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CELEBRATION!!  On Dec. 20, John and I will be married 50 years. How fast the years have gone. We wish all of you a very Merry Christmas!

New Year resolutions you can keep

Here are a few things I make a habit of, and it seems to make the world a better place. Please consider making them your practice, too.

1. When I see someone pushing another in a wheelchair, the first person I look at is the one sitting in the chair. I smile and nod. Then I acknowledge the one pushing the chair. It does not matter if you have a person in that chair who can smile back or seems in sad shape; give them the blessing of giving them that human touch and God’s love.  You never know what is seen and understood, and if you brighten just one wheelchair-bound person's life, you have done a wonderous thing!

2. When I hear an ambulance, fire truck or police car go by fast, I know there is trouble. I stop and say a prayer for those affected in the situation.  It warms my heart, lessens my worry over the matter and hopefully helps them.

3. When someone has done something that hurts me or someone I love, I have a practice that takes practice to do. Instead of getting all kinds of bad feelings about the person,  I pray for them.  After all, anyone who is mean obviously has some deep-seeded problem and needs help.

If you try one or all three of these ideas, you will start to feel really good about life and about yourself. Let me know how it goes.

Happy New Year to all of you. May 2017 bring blessings to you and yours.  Love, Linda Muir

ROLLED FRUIT CANDY

2 cups white sugar
1 cup milk
1/4 cup butter (1/2 stick)

1. Boil to soft ball stage.

2. Then add:
1 cup dates

3. Cook until candy leaves the sides of the pan, stirring now and then.  Remove from heat and add:
3/4 cup coconut
1/2 cup walnuts

4. Beat till creamy.  Pour on damp cloth, and roll up in a roll as for refrigerator cookies. Cut in slices when cool. Serve on a pretty plate.

5. Wrap and refrigerate any leftovers

Linda’s Note: I like to cut up the dates, but it is up to you. Also, I have always thought this would be a good recipe also using dried apricots.

DIP FOR VEGETABLES

8 oz plain yogurt
1 tsp minced onion
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp dill weed
1/8 tsp garlic salt
Dash of pepper, if desired (white pepper works well here)

1. Blend all ingredients well in blender. Put in covered container, and refrigerate several hours for the flavors to blend.

2. Serve with fresh vegetables.  Suggestions: celery and carrot sticks, radishes, green pepper sticks, cherry tomatoes, cauliflowerettes, cucumber slices, etc.

Makes 1 cup dip. This recipe can be easily doubled or tripled.

CRÈME DE MENTHE PIE

16 Oreo cookies, rolled fine
1/3 cup melted butter, cooled

1. Add the butter to crushed Oreos and press into a 10-inch pie pan.  Let sit in refrigerator to set up.

2. Melt in double boiler:
24 large marshmallows
1/2 cup milk

3. Cool the mixture after melting and mixing well, then add:
1/4 cup green crème de menthe
1 cup whipping cream, whipped (I use Cool Whip - L)

4. Pour into the pie shell and shave onto the top: 2 squares semi-sweet chocolate

5. Chill.

Serves 8

POTATO CHIP COOKIES

3/4 cup butter (1½ sticks)
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg yolk
1 tsp soda
1½ cups flour
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
3/4 cup crushed potato chips

1. Cream the room-temperature butter and the sugar. Add remaining ingredients and mix well.

2. Place on ungreased cookie sheet in balls the size of a walnut; flatten with fork.

3. Bake at 350 degrres for about 12 minutes.

4. Store, covered, in a cool, dry place.

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