Monday, December 24, 2007

Merry Christmas!

"Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death He might destroy the one who has the power of death, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery." (Hebrews 2:14-15)

That's why Jesus came. He came to die for our sins. His birth was for the sake of His death on the cross. As my pastor recently wrote, "Christmas+Cross=Freedom" for us. Oh, come let us adore Him! Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Quick and Easy Baked Salmon

If you're running short on time, and who isn't this time of the year with all of the extra activities surrounding the holidays...This recipe is one that my husband and I enjoyed recently. It's fast, easy, and it's very healthy as well--something we really appreciate in a meal as we try to balance things out against all of the rich holiday foods.

1 lb. fresh or frozen salmon (thawed)
2 Tbsp. butter, melted
garlic salt and ground black pepper to taste
2 Tbsp. fresh or dried parsley

Line a 9x13 baking dish with aluminum foil. Place the salmon on the foil. Brush melted butter on the top of the salmon. Season with garlic salt and pepper. Sprinkle parsley over the top. Cover the dish another piece of aluminum foil. Bake in preheated oven 350 degrees for 30 minutes, or until fish flakes easily. Remove top foil and bake a few minutes more.

The Baby Quilt is finished.

I worked several hours on this project on Sunday afternoon and evening, and I'm really happy to say that the baby quilt is done and on its way to my friends and their new baby girl. This was a fun project, but I really was foolish to think that I could get it done this time of the year without a lot of struggle and stress...Why didn't I start this quilt when my friends first called me with their good news back in March or April? Of course, then it would have been harder to choose my fabric for this project, unless I'd looked for colors and prints that were fairly gender neutral.

Anyway, it was a good project for me to do because it was fairly simple, and I haven't done very much in the past few years in the way of complicated quilt top piecing. I think it turned out really pretty. The baby's name is Emma Rose, and the pink fabric has tiny little antique roses with leaves in a color that coordinates well with the color of the leaves in the green fabric. I chose green as well with this particular baby in mind because her mother (one of my old college friends) told me that she and her husband painted their baby's room sage green. And, I chose a simple, traditional design not only because it would be fast and easy, but also because my friend loves antiques and wants the baby's room to have more of an antique feel to it, instead of choosing a theme for the room (like Winnie the Pooh or Noah's Ark, etc.)

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Charlie the Schnauzer

This is our miniature schnauzer, Charlie. We had friends here last night for a Hanukkah/Christmas party, and we were playing around with our new digital camera when I took this photo. Since I don't have much time to write today, I thought that it would be fun to post a shot of Charlie doing one of his favorite things...laying on the couch with his chin resting on the armrest.

I'm working a baby quilt for dear friends of ours who just had their first baby...Or rather, had their first baby prematurely in October when it was due at the end of December. I should have started this project months ago when they called to tell us the good news about the impending birth. Instead, I foolishly thought that I could work on it in November and mail it in December.

It's a simple checkerboard pattern with two borders, and I'm going to be machine quilting it today. I'll take a photo of it before I pack it up to mail...Time to go quilt! :-)