Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Make it Kind to Yourself

In her book, The Complete Holiday Organizer, Emilie Barnes says

  • Our world doesn't stop because the calendar says it's holiday time,
    so be kind to yourself, and ask for help. Keep those goals and
    expectations realistic and spend time celebrating the part of
    Christmas that means the most to you.

  • This is such good advice! I firmly believe that what we all want most out of the season is time with our very own family, and what we all need most is time with our Lord. (Aren't these the things that matter?) Why not consider getting the Regency House Christmas package for some help doing both?

    Maybe you really love some quiet time just enjoying carols and music of the season.
    Why not ease your shopping burden by getting it done online? If you don't like browsing online, well, allow me to suggest that the Christmas Package I offer makes a wonderful gift! Women in particular seem to enjoy it, though men also appreciate the many different things it offers: From history to recipes to one-of-a-kind reading selections.

    When you start downloading the package (which I've separated into 14 separate downloads to make it easy on your computer!) you just won't believe all you're getting at such a bargain-price: Only $14.95 until December 1st.

    Act now. Don't wait.

    Get the best deal on the book that will be offered this year.

    You won't regret it. Guaranteed!


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    [Quotation from, The Complete Holiday Organizer, by Emilie Barnes. Harvest House, 1987] p.103

    Monday, November 19, 2007

    Make it easy with Impossible Pumpkin Pie

    Supermarkets are loaded with pumpkin pies these days, but in case you like home-made best, here's a super simple "impossible" pie recipe. (Crust prepares itself.)
    Taking a few small steps like making this recipe over a more time-consuming one can ease matters for the home cook who wants to put only home-prepared food on the table.

    Impossible Pumpkin Pie

    16 oz pumpkin
    12 oz Evaporated milk
    2 Tablespoons butter
    2 Eggs
    3/4 cup sugar
    1/2 cup biscuit mix (such as Bisquit)
    2 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
    2 teaspoons vanilla

    Heat oven to 350 F.
    Grease a deep dish or 10" pie plate.
    Beat all ingredients together with a mixer on medium speed about
    two minutes or until smooth. Pour into pie plate. Bake 50 to 55 minutes
    or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Serves 8.
    Serve with whipped cream.

    For hundreds of more recipes, see the entire Regency House Christmas package Here

    Wednesday, November 14, 2007

    The Most Wonderful Time of the Year?

    I just saw a great article called Keeping-Christ-In-and-Stress-Out-of-Christmas with some great ideas for over-frenetic souls. If the rush of the season is burning out your joy, you might want to click the link (above) and see the full article.

    I believe that keeping Christ in Christmas is THE single most important way to revive flagging hearts and souls. In the Regency Christmas Package, there are a couple of downloads that can help you do just that, not to mention the pages of beautiful poetry and snippets of hymns that emphasize the holiness of the season.

    For historic interest as well as an uplift in your spirit, the three famous prayers of Jane Austen--that most famous regency author--are in the book. (Despite all the Hollywood hoopla cashing in on Jane, there isn't much notice of her faith and devotion to the Lord. Her prayers are sweet evidence of them, however, and worthy of being read aloud to the family during a December night at dinner or afterwards. You'll want to print them out to read more than once.)

    For times of quiet reflection or boisterous singing, there are two separate downloadable ebooks --both included in the package--of Regency era carols, hymns, ballads and even a short play that can be acted out. Another great print-out you can take advantage of.

    If you decide to hold a 19th century night (see my other posts on this page for how to do this easy, yet season-altering activity) you'll want to print out some of the many "Fireside Stories" I stuffed into the book, to enjoy at leisure.

    I can guarantee that if you simply plan a few nights--even if you don't get to it until after Christmas--your experience of this holiday will improve. Your family will have new memories to boot. They'll forget most of what was unwrapped rather quickly--but time spent together, either using the games in the book, or some of the reading, or other ideas--will last a lifetime.

