Tuesday, December 6, 2011

A Gift to the World

I loved the new Christmas Nativity "A Gift to the World" video from the Christmas devotional. It is so beautiful!! This video really put me in the Christmas spirit.  I was so touched by the many events depicted in the video that lead up to the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ.  I hope this video helps you get in the mood for Christmas and reminds you of the true meaning of the season. 

You can also check out the complete 2011 First Presidency Christmas Devotion at this link:

Ensign Article

"The Christmas I Remember Best" bySherilyn Clarke Stinson


This morning I was reading the Ensign and I ran across this beautiful article about adoption and Christmas.  I was so touched by the article that I thought I would share it. 

Friday, December 2, 2011

Family Photos

I finally gave in and we took new family pictures. This was a big step for me. I have had this reservation about taking family pictures. I sometimes wonder if it’s just me but I feel silly taking family pictures when it’s just the two of us. I feel like they just end up looking like engagement or wedding pictures. (This is exactly what they look like to me even as I post them.) Maybe it’s just me who feels this way?
I’m glad we did it and it was time to update the old pictures on our walls. We may not have children but we are still a family. We can still do all the things a big family does even though we are a little family. So, here is to our big step for our little family and to new family photos.

Thursday, December 1, 2011


Here is my take on an oldie but goodie recipe for Oatmeal cookies.  My family loves these cookies!! I am sharing the recipe because when they taste this good it needs to be shared.  So enjoy.  

Oatmeal Cranberry Coconut White Chocolate

3/4  cup sugar

1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1/2 cup margarine or butter, softened

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1 egg

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cups quick-cooking rolled oats

1/2 cup dried cranberries/craisins

1/2 cup shredded coconut

1/2 cup White Chocolate Chips

Step 1

Heat oven to 375°F. Spray cookie sheets with nonstick cooking spray. In large bowl, combine sugar, brown sugar and margarine; beat until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and egg;   blend well. Add flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; mix well. Stir in oats, cranberries, coconut and white chocolate chips.
Step 2

Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls 2 inches apart onto sprayed cookie sheets.
Step 3

Bake at 375°F. for 7 to 10 minutes or until edges are light golden brown. Cool 1 minute; remove from cookie sheets.