Saturday, December 30, 2017

Goodbye 2017, Grands, and Soup

WoW, did you see this year fly by?  I just don't know where time gets off to but it surely goes by much quicker that it used to.  I just shake my head and try to get as much, out of each day, as I can.

We have all had the crud, over the past couple of weeks.  Mine is simply allergies but everybody else has been dealing with colds.  I think my son in law was the first one to come down with it and of course, the Grands got it from him, which brought it to us...and on and on!  They all keep passing it back and forth.  Fortunately, I am usually pretty good about fighting off anything that is passed around.  Somebody has to take care of my know...he gets the Man-Flu...not simply a cold.  My son in law does too, according to my daughter!  LoL

Mentioning sick I said my Grands have both been sick, as well, but apparently my sweet little grandson has an ear infection to go along with his because yesterday his little ear started pouring blood.  I was keeping him and he started rubbing his ear.  I looked to see what was bothering him and saw the blood.  I called my daughter and told her she better come get him and take him to the ER.  Fortunately, it is a small rupture and should heal up with no problem.  He is one of those children that you really can't tell if he is sick or not because he is always playing, dancing, and smiling, so he really never exhibits symptoms.  My boy was the same way.  He got sick once, when he was young, but it wasn't until he started puking up blood that I knew it.  Turned out that he has a kidney that never completely formed and wasn't working, which was putting poison into his body.  The boy almost died before we figured it out!  And all because he never acted sick.  

This is my grandson just minutes before I noticed his ear.  Now does this look like a child with something wrong???  Good Lord!

On Wednesday, we took our granddaughter to a hockey game.  She loves all things sports and somehow scored free tickets!  This was her first hockey match but I bet it won't be her last!  She had a blast and somehow, even with free tickets, we ended up spending about $100 on food, drinks, and junk!  It was big fun, though!

Well, the weather has definitely turned cold.  We've been eating a whole bunch or soup and chili, that's for sure.  Don't you just love soup?  I like finding new recipes to try out, too.  I found this one and have to say, it is very tasty.  I thought I would share the recipe with y'all.

Gnocchi soup


1 Tbsp Olive Oil
4 Tbsp Butter
1 Cup Onion, chopped
2 Cloves Garlic, minced
1/2 Cup Celery, diced
1/4 Cup flour
1 Qt Half and Half
14 Oz Chicken Broth
1 Cup Cooked Chicken, diced
1/2 tsp Parsley
1/2 tsp Thyme
1/4 tsp Nutmeg (all I had was Allspice but it worked well)
1 tsp Salt
1 Cup Carrots, grated
1 pkg. Gnocchi
1 Cup Spinach, chopped


Heat oil and butter until melted.  Add onions, celery, and garlic.  Saute until translucent.  Add the flour to the onion mixture and cook until done.  Pour the half and half into the pan and simmer until thick.  Add in the chicken broth and stir.  Add all other ingredients except the spinach.  Cook until the gnocchi is tender (doesn't take long!).  Add the spinach and cook for about 3 - 5 more minutes.  

Serve with garlic bread.


Grace & Peace,

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Sharing Christmas...

Hey y'all!  

Well, Christmas has come and gone.  I have packed up all the decorations, thrown out all the trash, and have gotten back to almost normal, around here.  The older I get, the more I don't want to decorate for the holidays.  Just leave it like it is for the most part.  Toss a Christmas throw or pillows on the couch, hang a wreath, and set out some homemade cookies and coffee, and I would be quite content.  You know, I can't really say it has anything to do with age, though.  More like laziness and OCD.  Although, I would have been just fine without pulling out the decorations, I did put out a few things.  I don't think my family would let me get away without doing a little bit so I thought I would share a few pictures with you.

