Saturday, December 31, 2011
We’ve got to have the craziest weather, feels like Summer some days then , here comes the frost & low temps,some have reflected back on what all they’ve done all year, New Years Resolutions, but I figure if I say I wantta eat better, lose a little weight, ok a lot LOL, organize the house, sew more bla bla bla, well don’t we say that all year round anyway lol! as I scroll through pictures saved in my eye candy folder I dream of spending more time on the porch
doesn’t this one just scream tea parties LOL hopefully life will slow down long enough to sit on the porch from time to time & enjoy the view
Thursday, December 29, 2011
yep just one standing all alone this year LOL it just didn’t seem much like Christmas this year but I did put up a small tree in the guest room for the grand kids when they came to bake cookies, there was one on it’s way to being assembled in the kitchen but soon unassembled to be put up for the church Christmas party, no Christmas Tour of lights party this year, there’s still a lot of tornado damage to be cleaned up & I sure didn't want to light it up LOL but Spring is coming & there’s much to be done, where there was a carport I hope to replace it with a patio room, if ‘m going to dream I’m gonna dream big LOL! I have a plans for the inside of the house, lets just say we’ll start with baby steps & a can of paint LOL
anyways, back to my one & only tree that made it up this year ,poor thing didn’t even get finished, the grand's came & went so fast it didn’t matter
while visiting my brother-n-law in VA. during Thanksgiving I picked up these snowmen pillows, I just love them & had to have them! this room I dare say has been this color for over 15 years, there’s lots of plans in the works for this room
the New year will be full of changes one room at a time
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
LOL just 3 years to be exact ,today we celebrated our 37th wedding anniversary
we’ve seen good times, bad times, happy times, sad times & now seeing blessed times with God’s riches, we were one, then became two joined together but then realized that it takes three to make a marriage, Jesus' name ends with “US” without Jesus there can be no “us” we are blessed with three grown children whom we are so very proud how their life has turned out & seven grand babies
our youngest daughter Heather ,Madison) Wes,Hannah,Courtney,Maegan
our journey has just begun ,the best is yet to be & oh what a journey it shall be!
Monday, December 26, 2011
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Hard to believe, Christmas is less than two days away, this year really doesn’t seem like Christmas to me this year, we’re still dealing with clean up from the tornado so the outside didn’t get decorated, no need lighting up that mess LOL but there’s been much love & getting together with family , not to mention all the birthdays in this month,
we’re so blessed to still be able to come together with family , we had Christmas with the kids & grand kids this past weekend,
Christmas day we’ll all gather over at my sisters (Picket) upon cleaning & doing around I came across some love letters, yea that’s right! love letters LOL from way way back when we were dating & I was staying with my sister when they were living in Louisiana, we thought they had been ruined by the storm as there's or should I say “was” a lot of things stored in the shed so Christmas Eve we will sit in the middle of the bed & read to each other & laugh at things we said 36 years ago LOL
Saturday, December 17, 2011
WEEK 12 COOKIE DELIVERY
Tonight a friend of mine came over & we baked cookies all night long, got a late start & with taking a break & grabbing a bit to eat it was 1;30 am when she went home LOL, in the morning, if able lol we will deliver to our church family
all boxed up & ready for delivery!
#1 Christmas Candy Cookies
1 1/2 c. self rising flour
1/4 c. cocoa
1/4 c. butter
1/2 c. sugar
1 egg yolk
blend flour,cocoa, butter, mix sugars & eggs, knead 1’2 min, dough will be stiff, shape into balls & cool in fridge for about 30 min. preheat oven to 425, bake 10 min, till they slightly rise & begin to crack, transfer to a cooling rack, melt chocolate chips & dip tops of cookies, sprinkle red/green sugars on top
#2 CANDY CANE KISSES
1 bag candy cane kisses
1/2 c. butter
1 c. sugar
1 1/2 teas. van
2 c. all purpose flour
1/2 tesp. salt
1/4 teasp.Baking soda
2 Tabsp. milk
red/green colored sugar
preheat oven to 350, beat butter, sugar, van & egg in large bowl, stir together flour, baking powder & salt, add alternately with milk to butter mixture till well blended
shape into 1” balls & roll in colored sugar, bake 8-10 min, place candy in center of each cookie once out of the oven
1 1/2 c.plus 2 tabsp. sugar
1 c. butter (2 sticks) softened
2 3/4 c. all purpose flour
2 teasp.cream of tarter
1teasp. baking soda
1/2 teasp. nutmeg
combine 1 1/2 c. sugar, butter & eggs beat on med speed, add flour, cream of tarter, baking soda, nutmeg, salt, cover with plastic wrap , chill for 1-2 hours, heat oven 375, in a small bowl combine sugar & cinnamon, roll dough into balls & roll in cinnamon sugar mixtures, press a pecan half into the center of each cookie, bake 10-12 min, let cool 1 min before removing from pan
#4ROCKY ROAD FUDGE
3c. milk chocolate chips
1 14oz. can condensed milk
1/4 teasp. salt
1 c. nuts (optional)
1 1/2 c. mini marshmallows
melt choc. chips, salt,condensed milk till smooth, add marshmallows, stir till completely covered, pour into a Pam sprayed pan, ref. till set
#5 SAND TARTS
1 c.butter (2 sticks)
4 tabsp.powered sugar
3 c. plain flour
1 c. chopped pecans
cream butter & P. sugar, gradually add flour to butter mixture, roll & shape into half moons, bake 350 about 20 min, roll in powered sugar while still hot
Hope you have enjoyed the ending to 12 weeks of Christmas Cookies & sweets, I have tried a few new recipes that are not keepers in the recipe box, especially the fudge! LOL
for more recipes visit http://www.mealplanningmagic.com/
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
It’s time to get to baking! lol all those delicious cookie & candy recipes! yum! Fri will be here before I know it & it’s the only day I could squeeze in for this years cookie baking, every year I go get my grand daughters & get together with a friend & her grand daughters & we bake cookies all day then wrap them really cute & deliver to our church families
do you have a tradition that you do every year, there’s lots to be done before Fri. cleaning to say the least lol decorating, fluffing the guest room, getting all the ingredients together
Sunday, December 11, 2011
My first attempt at making a sugar scrub
I wasn’t sure if I was doing it right but was assured it looked right after posting questions on a craft forum I’m a member of
so I jarred some up for a friend that had open house to her shop this past weekend, she told me today that she showered with it & loved it!
