Saturday, December 31, 2011

Afghans from Nana

 I crocheted two afghans for my granddaughters for Christmas.  Cora loves pink and Olive loves yellow.  They ended up taking longer than I expected so I was crocheting non-stop right before the holidays!

They really liked them and hopefully they are enjoying their warmth this cold winter (although pretty nice temperatures right now).

These afghans are just their size - big for them but not adult size.

I'm ready to start another project for the month of January ... what will it be?  I need to do some sewing - I have so much material. I'm sure I'll come up with something!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Christmas Goodies

I tried a few new recipes this year for Christmas.  They were well received at the Christmas parties we attended.  My daughter's MIL gave us this recipe:
2 bags "natural" popcorn - popped - remove kernels
3 C Rice Krispies
1 16 oz. jar dry roasted peanuts
1 package vanilla almond bark
3 T peanut butter

Combine dry ingredients
Melt almond bark in microwave
Stir in peanut butter
Pour over dry ingredients - coat
Spread on wax paper to dry
The other recipe I found on Southern Hospitality -  Crockpot Chocolate Candy.  This was easy and made quite a large batch.  

Both recipes tasted great.  The other goodies I made over the holidays was Magic Bars, Applie Pie, and chocolate covered pretzels.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Christmas Decorations

Christmas Tree
 I have cut down on my decorations this year.  Usually I decorate two Christmas trees but decided to just put one up in the living room this year.

The Christmas music on the piano is some old books and sheet music that I used as a child as I learned how to play the piano.  I still love to play, "Santa Clause is Coming to Town".  Displaying it lets me reminisce.

The Wonderful Counselor picture frame is new this year. I found this on someone's blog but cannot remember where .  Sorry - I wish I could provide a link.

Christmas Music
Our church choir sang today a musical called "Tapestry of Light: A Celtic Christmas" by Joseph Martin and Joseph Martin came to our church and accompanied us.  That was very special.

Our families gather for Christmas this year on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.  We will be very busy those two days with extended family and our immediate family festivities.

I have quite a bit to accomplish before those two days.  Seems like there never is enough time!
Foyer Display

Kitchen table display

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Shrimp Boil


My granddaughters visited over Thanksgiving and we had a good time beading necklaces.  We also played barbies, playdough and read books.  We squeeze in a lot in a short time!
New sunroom

Christina, Cindy and Jo enjoying the shrimp boil
On Sunday, after Thanksgiving, we had a shrimp boil with my husband's family at our house.  We spread out to our new sunroom to make plenty of room for all.

We also had salad, apple salad, and corn bread to go along with the boil and pheasant as an appetizer.  We went a little overboard on the food so sent home food with everyone at the end of the day.

Everyone really enjoyed the boil and it was fun to do something different than turkey.