Thursday, December 31, 2009
Off to finish a birthday cake, Erin is 20 tomorrow and then finish cleaning house for a small New Year's Eve Party.
I wish you a Happy New Year!
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
First we had quite a few mishaps.
*Two pops ended up on the floor while the chocolate was still wet
*Kaitlyn burned one batch of chocolate bark
*Then you are suppose to make the cake balls the size of a quarter. Kaitlyn always likes bigger, think golf ball size. Good for eating, I don't have a problem with bigger but the pops and the sticks have a problem with bigger.
Here are the cake pops on the sticks drying.
So Kaitlyn ditched the sticks and just put the pops on a large plate. These turned out very cute and will taste just the same.
This will be my last post for a few days, Christmas celebrations start tomorrow for our family. I can't wait to see all my family.
To you and yours Merry Christmas
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Here is a sampling of a few of the cookies. These are going to a dear friend's house tonight, we always have a Christmas celebration with them. My girls love going to their home, it is so warm and cheerful with wonderful food and company. Truth be told, my girls love the presents, my friend does too much for my girls but she thinks about each girl as she purchases the present and it is so perfect for them.
Now here is the best cookie ever, a recipe from a friend 15 years ago. I only make these at Christmas and then put them right in the freezer so I don't eat the entire batch!
Here is the recipe
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Here it is and yes, he has a motorcycle, so this stocking is perfect.
Now I can get back to sewing on my winter coat.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
My twins are 15 today and I am taking them to get their driver's permit. They are so excited and thrilled. Me? It seems like yesterday they were born, 5-1/2 weeks early, 4 pounds and beautiful. We were so blessed, they stayed in the hospital 4 days and we were able to bring them home.
I made those coats they are wearing. Ordered two kits from the Australian Smocking magazine, and it was quite the splurge. I have to say these might be my most favorite garments ever made, so well worth the cost. Don't they look darling? Kaitlyn is on the left and Meredith is on the right.
You can see the great man cave here and he really had the place to himself, the girls and I didn't like going down into the dark paneled room.
So I give you the befores - the south end, the TV viewing area:
Heading down the stairs, just off the kitchen
Looking up the stairs, the carpet looks very bad, it has been down way too long
A full view of the TV - sectional area:
The landing of the stairs - the door leads to the laundry - sewing room
See where we had to patch the carpet?
The desk - bar area
Now the after - a few gallons of primer and paint and the place looks so much better
The desk area
The sectional area, I have purchased 5 poster size frames from Joann's and plan on taking pictures from our farm to put in the frames. I have one leaning on the sofa to think about this. I am thinking black and white prints, what do you think?
Looking down, we replaced the landing carpet with a floating tile floor from Home Depot. I would really like to do the entire basement. Mike wanted to put a bit of the floor down and see how it holds up. Another good idea.
Here is a better shot of the landing and one of the treads. I stained the unfinished side of the basement floor, you can see that at the top of the picture.
Now only one problem, the man cave doesn't look so cave-ish any more and we tend to watch TV down there more.
Here is a picture with the flash so you can see the ornaments
A few gallons of paint, a bit of flooring and the oak treds made an incredible difference in this room. Now my question, "Why didn't we do this sooner?"
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Wednesday, December 09, 2009
Monday, December 07, 2009
Their table has a beautiful tablecloth and the china set for the dinner, which makes it stunning. My table is just decorated but I really like the look.
The small trees came from Joann's after Thanksgiving at 75% off for a big package. The two reindeer from Pier 1. I had all the candlesticks and table runner.
My busy morning:
I just finished cleaning up water in our basement - the water softener decided to empty its entire contents on the basement floor. The shop vac and I became very acquainted this morning! Now to finish the clean up and it is back to the McCall's coat muslin.
Saturday, December 05, 2009
Friday, December 04, 2009
Here is the tree we cut last Sunday, Meredith picked it out and we all agreed it was a great tree. Dad was the voice of reason and said, "Meredith, it is a big tree and will fill up our room." Meredith didn't think he was right and really wanted this tree. So, timber, down the tree came and into our home. Meredith walks by it everyday and states, "I didn't think it was that big out in the field!"
We used every ornament we had and it still needs more. The tree topper is one I made 25+ years ago, does that make it an antique? I made the tree skirt, several years ago, too.
It is big, isn't it?
With the flash and she used some of her bright fabric yardage for the tree skirt:
Without the flash:
The bright ornaments and ribbons
Kaitlyn's room has aqua walls, which she picked but her favorite color is red. So the white tree has all red ornaments and garland (pom-pom from Dollar General)
The tree sits in her dormer window, I have moved an ornament to the middle of the tree, see that bare spot? Now a picture with the flash:
a close-up of her red:
We have an artificial tree in the living room but I have put pictures up previously, so I won't bore you with that one. It has ornaments on it I was given growing up, it is so fun to pull out the ornaments and remember who gave them to me and where they bought them.