Good morning friends! Welcome to another gazette. I’ve got some great goodies, encouraging stories, giveaways, and more!
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Encouraging One Another!
This week on Southern Plate
This was a week of sharing goodies galore! I’ll list links to each recipe clockwise from top left:
- Cafeteria Peanut Butter Slice Candy
- Tiger Butter Fudge
- World’s Best Chewy Sugar cookies
- Tie Dye Cheesecake Brownies
- Cream Cheese Mints
- Chocolate Chip Potato Chip Cookies
- Sweet and Crunchy Chex Mix
- Cream Cheese Divinity
Eating Low Carb? Click here for a low carb cookie recipe!
This Week’s Coffee Chat
You know how friends find something they love and they can’t wait to tell their other friends because they might love it, too?
Well, today I’ve gathered a collection of those things to me and I’m excited to share them with you. The neat thing is that most of my favorite things are under $20! All together, the prices range from super cheap and ridiculously practical to just one over the top spend that the whole family will love. I hope you find one or two things that you love, as well! Click Here to see them all
Recipes from Friends
This week I’m sharing two delicious recipe from friends!
Hot Cranberry Punch from These Old Cookbooks & Chocolate Pecan Sandies Secret Kiss Cookies from Call Me PMC
From My Instagram
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It was just a year ago when I could not get this child to leave my side. She clung to me for a lifetime of reasons. Bit by bit, she is venturing out on her own, growing autonomous. So when we were in Target and she said “Ma, can I go shop for some groceries for myself?” I beamed with excitement for her. “Of course. I’ll be around the store somewhere when you’re done, just call me or come find me.” That was another big step, not needing to know exactly where I was at any given time. She gave me a hug and jaunted off with a big grin of expectation on her face. Later on, as I shopped, I caught a glimpse of her out of the corner of my eye, in the freezer section, holding a red basket as she leaned up on tip toes to reach a box before turning it over to read the label. She looked so grown up and I, being fully grown into motherhood, snuck a quick picture. Satisfied with the label, she placed it in her basket and turned to scan more items with a serious look of intent.
I ran into her again in the produce section, walking by as she put her phone back into her purse. I intentionally went elsewhere in the store to avoid continually bumping into her.
Minutes later I heard her excited footsteps behind me and when she popped in front she reached down and retrieved a bag of red grapes. “So I did a google search and it turns out these are supposed to be the sweetest ones. Can we get them so we can see if that’s true?” “Absolutely” I responded. “Okay well I’m going to put them in your buggy because they’re kinda heavy but I want to do a little more shopping.” And she was off again.
When we got ready to check out, her basket contained an Annie’s organic frozen dinner she wanted to try, those grapes that her produce aisle research had led her to, and a 95% cacao chocolate bar (because that is the highest percentage she could find in the store).
Her bag was full and so was my heart. To anyone else, this likely seems trivial, but in life steps are taken one at a time and they add up quickly. I am grateful for those times when I recognize the steps for what they are. My little girl is growing up and I’ve got the best seat in the house.
Last Week’s $25 Amazon Gift Card winner was Dawn Miears
I choose a new winner each week to receive a $25 Amazon gift card. Winners of Amazon Gift Cards so far: Dawn Miears, Joan Osborne, Jane B., Connie Lee, Mary Edwards, Sabrina Mike, Kim Warren, Cyndie McKee, Julie Martin, Tracey Price, Cindy Seago, Barbara Hall, Vickie Riddle, Angie McCrary, Jo Mooneyhan, Kim Graves, and Wanda T.
Dec 13th winner is Peggy, partial email address “lily”.To enter my gift card giveaway, simply leave a comment on this post!
Our final Bible winner was Danielle Boyd. All of the folks who won Bibles are: Danielle Boyd, Joey Bray, Diane Gregory, Tanya Everhart, and Sharon D.
The low carb cookie recipe looks wonderful. I never thought about substituting pecans in place of oatmeal. I do LOVE using Swerve. So I’ll be making these soon.
I hope you enjoy them Annette!!
I so look forward to your weekly Gazette! It is always a positive, uplifting read and filled with quotes and spiritual passages that always resonate with me. God Bless You!
Thank you so much Tracy, I am so glad you are enjoying it!! It is one of my favorite things to do!
TNhkas for the” favorite things” post. I bought some lip balm to put on top of my gifts.
I hope you also bought one for yourself Melanie!!
Love the video of the delivery driver when he saw the snacks left out by the home owner…what a nice way to bless others!
I know!! SO precious!!
clung to me for a lifetime of reasons…..
that could be a journaling prompt for the ages. Wow that grabbed me.
thanks for the whole story, but that line is going in the ‘commonplace book’ of quotes indelibly!
The cookies look delicious. I may even follow the directions and sift! I have a real thing about sifting (= but they may be worth it. Thanks for another yummy recipe.