Friday, December 26, 2014

What are you reading?



I have not seen any of the starz series, so I am reading the books first. I purchased the entire 7 book series for my Nook. It is over 7000 pages, so I think that will take the rest of the winter to read.  What book or books do you recommend? Just wondering? By the way, I love my Nook Color...I can use it as a regular Tablet.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Have a Merry Little Christmas


I wish that I was in this sled, but no, I am at home with about 3" of snow here. It has been a merry little Christmas. 

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Time to make Cookies!


Oh, these look so good! I just want to make them right now. I have an old cookie press that belonged to Mom. I try to use it this time of year. The cookies bring back memories from almost 60 years ago, of these cookies....mom made them often for my siblings and I. Her recipe was made with shortening, white sugar, and vanilla. This recipe is from the Internet, it has cream cheese, butter and orange zest in it. Good!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Decorate the House




OK, these are not my photos...they are from Pinterest. I think that the deer are really fun. I could do it, if I had any deer..............  That said, I admit to having way too much Christmas decor in clear tubs, in the storage room....stacked 4 high...8 in all. I can not use all of them at one time, so I rotate the stuff. I don't want to get rid of any of it, some of it dates back to the 1970's.

Today was tree day, the lights and ornaments are all on it. Tomorrow, other decorations around the house. It always takes so long to put the stuff up, I just keep putting things on the tree until I am bored. I seems to work just fine. Sometimes I think that a pre-lite artificial tree would be good, then I don't have to watch the water, and consider the fire danger.

I think that my Mom had it made, she sent the kids (us) out to a tree farm to pick out a tree. We hauled it home, put it in the stand, brought it in and decorated it.  Then we took it all down on New Years Day. Yeah...she had it made!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Paris Breakfasts



I recently found this blog, Paris Breakfasts, she has a great blog, frequent posts, lovely art and many photos from Paris. I suggest that you take a look...you may like this blog. I give her a thumbs-up!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Vintage Trailer Skirt


I came across this post on Facebook today. I am now regretting passing up 2 square dancing petticoats during the sale of Halloween costumes at Goodwill. BTW, next Halloween I will be looking for these...I think that the stores hold these for the holiday. I think that I could some up with a better idea for the jeans. Just a fun idea for today!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Just Be Happy.


You know girlfriends....sometimes all it takes is a couple of fun bracelets to lift spirits.  The day may be difficult, and the workplace a toxic environment....so just find a small thing or two to bring a smile and enjoy.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

A Surprise Apple Pie


I was home alone all day, today. Honestly...I love it. I have peace and quiet...just the way I like it. Well, the master bathroom needed a good cleaning. Did I do that? NO  
I decided to make a surprise for Hubby. His favorite, Apple Pie! 

My method for the best pie is to use the Martha Stewart pie crust. The secret, chilling everything for at least an hour. My filling is homemade canned apple pie filling (from my apple tree). I don't like the fresh apple method...in fact if I use fresh apples, I cook the filling on the stove before making the pie. That way the filling is not all runny. It is like this pie.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Christmas Tree Time



It is the time of the year for getting a Christmas Tree. The tree farm next door has been very busy for about three weeks.  I don't know how many have been cut, wrapped and loaded up. A lot! There have been 5 or 6 truck trailer loads removed at this time. I am talking about the 40 foot long haul trucks. I understand that these trees are headed to San Francisco Bay area. The Mexican workers are out in all weather, working about 15 hours each day.

The weather was dry and warm (60), the time was right. Hubby had already picked out the two trees to cut. He drove the tractor over to the tree farm, and we cut the trees. Yay!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

University of Oregon - Ducks


We are big University of Oregon fans here. I graduated from there in 1974 with a Bachelors of Science. This area is crazy, wild, about the Ducks. Last night the Ducks won the Pac 12 championship. The score was Oregon 51 vs Arizona Wildcats 13. An excellent game, the Ducks took the title easily. Now the fans need to wait a few days to see what Bowl Game they will be playing. I am hoping for The Rose Bowl! Oh and BTW, Walt Disney gave his express permission for the Ducks to use his Donald Duck character...long ago.

GO Ducks!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Homemade Dog Treats


I like to make dog treats for our Lab, Radar. He really likes the ones I make, the recipe I use has peanut butter as a main ingredient. I found this new recipe on a blog and I want to share with you. Here is a link for you, Homemade Dog Treats. Your dog will thank you and do all the tricks he knows for one of these.

Monday, December 1, 2014

What to do with all those plastic bags.........


Today, I took on the task of cleaning and organizing my crafting studio. Plastic bags are a problem, sure... I recycle them. I do like to have a few on hand in my vintage trailer. I found this idea on pinterest....and looked at the blog that showed how to do this. I think that this is a terrific idea. So, I want to share with you....Polka Dot Pineapple has all the instructions. I am going to fold up some of bags around here.