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My Mother's Egg Nog

When my mother was a little girl, her grandmother, Lula Belle Wilson, made egg nog that had a little "kick" to it. Mom said it looked so good, with creamy goodness and a splash of fresh nutmeg on top. She wasn't allowed to have any, due to the alcohol, so she vowed to never add spirits to her eggnog, so that everyone could enjoy it.

She kept that promise, and made eggnog for all. I cannot remember a Christmas without my mom's frothy, creamy eggnog.  This year was no exception, thank goodness!  While the homemade sugar cookies, and the crispy peanut butter balls dipped in chocolate are no longer, eggnog still is made for our family Christmas.

Egg Nog, according to Shirley Oliver

4 whole eggs, pasturized
1 gal whole milk
1 T vanilla
1 c sugar, add more to taste
6 scoops of…
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You are the Beloved #ourgoodlifebooklist

I was given this book in exchange for my honest review.
Author Henri J. M. Nouwen is a well known writer of spiritual things, so when I saw this daily meditations book by him I knew I wanted it by my bedside. Nouwen was a catholic priest, professor and pastor whose books have been translated in more than 30 languages. He taught at Notre Dame, Yale and Harvard.

His personal philosophies were that by revealing your most intimate thoughts, you built relationships and communed with God.  He called this "theology of the heart."  
You are the Beloved is designed to remind you of that you are beloved of God, therefore you should live out your truth in your day to day life.  This book is a collection of the best of Nouwen's insights from previously published books and some never-see…
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Pomegranate and Orange Champagne Punch #SundaySupper

Are you looking for a fun and festive punch to serve at Christmas? This delicious punch can be made with sparkling cider if you prefer a non-alcoholic drink.  Delicious and so pretty!

1 c pomegranate seeds
mint leaves, about 10
4 c pomegranate juice
2 c orange juice
1/2 c Grand Marnier
2 bottles of Prosecco

Mix the liquids together in a pitcher and store in the refrigerator until time to serve.  In the meantime, make ice cubes with the seeds and mint leaves for garnish for the punch.

I used a rosemary branch for my garnish as it looks like a mini Christmas tree, but feel free to garnish with orange slices and mint. Make Ahead Dinner Party Recipes Ahead of Schedule StartersBeefy Au Gratin Potato Skins by Cindy’s Recipes and WritingsChocolate Strawberry Brie Bites by The Freshman CookEasy Chicke…
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Show Me Adventure Kids!

I was given this doll and book in exchange for my honest review.
Are you interested in something different for your kids?  Do you have a love of all things Missouri, or do you have a sense of adventure? 

Then you will love this new series of books and dolls called Show Me Adventure Kids.  Designed for kids 7-10 years old, the books talk about life experiences as well as adventures in Missouri.  One of the Show Me Adventure Kids, Olivia, came to my house and I shared her with one of my neighborhood girls, and here is what she had to say:

The doll is cute. Her hair and and outfit is cute. The story that goes along with the doll would be great for kids going through the same experience as Olivia.  Another neighborhood girl said that after she read the book, a new girl enrolled at her school a…
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Show Me Your Christmas Tree 2017

If you are new to my blog, I am Terri, a Missouri native, who loves loves loves Christmas!  No commas for me, I love Christmas so much!  Last year I invited friends from all Missouri to add a photo of their Christmas tree to my blog post.  This year, in partnership with Penny from Penny's Passions, we are giving you a chance to join us!  Click in the link below, and you can add a photo of your tree.  All I ask is that you add your town, like I did, below.

This year I am sharing my daughter's tree in her room in our house.  The theme is a coastal one, which is appropriate, as we are going to spend our Christmas in Cabo San Lucas!

My daughter actually did the decorating of this tree and she did a beautiful job!  I can see that she may have picked up a tip or two from me after all th…
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Blue Buffalo Holiday Santa Snacks #chewyinfluencer

I received this product for free in exchange for my honest opinion. It's Christmas time and I am all about the gifts for the dogs. When I spied these holiday themed treats by Blue Buffalo, I knew I needed to get them for Truman and Wilson. I placed my order but I forgot one thing.

