JMJ *We are really partial to the Ghirardelli brownies that you can bake from a mix and only take about 15 minutes to prepare. They fill the house with a glorious chocolate aroma, and are a hit every time we gift them. We buy a huge box at Costco that makes 6 batches.
A fun project around the holidays, sure to bring smiles and joy, is to bake some treats for someone in the neighborhood who perhaps lives alone as a widow/widower, or friendly neighbors you hardly ever get to visit with. We have a wonderful neighbor lady who lives across the street, who lost her husband several years back. It is so easy for me to get busy and forget that she would appreciate a surprise visit now and then. Every time we do remember, she is so touched by the gesture.
Or bring some cheer to the delivery person or postal worker by leaving some goodies at the door or mail box. Bake up a batch of something simple, like brownies.
So get out the mixing bowls, and get baking! We are really partial to the Ghirardelli brownies that you can bake from a mix and only take about 15 minutes to prepare. They fill the house with a glorious chocolate aroma, and are a hit every time we gift them. We buy a huge box at Costco that makes 6 batches. We bake them for the piano teacher, art teacher, other moms who maybe planned an activity for the kids, and on occasion, for the neighbors. And maybe save a couple of brownies for yourself? To have with your hot cocoa?
On the homefront… Ring the School Bell 76/180 Days
We are so ready for a nice long break! We have strung up all the Christmas cards, including the heart-felt cards (ha!) from the mechanic, real estate agent, dentist, and the newspaper delivery guy, to liven up our kitchen. The yard-sculpting looks fantastic, I must say, and it is almost ready for a shipment of pea-sized gravel. The shock of-the-day today, was when I found hundreds of crickets had invaded the shed, and were all over my newly-sewn cushions for the patio chairs. Are they making a feast of them? I am not sure what they are doing in there besides perhaps eating my cushions, and breeding, but I scooted every last one of them out, and banished them from the kingdom of our backyard, with a warning to never return.
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** Note to the Reader- Today’s narrative is part of our family’s school journey from a few years ago, during my eldest daughter’s senior year in high school, a rather emotional year, with its many ups and downs.
Every day’s blog entry coincides with a day from that special year. It can be read from the beginning by selecting the “Ring the School Bell 180” category on the side bar. Commence with the narrative, “The School Bell- What comes to mind when ‘you’ hear that bell?”
Start here to get the story from the very beginning:
Follow along with us day-by-day through the school year. Hope you will join us!
May God shower blessings on your family as he has on mine. Annette