Merry Christmas To You!

Merry Christmas To You!

I wanted to wish all of you a Merry, Merry Christmas! I hope it is amazing for you and all those you hold dear. I will be taking the rest of the week off to spend time with family and enjoy the holiday. 🙂 No new recipes until the first of the year. I will however be back next week with the annual posting of My Personal Favorite Recipe Posts of 2013, followed by a post listing the Top Ten Most Popular Recipes from 2013. Before I sign off  for the holiday, I wanted to share a little bit of Christmas joy with you.

Last week my little family traveled to downtown Salt Lake City (just a 40 minute drive) to see the beautiful lights at Temple Square, and to soak up a bit of Christmas Joy. It seems there is always so much hustle and bustle this time of year, the true reason for the holiday is often lost in the shuffle. I was eager to have my family spend some time thinking and pondering on the birth of Christ, and the amazing man that he was and is.

the temple

I have to admit, our trip to Temple Square was the best hour and a half I have spent all month. Isn’t the temple stunning!


In the last decade or so the LDS Church has built a gorgeous  reflecting pool in front of it. Beautiful!

reflective pool

Magical. 🙂

the lights

The lights were of course a delight to see…

pretty lights

as always.

The Christus

My kidlets…


Inside one of the visitors centers there is a really cool replica of Jerusalem at the time of Christ.

the stable

Outside is a beautiful manger scene where the story of Christs birth is told.

the tree
It’s a magical place, that did my heart a lot of good.

the last

I know I don’t mention my faith very often on this little food blog of mine, but my membership in the LDS Church, and my testimony of Christ and His amazing gospel are two of my most prized possessions. At this time of year I am especially grateful for the life of Christ and particularly his message of kindness, charity and love.  This scripture is one of my favorites…

“And be ye kind one to another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:32

Leaving you today with this short 3 minute Christmas video from The Mormon Channel on brotherly kindness. If you watch it, and would like to see more inspirational videos,  several more options will appear in the video screen for you to choose from, or visit The Mormon Channel by clicking HERE. For more information on the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, click HERE.

Happy Holidays, everyone!!!!! May it be merry and bright. 🙂

Merry  Christmas


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  1. 1
    December 23, 2013 at 2:57 am

    Thank you for this post today! I hope you and your family have a very merry Christmas!

  2. 2
    December 23, 2013 at 7:13 am

    Beautiful pics! Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!!

  3. 3
    December 23, 2013 at 8:04 am

    Thank you Jamie for your hard work on this site throughout the year. May you & your wonderful family enjoy God’s blessings during this holiday season. I enjoyed the video very much.

  4. 4
    December 23, 2013 at 8:15 am

    Beautiful. Thank you and Merry Christmas!

  5. 5
    December 23, 2013 at 8:53 am

    Gorgeous! You and your blog are amazing and priceless. I love you dearly.

  6. 6
    December 23, 2013 at 10:35 am

    Your blog has been a blessing to me this year. I have taken my cooking to places I never thought I could go and built on my self esteem in the kitchen. Have a very Merry Christmas.

  7. 7
    Erin R.
    December 23, 2013 at 10:48 am

    Lovely post. I haven’t been to Temple Square in a few years because it’s just SO COLD, but your pictures are beautiful.

  8. 8
    December 23, 2013 at 11:00 am

    Thanks for all the hard work that goes into your blog. Love it. Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas!!

  9. 9
    December 23, 2013 at 11:28 am

    The scripture you shared is one of my favorites, too! Thank you for sharing your heart and the beautiful pictures. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  10. 10
    December 23, 2013 at 11:35 am

    Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Love the pictures….and all the recipes.

  11. 11
    December 23, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    Merry Christmas Jamie! Thank you for all the wonderful recipes that have blessed my family and me!
    ?? Heidi in Idaho Falls

  12. 12
    December 23, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    Haha, I put a little heart picture before my name and it posted as question marks. Anyway, Love Heidi, not ?? Heidi 😉

  13. 13
    December 23, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    Jamie, thank you for the beautiful message. I am a Catholic and enjoy Christmas and the wonderful meaning that Christ came to earth to save us and of course, love us all! Merry Christmas to you and your entire family.

  14. 14
    December 23, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    Merry Christmas to your whole family. May you be abundantly blessed throughout the coming new year. God Bless!

  15. 15
    December 23, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    Such a inspiring post! and beautiful photos!

    I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! =)

  16. 16
    December 23, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    Just wanted to tell you Jamie, every time I cook it is one of your recipes. It has become a staple in our home. I searched the other day for spiced wassail on Google and it ended up I like that recipe the best not even knowing it was from your site. That nativity scene you posted today is on my screen saver already. I feel like your kindred soul thanks for all you do! Merry Christmas from the northeastern corner of Utah vernal.

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    Holly W
    December 23, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    What a joyful, uplifting post. We were at Temple Square last week too. Thanks for all your work on this site. Your recipes are wonderful – just made your creamy pumpkin pie again yesterday! Have a very Merry Christmas with your family.

  18. 18
    December 23, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    Thank you for your beautiful post today. Merry Christmas to you and your family also!

  19. 19
    December 23, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    Have a wonderful time with your family. Merry Christmas and thank you for a year of great recipes!

  20. 20
    December 23, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    Thank you for remembering The reason for the season. May the LORD bless and keep you and your family in perfect peace. Blessings, michelle

  21. 21
    December 23, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    Merry Christmas Jamie!
    May Christ, whose birth we celebrate, bless you and all those you love at christmas time and in the coming new year.

  22. 22
    December 24, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Thank you for sharing your faith.

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