Welcome to my Christmas blog ~ Christmas Pudding

"I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all year." ~ Charles Dickens

Monday, December 21, 2009

A Christmas Miracle

Hello friends~ It has been a busy time getting ready for the holidays. Baking, decorating, and the arrival of my youngest son home for Christmas. The next three days, my son and I will be looking after my three little grandsons which will bring a lot more excitement to my home!

Today I would like to share a story with you. It is a true story and it is long but I hope you will read through it. I hope you will be as blessed as I am to share it with you.


The year was 1985, and what had started out as a very promising year, by May, had turned disastrous!

My hubby had lost his job and with the loss of his job, he had also lost the car which had been supplied by the company he had worked for.
He and the number one salesman in the Atlantic region had both been fired because of their honesty. Now one would think that in the work place, integrity would mean everything; not so in that work place! Needless to say, we were devastated by this turn of events.
Then, on top of it all, the beautiful family home we had been renting, had been sold and we were forced to move out to the country where rents were cheaper.
A Christian brother had loaned us a car to drive, and by mid-August, my hubby had started a small business.
I was a 'stay-at-home' mom, so money was tight. For several months our diet consisted mainly of potatoes, peanut butter sandwiches, and whatever I could bake from scratch. We had little money to buy fresh fruit and vegetables, only potatoes. I learned to serve potatoes in many different ways which wasn't a bad thing, still the meals were pretty boring at times.

With the holidays fast approaching, we were concerned about what kind of Christmas we could give our three little boys.
As the weeks flew by, and the Christmas season drew near, the bills were piling up, and we didn't have the money for a big turkey dinner let alone presents for our children.
Peanut butter sandwiches would not be a welcome treat for Christmas dinner, so I brought my petition before the Lord. He knew our circumstances better than anyone and I trusted Him to take care of it. I didn't know it at the time, but He was working on a miracle for us.

Christmas was always a very big deal at our house, and throughout December, excitement ran high. Our home always got trimmed earlier than most and the smell of Christmas baking permeated our home for weeks prior to the big day.

As December approached, we saw the Lord working on our behalf.
One night before Christmas Day, our church delivered a big box of groceries to us. What a delight to look inside that big box and find a turkey and all the fixings to make a nice Christmas dinner. That same week, another box was delivered to our home. That box was filled with chocolates, all sorts of candy, and Christmas baking. There were even some small gifts for the boys. About that same time, we began receiving monetary gifts too.
One generous couple gave us five hundred dollars! Most of those gifts came from anonymous sources and remain a mystery to this day.

Imagine the delight of three wide-eyed little boys when on Christmas morning, they arose to find their stockings bulging with all kinds of goodies.
Our boys had asked for an Atari that year, and they were overjoyed to find one under the tree. We had such an abundance of food that we were able to have friends over for Christmas dinner. There were no peanut butter sandwiches served that day!

I have learned that when we ask the Lord for something, especially when it is good for us, He is faithful to give it to us. Oftentimes, His gifts are more than we asked for and sometimes, they are beyond belief!
The scripture verse from Luke 6:38 remains for me a promise I shall always stand on. ".... and it shall be given to you, pressed down, shaken together, running over, they shall pour into your lap..." This is a promise of blessing.

The Lord had provided all we needed for a splendid Christmas; a bountiful feast, which we were able to share with friends, presents for our little ones, and money to pay some outstanding bills. The gifts had indeed been "given, running over, and poured into our lap." Most importantly, He showed us that He cared about all the little everyday things that affect our lives.

If you were to ask my boys what their favourite Christmas memory was, they would tell you it was the Christmas of 1985 when God provided a Christmas miracle.

I pray that your Christmas will be extra special this year and that God's love will fill your heart and your home.

Christmas in my heart all year round~ Sandi

Friday, December 4, 2009

Counting Down the Days.

Good evening friends~ Have you noticed what day it is? It's December 4th, and that means Christmas is just around the corner!
It also means that Jordan, my youngest son, will be coming home for the holidays soon; ten more days to be exact! I can't wait to see him!

You see, Jordan is away at university studying for his PhD in Math, and he only gets home at Christmastime. It has been a whole year since his Dad and I have seen him.

So, I'm making lots of preparations; a list of his favourite meals and desserts, and getting the guest room ready. The doll dressed in blue and the pretty birdhouses will all be put away to make room for my son.
Jordan is looking forward to seeing his oldest brother and his family too. My oldest son and his family live about five minutes from here. There will be lots of excitement when the three little nephews see their Uncle Jordan again!

Less than a month from today, my hubby and I are flying out to Vancouver to visit my middle son and his family. I haven't seen them since last February and my youngest grandson is walking now, and doing all the cute little boy things that baby boys do. I have much to look forward to. It's going to be a very busy, but joyous time of celebration!

I have much to be thankful for!

In the midst of all this busyness and preparation, I make sure I make time to ponder the reason why we celebrate this beautiful season, our Saviour Jesus, who came into this world to make a way for us to spend eternity with Him. We owe Him thanks for this beautiful season which we are celebrating. If it hadn't been for His coming, there would be no Christmas! Think about that! No Christmas, no Christmas carols, no Christmas decorations...

