First up - I recently received an e-mail from Jen at Legacy Prayer Journals. She sent me a free copy of her product and I can hardly wait to work on it! I am hoping to work on this in January while in Colorado.
I have mentioned before that landing on a good system for prayer requests can be very overwhelming to me. And, honestly - prayer is something I struggle with because it is hard to know how many legitimate needs there are and overwhelming to know how to keep up with them all.
I have found that keeping a prayer journal is the most successful thing for me. I like to write out my prayers. This is something I did several years ago and have just started again recently - it has made a wonderful difference.
I love the idea of having pictures and places to journal for those I will regularly be praying for. And, what an exciting way to begin teaching my children about prayer by including pictures of family and friends they can recognize and pray for even without knowing how to read.
Jen has created a CD of templates that you can print out and mount into a journal or scrapbook of your choice. Add pictures, favorite Scriptures, etc... to personalize the book and make it your own.
Thank you, Jen, for sharing your wonderful idea with me - I am eager to get going on my own Legacy Prayer Journal! If you are interested, Jen is having a special through December 25th. In the "special instructions" box, type in code "CHRISTMAS" and receive a 25% discount on your order. If you purchase more than one, you will receive 50% off each additional CD with the same code.
I also received some great Christmas cards from Elizabeth! This was a blessing because I usually make my own cards, but that did not happen this year! Here are my three favorites! She is always adding new things - so be sure to check in and see what's new! Thanks, Elizabeth!
I keep thinking I'll write this into its own post - but it hasn't happened - so I'll include it here! David and I love to play games. It is a standing Sunday afternoon tradition for us to enjoy a game together! We love lots of the classics, but have gotten several games in the past couple of years that have quickly become favorites!
I just realized while typing up this list that my sister is how I found out about all of these! One thing we like about each of these games is that they are good for only two players. These versions of Settlers and Castle are made to only be two-person games. Sometimes when you play a game it just doesn't work the same with only two players or isn't as challenging. These are definitely different!
Ticket to Ride: complete "routes" between cities or countries; lots of expansions and variations available.
Settlers of Catan: we had played the multi-player game at my sisters and loved it. I stumbled upon the card game for two players unopened at our local Salvation Army thrift store for just a couple of dollars. What a fun find! This game is very challenging and has lots of variations as well!
What are your favorite games?
And, here is a fun new recipe I tried over the weekend ~ fun and festive this time of year! It was the featured recipe on my Gooseberry Patch calendar this month.
Fudgy Peppermint Dreams
4 (1 oz.) squares unsweetened baking chocolate, coarsely chopped (or substitute 3 T. cocoa and 1 T. oil for each 1 oz. square)
1/2 c. plus 2 T. butter, divided
2 c. sugar
4 eggs, divided
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 c. flour
8 oz. softened cream cheese
1 T. cornstarch
1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp. peppermint extract
green food coloring
1 c. chocolate chips
1/2 c. whipping cream (I didn't have any so substituted the peppermint CoffeeMate Creamer instead)
crushed peppermint for garnish
Melt baking chocolate and 1/2 c. butter, stir until smooth. Add sugar, 3 eggs, vanilla and flour. Spread in greased 9x13 pan and bake at 350 for 12 minutes.
Beat together cream cheese, remaining butter and cornstarch until fluffy. Gradually add sweetened condensed milk, remaining egg and peppermint extract. Add food coloring.
Pour over hot layer and bake an additional 30 minutes.
Combine choc. chips and cream - melt in a saucepan or in microwave until smooth. Spread over top and garnish with crushed peppermint. Cool and chill. Makes 2-3 dozen bars.
Well, now - how was that for random! Any other random thoughts to add? :)