Simple woodsy decorating is usually what I end up doing.  I like for it to feel homey.  Of course, you will always find the cute little Advent decoration and the Nativity.
Notice, Baby Jesus isn't in the manger.  Until Christmas day, he is tucked away behind the last door on the Advent boxes.  Along with a piece of candy, I also put a piece of paper with a letter on it, inside each door.  My grandbabies find the candy and the letters, which they glue to a colorful board.  By the time Christmas day arrives, the letters will spell out a Bible verse and Baby Jesus will be put in the manger.  This has become a tradition and our granddaughter looks forward to it!
Naturally, since I am a native Texan, there is usually something that would relate to that fact.  This year, I decided to start collecting Santa's, for my grandson, and I happened upon this Cowboy Santa at a thrift store!  Now y'all know I couldn't pass him up!  I love him and almost decided to leave him out year 'round but I went ahead and packed him up.  See ya next year, Tex Claus!
Of course, the tree!  I love white lights don't you?  I'm not much on having colored lights for some reason.  I guess when I think of Christmas and winter, I think of sparkling snow and ice on tree boughs, so that is what I go for.  Anyhow, the tree also is decorated with lots of homey and woodsy stuff.  The large gingerbread folks were made by my granddaughter, and I, a few years back.  When I pulled them out of the box, she immediately started telling about when we made them.  She couldn't have been more than three years old but she remembered everything!'s stuff like that that makes it all worth it!  She will go on to tell her babies about the gingerbread ornies and will no doubt make a few with her own grandbabies.  
It wouldn't be Christmas without Dudley the Elf.  Sweet Dudley has been coming to our house for about three years, now.  Before him, Cash the Elf came, every year, up until my daughter decided to name my grandson Cash.  Santa didn't want to confuse anyone so he sent a new elf to keep an eye on things!  LoL...sometimes I wish this tradition had never been started but I do have fun trying to come up with new stuff for Dudley to get into.

In the kitchen, I definitely keep decorating to a minimum.  Since it is so bright and since I have Scandinavian roots, I add just enough color to make it somewhat festive.  I just realized I never got around to putting anything in those hanging baskets!  And please ignore the floor that needs to be swept.  Dark floors + white dog = constant need for a broom!  Ugh!
I stitched this sweet sampler back in the Fall.  It is hanging in the kitchen and will probably stay until Spring.
There is a little shelf, above the stove, that used to be cabinets, but since I never could reach inside, we took off the doors and now I use it to put a few pretties out.  This lantern is so cute, at night, with the fairy lights I put inside.  I wish I had gotten a picture of it, lit up, before I took everything down. 
We started a new tradition with the grandbabies, this year.  So from now on, they will come spend the night with us on Christmas Eve-eve and wake up on Christmas Eve morning to open presents.  Of course, we also must make cookies for Santa, so we decorated cookies before going to bed.  Even the grandson had fun!  He loved helping Pawpaw.  He actually did pretty good!
I decorated this one.  I was going for tie dye but marble is fun too!
Pretty blue marble!
This gal can't do a thing unless she can crawl up on the table and do it.  She cracks me up!

I hope you enjoyed the tour of our Christmas decorating.  Next stop...New Years!  

I pray many blessings, love, and peace, come your way in 2018!

Grace & Peace,

Friday, December 22, 2017

I couldn't do it!

Regarding my last post...

I just couldn't do it!  I just couldn't delete my beloved blog so I will be back after Christmas.  Until then...

Monday, December 18, 2017

Closing Up Shop...

I'm pretty sure there is not a single person still reading this blog and I don't blame you.  Why, I don't even come in and I own the thing.  😜  

So, with that realization, I have decided to close up shop.  Maybe I will reopen or start a new and different blog, but at this point, I just don't have time or the desire to continue blogging.

With that being said, I will continue to visit your blogs, to see how you're doing, because I love you all!


From the Red Brick House on the Right...

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Still looking for an answer...

The following is a post from 2016.  Still haven't heard an answer that actually addressed my question so I decided to repost it.


This morning, on Facebook, I asked the question, "With Halloween less than a week away, why, as "Christians", do we celebrate pagan holidays (Halloween, Christmas, Easter), but not the Holy days of the Bible?". 

I got a couple of answers ranging from getting a day off from work to American tradition.  I also received comments regarding my listing Christmas and Easter as pagan holidays and I'm sure I will get more, here.  

Let's take a look at origins, traditions, and what the Bible says about it all, shall we?


     According to the Encyclopedia Britannica -
"During the later periods of Roman history, sun worship gained in importance and ultimately led to what has been called a 'solar monotheism.' Nearly all the gods of the period were possessed of Solar qualities, and both Christ and Mithra acquired the traits of solar deities. The feast of Sol Invictus (open unconquered Sun) on December 25th was celebrated with great joy, and eventually this date was taken over by the Christians as Christmas, the birthday of Christ."
Did you catch that?  Anything seem wrong with this, to you?

