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Worries of not being enough!

Recently our bills have become a bit mixed up and we have been trying to figure out a way to make everyone happy. We want to get everyone what they want, but with times the way they are we've discovered that is completely impossible. I understand that Christmas is not all about giving gifts, but I'm having a hard time thinking of walking into loved ones homes empty-handed. I was faced with a problem and wanted to feel like I have given enough for Christmas. Now I would spend a million dollars on my family during the holidays if I could to show them how much I care, but obviously I am not a millionaire. So I have come up with an idea, and what I've come to is a DIY (Do-It-Yourself) Christmas. I am going to make every last thing that I give to everyone. When I first came up with this idea I said to myself, "Am I really creative enough for this?" Then I realized what the entire problem was all together, I was worried about whatever I make not being enough... Why was I so afraid? The economy is obviously in a state of complete turmoil. There are millions of people who can't find jobs, millions of children who die of hunger every year, and here I am thinking that something I make will not be enough to put a smile on someone's face. I don't know about you, but everything I get at Christmas makes me happy. I think I have been that way for as long as I can remember. I'm pretty sure it started when I was a child, I was the oldest of three and when my mother decided we were better on our own, we were making about 14,000 a year at the beginning. There were lots of years of ramen noodles and peanut butter toast and because I knew how  hard times were I never really wanted to ask for anything. I was not a deprived kid though, I didn't think about what I was missing by only shopping at Goodwill for clothing and not having a whole lot under the tree. We were blessed with love and that was always enough. Maybe it is my Grandma's blood in my veins making me feel like I want to make everything this year, whatever it is I have the idea and I'm not letting go of it. My Grandma always made cookies and treats for everyone she loved on Christmas, she was a firm believer in making your gifts. Most of her gifts were edible, but one thing they always had was love. I have quite a few ideas for this Christmas and I'm going to try to put one recipe or creation for the people who are wanting to make things also. The first idea is the most classic and was one of my Grandma's favorites, Bon Bons! It is very obvious to me and I'm sure other people out there that the best way to make the heart happy is by making the tummy happy. I have included a recipe at the bottom of this post to help anyone who doesn't know how to make them and wants a good recipe. The one I used was a lot like No Bake Cookies because I love making those cookies with my two year old. They are very easy and I can put him on little tasks through out the recipe. Treats like bon-bons are one of the things you can make your loved ones to show them you appreciate them. I look at this way, you can walk in a store, pick a gift up, pay for it, and go home or you can put effort into making it for them. I think it shows a lot more about how much they mean to you by spending time on it and making something that is absolutely unique for that person that truly came from the heart. It really doesn't matter how it turns out, it matters that you took the time to make it for Christmas when you could have bought something instead or not done anything. I'm going to try my hardest to make it through this in one piece and express my creative side even though I'm not fully comfortable with it. One thing is certain, it's time for a change on Christmas and everyone to care less about money and more about love, and I am included in that everyone.
Peanut Butter Bon-Bons
Ingredients:
2 cups peanut butter
3/4 cup butter
4 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
3 cups crispy rice cereal
6 (1 ounce) squaressemisweet chocolate, chopped
Directions:
  1. In a medium saucepan, melt together the peanut butter and butter, stirring occasionally until warm and smooth. In a large bowl, stir together the confectioners' sugar and rice cereal; pour the peanut butter mixture over the cereal mixture and use your hands to blend well. Roll tablespoonfuls of the mixture into balls and chill.
  2. In the microwave or in a metal bowl over a pan of simmering water, melt chocolate chips, stirring frequently until smooth. Dip the peanut butter balls into the chocolate using a toothpick. Place onto waxed paper to set.

"If you do what you always did, you will get what you always got." 

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