Friday, January 1, 2010
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Cinnamon Applesauce Dough (for ornaments)
1 1/2 cups ground cinnamon
1 cup applesauce
1/4 cup white school glue (like Elmer's)
Plastic food wrap
Cookie cutters or a knife
Ribbon or yarn for hanging
How to make it: Mix cinnamon, applesauce, and glue together in a bowl. The dough should be as thick as cookie dough. Add a bit of water if the dough is too stiff. Remove from bowl and knead. Put it back in the bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and let sit for at least a half hour. Remove the dough, knead again to make sure it's smooth. Flatten/roll the dough between waxed paper until it's between 1/4" thick and 1/8" thick. Cut out desired shapes, use a straw to punch a hole for the ribbon to hang. The circle of dough will pull out with the straw. Gently place the shapes on a piece of clean wax paper. They will take 3-5 days to dry, and you will need to turn them over a couple of times a day for them to dry evenly and flat.
Don't be surprised to see that the ornaments get smaller during the drying process. Keep this in mind when you pick out the cookie cutters for your designs. You will also notice that if you do not turn the ornaments over often enough while they are drying, the edges of the ornaments will curl.
Monday, December 14, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
We had a wonderful time with my husbands family last night.. Tom and Bre thanks so much for helping with such a special gift for Brad, and for the living room live music.. FANTASTIC... great memories and we are so glad everyone was able to be here.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Sound asleep at the moment.... however we now have a walking baby boy.. What started out as 2 steps on Thanksgiving has evolved in the past 10 days to full walk across the living room...which is a great thing!! ... only now more to search for, open, pull down etc. etc. This being my only boy I have already learned that boys love to explore and figure out the way everything around them works. I love watching his mind work, and now his feet too! Next, Dad and Mitch need to head off to get that first hair cut, the natural mohawk is starting to really get crazy.. haha
Very glad that Faith's Christmas Program was last night, considering the weather we are supposed to get today. ( ice and snow) I am also in awe of the fact that I read in the Farmers Almanac back in September that we were supposed to get our first winter storm around the 12th of December...and here it comes.
Sunday, December 6, 2009
The stockings are hung, the tree is up, my menu is finally pinned down.. now just to host.. we are excited and ready for Christmas Dinner with my husbands family next weekend...
I was going to do Rouladin however, the more I have thought about it I am not sure that everyone would like it..so we are still doing a meal with a European taste..
Pomegranate and Pear Salad
Tomato and Basil Soup
Rosemary Pork Roast (and Christmas Chicken for those that do not like Rosemary)
Roasted Winter Vegetables
Mashed Potato and Gravy
Crusty Dinner Rolls w/ butter
My friend Brigette is making a layered white cake for us, to serve w/ peppermint ice cream.
I will also have other sweet goodies.
The guests are bringing the appetizers and wine...
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
On this Cold...very cold... Friday night I am sitting here wrapped in a long fur throw AND a quilt... (yes, the heat is on:)...thinking about going to sleep so I thought I'd post some comfy looking bedrooms to say " Good Night...and stay warm"
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Monday, November 30, 2009
I am a lover of so many different styles.. suppose it's just eclectic taste.... Last year I saw the last three of these photos of Billy Reid's home in Alabama in Country Living Magazine and fell in love with them.. for more go to www.countryliving.com and look up Sweet Home Alabama..
Never Explain --- your friends don't need it and your enemies will not believe you anyway. ~Elbert Hubbard
"You're always going to find new things--it's not like you decorate it and it's done. Nothing's ever done." ~ Annie Selke