Friday, October 11, 2019

#Halloween at Christmas Spirit - Cornflake Pumpkins

Cornflake Pumpkins

  • 30 large marshmallows
  • ½ cup butter or margarine
  • 2 tsp orange food coloring
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3½ cups cornflakes
  • 1 bag wilton green candy melts
  1. Place the marshmallows and butter in a microwave safe bowl and microwave for about 1 minute.
  2. Stir the puffed up marshmallows and butter together until it's one big gooey mess.
  3. Add the vanilla and orange food coloring and mix well.
  4. Then, add the cornflakes.
  5. Mix until all the cornflakes are coated well.
  6. Drop by large tablespoonfuls onto a greased piece of waxed paper.
  7. Place ½ cup of the wilton candy melts in a microwave safe bowl and melt as per directions on the package.
  8. Scoop the melted candy into a ziploc bag.
  9. Cut off the tip of one corner of the ziploc bag and decorate your pumpkins with stems and leaves!
  • If you don't have orange food coloring (which I don't), mix red and yellow until you get the desired orange color
  • Instead of using the melted candy for the stems and leaves, I'm going to use the Betty Crocker decorator icing you can buy in the cake and cookie decorating section of the baking aisle at the grocery store.

Recipe and images credit

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Rudolph Day (September 25, 2019) Halloween

Yes, I'm talking about Halloween on Rudolph Day. You might have noticed (or not) that we have a Halloween page (there's a cute Jack-O-Lantern image in the left sidebar). Since Halloween and Christmas are my two favorite holidays, I've decided to post some Halloween stuff throughout October. I'll be sharing recipes, crafts, maybe some stories and poems, and perhaps some myths and legends. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I know I will.

We will also have some Christmas next months as well, when Ken Kessler of The Sounds of Christmas stops by for his annual visit on October's Rudolph Day to share the season's upcoming holiday music. Can't wait!

See you in October!

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

10 Days of Christmas in July (Day 10) Can't wait for Christmas!


Today is the last day of Christmas in July. I hope you enjoyed this year's posts. I don't know about you, but I can't wait for Christmas!

Looking ahead, stay tuned for Rudolph Day in October for Ken's (from Sounds of Christmas) annual guest post about new music for the holiday season. In November, the Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge (hosted here on this site) starts Thanksgiving week, on Monday, November 25, and goes through Twelfth Night in January (6th). The Christmas Spirit Readathon, kicking off the reading challenge, runs from November 25 through December 8, and is hosted at Seasons of Reading. Also, Thanksgiving week (beginning November 25) I kick off my Sharing the Joy event here on the blog, which also runs through Twelfth Night. So, I'll have tons more Christmas content to share with you. I hope you will join us for these fun events.

Until next time, I leave you with this lovely Christmas poem, which really sums up what Christmas means to me.


( M.E. Miro )

Christmas is more than a day in December
It's all of those things that we love to remember
Its carolers singing familiar refrains
Bright colored stockings and shiny toy trains
Streamers of tinsel and glass satin balls
Laughter that rings through the house and its halls
Christmas is more than a day in December
Its the magic and the love
That we'll always remember

Image by Jill Wellington from Pixabay

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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

10 Days of Christmas in July (Day 9) New movie...Last Christmas

I know everyone has heard the famous Christmas song, Last Christmas by George Michael. Turns out Emma Thompson and George Michael together came up with the idea of a Christmas movie based on the song. The late songster was even involved in the early stages of the Thompson written romantic comedy. I'm intrigued!

Last Christmas, starring Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) and Henry Golding (Crazy Rich Asians), releases (in the U.S.) November 8, 2019.
Kate is a young woman subscribed to bad decisions. Her last date with disaster? That of having accepted to work as Santa's elf for a department store. However, she meets Tom there. Her life takes a new turn. For Kate, it seems too good to be true.
I'm looking forward to this one. Emma Thompson is a consummate screenwriter, having written screenplays for Sense and Sensibility, Nanny McPhee, and Bridget Jones' Baby.

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Monday, July 29, 2019

10 Days of Christmas in July (Day 8) Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus

I almost didn't get to post today. My internet is out. Well, only in certain parts of the house. Go figure. Turns out out wifi modem is outdated. Technician is bringing a new one tomorrow. Hopefully, the problem will be solved. When you work from home like I do, and blogging is your second (vanity) occupation, internet is essential. I'm sure there are many who can sympathize. Anyway, on with today's post...

One of my favorites from real life Christmas stories.

By Francis P. Church, first pub­lished in 
The New York Sun on Sep­tem­ber 21, 1897.

We take plea­sure in an­swer­ing thus promi­nently the com­mu­ni­ca­tion below, ex­press­ing at the same time our great grat­i­fi­ca­tion that its faith­ful author is num­bered among the friends of The Sun:
Dear Editor—
I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, “If you see it in The Sun, it’s so.” Please tell me the truth, is there a Santa Claus?
Vir­ginia O’Hanlon
Virginia, your little friends are wrong. They have been af­fected by the skep­ti­cism of a skep­ti­cal age. They do not believe except they see. They think that nothing can be which is not com­pre­hen­si­ble by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men’s or children’s, are little. In this great uni­verse of ours, man is a mere insect, an ant, in his in­tel­lect as com­pared with the bound­less world about him, as mea­sured by the in­tel­li­gence capable of grasp­ing the whole of truth and knowledge.

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as cer­tainly as love and gen­eros­ity and de­vo­tion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus! It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias. There would be no child­like faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tol­er­a­ble this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which child­hood fills the world would be extinguished.

Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies. You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chim­neys on Christ­mas eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if you did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither chil­dren nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that’s no proof that they are not there. Nobody can con­ceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and un­see­able in the world.

You tear apart the baby’s rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil cov­er­ing the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived could tear apart. Only faith, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the su­per­nal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, Virginia, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding.

No Santa Claus! Thank God! he lives and lives forever. A thou­sand years from now, Virginia, nay 10 times 10,000 years from now, he will con­tinue to make glad the heart of childhood.


Has this been a favorite of yours as well?

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