Star Mint Meringue Cookie Recipe

These Meringues Are A Treat To The Eye With An Irresistible TasteStarMintCookies

It’s definitely time to be thinking about the variety of cookies you want to make for family, friends and neighbors.

Christmas is just a few days away . . . oh my! Time to get to work!!!

It is raining today . . . a good day to stay indoors and bake cookies. So, let’s get started with these beautiful Star Mint Meringues.

Star Mint Meringue Cookies Recipe

Ingredients for 24 cookies:

  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup of sugar
  • Red paste food coloring

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 200° F.
  2. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl beat egg whites, cream of tartar, peppermint extract and salt with an electric mixer on medium speed until stiff peaks form and the tips curl.
  4. Gradually add sugar — just a tablespoon at a time. Beat on high speed until you have stiff peaks and the tips stand straight.
  5. With a new small paintbrush, brush stripes of red food coloring on the inside of a decorating bag fitted with a 1/2 inch open star tip.
  6. Carefully spoon the egg white mixture into the decorating bag.
  7. Pipe 2 inch stars 1 inch apart onto the prepared cookie sheet.
  8. Bake 1 and 1/3 hours or until the meringue appears dry and the cookies are firm when lightly touched.
  9. Transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool thoroughly.

Now that wasn’t so bad. I hope you like this recipe and give it a try.

 

It Is Feeling Like Christmas

What Does Christmas Feel Like To You?Christmas7

For me, Christmas is colder temperatures . . . not snow cold, because I don’t get snow regularly during  the winter . . . just at odd extreme times.

There is something about having a wet Christmas rather than a white Christmas. I doubt “I’m Dreaming of a Wet Christmas” would be a very good song. But this may indeed be what I’ll be experiencing this year.

It’s mainly about the sharing, caring and giving to family, friends and even neighbors. Also about greetings of goodwill for all. Having a happy disposition. And spreading good cheer to all we encounter on our rushing around this Christmas week.

Life does feel wonderful when we’re out and about on our various errands. My thoughts go to family and friends who are no longer with us. I do believe they are celebrating this glorious Christmas season together and with me.

My traditions are their traditions . . . taught to me and practiced when we were all together. It is a good time . . . even remembering those who are no longer with us . . . it doesn’t have to be sad and taint our Christmas celebration.

We all have precious memories we do cherish and honor not just at Christmas, but all year round. It may be a bit melancholy, but it doesn’t have to be . . . it is all a matter of perspective.

This Is The First Christmas I’m Sharing With My Precious Yorkshire Terrier Diva.DTDM1

She’s a great little girl that I absolutely adore. So loving and funny in her excitement of every day being special. She may not understand Christmas, but she knows something is different with a Christmas tree and decorations . . . she may feel the excitement of what is hiding in her stocking . . .

I believe we can learn a lot from our pets. It’s mainly universal love. Loving no matter what. And also seeing a new adventure in every single day. Each day is a wonderful gift . . . we must enjoy it and recognize it for what it is.

I know that some people experience loss during Christmas and at various times throughout the year. It always seems worse at Christmas.

I wish I had something wise and memorable to say to you . . . to give you comfort while you’re grieving . . . but although your heart is aching remember the good times . . . the journey you’ve shared and how you’ve grown and prospered because of knowing them.

We are loved. And we do love. That is special in and of itself. Love is very powerful. That’s what makes our pets seem human to us. It’s what the Christmas season is all about.

Take a moment to look back in loving memory . . . allow the love to come forth into your life . . . and live and thrive and give and enjoy this Christmas.

Think of all your blessings and how fortunate you truly are . . .

Every holiday is what you make it. And creating new memories that will brighten your life for years to come.

I Wonder Why People Watch Sad Movies At Christmas

I’m beginning to believe that with tears . . . our hearts are opened a bit wider to give more and to feel more.

That may seem strange. Just ask around and discover for yourself. Many people have a favorite Christmas movie they watch each and every Christmas. Ask them why . . . some will just say, “It’s our family tradition.”

But delve deeper, if you can . . . don’t be disappointed if they don’t know . . . but their tears are not negative at all . . . that seems to be a miracle. It could be a cleansing to a degree. I guess a good cry is healthy.

Maybe similar to laughter.

Have You Noticed The Number of Vlogs On YouTube?

There’s also that new vlog people share while driving home from work or just driving around.

It seems many of them are in their car . . . some may be home and sharing what they’re doing. Why is this “reality” thing so popular?

Do we really want to look into the homes, cars, errands of others?

What is fascinating about them?

They are fascinating with the number of subscribers they get . . . are these lives so different from yours?

