Season’s Greetings from my house to yours! I pray God’s blessings on you and your families as we draw closer to this Glorious time of year. I love you one and all!

There are a lot of people who are sick in the home and hospitals. Families who have lost loved ones this time of year. Keep them in your prayers. There is a lot of lonely people who are troubled for one reason or another. Remember them. I always need your prayers.

Let’s look at some holiday facts.

The Ball dropped for the first time in Time Square in 1907.

A Charlie Brown Christmas has aired literally every year since 1965.

Every year, Oslo Norway gives a Christmas Tree to Great Britain as a way to say thank you, for their actions during World War II, since 1947.

In Puerto Rico, children receive Christmas Gifts on Christmas and Epiphany.

Jingle Bells was originally written as a “Thanksgiving Song”. I love these tidbits of Information. (Part II in a future column.) Live, Love and laugh, is my motto. And that’s the way I see it.” May God bless you and yours! You are loved! What do we eat? Let’s find out! Enjoy!

FESTIVE CHEESE BALL

2-8oz. pkgs. cream cheese, softened

8 oz. block Cheddar cheese, shredded

1 tbsp. onion, finely chopped

2 tbsp. pimento, drained, finely chopped

2 tbsp. green pepper, finely chopped

2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

1 tsp. lemon juice

1/8 tsp. salt

1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper

½ cup chopped walnuts, toasted

Crackers

Beat cream cheese until smooth with an electric mixer; add Cheddar, beat just until blended. Mix in remaining ingredients except walnuts and crackers. Place mixture on plastic wrap and shape into a ball; chill thoroughly. Roll in chopped walnuts and serve with crackers. Makes about 3 cups.

TIP: Shredding your own cheese instead of using pre-shredded cheese binds the cheese ball and creates a creamier texture.

COMET’S WHITE CHOCOLATE CRUNCH

7-cups mini pretzels

5-cups doughnut shaped oat cereal

5-cups bite-size crispy corn cereal squares

12-oz. can peanuts

12.60-oz. pkg. candy-coated chocolates

2-12-oz. pkgs. White chocolate chips

3 tbsp. oil

Combine first 5 ingredients in a very large bowl; set aside. Melt chocolate chips with oil in a double boiler; stir often until smooth. Pour over cereal mixture; mix well. Spread mixture equally onto 3 wax paper-lined baking sheets; allow to cool. Break into bite-size pieces; store in airtight containers. Makes 6 ¼ quarts.

A favorite of children and reindeer everywhere!

CELERY STUFFING

1-8oz. pkg. cream cheese

5 tbsp. Parmesan cheese

5-tbsp. mayonnaise

Very small amount of garlic

Salt to taste

1 tsp. vinegar

1 bunch celery

Mix all the ingredients together except celery. Set aside. Wash and peel celery, dry it good. Cut each stalk in 3-4 pieces and stuff. Stuffing is better if made the day before stuffing. YUMMY!

TIP OF THE WEEK

The Wise men traveled afar,

And came from the East following the star.