I thank Him for all this beauty He has brought us. I thank Him for my wonderful family, and for His coming to us over two thousand years ago.
I also look forward to Him coming again. Next time it won't be as a Holy Child, it will be as King of Kings and Lord of Lords! That will be a celebration to end all celebrations!
Celebrating Christmas in my heart, all year round~ Sandi

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

My Little Christmas Tree

Hello friends~ One month from today, it is Christmas Eve! It will be here before we know it!
I have myself a little white Christmas tree which I was going to hang teacups on, but the teacups were too heavy. So, I hung them on my big tree instead. The little pink balls with gold glitter do just fine and I arranged some teapots and teacups underneath. This little tree has its place of honour in the dining room. What do you think?
Christmas in my heart all year round~ Sandi

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

New Christmas Treasures

Good afternoon everyone~ The other day Hubby and I took our car up to Summerside to get serviced and inspected, and of course we had to go visit The Homestead, a favourite shoppe on the Island. There is so much to look at and drool over in that beautiful old homestead! This time of year especially, they are gearing up for Christmas and I love going in to browse. I found a few things while there. One is an early Christmas present from my hubby. He really is a good sport and doesn't hurry me when I'm in there! I found a few gifts for my daughters-in-law too.

This is an early Christmas present from my sweet hubby. It reminds me of an antique rocking horse that is sitting up in someone's attic waiting to be taken out and displayed for the little ones' enjoyment. I also found these vintage looking birdies. I will be finding the perfect spot for them too.

I LOVE Christmas, don't you?

Christmas in my heart all year round~ Sandi

Monday, November 2, 2009

Miniature Teacups

Good afternoon everyone~ I have been wanting to decorate my little Christmas tree with china teacups. Well, I found some miniatures the other day, so I got a couple. I hope to add to my collection and in a couple of weeks I hope to have the tree out on display. What do you think? Aren't they cute?

Christmas in my heart all year round~ Sandi

Monday, October 26, 2009

Recipe for A Scrumptious Dessert

Good afternoon everyone ~ Some of you asked for the Sticky Date Pudding recipe so here it is.

Sticky Date Pudding

1 cup boiling water
1 cup chopped pitted dates
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla
1-1/2 cup flour
1 tsp bk powder
1/2 tsp salt

Pour boiling water over pitted dates and bk soda, in a small bowl. Mix and let stand until lukewarm.

Cream butter and sugar in a medium-sized bowl until light and creamy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine flour, bk powder, and salt. Add to creamed mixture alternately with date mixture, making 3 dry and 2 liquid additions. Mix well.

Spread evenly in a 9 inch square greased pan. Bake 40-45 mins. at 350.

Toffee Sauce

1/2 cup butter
1 cup Br sugar
3/4 cup whipping cream
1/2 tsp vanilla

Melt butter and dissolve sugar over medium heat. Add cream and vanilla. Simmer 5 mins. until slightly thickened. Serve warm over the date pudding. Enjoy!
I got this recipe from Carolyn at "Aiken House and Gardens." Thank you Carolyn for sharing!

Christmas in my heart all year round ~ Sandi

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Of Puddings and Pies

Good day everyone~ For a couple of years I've been hearing about this scrumptious dessert called Sticky Date Pudding with Toffee Sauce. Well, I finally got the recipe and tried it. I knew I would love it because I love anything with dates and a sauce over it!

Yummm! It is a wonderful dessert and perfect for Christmas. Since no one in my family cares for Plum Pudding except me, I'm going to make Sticky Date Pudding this year. Hubby loves it too! Now instead of the usual Pumpkin Pie, I'll serve up this delectable pudding too.
What do you have for dessert after Christmas dinner?

Christmas in my heart all year round ~ Sandi

Saturday, October 3, 2009

A Blogiversary Giveaway

Good morning everyone~ I am celebrating my one year Blogiversary on Rose Chintz Cottage and Inspirations http://sandimyyellowdoor.blogspot.com/ and I am having a Giveaway to celebrate! Because I love Christmas so much and this blog is yet another venture for me, I am posting about my Giveaway on here too.

This little snowman angel is adorable with his sparkly wings and scarf. He holds another scarf with "Love" written on it across his pink belly. Little snowflakes are sprinkled all over his pretty belly. He would be sweet either hanging on your Christmas tree or in a wreath.

If you would like to win this snowman ornament then please leave a comment saying so on this blog or Rose Chintz Cottage. If you are or become a Follower of either blog, you get two chances to win, and if you post about the Giveaway on your blog linking back to me, it will give you yet another chance to win! I will draw the name of the winner on Friday the 23rd of October and post the winner on my Pink Saturday post on October the 24th.
Thank you for making blogging so much fun and God bless you!

Celebrating Christmas in my heart all year round~ Sandi

Monday, September 28, 2009

Gingerbread Houses

One thing I have never made, believe it or not, is a Gingerbread house! One year my son, who was working at a bakery, brought me home one. But I have never actually made one myself.... Imagine!

