Friday, December 26, 2008

Friday Round-up - #29

Since I'm writing this post before Christmas, I can't tell you about the day. As the song says, "The weather outside is frightful...," but I'm warm and cozy. The trees are glittering like ice sculptures, and the sidewalks look like an ice rink in need of several passes from a Zamboni.

I'll probably do an extra post after Christmas. At this point, we don't know whether or not the weather will cooperate for our trip. Our destination got hit with 12" of snow and white-out conditions today (12/19). This should be interesting.

With the New Year approaching and long winter nights settling around us, I thought some heart-warming links might be in order.

I discovered a website devoted to crafts for charity. They post all sorts of projects from simple items to more advanced ideas. Check out their blog. Be sure to scroll down the page to reach the latest post.

Heartmade Blessings is a not-for-profit, world-wide group of volunteers. They provide hand-crafted items to people suffering a loss, tragedy, or going through a rough time. It's a reminder that people care about them. People send in afghan squares, baby afghans or shawls, pins, cuddles, and other items.

Don't forget the snappy vocabulary game, which earns grains of rice for the poor around the world. Challenge your writer friends to top your score. What a worthwhile way to chill-out after finishing your writing quota.

Last, but not least, cuddle up with a mug of hot chocolate made from your very own homemade mix.

2 cups nonfat dry milk

1 cup cocoa powder

Artificial sweetener equal to 1/2 cup sugar

Combine all ingredients and mix well. To make hot cocoa, stir a quarter-cup mix into 1 cup boiling water. (Makes 12 cups of hot cocoa.)

Happy surfing. :)

6 comments:

Jessica said...

Hi Susan,
I hope you had a lovely, lovely day!

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Jessica -

The Lord answered our prayers for good weather and traffic conditions. We saw many friends, and I got to play with all the kiddies. So cute!

How was your day?

Blessings,
Susan :)

Jessica said...

Very, very loud. :-) And wonderful too. The kids definitely make Christmas so exciting. I'm glad you made it there.

Sarah said...

Well, it sounds like you made your trip ok and had a wonderful time!

And that hot cocoa sounds good, but it's 75 degrees here in SC. Guess I'll have some cold egg nog instead. :)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Sarah -

Yes, we had a great time.

LOL! I guess you wouldn't be too interested in hot cocoa in a warm climate. I'm up here in the frozen north. Enjoy the cold eggnog.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Jessica -

Oh yes, loud is a given with kids. After years without little ones around, it's so much fun.

Blessings,
Susan :)