Friday, December 23, 2011

Friday Freebies: Books, Blessings & Snow Pudding

Friday Freebies are here. Let's get started with a few of my favorite Christmas books ... for FREE. You can read them online or download to your Kindle (or is that upload?).

T'was the Night Before Christmas
For your Kindle

Gift of the Magi

Cricket On the Hearth

And Thus, He Came

Click here for a more intensive list.

And about those Christmas blessings. Well, how 'bout my friend just offered us her washer and dryer for $150. I was looking to buy the set for my kids who don't have either for a Christmas present. Alas, I could not afford it until my friend showed up. Very exciting, indeed. Of course, it doesn't compare to what was given to us so long ago in that little town of Bethlehem.

O little town of Bethlehem
How still we see thee lie
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep
The silent stars go by
Yet in thy dark streets shineth
The everlasting Light
The hopes and fears of all the years
Are met in thee tonight

For Christ is born of Mary
And gathered all above
While mortals sleep, the angels keep
Their watch of wondering love
O morning stars together
Proclaim the holy birth
And praises sing to God the King
And Peace to men on earth

How silently, how silently
The wondrous gift is given!
So God imparts to human hearts
The blessings of His heaven.
No ear may hear His coming,
But in this world of sin,
Where meek souls will receive him still,
The dear Christ enters in.

O holy Child of Bethlehem
Descend to us, we pray
Cast out our sin and enter in
Be born to us today
We hear the Christmas angels
The great glad tidings tell
O come to us, abide with us
Our Lord Emmanuel

And here's an old fashion recipe for Christmas Snow Pudding:

Put a pint of milk in the *double-boiler and on the fire. Mix three tablespoonfuls of cornstarch with a **gill of milk and one-third of a teaspoonful of salt. Stir this into the milk when it boils. Beat the whites of four eggs to a stiff froth, and then gradually beat into them half a cupful of powdered sugar and one teaspoonful of vanilla. Add this to the cooking mixture, and beat vigorously for one minute. Rinse a mould in cold water, and pouring the pudding into it, set away to cool. At serving-time turn out on a flat dish, and serve with chocolate sauce.

*Don't have a double boiler? Check out this article for substitute.
**Gill=1/2 cup or 4 ounces (but it's debatable still) most American cooks say it's 5 ounces.

Debby A.

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