The squirrels have really been at work in trying to get to the seeds inside the pumpkins - as you can see, this one made it!!!! LOL : )
Hello! Welcome to my blog - so glad you decided to drop in for a while because I appreciate it when you do. I have three things for you today - another no-churn ice cream (this time - Oreo - oh my goodness), SAD (seasonal affect disorder), and what to do about Halloween.
Okay - the recipe. Out of all the no-churn ice creams I've made, this is our favorite (so far). Here it is:
NO-CHURN OREO ICE CREAM
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1, 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
2 tsp. vanilla
20 Oreo cookies, coarsely crushed
In a large mixer, whip the cream until stiff peaks form. In another bowl, mix together the sweetened condensed milk and vanilla. Add to the whipped cream (fold in until well mixed). Gently fold the crushed Oreo cookies in with a spatula and pour into a freezer-safe container. Cover and freeze for at least 4 hours or overnight. Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : )
I'll say it again - we are just loving these ice creams. SO EASY to make and everyone we've served these to can't believe how good they are. I encourage you to make these for your family and friends - if you have company over some time soon, whip some up. You'll be glad you did.
Now for the SAD. For those of us who live in the northern part of the country where the sun goes down early and comes up late and it's cold and we just find ourselves in our homes more, this seasonal disorder can be a real thing. Some ways to combat it are:
*Be okay with spending a little more on lighting your homes throughout the winter - a dark house is not a good thing. You may think that you're saving on the electric bill, but your mental/emotional health is more important. When it begins to get dark in the late afternoon begin turning lights on. In the summer this is not an issue. We don't begin to turn the lights on until well into the evening because our house mostly faces west so we get the setting sun, but at this time of year the porch light goes on earlier, and the living room lamps go on, the kitchen light is always on because I feel it's more cheery and inviting. Of course we leave the bathroom light off until we need it and the two out of three bedroom lights are off because we aren't using those for any specific use. But allow your home to be bright and cheery on the inside and out. While driving at night, I just don't like to see how from the outside the houses are so dark on the inside. All you see is the glow of the big screen television!!!! What a contrast to driving by a house that has the lights on and immediately it feels welcoming and you begin to think that happy people live there. : )
*If you can (even when it's cold outside), get outdoors and sit in the sun. I bundle up, take a blanket to cover my legs, pour a hot cup of coffee or tea, grab my sunglasses and book or magazine and I will sit in the fresh air and sunshine for at least half an hour. I find that it really does improve my mood and gets me ready to start on something else when I do go back into the house.
*Buy a special lamp especially made for this - I don't have one and have never used one so I can't write about what I don't know - but I do know people who do use these and they seem to help them.
*Make a list of projects during these long nights - while sitting and working on projects you HAVE to have the lights on and your hands will be busy doing something instead of sitting in the dark watching TV. It's good for our mental health to work on something - it keeps our spirits up.
*Get out once a week - whether that be grocery shopping, other shopping that you need, or just browsing in a favorite store. Just being out and about for a while helps our mood.
I hope you can try these things to help combat the lows while surviving the winter!!!!
And, lastly, what do Christians do about Halloween? When our son was young, we did Halloween - there were lots of kids in our neighborhood and they all planned their costumes (that's when costumes weren't vulgar and ugly), they went out together, and then they came back here for a fun movie (eating some of the candy they got) and had a sleepover. There wasn't anything occult about it back then - it was just fun - the way I remember it when I was a kid.
But, nowadays, I understand the hesitation. As Christians we really don't want to support all the nasty stuff but still want to be salt and light to our neighbors. For years after our son was too old and then out of the house, of course, we didn't do anything. We just turned the porch light off, closed the door and that was that. Last year was the first year we participated in it again. We set up a table with a slow cooker full of apple cider for the parents and then a big bowl of candy for the kids. People would stop and chat and it was surprisingly a fun evening for my husband and me.
This year, I still went back and forth on what to do until I received an e-mail from the Billy Graham Association which addressed this issue. They really wanted to hit the point home about all the evil connected to our modern-day Halloween. And how we should be careful with it and I totally agree. Having said that they also mentioned how we can actually "do" Halloween with grace and I totally agreed with their idea as well. It was pretty much the same as what we did last year. Be neighborly. Show your neighbors that you can join in without agreeing with the way Halloween has become. You can be nice. You can share. You can smile. You can show them that your home is a safe environment and that you can be trusted. We can also hand out tracts that present the Gospel along with the candy we're giving out.
So, this is what we are choosing to do. And I don't expect everyone to agree with this. We all have to figure out how we handle certain things and until we absolutely do not feel comfortable with it, we'll continue to be welcoming to our neighbors.
Well, again, thank you for stopping by!!! I've enjoyed writing this post and I hope you can get some ideas to help you. : ) God bless.