Monday, December 29, 2008

The long road to Christmas, Aloha & an award!

Josh on the road to rescue Aunt Melea from the SFO and get her home in time for Christmas.

Having some fun in the hotel room.

Back home with the Melea in her new birthday hat from Korea. I can't believe she's 27 already!

The first white Christmas ever for us in our part of the state!

Santa helping me with the dishes.

Thursday we are off to start the New Year in Hawaii! We don't have internet where we will be staying so I may be away until we get back at the end of January. I'll miss you blog friends!

Just before Christmas I received this Marie Antoinette Blog Award from my newest blog friend, Mallisa, at Sleepy Hollow Folk Art Originals. Thanks Mallisa! Now I get to pass along seven of my favorite bloggers, besides Malissa, of course! I hope you take some time to check them out. Maybe you'll make some new blog friends and add them to your favorites too :D

Monday, December 22, 2008

WiCkeD WeAthEr!!!

It doesn't look like this here (this pics from last year), but the rest of the state is getting hammered by severe weather, so much so that the PAX has cancelled many flights. One of those flights was the one Melea was to return from Korea on today! Sooooo. Long story short. We are making the 8 hour drive down to San Francisco TODAY to pick her up when her flight arrives TOMORROW morning! I'd appreciate your prayers!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Oh great, now I have guilt!

Just kidding, but I did think I was doing great just putting lights up this year! Talk about going all out. Geez. This is pretty amazing. Wonder what their neighbors think...

I've been watching the rest of these and I just have to add one more. I never knew this was so big! This is set to Music Box Dancer.

Oh, I just can't resist one more! This is the same house with Carol of the Bells.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Inspired by Tim

This birthday card was inspired by one of Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of Christmas using a photo of Rachel when she was only four. Sigh...

Friday, December 05, 2008

Scrappi Jessi's Cookie Swap...

and my baby's THIRTY THIRD(!) birthday. {{{Love you}}}

Welcome everyone to Scrappi Jessi's 2nd annual Cookie Swap! I just did a post about these little button-like cookies for International Button Week, but when I saw that Jessi was doing a cookie exchange I just couldn't resist making up another batch to share with you too. I'm so glad you stopped by! I just love sharing a spot of tea and a cookie or two with friends like you. Feel free to copy the recipe if you loved these buttery little cookies as much as I do!

Swedish Wafer Christmas Cookies
(from Marilyn Stender to Rosalind Hose to Debbie Doughty to you!)

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup whipping cream
  • 2 cups sifted flour (I'm not sure if sifting is necessary with our "modern" flour, but I do it because I love using my sifter, lol)
  • Plate of granulated sugar, set aside
  • Combine butter and whipping cream in mixing bowl.
  • Mix with an electric mixer, slowly adding flour until well blended.
  • Cover and Chill until firm
  • Roll dough out 1/3 at a time to 1/8" thickness
  • Cut into 1 and 1/2" circles.
  • With fingers or spatula, transfer to plate of granulated sugar and coat each side.
  • Transfer to ungreased cookie sheet. They don't expand much so they can be close.
  • Prick each cookie with a toothpick four times so it resembles a button.
  • Bake @ 375 degrees for 7-9 minutes. Watch bottoms closely, they brown before the tops.
  • Cool and fill
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 egg yolk (you can use dehydrated eggs yolks if you prefer. I tried them for the first time with this batch and they turned out fine)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup sifted confectioners sugar
  • Food coloring. I usually make half pink and half light green.
  • Combine butter, egg yolk and vanilla in mixing bowl.
  • Beat with an electric mixer, slowly adding confectioners sugar until smooth and creamy.
  • Add food coloring drop by drop until you reach desired color.
Makes about 4 dozen cookies