My two smarties know what the box looks like. So when they arrived in the mail and I set them on my table, they were going crazy over the box!  There was no going back, so I opened the box and showed them the treats. 

Their first reaction was cautious and I couldn't figure out why.  Then Truman made it quite clear when he took it in his mouth and then carried it to the bowl and dropped it in.  These are hefty sized treats!  He did eat and enjoyed it. Just one was satisfactory for Truman.
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Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies #SundaySupper

I host an annual cookie exchange for neighbors and friends and I love looking for cookies that I think will please my guests.  This year I made a Shortbread Cookie with Clove that I have already shared the recipe for, but I wanted to share this cookie, too, as it is so easy and delicious, fast enough for every day but delicious enough for a special treat!

Did you know that Queen Elizabeth I was the first to make gingerbread men?  She had the dough cut to look like her own courtiers.  Wasn't that clever?

Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 c peanut butter
3/4 c sugar
1 egg
1 t vanilla
1/4 t salt
6 oz chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350.  Place a sheet of parchment paper on a cookie sheet.  Beat peanut butter and sugar together until well blended.  Add egg, vanilla and salt…
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Christmas Angel Ornament

I was given the Ziploc® Brand bags to use in my craft.
When I was a little girl, I grew up attending the Baptist Church in my hometown.  My favorite time of the year was when we celebrated the Christmas season. Each week at Sunday School I would look forward to hearing the Bible verses that related to Jesus' birth and to making the weekly Christmas craft that our teachers would have read for us.

The inspiration for this craft comes from those nostalgic memories of making ornaments in church. My parents would hang our ornaments on the tree and I would be so proud!  I want to share those feelings with today's kids, so I created this Ziploc® Brand products Christmas Angel ornament. I always have Ziploc® bags in my house, or a quick run to Walmart is always so easy!  Don't you lov…
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2017 Blogger Cookie Exchange Shortbread Cookies

I am participating for the very first time in The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap hosted by Sarah at Fantastical Sharing of Recipes and Allison from Pintertest Kitchen. The cookie swap has been a blogger favorite and I heard about it last year. I made sure that I kept informed about this year's swap and I was so lucky to be paired with some amazing bloggers!

 I am so excited that in order to participate, we each had to send $5 to No Kid Hungry!  As you might remember, that is the same organization I had as my birthday fundraiser!

No Kid Hungry is an organization dedicated to ending childhood hunger. They believe no child should go to bed hungry.  If you'd like to help, too, go here.RescuesForJoJo is an all-volunteer non-profit that helps “undesirable” shelter dogs find new homes. So…
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Savory Waffles with Pork Verde #TasteCreations

This Christmas season we are headed to Cabo San Lucas to spend the holidays by the sand and surf.  We've never done such a thing before and I have to admit, it has made the whole holiday a little, well, off.  I chose not to decorate as much and that seems weird, too.

However, I am looking forward to spending quality time with my children and relaxing under the warm breezes of Mexico.  This is whale migration season and I plan to go and do some whale watching.

This month for Taste Creations we are sharing Christmas Breakfast ideas.  I chose to work with one that will help us anticipate the upcoming trip.  We are doing Christmas at home on the Friday before Christmas. We will do all our favorite traditions, including Christmas breakfast and this may be the very thing that we eat!

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The Sound of Rain #ourgoodlifebooklist

I was given this book in exchange for my honest review.
I have a formula for the books that I like the best:

1.  Beautiful, descriptive settings
2.  Characters who are people I would have as friends 3.  Food scenes that make you drool.
The Sound of Rain, by Sarah Loudin Thomas, gets a checkmark for each of my big three. 

The opening of the book hooks and reels you right in.  We are buried in a cave-in in a coal mine, with a foot right in our face.  Later, we discover that the food belongs to Judd Markley, who survives the cave-in, but Joe, his brother, doesn't.  From then, we follow Judd to South Carolina where he is trying to restart his life.  Judd is a man that would charm mothers everywhere, he's sensitive, honest, and a hard worker. He meets am an on the bus ride to South Car…
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Noelle #ourgoodlifebooklist

I was given this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
I love books and I love dogs but I usually don't like books about dogs.  Why?  Because they are usually sad and painful, and I end up feeling really awful about life and people in general.  So why did I pick this book to review?  
Good question.
Greg Kincaid, the author of this book, has a delightful series going of Christmas dog books.  Have you heard of them?  He wrote A Dog Named Christmas, Christmas with Tucker and A Christmas Home, all books that I loved.  The books are set in rural Kansas, too, not much different from rural Missouri, where I grew up.  Christmas, home and dogs.  Yep.

