Merry Christmas Everyone!
What makes a Happy Home? I love to take care of my family. For me, creating a home that is warm and inviting, where everyone feels welcome is pure joy! The smell of fresh laundry just in off the clothesline, a neat and tidy home and garden, a good home cooked meal, a few desserts here and there, the love of family, friends and fellowship all help to make our home a Happy Home. Join me as we celebrate the holidays, the birthdays and the every days!
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
The wedding was Saturday evening. We missed the actual ceremony (but that's another story) - which lasted all of 7 minutes. The reception and wedding we at an old hotel, that was absolutely gorgeous. We had a great time at the reception, dinner, drinks and dancing.
After the reception, we went to our room. About 15 min after we were there and getting ready for bed a loud blast came over the loud speaker saying there was an emergency situation and to exit via the stairs. Racing to get dressed and down 18 FLIGHTS of stairs while still feeling the effects of partying was not fun! After about 45minutes we were allowed back in our rooms. There was a show going on and the smoke machine was what set off the alarm. OK, now the mad dash for the elevator... back to the room and fall in bed.
2:45 am and the alarm goes off again!!! This time we packed our bags and carried them down the 18 FLIGHTS OF STAIRS!!! Then I proceed to drive home (just feeling sleepy at this point - the partying had worn off) in what became an ice storm! It started out as rain that started to freeze as it hit the windshield. We traveled a bypass that typically has a speed limit of 65mph - I went 30. The care right in front of us spun around 2 times and hit the guardrail. Then an SUV coming the opposite way took out the guardrail. It should have taken 30-45min and it took us over an hour. My shoulders and arms hurt from clenching the wheel.
We got home and what do you know? There wasn't a parking spot in our entire driveway! The boys had a "few" friends over - oy!
By this point, I was supercharged. Instead of sleeping or trying to sleep with my buzz saw of a husband, I went downstairs, threw in a load of laundry and put on the coffee.
Today I looked in the mirror and realized the old grey mare she ain't what she used to be!
Thursday, December 18, 2008
2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup light corn syrup (Karo)
1/2 cup water
1/2 tsp salt
4 cups raw peanuts
2 tbl butter
2 tsp baking soda
Bring 1st 4 ingredients to a boil then add peanuts. Reduce heat to medium and stir constantly. Cook until a candy thermometer reaches 293 degrees.
Remove from heat. Add butter and baking soda beat until incorporated , spread quickly on parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Wait until cool and hard, then break into pieces. Store in air tight container.
note - make this on a day when the humidity is low.
14oz Almonds (toast @ 350 degrees for 10 min)
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup water
1 tsp cinnamon
Boil until it starts to crystallize (8 min). Pour onto a parchment lined cookie sheet. Separate. Freeze 15 min.
1# chocolate melted
Add almonds in small batches. Place back on cookie sheet and separate with 2 forks. Back in the freezer for 5 minutes. Dust with either cocoa or powdered sugar. store in an airtight container.
Chocolate Dipped Macaroons
1/4 cup flour
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt
2/3 cup coconut
4 egg whites
1 tsp almond extract
1 cup finely chopped almonds
Mix well. Drop by tsp. on parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake @ 325 degrees for 20 minutes.
Nut Roll (makes 2)
1 cup sour cream
3 tbl butter
5 tbl sugar
1/8 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp salt
2 beaten eggs
1 pkg yeast
3 cup flour
Boil sour cream in a large pan. Remove from heat, stir in butter, sugar, soda and salt. Cool. Add eggs and yeast. Stir until dissolved. Mix in flour. Knead til a smooth ball. Cover and let stand 5 minutes. Divide dough, roll til 9 x 12. Spread with filling. Roll from long end. Let rise in a greased cookie sheet 1.5 hrs. Bake @ 350 degrees for 35 minutes.
Filling (bring to a boil)
1# ground walnuts
1 1/4 cup sugar
1 stick butter
Gotta run, hopefully I can post more later. Enjoy!
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
- Chocolate Chip
- White Chocolate Macadamia
- Traditional Peanut Butter
- Chocolate-dipped Macaroons
- Coconut Chocolate Chip Bars
- Nut Roll
- Peanut Brittle
- Chocolate Covered Almonds
- Triple Chocolate Biscotti
I still have 4 cookies and chocolate covered pretzels to make, but I resigned myself not push too hard. Last night I was up until 11:30 (that's my max for bedtime). I still have to decorate the kitchen, but because our house is soo small, I have to wait until after the kitchen frenzy is finished. Which has to be Saturday morning because we have a wedding Saturday night. It should be beautiful, everything will be decorated for Christmas! They are having a signing group during cocktails that will be singing Christmas songs
This Sunday, we're having a small family party for Adam and Jade. They leave for Texas on Monday. And, won't be back until after the new year. I'll miss them, but understand that Jade wants to be with her family.
Monday, December 15, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
I'm going to attempt 2 kinds of cookies tonight and so on until the mad dash this weekend. I'm having breakfast with my sisters-in-law Saturday morning and will probably take a tray of whatever's made by then. But it won't be anywhere near what it should be.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Well, this a first for me... I have been tagged by Cathi at http://shakerwoodprimitives.blogspot.com.
The rules to play TAG are these: ~ Post a link to the blog that challenged you and add these rules to your post:~ Share 7 things about yourself~ Challenge 7 other blogs at the end of your post through naming their blog and post a link to it.~ Let them know they're been challenged by leaving a comment on their blog.
Here goes ...
1.) Did you know that I was head cheerleader in High School? But, cheerleaders were not necessarily the popular girls. I had a very close knit group of friends, but we weren't what was considered the "in crowd." Never the less I loved every minute of it!!
2.) Did you know that I married the boy next door? Well technically he lived down the street. I fell in love with him at 12years old. He was 4 years older than me, graduated from high school and went into the airforce. When he came back from Guam I was a junior in high school and I asked him to take me to the mall. The rest is history...
3.) Did you know that I live in a house that was bought from a Sears catalog? Yep, in 1916 Sears sold houses from a catalog! Too funny.
4.) Did you know that I had a serious eye injury and almost lost my eye? I was hit in the eye with a baseball when I was 4years old and they couldn't get it to stop hemoraghing, they were going to give me a glass eye. But through prayer, God's will and a great surgeon, I'm able to see today.
5.) Did you know that I would be perfectly happy as a wife and mother in the 1950's? Truly, I was fortunate to stay home with the boys until Bryan was in 2nd grade and, it was the best time of my life. Taking care of my "men", and our home, everything and I mean everything was from scratch, I canned and froze vegetables, etc. June Cleaver had nothing on me. I still try, but working 40+hrs a week takes it toll.
6.) Did you know that my middle name is Rebecca? And that I spelled it wrong for years - Rebbecca. There's only 1 b? Who knew? I love it though, it was my Gram'smiddle name too!
7.) Did you know I love Meatloaf? I'm not talking about the kind that you eat (although I love that too), I'm talking about the music group. I sing their song "Two out of Three Aint Bad" in the shower all of the time and have for at least 20years...
That's all the dirt for now...I don't really have anyone to tag, but if you read this and want to play just let me know and I'll add your link.