Would you want to vlog your life?

Yes, I’ve watched many of them . . . just to see what they’re about. Some have interesting moments . . .

Maybe it is an escape from your life . . . or the sense of wanting to be part of something different . . . I don’t really know. I just admire people who sustain their vlogs for years . . . sharing their home life . . .

I couldn’t do it. I have my hands full with my blogs . . . and is this any different, really?

It does give me something to think about . . .

I’ve rambled on for quite some time with my random thoughts during this Christmas week. I hope yours is much more exciting . . . you may even vlog about it . . .

I wish you a very productive and delightful Christmas week,

Sharon

Do You Feel The Excitement In The Air?

Christmas Week Is Coming!!!Christmas4

Yes, excitement is in the air!!!

I’ve been having dreams of candy canes and elves and a jolly fat man dressed in red with a long white beard. A huge sleigh and eight reindeer . . .

Families are gathering . . . the stores are bursting with activity with excited customers buying, buying, buying!!!

Everywhere you go there are happy smiling faces . . . children jumping, hopping and running . . . so full of energy and merriment. This is an exciting time for one and all.

Santa Claus Is Coming To Town Along With Family Members

Houses are decorated inside and outside.

Everywhere you look there are hints of what is to come for the whole family . . . good food and good company . . . and the anticipation of Santa’s visit.

It’s good . . . all good.

Toy Drives are in full swing for needy families . . . also Food Drives to make sure there is a nutritious Christmas meal for many families who would go without . . .

A feeling of goodwill towards all is abundant . . .

I do wonder about this Christmas Spirit that comes around this time of year. It would be nice to have it year round, but we do get caught up in our own family matters.

Does it really matter that children receive gifts? Does it really matter that a family have a grand Christmas dinner?

Isn’t it about family and spending quality time together . . . trimming the Christmas tree or the fireplace . . . and remembering the reason for the season?

Have we forgotten?

For many it is a myth. For others it is all too true . . . taking a leap of faith.

Are we caught up in the gift buying?

Looking Around My Neighborhood

Merry Christmas Wallpapers

Merry Christmas Wallpapers

Yes, the neighbors have put up their lights and light displays on the lawns.

All telling the arrival of Santa’s visit. This is great and wonderful for the children. I do get a kick out of it, too.

Tucked away is a manger scene or two . . . yes three, four . . .

There is a combination of the true meaning . . . and the commercialized version of Christmas.

Is there the celebration of Jesus’s birth . . . or is it about what’s under the Christmas tree?

It’s not my place to tell you how to celebrate Christmas. It is your holiday as much as it is mine. Celebrate it with your family however you wish. Or spend it alone and treat it like any other day of the year. It is your choice.

I do value the excitement. The lights and the outdoor displays. People have gone to a lot of work.

It is the last big celebration before the New Year.

Yes, We All Deserve A Grand Holiday

For many, this is the beginning of Christmas vacation.

Yes, there are politically correct labels placed on the season . . . but it is Christmas . . . and all that goes along with it . . . lights, a tree, presents, family and friends gathering . . . baking . . . cooking . . . all in anticipation of Christmas Eve and Santa’s visit . . .

Lots of preparation went into this celebration . . . all the planning and labor that went along with it . . .

We do it every year . . . so it is definitely worth it.

May this Christmas be everything you’ve thought it would be.

Sharon

A Beautiful Rainy Day

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I was hearing bumps and bangs.

I knew it was my new neighbors next door. I listened as the sound moved around to the front of the house.

It sounded like footsteps, but more of a dragging . . .

Before my imagination could switch into high gear, I heard the first drops of rain on the roof.

The wind is still blowing, but I’m no longer concerned . . . it’s no two legged culprit out running amuck in my yard.

I Do Love Rainy Days

It’s my excuse to stay home.

But I do have groceries to buy . . .

I guess they can wait. Check out the pantry and freezer.

There’s a big boom of thunder. I jumped. Then the roar and rumble that seemed to go on and on . . . and the major flash of lightning . . . more thunder . . .

I shut down my laptop. I didn’t want to be involved with any electrical phenomenon.

The weather has calmed down considerably and we have some clouds, but mostly sunny.

As much as I love the rain and cooler temperatures, I do play it safe when there are electrical storms. I do love the sound of the rain and the rumbling of the thunder, but the lightning makes me a little nervous and I allow Mother Nature to do her thing and I’ll stay off line.]

It’s a good time to dig into a good book. There are plenty for all ages. And maybe doing a jigsaw puzzle will pass the time nicely and allows for conversation.

