It has been a rough year. It is far too easy to get caught up in the nonsense of the World, to let hate creep in. I recently read a post and I was reminded that our heavenly father has things under control. (I do have to remind myself daily, not perfect I tell you!) - Attitude is what matters, things happen to us all, we have to choose to remain positive, have faith and trust, and most important --- do not comprise biblical values. - enough said!
I love this time of year, family, friends, and most important: "The Reason for the Season" - SO I do what I know how to do, I can't sew very well, but I can bake... so to make my family and friends have some holiday cheer and to remind them they are appreciated - I made my usual cookies and candy and sent to a wider audience, made extra jam, homemade vanilla, even tried a few new candy recipes. (below is toffee, Oh YES, easy too) Baking makes me happy, and I love to share treats with everyone. One of the favorite things I remember as a kid was getting my older sisters box of goodies - It was a true gift, the time and energy to make candy and cookies, this is something I can appreciate and is a big influence on my giving homemade gifts at Christmas.