For Christmas This Year I want a Cure for Cancer!

Mike I plead with anyone who may happen upon this blog to reach into their heart and offer up anything they can for a stranger in need. My husbands family needs all the prayers and good thoughts they can get.

Michael Hair is a kind, generous, fun loving and all around good guy. Personally I love him for more than who he is but also for what he has been for my husband. They are cousins by birth, brothers and friends at heart! Mike was the best man at our wedding and a true best friend to my husband. About six months ago Mike was diagnosed with cancer and has been fighting every day since. It’s an uphill battle and he needs all the help he can get, whether it’s a few dollars to the “Go Fund Me Account” (linked below) or prayers and good thought sent his way anything you are willing to give is appreciated and desperately needed.

My Husband briefly explains in the “Go Fund Me” Description:
“My cousin probably wouldn’t do this for himself, so I made one for him because he is very much loved. This is a very hard thing to have to go through and I couldn’t image what he’s going through and will have to go through. The headline says it all, he was diagnosed with cancer and now has to undergo a year long chemotherapy and radiation treatment before they can even consider surgery. This means he can’t work because of the type of cancer. This comes as a big shock, we didn’t see it coming. He’s young only 33. Mike has a lot to live for, he’s got a wonderful loving woman by his side and a great family who is supporting him through all this mess. Please help us, help him through this difficult time. Anything will help.” – Denver Fortner

Please click the link below to show compassion and support for a good man fighting the toughest battle of his life.

Maraschino Cherry and White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Maraschino Cherry and White Chocolate Chip Cookies


I made these for a Christmas cookie exchange party at my office but they turned out looking more appropriate for Valentines day than Christmas… They taste great though! That’s what really counts, right? If you leave the icing drizzle off they look more “Christmasy” but I prefer a little more sweetness with my cookies. ♥

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Happy Holidays?

“Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.”      
– Hamilton Wright Mabie

Every December I hear a lot of anti-“Happy Holiday” talk from my fellow Christmas calibrators. I have never understood the outrage of my friends and acquaintances in the use of the phrase “Happy Holidays”. I say “Merry Christmas” to those I know that celebrate Christmas but I prefer to say “Happy Holidays” to strangers and acquaintances where I’m unsure what holiday preference they hold dear.

Wishing someone happy holidays takes nothing away from my own Christmas experience. The shear act of wishing someone happiness adds to my own joy. On one hand, I have never known anyone to get offended at being wished a merry Christmas when they aren’t Christian. I believe people appreciate when someone takes the time to send good tidings their way, even if they don’t participate in the specific religion behind the sentiment. On the other hand, what is so wrong or difficult about saying “Happy Holidays” instead? Christmas is not the only Holiday this time of year, Christians don’t “own” December. Even within the Christmas bunch, no two families celebrate the same way. Recognizing that everyone is different and choosing to be sensitive to that fact will in no way diminish your own holiday spirit!

If you simply prefer to say “Merry Christmas”, I say go for it! But to object to and adamantly refuse the use of a greeting simply because it does not specifically reference your personal religious belief is not only self-centered but ignorant as well. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying people should be forced to use one phrase or repress their own beliefs in the name of political correctness. All I’m saying is to take offence, or rally against a generic greeting of good will is foolish and arrogant. If everyone focused more on spreading and receiving happiness and good will and less on the specific phrase being used, the world would be a simpler (and friendlier) place.

So to everyone, everywhere! Happy…
Christmas, Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, Ramadan, Fiest of Our Lady of Guadalupe, St. Lucia Day, St. Nicholas Day, Eid’ul-Adha, Boxing Day, Kwanzaa, Eid al-Fitr, Omisoka, Three Kings Day, etc…
In other words, HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!!!!