Thursday, December 18, 2014

Busy time of year.....

It's always such a busy time of year but I've tried so hard this year to not get so overwhelmed with the shopping and decorating and enjoy those things that make the holidays so special.  First and foremost, it should be about the birth of Jesus and last night was my grand-daughters program at church.  They began the program reading the story of His birth and hearing Phoebe and Stella reading the scripture and singing a song was so beautiful...
 
 
It's hard to believe that this is their last year to be in the choir.  I've watched them every year since they were 3.  It will also be the last year for them to be in the Christmas program at their little neighborhood grade school......on to junior high.
 
Went to Judy's house for a get-together with friends and as always, her house looked wonderful (she's also a great cook).
 


 
Judy had several smaller trees decorated with her vintage ornaments and had used a tall skinny tree that she had purchased at Leola's instead of her big tree and had used very few decorations on it.  I loved it.....
 

 
So I decided to do the same and I've been really happy with it.  The big tree took up so much room.
 



 


Today is a cold, gloomy day and perfect for staying in and getting some gifts wrapped and doing a little baking.....it feels like winter and I miss setting out here.....

 
At least it's decorated and I have plenty of wood stacked back there in case it snows.  I do love a fire in the fireplace.
 
In case I don't have time to post again, I hope all of you have a wonderful Christmas and I'll be talking to you in the new year!

Friday, December 5, 2014

It's that time of year....



I've been working hard the last few days trying to get the house finished (along with raking the yard, working at Leola's, grocery shopping and generally trying to catch up after a very busy Thanksgiving week. Slowly, it's shaping up......





 
This is one of several Santa's that I have made by Debbie Bridges from West Plains, Mo.  I was so sad to find out that Debbie died last winter and I didn't know.  She was a dear, sweet lady and a most talented artist.  These Santa's are even more special to me this year.


Hopefully, I will complete the house decorating today except for the big tree.  Grandkids are coming tonight so I'm hoping to have their help bringing it upstairs and decorating it.  Hope all of you have a wonderful weekend.
 

Saturday, November 15, 2014

First snowflakes.....


I know......it's not much to brag about!  Love Saturdays when I don't have to get out and this is one of those.


 
Baked a batch of my favorite cookies.....
 
Ginger Molasses Cookies -
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1 1/2 sticks butter, room temp
1 cup dk. brown sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup molasses

Preheat oven to 350.  Line baking sheet with parchment paper.  In med. bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, & cloves.  Set aside.

In mixer bowl cream butter & brown sugar until creamy & fluffy.  Add egg & molasses.  Beat until incorporated.

Slowly add dry ingredients until combined.  Use scoop to make ball then flatten with glass dipped in sugar.

Bake 10 - 12 min. 
 
They are so good!
 
Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend......



Sunday, November 9, 2014

Holiday Open House at Leola's.....

What a busy couple of weeks we've had but the hard work and long hours have been worth it.  Open house has been a huge success and we're hoping it's a precursor to a fantastic holiday season. 



 
 
We started decorating on Monday morning and a few finished just before we opened the doors at 5:00 Thursday evening.  The crowd was unbelievable and for a good part of the evening we had a long line wrapping through the store as Kelli and I wrote tickets and several of the other girls pulled tickets, wrapped and helped customers.  Gratefully, people were very patient with us.

 









 

Now it's time to get busy and re-stock......the fun never ends!!!!  What keeps us all working through the exhaustion is that we all love what we do.
 

 
We're preparing for a bit of winter weather in the Ozarks but it's November, so inevitable.  Maybe I'll just light a fire, put on some soup and get some work done.

Have a great week!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The falling leaves.......

I love my trees but they sure make the lawn guys job a lot harder.....

 

It's been a beautiful fall.  According to the weather people, this weekend we're to have a killing frost so goodbye to the garden. 

Last weekend Judy and I made the trip to Dry Creek Cabins in Dixon, MO, for their annual Fall Antique Sale and open house.  I love this place.  It's just hard to explain the feeling I get when we pull into the driveway.






They always offer their guests coffee and have something cooking in a big black cast iron pot on an open fire......so inviting!


Loved the sheep......




There were wonderful artisans there selling their wares and lots of wonderful antiques....





 
It was just a wonderful way to spend a beautiful fall day.....
 
 
 
Looks to be a perfect weekend for building a big ole fire in the fireplace and finish some of those projects I have started for Leola's Holiday Open House that starts next Thursday.  
 


picture from Country Living