It’s hard to believe that another year has flown by.
It’s been such a difficult one for so many people, around the world. We are living in such strange times right now. It’s hard to hold onto hope that things WILL get better but when there is no hope, all is lost.
I’ve been trying to stay as upbeat and hopeful as possible and has been the case during so many difficult times through the years, writing and the creative process have made a big difference for the better.
After a long hiatus from writing for a variety of reasons, I am finally back to the “work” that I enjoy most of all.
I have a new Kindle eBook being released in January:
A book project that I had “percolating” in my mind for many years.
After that, I hope to complete two more Kindle eBooks before the end of 2022.
Got to make up for that long hiatus, right?? 🙂
I hope that my readers/followers here at Veggies (past and present) are staying well, and that the New Year is a much better one for all of us.
I’m trying not to dwell on all the doom and gloom news, it can be SO depressing and serves little purpose. Especially watching some of the misguided and life-changing decisions that so many of the “leaders” continue to make, in response to this pandemic.
We can’t give up now and there is light at the end of this tunnel if we hold on to what really matters, even now. Family, friends, real values, integrity, kindness, health and wellbeing….those things that never change, even when we are stressed to our personal limits.
I will leave you with a couple of holiday “goodies” that I hope will bring a smile to your day.
One of my favorite Christmas CDs continues to be:
I noted that it is once again at the top of the charts over at Amazon Canada again this year. Talk about staying power! Guaranteed to lift your spirits, especially when you sing along. I’m guessing a lot of you already have this one in your collection.
CRANBERRY MANDARIN CHRISTMAS LOAF
Enjoy the recipe and perhaps learn a thing or two about cranberries in my post:
IF I can find some organic fresh cranberries here in BC (supplies have been rather limited with the flooding, weather…) I hope to make a couple of these “beauties” this holiday season.
They make a wonderful hostess guest too. Great for fruitcake haters too!
Have some other news pending but I’ll wait til it’s a “done deal” before I share it here and at my other sites. I read a quote recently that I thought was very wise: “tell me what you have done, not what you are going to do“. That I thought was very good advice. Suffice to say for now, it is a BIG move in the works already and hopefully will be a “done deal” and a “have done” before my birthday in April. It won’t be easy with all the restrictions in place right now, but where there is a will, there IS a way.
Wishing you peace, love, prosperity and all the good things in 2022.
Hugs and All the Best!
PS: My apologies for the less than stellar formatting, I didn’t have time to “fight” with WP any longer today. Blogger is SO much easier to navigate, at least it is for me.
Check out my new review for this eBook: Christmas Miracles, especially if you are in need of some hope and inspiration.
I really enjoyed the holiday-themed stories in this eBook.
In a world that often seems to have gone mad (just watch the news!!) it’s so easy to give up on goodwill, hope and miracles, big and small. But the world IS filled with all kinds of good people and wonderful things, we just need to be open to seeing and believing that’s true.
I wish you all… a magical and memorable holiday season!!
My Holiday Gift Suggestion List for 2015 (all under $20) including links to my reviews.
A must-have DVD collection for the “Hitch” fan on your list!
One of the best books on Reiki I’ve ever read!
My all-time fav gardening book.
Fun and Easy Gardening for even the “green thumb challenged“! 😉
A Mr. Cheddar Approved Title!
Enlightening and Informative. Recipes Too!
Wonderful Pens! Mine Are Still Going Strong, Years Later! 🙂
Beautiful Eco-Friendly Stationary, with a Difference!
Yoga CAN Be For Almost Everyone!
Sooooo relaxing!!! ZZZZZzzzzz…. 😉
My Go-To Tootsie Polish! It’s Great.
♥Happy Shopping and Holidays♥
I ♥ handmade and heartfelt gifts, to give and to receive.
Made with ♥, special and one of a kind gifts. Also, giving of our time, in big and small ways. Treasures and memories that will be enjoyed and remembered for years to come.
Gotta ♥ all those reasons and more. 😉
On the eve of Black Friday, I thought I’d share some suggestions here at Veggies…for easy to make handmade gifts and other ideas, just in time for Christmas.
What is your fav handmade gift that you’ve made for someone or received?
From the kitchen:
Knit and Crochet:
Giving of Your Time and Talents
(the most special gifts of all, IMO) 🙂
-Volunteer to read to someone on a regular basis who is blind or vision impaired.
-Spend a day exploring winter’s wonderland with a child in need. Perhaps a way to also give a single parent a much-needed break.
