3 Quick Tips About the New Year

By DiAnnMills @DiAnnMills

Christmas is swirling in our thoughts. We’ve had great parties, memorable reunions, laughter, hugs, and maybe a tear or two. But it’s all been a grand celebration of our Lord’s birth. With the New Year approaching like a team of runaway horses, what are three quick tips for us to embrace 2017?

Choose joy. This is not about expecting every day to be filled with happiness. Choosing joy is a state of mind, a challenge when life tosses us unexpected trials.

Choose awareness. Too many times, it’s easier to bury our head under the pillow than make a conscientious choice to find out what’s going on around us. A wise person is an informed one about our community, country, and world.

Choose to grow. Cultivate and expand your knowledge. Read. Listen. Communicate with others.

For those who requested the The Best Bread Pudding Recipe, this delicious taste treat is from Paula Deen.

2 cups granulated sugar
5 large beaten eggs
2 cups milk
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
3 cups cubed Italian bread, allow to stale overnight in a bowl
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, softened
1 cup chopped pecans

For the sauce
1 1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
1 egg, beaten
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup white Karo syrup


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 13 by 9 by 2-inch pan.
Mix together granulated sugar, eggs, and milk in a bowl; add vanilla. Pour over cubed bread and let sit for 10 minutes.
In another bowl, mix and crumble together brown sugar, butter, and pecans.
Pour bread mixture into prepared pan. Sprinkle brown sugar mixture over the top and bake for 35 to 45 minutes, or until set. Remove from oven.

For the sauce:
Mix together the brown sugar, butter, egg, Karo syrup, and vanilla in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir together until the sugar is melted. Simmer on very low heat about 10 minute.  Pour over bread pudding. Serve warm or cold. Better warm!

Anyone care to share as comment a new favorite recipe they discovered this season?

DiAnn Mills




DiAnn’s Library Corner


The New Year is a perfect time to plan library activities for your patrons. Be creative! Conduct a poll. Choose to enjoy serving patrons, young and old.

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