Food, glorious food!

Dear Fellow Journalers,

Who doesn’t like to eat or give gifts of food?? See the samples of breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner below and enjoy your feasting!

~Sallie

https://newengland.com/today/food/breakfast-brunch/muffins/muffin-recipes-easy/?mqsc=ED4009171&utm_source=WhatCountsEmail&utm_medium=NewEnglandNetwork1%20Today%20Active%20Subscribers&utm_campaign=Today%2011-29-2018%20active

Pot Roast sandwich:

https://newengland.com/today/food/lunch/sandwiches/leftover-pot-roast-grilled-cheese/

Desert:

https://newengland.com/weekends-with-yankee-episodes/episode-205-hidden-gems/smores-tart/

How to wrap up food as a gift:

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=how+to+pack+up+food+as+a+gift&docid=608036654550026900&mid=6B6D9138BE75666328B36B6D9138BE75666328B3&view=detail&FORM=VIREHT

 

~Sallie

 

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Christmas

 

Season’s Greetings

Christmas Eve at a Gas Station

Dear Fellow Journalers,

Peace, Joy and Love to you….

~Sallie

 

The old man sat in his gas station on a cold Christmas Eve. He hadn’t been anywhere in years since his wife had passed away. It was just another day to him. He didn’t hate Christmas, just couldn’t find a reason to celebrate. He was sitting there looking at the snow that had been falling for the last hour and wondering what it was all about when the door opened and a homeless man stepped through.

Instead of throwing the man out, Old George as he was known by his customers, told the man to come and sit by the heater and warm up.

“Thank you, but I don’t mean to intrude,” said the stranger. “I see you’re busy, I’ll just go.”

“Not without something hot in your belly.” George said. He turned and opened a wide mouth Thermos and handed it to the stranger. “It ain’t much, but it’s hot and tasty. Stew … Made it myself. When you’re done, there’s coffee and it’s fresh.”

Just at that moment he heard the “ding” of the driveway bell. “Excuse me, be right back,” George said.

There in the driveway was an old ’53 Chevy. Steam was rolling out of the front.. The driver was panicked. “Mister can you help me!” said the driver, with a deep Spanish accent. “My wife is with child and my car is broken.” George opened the hood. It was bad. The block looked cracked from the cold, the car was dead.

“You ain’t going in this thing,” George said as he turned away.

“But Mister, please help …” The door of the office closed behind George as he went inside. He went to the office wall and got the keys to his old truck, and went back outside. He walked around the building, opened the garage, started the truck and drove it around to where the couple was waiting. “Here, take my truck,” he said. “She ain’t the best thing you ever looked at, but she runs real good.”

George helped put the woman in the truck and watched as it sped off into the night. He turned and walked back inside the office. “Glad I gave ’em the truck, their tires were shot too. That ‘ol truck has brand new ones ..”

George thought he was talking to the stranger, but the man had gone. The Thermos was on the desk, empty, with a used coffee cup beside it. “Well, at least he got something in his belly,” George thought.

George went back outside to see if the old Chevy would start. It cranked slowly, but it started. He pulled it into the garage where the truck had been. He thought he would tinker with it for something to do. Christmas Eve meant no customers. He discovered that the block hadn’t cracked, it was just the bottom hose on the radiator. “Well, shoot, I can fix this,” he said to himself. So he put a new one on.

“Those tires ain’t gonna get ’em through the winter either.” He took the snow treads off of his wife’s old Lincoln. They were like new and he wasn’t going to drive the car anyway.

As he was working, he heard shots being fired. He ran outside and beside a police car an officer lay on the cold ground. Bleeding from the left shoulder, the officer moaned, “Please help me.”

George helped the officer inside as he remembered the training he had received in the Army as a medic. He knew the wound needed attention. “Pressure to stop the bleeding,” he thought. The uniform company had been there that morning and had left clean shop towels. He used those and duct tape to bind the wound. “Hey, they say duct tape can fix anythin’,” he said, trying to make the policeman feel at ease.

“Something for pain,” George thought. All he had was the pills he used for his back. “These ought to work.” He put some water in a cup and gave the policeman the pills. “You hang in there, I’m going to get you an ambulance.”

The phone was dead. “Maybe I can get one of your buddies on that there talk box out in your car.” He went out only to find that a bullet had gone into the dashboard destroying the two-way radio.

