Saturday, December 18, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to you!!
May Christmas fill your home with joy 
and your heart with love.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

I Haven't Baked A Single Cookie...

I haven't baked a single cookie... 

...but my kitchen is brimming with sweets.

See post from last year for my Mom's gingerbread recipe.

(PS- We will bake when the kids come home from college.)

Part of my gingerbread collection

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Hedgehog Cheese Ball

This is such a fun cheese ball appetizer to make for holiday parties!  This idea came from a "Country Christmas Ideas" magazine  (I don't remember which year).   I made him for a recent family gathering and everyone loved him!  I used an old family favorite cheese ball recipe as the base, and then decorated him  according to how they had done it in the magazine. 

Hedgehog Cheese Ball

4 boxes of Philadelphia cream cheese, softened
2 pkg Budig deli corned beef, finely chopped
8-10 scallions, finely chopped
2 teaspoons Accent
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon curry powder
1 pound (2 cans) Smokehouse salted almonds
1 red grape 
1 olive (or 2 raisins)

Mix 3 packages of the cream cheese with beef, scallions, accent, garlic and curry powder.  
Cover and refrigerate for an hour.  Shape like a hedgehog.  
Use the last package of softened cream cheese to spread a thin layer of white over entire hedgehog.  
Use a 1/2 red grape for his nose.  Cut an olive to make two eyes.
Press almonds into body, pointed side up.
Serve with crackers.

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Monday, December 13, 2010


Shepherds and wise men will kneel and adore him,
Seraphim round him their vigil will keep;
Nations proclaim him their Lord and their Saviour,
But Mary will hold him and sing him to sleep.
-J. Rutter

Linking to:
Reason For the Season @ Happier ThanA Pig In Mud

Sunday, December 12, 2010


Lots of little Tomtar with the wild creatures of the forest.

Are you familiar with this Astrid Lindgren story?  
A sweet story for children, that tells the tale of a kind hearted Tomte.

Linking to:
Mosaic Monday  @ Little Red House
Thank you for hosting, Mary.

Friday, December 10, 2010


 "What do you mean 'a bird is missing from the little tree' ?
I don't know anything about a missing bird."

"What bird?  I don't see any bird."

 "No bird down there either."

"Lady, I am not gonna sit here and listen to you accuse me of birdnapping.
This interview is over.  I want a lawyer."

"Looks like there are still plenty of birds on that tree.   
Why is she fussing cuz one little ol' bird is gone?"


"No, I did not attack the big Christmas tree and pull the ornaments off.  
Why that must have fallen clear across the room and scooted itself under the table."

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Candy Canes- Little Mice

Candy canes.
A favorite Christmas treat!

Candy Cane Mice
(We made these when my kids were young.)

Supplies: Candy canes, felt, wiggly eyes or dark colored beads, small pompoms, 
dark colored stiff thread/fishline, white glue, scissors

Cut out the two felt pieces.  
Make three small cuts in the mouse body where marked.
Glue eyes, whiskers and nose.  Let dry.
Insert ears.
Slide candy cane into tail cut and through the back of the ears to secure. 
Hang by their tails from the Christmas tree.   Or use in place of a bow on a wrapped gift.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

I'll Give Them All To You To Hold

look  the spangles
that sleep all the year in a dark box
dreaming of being taken out and allowed to shine,
the balls the chains red and gold the fluffy threads,
put up your little arms
and i'll give them all to you to hold
every finger shall have its ring
and there won't be a single place dark or unhappy
then when you're quite dressed
you'll stand in the window for everyone to see
and how they'll stare!
oh but you'll be very proud

(from little tree  by ee cummings)

My tree is up and ornaments adorn every branch.  
Each one holds a special memory.

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Friday, December 3, 2010

Thanksgiving Table

I need to show you these pictures of my Thanksgiving table 
before I move on to Christmas posts.

So... here it is.  

Liberty Blue (Staffordshire) dishes mix with Ginger Spice Route (Pier One) salad plates 
and Virginia (Fostoria) stemware.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

1970's Thanksgiving

When I was a girl, we lived far away from family.  So instead of gathering with Grandparents and cousins for the holidays, we invited friends over.  Close friends, who were given honorary family names, like Aunt and Uncle, even though we were not related.

Here we are,  circa 1970, with 4 families all seated around the table for Thanksgiving.   Where did we find a table big enough for 18 people?  My Mom set up our ping pong table in the family room!     Everybody brought food. Somebody brought candlesticks.  One of the other Moms brought over her dishes, so we would have enough for everyone.  All of us glad to be together.   It really was a perfect holiday!

Mmmmm, look at all that good food!
That's me there in the plaid shirt and lovely glasses. 
 (Family photos may not be borrowed or pinned.)

Speaking of eye-glasses, here is another pair to admire.
And look at that molded jello!
 (Family photos may not be borrowed or pinned.)

 (Family photos may not be borrowed or pinned.)

Four of the group had birthdays within a week of Thanksgiving.  
I love this picture of all of them blowing out the candles on their group cake!

Linking to
Vintage Thingie Thursday at The Colorado Lady
Thank you for hosting.

I must apologize for not visiting and leaving very many comments this past week.   I have been so busy getting everything ready for the kids to come home from college.  I'm hoping to get caught up with all of you in the next two or three days.

(All of these pictures were taken by my parents or other guests at the dinner.)

Monday, November 15, 2010

Ever Changing World

 I continue to be amazed at the ever changing beauty around me.

What a wonderful world!

Linking to:
Mosaic Monday  at Little Red House

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Oh, How I Love Autumn!

Oh, how I love autumn!   

Hope you are enjoying yours too.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Black Cats!

Cards from years past.   A family friend sent Halloween cards to me (and my sisters) every year when I was a little girl.  I loved the sparkling green gemstone eyes  and the flowers!  (Can you tell this was in the 60's?)    These cards were both by Norcross.

Uh oh!   Look who's coming to check out the cats.

 Our real live Halloween kitty... Natasha!

Linking to:
Vintage Thingie Thursday at The Colorado Lady
Vintage Halloween Blog Party at Anything Goes Here

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Blue Transferware Dishes At Thanksgiving?

So... I had this dilemma...

Many of the things in my house are blue.  Including almost all of my dishes.   I have some special guests coming this year for Thanksgiving dinner,  and I really want my table to look nice.  Blue isn't thought of as a Thanksgiving color, but I didn't want the expense of all new dishes.  I love my blue dishes and wanted to use them on the table.

So I talked to Nancy, at  Nancy's Daily Dish.  She always posts pictures of beautifully decorated tables on her blog, and I knew she would have some ideas for me.

Take a look  at what she posted the other day!!

(these photo's were used with permission from Nancy.)

Oh my!  Isn't this gorgeous?  A beautiful table for fall, incorporating blue transferware along with the browns and oranges that are usually associated with this season!!  

THANK YOU Nancy!!  You were so sweet to do this for me!

I have been out looking for table linens and centerpieces that will help meld my blues into fall.  Can't wait to see it all come together!

(Please visit her blog because she has a bunch of other photo's that show the table up close.)