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Showing posts with label Christmas. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Christmas. Show all posts

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

The Reason for the Season

Merry Christmas to you!! We are loving a beautiful day in Oak City, UT the Murdock family. 

One of my favorite parts of Christmas is hearing the story of Christ's birth. It is such an amazing truth that the King of kings humbled himself by coming to earth--for me! The story in scripture and the words of the carols we have been singing this season have been such a great reminder of the salvation we enjoy because Jesus was born, lived, and died to save lowly sinners like me!

Gloria Deo! Sin’s power is dead.
Jesus, though bruised, crushed the serpent’s foul head!
Seed of the woman, Redeemer of men,
Vanquishes Satan! We sing out again—

Gloria Deo! The sinner may live!
Joyous the news heaven’s messengers give.
Peace to the fallen but favored Christ brings.
“Glory to God!” let the church loudly sing!

"Gloria Deo"

 Joy has dawned upon the world
Promised from creation
God's salvation now unfurled
Hope for every nation

"Joy Has Dawned"

  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.”  And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
 “Glory to God in the highest,
    and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”

Luke 2:11-14

  "She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” 

Matthew 1:21

**I received this absolutely adorable sign in the mail this week from The Shop Upstairs. I love it! They make the cutest things! 

Check them out: 

Enjoy the rest of your Christmas week---and may your days be merry and bright!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Merry Christmas From the Murdocks

Wes and I took our first Christmas card pictures last week! Our sister-in-law Kristina was so sweet to brave the freezing cold to take them for us. 

We are so excited to spend Christmas together this week. The last few years, Wes came to visit me the week before, and left on Christmas eve. Not this time, we are Christmasing together! 

At the same time, we are missing lots of family and friends who are far whom we want to wish a very Merry Christmas!


Friday, December 20, 2013

Apple Cranberry Holiday Punch

While planning our Christmas Eve Luncheon coming up at work, a friend mentioned a apple cranberry punch for our drink. It sounded so tasty, I decided to try it out. 

 This punch was so easy and delicious. I love how Christmas-y it is. Wes and I enjoyed it along on a Snowy Saturday of  finishing our tree, taking our Christmas card pic, shopping for gifts!

Apply Cranberry Holiday Punch

1 can frozen cranapple juice concentrate
1 2 liter bottle gingerale
1 12 ounce bag frozen raspberries
1/2 an orange sliced

Mix frozen juice concentrate with gingerale  in pitcher. Pour in frozen berries, and add orange slices {I'm slightly obsessed with the cranberry-orange combo right now}. 
Ta-DA! That's it, enjoy!

We are planning to make this punch for the Christmas Eve luncheon, and I am super excited about it. :)

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Under $20 Stocking Stuffers for Him

 I just completed my first ever all-myself sewing project! I am no seamstress at all, but I love our little pair of burlap stockings. I can't wait to fill one for my husband. :)

 I've been shopping are some stocking stuffer ideas I came across for that special guy. All under $20!

Key Lanyard
From fifthandelm      

Letter Opener

Luggage Tag
From BroLeatherWorks  

Flashlight Keychain
From Cabela's

SMART Touch Gloves
From Target  
 Brain Teaser Coasters
From WoodNCreations  

Metal Bookmark
From SnappinStudio
Wool Socks
From Walmart

Unscented Lotion Bar
From Jordan Essentials

Rubik's Cube
Rubik's Cube
Happy Shopping!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Our Christmas Tree is Complete!

We finally finished decorating our Christmas Tree! Thanks for bearing with me through all the ornament posts ;) We love it! It came out so much better than I expected for starting out with NOTHING.

 It is so neat how both our moms contributed to our decorations....

Wes' mom made these burlap flowers for our wedding reception in Utah!

 My mom made this sweet little tree skirt, and sent the little red bulbs {along with cookies}.

I am so excited to fill our tree over the years together!

Saturday, December 14, 2013

How To: Lacy Cinnamon Cookie Cutter Ornaments

I remember my mom baking cookie cutter ornaments when I was young, and I loved them! I thought they were so pretty and smelled amazing. They have lasted her for years!

I decided to make our own little set of cinnamon ornaments. They only require a couple ingredients, but go a long way!

You will need:

1 cup ground cinnamon
1/4 cup applesauce
1/3 cup Elmer's glue
1/4 tsp cloves
1/4 tsp nutmeg
rolling pin
Christmas shape cookie cutters
toothpick or lollipop stick
parchment paper
ribbon or string
modge podge (or use more Elmer's glue)

1. Stir cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and applesauce until forms coarse crumbs in a medium mixing bowl.

2. Add in elmer's glue until dough forms. {make sure you wash your measuring cup and anything else that touches the glue fairly quickly afterwards.}

3. Spread out a piece of parchment paper. Lightly flower your hands, and form the dough into a ball.

4. Lightly flour your rolling pin and roll dough out to 1/4 in. This dough is pretty sticky, so after I rolled it out, I smoothed it with my hands. Cut shapes out using your cookie cutters.

5. Using a tooth pick or lollipop stick, create holes to string your ornaments. Don't make huge gaping holes, but you want to have a enough room to thread your string or ribbon through. Remove excess dough. Bake ornaments in the oven at 200 degrees for 50 minutes.

6. While ornaments are in the oven, trace your cookie cutter shapes onto a piece of paper or cardstock.

7. Using your cut outs as a guide, cut identical shapes out of lace.

8. After you remove your ornaments from the oven, remove them with a spatula and place on a sheet of wax or parchment paper to completely dry. The  ornaments will still be somewhat soft, so handle with care. Be sure to turn them over every so often to keep the edges from curling up. Let dry over night.

9. Line up your lace cut out on top of an ornament and mark where the hole is. Cut a small hole out of the lace.

10. Using modge podge or Elmer's glue, over the surface of the ornament with glue. 

11. Line lace up evenly and press into ornament. Allow the glue to dry, then cut off any excess lace. 

12. Tie a ribbon or string to each ornament and hang them on your tree!

 Glittery ones look darling on the tree as well! Don't they smell delicious!?

Friday, December 13, 2013

How To: Felt Poinsettia Ornaments

I wanted to add some red to our Christmas tree. These felt poinsettias are so simple, but a gorgeous touch!

They took only minutes to make...

You will need:

1 sheet of red felt (for 2 flowers)
1 sheet of green felt
pearl beads
ribbon or string
hot glue gun

1. Draw a 5 pointed flower with sharpie onto your sheet of red felt. Cut out your shape.

 2. Draw 5 more individual petals, and cut them out.

 3. Apply a  1/2 line down the bottom of one of your petals.

 4. Squeeze the bottom tip together.

5. Repeat with all 5 petals.

 6. Glue the petals onto the flower you cut out in between its petals.

 7. Glue your pearls in the center of the poinsettia.

 8. Draw 2 leaf shapes on your green felt and cut them out.

 9. Turn flower over and glue leaves where desired.

 10. Finally, create a loop from a small piece of ribbon or string. Glue down to the back of the flower.

Wasn't that easy?! I hope you are enjoying all the Christmas colors and cheer in your home as much as I am!