6th Day of Christmas Giveaway with Amy Carroll

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Welcome to the 6th Day of Christmas Giveaway!! We’re half-way there!!

Each day, December 1-12th, I am featuring a fellow Proverbs 31 sister and an aspect of Christmas. You’ll get to know her and she, in turn, will offer a fabulous giveaway! Simply leave a comment on her post to be entered in the drawing.

And, one soon-to-be-very-giddy gal who comments on all 12 posts will win the GRAND PRIZE! You may comment on all posts until Monday, December 13th when the winners will be announced. (to see the grand prize and get caught up on the posts click here)

Now, here’s our sixth P31 gal……the fantabulous Amy Carroll !!!

In her own words……

Let’s see…a little about myself (that’s always a little daunting!).   The goofiest things make me giggle. Just about anything makes me cry. I cry when I’m happy, sad, moved (even by Hallmark commercials) or in awe of something God has done.

I don’t think on my feet well.  I get a joke a day late and think of the perfect come-back two weeks later.  I love a soak in the tub, hot coffee on cold mornings, candles on my deck, a good story, funky jewelry, and anything that makes me laugh.

I’m married to Barry, the man that I still love madly after over 20 years. We’re both pretty strong-willed, but he makes me laugh every day!

My two boys, Anson and Nolan, are my delight.  I’m simply astounded that I could be a mother of a two huge boys and that I’ve become one of those people who’s simply silly about her dog, a miniature dachshund named Hilde.

My work with Proverbs 31 Ministries is fueled by my passion for Jesus, and I love it!

As well as serving on the Speaker Team, Karen and I have launched a new branch of our ministry called Next Step Speaker Services.  It’s designed to individually help other speakers sharpen their skills and marketing tools.  You can get to know me better at www.amycarroll.org or more about the new service at www.nextstepspeakerservices.org.

I’m not much of a cook, but I have this recipe for Russian Tea that everyone looks forward to at Christmas.  It’s yummy and has the added benefit of making your house smell terrific! I want to share it with you today:

Russian Tea:

1 gallon water

2 sticks cinnamon

3 whole cloves

6 oz. can frozen orange juice

6 oz. can frozen lemonade

2 cups sugar

3 small tea bags

Boil tea, cinnamon, cloves and water for 2 minutes.  Remove tea bags, cinnamon sticks and cloves.  Add sugar and juices (not diluted).  Serve hot.

When we have guests over, I usually pour this from a large pot on the stove into a large coffee maker (the big silver kind) so that people can easily pour their own.

Amy’s Giveaway

Since I can’t ship Russian Tea to you :-) , I’ll send the winner of the drawing:

~A beautiful mug with chai tea mix and…

~A copy of my Christmas message, “With Us”.

~Also, if the winner turns out to be a speaker, I’ll give you a free ½ hour call to talk about tips from any of our services with Next Step Speaker Services that interest you.

Merry Christmas, friends!  Don’t forget that JESUS is the gift!

Okay everyone….. to be entered into the drawing to win Amy’s giveaway, leave us a comment telling us your favorite wintery drink.

Mine is a decaf, skinny, peppermint mocha from Starbucks or my own homemade version of  a steamy mug of Millstone Holiday Peppermint coffee with a splash of Land O’ Lakes low-fat half & half and a touch of Splenda or Stevia. Yum!!!!

Warm Blessings,


  1. Always good bold coffee with half and half and cinnamon.
    Can’t do sugar drinks alot but when I do triple mocha peppermint latte are wonderful.(Borders)

  2. Since I am off caffeine and sugar (so sad!) now my favorite treat is a decaf skinny latte with a shot of sugar free vanilla. I sweeten it with stevia and I am an oh so happy girl!

  3. Yummy idea!
    I love Hot Apple Cider. As soon as fall arrives and I see it at the store….I grab it!

    Don’t feel strange being crazy about your pup! It’s kinda normal!

  4. One of my favorite hot wintery drinks is Sugar Plum Spice herbal tea by Celestial Seasonings. It is so good, my husband who doesn’t normally like tea just loves this also, so I bring him a cup of tea on a cold wintery night and smile!

  5. Hard to pick one favorite wintery drink, but the most affordable one is what I make at home: I put hot cocoa mix in a mug and add hot brewed coffee and that’s my mocha! Better than what I get at the coffee shops, IMO. ;)
    I am going to share the Russian Tea recipe with my church women and see if we’ll add it to the winter tea menu next month! TFS!

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