for your family, a yummy cookie recipe is key. While some people have recipes passed down from generation to generation, the beginner baker can struggle to find a recipe worth sharing. If you don’t want to pass off store bought cookies as your own this year, try this Snickerdoodle Recipe that I found – attributed to Chef Dobra Bielinski. It’s been said that it is Santa’s favorite cookie!
Snickerdoodle, makes 4 dozen
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cup shortening
1 1/2 cups white sugar
2 t vanilla extract
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 t cream of tartar
1 t baking soda
1/4 t salt
2 T white sugar
2 T ground cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
- Cream together butter, shortening, 1 1/2 cups sugar, the eggs and the vanilla. Blend in the flour, cream of tartar, soda and salt. Shape dough by rounded spoonfuls into balls.
- Mix the 2 tablespoons sugar and the cinnamon. Roll balls of dough in mixture. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets.
- Bake 8 to 10 minutes, or until set but not too hard. Remove immediately from baking sheets.
- Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Chocolate-Dipped Fortune Cookies
- Frosted Ginger Cookies
- Best-Ever Butterscotch Cookies
- Chocolate Sandwich Cookies
- Soft & Chewy Sugar Cookies
- Triple-Chocolate Fudge Cookies
Say a quick prayer for me that I do NOT get picked for a jury. Seriously, it’s not that I mind doing my civic duty – but I don’t get paid if I’m not at work. Federal workers do and there are plenty of those around here to choose from – they don’t need to pull money out of my wallet to complete a jury. God bless you and I’ll see you tomorrow.
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