Get Yourself Organized for Christmas

We could all use a little help this time of the year – 

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Have you lost your Christmas joy? Does the thought of jam-packed malls, maxed-out credit cards, overcrowded supermarkets, and endless to-do lists give you the feeling that maybe Scrooge was on to something?

In Get Yourself Organized for Christmas, Kathi Lipp provides easy-to-follow steps to reduce the stress of the holiday season, including tactics for how to

  • put together a holiday binder you’ll use year after year
  • determine a budget that won’t break the bank
  • gather your elf supplies
  • get your gift list together (including ideas for various ages and relationships)
  • collect your recipes and prep your kitchen

By putting into practice Kathi’s tricks and tips, you’ll finally be able to fully enjoy this most wonderful time of the year.

About the Author

Kathi Lipp is the best-selling author of The Husband ProjectClutter Free and Overwhelmed. She is the host of the Clutter free Academy Podcast. She and her husband, Roger, live in California and are parents of four young adults. Kathi shares her story at retreats, conferences, and women’s events across the United States. Connect with her at http://www.KathiLipp.com, and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/AuthorKathiLipp.

Holiday Tradition * Elf on the Shelf

It’s Friday ! And the Holiday Inspiration  Quilt blog is Elf on the Shelf: 

From the Movie : Elf and the Book ! Read more about the family fun and start your own family tradition. Lisa

 

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What is The Elf on the Shelf®?Elf on Shelf information

The Elf on the Shelf® is a fun-filled Christmas tradition that has captured the hearts of children everywhere who welcome home one of Santa’s Scout Elves each holiday season. The magical Scout Elves help Santa manage his naughty and nice lists by taking note of a family’s Christmas adventures, and reporting back to Santa at the North Pole nightly. Each morning, the Scout Elf returns to its family and perches in a new spot, waiting for someone to spot them. Children love to wake up and race around the house looking for their Scout Elf each morning.

You can tell Santa’s Official Scout Elves apart from other elves at the North Pole because they arrive in their official solid red jumpsuit with their very own storybook called The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition. Ready to adopt your own Scout Elf?

My son is Now grown but my Cousin does for her daughter :

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Drop Dead Ornaments by Lois Winston

 

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Anastasia Pollack’s son Alex is dating Sophie Lambert, the new kid in town. For their community service project, the high school seniors have chosen to raise money for the county food bank. Anastasia taps her craft industry contacts to donate materials for the students to make Christmas ornaments they’ll sell at the town’s annual Holiday Crafts Fair.

At the fair Anastasia meets Sophie’s father, Shane Lambert, who strikes her as a man with secrets. She also notices a woman eavesdropping on their conversation. Later that evening when the woman turns up dead, Sophie’s father is arrested for her murder.

Alex and Sophie beg Anastasia to find the real killer, but Anastasia has had her fill of dead bodies. She’s also not convinced of Shane’s innocence. Besides, she’s promised younger son Nick she’ll stop risking her life. But how can she say no to Alex?

 

Editorial Reviews

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“Ialways forget how much I love this series until I read the next one and I fallin love all over again. This time Anastasia’s adventures are a bit closer tohome when her son’s girlfriend’s father is accused of murder. Of course, afterextolling the virtues of his mother’s sleuthing skills, what else can she dobut try to help. And that’s when the fun begins in the wickedly humorouswhodunit that has Anastasia looking at clues that presents itself while tryingto craft a solid alibi for the accused.

Thiswas a well-written and fast-paced tale that quickly became a page-turner. Theauthor has a way with the narrative, keeping me immersed in all that washappening within the pages. I like how the mystery was spun with hints here andthere with a few red herrings that kept leading me one way until the killer’sidentity was revealed. Of course, what would this story be without appearancesfrom Ira, Flora and Lucille who was off-screen but always present in herescapades. This was one of the best books in this engaging series and I can’twait for more adventures with Anastasia, Zack and the rest of the gang.” – Dru’sBook Musings

About the Author

USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Lois Winston writes mystery, romance, romantic suspense, chick lit, women’s fiction, children’s chapter books, and nonfiction under her own name and her Emma Carlyle pen name. Kirkus Reviews dubbed her critically acclaimed Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery series, “North Jersey’s more mature answer to Stephanie Plum.” In addition, Lois is an award-winning craft and needlework designer who often draws much of her source material for both her characters and plots from her experiences in the crafts industry.

