Christmas Recipes

christmasrecipesMany of my holiday memories are closely related to food. There are certain dishes that are holiday musts for me. Today, I’m linking up with Kelly to share some of my favorite holiday recipes. I love the Show Us Your Life link ups this time of year because I enjoy reading about the holiday traditions of other bloggers. Check them out if you get a chance today.

photo 1This was the dessert/snacks table on Christmas Eve at the river last year. We were very prepared!

These are recipes that I hope will be Christmas traditions in my family for years to come.

Chex Mix

chexHomemade chex mix is my favorite snack. I can’t resist the stuff. A recent favorite is Stephanie’s recipe for cheesy ranch chex mix.I also love just regular chex mix and muddy buddies. It’s all yummy!

Pecan Pie

pieThere’s absolutely nothing like a good pecan pie. This is the recipe my family uses.

Fruit Salad

fruitThis fruit salad is the easiest thing I make, but it’s also one of the most delicious things. It’s a Christmas must have.

Red Velvet Cupcakes/Cake

20130103-162557Oh how I love my grandmother Ree’s recipe for red velvet cake. It’s the best. Trust me.

Frozen Hot Chocolate

20121212-182846This is a new tradition for my little family (me and M). I’m already looking forward to making it again this year. I’ve already gotten a replacement copy of the movie Serendipity so we can avoid a repeat of last year’s disappointment.

Super Ooey Gooey Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

cookiesI’ve made these cookies several times this football season, and they have become a new favorite.


dsc_0355Sigh. Pralines are simply excellent.

Other Must Haves

These are recipes I don’t have posts or photos for, but they are must haves every year. It didn’t feel right to not include them.

  • Goofballs!
  • Sand tarts
  • Fudge
  • White chocolate covered pretzels
  • Peanut butter candy – I make this for M because my mother-in-law always made it for M. I know hers is better, but I do my best.

If you can’t already tell, we love to eat. With so many good cooks in my family, Christmas is always a delicious time of the year. I can’t wait!

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Lovely Little Blessings – Thanksgiving 2013 Edition

20130816-073242.jpg‘Tis the season to be thankful. Like every year, I have so much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.

  • good health.
  • the leadership and love of a Godly husband.
  • the example, support, and love of my parents.
  • the open arms and love of Michael’s family.
  • my sister, sister-in-law, and brothers-in-law.
  • my grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
  • Bailey and Charlie.
  • fabulous friends
  • our jobs
  • God’s Word
  • our house, cars, clothes, and other material possesions
  • God’s family
  • this blog
  • big dreams
  • the refreshment and reflections that came from my blogging break

Happy Thanksgiving, y’all! Wishing you a holiday full of thankfulness, family, friends, and food.
with muches love,

P.S. – I’m glad to be (almost) back! I’ve missed posting way more than I thought I would. Hopefully, I’ll be back after the holiday with more frequent updates. Thanks for sticking around.

I Will Glorify


When I feel like I’m failing at the test that is life.
When the days are long and stressful.
When I think there’s not much more I can handle.
When I receive good news.
When I learn once again that God will take care of me.
I will glorify.
No matter what.
Because God is always good.
Because I have so much to be thankful for.
Even on the hard days.

The Last of The Big 3

Daddy has certain things he looks forward to every fall. He calls them “The Big 3.”

1. Fiddlers’ Convention
2. Tricks-or-Treats/Halloween
3. Turkey Frying

We had the last of 2012′s Big 3 on the Wednesday night before Thanksgiving. Every year we get together with close friends after church to deep fry our turkeys for the next day. As always, it was a fun night!


This was the first time Michael and I
brought our own turkey to fry.


The men do a great job!


Our turkey going in.


The tasty finished product!

I love this tradition. It is a great way to kick off Thanksgiving.I am so thankful for all our wonderful friends!

Happy Thanksgiving


I have a lot to be thankful for. Today, especially, is a time to reflect on all these blessings. While I’m overindulging on scrumptious food, laughing with loved ones, and holding M’s hand while we drive to various meals, I’ll be thinking about all the lovely little blessings in my life.

I’m also thankful for all the readers of this little blog. Your kind words and encouragement makes this experience a great one for me. Thank you!

I hope you and your loved ones have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Love You Muches,
Beth <3

Favorite Verses About Thanksgiving

And they were to stand every morning, thanking and praising the Lord, and likewise at evening, (1 Chronicles 23:30 ESV)

I will praise the name of God with a song;
I will magnify him with thanksgiving. (Psalm 69:30 ESV)

Oh come, let us sing to the Lord;

let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!

Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!
For the Lord is a great God,
and a great King above all gods. (Psalm 95:1-3 ESV)

do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. (Philippians 4:6 ESV)

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, (1 Timothy 2:1 ESV)

We can’t separate our gratitude from God, because He is the source of all our blessings!

Gratitude Week Wrap Up – Thanksgiving for YOU!

Well, today is Thanksgiving Day. I just wanted to take a moment to wish all readers a Happy Thanksgiving. I hope you have a wonderful day to spend with loved ones and eat lots of yummy food. Today I am thankful for YOU. To every one who reads this little blog, thanks for reading. Thanks for being here! It’s a blessing to be able to “get to know you”.

Happy Thanksgiving! Love Y’all Muches :)

Gratitude Week Day 7: Thanksgiving for Jobs & Material Things

Today I am thankful that M and I have jobs in this rough economy. I am thankful for the (finally fixed) roof over our head, the food we have to eat, and the clothes we have to wear. I know not everyone in the world has these luxuries, and I know I sometimes take them for granted. I am blessed!

What are you grateful for today?