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Advent Day Thirteen

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Happy Tuesday, My Lovelies!  Can you believe it's December Thirteenth?  Today's Advent Cookie of the Day is biscotti.  This recipe called for dried cranberries and pistachios.  I like the combination! The problem with baking biscotti is that it requires two trips to the oven:  It's twice-baked.  I've made biscotti before, and it's never really my favorite because I don't like the texture.

There's another Italian cookie I like a little bit better baked with sesame seeds.  You can read my Italian Sesame Seed Cookie recipe HERE.

They're a bit wonky, but that's okay!

Luke 1:26-38

The Birth of Jesus Foretold

26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”

29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”

34 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”

35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called[a] the Son of God. 36 Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. 37 For no word from God will ever fail.”

38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.

Until next time...

Ricki Jill


  1. I've never had many of the cookies you are baking. Can you just imagine the fear Mary had at first? What a testament of her faith.

  2. They look so pretty! You're doing a lot of holiday baking..I know your family must be thrilled! Happy holidays my friend. Hugs, Diane

  3. I do love the cranberries and pistachios for a combination for biscotti. Actually, there is one I buy, not really biscotti but a pistachio and almond thin, Nonni's Thin addictives to have with coffee for an afternoon pick-me-up. I think your biscotti came out looking great and I love your presentation using your MC pieces. The scripture is beautiful, Praise God................

  4. I also have not heard of those cookies but they do sound nice

  5. I think I made cranberry almond biscotti once---yummy! I have some molasses crinkles on the counter right now. I almost forgot because the cinnamon candy smell from earlier is still taking over!

  6. I've never made biscotti, the twice baked thing always seemed like too much trouble! Yours looks very professional!


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