He went back in to find the policeman sitting up. “Thanks,” said the officer. “You could have left me there. The guy that shot me is still in the area.”

George sat down beside him, “I would never leave an injured man in the Army and I ain’t gonna leave you.” George pulled back the bandage to check for bleeding. “Looks worse than what it is. Bullet passed right through ‘ya. Good thing it missed the important stuff though. I think with time your gonna be right as rain.”

George got up and poured a cup of coffee. “How do you take it?” he asked.

“None for me,” said the officer..

“Oh, yer gonna drink this. Best in the city. Too bad I ain’t got no donuts.”

The officer laughed and winced at the same time.

The front door of the office flew open. In burst a young man with a gun. “Give me all your cash! Do it now!” the young man yelled. His hand was shaking and George could tell that he had never done anything like this before.

“That’s the guy that shot me!” exclaimed the officer.

“Son, why are you doing this?” asked George, “You need to put the cannon away. Somebody else might get hurt.

The young man was confused. “Shut up old man, or I’ll shoot you, too. Now give me the cash!”

The cop reached for his gun.

“Put that thing away,” George said to him, “we got 1 too many in here now.”

He turned his attention to the young man. “Son, it’s Christmas Eve. If you need money, well then, here. It ain’t much but it’s all I got. Now put that pea shooter away.”

George pulled $150 out of his pocket and handed it to the young man, reaching for the barrel of the gun at the same time. The young man released his grip on the gun, fell to his knees and began to cry. “I’m not very good at this am I? All I wanted was to buy something for my wife and son,” he went on. “I’ve lost my job, my rent is due, my car got repossessed last week.” George handed the gun to the cop. “Son, we all get in a bit of squeeze now and then. The road gets hard sometimes, but we make it through the best we can.”

He got the young man to his feet, and sat him down on a chair across from the cop. “Sometimes we do stupid things.” George handed the young man a cup of coffee. “Bein’ stupid is one of the things that makes us human. Comin’ in here with a gun ain’t the answer. Now sit there and get warm and we’ll sort this thing out.”

The young man stopped crying, and looked at the cop “Sorry I shot you. It just went off. I’m sorry officer.” he said.

” Shut up and drink your coffee” the cop said.

George could hear the sounds of sirens outside. A police car and an ambulance skidded to a halt. Two cops came through the door, guns drawn.

“Chuck! You ok?” one of the cops asked the wounded officer.

“Not bad for a guy who took a bullet. How did you find me?”

“GPS locator in the car. Best thing since sliced bread. Who did this?” the other cop asked as he approached the young man.

Chuck answered him, “I don’t know. The guy ran off into the dark. Just dropped his gun and ran.”

George and the young man both looked puzzled at each other. “That guy works here?” the wounded cop continued.

“Yep,” George said, “just hired him this morning. Boy lost his job.”

The paramedics came in and loaded Chuck onto the stretcher. The young man leaned over the wounded cop and whispered, “Why?”

Chuck just said, “Merry Christmas boy … and you too, George, and thanks for everything.”

“Well, looks like you got one doozy of a break there. That ought to solve some of your problems.”

George went into the back room and came out with a box. He pulled out a ring box. “Here you go, something for the little woman. I don’t think Martha would mind. She said it would come in handy some day.”

The young man looked inside to see the biggest diamond ring he ever saw. “I can’t take this,” said the young man. “It means something to you.”

“And now it means something to you,” replied George. “I got my memories. That’s all I need.”

George reached into the box again. An airplane, a car and a truck appeared next. They were toys that the oil company had left for him to sell. “Here’s something for that little man of yours.”

The young man began to cry again as he handed back the $150 that the old man had handed him earlier.

“And what are you supposed to buy Christmas dinner with? You keep that too,” George said. “Now git home to your family.”

The young man turned with tears streaming down his face. “I’ll be here in the morning for work, if that job offer is still good.”

“Nope. I’m closed Christmas day,” George said. “See ya the day after.”

George turned around & found the stranger had returned. “Where’d you come from? I thought you’d left?”

“I have been here. I have always been here,” said the stranger. “You say you don’t celebrate Christmas. Why?”

“Well, after my wife passed away, I just couldn’t see what all the bother was. Puttin’ up a tree and all seemed a waste of a good pine tree. Bakin’ cookies like I used to with Martha just wasn’t the same by myself and besides I was gettin’ a little chubby.”