-Befriend a older person at a care home who has no family or friends that regularly visit.
-Knit prayer shawls and give them to recipients personally, throughout the year.
Offer to help a neighbor who is living alone with some household chores like: snow shoveling, small home repairs, bringing over a fresh plate of cookies…There are a lot of lonely people out there and the holiday season is a particularly difficult time for many people.
-Volunteer to take calls at a local crisis center.
-Volunteer to help with a local literacy program.
-Plan small gifts to give as random acts of kindness: to people you meet on the streets, delivery people, letter carriers, clerks at stores you regularly shop at…and watch their faces light up with your thoughtful gesture.
Some suggestions: Coffee cards, a stack of fresh cookies tied up in a small gift bag, lip balms to help with winter chapped lips, simple hand-knit scarves, good-quality chocolate bars.
***MORE LAST MINUTE HANDMADE GIFT IDEAS, THERE’S STILL TIME :<)***
THANKS TO THE FIESTA CAT YARN CO. FOR THESE PATTERN LINKS.
AREN”T THESE WONDERFUL? I WANT THAT OWL ONE FOR MYSELF.
HAPPY CRAFTING :>)
I’ve always ♥ making (and getting!) handmade gifts, at any time of year.
There’s something so special about a present that someone took the time to make, large or small and in whatever type of craft it was created from.
I also ♥ crochet, although I haven’t been doing that much “hooking” 😉 in the past year. I hope to get back to more crochet projects in 2014.
I found this short but well done Christmas crochet book:
over at Amazon recently and decided to give it a try.
Here’s my review from Amazon:
“Christmas Crochet: Done In a Day features attractive holiday crochet projects that definitely would be doable in a day or two.
IMO, there is nothing better than handmade gifts at any time of year. The crafts in this book would make excellent holiday gifts that would be well received by the recipient.
Instructions are easy to understand.
In spite of it being a rather small book, there are projects that would appeal to young and old, two and four- legged pals too!
As an avid and long-time crocheter, I’m glad I downloaded a copy of Christmas Crochet: Done In A Day.”
If you’d still like to make some crochet Christmas crafts but need a little inspiration, give this ebook a try. And do let me know what you make!
Happy Hooking and Holidays! 😉
It’s not always easy to think “healthier choices” when it comes to holiday recipes.
But it doesn’t have to be ALL bad either. 😉
Here’s a round-up of holiday-ready recipes from the Veggie…archives that I hope you will enjoy.
This oh, so yummy hummus recipe was a winner in a recipe contest, here at Veggies, Yarns & Tails, a few years ago.
Delicious with crudité, tortilla chips, pitas…great on wraps too.
And what a gorgeous bright orange color to add to your holiday table.
Who needs additive-laden commercial party mix, when it’s so easy to make it in the slow cooker?
Pick and choose your fav ingredients and leave out what you don’t want. This is by far, the best party mix I have ever tasted.
Fill up a pretty jar, add the recipe on a ribbon tie and it makes a great hostess gift too. 🙂
This is one of my all-time fav marinated salads.
Oh, so delish and colorful too. Gluten-free is an added bonus.
A great potluck or buffet table addition.
What could be better after a day at the rink or skiing, than a hot and spicy bowl of black bean soup?
This is my version of this classic, comfort soup.
Makes a crowd-pleasing and oh so satisfying “meal in a bowl”. 😉
My redo of this classic, oh so rich and yummy main dish. Lower in fat and no meat required!
If you are a meat-eater, you won’t miss the beef, I promise. 😉
And if you already ♥ mushrooms like I do, this is definitely one you’ll enjoy.
Makes a quick and elegant main dish, perfect for a holiday supper.
This luscious Berry Cobbler recipe is courtesy of the Veggie Table.
Lower in sugar than a lot of cobbler recipes. I sub Earth Balance for the butter and use buttermilk, not cream.
A nice dessert to make when you’ve got supper in the oven and want something sweet to finish a meal.
I make mine with organic frozen mixed berries (so convenient) and top with a scoop of vanilla frozen yogurt. Yumm…
Happy Cooking and Happy Holidays! 🙂
Wow, Christmas is less than a month away, amazing.
Has this year flown by or is it just me? 😉
I just posted my annual holiday gift suggestion list over at My Real Life Reviews.
20 of my fav gift ideas and they are all under $20!
Hope you’ll stop by to check it out soon and do share if you can too.
Happy Holidays and Happy Shopping! 🙂