Wednesday, December 19, 2012

How to decorate a cookie

First you spread a little icing on cooky, then quickly lick the (not sharp) knife.

Oh yeah, that's tasty, that frosting!

Oh, did I miss some??

Maybe I'd better get some sprinkles on it. Maybe I'll PILE sprinkles on it, the more, the better!

Sprinkling sparkly sprinkles...

Making sure to lick fingers between sprinkles.

Oh, red sugar...must be licked!

Each finger is important.


The finished products!

Now we must eat to add more sugar to our bodies!

Seal of approval by a 6 year old!
And there you have it! 
A tutorial....Over and out.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Feelin Festive

I started decorating during the week after Thanksgiving, but I made a few new things, so it took me awhile to get things set up. I'm still working on a centerpiece for my dining room table, not entirely sure what it's going to be yet...I took these pictures last evening, so I had my candles burning. I am one person who doesn't care that it gets dark earlier now. I love burning candles, getting into pajamas early, not having to work outside, just a cozy feeling. And I'm waiting for some snow! I know lots of people complain about snow, but I pretty much love it! And if you live in OH, it's probably gonna happen. I love having seasons. Today was cold and rainy. I kept thinking, if only this would be snow...

Obviously the front of our home, complete with shadows.

I got some very good ideas/inspiration when I went on the tour of homes a few weeks ago and I copied some things! Is this not a cool idea...seriously? This is the top of our piano, so the decorations are music oriented. One of the homes had these stars and "music" candles and I loved...went right home and started working on them!

I had two candle jars, wrapped them with old Christmas sheet music and tied with twine.

For this, I googled a star pattern, made folds to the center (had to play around a bit till I got it right!) but I love them! Easy and fun to make!

I tucked some of the stars in a basket I had, added pine, mini lights, red berries and candy canes.

I usually have a Christmas village on my mantle, but was just tired of it, and wanted something different. I had this old window frame, put scrapbook paper behind, added simple cut out letters and snowflake. Not sure I'm sold on the snowflake as opposed to the letter O, but I'm leaving it.

Here's the whole thing, the only thing missing is the fire...oops!


This is a Pinterest idea I had seen using small wreaths, but I decided to use vintage ornaments instead, tied onto a tension rod. then I added real pine and some berries to cover the rod. This is above my kitchen sink, so I am imagining pine needles falling into my sink in the next couple of weeks...

A close up of a fairly large old fashioned type looking lantern I have. I added fresh pine and cranberries and a battery candle I had. Looks pretty when lit. Out around it is just some braided fabric with jingle bells sewn on.

An old muffin tin with tea lights on my Hoosier cupboard with cranberries thrown around for fun. I like to use stuff I already have.

And I got this idea from the tour of homes. It's just old mason jars in the canner rack...also on my Hoosier...pine and jingle bells around it.  I put tea lights in the top, nothing in the jars YET. You could put cinnamon sticks, potpourri, candy canes, whatever. 

The last thing for this post is another idea from the tour. This is on my kitchen table. Again, old blue mason jars. You pour water into the jars, pour it out, and immediately pour salt in...I used Epsom salts. Then you dump out the salt and it sticks...who woulda thought! Tea lights in the top. Some of the salt falls off as it dries, but gives it a frosty/snowy look...and so sooo easy! That's all for now. I have a few more things to try yet that aren't finished, but on the whole, it's looking and feelin festive around here! Sigh...I LOVE this time of year!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Journey to Bethlehem

Last Saturday evening, I took the boys on the Journey to Bethlehem again this year in Walnut Creek. It was set up a little different this year. But of course we had to deal with Herod again! I asked the boys if they wanted to skip Herod, but they both decided to go in again. We stood in the BACK, Perrin covered his ears...Herod asked our group what we wanted. We replied we are looking for the newborn king. He yelled that HE was the only king, there is no newborn king, we can get out. As soon as he was finished, Kayden piped up, "He wasn't near as bad and loud as last year." The lady beside us cracked up.
 Next we traveled to the INN where the innkeeper was just turning Joseph and Mary away because the inn was full. He told them where they could go to the barn.
 Next we walked to some sheep grazing in the pasture with their shepherds.
 When above them the angels began singing and they were sore afraid.
 After we left the angels, we walked through the loud marketplace where people were selling their wares.

 And outside of the marketplace was the animal market place. They could feed the animals.
 Last we drove to find the stable, where we found Joseph, Mary and baby Jesus.
 The shepherds had found him too.
Two little boys enjoying the evening!
 Lastly, we got into horse drawn wagons to go the the big farm house, where we were treated to cookies, hot chocolate, fresh baked cinnamon rolls, candy canes. Hundreds of luminaries lit all the paths and looked amazing! We walked to a fire where we could roast marshmallows and get kettle corn. All of this yummy stuff was free! There were also camels, oxen, goats and sheep that they could look at.
Then back up onto another hay wagon and back to the parking lot to find out car. What a great evening to start the Christmas season! (Plus the whole Herod thing wasn't as bad as last year!)