Tuesday, December 6, 2016


Take one glittery, silver high heel tree ornament from Walmart...


And one new, quart size paint can from the Sherwin Williams store, plus half a
sheet of pretty foil paper from the Dollar Tree...


Fill with these delicious, homemade, colorful little macaroons, made by Tara, a gifted
baker, and you have some fun gifts for a group of friends, in your Bible Study. 


If you wish, you can purchase some new, empty paint cans, some foil paper, and fill
them with cookies, tiny muffins, or some homemade granola.

The tags on these small gifts stated that "No one can fill your shoes!"  The options are
endless for the shiny cans.  And as always, the tags always complete the gift:), and
convey your heart thoughts.



This happy snowman hangs at my kitchen window, and it reminds me every time I
see it, of my dear Mother.  She liked to purchase "Christopher Radko" ornaments
for her children at Christmas.  It has been a year now since she went to Heaven,
and I treasure things like this, that serve as a reminder of the very special Mother
that she was.

Today I wish you some moments of joy, especially as you face the busyness of
the coming holiday!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

 

Each Christmas since I received them, I open the box where they are stored, and
place them in a chosen location.  They are an array of homemade Christmas
trees that one of my gifted friends made.  This year, I decided to place
them on my fireplace mantel.


I mixed them in with the tiny white lights and faux evergreens, and thought I would
share the look with you.


Each white tree has a different design, and has it's own beauty.  This is one of my
favorites!
















 
Last year I saw this idea for a homemade gift, and saved it. 
I have always been a promoter of homemade gifts.  They speak
to my heart.  The fact that someone thought of me, and then took the time
to share that thought in a special way. 
 
In my role of grandma, I have tried to instill that concept to my
grandchildren, and so you can imagine how thrilled I was when
my daughter sent these pictures to me recently.


She wanted to make a birthday gift for her friend who lived up the street.  In her
mind, she pictured the idea of making a night light gift.  She cut the greens,
placed them in a jar,  and then added a tiny strand of colored lights from the
local store dollar bin.


You can see that she was quite pleased with her completed gift.  And, like I also
believe to be so important, she wrote out the words of her heart, onto a card for
her little friend.  How sweet!

 
Today, that dear friend, can look at the pretty nightlight by her bed, and
know that someone loves her.  
 
So, this holiday season, remember, it is the thought that counts.
Homemade gifts can come in so many varieties.  Gifts of time,
gifts from the kitchen, from the garden, or simply a card with words
that express your heart thoughts.
 
Here is a gift for you today...
 
 

Happy Tuesday!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

 

As the special holiday that we know as "Thanksgiving Day" approaches, I want to take this
time to wish each one of you some meaningful moments in the weekend ahead.


Some years, it is easier to count one's blessings than others, but hopefully, you will take
the time to find the gifts that you have been given this year.


Even if your family cannot be together this holiday, you can still reflect on the
gratitude that comes from having family.  This is my dear Mother-in-Law and
her children(except our one brother-in-law), who enjoyed a rare visit together,
a few weeks ago.  She has mentioned since then, how much that time meant to
her.


Oh, and by the way, if during the holidays, when the weather might not permit outdoor
play, you just may want to pull out the big roll of Reynold's Wrap.  It remains one
of our grandchildren's favorite ways to pass time.  Here we had a contest recently.
Who would produce the winning design?


Each child was given a long piece of foil, and then the timer was set.


Simple, inexpensive, and endless ideas are what they come up with:).


Yes, here are a pair of slippers, and she actually wore them afterwards.

 
I have to come up with lots of ideas, and the older these children become,
the more I work on having that happen.
I know I posted the foil post before, but I do it again, in case you need an
idea this Thanksgiving.  Yesterday, the five children were
here, and once again, the request for foil designing came up.
I guess this would come under the category of living simply
in our complex world.
 
I am also grateful today, for all of you, and the endless blogs filled with
beauty, any time I want to visit them.  You add inspiration and joy
to my daily life.
 
Thank you!
 
 
I read an article recently, stating the health benefit of getting enough sleep.  It
said that Americans do not realize the importance of getting a good night's sleep.
So, I hope that maybe on this holiday weekend, you might be able to
catch a nap or two.  I love a good nap!
 
Happy Thanksgiving!
  

