Yesterday was the first BIG major snow fall of the Season....
I had to take advantage of homes decorated for the Holiday with the falling snow
Fortunately, I did not have to venture very far for some beautiful pictures
The development directly behind me (as in our yards meet) is 5 years into new development We purchased a large lot to the frontage of the development 20 years ago, the land behind us was undeveloped for a good 15 years
It is nice living in such a beautiful area on top of a "large" hill
The homes in this area have at least an acre of land
Our home is sitting on just under 2 acres
So as you can see from the pictures it was a picturesque kinda night on the Hill...
Both pictures were taken at the same time, the first one without the flash.. second one with the flash
You can see how hard it was snowing...
I wish my home would be among those decorated unfortunately I no longer go "all" out with decorations
We did when our son was growing up since our lives have become busier in different ways, each of us going in different directions and traveling most christmas holidays to a warmer area its become too much to deal with after
We always purchased a live christmas tree with the ball intact
after christmas my husband and son would plant the tree
we have several throughout our property from past christmas's in fact, we just had our very first christmas tree from our first christmas in our home after we built, removed this past fall... we had planted the tree in the front corner of the house near our son's bedroom the tree became way too large and had to be removed...
I have now down graded to a small 4 foot table top tree the one with the lights already strung... Very easy and simple
It actually took me longer to make a new bow this year for the top than it did to decorate the entire tree
We have many christmas memories of the lights and decorations added to the outside of our home, a time when not many homes existed around us...
Friends and Family would pass by and comment how beautiful our home was decorated....
I cut out some round circles from holiday material I had on hand, glued the material to the flat lid and then glued the label with instructions on top of the material. The label can be removed with the material still intact, which will allow the jar to be used as a decorative piece to display or store something else in...
The jars were then placed in a box with low sides and placed in my deep freezer for deep freezing... I will add one or two to gift packages I always give out for the holidays.. Having them frozen will allow travel time to and from.. They can be taken directly from the freezer to the oven and baked at 375 for 45 minutes/until golden brown and inside center is bubbling...
Although the temperatures were way too cold to sit a while on their porch, we certainly had no problem talking the time away in their most quaint and charming shop filled with handcrafted items for sell...
I was most impressed with Patti and Tim's rule to display and sell ONLY handcrafted items made exclusively in the USA... Seems many retail craft stores have gotten away from this rule.
The time Patti and Tim give to researching the quality of crafts from each vendor who they sell for is seen through out the wall and floor displays AND is much appreciated...
Patti N Tim...
My treasures I purchased....
Snowman, stockings for a fireplace display( I had to have me some of those..!!), a plaque and the Grubby Rice Lights with a touch of Ginger scent...
The Plaque was a gift to me from Patti.. "thank you, patti"..!
The beautiful drive north through the mountains as the snow was falling Along with The warmth and coziness found in this little brickhouse
This time of year brings much joy and happiness, it also brings thoughts and reflections of those who have touched our lives and will forever be in our hearts....
As I review my recipes deciding which ones I will bake this year and those I want to visit and send cards to.. My thoughts drift with a teary smile, thinking of my Aunt June Rose... We lost my Aunt at this time last year, For those who follow my blog you may recall the several posts mentioning her and how very much she was a great influence on me and the direction of my life....
*And She left me with so many Memories*
her long well manicured hands~her laughter with squinting eyes~the tilt of her head when she was perplexed~looking at me during conversation~washing dishes in her kitchen~baking christmas cookies~saturday mornings~her asking me "what can I get you?"~excitement in her eyes as she spoke~playing piano~walks~her honesty~the way she said "well, ta te ta"~chicken pot pie~her thin wedding band~her "Hello" when she answered the phone~the way she said, "kathhyy" with her soft voice~her reciting the "night before christmas"~sunday dinners~her hot office in the summer time~the smell of shoe leather~laughing together~her birthday~our lunches~waffles n ice cream~picnics~her tiny feet~sitting on her porch~her love for god n family~her story telling~ playing cards~crossword puzzle~black coffee~dove soap~ her understanding
I am a better person for having her bless my life and I sure do miss her..!
When it comes to the Holidays,
I like trying out new recipes.
This year I decided to jump on board with the
Cupcake rage that has currently ensued the nation...
Below is my creation of
Jumbo Cherry Cheesecake Cuppies...
I started with my Jumbo cupcake pan and liners...
You can find both at Michael's Craft store.
I first filled the liners with the basic chocolate cake mix 3/4 full..
I then topped off the chocolate with a cream cheese topping
I then added some Cherry Pie Filling
on top of the cream cheese topping..
Baked at 350 degrees for 40 minutes..give or take a few minutes..
Below is what they looked like after carefully
removing them from the pan...
When I first saw how they had baked out
over the top, I was fearful on how I was going
to remove them from the pan.
It was much easier than I anticipated..
I used a butter knife and carefully lifted
them straight up..
After they had cooled to a warm temperature,
I added a Bing Cherry on top
Shaved some Semi-Sweet Chocolate on top...
They do taste as good as they look..!!!
Recipe Below Ingredients:
1 - 8 oz pkg cream cheese
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 cups flour
1/3 cup baking cocoa, sifted
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 1/2 tsp soda
1 large egg
1 1/2 cups water
1 1/2 Tbsp vinegar
1/2 cup oil
1 tsp vanilla
1 can cherry pie filling (won't need the whole can) Method:
In small bowl, blend filling ingredients until smooth, with mixer. Set aside.
In medium bowl, combine dry ingredients.
In large mixing bowl, beat egg, water, vinegar, oil and vanilla.
Stir in dry ingredients, until smooth.
Fill well greased cupcake tins, 3/4 full - if using small size (1/2 full if using large size). This recipe will make about 48 tiny cupcakes.
Drop a 1/2 tsp of cheese filling in center of each cupcake. (1 tsp for larger size)
Bake at 350ºF for 15 min ( 20-25 min for larger size)
I tripled the recipe for a total of 16 Jumbo Cuppies...
You will have to adjust your baking time accordingly
to the size of desire...
Happy Thanksgiving and Eat Lots , It's ALL Good..!!
I am currently on the hunt for a new coffee table...
In my travels and search I forced myself into a
Antique Barn...And I do mean..
I have not been one to walk around for hours looking at
someone's "old junk" that
others will claim as their new found
It's just something that does not appeal to me..
I do understand you can find some great finds?
However, I am usually not that
I did find a stand with NEW Prim Stuff...
Now your talking my language...!!
I found some awesome handmade items for Christmas Gifts
and a Birthday Gift for a good friend.
So the walk around this huge Antique Barn was not a total
loss for me....
As I did MY quick meandering around I suddenly
was taken back a bit as I realized I could relate to
almost everything in this building..!!
OMG...am I getting THAT OLD..??!!
I was very impressed with the very Retro Tables on display..
WOW...Now your talking my childhood!!
I think..YES! I know each of the tables shown was a part of
my childhood, either at a relatives or a friend's home...
As I recall, my parents had the White table with those little black
speckles all over the table top and chairs....
Explains why I love the White/Black coordination.
This table set is one that was very popular in the 50 and 60's...
I remember this pattern as being a favorite by many.
This table set was one you could find in many restaurants back in the day and are still used in some older Diners today...
The expandable sides make it very convenient and versatile
for adding room when additional seating is needed..
This awesome table set would look fabulous
in a cottage...
Don't you just love that color..!!?
I can now say I visited the Antique Barn
and actually purchased a few things...