and Victory In Jesus
In this edition, you'll find inspirational stories, quotes, and recipes from First Ladies, which we found to be a pleasure
Yet, most of all, may we all reflect on the importance of healing, hope, and new life that we receive through
Jesus Christ this Christmastime. Yes, even in hard times, we can celebrate the birth of Christ. As Stacie recently shared,
"Be encouraged: Your surroundings and people's reactions do not determine your worth. You're priceless.
You're loved by the King of kings. Focus on the stable presence of Jesus, born in a stable for you. He suffered rejection,
too. But none of that stopped God's plan and victory! Remember that, too. 'But thanks be to God,
who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ'" (I Corinthians 15:57).
This Christmas, let's remember what Jesus Himself
said in John 14:6, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." When we
accept Christ as our personal Savior and Lord, we can know that we are saved from sin, death, hell, and the effects of anything
bad on this earth. When we know Christ, we possess eternal victory. Yes, God saves us from our sins; He forgives us and gives
us eternal life as a gift through the blood of Jesus Christ. And, the birth of Christ marks the beginning of what Jesus did
And, this Christmas, we urge you to accept the greatest Christmas gift you will ever receive: Accept Jesus
Christ as Savior and Lord of your life. You can receive Jesus into your heart right now. Just sincerely pray a prayer like
"Dear Jesus, please forgive me for my sins. I believe
that You died for me and took the punishment for my sins in my place. I want to receive the gift of salvation and eternal
life. Thank you so much for everything you have done for me. Jesus, I place my trust in You. In Jesus' Name I pray, Amen."
Shared with God's love in our hearts for you,
Merry Christmas from Stacie and Carrie
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The Powerful, Patriotic Backstory of It's a Wonderful Life
By Carrie Stoelting and Stacie Stoelting Hudzinski
Americans feel moved by It's a Wonderful Life because of its
core messages of child-like faith, the importance of family and friends, and new beginnings. Everyone relates to the main
character of the movie, George Bailey, who was played by Jimmy Stewart, who emerges from hopelessness with renewed faith in
God. But did you know that the backstory to the movie and its leading man could well equal or surpass the inspiration of the
to 1941, when Jimmy Stewart's made a selfless, patriotic decision.
The Real-Life Selflessness of Jimmy Stewart
Leading up to 1941, Jimmy Stewart experienced
a thriving career in Hollywood. He had just won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in The Philadelphia
Story. Yet suddenly the popular movie star made a bold, selfless decision: He was the first major movie star to enlist in
World War II, thereby leading the way for other actors to do likewise.
His decision was unique: Initially, Jimmy was drafted into the Army, but he was rejected because
he was underweight for his height of 6 foot 3 inches. He could have literally walked away. But instead he worked hard to gain
the needed pounds and ultimately enlisted with the Air Corps. At the time, Jimmy Stewart said, "This country's conscience
is bigger than all the studios in Hollywood put together, and the time will come when we'll have to fight." He knew that
he had skills to contribute.
At the time,
Jimmy Stewart was a 33-year-old Hollywood icon who was also an accomplished private pilot. He became a U.S. Army Air Force
aviator and earned his 2nd Lieutenant commission in early 1942. Jimmy was also assigned to starring in military recruiting
films, attending rallies, and training younger pilots. He received those assignments because of his huge popularity with the
But Jimmy wanted
to do more.
to read the rest of this Newsmax exclusive article by Stacie and Carrie.)
|Jimmy Stewart talks about fellow WWII veteran Frank Capra's war service.
And, he also briefly shares about filming It's a Wonderful Life after
returning from war.|
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This Christmas, Stacie and Carrie are sending handwritten cards to every veteran whose address is shared with them. Give Stacie and Carrie the opportunity to send a card to a veteran
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|Stacie and Carrie share about Operation Military
this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live
through Him." 1 John 4:9
One Touch Awakening:
Did you know that our troops are deployed WITHOUT a pillow?
One Touch Awakening is a wonderful outreach that is sending pillows to our servicemen and women through Project Pillows.
With your help, newly deployed troops can receive a One Touch Pillow. These pillows provide physical
comfort and they also remind our heroes of our prayers and support back from those of us back home.
Complete this form
to submit a name of a serviceman or woman fighting for our freedom and One Touch Awakening's Project Pillows
will send them a pillow. We are thankful for this very special ministry.
|Featured Quote |
"Who can add to Christmas? The perfect motive is that God so loved the world. The perfect gift is that
He gave His only Son. The only requirement is to believe in Him. The reward of faith is that you shall have everlasting life."
-Corrie Ten Boom
(Holocaust survivor, author of books including The Hiding Place)
2019 at the White House
|The 2019 Christmas decorations
at the White House are based on the patriotic theme called "Spirit of America".|
at the White House
Melania Trump's Star Sugar Cookies
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup confectioners' sugar
- 2 egg yolks
- 1 egg white
- 2 tablespoons sour cream
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Step 1: Combine flour
and baking soda. Set aside.
Step 2: Beat butter and sugar until blended. Add egg yolks, egg white and sour cream. Beat until
3: Beat in flour mixture until dough just comes together. Form into two disks,
wrap in plastic and refrigerate at least 30 minutes.
