Christmas Show & Tell: Have Yourself a Decadent Little Christmas

I hope you all have now begun your Christmas weekend and are spending time with family and friends... I wanted to share a few things with you to enjoy over the holiday season.
  • Can I implore you to start one morning of your holiday with these scrumptious muffins? She calls them "French Breakfast Puffs"... Doug & I agreed this morning that our name for them is going to be "Sopaipilla Muffins" (after the delicious cinnamon-sugar coated Mexican dessert). They are sinfully delicious in every possible way. If you make these, your taste buds will rise up and call you blessed.

    I'm serious. I don't think I've ever made a better breakfast. Ever. Are you on your way to your kitchen? You should be.
  • Still waiting around for my "Redesign Your Blog" how-to-do-html post? Please forgive me for not having gotten to that sooner-- my language lessons started up a couple weeks ago (I'm learning Turkish), we've been tidying up because we'll be traveling for much of the month of January, and with Christmas goings-on, well, it just hasn't happened. I'll try and revisit it next week, before we leave. In the meantime, here's a great post that can give you other tips on how to improve your blog: 15 Powerful Ways to Differentiate Your Blog From the Crowd.
  • Take this holiday season to get some sleep. Improve your health, have more energy, and help the environment by getting the right amount of sleep.
  • SECULAR THOUGHTS ON HEAVEN: Liberal LA Times columnist Joel Stein got quoted on the back of a Starbucks cup. Here's the quote:
    Heaven is totally overrated. It seems boring. Clouds, listening to people play the harp. It should be somewhere you can't wait to go, like a luxury hotel. Maybe blue skies and soft music were enough to keep people in line in the 17th century, but Heaven has to step it up a bit. They're basically getting by because they only have to be better than Hell.
    Something interesting is that this (clouds, harps, boring) is the way many Christians see Heaven, which is completely unbiblical, but gives clear reason for why so few Christians are excited about eternity with Christ.

    In response to Stein's coffee cup quote, he received five copies of Randy Alcorn's book, Heaven, from five different Christians. Because of that response, Stein called Alcorn. You might be interested to read about the outcome of that conversation. Here's Alcorn's blogpost about their conversation, and here's Stein's follow-up article about Heaven. You should read both.

    By the way, if you haven't read Randy Alcorn's book, Heaven, or you find yourself feeling similar to how Stein feels about Heaven, BUY AND READ the book. It will give you so much biblical insight, encouragement, and excitement about eternity.
LAUGH TRACKNormally, I like to end these posts with something funny. Today, I have three, no- make that FOUR, funny links for you to check out. So have a few laughs...

I pray that this holiday time will be a time for gathering with those that you love to celebrate the amazing miracle of Christ come to earth. What an amazing thing it is that the God of all the world came and became human, in order that we might have eternal life. May this be a precious time for you and your family.



dcrmom said...

Those muffins look divine! Merry Christmas, Jess!!

Anonymous said...

Oh Jess!!! The Homeschooler's Wish List....I laughed (and am still laughing) my rear off! It's so true!!

Also, I picked up the book, Heaven, about two years ago but stopped half way through...I'm encouraged to finish it now...thanks!

Have a great Christmas!

Anna S said...

Jess, these muffins look great. I wish you a very happy holiday season.

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas, Jess. I'm really enjoying your blog. You're a natural. :)


CB said...

My mother in law has used reusable fabric gift bags for years and gave us some (handmade) Christmas pillow cases which I am using this year for wrapping gifts.

I also like the Homeschooler's wish list. LOL

Jaime said...

mmmmm.... food.... tasty, tasty, greasy, fattening, tasty food!!

thanks for the links!

Mrs. Sewell (Professional Wife and SAHM) said...


Thanks for the muffin idea! I am going to make those on Christmas morning! I was looking for something new and special to make for my husband and little one. I will post that recipe on my blog as well!

Thanks for all the great ideas and encouragement you give abundantly!

God Bless and Merry CHRISTmas!

Crystal <>< (SAHM)

*~Tamara~* said...

I see you've found Ree's blog. ;-)

(PS: We met A. this morning at church. He has a great voice!)

Kim said...

GREAT Randy Alcorn stuff. I've never read that book (you keep telling me I need to), but I want to. Also, that homeschooling list was pretty funny.

Merry Christmas, sweetie!

{Karla} said...

Thank you for the link on the Randy Alcorn response.

Merry Christmas to you!


LisaM said...

Good links, as usual. :) The Heaven links were really interesting. Wishing you the ability to always see the True Love, Joy and Peace of God. Merry Everything, and Happy Always!