Monday, December 23, 2013

very soon it will be Christmas day!

"And the Word became flesh, and dwelt amoung us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth." John 1:14


These are one of my favorite cookies!
I got the recipe from my Mema (Dad's mom).
I'm never quite sure what to call them...
I've heard them call Mexican Wedding Cookies, Italian Wedding Cookies, or Snowballs.
Anyroad, they're delish!
Now you may have had these before, but if your recipe doesn't read as follows it ain't the same thing!
Here is the recipe:
1c. flour
1/2c. powdered sugar
1/2c. corn starch*
3/4c. butter, softened
1/2c. nuts, finely chopped, optional
Sift dry ingredients together in a medium bowl. Set aside.
In a large bowl cream butter then slowly mix in dry ingredients & nuts if desired.
Roll teaspoonsful into balls at place on parchment lined baking sheets.
Bake at 300*F for 20-25 minutes. Cool on a wire rack & dust generously with powdered sugar.
It's the CORN STARCH that makes the difference. Trust me they - melt in your mouth!

Here is my dress!
Sorry for the poor quality of the pictues, I took them with my phone.
I wore it yesterday to church. Hopefully someone can snap a pic of me in it tomorrow. 

I am pretty pleased
with it! I wear it with a
red plaid belt & black heels. Oh, also in the back opening I sewed in some black lace. :)

Also,I'm officially DONE with all my Christmas gifts! Woo-hoo!

Have a very HAPPY CHRISTMAS!!!!

Monday, December 16, 2013

a pair of precious Christmas cardis...

For my little nephews James & Jack. We're already having problems with calling them the wrong names since they both start with the same letter...might as well add to the confusion! ;)

red thread!
what's not to love about a pom-pom?

Wait, what does this have to do with anything? hee hee just kiddin'. My weekly bread turned out so well today I just had to snap a pic. (And share it of course.)
Just checking things of the Christmas gift list one by one! :D

Saturday, December 14, 2013

cold snow, fragrant greenery & hot tea...

This is an arrangement made with some fallen branches.

This one's for you, Debbie (Of His Pasture)

i'll wear bluuuuuuue velvet...

This is the pattern I'll be using...

& here is the fabric!
(Sorry about the lame-ness of the photo. The basement is very hard to take photos in...
but the new flooring was very nice for cutting out fabric!)

Stayed tuned for updates on my Blue Velvet Christmas Frock. ^_^

Thursday, December 12, 2013

i saw mommy kissing...

Daddy on the front porch...

and they left me shut in the house!

I took my sister's (Kelsey ) family pics for Christmas cards this past Sunday.
It was so cold out & we wanted to get a few of Kels & Jesse by themselves
so we popped lil guy inside to stay warm.
He was NOT pleased.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

a very calico critter Christmas


Have you ever heard of Calico Critters?
They're just about the cutest toys around right now.
I happen to have (quite) a few.
(Yes, I know how old I am, they're just too cute!)

"Hullo Isobel, have you any currants? I'm completely out and I need to start my Christmas pudding!"
You can't tell from the pic, but that fireplace is actual lit. :)
And of course they're are originally from England (called Sylvanian Families there) so when you speak for them you have to do it in a British accent.
(And rather high pitched and sqeaky since they ARE mice & cats & such.)
Tee hee. ^_^

Saturday, December 7, 2013

deck the halls...

Well I completely skipped Autumn on my poor bloggy!
It was a very good one this year. It seemed to last and last.
We did all the Fall-ish things that had to be done.
I am very fond of Autumn, but I have to admit...
I'm one of those crazies who love Winter.
Warm woolens, hot drinks, spicy scented baked goodies, a fire in the hearth, and a flickering candle...
but most of all - Christmas!
(Which involves all of the aforementioned assets but added to the list: caroling at the top of your lungs, feverishly knitting objects for gifts, and decking the halls, to list just a few.)

This beautiful wardrobe is a new addition to my room. (Thanks Dad!)

I want to put some greenery in the pitcher.

I don't know who is in this old pic, but don't you just LOVE their 20's style?!

This vintage-y deer is from Target

Hey Sweet Thang!

My favorite Shiny Brite

This fabulous Ladies Home Journal came from an Antique Mall for $2! Woo-hoo!