Of course I have a selection of good books and jigsaw puzzles for your family enjoyment. Reading aloud a favorite story is always fun. It may be interesting to have a jigsaw puzzle out, too. That way you can take turns reading and working on the puzzle.

Here are some great before Christmas rainy day stories and jigsaw puzzles for your family enjoyment:

These are in Kindle format so be sure to click hardcover or paperback if you want a printed book.

Now, for the jigsaw puzzles:

Some of these puzzles won’t be available until closer to Christmas. But there are plenty that are available now you can select. These are only my suggestions.

I don’t mind if my order comes after Christmas. It’s a way of keeping the season going a bit longer. And they’ll be available for next Christmas. These aren’t gifts. They’re to have around for my family and friends to enjoy while they’re visiting. And for rainy days in winter . . . and any time of year, actually.

This may seem strange, but sometimes during a hot summer day I like bringing out a jigsaw puzzle of snow and cold weather — even a Christmas theme . . . or Halloween . . . or any holiday for that matter. I don’t need to go along with the season. It’s all in the fun of reading a story or doing a jigsaw puzzle.

I have a friend who always does Christmas in July. She can’t wait to throw a party . . . she puts up a tree and we bring gifts and have a great feast with Christmas goodies. It’s fun and gives us two Christmas celebrations.

It’s always fun to create your own traditions.

Have a Very Merry Christmas!!

Sharon

Christmas Movies You Love

Lately I’ve Been Watching A Variety Of Christmas Movieschristmasmovies

The unfortunate thing is that I don’t remember titles . . . or paid much attention to them.

After a while the themes or story lines seems to blend together . . .

I do like the movies that have to do with families. There was one where a young woman was to meet her fiance’s parents by spending Christmas with them. He had a business appointment and would meet her there.

Well, it so happened that the last name was the same as the last time of a man she met on the plane . . . her fiance’s name was Will and the man’s brother was Billy .  .  . but it seemed close enough for her and she joined the man to meet his parents . . . and they were having a lovely time .  .  .

Until Billy showed up .  .  . and Will the fiance called wondering where she was . . .

These mix up stories are always wonderful . . . yet embarrassing . . . and real heart breakers . . . Yet they’re always eye-openers when it comes to affairs of the heart . . . And the connection we make with others . . .

Movies May Have One Central Message . . .

But we do find so much more that is meaningful to us.

Yes, it is very subjective. It’s about finding common ground for friendship and love relationships . . . without that there is nothing . . . or to have shared interests in the movie I mentioned, but with differing attitudes.

In this movie, the woman owned an antique shop that was opened by her father . . . he since passed and it was left to her . . .

The fiance was a real estate big wig and he wanted to sell the shop to a high bidder . . .

The man on the plane appreciated old things and rebuilt an old clock or music box for his grandfather . . . which was lost in the baggage claim . . . and the woman lost her luggage . . .

Yes, they had a bit of a conflict at the “lost luggage” counter . . .

But besides their differences . . .

It is a lovely movie . . . one I’d watch again and would recommend to you, if only I could remember the title . . .

The message I received from this movie may be entirely different from the one you’d receive which makes it quite interesting and an excellent movie that relates to a wider audience.

It’s very much a romance than a love story . . .

I don’t want to give the ending away, but I may have let the cat out of bag unintentionally . . .

It’s difficult explaining something without giving too much away . . .

Generally, Christmas Movies Are Feel Good Movies

There is usually something for everyone.

I know the classics that everyone watches during Christmas . . . “A Christmas Carol”, “It’s A Wonderful Life” and there are probably a dozen or more others you may enjoy and watch each and every year without fail.

I like Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol” and I’ve found many remakes of the basic theme run through them. The message is always the same and it’s delightful to acknowledge it has withstood the “test of time.”

There are funny movies . . . and heart break movies . . . and some with a bit of nostalgia and even melancholy thrown in . . . there are various mixes that make for Christmas entertainment.

It is wonderful to live in a time where movies are made to capture a wide audience either on the wide screen of movies in theaters or small screen for home entertainment.

They also reach all age groups . . . which is always fun for family entertainment.

Christmas Is Family Time

There’s a lot of focus on Santa and gifts.

And Black Friday and getting a head start on gift buying.

For me, the gifts are nice, but it’s family quality time. That’s what I remember the most . . . not really the gifts . . . but those quiet moments when we’re all together . . . maybe lost in our own thoughts or talking quietly . . .

I suppose we all have our own memories which may be very different from mine . . . but a quiet walk or sitting by the fireplace quietly is very special to me . . . it doesn’t have to be grand, just knowing you’re safe and warm, wrapped up in the love of your family.

Have a Very Merry Christmas!

Sharon