The stranger put his hand on George’s shoulder. “But you do celebrate the holiday, George. You gave me food and drink and warmed me when I was cold and hungry. The woman with child will bear a son and he will become a great doctor.

The policeman you helped will go on to save 19 people from being killed by terrorists. The young man who tried to rob you will make you a rich man and not take any for himself. “That is the spirit of the season and you keep it as good as any man.”

George was taken aback by all this stranger had said. “And how do you know all this?” asked the old man.

“Trust me, George.I have the inside track on this sort of thing. And when your days are done you will be with Martha again.”

The stranger moved toward the door. “If you will excuse me, George, I have to go now. I have to go home where there is a big celebration planned.”

George watched as the old leather jacket and the torn pants that the stranger was wearing turned into a white robe. A golden light began to fill the room.

“You see, George …it’s My birthday. Merry Christmas.”

George fell to his knees and replied, “Happy Birthday, Lord Jesus”

This story is better than any greeting card. MERRY CHRISTMAS AND GOD BLESS!

Now clear the lump from your throat, blow your nose, and send this along to a friend of yours or someone who may need a reminder as to why we celebrate Christmas.

Tomorrow is not promised, – Cherish today!

Wrapping paper organizer

Dear Fellow Journalers,

Ok, so you’ve organized your cards and your gift ideas now it’s time to take the last step -wrapping paper. Now to some people, wrapping presents is akin to waiting in the dentist office. You know you have to do “it” but you want it to be a painless a procedure as possible. Some of us are better at this than others, some of us know exactly where we left the ribbons and the rest of us have bows in one place, no paper and tape in a desk drawer.

Before we get carried away, I thought a little quiz might alleviate the stress that is  beginning to emanate your body

Gift wrap style quiz: What kind of wrapper are you?
By Trish Berrong on December 15, 2017

Extensive and super-scientific Hallmark research indicates that people who wrap presents fall into specific, well-documented categories. Knowing your type can be helpful in your gift-giving experiences. To help you identify your gift wrap style, please keep track of your answers and compare them to the results below.

Note: The research is super-scientific. This quiz is… not.

QUIZ

I like my gift wrap like I like my wardrobe:
A. Fabulous and beautifully accessorized.
B. A perfect expression of creativity and personality.
C. Simple and practical.
D. As long as everything is covered up, we’re good, right?

My favorite place to get gift wrap is…
A. Well-stocked gift-wrap aisles, party and card specialty stores, and adorable boutiques.
B. Craft stores, card and paper shops, and thrift or vintage stores.
C. From people thoughtful enough to open their presents without tearing the paper.
D. Um…in the same place I stop on the way to the party to get the gift.

My favorite presents to wrap are…
A. Wedding and baby shower gifts. I love making sure they stand out on the gift table.
B. Simple gifts with stories behind them. I turn opening the present into part of the experience.
C. The ones that fit in bags. Fluff some tissue paper and done.
D. The ones that come with a bow already on top.

When there are gifts to wrap, you’ll find me…
A. At a dining room table piled high with coordinating paper, ribbons, bows, and attachments.
B. In my craft room, surrounded by stacks of kraft paper and art supplies.
C. Digging through my stash for occasion-appropriate wrap and not-too-wrinkled tissue paper.
D. In the car, peeling the stickers off a just-purchased gift bag.

When wrapping presents, my philosophy is:
A. Presentation is everything: It’s the way you make a great first impression with your gift!
B. Gift wrap is the pre-show. It should be fun and get someone excited about opening their present.
C. Wrapping is a necessary part of the gift—it’s there to protect the present or the surprise.
D. I’m supposed to have a philosophy about gift wrap?

I get inspiration for wrapping gifts from…
A. YouTube videos on “how to tie a fancy bow” and “how to wrap like a pro.”
B. Everywhere. Art is all around us.
C. The size of the gift, the wrap I have handy, and the time I have until the party.
D. An overwhelming sense of urgency and panic.

Scoring & Recommendations
Total the number of answers you had for each letter, and find your gift wrap style below. Please note that many people exhibit traits of more than one style, depending on the occasion, recipient, and other contextual cues. It is not unusual to present with more than one gift wrap style.

PREDOMINANTLY A: Perfect Presenter
For you, finding just the right present is only part of the fun. You get giddy about coordinating your wrap with the bride’s colors, the baby shower theme, the birthday kiddo’s favorite super hero, or the hostess’s kitchen décor. You can do totally tasteful or all the way over the top—or anything in between—depending on the occasion. You may or may not have a selection of different kinds of tape to use on different types of paper.

