Peace on Earth, Good-will to Men

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My Christmas Message!

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As we approach this holiday season filled with anticipation and bustling activity, may we reflect on the joy and magic of Christmas as seen through the sparkling eyes of a child filled with eagerness and hope.

We all hope for a better world, brimming with peace, promise and joy.  Treasure the memories of those departed from our lives and remember the legacies and teachings they instilled in us.

 Let us set aside time to visit an elderly soul or help with a charity that gives to families who might not have a happy holiday. Something as simple as shoveling a walk or shopping for groceries is a gift greatly appreciated by those who are not able to get out.

My hope for you this holiday season is that the magical spirit of the season remains in your heart in the New Year.  Wishing you joy, hope, promise, prosperity, good health, the chance to follow your dreams, and, above all, love.


The Grinch Ponders Christmas

Three stores

“Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before!

What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store.

What if Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!”

Small Christmas tree

 Dr. SeussHow the Grinch Stole Christmas!

Easy Recipes for Entertaining

From Kraft Recipes:

Pinecone Cheese Spread  Pine Cone Cheese Ball

what you need

1  pkg.  (8 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened

1  pkg.  (7 oz.) KRAFT Mexican Style 2% Milk Finely Shredded Four Cheese

2  Tbsp.  GREY POUPON Dijon Mustard

2  Tbsp.  canned chopped green chiles

1/3 cup PLANTERS Sliced Almonds, toasted

RITZ Crackers

make it

PROCESS first 3 ingredients in food processor until blended. Stir in chiles.

SHAPE into 4-inch oval on sheet of waxed paper to resemble pinecone. Insert nuts in rows to completely cover cream cheese mixture. Transfer to serving plate.

REFRIGERATE 2 hours. Remove from refrigerator 15 min. before serving. Let stand at room temperature to soften slightly. Serve with crackers.

kraft kitchens tips


Each 2-Tbsp. serving of this spicy spread packs a flavor punch.


Prepare using one of the following options: Serve with RITZ Snowflake Crackers. Or, add 1 tsp. hot pepper sauce to cream cheese mixture before shaping as directed.


Cheese spread can be stored in refrigerator up to 5 days before serving as directed.


Hot Crock O’ Cheese

what you need

3 slices  OSCAR MAYER Turkey Bacon, chopped

2 Tbsp.  chopped onion

1 pkg.  (8 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Neufchatel Cheese, softened

1 cup  KRAFT 2% Milk Shredded Cheddar Cheese

¾ cup  BREAKSTONE’S or KNUDSEN 2% Milkfat Low Fat Cottage Cheese

1 tsp.  Worcestershire sauce

¼ tsp.  garlic powder

126  TRISCUIT Crackers

make it

COOK bacon and onion in skillet on medium heat for 5 minutes or until bacon is crisp; drain.

BEAT Neufchatel in medium bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Add cheddar cheese and cottage cheese; mix well. Add bacon mixture, Worcestershire sauce and garlic powder; beat until well blended. Spoon into small crock or baking dish; cover with foil.

BAKE at 375°F for 10 minutes. Uncover; bake an additional 5 minutes. Top each cracker with a generous teaspoonful of spread.

kraft kitchens tips


Garnish with chopped fresh parsley just before serving.


Oh-So-Easy Cheese Log

what you need

1 pkg.  (8 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened

1 cup  KRAFT 2% Milk Shredded Italian* Three Cheese Blend

1 pkt.  (1 oz.) dry onion soup mix

2 Tbsp.  BREAKSTONE’S Reduced Fat or KNUDSEN Light Sour Cream

2/3 cup  finely chopped PLANTERS Pecans, toasted

make it

MIX first 4 ingredients.

SHAPE into log; wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate 2 hours.

UNWRAP log; roll in nuts. Firmly press nuts into log to secure.

* Made with quality cheeses crafted in the USA.


Ants on a Log

what you need

8 stalks  celery, each cut crosswise into 3 pieces (3 to 4 inches each)

1 tub  (8 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Cheesecake Flavor Cream Cheese Spread

½ cup  raisins

make it

FILL celery with cream cheese spread.

TOP with raisins.

kraft kitchens tips


Prepare using plain PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese Spread.

A Christmas Wand

Christmas wand

Positive vs. Negative Attitude




Life's attitude

Art museum owes all to altruist’s travels

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from: THISWEEKNEWS.COM August 6, 2013

“Altruism” is defined as an unselfish interest in the welfare of others. Francis Charles Sessions came to embody that word and had a hand in developing the character of Columbus along the way.

Francis Sessions was born in Wilbraham, Mass. in 1820 and came to Columbus in 1840 when he decided to head West to seek his fortune. (At that time the West began in Pittsburgh.) He stopped in Columbus, looked around, and decided to stay. At that time Columbus was a bustling city served by the Ohio Canal, the National Road, and would soon be linked to t he East by telegraph.

He rose quickly in both wealth and social status by his hard work ethic and by marrying Mary Johnson, the daughter of prominent and influential Orange Johnson. Both men prospered by their combined business experiences and keen insight. However, Sessions had an overwhelming urge to help those less fortunate. He felt he had a social obligation to assist.

Sessions was active in his church, served on many college boards and the Ohio Schools for the Blind and the Deaf and Dumb. He was president of the Humane Society, the Home for the Friendless, and the Public Library.

He traveled to foreign countries and admired and bought many works of art. In 1878 his home became the new home of the Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts. A year later he was instrumental in forming the Columbus Art School. His works were collected into a catalogue in 1890 which consisted of 30 pages.

On his death in 1892 he left his house, his collection of art, and his fortune to the Columbus Gallery of Fine Art and the Columbus Art School. Now these institutions are known as the Columbus Museum of Art and the Columbus College of Art and Design. Today these organizations continue to thrive as does Charles Sessions influence.



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