I get by with a little help from my friends…

 The last of the eggnog cheesecake with a little help from divinity, Kate's chocolate dipped cookies… And Peeps
The last of the eggnog cheesecake with a little help from divinity, Kate’s chocolate dipped cookies… And Peeps ?

It was wonderful having my whole family together for Sunday dinner after Christmas!

I had prepped on Saturday so that we would walk home from church into a house filled with the good smells of roast and vegetables, but I had really not given dessert a thought. So much sugar intake this month… Continue reading “I get by with a little help from my friends…”

The Power of Positive Parenting: Joy Builder No. 1 – “Training Ahead”

Season of Joy: The Last Thanksgiving, Kirkin' O' the Tartans, Tartan Ball and Christmas with the dear Patriarch of clan Campbell, 2014
Season of Joy: The Last Thanksgiving, Kirkin’ O’ the Tartans, Tartan Ball and Christmas with the dear Patriarch of clan Campbell, 2014

Ever feel like the Bad Guy as a parent?

Tired of saying “no” “No” “NO”…..Do you want a principle and some practicals to address parental guilt and build JOY?

In this series, you will be entrusted with some principles and strategies. Joy Builders. The first one is: BE DELIBERATE.

If you know anything about the Real Estate Profession, you know that it has three by-words: LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION.

As a parent, you have three by-words: INSTRUCTION, INSTRUCTION, INSTRUCTION.  Continue reading “The Power of Positive Parenting: Joy Builder No. 1 – “Training Ahead””

The Queen’s Speech

 

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-35178485
Queen Elizabeth II giving the annual Christmas Speech 2015

Here in full is the text of the Queen’s 2015 Christmas message.

Watch it all here (about ten minutes).

“At this time of year, few sights evoke more feelings of cheer and goodwill than the twinkling lights of a Christmas tree.

The popularity of a tree at Christmas is due in part to my great-great grandparents, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.

After this touching picture was published, many families wanted a Christmas tree of their own, and the custom soon spread.

In 1949, I spent Christmas in Malta as a newly-married naval wife. Continue reading “The Queen’s Speech”

“Merry” Christmas and Good King Wenceslas

A favorite copy of a book on the Story and Carol “Good King Wenceslas” illustrated with Christopher Manson’s beautiful woodcuts Here is the Book

“The word ‘Merry’ is from an old Anglo-Saxon word which literally meant ‘valiant,’ ‘illustrious,’ ‘great,’ or ‘mighty.’ Thus, to be Merry was not merely to be ‘mirthful,’ but to be joyously strong and gallant.

In Shakespeare we read of fiercely courageous soldiers who were called ‘merry men.’ Strong winds were ‘merry gales.’ Fine days were marked by ‘merry weather.’

So, when we wish one another ‘Merry Christmas,’ we are really exhorting one another to take heart and stand fast! Merry Christmas!”
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Christmas Shopping with Children: wisdom and preparedness

The Family, interpreted in Eggs by Meg! See her art on Etsyhttps://www.etsy.com/people/mcampbell4394
The Family, interpreted in Eggs by Meg!
See her art on Etsy:  Meg’s Etsy

 

All month long, I have passed parents saying “NO” (AGAIN), snapping and then apologizing (or not), bribing (different from offering rewards) or giving in to their children. (I usually say a silent prayer for you, by the way, in addition to the kind and sympathizing glance, or the tactful looking away from you in your misery!) The children are repeating “I want!” “I want!” “I want!” (Or, if you have been working hard on their manners, “May I please have?” “May I please have?”… )

Does it have to be this way? No, no, A THOUSAND TIMES, NO.
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Eggnog White Chocolate Chip Muffin Recipe

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Good morning!

Star Wars premier and the ensuing hours of dialogue afterword got the best of my posting this recipe last night – so sorry! Hopefully, those of you that want to make it this morning will still have time. ✨☺️✨

{{I am giving you my regular muffin recipe, and putting the ingredients that make this particular version in parentheses on the side.}}

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The Christmas Card That Did Not Happen (Yule Understand…?)

Christmas Card 2015 at Concord Produce Market

Concord Produce Market

“He’s making a list, checking it twice…”

Around the Campbell house, the “he” would be my husband. One of his many nicknames is “Mr. Christmas” and he deserves it!  He starts thinking of the next Christmas on… well, December 26.

I love Christmas, especially its spiritual and traditional meaning, but Thanksgiving, in its essence, is my favorite holiday (more on that later!).

So… A crazier-than-usual Autumn (daughter’s wedding- moved up three weeks at the last minute; Continue reading “The Christmas Card That Did Not Happen (Yule Understand…?)”