I was surfing the 'Net the other day and came across this gorgeous house.
How about you? Have you ever made a Gingerbread house for the holidays? Got any pictures?

Christmas in my heart all year round~ Sandi

Friday, September 25, 2009

Christmas is Coming!

Hello everyone~ Did you know that three months from today is Christmas Day? I look around my home and it looks very different from what it will look like in three months time!
It's not too soon to make preparations. I am already making plans; how I will decorate this year, buying presents, and getting my baking list ready. I also look forward to having my youngest son home for the holidays. I am just like a child waiting for Christmas morning as I can't wait to see his sweet face again.

When my boys were growing up, I used to bake fifteen kinds of sweets; cookies, pies, squares, tarts, and so on. I always baked a sultana and a dark fruit cake and I always made fudge and pate. My cookie jars were never empty and there was always company dropping by. Things are different today because my boys have all grown up and are on their own with little families of their own. One boy lives out on the West coast and my youngest son is still unattached but he is off to university in another province. Thank goodness I still have my oldest son living here with his family!

These days, I usually still bake my two fruit cakes, pumpkin pies, mincemeat tarts, and a small assortment of sweets. I still make my pate too. I have loved these savory meat pies since I was a child. And what is Christmas without fudge and plum pudding? What kind of treats do you make for the celebration?

Yes, I love it all; the food, the music, the decorating, the festivities, and most of all, the true meaning of why we celebrate, our Saviour Jesus!

There's just something about that Name! Blessings everyone!

Christmas in my heart all year round~ Sandi

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Christmas Collections

Do you know what day it is? Three months from today is Christmas Eve. It's coming quickly!

I love the Christmas season and this time of year, I'm starting to think seriously about it. Planning the decor, the baking, and the special Christmas festivities are all part of the fun, don't you think?

I like to collect SnowBabies and I have been doing so for quite some time. Between my son Jordan and my hubby, I usually get a new one every year. I think they are so adorable! I have one named for almost every member of the family now.

This is my newest SnowBaby named for my youngest grandbaby, Zachary. Hubby gave him to me for Christmas last year. That is me {Nanny} feeding him in his hi-chair.

Do you have a collection you take out only at Christmastime? I'd love to hear all about it!

Christmas in my heart all year round~ Sandi

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Ornaments With Memories

Ornaments that have special memories attached to them.

The mirrored star was one of the first ornaments Hubby & I got when we were first married.

The drum has been on the tree since my boys were small.

The rocking horse was a gift from my middle son.

The drummer bear was a gift from my youngest son.

One year we had a flooded basement and I lost most of my ornaments. This wooden nativity had been a gift from my sister and it had fallen completely apart. I had to literally glue it all back together again. I've had it almost thirty years.

  The Limoges butterfly ornament was a gift from my mother.

The angels ornament was a gift from my oldest son and his wife.

The lace-covered ball was a gift from a good friend. The mirrored pear was also one of the first Christmas ornaments we ever bought.

Christmas in my heart all year round~ Sandi

The Story of the Christmas Pudding

I ran across this little tidbit the other day and thought I would share it with you. I found it very interesting!

Traditional Christmas pudding recipes are said to contain thirteen ingredients representing Jesus and His apostles. What's more, the pudding is made up on "Stir-Up Sunday" which is the twenty-fifth Sunday after Trinity, the Sunday next before Advent, when each family member takes his or her turn stirring the pudding mixture from east to west to illustrate the journey of the Magi as they followed the Star.

And the pudding must be stirred with a wooden spoon made of wood in remembrance that the Christ Child lay in a simple wooden manger. The traditional sprig of holly garnish represents His Crown of Thorns and healing, and the flaming of the brandy symbolizes the Passion of the Christ.

Once the Christmas Pudding recipe is made, each family member develops their own tradition surrounding the serving of the pudding on Christmas Day.

Christmas in my heart all year round ~ Sandi

A Special Angel

This lovely angel was a birthday present from a friend one year. She knows I like angels and she knows I love anything toile, so when she saw this angel, she just had to get it for me. She comes complete with real feather wings. My birthday is right after Christmas, so the gift was perfect! Isn't she beautiful?

Christmas in my heart all year round ~ Sandi

Monday, September 21, 2009

Welcome To Christmas Pudding

Hello & Welcome to Christmas Pudding ~ a blog about all things Christmasy and the magic that this special season evokes. Just like a Christmas Pudding is a rich mixture of wonderful ingredients, so my blog will be a mixture of sorts; stories, poems, photos, recipes, ect..

I am just getting started so I hope you will be patient and peek in on me from time to time over the next few weeks as I will be updating and adding to it as the Christmas season approaches.

For Your Interest~ Did you know that plum pudding recipes don't call for plums? Apparently, in nineteenth-century England, the raisins used in puddings were commonly called "plums" since medieval puddings often contained dried plums.

Celebrating Christmas in my heart all year round ~ Sandi