Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Words to remember


Christmas gift suggestions: 
To your enemy, forgiveness. 
To an opponent, tolerance. 
To a friend, your heart. 
To a customer, service. 
To all, charity. 
To every child, a good example. 
To yourself, respect. 
Oren Arnold
Christmas is forever, not for just one day,
for loving, sharing, giving, are not to put away
like bells and lights and tinsel, in some box upon a shelf.
The good you do for others is good you do yourself.
Norman W. Brooks



(this is one of our favorite short Xmas poems it contains wisdom in its verses)
At Christmas A man is at his finest towards the finish of the year;
He is almost what he should be when the Christmas season's here;
Then he's thinking more of others than he's thought the months before,
And the laughter of his children is a joy worth toiling for.
He is less a selfish creature than at any other time;
When the Christmas spirit rules him he comes close to the sublime.
Edgar Guest



May you have the gladness of Christmas which is hope;
The spirit of Christmas which is peace;
The heart of Christmas which is love.
Ada V. Hendricks

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Traditional Portugease Christmas Recipes



Rabanada is the Portuguese  equivalent of French toast, also known as Tipsy Slices. To make it, you take slices of wheat bread and soak them in milk, wine, or sugar, slather them with eggs and fry them. When ready, they are usually coated in sugar and/or cinnamon, or drizzled in honey.
This is a Portuguese tradition, and was originally created as a dish made with stale bread, in order to use food slightly gone bad instead of throwing it away. 


Recipe


1 French loaf (one day-old  bread is best)
2 eggs
125ml milk
5ml grated lemon rind
oil for frying


Syrup


500g sugar
250ml water
1 stick cinnamon
50ml Port wine


Cut the bread into slices about 2 cm thick. Beat the eggs and place in a soup plate. Mix the milk amd lemon rind and pour into a seperate soup plate. Dip the bread slices into the milk and then the beaten egg. Fry in hot oil. Drain well.


To make the syrup, boil the sugar and water for 3 minutes. Dip each fried bread into the hot syrup and then place in a deep serving bowl. Add the cinnamon stick and Port wine to the remaining syrup, bring to the boil and pour over the slices of bread.


Variation
Sprinkle the bread with cinnamon and sugar after frying.
These tipsy slices can also be dipped in red wine. Recipe in my other blog
http://ceciliaallthingsbeautiful.blogspot.com/?zx=d9a2d4bcb5ff82a2









I wish for you .......

I wish for you...


Confort on difficult days,

Smiles when sadness intrudes,

Rainbows to follow the clouds,

Laughters to kiss your lips,

Sunsets to warm your heart,

Gentle hugs when spirits sag,

Friendships to brighten your being,

Beauty for your eyes to see,

Confidence for when you doubt,

Faith, so that you can believe,

Courage to know yourself,

Patience to accept the truth,

And LOVE to complete your life.


And if you can't have all that...

Then I wish you enough chocolate,

To make it through the tough times !


(Unknown)



THE SERENITY PRAYER

GOD GRANT ME THE SERENITY
TO ACCEPT THE THINGS I CANNOT CHANGE;
COURAGE TO CHANGE THE THINGS I CAN;
AND WISDOM TO KNOW THE DIFFERENCE.

LIVING ONE DAY AT A TIME;
ENJOYING ONE MOMENT AT A TIME;
ACCEPTING HARDSHIPS AS THE PATHWAY TO PEACE;
TAKING, AS HE DID, THIS SINFUL WORLD
AS IT IS, NOT AS I WOULD HAVE IT;
TRUSTING THAT HE WILL MAKE ALL THINGS RIGHT
IF I SURRENDER TO HIS WILL;
THAT I MAY BE REASONABLY HAPPY IN THIS LIFE
AND SUPREMELY HAPPY WITH HIM
FOREVER IN THE NEXT.
AMEN.

--REINHOLD NIEBUHR