So in this fourth installment of the McCray family novels and their lovable dogs, the story centers around Mary Ann McCray, the matriarch of t…
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Snow Honey Cocktail #SundaySupper

My family loves trying new holiday cocktails. We learned of a new pop up bar called Miracle that is only open during the holiday season. We plan to try it out soon, so we will let you know all about that later!

This lovely holiday cocktail is a perfect one to serve to those who love cognac. We do! The warm scents of spice in the cognac is so perfect with the creaminess of whole milk and honey. As in the case of any recipe with so few ingredients, choose your ingredients carefully.

Snow Honey Cocktail
1 t. of GOOD honey (we look for the best local honey we can find) 1 oz Courvoisier VSOP Cognac
6 oz warm or cold milk.
Stir the honey into the milk until dissolved.  Add cognac and serve with a garnish.  If serving warm, warm the mug by microwaving a mug of water for one minute.  Pour out t…
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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving from my family to yours.  May your day be filled with joy, laughter, family, friends and good food.

"Grateful for each hand we hold
Gathered round this table.
From far and near we travel home, Blessed that we are able. Grateful for this sheltered place With light in every window, Saying welcome, welcome, share this feast Come in away from sorrow. Father, mother, daughter, son, Neighbor, friend and friendless; All together everyone in the gift of loving-kindness. Grateful for whats understood, And all that is forgiven; We try so hard to be good, To lead a life worth living. Father, mother, daughter, son, Neighbor, friend, and friendless; All together everyone, let grateful days be endless. Grateful for each hand we hold Gathered round this table." - Mary Chapin Carp…
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Giving Thanks with a Grateful Heart

May you have abundant blessings to be thankful for this Thanksgiving season.  I know I don't always take the time to be grateful for all that I have been blessed with.  My friends at Happy at Home Blogging Network are focused on gratitude and acknowledging their blessings and I have learned how to do this much better by being in their group.  My niche is different than theirs, but they still allow me to join them!

One of the ways I wanted to share my gratitude with my readers is by sharing this idea I had. It is a way to share the giving of thanks in prayer for your Thanksgiving.  Print the set of cards below on a pretty piece of cardstock.  The print is in black and white so you can color and personalize it the way you want, thinking about YOUR own blessings!  Once you have colored …
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Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad with Drunken Cranberries #SundaySupper

I hosted a Friendsgiving as a fundraiser for my birthday this year with my P.E.O. chapter in exchange for our monthly eating out.  My sisters donated the cost of their meal to No Kid Hungry in honor of my birthday!  I raised over $800 for this event.  I am so proud of my family and friends for stepping up to the plate for this charity!

We made an Italian meal of Bob's Ultimate Mac and Cheese and Pumpkin Ravioli with Pumpkin Alfredo Sauce.  We served this Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad with Drunken Cranberries as the salad course and it was a hit with the ladies!

Several brought wine, one brought a luscious dessert of tiramisu, and appetizers.  We laughed, enjoyed each other's company and discussed about making this an annual event because we really believed it was a great opportuni…
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Do Pets Show Gratitude?

I received this item free of charge from in exchange for my honest review.
Sometimes strange questions appear in the forefront of my brain and I can't ignore them. In thinking about Thanksgiving, I am always grateful for my two rescues, Truman and Wilson. Truman came to us first through a dog shelter and Wilson came to us through a friend. I am 100% sure that my dogs feel gratitude and this is how they show it.

1.  Wilson gives kisses freely when he is showing gratitude. Especially after giving him treats, like the ones we got from this month.  More about those later.
2.  Truman shows gratitude by the way he insists on being close to me, regardless where I am.  If I am working at my desk, he is at my feet.  If I am sitting on the couch, he laying right beside me, f…
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