Monday, December 31, 2007
Saturday, December 29, 2007
Saturday, December 15, 2007
If you are interested in having some snacks, I do probably have some available because I have entered the season of baking. I will have no less than at least 4 or 5 get togethers at my house this month. So far I have made 2 batches of fudge, red velvet bonbons, cakes, and various other items. (I think I will need to hit the elliptical machine soon with all the baking) One item I am looking forward to making is the bacon things over on Pioneer Woman's page. They look scrumptious! Dear hubby loves this time of year so he can sample.
Ok enough chit-chat. Here is my home for Christmas.
This is was our first big snow of the year. I do have one more item added to my yard since I had taken this picture. I will add it soon.
Here is my "fancy tree" as I call it. It nothing but white and silver ornament and all different kinds of snowflakes I have collect all over the country. This is also the tree you see from outside.
This is our railing along the stairway. It is the first time I have ever had a railing I could decorate. I would love to add light to it, but I did not want have an unsightly extention cord. I think I may invest in some battery powered lights next year.
Here is our Family Tree. I was so excited to finally have a real tree after three years of having an artificial tree. Our tree is a snapshot of where our little family has traveled over the years. When we go on a trip I will usually try to collect an ornament from that area. It is usually an angel, but sometimes it may just be unique. I have ornaments from as far north as Niagara Fall, to Mexico, to California and to South Carolina. I have several ornament from Myrtle Beach since we go every year and visit my favorite store "Christy's Christmas". We also do have ornaments represent our respective college football teams we pull for. Yes, you to see our angel sitting on the floor. Our tree goes all the way to the ceiling and dear hubby has not trimed the top to where I can put here up there. She is a beloved angel. It was one of the first decorations I purchased our first Christmas. She was a little damaged during our fire several years ago, but she still works. I think she represents all of us. We may have been damaged from events in our past, but we can brush ourselves off and still work for God.
This is my newest ornament and prized ornament. This was a surprise gift from dear hubby. After Christmas last year we went to Cincinatti for a little overnight getaway. While I was getting ready to go home dear hubby went out to do a little shopping. There was a Tiffany store near our hotel. So, he went to try to pick up a little something for me and came back with a little blue box. This is what was inside. I absolutely love it, and I couldn't wait to put it on my tree this year.
Here is the girls tree. It has usually been in their room when they shared one, but now it is in the upstairs hallway. This is also the first year I let them decorate it. It mostly consists of gingerbread ornament, ornaments they have made, and Barbie ornament Nana has giving them.
Here are our Jesus trees. It is a set of 3 tree that we put our Proclamation Ornaments on. The girls put on one ornament a day counting down till Jesus' Birthday. Each ornament has a word proclaming something about Jesus. One side has a verse from the Old Testament proclaiming Him and on the other side has a verse from the New Testament where it was fullfilled. One Christmas Day we put the Jesus Banner on, on the the tallest tree at the top. It has been enjoyable this year because Emily can help read the verses. Also enjoyable is answering the question "What is a virgin?"
Here are our stocking hung by the chimney with care. This is also the first time we have been able to do this as well. I took a cool picture with the fire all aglow, but I was too blurry. I just love looking at it at night.
Last but certainly not the least - Our Nativity. This was another gift from dear hubby a couple of years ago. I love it so much and such a prized possession I leave it up all year long. There are a couple of sheep missing one due to a former cat who knocked it off and broke it leg and could find it, and the other was used in a church performance and has not made it back to its place.
I hope you enjoy your tour of my Christmas home. I have red velvet bonbons and fudge if you would like to visit. But please call before you come.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
While I was working of some recipes, I was found this. What can be better than any made with cream cheese. You can find this on www.cooks.com. I will probably try one or two of these, but I do know I will not be trying anything called "aspic". I think that is too close to acid. Enjoy!
Cream Cheese is a great staple to have on hand and lasts many weeks in the refrigerator. Teamed with the recipes below, you'll always be prepared for unexpected guests or late-night munchies.
1. ANCHOVY-CELERY COCKTAIL DIP
2. BACON PINWHEELS
3. BURNING BUSH
4. CLAM APPETIZER DIP
5. CREAM CHEESE CLAM FLUFFS
6. FLOWER SANDWICHES
7. LILY SANDWICHES
8. PHILLY AVOCADO DIP
9. PHILLY HAM PUFFS
10. PHILLY PARTY DIP
11. BREAKFAST TREAT
12. PHILLY FILLED PANCAKES
13. WAFFLES WITH CREAM CHEESE AND STRAWBERRY PRESERVES
14. CHOCOLATE PHILLY NUGGETS
15. CHOCOLATE TOPPED COCONUT PHILLY FUDGE
16. COCONUT PHILLY BONBONS
17. CHOCOLATE PHILLY FUDGE
18. LEMON-CHOCOLATE PHILLY FUDGE
19. BUTTERFLY CUPCAKES
20. CHERRY TRICORNS
21. CHOCOLATE PHILLY CAKE
22. HEART CAKES WITH MARASCHINO PHILLY FROSTING
23. HOLLYWOOD CHEESE CAKE
24. LEMON CREAM CHEESE TARTS
25. PINEAPPLE PHILLY PIE
26. STRAWBERRY PHILLY PIE
27. STRAWBERRY ROLL WITH ALMOND PHILLY FROSTING
28. SUPREME CHEESE CAKE
29. CHOCOLATE PHILLY FROSTING
30. PEPPERMINT STICK PHILLY FROSTING
31. BAKED CHIVE CHEESE OMELET
32. SAVORY SCRAMBLED EGGS
33. APRICOT RING MOLD
34. ASPIC RING SALAD
35. BLUSHING PEAR SALAD
36. CACTUS PEAR SALAD
37. CREAMY ORANGE SALAD
38. GRAPE CLUSTER SALAD
39. JELLIED CUCUMBER SALAD
40. PINEAPPLE SANDWICH SALAD
41. TOMATO ROSE SALAD
42. CREAM CHEESE, JELLY AND NUT SANDWICHES
43. FROSTED SANDWICH LOAF
44. DATE-NUT BREAD WITH CREAM CHEESE
45. BAKED POTATOES (with chive sauce)
46. PHILLY HOLLANDAISE ON BROCCOLI
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
Here is another one for fun. Sorry JB is couldn't resist.
Monday, December 03, 2007
- your kindness and generosity
- your willingness to put others first
- your sister is your best friend
- your organization - we are trying to figure out where you get it
- your love of reading
- your creativity
- your willingness to learn new things
- how beautiful you are on the inside as well as the outside
- you love for God and the desire to serve Him!
Hannah your Mom and Dad love you so much and are thankful that God gave you to us. Our prayer for you is that you will grow up to be a godly woman, mom, or whatever God wants you to be and that you will always follow Him. We know you are getting ready to enter a new stage in your life, and we want you to always we are on your side and will be here for you. WE LOVE YOU!!
Sunday, December 02, 2007
We have a busy week ahead of us. I think tomorrow night is the only night will get to eat dinner together until next week. We survived the 9 yr olds sleepover. Most of my Christmas decorations are up. Thats all for now.