Friday, December 21, 2012

Weekend Potluck #47

This week, as we get ready for our Christmas celebrations, I would be remiss if I didn't take 
some time to share my heart.
I know it has weighed heavy on all your hearts as well.  
The horrific shooting in Newtown, CT has been felt around the world. 
Losing a child (and their heroic protectors) is something no parent or family should ever have to experience. 
It is why we all feel like those children were our children. 
Their parent's hurt is our hurt.
We will never know what it feels like unless we have been in their situation, but we can imagine.
And I can guarantee you that what we imagine the hurt to feel like is nowhere even close to the actual hurt 
and enormous pain they are experiencing.
So before we being this potluck, I'd like to start with a prayer.

God of hope, there is so much grief – all over the globe.  No matter how dark, I trust in your unfailing love. 
I pull myself up tall and remember your deep love for us, for me, for those in pain and sorrow today. 
Give us the strength to act on your behalf as a hope bringer. 
Show us the light still on the horizon.  
Ease the pain of those who are suffering and let them feel your loving arms around them.
We are so fortunate to be here today and to share this delicious food with you each week.
We all have so much to be thankful for.  
So when you are feeling overwhelmed and frustrated by long lines, heavy traffic and short tempers, 
take a moment remember that you are still here with a breath in your lungs.
Take the time to be good to yourself and others.

Just a note: we won't be having a Potluck next week.
We'll be taking a Christmas break but we will see y'all again after the holiday!

So let's take a look at some of the yumminess shared last week.

The recipe with the most views was ~
Cherry Pie Bars
Cherry Pie Bars by Julie’s Eats & Treats

Recipes that caught our attention ~
Christmas GIfts From Your Kitchen
Christmas Gifts From Your Kitchen by My Biscuits Are Burning

Flavored Butters
Flavored Butters by Your Home Based Mom

Your Hostesses ~
Meet Penny ~ Tabitha
The Better Baker ~ Marsha
Sunflower Supper Club ~ Kim & Julie
4 Little Fergusons~ Tonya
The Country Cook~ Brandie

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  1. Thank you for hosting and a very Merry Christmas to you all !

  2. Thanks for the potluck! Have a Merry Christmas!

  3. Thanks for another party! Merry Christmas! I hope you have a wonderful time with family and friends!

  4. Brandie,
    Thanks for hosting this wonderful event all year long. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

    Rebecca Ann

  5. Oh Bran...what a precious prayer. I'm wiping tears away. Thanks for sharing that. We are so blessed to have the God of Hope in the midst of our dark days. Merry CHRISTmas to you and yours Sweet Friend. I look forward to the hope of meeting you face to face one day...maybe even in 2013? =) XO

  6. Thanks for hosting! I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas!

  7. Have a blessed and Merry Christmas Brandie!

  8. Thank you for featuring Christmas Gifts from your Kitchen. I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

    Mamamia @ My Biscuits are Burning

  9. Merry Christmas, Brandie! Thank you for hosting.

  10. Happy Holidays from the ladies at Who Needs A Cape?.

  11. Merry Christmas Brandy! Thank you for hosting this.
    "Best of all, Christmas means a spirit of love, a time when the love of God and the love of our fellow men should prevail over all hatred and bitterness, a time when our thoughts and deeds and the spirit of our lives manifest the presence of God."

  12. Thanks for hosting this fun hop! =)

    Love the Cherry Pie Bars!! =)
    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

  13. Thank you for hosting and extra thanks for the prayer that hopefully starts us on the road to healing.

    Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

    Now following via Facebook


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