Christmas from the Heart

Christmas From The Heart: December 14

We often find ourselves wondering what can’t the McKeown ladies do? Between them they are master bakers, they lead our Active Ministry, they diligently lead in the High School Ministry, and they have the best flower arrangement craft we’ve ever seen. Who doesn’t love decorating their house with Christmas bouquets?

Hand Lettering

1. Write your message on the card in a stretched-out version of your own handwriting

2. Thicken each downstroke for an added flair

3. Punch a hole in the corner of your card, attach a ribbon or string and tie around a wrapped bouquet or a vase



• Flowers and greenery of your choice. We love to pair Christmas colors together: reds, whites, and greenery

• Ball Mason jars or vases from dollar store, or brown parchment paper from Home Depot to wrap bouquets


1. Cut your stems fresh on a 45-degree angle

2. Pair your florals in 3 different types of flowers/greenery and combine a beautiful bouquet as big or little as you want!

3. Add a handwritten note and gift them to a friend


Decorating your space doesn’t have to be expensive. Check Target dollar section or Hobby Lobby sales and coupons to decorate on a budget!



from the kitchen of Hannah Ostunio


• 1 (18.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix

• 1 (3.4 ounce) package instant pistachio pudding mix

• 4 eggs

• 11⁄2 cups water

• 1⁄4 cup vegetable oil

• 1⁄2 teaspoon almond extract

• 1/2 cup granulated sugar

• 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 10-inch tube pan. Mix cinnamon and sugar mixture together and sprinkle on the inside of your pan.

2. In a large bowl, mix together cake mix and pudding mix. Make a well in the center and pour in eggs, water, oil, almond extract and green food coloring. Blend ingredients, then beat for 2 minutes at medium speed.

3. Pour into prepared 10-inch tube pan. Bake in the preheated oven for 50 to 55 minutes, or until cake springs back when lightly pressed. Cool in pan for 15 minutes. Turn out onto a wire rack, then sprinkle with remaining

cinnamon and sugar mixture while freshly hot out of the oven. Let cool completely before serving.