Wednesday 9 December 2009

Little Jesus wast Thou shy
Once, and just so small as I?
And what did it feel like to be,
Out of heaven and just like me?
Didst Thou sometimes think of there,
And ask where all the angels were?
I should think that I would cry
For my house all made of sky;
I would look about the air
And wonder where my angels were . . .
~Francis Thompson

As you read these words, I am hopefully snozzing away all tucked up in my beddy bye after having worked a long night. Not for long though as I am off to the Dentist later in the morning, hopefully to have my tooth problem sorted!

Just saw this little poem and it appealed to me, and thought you might enjoy it as well.

Also, today is my youngest daughter's birthday. She is thirty today. I hope that she has a lovely day and that she doesn't work too hard. She works full time as a nurse in the Oncology Unit in a huge Children's hospital back home, and is also doing her Master's in Nursing at the same time. She's a busy gal. I love my daughter very much and I am very proud of her and her accomplishments. When she was growing up, her birthday parties always had a Christmas Theme . . . it was hard for me to resist. I always made her a Ruby Slipper Cake, and usually decorated it to look like a pretty Christmas Wreath, with sticky 7 minute frosting, flaked coconut and a pretty red bow. You can get the recipe here .It really is delicious.

If I get a chance later today, I just might make one, for old times sake and think of my lovely daughter while I do. We've become somewhat estranged in these past 9 years. She has a problem with me, which I don't understand, and I find quite hurtful . . . but that doesn't stop me from loving her or wanting to make it up, or from wishing her well on her special days, or from hoping that one day it will all be sorted. At least that's my prayer each and every day. Heavenly Father knows the righteous desires of every one of his children's hearts and so I trust in this . . . one day he'll right every wrong and make things right. And then, it will be as if none of this happened. I know that as hurtful as this situation is for me . . . it is probably more so for her, and I wish that I knew how to make it better. No mother wants to see her children in pain or to suffer.

Here's a tasty Christmas cookie that is not only very easy to do, but colourful and quick and quite delicious!

*Cheery Cherry Cookies*
makes 14 to 30
Printable Recipe

It just wouldn't be Christmas without a tin filled with these lovely cherry cookies in the larder! Quick, easy and quite similar in taste to shortbread cookies, but with the added treat of being filled with tasty candied cherries! (You can also add nuts if you like)

1/2 cup butter, softened
6 TBS sifted icing sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup of flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
6 TBS finely chopped mixed, red and green cherries
(Use your kitchen scissors to make it really easy)

Pre-heat the oven to 180*C/350*F. Line a couple of baking sheets with some baking parchment. Set aside.

Cream the butter and the icing sugar together in a bowl until light and fluffy. Stir in the vanilla. Sift the flour, salt and baking powder together. Stir this into the creamed mixture, mixing it in well. Fold in the chopped cherries. Mix well. Roll teaspoons of the dough into balls and place them 2 inches apart on the baking parchment lined cookie sheets. Press down with a floured fork.

Bake for 10 to 12 minutes until golden brown. Remove to a wire rack to cool completely before storing in an airtight container.

It's a Warm Roasted Potato Salad on The English Kitchen today!

PS - I may not get around to visit everyone's pages today, but I'll try to catch up with you all soon!!


  1. Marie,
    I hope you are all cozy, warm and sounds asleep, as I write this small note to you. You work so hard! You amze me at all you accomplish! I enjoyed seeing your children all together and pray someday you will be in the picture and they will embrace your unconditional mother's love. I agree it is them who even hurts more...and we never want to see our own hurt.
    Your daughter is beautiful! I pray that burden will someday be lifted from their shoulders as they realize the beautiful mother they have inside and out. I too know it will all be made alright through Christ's atonement. Meanwhile know a sister in Salt Lake keeps you in my thoughts and prayers.

    And Girl what am I to do? I need to loose these added pounds and your recipes are so incredibly delicious my mouth constantly waters when I see the photos.

    Enjoy a blessed week!

  2. Here's hoping you're sleeping like a baby right now! I'm about to do the sorry you can't get you tooth fixed til tomorrow--that's just terrible!

    Your daughter is beautiful, and I'm so glad to know that YOU know it will all be alright someday--probably sooner than you imagine!

    I was just telling the girls I needed to bake a TON of pretty cookies to fill a large, glass cookie jar on the counter--and look what you just shared with me...the perfect cookie for the job! Thanks, once again, Marie! You ARE my kitchen fairy!

    I'll check in with you tomorrow--hopefully you'll be feeling much better! Much love to you!

  3. I wish your daughter a Happy Birthday and hope you get your rest!
    Have a great Wednesday!

  4. Dear Marie,
    Your daughter is beautful and doing a very important job. Life has a way of throwing us curves that knock us down but one day out of the blue, something mysterious happens and it's all better. Been there...done that.
    Hang in there!

  5. Dearest Marie,

    I hope you sleep well and awake refreshed. I pray that your dentist can take care of your tooth pain. I also pray that your heart eases. Your daughter must be such a wonderful person to undertake such an intense job. I pray that you and she can enjoy each other's company soon.

    Lots of love from me to you.

  6. Hi, Marie! Hope your daughter had a very sweet day! And I hope so much one day things will be mended between you two. Such a lovely photo of her. :o) Those cookies are scrumptious! I could eat one now...LOL! I've been eating too much sugar already, and Christmas is still coming....hahaha... Thank you, as always, for sharing so much here in spite of your very busy days. Hope you're having a good week so far... Don't forget--LOVE YOU HEAPS ((BIG HUGS))

  7. Marie I'm praying for you and for your daughter today - praying for peace for you both. blessings, marlene

  8. hope your daughter has a great bday! sorry you aren't communicating these days-that must be so painful for the both of you:(

    and thanks for the cookie recipe! i didn't know there were green cherries out there. i learn something new everyday:)

  9. Hi Marie
    I am glad to hear you are doing better. You certainly had a busy day yesterday and I am so happy for you that you get so much pleasure from your church activities. I used to make tortiere very Christmas and then somehow I just got out of the habit of it. Thanks for the memories.
    Hugs, Rhondi

  10. Have to make those cookies,just spotted them again on Julie's blog!


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