The Christians were apparently trying to get more converts so they tried to make the Messiah more like the idols found in sun worship---all under the guise of making Him more attractive to pagans. They even brought various elements of the December 25th "feast of the unconquered sun" into their worship by saying that December 25th was actually the Messiah's birthday. This is the origin of Christmas and this is why we have various pagan-rooted traditions accompanying this holiday.

So...who converted who?  Aren't we suppose to be set apart from the world?

When Paul was writing to the Ephesians, a group of believers who were surrounded by idol worship, he said:
Ephesians 5:11 - And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.
So we shouldn't be trying to copy idolatrous feasts. Rather, we should be exposing them for the fraud and lie that they are. One of the last things our Savior would ever want is to "acquire the traits of solar deities" and believers should not be imitating pagans.

So...Just when was Jesus born?
The scriptures do not supply us with an exact date of birth.  We know the date of His death is on Passover. Scripture does tell us the time of many other important events in biblical history such as the founding of the temple (first day of the biblical year), the timing of the Exodus from Egypt, the date that the flood began and many other events. But the date of the Messiah's birth?  Scripture is silent. 

What about Easter?  We won't spend much time on this but let's check out the beginning.

Origin of Easter

The origin of Easter dates back to ancient times, not long after the flood, Nimrod, a grandson of Noah, had turned from following his grandfather's God and had become a tyrannical ruler. According to the biblical record, as king, Nimrod created Babel, Ninevah, Asshur, Calla and other cities, all known for lifestyles that promoted unspeakable evil and perversion. When Nimrod died, his wife, Queen Semiramis, deified him as the Sun-god, or Life Giver. Later he would become known as Baal, and those who followed the religion Semiramis created in his name would be called Baal worshipers. They became associated with idolatry, demon worship, human sacrifice and other practices regarded as evil.

The origin of Easter involves the birth of Semiramis' illegitimate son, Tammuz. Somehow, Semiramis convinced the people that Tammuz was actually Nimrod reborn. Since people had been looking for the promised savior since the beginning of mankind, they were persuaded by Semiramis to believe that Tammuz was that savior, even that he had been supernaturally conceived. Before long, in addition to worshiping Tammuz (or Nimrod reborn), the people also worshiped Semiramis herself as the goddess of fertility. In other cultures, she has been called Ishtar, Ashtur and yes, Easter.  

So...Once again, we seem to be paying homage to and trying to mix the things of demons with the things of God.

With all of that being said, I am not condemning anyone for celebrating Christmas or any other holiday.  We celebrate them in our home, as well.  We taught our children and are teaching our grandchildren about why we celebrate them as the birth and resurrection of Jesus.  But shouldn't we put more emphasis on the Biblical Holy Days such as Pass Over, The Feast of Tabernacles, The Day of Pentecost, and so many others.  I like this paper written by 11 year old Tessa.  Here is just a short excerpt but I hope you will take the time to read the entire article. Why I Celebrate God's Biblical Holy Days Instead of Holidays

The reason we don’t keep Christmas is because the Bible doesn’t tell us to. It tells the story of Jesus’ birth, but not as a Holy Day. It doesn’t even tell us what day He was born. Dec. 25 is a day called the winter solstice. Most of the traditions of Christmas come from people called pagans who lived before Christ was born and worshiped idols. Later, during the Roman Empire , Christians started keeping these traditions in Jesus’ name and today everyone thinks that’s OK.
But the Bible says we shouldn’t take away or add to God’s laws. And we are not supposed to reject God’s Commandments so that we can keep man’s traditions, even if they seem fun. So that’s why my family doesn’t celebrate Christmas.

So...Back to my original question.  What saddens me the most is that nobody, not one person, answered the entire question.  Not really even part of the question.  One person did give me an honest answer, though, which made me think that most people celebrate these holidays for these reasons more than a Biblical reason.  His answer?
American tradition, kids enjoy them, brings families together, work gives you the day off, ect.

I know we will all go on celebrating the holidays as we have been but shouldn't we give some thought to the fact that Jesus celebrated the Holy Days?  

So...can anyone answer my question?

With Halloween less than a week away, why, as "Christians", do we celebrate pagan holidays (Halloween, Christmas, Easter), but not the Holy days of the Bible?

Grace & Peace,