Sunday, December 10, 2017

December Doings and a Recipe for Fika

 I hope you are enjoying a sweet and meaningful prelude to Christmas.  Are you?  
 James likes to go shirtless so he can be the Hulk.  I love his shiny face so much!
 I'm still chugging away on Millie's blanket.
 And here's the baby of the family . . . 
 Cadence's Job's Daughters group sold wreaths.  I can't believe how fresh and lovely they are right out of the shipping box!
 Lizzy made Playdoh cupcakes.
 Millie turned seven and a friend of Kelli's baked the gorgeous cake pictured below. 
 I made Santa curtains.  (I know - eye roll) But, it was easy and my neighbor had given me this cute fabric years ago. 

 I bought two Pioneer Woman Christmas plates.
 Lizzy made real cookies.

 Kelli's girls had a performance this afternoon so NEXT week they'll be able to join us for Advent.  These four danced and fought a little (Noah, too! Well, he didn't fight and they didn't  really fight but had a hard time sharing the floor space!)

We've had lots of things going on for quite a few days now and I THINK tomorrow and the next day are going to be quiet.  I'd like to sit on the sofa and knit or cross stitch.  
Our weather is warm and sunny.  It's nice but not Christmas-y.
I baked a delicious coffee cake for book club.  They wanted the recipe, so I'll give it to you, too.
In my family we named it Bonnie's Kringler

1 cup flour
1/2 cup butter
1 T. water
(Mix this like pie crust and roll it into two long strips 3 inches wide. Put the two strips on a cookie sheet.)

Put 1 cup water in a sauce pan with 1/2 cup butter.  Heat to boiling.  Remove from heat and mix in 1 cup flour.  Stir until smooth.  Stir in 3 eggs one at a time.  Beat mixture between each egg. Add 1/2 tsp. almond extract.  Spread this mixture over the long strips.  Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes.  
When cool frost with 2 cups powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons butter, and 1/2 tsp. almond extract (add a little cream if you want the frosting smoother). 
You can put sliced almonds on top.
It is so good you'll want to eat it all in one sitting.

God be with you, sweet ones. 

Monday, November 27, 2017

Early Advent

 I promise to make a video of Tim actually walking around so you can see that he isn't suffering from iron poor blood.  He's just a snuggle bug through and through! 

 Going back to some of my cross stitch projects that are fifteen years old (or so) is interesting.  I can see my flub ups but I don't care.  Yay!  I just keep going.  I like the orderliness of cross stitching.  I also like the patterns, supplies, and thread colors.  It's so fun and a nice little change of pace from knitting, but I still love to knit. 
 Jeff is crafty.  He built a wood tunnel in the dining room of their house.  It's fun to crawl through!  (not for Granny, of course)

 We started our family advent times early.  Next week Bird and Miss Bug sing in the Colorado Children's Chorale's Christmas concert on Sunday night.  I can't wait to see them and hear them crooning Christmas tunes with all the other children! We'll have to skip our advent gathering and resume the following Sunday. 
 The kids are SO cute dancing to the guitar playing and singing jingle bells.  (I'll put a video of them dancing at the end of this post!)
Noah LOVES the guitar! 
 Sorry for the blur but aren't Jeff and Christie adorable watching their boys dance? Sorry my Croc-ed foot is in the photo!  😃

 The weather is in the 70's, so it's gorgeous outside and I am not in the mood to put up the Christmas tree when it's so balmy outdoors.  I walked down to the grocery store and found this by the greens and trees that are for sale.  It's a pinecone on a stick!  It made me laugh because it reminds me of a caramel apple!
 I added it to some greens and baby's breath. 
 Our old realtor brought by a lovely poinsettia!  
 We still have some leftover Thanksgiving blooms.  

It's still November but I'll be geared up for holiday decorating soon.  I want to use some Santa fabric my friend Reve gave me and make a curtain for the dining room window.  I want to frame the Father Christmas cross stitch projects, too.
I sewed this morning!  I made some pants out of denim.  (I guess we could call them jeans😏) and they are kind of wide, but comfy.  They are in the dryer right now, but I'll take a photo.  My next sewing project is a linen polka dot dress.  After that I'll try the blouses. 
I wish I was a fast painter because I want to paint our entry way.  I also want to remove the wallpaper borders and make some pretty curtains for under the shelves.  I am still intent on turning the family room into a photo from Brambly Hedge.  
Enjoy the last of November, sweet friends.
December will be LOTS of FUN and very good, very holy.
Thank you for popping in again!

Friday, November 24, 2017

Every Precious One

 Thanksgiving was FUN! I'm always proud of my pie baking . . . until I see other pies that are not too brown and not borderline lumpy.  Hmmm.  I'll get better.  I DID figure out how to make pie crust with the food processor.  Wow!  Easy peezy!  I need to learn new things a little more often, I think.
Before we left for Jenny's I finished a sock.  Now to make its mate.  Hmmm.  Started it!
 Our time together was peaceful and loving.  All of the grands were happy and cheerful.  They are all so precious.
 James liked chasing Thumbelina (aka Lina, aka Beans).  
 Jenny did a beautiful job setting the tables in her gorgeous living room. 

 Little Noah (aka #11) and his pretty mama had smiles for everyone.
 Here are nine of the wonder bugs.  I think James and Noah were climbing around in the house when Bill took this photo. 
 And here is the whole family!  So fun!  I cherish this photo of our most precious ones. 
 It's Samantha's 8th birthday today!  Do you like her doll's Girl Scout uniform?  I do. 
 The prayer group I'm a part of meets on Friday mornings.  Isn't it lovely out at the retreat house?  It's just a 30 minute drive and such a refreshing change of scenery.  

Are you feeling Christmas-y?  I must tackle the dust bunnies first.  
Thank you for popping in to say hello!  Happy holidays to all of you.