Food for Thought, by Minister Hugh Bradford

“When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy.”  — Matthew 2:10

One of the most beautiful symbols of the birth of Jesus Christ into this world is LIGHT.

Icing that hardens fast and tastes great, by Leslie J. Ansley


For years I’d use just any type of icing on my homemade sugar cookies, convinced I’d never be able to get my cookies to look as nice as the ones in the magazine.

Boy, was I wrong.

The recipe below is so easy, it made me mad. I had tried icing recipes with stuff like powdered egg whites and meringue powder, but nothing seemed to work and my cookies just looked pitiful.

What I love about this recipe is that the corn syrup makes the icing nice and shiny, and it sets up hard enough for you to stack the cookies without messing them up.  This recipe is also really easy to work with. Just make sure your cookies have completely cooled before icing them. Enjoy.



1 cup confectioners’ sugar
3 teaspoons milk
2 teaspoons light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon almond extract (or vanilla, or lemon, if you prefer)
assorted food coloring


In a small bowl, stir together confectioners’ sugar and milk until smooth. Beat in corn syrup and almond extract until icing is smooth and glossy. If icing is too thick, add more milk, no more than a teaspoon at a time.

Divide into separate bowls, and add food colorings to each to desired intensity. Dip cookies in icing, or spread icing with a knife, or paint them with a brush.


Add bows to cabinets and berries for the table, by Donna Wright

CABINetsLook at this idea …w rap your kitchen cabinets like a Christmas gift….pretty cool.

For more Christmas flair, create a centerpiece using fresh cranberries and pine greenery. Mix berries and greenery from a holly bush.   Top it off with water and a floating candle.