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A December to Remember
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No matter where you live in the world, city or country, large population or small, this December can become one to remember always. Try and imagine yourself a year from now, looking back on this December. What kinds of things will make you smile to remember them? Or are there things you could do to make the next year you proud? How about things that will just give you a good laugh?

Sometimes, the best memories and proudest moments come from helping others in need, cheering up those around us who are struggling with illness or other personal troubles, or solving a problem in our midst that seems really difficult, but maybe just needed an extra hand, time or some good thinking.

A neighbor may need help shoveling snow.
There’s a gift exchange, but you’re not allowed to spend much money on it, so you make a gift of homemade cookie mix in a jar (see picture) that everyone loves.
A friend may be sick and may need your notes.
There’s a long line for lunch every day and it makes everyone grumpy; if tables took turns in random order, maybe people would not get so annoyed when waiting their turn.
Another elderly person in your community might enjoy hearing a story read out loud to her.
A child next door could use your hand-me-down jeans.
Maybe there’s a kid at school who sits alone at lunch, or never smiles in the hallway – how powerful your smile or shared lunch might be!?!

Whatever you choose to do this December to make it a December to Remember, share it with us! When we tell each other stories, we inspire each other. We get ideas for how we can each make a difference in our world.

Here’s to making this December one to Remember!

Happy December, girls!

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Delicious December
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Let’s Make this December DELICIOUS! Here’s how:

Share A Holiday Recipe
What do you and your family do together over the holidays? Do you have a favorite thing you eat together? Tell us about it all, right here! 

Make Something for Someone
Now, choose something that makes you happy about the holidays, and do that thing for somebody. Then tell us aobut it! Bet you will fee GREAT! And you can help make someone else’s December Delicious!

Try Something NEW!
Some favorite traditions become real after giving a new idea a try. What could you and your family try this year? Maybe try something NEW with your family, your friends or even at your school. You may find yourself full of even more JOY this holiday season.

Here’s the recipe for iTwixie’s Delicious December Lemon-Poppyseed Stars

INGREDIENTS – MAKES 10-12 STARS
Buy a dozen of Star Shaped – or other festive shaped – Cupcake Holders
2⁄3 cup sugar
1⁄2 cup sweet creamy butter, softened
2 large eggs, separated
1 teaspoon baking powder
1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1⁄3 cups flour
2 tablespoons poppy seeds
2 lemons, zest of, grated
1⁄4 teaspoon salt
1⁄2 cup buttermilk or 1⁄2 cup plain yogurt
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla

DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven to 350°F Spray each muffin holder with nonstick cooking spray.
In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar until fluffy.
Add the egg yolks, one at a time and beat each one, well.
In a separate bowl, stir together the dry ingredients, poppy seeds, and lemon zest.
With the mixer on low speed, add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture, alternating two times with the buttermilk, then lemon juice, and then vanilla.
Beat until smooth.
In another bowl, beat the egg whites until soft peaks form.
Gently fold them into the muffin batter until blended.
Spoon the batter into the prepared pan, 3/4-full.
Bake at 350°F for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Cool for 5 minutes before removing.
Sprinkle powdered sugar or sprinkled on each one to look extra festive.

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