Wednesday, December 30, 2009

I'm Dreaming Of A White Christmas...

Just like the ones I've known back home. My husband and I made the decision to pinch pennies this year and stay home for the holidays. For me, it meant the first time in many years without a white Christmas. Luckily, my prayers were answered when 10 inches of fluffy white bliss fluttered to the ground Christmas eve and lingered around a couple of weeks. And since we had no place to go... Let it Snow! Kids around town took full advantage of the hill at the amphitheatre for sledding, using anything that would move... inflatable pool toys, cardboard boxes and even a waxed Corvette hood! With the quilt shop closed for 2 weeks I had lots of time to finish projects around the house and even start and finish a quick throw quilt to keep me warm in my downtime. I even cleaned and organized 3 closets, 4 kitchen cabinets and the entire garage! Quite an accomplishment. Our stay-cation turned out to be a wonderful holiday vacation and we didn't even need to travel half-way across the country to find a winter wonderland. From my family to yours, Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Gifts For The Children

During the November and December Mainstreet Madness events in downtown Burkburnett, the Stitching Depot and other participating merchants conducted gift drives benefitting the local youth served this year through the Burkburnett Volunteer Fire Department's Operation Santa Claus program. BVFD firemen delivered gifts to over 370 children last Saturday. Pictured below (from left) Kimberly Jackson of The Stitching Depot, Patricia Dominguez of The Burk Boot Shop and Jerry Hayes of Hayes General Store. Many thanks to all who donated toys.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Christmas Party and Kimberly's Cocoa

Last night was so much fun! The streets were full of festivity and the store full of warm and jolly folks. The sugar cookies and fudge were delicious. Thank you Kathy for the oh sew cute choo choo sugar cookies. They were perfect! The hot cocoa was also a big hit and it didn't last long. If you missed out, here is the recipe so you and your family can enjoy it over the holidays.

Kimberly's Cocoa
1/2c sugar
1/4c unsweetened cocoa powder
4c milk
3/4tsp vanilla extract

1. Mix cocoa, sugar and one cup of milk in a saucepan. Over medium heat stir constantly until the mixture is heated. You can also heat in a microwave on 50% power until hot.
2. Slowly stir in the rest of the milk and continue to heat (do not boil). If heating in the microwave, add the remaining milk and heat on 50% power until hot.
3. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Mix well, top with mini marshmellows and enjoy!
Makes 4 cups

At this point I pour the hot cocoa into a crockpot on low heat and make a couple more batches.

A special thank you to everyone who brought toys to the shop for Operation Santa Claus. I dropped them off at the fire station last night after closing and the firemen were very grateful. This morning I saw fire trucks all over town, delivery the toys. A truly warm feeling. Thank you once again for your contributions! The winner of the $50 Gift Certificate is Darcus Pena! CONGRATULATIONS!

I want to send my wishes for a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and your family. And a blessed NEW YEAR! Remember the shop will be closed for 2 weeks, so I will see you January 6th.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Christmas Wishes

Merry Christmas!

I love this time of year. I love Christmas music, decorated trees, twinkling lights and the excitement in the eyes of young children. Most of all I love the spirit of giving. Far too often my heart is bigger than my wallet and when it comes to programs like Toys for Tots and Operation Santa Claus I struggle to set limits. I simply can not bare the thought of any child waking up Christmas morning, wondering why they weren't good enough for Santa to come.
This holiday season when you are rushing to finish your Christmas shopping, please add 1 extra gift to your list for a needy child in your area. Let's all have a VERY Merry Christmas and remember Christ is the Reason For The Season.
May God bless you and your family with love, joy and laughter this Christmas.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Operation Santa Claus and $50 Gift Certificate drawing

The Burkburnett Volunteer Fire Department is hosting OPERATION SANTA CLAUS to ensure needy children in our community receive a gift this holiday season. There are over 120 children registered in the program this year and we need your help to make each Christmas wish come true.
Many area businesses have set up Angel Trees for the children in need. Bring a NEW unwrapped gift to the quilt shop and you will be entered into a drawing to win a $50 Gift Certificate from The Stitching Depot. Deadline for gifts is December 18th.