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Book Review * Premeditated Peppermint* Amish Candy Shop

 

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Someone’s sweet on revenge . . .
 
Christmas is Bailey King’s favorite time of year. For her first Yuletide in Harvest, Ohio, the former big-city chocolatier is recreating a cherished holiday treat: peppermint combined with molten white chocolate. But her sugar high plummets when her former boyfriend walks into the candy shop she now runs with her Amish grandmother. New York celebrity chef Eric Sharp and his TV crew have arrived to film an authentic Amish Christmas. Bailey’s not about to let her beloved town—and Swissmen Sweets—be turned into a sound bite. Unfortunately, she gets more publicity than she bargained for when Eric’s executive producer is found strangled to death—and Eric’s the prime suspect.

With Bailey’s sheriff deputy boyfriend out to prove Eric’s guilt, her bad-boy ex tries to sweet-talk her into helping him clear his name . . . and rekindle their romance to boost ratings for his show. Now, between a surplus of suspects and a victim who wasn’t who she seemed, Bailey’s edging dangerously close to a killer who isn’t looking to bring joy to the world—or to Bailey—this deadly Noel . . .

 

My Review :  I didn’t realize that it was the third in a series but I don’t think that it hindered the reading experience.  Having read that you may want to read the other two books but not jump in any enjoy the books.
This  mystery is one involves a TV crew, an Ex, and a whole lot of suspects and suspicion. And that’s all I am saying because you need to read the book to enjoy the atmosphere.
The author really captures the blended living of the different types of people (including the TV crew from the city) with the local small town. The characters are all well written and you feel right at home with them and cant wait to turn a page to see what happens next. Its a great holiday read -so enjoy. Lisa 

 

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Praise for Amanda Flower and her Amish cozies
 
“As it turns out, Amanda Flower may have just written the first Amish rom com.”  —USA Today 
 
“Flower has hit it out of the ballpark . . . and continues to amaze with her knowledge of the Amish way of life.”  —RT Book Reviews
 
“At turns playful and engaging . . . a satisfyingly complex cozy.” —Library Journal

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About the Author

Amanda Flower is a three-time Agatha Award-nominated author. She also writes the USA Today bestselling Amish Quilt Shop Mysteries, including Murder, Served Simply and Murder, Simply Stitched, under the name Isabella Alan. Visit her at amandaflower.com.

Holiday Caroling Time: Recipes and more

Happy Friday ! And it’s Holiday Time : 

Do you have a favorite Holiday tradition? Today’s Prompt from the quilt block – a Caroling we Go !!!

Here’s a great recipes to serve to carolers  or after you return :

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  • 2 quarts of cranberry drink
  • 5 C strong Tea
  • 4 sticks   Cinnamon
  • 3/4 slices Oranges
  • 1 C sugar

Directions : Heat until boiling. Strain and serve hot. Or can be kept hot in crock pot. 

 

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  Snicker doodles

  • 1/2 C butter
  • 1/2 C shortening
  • 11/2 C Sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 23/4  C Flour
  • 2 tsp cream of tarter
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 T sugar /2 tsp cinnamon

Cream butter and shortening. Add sugar and eggs, and dry ingredients.  Mix well and roll into balls . Then roll them into the sugar /cinnamon mixture and place on cookie sheet. Bake at 400 for 8 to 10 minutes. 

 

 

 

 

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Coffee Day * Cardmaking

Today is National Coffee day ! I am sharing some cards made with one of my favorite Stamp In Up stamp set. It’s easy to change it up for any time of the year with  changing papers ,colors and stamps.  Lisa 

 

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Traveler Notebook Planner

If you like Me – you love a good bargain.  Craft & planner items on sale !! Is a sure buy for me. 

