12 Days of Christmas: Mini Book-Beans for Children

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“The nutcracker sits under the holiday tree, a guardian of childhood stories.
Feed him walnuts and he will crack open a tale…”

~Vera Nazarian

The Nutcracker
by Susan Jeffers
Join Marie, Fritz, and the intriguing Nutcracker himself on a magical adventure only possible on a night like Christmas Eve. Behold the frightful Mouse King, the elegant Sugar Plum fairies, and the entire Land of Sweets in this dazzling, gorgeously-illustrated holiday classic. With spare text based on the story in the ballet, this book offers a front-row seat to the charming tale that is a perennial favorite of children and adults alike.
Rated 4.6 on amazon.com

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Nutty deliciousness
Heat up desired amount of milk (almond milk works nicely.) When milk is steaming hot add (per ea. cup of of milk) 1/2 tsp cocoa powder, 1 tsp sugar (powder or baker’s,) 1 tsp Nutella, and dash of nutmeg. Whisk until smooth, taste and adjust to taste. Mug and sprinkle with crushed nuts and nutmeg.

Gary-Avis-as-Drosselmeyer-in-Royal-Ballets-The-Nutcracker-c-ROH-Bill-Cooper-2012 - Edited.jpgHerr Drosselmeyer was “a toy maker, and a wonderful story teller.
Clara thought he could even perform magic!”

 

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Blustery Days

We have been having some insane weather here in Portland.
Crazy wind and rain, everything flooding, the works. When you look out your window and people are traveling via canoe,
you know these are bona fide Blustery days!
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My solution of course is to hunker down with a nice cup of coffee,
and you guessed it, curl up with a good book.download
There is a beauty to the sights and sound of rain, and a
magic that is there if we embrace it.PWHydrolRainfall
Sure it can be dangerous and it can make you soggy. But now what better excuse for a hot cup of your favorite steamy drink, and a cozy sweater or blanket to melt the brittleness away.
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The beauty is in the opportunity to appreciate our conveniences,
and to embrace an opportunity to slow down.Winnie-the-Pooh-and-the-Blustery-Day-winnie-the-pooh-2022176-1280-960
So take a moment, breath in the dewy breeze
(or gusts if you are anywhere near pdx.)
If you can take the time to read or write (or meditate in the way that suits you,) I think you would be glad you did.
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For those without that ability, just take a moment to stop,
reflect for a moment, and breath in the day.Rainy-days-quote-image-hd
And treat yourself to something hot, be it cocoa, tea, or coffee!alphabetcity
I’m reading “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
on these blustery days.
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What are your favorite rainy day reads?

rainy day quote by maya angelou