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16 Feb

Christmas Wreath: Quick and Easy!

Quick and Easy Christmas Wreath

I HAD THIS wreath on my door throughout the fall, but with Christmas just around the corner, I wanted to change it up for the holiday. One of my favorite things is little, fat birds, and I found this one at Joann’s with their doorbuster sale for just $2.50. Adding a couple of holiday picks cost another $3.00, so for just $5.50 I got a brand new wreath for the holiday.

The only thing I don’t like about it is the brown bow at the top. Had I been more foresightful, I would not have hot glued the brown bow to the wreath so I could change it out. But I still think it’s a pretty Christmas wreath, anyway.

Here’s what I did. Gather two holiday picks (mine have holly leaves and little red berries) and wire them to the burlap wreath. Tuck the little bird’s wire feet firmly under the wire and there you have it! (I learned from the bow and didn’t hot glue anything to the wreath, so I can change it out for other seasons.) You could use berries, snowflakes, jingle bells, or any other Christmas trinkets you have lying around, or head on down to your favorite craft store (with coupon in hand, of course) and get yourself a few new doodads to add to your decor. With a little imagination and even less effort, you’ll have your door decked out with a Christmas wreath for the holidays in no time!

Another craft I did was this rustic joy hanger. It’s made with painted letters, a small grapevine wreath and a large jingle bell. Easy-peasy!

I love the word joy. It is a simple word with only three letters and it is full of such a huge amount of emotion. It represents the elation of the Christmas season and personifies the coming of the Christ child.

So I wanted to make a decoration that shows my joy in the season and would be simple to make and still have huge impact.

You will need:
1 six-inch grapevine wreath
1 three and a half inch rustic jingle bell
5″ letters J and Y
Acrylic paints in Brick Red and Metallic Bronze
Small paint brush
Sand paper
Hot glue gun and glue stick

What you do:

  1. Paint the letters with the Brick Red paint and allow to dry
  2. Paint over the letters with a light coat of Metallic Bronze and let dry
  3. Sand the edges of the letters
  4. Tie the jingle bell to the top of the wreath so that it hangs in the hole in the wreath
  5. Hot glue the letters to the sides of the wreath

07 Mar

A Christian Seder Menu

seder

MENU

Chicken soup with vegetables—or—matzo ball soup

Broiled asparagus                 Sauteed spinach with basil and pine nuts

Horseradish potato gratin

Roast beef and onions—or—Slow cooker coffee-braised brisket with vegetables

Flourless chocolate cake

We’ll start our Christian Seder feast with chicken soup, because my son doesn’t like matzo balls, but I’ve included a recipe in case you do. In either case, you’ll be eating chicken broth, the “Jewish penicillin.”

Then we bring out the vegetables and meat! You might wonder why we aren’t eating lamb, and the answer is that the last lamb slain for sin was 2,000 years ago. As Christians we aren’t a-chunk-of-beef-2obligated to sacrifice for our sins anymore (in fact, it would be sin to do so!), so we don’t eat lamb at Passover. However, in keeping with our Jewish roots, we don’t eat ham, either! Chicken or beef will suffice, although if you like lamb (I don’t), there’s no reason not to enjoy it at this time. I’ve included a recipe for lamb as well.

After our sumptuous meal is eaten, we’ll sit back with a cup of coffee or tea and a decadent slice of flourless chocolate cake. You’ve never eaten anything so chocolate if you haven’t tasted one of these!

Recipes

Chicken Soup with Vegetables

Matzo Ball Soup

Broiled Asparagus

Sauteed Spinach with Pine Nuts

Horseradish Potato Gratin

Roast Beef and Onions

Slow Cooker Coffee-Braised Brisket with Vegetables

Rosemary and Garlic Roast Leg of Lamb

Flourless Chocolate Cake

You may notice that most of my recipes are from Real Simple.com. They aren’t paying me anything; in fact, they don’t even know I’m linking to them. I just like their recipes!