I was in town on Saturday and came across some great planner bargains at Hobby Lobby.  These travel planners from Webster pages was   part of my haul :

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2 Pack Travels Notebook :

What is it?  is basically a book-like cover that holds more than one smaller notebooks or inserts with elastic bands. Each elastic band can hold up to three notebooks.

It’s small & perfect for all occasions or notes on the go. With Daily ,Weekly and Monthly views its perfect for on the go person. 

Some Cool Uses : Ca lender ( special days )  , Birthday planner,To Do List & Meal planner. 

Today Event : Tooth Fairy Day  !!! 

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Saturday Morning*

It’s a Rainy Saturday Morning in Louisiana. And over morning coffee -we made some Christmas plans, 

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  • Today it’s Christmas Movie & Books

A few last minute crafts & gifts. Hot Dogs & Chili today.

  • Sunday ( Christmas Eve ) It;s Cooking for the big Day

Ham for Christmas Day. Baked on the Grill. While grill hot Burgers.

Orange/Cranberry Marmalade in my New : Bread maker

Christmas Morning : Bread dough for rolls . And on to Mom;s to celebrate and finish the meal. 

Do you have a favorite Movie or Book to read this time of year? 

Winter Break * Children’s Holiday Books

Monday’s Children book find- while kids are on break a couple of great books to read with your kids. Also a great time to check out you local library for events or a great way to stay warm & enjoy an afternoon.   Lisa

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Teen and young adult

Long, long ago, in a land far away, lived a perfect little tree named Small Pine. Small Pine hoped to maintain its perfect form and be selected by the Queen as her Christmas tree. But as the warm-hearted little tree gave shelter to birds, rabbits, and deer in the forest, its branches became damaged. Fortunately, the Queen had a different idea of perfection…

Young readers will want to read and reread the story of how Small Pine’s love and charity for its friends helps make it the most “perfect” Christmas Tree of all.

This magnificently illustrated story of a warm-hearted Christmas tree will surely become one of the most beloved classics of future generations. Schneider’s storytelling will enthrall children and adults alike.

 

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Children ( allergic to trees this one for you)

Lori Nichols’s delightful book celebrates the bond of two nature-loving sisters, and their ability to find fantastic kid-powered solutions to any problem—and it will give allergy sufferers an extra reason to celebrate.

Maple and Willow love trees—and now they are getting their first real Christmas tree. It is going to be the best Christmas ever! After a snowy expedition to pick out the perfect tree, it’s time to decorate. But whenever Maple gets near the tree, she starts sniffling and sneezing. Could she really be allergic to the perfect Christmas tree? And if so, how will the girls find a way to make this the best Christmas after all?

The Partridge * The First Day

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This is book 1 : This series is free with kindle unlimited.

Dear Mrs. Walters,

One of my fellow clergy told me of Denver’s Benevolent Society of Lost Lambs. I believe your organization is just what our town needs to become a community of virtuous men and women. To do that, our men need to be united in holy matrimony, start families and thus build a town of pure-hearted, respectable citizens …

At least that’s what Reverend Chase Hammond hoped when he devised his marriage scheme to save the town. Unfortunately, if he didn’t get the men of Noelle married, his and every other man’s hopes of having the railroad come would die, Noelle right along with it. But planning to marry the men off to save the town and actually doing it were two different things. Some didn’t like the idea, thinking a mining town should be mining, not marrying! But that was only one of Chase Hammond’s problems. Problems that if not fixed immediately, would seal Noelle’s fate …

Felicity Partridge was in trouble. Big trouble. An active voice for Suffragettes, she’d managed to get herself arrested more than a few times. Now her father demanded she marry to keep her out of more trouble. But how could she further the cause of women shackled to a husband? But when her father gave her the choice between marriage and jail, she decided it best to further her cause elsewhere, and Noelle, Colorado seemed just the place to do it! Especially when she found out who her husband to be was …
Unfortunately, he had other ideas about marrying.
Enjoy this sweet, clean and wholesome romp about the little town of Noelle and its inhabitants. The first in a 12 book series!