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Is There A Santa Claus

Thursday, Dec, 12 2013


Is There A Santa Claus?

Merry Christmas everyone,

I thought I would share an interesting story about a mom and her explanation to her son Frankie when asked, "Do you believe in Santa Claus?"

It was one of THE questions parents face. In the category of questions like, "Why do people die?" and "Where do babies come from?" "Mommy, do you believe in Santa Claus?"

The mom prayed for the right words. "What do you think?"

Frankie shrugged. "Some kids at school said Santa wasn't real. They said parents put the gifts under the tree." "Are you asking me if there is a Santa, or if parents put the gifts under the tree?" Frankie hesitated. "I guess I'm asking both."

The mom wrapped her arms around Frankie and gave him a big hug. "I am so proud of you!"   "For what?" Frankie looked puzzled.

"You're old enough now! You see Frankie, while there isn't a man in a red suit, there is something called the Christmas Spirit. But when children are very little, it's hard for them to understand the Christmas Spirit so we say that someone named Santa is responsible for Christmas. Parent's know when a child asks whether Santa is real that they're old enough to understand the Christmas Spirit."

Frankie looked surprised. "What's the Christmas Spirit?"

"The Christmas Spirit is love -- pure and simple. Every year, right around December, there's a special feeling in the air. People are kinder, they give to those who have little and spend time with friends and family. Have you noticed a change recently?"

Frankie thought for a moment. "Everything seems prettier. People seem happier."
"That's the Christmas Spirit at work. The Christmas Spirit is a gift we all receive every year. And those who are most blessed, carry it with them all year."

"Parents want their children to remember the gift of Christmas every year, so they put presents under the tree and say a man named Santa is responsible until each child asks the question you asked me tonight. Then they get to share the wonderful secret of the Christmas Spirit."

"A secret?" Frankie's voice was hushed with awe.

"Yes, now that you asked about Santa, I know that you're old enough to understand the Christmas Spirit. But until other children ask their parents, you shouldn't tell them there's no Santa because they may not be old enough to understand yet."

Frankie nodded and winked. "I won't tell, I promise."

"When people ask if I believe in Santa, I say yes. I absolutely believe that there is a Christmas Spirit that visits each house at Christmas. Does it matter whether that Spirit is wearing a red suit? Or what we call it?"

Frankie shook his head. "Nope!"

"So congratulations! You are officially old enough to start learning about the Christmas Spirit." Frankie crinkled his nose. "Start learning?" "Yes. It takes the rest of your life to figure out how to keep the Christmas Spirit in your heart all year long."

posted by: Kathy Keene 12 month(s) ago Comment On This Post


Turkey Brine Recipe

Thursday, Nov, 21 2013

Chef Jeff's Turkey Brine Recipe:

1 gallon water
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup table salt, non-iodized

Mix all ingredients together in a container larger enough to cover the thawed turkey with the brine.  Place in the refrigerator up to 4 days.  Depending on the size of the turkey, you can brine it for 1 day up to 4 days.

posted by: Kathy Keene 13 month(s) ago Comment On This Post


Homeopatic Cold and Flu Protection

Thursday, Nov, 14 2013

Dr. Helen Pensanti's recommendation for protecting ourselves from colds and flu.

Take the following 4 items:

     280 mgs of L-Theanine
     700 mgs L-cysteine
     Glutathione - dosage stated on bottle
     Interlueukin-2 -dosage stated on bottle

posted by: Kathy Keene 13 month(s) ago Comment On This Post


Butter Cake Recipe

Tuesday, Nov, 12 2013

KENTUCKY BUTTER CAKE

3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
2 cups white sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup butter
2 tsp. vanilla or rum extract
4 eggs
Glaze:
3/4 cup white sugar
1/3 cup butter
3 T. water
2 tsp. vanilla or rum extract

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Grease and flour a 10-inch Bundt pan.  Mix flour, sugar, salt, baking powder and baking soda.  Blend in buttermlk, butter, vanilla or rum and eggs.  Beat 3 minutes at medium speed.  our batter into prepared pan. Bake 60 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out clean.  Prick holes in the still warm cake.  Slowly pour glaze over cake.  Let cool before rmoving from pan.
Glaze:
Combine all glaze ingredients in saucepan.  Cook over medium heat until fully melted and combined, do not boil.

posted by: Kathy Keene 13 month(s) ago Comment On This Post


Jobs and Bacteria/Germs on Workspace Surfaces

Friday, Sep, 6 2013

These are the jobs with the most bacteria or germs on the workspace surfaces, according to Web MD:

1.  Teacher
2.  Accountant
3.  Banker
4.  Radio DJ
5.  Doctor
6.  Television Producer
7.  Consultant
8.  Publicist
9.  Lawyer

Are you a germ freak aa t work.  What do you try not to touch?  Door knobs? The phones?

posted by: Kathy Keene 15 month(s) ago Comment On This Post


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