Friday, December 24, 2010

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Beautiful Bird

I love this photo. I love watching wild birds. Enjoy!

Ruth Bertsch's Date Filled Cookies

This cookie is a favorite of the Bertsch Family. The grandkids have been asking for the recipe. Everyone loved Ruth's cookies that she made every Christmas.

Dough -

1 cup Crisco
2 cups brown sugar
2 eggs (beaten)
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda dissolved in 1/2 cup warm water

Directions - Beat Crisco and sugar together until fluffy. Add eggs, then the remainder of ingredients.

Filling -

1 cup chopped fresh dates
1/2 cup white sugar
1 cup water
2 T flour

Boil filling until thick and well blended.

Drop a spoonful of dough on a cookie sheet, make a small indentation in the top of the cookie, and fill with the date filling. Put a little more dough on the top and bake at 350 degrees. Until done, check to determine.

Note to family. I could not find a copy of her actual recipe. This recipe comes from her Hazen, ND, English Lutheran Church cookbook compilation of 1965. It was from Mrs Harold Netzer. Ruth probably knew this woman at one time.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Silent Night

May you be blessed with the joys and heartfelt songs of the season. I think that I will attend a Christmas Eve candlelight service at church this year. Greetings to all, large and small.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Just for Fun

Ha, Ha, Ha...gotta love it!
The big news for me is that I am getting satellite Internet installed today! Yes, after no service except for terrible dial-up, that I totally cancelled last year, it is truly a surprise. Congress actually passed some legislation that helps me. Congress is spending money to allow the people who have no access to anything but dial-up a special long as the money is there. Hughes Net, for $40 a month, no other fees, contracts, costs, or hidden things attached. Now, I will not need to take my laptop to the library or other free wifi sites. Yes, I am smiling!!

Monday, December 13, 2010

The Fall Creek Store Display

These are photos I took of the Fall Creek Store. There is an ever changing outside display on the covered porch of the store. This small store is in an out of the way place. It seems that the location is safe enough for these fun displays that speak to me. I enjoying stopping, to see what is new, and I usually have my camera with me. It is easy to get the Spirit of Christmas when seeing the creativity and fun that anyone can have without spending alot of money. Look for the right colors and arrange what you have.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Christmas Open House

These special creations are made by The Junk Monkey, Jonathan Short. He was a special dealer at the open house at Somewhere in Time. Last weekend, the shop was all decked out in holiday splendor and Santa visited. Jonathan brought in many of his creations, he speciality is Bling! Old jewelry, and remade jewelry using vintage components. These special items reuse the vintage jewelry in new ways. My favorite is the Snow Angel. She is darling, Darling!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

A White Christmas House

Here are some great photos from someone's blog. I just enjoyed the way she created these corners in her home. If I put a wreath, and a frame on hubby's deer mount, he would go nuts. I really love the white trees with the mirrors behind them, very good idea. Shiny tinsel, white lights and serene looking.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

It is Beginning to Look like Christmas

This is just the sweetest, simple tree, don't those ornaments look like earrings. I think that I will get a tiny tree and decorate it with my collection of vintage clip on earrings from years gone by.

Be Brave Today! brave today. Think about yourself and what you need to have security, peace, love, fun, or maybe something else. This morning I was surprised by seeing a covey of mountain quail eating at my bird feeders. The covey was 12 birds. It is special to see these birds, because it is unusual.
Changing the subject, I found out that 1 a day vitamins now makes a gummy bears for adults. Good for me, I am pill challenged...I just can't swallow them.