And a sweet little Whitman's tin of chocolates :-)
She was pleased with her goodies, and I am pleased that she's pleased :-)
Our weather is frightfully cold right now...nights are in the single digits. I'm sure most of you are experiencing the same cold snap. Ugh. Try to stay warm my friends! Hope the New Year will bring everyone their heart's desire.
Wow! This was one hectic Christmas for me! I ended up having to work most of the week before the big day. Got off at 3 pm Christmas Eve and went right to my sister's house. She does an awesome Christmas Eve every year. I wish I had taken photos of her decorations. Her entire house is Country Blue and white and all of her decos are blue, white and silver. Simply breathtaking. They have a WII, and even though I was bone-tired from working, she managed to coerce me into joining her for a go at Madonna's "Holiday" on Dance Blast (I think it's called). Anyway...what fun...and what a work-out!!!
Christmas morning was quiet, except for my favorite part of the morning. That's when the puppers open their gifts. They know it's Christmas, and I can't put their gifts under the tree anymore because Bailey steals them ,takes them under the bed and unwraps them. Too funny.
Here are some photos of the fun....
This is Bailey nomming on Santa...
Violet gets a new Hedgie every year and goes straight for the nose!
Needless to say, the living room was full of stuffing in short order! Fun was had by all :-) And how was YOUR holiday???
Wow! Have you all been as busy as me??? I'm sure you have :-) Not only have I had to work the last couple of days...long hours to boot, but I had to cram in my holiday goodie making as well!!! Whew!!! This year I only made sugar cookies, browned butter cookies and vanilla fudge. The sugar cookies I will skip, but here are my other recipes.
* 3 Cups sugar
* 1/2 Cup corn syrup
* 1 1/4 Sweetened condensed milk (1 14 oz. can)
* 1 tsp. vanilla
* 1/2 - 1 Cup chopped nuts (I used pecans)
1. In HEAVY saucepan combine sugar, syrup , sc milk and butter.
2. Cook over med - med low heat until it reaches firm ball stage.
3. Remove from heat, beat in vanilla and nuts.
4. Turn out into buttered, wax paper-lined baking dish.
5. Cool and cut into squares.
BROWNED BUTTER COOKIES
* 1 cup butter
* 2/3 cup sugar
* 1 tablespoon vanilla sugar
(I used 1 tablespoon fine sugar with 1 teaspoon pure Madagascar vanilla extract added)
I have been very impressed by all you bloggers out there who have finished decorating for the holidays! And, OH, what decorations you have! I'm in awe :-) I can't seem to get in the swing of things yet. I work retail...(yeah, I know...what a time of year to have THAT job! LOL!)...and I'm pooped out most days. I have managed to get a few things done, and I'm not sure how much more I really want to do. I think I'd rather pour what little energy I have left into some BAKING! But here a re a few pics of what's been done....
Made this centerpiece from an old wooden bullet box....
Found this cute little ceramic sleigh at Goodwill and just added some pretty picks...
These are my favorite wooden candles..I've had them for years!
I may re-paint them eventually and add some glitter!
I post this poem every year during this time because I believe in the importance of taking care of our less fortunate fur-folk. My husband and I don't buy each other too many gifts, preferring to spend that little bit of extra cash on bags of dog and cat food for the local shelters. I tear up every time I read this.
A Shelter Dog's Christmas
'Tis the night before Christmas and all through the town,
Every shelter is full. We are lost but not found.
Our numbers are hung on our kennels so bare.
We hope every minute that someone will care.
They'll come to adopt us and give us the call,
"Come here, Max and Sparkie. Come fetch your new ball!!"
But now we sit here and think of the days
We were treated so fondly. We had cute, baby ways.
Once we were little, then we grew and we grew -
Now we're no longer young and we're no longer new.
So out the back door we were thrown like the trash.
They reacted so quickly. Why were they so rash?
We "jump on the children," "don't come when they call,"
We "bark when they leave us," "climb over the wall."
We should have been neutered. We should have been spayed.
Now we suffer the consequence of the errors THEY made.
If only they'd trained us. If only we knew...
We'd have done what they asked us and worshiped them, too.
We were left in the backyard, or worse - left to roam.
Now we're tired and lonely and out of a home.
They dropped us off here and they kissed us good-bye...
"Maybe someone else will give you a try."
So now here we are, all confused and alone
In a shelter with others who long for a home.
The kind workers come through with a meal and a pat.
With so many to care for, they can't stay to chat.
They move to the next kennel, giving each of us cheer.
We know they wonder how long we'll be here.
We lay down to sleep and sweet dreams fill our heads
Of a home filled with love and our own cozy beds.
Then we wake to see sad eyes, brimming with tears -
Our friends filled with emptiness, worry, and fear.
If you can't adopt us and there's no room at the inn,
Could you help with the bills and fill our food bin?
I'm a mother to one awesome young woman, ,grandma to four sweet girls and one ornery boy, AND I'm now a GREAT gramma! I live to garden, love to sew and craft. I enjoy nothing better than to kick back with a good book!