Happy New Year Treats for everyone!

I don’t know about you but in my family, it’s not all about the gifts we get at Christmas. Or the parties on New Year’s Eve. It’s about friends and family spending special occasions together. Of course, when I know I’ll be having visitors, a pastime I most enjoy is the baking I do for that time of the year.

I guess a favorite recipe in my house is what we call “German Buns”. They are wonderful treats in the morning with breakfast or at any time during the day. The company, I serve these little goodies to, love them. Best of all, they’re extremely easy to bake. And… they make 24 which is a nice size recipe.

Now I don’t know if they originate in Germany or…  at some time in my youth a lady gave me the recipe who was German and so I named the buns after her. To be sure it isn’t a familiar recipe because I checked German Buns on Google and all I saw were regular yeast-type ones that are in no way like these.

As you’ll see by the photo, they’re more like a cinnamon bun kind of indulgence. The difference is that rather than having cinnamon in the center, they’re filled with coconut and brown sugar. Trust me, I’ve had so many compliments on these treats that I can vouch for the taste.

German Buns

4 cups of flour

1 tsp salt

1 tsp soda

1 cup sugar

2 tsp cream of tartar

1 cup margarine

1 egg beaten

2/3 cup milk

1 tsp almond flavoring

Mix the dry ingredients together. Blend the marg. with the dry ingredients until crumbly. Add egg, almond flavoring, and milk together and then to the flour mixture. Work the dough and form a ball. Cut into two equal pieces and roll out to approx. 1 inch,  spread ½ the filling, roll up, and cut into 12 parts. Bake at 350 oven for 15 – 20 minutes or until golden brown on top.


1 egg

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup coconut

May you all have a wonderful New Year’s weekend and all the best possible in 2023.

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Will it be a… Merry Christmas?

It’s hard not to question whether we should be focusing on this holiday when we see such doom and gloom on TV. Or hear it on the radio. Even from friends who know people… or are people who’ve been sick themselves, or who’ve lost loved ones.

But… we must remember why the day itself is special. For instance, it’s a precious day in the church, the day that Jesus was born. Do you remember singing carols like Away in the Manger as a child and experiencing the glory of the birth of Christ? I do.

Of course, as a child, the most important symbol for Christmas was Santa Claus. I knew there was a bearded spirit who loved every child enough to bring them a gift. Today, I know that he’s just the symbol for us adults who do his deeds. Thank goodness we keep his existence alive for our children to experience the joy of the day that meant so much to us… engraving a memory in their hearts so they can look back as adults.

It’s the joy we need to remember and try to rekindle. Even if we spend the 25th quietly, we must remember to celebrate the day itself. Lord, I can’t bear to think of those who will be isolated… so if every one of us takes a few moments out of the day to send blessings from our hearts to someone we love, pick up the phone and make a call to that person you know will be alone, maybe by thinking of others who have an empty home, we’ll feel better about where we are ourselves.

From my home to yours,

I wish you all a Merry Christmas & a New Year that gets better every day.


Christmas photos that make me smile!!


15 Feel Good New Year Resolutions

Many people will make New Year resolutions to ring in 2020, but we seldom keep our promises for very long. Reevaluating your life is hard stuff! Here’s a list of New Year resolutions that will make you feel better, physically and mentally. These suggestions aren’t that difficult and are sure to make you feel happier about who you are.   

  1. Practice anonymous random acts of kindness.
  2. Make at least one person smile each day.
  3. Read at least one book each month. (Don’t forget to review it. The author will SMILE! See resolution #2.)
  4. Go someplace you’ve never been.
  5. Be kinder to yourself.
  6. Be kinder to others.
  7. Be quick to listen, slow to speak.
  8. Take the stairs. It’s good for you.
  9. Let go of old hurts and grudges.
  10. Forgive.
  11. Try a new hobby.
  12. Donate all clothing you haven’t worn in a year.
  13. Start and end each day consciously feeling happy and grateful.
  14. Buy less plastic. It’s bad for our planet.
  15. Stay in touch with the people who matter.

What New Year resolutions would you add to the list?

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15 Feel Good New Year Resolutions