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16 posts from December 2009

Thursday, December 31, 2009

When Life Gives You Scraps - Make Quilts

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Saturday, December 26, 2009

Cranberry, Pistachio and Cardamom Oatmeal Cookies

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Saturday, December 19, 2009

Bless Us One and All

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Making the Season Brighter

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It's been a rough week.  It started with a scratchy throat, then aches, chills, sweats, then my tonsils kicked in and have been giving me fits.  (Yep, I still have my tonsils).  Yesterday I thought I was starting to feel a bit better then not.  Last night I tossed and turned all night, got some hot tea and raisin toast at 3:30 in the morning, and watched the local news and weather forecast while blowing my nose and rapidly tossing tissues off the side of the bed.  I'm sure you can picture this miserable scenario in your head.  But rather than do that, why don't you just sit back and enjoy my beautiful holiday fireplace decorations.  Aren't they lovely?  Well, except that there is no real fire - yet - unless we want to burn down our house and I don't think we want to tempt fate again until our fireplace is fixed.  So, candles will have to do.  Pretty red ones at that!

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Celebrating the Holidays with KitchenAid

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We have our KitchenAid Winner! 

Congrats to Brielle #15:

email me at susan@raisin-toast.com to claim your gift.

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What one gift are you giving that makes you feel all excited inside?

Brielle wrote:

"This year I am making gifts for my family. I love to quilt and I am making a special lap quilt for each of my 3 siblings and my mother. For the other members of my family I am having special pictures framed and matted for them to hang in their home. I think that handmade gifts and gifts that have thought and emotion behind them are more special than anything I could buy in a store. I want my family to know that I thought about each of them and what would make them happy with every gift I give."
 

I hope everyone has a wonderful Holiday.  May the Lord bless everyone abundantly.

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Happy Birthday Beth!

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Sometimes you just have to embarrass your friends.  Well, maybe not, but there is one friend who laughs right along with me ... Beth.  Today is her birthday.  She is the only person I know who gets younger every year.  Can you believe she is 21,170 days old?!!!!  Or, somewhere there about.

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Monday, December 14, 2009

Life with this Big Guy

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To read the first part of this family saga - click HERE.

Just before Bob and I got married, he told his parents that he was going to make sure that every day of our life together would be an adventure.  His father waved his hand at us and said "Oh hell, you two haven't even had an argument yet, what do you know about adventure?"  I had been married before, so I knew that marriage wasn't always roses, nor would it be easy, but something inside my gut told me that he was the one.

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Sunday, December 13, 2009

Frontgate - Not the Place to Buy a Christmas Tree

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Where do I start - how about in 2004.  We purchased a Noble Fir from Frontgate for about 700.00.  Christmas 2004 the tree was beautiful.  Christmas 2005, we had some issues with the lights and tried to correct the problem ourselves.  Christmas 2006, I got shocked pretty bad - the electricity went thru my right arm.  We called Frontgate right away and took down the tree, and Frontgate told us to box up the Noble Fir and return it.  They, in turn, would replace the tree with another Noble Fir. 

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Friday, December 11, 2009

Celebrating the Holidays with KitchenAid

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I love red.  My family room is red. My sectional sofa in my family room is red.  My candles in my fireplace are red.  And, I love this red 90th Anniversary KitchenAid Mixer, so much in fact, that I am giving a brand new mixer to one of my readers.

And, because I am the one sponsoring this gift, this will be the last contest on Raisin Toast this year, so don't miss your chance!

Just answer the question below in the comments:

What one gift are you giving that makes you feel all excited inside?

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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Green Cay in December

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My dear friend, Beth, as you all may know, is not only a wonderful cook and contributor here on Raisin Toast, but her real profession is that of a singer.  She sings professionally around South Florida.  Beth has such a beautiful voice.  Well, last night she made a movie about Green Cay.  She walks, I think, every morning through Green Cay.  It is her personal time and also her time to stay in shape.  I just wish I was there with her!  

In the meantime - she posted her first video on YouTube, and I wanted to post it here for you to enjoy too.

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Monday, December 07, 2009

Sarah Entertains at Queens University!

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On November 21st, Sarah entertained the masses with her beautiful composition "Waterfall" with a few revisions to fit into the 4 minute time slot she had to perform.

Jazz Pianist and Composer, Claire Ritter, together with artist Takaaki Masuko from Boston on Percussion and Drums and Toni Naples on Accordion, were the master performers at this concert, playing original compositions inspired by the Outer Banks Crystal Coast to 1000 islands in Canada.

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Saturday, December 05, 2009

We Have Our Winners!

For me, the worst part about having a giveaway are those who didn't win.  I feel like I am letting you down.  Just know I do my best.  The winners were chosen using Random.org.

My Heart Just Melts:

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There were 22 comments.  Winner is #10: Sandra Marley

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Cold Days - Hot Cocoa - What Could Be Better:

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There were 25 comments. Winner is #18: Maureen K.

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The Joys of Christmas:

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There were 22 Comments. Winner is #18: Roxy

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Its The Month For Gift Giving:

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There were 45 Comments. Winner is #23: Michael Thoms

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Thank you to all my readers who participated!  I wish I had a gift for everyone.  I appreciate you taking the time out of your day to visit Raisin Toast.

Winners need to contact me at susan@raisin-toast.com.  Provide me with your shipping information!

Blessings to Everyone! 

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Friday, December 04, 2009

My Heart Just Melts

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Hannah has that effect on me.  Every time I look at her I just want to eat her up and hug her and squeeze her and kiss her.  She is by far the cutest most adorable, cuddly little puppy I've ever seen.  Even with a bad haircut.  Yes, Hannah had a bit of a disaster this past weekend.  

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Thursday, December 03, 2009

Cold Days - Hot Cocoa - What Could Be Better?

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Hot Cocoa is the best, and here in the Vaughn home, it is nearly a daily staple.  Sometimes we have it for breakfast.  Sometimes we have it in the afternoon while we are working.  Sometimes we make a huge batch after dinner and we watch a movie together as a family with a fire in the fireplace and everyone in their jammies with a big mug of hot cocoa.  What could be better?

Well, I'll tell ya - on the 3rd day of Christmas (In our 21 days of Christmas giving here on Raisin Toast), my true love gave to you ...

Bialetti Hot Chocolate Maker just for you?  But wait ... 

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Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Oh The Joys of Christmas

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I love this time of year for many reasons,but mostly because it reminds me (in the event I have forgotten) that the Lord has blessed our family immensely despite our struggles over the past year.  That our family is together and healthy and we all have a warm bed each night.  That through the difficulties, ours are truly insignificant in the big scheme of things.  And that we can continue to give to others and share our blessings with our friends, our family, and complete strangers.  We can give something as simple as a smile to a stranger if we like and know that it made their day a little brighter.  If only we could all live in peace.  

Memories are the makings of Christmas - and all year through for many of us too!  Happy memories are what remind us of the joys of having family and friends.  Well, I hope that this being the 2nd day of Christmas for our 21 days of Christmas giveaway - that the gift will make your holidays a little brighter.

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Tuesday, December 01, 2009

It's The Month For Gift Giving

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It is the month for shopping and dropping and crowds and economic upturns, and Raisin Toast wants to contribute to the holiday spirit!  The Christmas season of giving!  The joy of surprises and kisses and hugs! Susie Q here wants to give you an opportunity to win something for yourself or someone special in your life. It is my way of saying "Thank you!" for being a Raisin Toast reader!

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