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.  
 


Sunday, October 12, 2014

Trip to Door Co., Wisconsin.....

What a wonderful week we had!  Judy, Jean and I drove through Iowa and Wisconsin to spend a few days in one of our favorite places.....Door County.  We had wonderful weather and the leaves were on their way to being turned.

Our first stop was in Fairfax, Iowa, where our friend, Barbara, was having her yearly fall sale.  She has an amazing store that she calls the Rabbit Hole and things were strung out all over her yard and in outbuildings.  We couldn't buy large pieces but our goal was to find items for our Holiday Open House at Leola's.....and that we did!


I kind of got into blue transferware while Judy was buying up all the brown transferware that wasn't too expensive.  We found some wonderful pieces plus Judy bought some amazing vintage blown glass ornaments.  So we started packing the car on the first day out.

The next day we made it to Door County.  We stayed in the village of Fish Creek less then a block from Lake Michigan.  It was cool and crisp and smelled of wood smoke.





 
The moon appeared our first night and treated us to its beauty for the next four nights.  It was breathtaking over the lake.
 




One of our many favorite things to do is go to the fish boil at the beautiful White Gull Inn.  It was very cold that night and you're seated outside to watch the actual fish boil.



 
They put the fish & potatoes in the big pot and when it starts boiling over, it's ready and you go inside to eat.  It's honestly a wonderful dinner and the inn is so quaint.

After dinner we walked back under the light of the moon to our house.  There's never a time when you feel it's unsafe to walk in the dark or down a deserted road. 

We always have to eat at least once in Bailey's Harbor at this well-known eatery.



It was just a wonderful trip and we all felt like we were coming home with a good attitude and anxious to get started with the preparations for the coming holiday season.  When you're in retail you have to stay ahead of things.

Have a wonderful week!

picture from Country Living