Monthly Archives: December 2012

It isn’t over yet.

Holiday baking that is.
Tomorrow we will gather with my husbands family to celebrate our family Christmas.  So today involved a little baking.  Although my mother-in-law has already made Mississippi Mud and a few other goodies, I just couldn’t resist making some sugar cookie cutouts.

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Of course we must have rainbow sprinkles on our yellow stars.

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Royal icing on the snowflakes. I baked the cookies and my daughter decorated.

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Then I decided to try this interesting recipe for lemon bars that I had seen floating around the internet.  It uses only two ingredients canned lemon pie filling and an angel food cake mix.  I improvised and made instant pudding and pie filling (you know, Jello pudding mix)  in place of the canned filling.  Uuuummm……..well….the texture was a little rubbery.  Probably because of my substitution.  They still taste good.  I’ll try it again sometime when I can use the actual pie filling before I decide to toss the recipe. I’ll let ya know how out goes.

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And this is what happens to a lovely but undercooked almond cake when you try to microwave it to finish cooking the gooey middle, after you realize that the inside resembles pudding, and it’s already been out of the oven for 3 hours!
See how the middle is dark brown? It’s supposed to be a pleasant, pale, creamy light yellow.  Now it’s brown and rock hard and sitting in the bottom of my trashcan.

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But wait! What is this? This white stuff? Could it be? Why, yes! SNOOOOW! In Tennessee!  Yippee!  A beautiful bonus at the end of the baking activities.

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We mustn’t forget this last important and final step.

Hope you had a wonderful, blessed, Christmas! We have so much to be thankful for.  And so much to look forward to.

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Today is a work day

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My typical weekday morning in pictures.

I’m usually up by 5 a.m. I do a quick tidy of the living room and kitchen, if the kids didn’t do it before they went to bed. Put water on to boil for tea or start the coffee.

I love to sit in my rocker in the kitchen by the big sliding glass doors.  It’s the perfect place to have some quiet time before starting the day.  I keep my Bible in the basket next to my chair.  Don’t you just love the quiet morning hours when it seems as if the rest of the world is still asleep?  It’s the perfect time for prayer and meditation. For being alone with God. For drafting a plan for the day. Filling out to do lists. Sometimes, for just being still.  I bring my blanket, my heat pack, and my coffee or tea. Happy sigh.

Usually my daughter joins me for breakfast and coffee, and at some point my husband wanders in for some eggs and toast.

After breakfast this morning I was able to cut out some felt for a project I’m working on.  I just love felt. I’m amazed at the different things people make with this simple, inexpensive item.

Then, I walked all the way upstairs to my office where I work 40 hours a week. So thankful for a work-from-home job. It allows me the privilege of being home with my kids.

What is your morning routine like?
Do you have a favorite place to be still in the morning?

Christmas Day

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A repurposed clementine box, and how I narrowly escaped going to the Dollar Store on Christmas Eve day.

So my sweet daughter and I spent Saturday afternoon making Christmas goodies to share with dear friends.

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The plan was to deliver the goodies on Christmas Eve day.  I realized I didn’t have enough containers, and the thought of making a trip to the store on this particular day for a $1 container was less than appealing.  I thought and thought. And searched and searched. Suddenly my eye landed on the box of clementines.

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Hmmmm…….perfect size. Not very attractive or Christmasy.  I noticed the Kilz primer was still on the craft table from another child’s earlier project.  Oh daughter…..could you paint and decorate this box for me? And of course she agreed because she’s sweet like that.

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A little primer, some Sharpie markers, and we’re good!

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Praise God for His good ideas!  So that’s how treats were successfully delivered, a clementine box was repurposed, and I was spared a trip to the Dollar Store on one of the busiest shopping days of the year.  Thank you God!

I hope everyone has a beautiful, lovely, merry Christmas!

Wandering…….dreaming

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Gray clouds. The crackle of crisp leaves.  The wonder of God’s creation.  The beauty that he puts all around us.  Little moments in time–captured, stilled–frozen forever.  Quietness. Reflection. Wandering. Wondering. Dreaming.

Knitting, Working, and Playing

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I’ve been learning how to knit.  I started out taking a six-week class, but after week two I suddenly found myself blessed with a full-time job so I had to quit the class.  I’m determined, so I have continued on using the book I got as part of the class.  It’s slow going sometimes, and I’m become an expert in un-knitting, but I love it!   Someday I hope to be able to knit like  Alicia Paulson .  I would totally wear that pink fair aisle sweater she knit for her adorable wee one, if it were my size.  Is that wrong? To be 40-ish and wanting a sweater like that? Oh, who cares! I’d do it!

After I made a meatloaf for the freezer and browned 8 pounds of ground beef to be separated into baggies and put into the freezer for future workday meals, I spent some time playing at taking pictures.  I just have so much fun with it.  My husband thinks I’m a bit strange about it though.

Later, we went to look at a house on some acreage.  Oh how I would love to be in the country. So peaceful. Beautiful. Silent.  Lots to photograph there.  I love the fern growing out of the back porch step.  The heart carved in the door. The tiny stained-glass window.  I just happened to see the horseshoe on my way back to the car.  Tomorrow we are going to actually walk through the house with a Realtor   It’s a fixer-upper for sure, but the foundation looked solid. At any rate, I’ll be taking more photos.