Tuesday, November 15, 2016


Saturday evening, the candles were lit, and we were looking forward to
welcoming our guests.  It was a small celebration for a special couple, honoring their
60th Wedding Anniversary.  What a gift for them, to have had 60 years together.

 
They invited a few of their family and friends to celebrate with them.


Wouldn't you agree with me, that they sure weathered married life beautifully!

We have attended the same church together, for many years.  We continue to learn
from them, as we watch them walk through life graciously together.

 
We wish them many more years on their journey together!

Happy Anniversary Frank and Carol!

Monday, November 14, 2016

 

Thanks to our friend Dan, we were told about a great location to watch the rising of last
evening's super moon.  We were there when it appeared, and we watched in
amazement, as it began it's rapid assent.


And, as the darkness began to set in, the scene became more beautiful!  The countryside
started to light up, and seemed to come alive.


I could not believe how close my zoom lens, brought the super moon!  We were
spellbound!  The first super moon since 1948.


I looked down for a moment, and this is what I saw on my left, a garden of blooming
mums.


And, on the road below me, on my right side, this is the sight I saw.  A lone horseman,
slowly taking in the super moon in his own style:).


From the same location on the hill, where we were observing the rising of the moon,
I turned around and saw the most magnificent sunset.  All of these pictures were
captured from the same location.   Breathtaking beauty!
A memorable gift from God, on a Sunday evening in November.

Thank you for stopping by!

Saturday, November 12, 2016


It is a gorgeous Fall day!  I go to my pantry and pull out a can of pumpkin.  It is time to
make my annual pumpkin bread, and I look forward to the aroma of that process,
filling my home.


I pull out my weathered and marked up recipe book, from my kitchen shelf.  I
don't know this lady on a personal basis, but to some I know, she is "Aunt Lorraine". 
What I do know, is that she is one very gifted cook, baker and artist!  Every single
recipe that I have tried from her book, over the years, has been a winner!  The pages
where I find those recipes, are all earmarked.  Thank you Aunt Lorraine, for sharing
your skills with so many.  Thank you to all of those out there, who so kindly take
the time to share your recipes with the world.  Whether it is through lovely,
colorful books, or through pages in a magazine, or on the internet.  What a gift it
is for all of us!



Here it is!  The yearly, delicious recipe from "Aunt Lorraine".  Simple, moist, delicious,
and trustworthy.  It also freezes well, if it ever lasts that long.



Dry ingredients in one bowl.



Wet ingredients in the other bowl.  Then you combine the two, stir until well mixed, but
not overmixed.



Place batter in whatever type pans you wish.  I was given this pretty decorative pan from
Williams and Sonoma, as a gift.  I sprayed it with coconut oil Pam, filled each cavity
3/4 full, and baked.


When cool, I flipped them out on the pan.  What fun to see their individual shapes.
I used my powdered sugar shaker and dusted each little cake with it.


A few months ago, I found a cylinder of four of these tiny, porcelain cupcake pedestals
at The Homegood's Store.  Four for 9.99.  Each little cakes fits perfectly on the plate.
I will use a clear cellophane bag to set each one in, and tie it at the top.  Perfect idea
for a gift.


A few weeks later, I found these four from the same company.  Once again, the four
were 9.99.  The company is Grace Tea Ware.  Every once in a while
I find them at Homegood's Store, or at Marshall's.



I think the design is clever and unique.


I also found this package of tiny ornaments, that I could tie on to the ribbon at
the top of each cellophane bag, using them as small Christmas gifts. 

A pedestal plate, a pumpkin muffin set on the plate, then placed in a cellophane
bag, and tied with a ribbon and ornament.  That is it for today.

Oh, and if you ever find a copy of "Aunt Lorraine's" cookbook, "In My Kitchen",
you might want to purchase it.  It is chocked full of goodies and her amazing
art work.


The leaves are continuing to bring color and beauty here.  I hope they are where you
live too.

Happy Saturday!


Thursday, November 10, 2016

 
 
He made it quite clear, that he wanted to put on the boots.
 
 
This puts a whole new perspective on the concept of
 
"walk a mile in my shoes".
 
A worthwhile principal to keep in mind, as we interact with others today, and
 
hopefully, a smile for you as you begin your Thursday.
 
 
 
 

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