Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Friday, December 24, 2010
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
And we've done the craft sales ...
Monday, December 20, 2010
Sunday, December 19, 2010
I'm drinking lots of lemon tea with honey to stave off a pesky cold that really, really wants to invade my body.
I completed making this wreath late last night. The form itself was 18 inches across, but the bulb clustered around it makes it almost 2 feet. It's big and it's beautiful, and I think the person who commissioned it will like it.
Today is "my day" in the Christmas Exchange with the Canadian Chickies. I hope everyone will like what I created for them.
It's snowing ... again. A very good day to stay inside. Maybe even a good day to take a long winter's nap, and rest up for all the activities ahead in the next week.
So friends, stay warm, take your Vitamin C and just enjoy some of the sights and sounds the surround the Christmas season.
Friday, December 17, 2010
In my opinion, the 1951 movie entitled Scrooge starring Alastair Sim, was the best rendition of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. We watch it every year. If you never have watched it, you should. You can view it in black and white or in the colourized version. God bless us, every one.
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Considering Edmonton was hit with a blizzard yesterday ...
Considering there were limited free passes to the movie, Tron ...
Considering he had to get a ride from a friend (who, until the last minute didn't know if he was going to drive in the dismal weather) ...
Zach was indeed fortunate to win a door prize, and not just the usual t-shirt or a poster at the movie last night!
And take a look at this photo ~ two prizes that my sons have won at movie screenings. Can you guess which one Zach just won!!!
Yep, he won the new Nokia N8 smart phone ~ pretty amazing, wouldn't you say?
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Today we've been hit with the first real blizzard of the season. It will be a White Christmas for sure!
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Monday, December 13, 2010
My son wanted to invite a few of his friends from university over for a Christmas get together, so last night a "few" showed up. One of the invited guests decided to bring another 3 extra unexpected guests along with him as well, so you could say it was a tad bit snug in our little home.
There was plenty of good conversation, popcorn, Eggnogg'n Tea (the blend that become this year's favourite choice), chocolates! and a little pizza to be enjoyed by all. Also there were games including chess, 4 player chess and Things.
No one went home empty handed as everyone was given either a small handmade or 2nd hand gift.
Sunday, December 12, 2010
I have a lot of favourite Christmas movies. Some of these classics, including A Christmas Story, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever and A Charlie Brown Christmas, originated as made-for-TV movies. Do you have some favourite TV Christmas movies too?
Saturday, December 11, 2010
These particular ornaments are winging their way to BC for my sister-in-law and her two daughters. I hope they'll like them!
Friday, December 10, 2010
Took a little trip down the road to visit our friends the other day. They have been madly renovating their kitchen (and it is looking awesome, by the way). But with renos comes chaos. So Zach and I decided to present them with a couple Christmas gifts a little bit early to help them forget all the mess and confusion that has been their lives lately. (I should have taken a photo of their "fridge" in their backyard and their camp stove in their kitchen). These guys have been really been roughing it for quite a while now. One of the gifties we presented them with was an amazing action figure. And if you're a fan of A Christmas Story, you'll remember The Old Man and his "major award". Well that's what we gave them. They loved it, and they thanked us profusely for bringing Christmas to them. Now they're starting to talk about getting a Christmas tree put up ~ once their 400 lb. gas stove isn't sitting in the living room anymore!
Wednesday, December 08, 2010
Tuesday, December 07, 2010
Sunday, December 05, 2010
Friday, December 03, 2010
With its soothing cinnamon seasoning, this fresh and flavorful apple punch is a must for Christmas time.
- 8 Servings
- Prep: 5 min. Cook: 35 min.
- 2 cinnamon sticks (about 3 inches each), broken
- 10 whole cloves
- 6 whole allspice or 2 whole nutmeg
- 2 quarts apple juice
- Additional cinnamon sticks, optional
- Place the cinnamon sticks, cloves and allspice on a double thickness of cheesecloth; bring up the corners and tie with string to form a bag. Place in a large saucepan with apple juice (or place loose spices in pan and strain before serving). Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Remove spice bag. Serve punch hot in mugs. Garnish with cinnamon sticks if desired.
Nutrition Facts: 1 serving (1 cup) equals 119 calories, trace fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 7 mg sodium, 29 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, trace protein.
This punch is very delicious on a cold winter's night it creates a wonderful aroma in the house. Enjoy!
Thursday, December 02, 2010
Wednesday, December 01, 2010
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
The Christmas season is fast approaching, and I am trying to do some pre-seasonal baking.
For the past several Christmas seasons, I have made homemade peanut brittle. It is yummy and always disappears very quickly. Today I made peanut brittle and I had a confectionery disaster ~ almost.
I decided to make a quick and simple microwave version of the peanut brittle that I make. Everything was going splendidly until a breaker switch turned off all the power items in my kitchen before the time was up for the peanut brittle to be taken out of the microwave.
The thing about making good peanut brittle is that you have to work fast, especially when you add baking soda at the end. What is supposed to happen, is that the mixture gets all foamy and you pour it immediately onto a cookie sheet. Well I tried to work quickly, but I because of the breaker went off at precisely at the wrong time; my brittle didn't get foamy, and ultimately ~ well let's just say the brittle wasn't so brittle. It wasn't hard, it was gooey. Drat!
So, in the end, I formed little balls and created a new recipe which I call Peanut Brittle Balls.