Christmas time is approaching and besides waiting for the glorious day of Jesus Christ’s birth, many of us are extremely busy because this is the time when we tend to get involved in so much. There is always something to do, something to buy, something to fix, something to get done and I am all for it as long as we don’t forget to take the time to reflect as well; we always need that time for calmness and devotion in our lives.
I am not the one to blame commercials for screwing up this holiday. I think it is all in our minds and as long as we celebrate with a positive heart that gives love then I am in. I like celebrations, excuses to get together, share the joyous spirit and give. But sometimes we don’t have the budget to give as much as we really want to and that is when we need to look past the commercials and stores, and look for our inner Martha Stewart. I am really not that crafty but I do have an immense appreciation for those who are. If you are like me, here is a semi-crafty gift that I whipped up in no time with the intent to be domestic and conservative in my giving this year. This might have been an inexpensive gift but it is packed with love and wonderful flavor.
If this is too much work for you, shame one you! No really, joking aside, keep in mind that we can all give a gift and it does not have to be material. Other ways of giving can be helping out a single mother by babysitting for her one day, giving a ride to someone without a car, inviting someone to share a meal with you, visiting a nursing home or hospital, praying for those in need, sharing smiles as much as you can, volunteering for a charity, or helping out someone who needs an extra hand. Look around, there is so much need out there and you are certainly capable of giving and making a difference this holiday season. Help spread the cheer!
Red Pepper Marmalade
Dice and clean the bell peppers
Boil with the rest of the ingredients
Once it has cooled, pour over cheese, crackers on a PB&J sandwich or serve it warm on pork or salmon.
Red Pepper Marmalade
1 cup bell pepper, finely diced (no stem and seeds)
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon dried chili flakes
Place all ingredients in a pot together on medium high heat. When it starts boiling, bring the heat down to low stirring regularly. Cook for 20 minutes or until most of the liquid evaporates and becomes a thick syrup.
- Do not overcook as it will get hard as a caramel and will not store well.
- The marmalade can be refrigerated for up to 1 month.