I’m so proud of myself ,lol I actually ventured out & tried something new & did it right! LOL! there is nothing on my calendar for tomorrow, can you believe it! a blank square! whew! so there’ll be lots of cleaning, decorating & crafting going on whoo hoo! might even get in some reading, a free day oh happy day happy day! LOL
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Can you believe it’s been 11 weeks, how many cookies & goodies have you made? do you have any favorites? any keepers for the recipe box? this week I found a cookie on pinterest, I think it may need a little tweaking lol! my baking sheets are sooo old, so I tried to crop the picture to the best part of the pan LOL LOL
this recipe the cookie really doesn’t spread so I mashed them down just a bit, not sure if I should have but I'm not use to the not spreading out part LOL, anyways as long as you can eat them right? LOL , they’re a little more messy than I would normally do but I was tired & pooped out when I made them last night as I had been at the church with a few of the ladies baking allllllllll day & I mean allll day up till 8:00 pm lol for orders we’d gotten for Christmas
ok back to the cookies lol I came across this recipe on pinterest & thought how cute for Christmas, they do make up cute & taste good, just don’t be pooped out when you make them LOL
Chocolate Candy Cookies
1 1/2 cups self-raising flour
1/4 cup cocoa
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg yolk
There are two ways : or you rub the flour, cocoa and butter with your fingers or place them in a food-processor and pulse few times
Mix in the sugars and the eggs (pulse few more times)
Place the dough on your working area and knead for 1-2 minutes until it can be easily shaped in a ball.
shape small balls, about 11-12 grams each. I had 38 small balls.
Place the trays in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
Meanwhile heat the oven at 425 F.
Bake the cookies for 10 minutes until slightly risen and start to crack.
Transfer them to cooling racks.
Now, to decorate them I used around 6 oz chocolate chips (60%) and some Christmas sugars
Dip the top of the cookie in melted chocolate and sprinkle with some sugar.
I thought the dough would never blend to make a ball but it finally did, probably because I was tired & did it by hand lol next time I will use my big mixer lol
there’s only one more week to go so be sure to visit http://www.mealplanningmagic.com/ & get in on all the cookie goodness
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
but I believe I see a free day on the calendar lol! this week is full! I mean full actually the whole month LOL, today is filled with finishing up decorating the church for Christmas, making sugar scrub, drying oranges, working on decorating the house, getting ready for my tour of lights party, company Christmas dinner tonight & lets don’t leave out those domestic chores LOL rest of the week is filled with baking at the church, we’ve already begun to get loaded with orders, helping decorate & set up for her grand opening of her business then her open house, supper & cookie baking with the grand kids, whew!
but behold! I see a blank space on next week is it true? is it a mirage? LOL could I’d forgotten to pencil something in? LOL awww how good a solid white block looks on the calendar , a day of good movies, good books to curl up with, crafting awwww I am so there on the …… surely you didn’t think I’d say the date so you’d come up with something for me to do or somewhere to go did you so remember shhhhhh! not a word!
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Ready or not Christmas is coming lol, I’ve yet to decide when to squeeze in my Tour of Lights party, which tree to put where this year, I planed on starting in the guest room, I did get the tree up only to find there’s a strand of lights missing so day one’s going kinda slow lol so I’m making a list & checking it twice for a more productive day tomorrow lol on the other hand I did get some DIY’s in over at http://nannasraggedys-n-prims.blogspot.com/ I’ll be going through DIY Christmas projects & all that which today consisted of drying orange slices & preserving holly branches, there’s much decorating to be done,a Christmas party here & there , cookie bake day with the grand kids,craft day with grand kids ,just to name a few sooo it’s back to making a list & dragging out more Christmas stuff because….
can you believe we’re into week nine, how many recipes have you tried out, well I tell ya, I had to just stop buying chocolate chips & marshmallows, for I only made rocky road fudge abut 4 times LOL, I came across a recipes on pinterst called twice baked sweet potatoes & thought how sweet ! easy right? wellll maybe LOL, after it was all over & done with I decided to call it ……….WHAT NOT TO DO WITH TWICE BAKED SWEET TATERS LOL
pretty right? lol the only one ok ok I’ll show you,