    PS: I've kept the package at a family-friendly price--in fact, it's a bargain! Over $300 worth of value right now, for less than $15. It's last year's price but bigger and better than ever! You'll discover a new era (the Regency) that you didn't know you loved, and you and your family or friends will discover that Christmas really can be the most wonderful time of the year!

    PSS: Price is going up on December 1st or thereabouts. Please hurry!
    You can grab a copy using the button on this page, or go here:
    The Christmas Book Page Enjoy and be blessed!

    Saturday, November 10, 2007

    Can you SMELL the season? Here's how.

    Did you know that memories are triggered by olfactory stimulants (smells) more than visual ones? In other words, looking through a photo album can bring back memories, but studies show that getting a fresh whiff of a scent from the past brings it back more strongly than visual reminders. For some reason, the olfactory nerves are wired that way--they lead right to the memory center of the brain.

    If you've ever been fortunate enough to walk in a pine forest you know that powerful scent of "Christmas"--It's stronger than what you can get in your home with one tree. There are trees which emit a wonderful aroma but even so you can add the feel and joy and SCENT of Christmas to more of your home with the following simple recipes. (They're taken from "A Homemade Christmas"--just one of 39 free downloads you get with your Regency Christmas Package. Just FYI.)


    3 tablespoons of ground cinnamon
    2 tablespoons of ground cloves
    1 tablespoon of anise seed
    1 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
    1 teaspoon of ground ginger
    1 quart of water.

    Mix together. Add water. Bring to boil, stirring occasionally, then simmer on low.
    Enjoy the scent of Christmas in your home!
    Dry mix can be used as a gift, too.

    Also, by having this little recipe on hand, you can easily add ambiance to your 19th century nights to make them even more enjoyable and memory-boosting. (Not sure what a 19th century night is? Look over the posts on this page to find out) Children, especially, will respond to this atmospheric addition, and you just can't overdo making memories for the family. Following are other Christmas Scent recipes in case you want variation, one for the crock-pot which is convenient especially if you have one of the smallest size crocks.


    Peels of 2 oranges
    3 cinnamon sticks
    12 whole cloves
    2 1/2 cups of water

    Combine in a saucepan. Simmer, add water as needed.


    1 pkg of pickling spice
    1 pkg of whole cloves
    1 pkg of stick cinnamon
    1 jar of apple juice

    Put in crock-pot. Fill to the top with water. Bring to boil, then put on low.

    The three recipes were all from that same ebook, just one page, and that book is only one of 39 more ebook downloads that will transform your holiday like never before, and take you back to the warm firesides and cozy retreats of the past.
    Get your copy today! (All orders are automatically entered into my contest, PLUS--for a LIMITED TIME ONLY--a free coaching call to "de-stress" your holiday with life coach Theresa Smith.) Go here:
    See the webpage and order here.

    Tuesday, November 6, 2007

    Make It Stress-Free

    Everyone knows the rush and worry of getting things ready for Christmas--make it easier on yourself by determining to ENJOY the season for a change. I've probably said this before, but it's when we slow down that we can refresh, refuel, relax--and enjoy. That's what my Regency Christmas Package is all about. (It's not just a book--with 39 bonuses, it's a whole package for you!)

    If you're still new to the concept of a 19th century Christmastide, let me review: In the early part of the 19th century, the season of Christmas was more about
    family and fun than gifts and giving. Sure, there was room for presents, and they did add to the fun, but they were just a small part. Focusing on the frenetic fifteen minutes or half hour of tearing into a pile of gifts is what gets us in trouble today. We spend an inordinate amount of time, money and energy preparing for that one *tiny* part of the holiday.

    I'm not here to try and deprive you of that part of Christmas. It's still important. But I do want to help you with perspective, increasing the time spent in areas that will leave you feeling fulfilled and satisfied afterwards, not with the usual lament of All that effort--all that money--and they're still not happy!