Recommended for you:

Definitely check out the Hallmark Signature gift wrap collection. From playful to fancy and super-cute to totally luxe, this selection of wrapping paper, gift bags, and accessories was made with you in mind.
Our Giftology series is full of tips and tricks, like how to build a gift tower and add a sash to a gift.

MOSTLY B: Gift Wrap Artist
When it comes to gift giving, you always think outside the box. Maybe you’ll decorate your own paper. Or DIY some tassels or pom poms. Or incorporate a little add-on gift into the wrap. Or you might create a complex, clue-filled quest to build excitement for the lucky recipient. Whether you go trendy and minimalist or decorated to the max, wrapping presents is one big happy creative exercise for you.

Recommended for you:

Collections like Eclectic Kraft and Bright & Modern were created by designers and artists like you. They’re full of complementary colors and textures, so they go together without being matchy-matchy.
Want DIY ideas? See how to make a tassel or flowers from tissue paper to decorate a present.

SERIOUSLY C: Thrifty Gifter
Your gift closet is as well-equipped as any wrapping paper section in a store, and it’s the first place you “shop” when there’s a party. Your senses tingle when there’s a stock-up sale. And there’s no shame in your re-gift-bagging game. But that doesn’t mean you’re less thoughtful—in fact, you’re a very generous gift giver. And your practical approach means you’ve always got the right wrap on hand for any present and every occasion.

Recommended for you:

You are the reason we put cut lines on our paper, make reversible wrap, and created wrapping paper pads.
Check out tips and tricks for organizing your closet gift wrap stash and solutions to 6 common gift-wrapping dilemmas.

PRETTY MUCH ALL D: Rushed Wrapper
You’re a kind, thoughtful friend. You know your mom’s favorite perfume, the artist your sister likes, and your best friend’s preferred adult beverage. But you’ve got a lot going on. This thing about getting a gift and making it fancy? What are you, an elf? It’s not that you’re against wrapping presents—you’ve just got too many thumbs and too little time.

Recommended for you:

When it’s important to make something look like an intentional, pre-planned gift, there are easy solutions. Try sticking on some curly ribbon, or adding a gift tag or tassel.

Well, believe it or not there is a way to organize wrapping paper! Hallmark, “The Card People” have solutions. Here is one that is pretty nifty:

https://ideas.hallmark.com/videos/gift-wrapping-ideas/closet-giftwrap-storage/

So, now that you are all organized you are ready for whatever comes your way in 2019!

~Sallie

P.S. Next week, some ideas about gifting food!

Card Organizer

Dear Fellow Journalers,

The biggest “thing” in organizing cards is sorting them. This goes for store-bought or handmade. Now some people may argue that you should sort by month(like you Aunt Mary’s  birthday is in June and your Dad’s birthday is in May. What happens if your spouse asks you to buy/make a retirement card for a co-worker who is retiring in August? You buy/make the card and file it in the August slot and forget about it.

I find that it is easier to file cards by categories keeping the everyday events separate from the holidays. So my division of cards looks like this: Anniversary, Baby, Birthday (women, men, children), Friendship, Get Well, Sympathy, Thank You, Thinking of You, and Wedding.

I sort the holidays by theme: Valentine’s Day, Easter, Mother+s Day, Father’s  Day, Patriotic, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

Some tips:

  • Be sure to place each envelope so that the flap covers the card itself.
  • You can also address the envelopes ahead of time.
  • Colorful envelopes add pizzazz!
  • Decorate the envelope with stickers or make liners. Envelope liners can now be made with a die-cut machine. I used to make them years ago. For more information, see below.
  • Use a decorative shoe box for sorting.

Sentiments are hard to get “right”. You can spend hours in a Hallmark store trying to get the right picture and then the inside wording is all wrong. If you make your own cards, there are a dozen sites to use. I keep a folder divided by theme for my inside greetings ( see uniquelyyourscards.WordPress.com for more ideas. Sometimes the store-bought card is really perfect, but the inside greeting is all wrong you can take a blank cardstock, write you own message and it on top of the pre-made greeting.

In any case, greeting cards are an important element in gift giving and finding the right one and knowing where it is, can help your recipient enjoy a memorable day.

~Sallie

 

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