Step 4: Heat oven
to 350 F. Roll out one disk on floured wax paper with a floured rolling pin to 1/8-inch thickness.
Step 5: Using a star cookie-cutter, cut out star shapes and place on a wax-paper-lined baking sheet.
Repeat with second disk. Bake 10 to 12 minutes, or until lightly golden.
Step 6: Slide cookies onto a cooling rack
and cool. Use colorful icing to make the stars your own.
Mamie Eisenhower's Chocolate Fudge Recipe
- 12 ounces semisweet chocolate morsels
- 12 ounces German's sweet chocolate, broken into small pieces
cups marshmallow cream
- 4 1/2 cups sugar
- pinch salt
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 1/2 cups (12 ounces) canned evaporated milk
- 2 cups coarsely
Step 1: Butter a 9-by-13-inch baking dish pan or mist it in with nonstick cooking spray.
Step 2: Stir
together the semisweet chocolate, German's chocolate, and marshmallow cream in a large bowl.
Step 3: Bring
the sugar, salt, butter, and evaporated milk to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Boil for 1 minute. Reduce
the heat and simmer 7 minutes, stirring continuously. Pour the hot syrup over the chocolate mixture and stir until smooth.
Stir in the nuts.
Step 4: Pour into the prepared pan. Let stand undisturbed
at room temperature until firm, preferably overnight.
Step 5: Cut the fudge into small squares. Store in an airtight
container for up to two weeks. Some people prefer the texture of this fudge when it is chilled after it is cut.
Mary Lincoln's White Almond Cake Ingredients: Directions:
- Butter and flour for prepping the pan
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 cup whole milk,
at room temperature
- 1 cup (4 ounces)
blanched almond slivers, very finely chopped
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 6 large egg
whites, at room temperature
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
Step 1: Place a rack in the center of the oven, and preheat the oven to 350° F. Lightly grease and flour a 10-inch
tube pan with butter and flour. Shake out the excess flour, and set the pan aside.
Step 2: Place the sugar and butter in a large bowl, and beat
with an electric mixer on medium until light and fluffy, 3 minutes. Set the bowl aside.
Step 3: Sift the flour and baking
powder into a large bowl, and sift 2 more times. Add the flour mixture to the creamed butter and sugar in 3 additions, alternating
with the milk. Beat on medium speed until the mixture is just blended. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula,
and fold in the almonds and vanilla. Set the bowl aside.
Step 4: In a large mixing bowl, beat
the egg whites and salt with clean beaters on high speed until stiff peaks form, 4 to 5 minutes. Fold about a quarter of the
beaten whites into the batter, just until combined. Fold the remaining whites into the batter, just until combined. Pour the
batter evenly into the prepared pan, and place the pan in the oven.
Step 5: Bake the cake until it is golden brown and a toothpick inserted
in the center comes out clean, 57 to 62 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool for 15 minutes.
Run a knife around the edges, give the pan a gentle shake, and invert the cake onto the rack to cool, right side up, 1 hour.
Slice and serve.
Abigail Adams's Apple Pan Dowdy
Step 1: Blend
flour and shortening together until mealy.
Step 2: Sprinkle
a little ice water over dough, enough to hold together.
3: Roll out to 1/4 thickness and brush with 1/4 cup melted butter. Cut pastry in half. Place halves on top of
each other. Roll and cut again. Repeat until you have 16 separate pieces piled up. Then chill for 1 hour.
Step 4: Roll pastry again and cut in half. Line bottom of baking
dish with one half. Save the other half for the top.
Step 1: Peel and
slice the apples.
Step 2: Mix with sugar and spices and put in the pastry lined dish.
Combine molasses with
butter and water. Pour over apples.
Step 3: Cover
with top crust and seal. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes. Then reduce heat to 325 degrees.
Step 4: "Dowdy" the dish by cutting the crust into the apples with a sharp knife.
Bake 1 hour. Serve hot with ice cream or whipped cream.
Nancy Reagan's Vienna Chocolate Bars
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 1/2
cups granulated sugar, divided
- 2 large egg yolks
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 (10-oz.) jar seedless raspberry
- 1 cup semisweet chocolate morsels
- 4 large egg whites, at room temperature
- 1/4 teaspoon table
- 2 cups finely chopped pecans, lightly toasted
Step 1: Preheat oven to 350°. Line a 15- x 10-inch jelly-roll pan with aluminum foil; lightly grease
foil. Beat butter and 1/2 cup sugar at medium speed with a heavy-duty electric stand mixer until well blended. Add egg yolks,
and beat until combined. Gradually add flour, beating at low speed 1 to 2 minutes or just until combined. Press mixture onto
bottom of prepared pan.
2: Bake at 350° for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from
oven, and spread preserves over crust. Sprinkle with chocolate morsels.
Step 3: Beat egg whites and salt
at high speed, using whisk attachment, until foamy. Gradually add remaining 1 cup sugar, 1 Tbsp. at a time, beating until
glossy and stiff peaks form. Fold in pecans. Gently spread egg white mixture over chocolate mixture.
Step 4: Bake
at 350° for 30 to 35 minutes or until meringue is browned and crispy. Cool completely on a wire rack (1 hour). Cut into
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