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Sunday, December 19, 2010

THE 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS....CAROLS -Here we come a caroling

Here we come a-caroling
Among the leaves so green,
Here we come a wand'ring,
So fair to be seen.


Love and joy come to you,
And to your wassail too
And God bless you and send you a Happy New Year,
And God send you a Happy New Year. 

We are not daily beggars
Who beg from door to door,
But we are neighbors' children,
Whom you have seen before.


God bless the Master of this house,
Likewise the Mistress too
And all the little children,
That round the table go.


And all your kin and kinfolk
That dwell both far and near
We wish a Merry Christmas
And Happy New Year.


This carol is more than a song about caroling. Its a  song that expresses the joy of family and friends. Its about community, and the warmth we feel when we're surrounded by the folks of our everyday life and the charity we share with them.  Even if you don't go caroling, you can still share the love and joy of the Christmas season by simple acts of kindness with those around you.  

Sharing Some Sweetness
At our house this year, we delivered these sweet rolls to our elderly neighbors.  These rolls are best when eaten fresh from the oven.  But if you can't finish them off at once, just microwave a few seconds to bring back that fresh from the oven taste!


·                            1 cup warm milk (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
·                            2 eggs, room temperature
·                            1/3 cup margarine, melted
·                            4 1/2 cups bread flour
·                            1 teaspoon salt
·                            1/2 cup white sugar
·                            2 1/2 teaspoons bread machine yeast
·                            1 cup brown sugar, packed
·                            2 1/2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
·                            1/3 cup butter, softened
·                            1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
·                            1/4 cup butter, softened
·                            1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
·                            1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
·                            1/8 teaspoon salt


1.                   Place ingredients in the pan of the bread machine in the order recommended by the manufacturer. Select dough cycle; press Start.
2.                   After the dough has doubled in size turn it out onto a lightly floured surface, cover and let rest for 10 minutes. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar and cinnamon.
3.                   Roll dough into a 16x21 inch rectangle. Spread dough with 1/3 cup butter and sprinkle evenly with sugar/cinnamon mixture. Roll up dough and cut into 12 rolls. Place rolls in a lightly greased 9x13 inch baking pan. Cover and let rise until nearly doubled, about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
4.                   Bake rolls in preheated oven until golden brown, about 15 minutes. While rolls are baking, beat together cream cheese, 1/4 cup butter, confectioners' sugar, vanilla extract and salt. Spread frosting on warm rolls before serving.

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