Wednesday, December 16, 2015

White Elephant Party, Commodities and Biscotti

Its hard to believe its almost Christmas.Its been a rough year for us as for many. We've had a bad family problem that I won't go into but thank you for your prayers. Things are a bit better now but we're not out of the woods yet.

We were invited to a White Elephant party earlier this month and had a wonderful time with old friends and new. The party was started with prayer. We played games, sang Christmas carols and lots of laughter. I won the first game by naming the most Christmas carols and won a large container of popcorn! Fun!
Victor the host made a wonderful Carmel Cake, it was like eating a  candy bar, wonderful! He's an accomplished cake baker. 

The party was a wonderful relaxing evening and one I will remember for a long time.

Today I went to the monthly USDA commodity  distribution.  Years ago as a teen I volunteered handing out the food never dreaming that I would one day be on the receiving end. As I drove away from the office where I picked up a huge amount of food, I could only be thankful that we live in such a great country and praised the Lord. 
If you're reading this and are on a limited income, the commodity program really helps. This time I got a large bag of apples, two 1 gallon juice containers, rice, beans, oatmeal, 5 cans of canned chicken, 4 cans of vegetable soup, 2 lbs of raisins, canned fruit and more. It was so heavy a package, I used a grocery cart to get it to my car. The apples were locally grown and really good. The canned chicken was in large 15 oz. cans. You just have to be under a certain income level to qualify. You can find out more on the website.

Right now I have some White Chocolate Cranberry Biscotti cooling, ready for the second part of the process of being twice baked. Then I will dip one end in the melted white chocolate. I found the recipe online at  Fake Ginger. It smells wonderful as its cooling getting to be sliced and baked again.
Biscotti is easy to make and well worth the effort!
This photo is from the website, mine won't be as beautiful but I think they'll taste as good!

that's about all for today. I hope to post more often, I promise!