    (Believe me, I've been there, done that! I started Christmas shopping some years right after the holidays, beginning in January and going on until I felt I had "enough." Well, the definition of "enough" seemed to grow when I started early. By September I felt pretty much done with my family shopping and most of my friends, but I can't think of a single year when I didn't still get little extras right up until the big day. Little extras that add up to big expenditures. And all for fifteen to twenty minutes of chaotic present-opening. It's fun, too, of course, but it just isn't what it's all about!)

    A 19th Century Christmastide, right in your own home, can bring a feeling of satisfaction unlike anything in a wrapped box. Here's the idea:

    Decorate a little differently, making an effort to use as much live greenery as possible. This may mean waiting an extra week or two to put up a real tree, or real fir wreaths, real ivy and holly, etc. In my Christmas Book are instructions for making decorative sugarplums to beautify things even more. (Edible ones, too!)
    It's a look that just can't be copied by artificial things, though the store-bought counterparts are lovely, too.

    Next, download bunches and bunches of "Fireside Reading" and "Party Games"--both available in many shapes and sizes from the Christmas Package. Decide on a game or two, choose a story or two. (The choices are varied, and there's something for everyone, from "American Christmastides"--glimpses of the Yule Season back when the country was young--to "Tales of Wonder and Joy" [for kids from three to ninety-three]--and plenty others. You'll find much to interest you or any member of your family. For each 19th century night you want to have, pick something different.)

    Before settling down before the fire or hearth (or wood-stove, or an arrangement of scented candles), prepare an authentic olde English recipe (choose from dozens available) such as mull'd cider, wassail, or negus; berry scones or English "biscuits"--or, use one of the many modern cookbooks that come with the Christmas Book, and treat your family to brand new mouth-watering delights.

    Do you need my book to have a 19th Century night? No! You can take these ideas and adapt what you already own or have and make do just fine. Be sure to turn off lights (EXCEPT Christmas lights--they are one modern element that is worth keeping); and all noise. If it's a game night you're having,(using games from the book or a bonus book--not computer or video games) some light background music is acceptable. In the book, there are suggestions of period music for a more authentic experience, but you can choose any you like.

    If you do get the package (which I've put at the very family-friendly price of only $14.95--less than a large pizza with toppings!--)you make things easier on yourself, and of course get to read all about a Regency Christmas. (What Jane Austen REALLY ate and Charles Dickens remembered.) PLUS the 39 downloads of stories, games, readings, cookbooks, candy-making, gift-giving, etc! You get old carols, ballads, poems and more. Customs, traditions, myth-busters, history, facts, and dozens of beautiful illustrations. I'm even throwing in a new children's coloring book for the littlest members to enjoy while you snuggle up with "Old English Christmases" or "A Puritan Christmas," (or many others).

    Making room for just a few 19th century nights during December can change the way you feel about Christmas this year. Choosing just the right "Fireside Reading" can thrill your spirit and give you more Christmas joy than you've had in ages.


    PS: It's a blessing for me and my family when I use the games, stories and recipes from the Christmas Book Package, and I know it will bless you and yours.

    Here's a sample recipe from one of 458 pages of yummy treats (from just ONE of your 39 free downloads!)

    New England Christmas Cookies

    3/4 cup melted shortening
    3/4 cup melted butter
    1 cup brown sugar
    1 cup white sugar
    1 teaspoon cinnamon
    1 cup of sliced blanched almonds
    3 eggs, beaten
    1 teaspoon salt
    3 1/2 cups flour
    1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

    Cream sugar and melted ingredients. Beat eggs and add to creamed mixture. Sift together all dry ingredients and beat into dough. Stir in almonds. Form dough into small rolls and wrap in wax paper. Refrigerate overnight. Slice thin and bake at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes. DO NOT OVERBAKE.

    (If you slice very thin, you can have two or three with your favorite Christmas drink, coffee or tea, and still not go overboard on carbs. Just watch carefully during baking because they'll bake up fast.) Enjoy!