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Thursday, December 22, 2011

~JOY TO THE WORLD~

This will be my last post for some time, I am planning on enjoying my Christmas week without worrying about my little blog.
But before I go I have a treat for you, listen to this award winning choir sing "Joy to the World".
This church, Atlanta West Pentecostal Church, is a part of the same church organization that I have belonged to and loved all of my life.    I hope you enjoy it.




My son and his wife and children will be with us on Christmas day.  We will enjoy dinner, opening gifts and playing games.  It is always so much fun having them here.  

This morning I could see that it was snowing and the sun was shining at the same time.  If you look closely you will see snowflakes.



A snowflake is  a snowflake by any other name,




And though them may all look alike,



No two are the same.

The poor little tree is leaning...I need to go out and straighten it up.

I pray that all of you, my dear readers will enjoy a wonderful, joy filled Christmas and may the Lord send many blessings your way in the year 2012.

Warm hugs, 
Cindy

Monday, December 19, 2011

~Christmas Glow~

Happy last Monday before Christmas!
I am enjoying the glow of the lights, knowing that they won't be up much longer.


I painted the little J O Y plates this weekend, I may leave them up after Christmas.  
I need J O Y all year long, how about you?
I went thrifting this weekend and I found this musical Santa, he fit my color scheme and he is so lovely that I just had to have him.  I paid $1.00 for him.


I also found this little vintage boys choir, aren't they sweet?  I only payed about $1.15 for all three.

  
My cloche is all ready.  There was no room for them in the Christmas village, so they all got together, formed a company and went under-cloche!


My little Snow Lady insisted on snow, so here she is!

  The weather has been very strange this year.  It was barely freezing yesterday, but big fat snow flakes were falling, so I went for a walk.  I LOVE walking in the snow, do you?
 Does you have snow yet?  Be sure to tell me if you do, I love to hear what's happening in your part of the world.
Enjoy your day, my friends!

Big warm hugs,
Cindy


The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that St. Nick soon would be there!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

~Whoopie Pies~

It was sometime around the year 1972, that I entered grade eight and met Anita, who soon became my best friend and continued to be my best friend until I graduated grade 12.  I spent many days and nights at her house.  Anita's mom was a very good cook and her baked goods compared to none else.  One of the things that she made and hid (from us) in the freezer was Whoopie Pies.  They are so GOOD frozen.




Anita's mom gave me the recipe and I have made them many times throughout the intervening years.  
But until recently, nobody that I knew, had ever heard of them.  Then one day everybody was talking about "Whoopie Pies".  Some say they are from Pennsylvania originally, others say Maine and still others say Boston, no matter where they originated, they are super-dilli-icious!




I wanted to make some for Christmas, but I could not find my own recipe.
I found one here on Martha Stewart's website, but it's not quite the same as the one that I used to make.  The batter was too thick and ended up rising too high, even when I used a lot less batter on the cookie sheet it still ended up too high.  They were a little tough, although I was careful not to mix the batter too long.  I would not use that recipe again, probably.

I made a cream cheese icing, using 1/2 cup butter and 1/2 cup cream cheese, added 3 1/2 cups icing sugar and 1 teaspoon real Vanilla extract.  
Then to make the peanut butter icing I divided what I had just made into two parts and added several tablespoons of peanut butter to one half.  It was a little dry, I should have added a tablespoon or so of milk.

Have you ever made Whoopie Pies?  Do you have a tried and true recipe?  If so would you be so kind as to pass it on?

Thanks so much for stopping by, I always enjoy your visits and your wonderful comments.

Have a fabulous pre-Christmas weekend, dear friend,

Warm hugs,

Cindy


Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Wordless Wednesday






I hope your day is Merry and Bright!

Love and hugs,

Cindy

Monday, December 12, 2011

Another Curbside Find

Good Monday morning my Friends!!!   
A couple of months ago, my husband was out jogging, , and he came home with this wonderful old soft drink box that someone had thrown away.



(Schweppes is written on the top of it.)

I thought I would take it apart and use only the original end pieces, since the other pieces, the plywood sides, are not original to it.  But they did not come off very easily, so I decided to use it as a side table in my kitchen, instead.




What do you think of the skis being there?  I found those in the garbage also.


The vintage Christmas card was one of my moms, from when she was a girl.  It is close to seventy years old and I love it.

It's only 11 deg F. (-11 C) outside today, not bad for December.  Our cold weather often comes in Jan. and Feb., so we are still enjoying sunny, nice days.

Have a beautiful day and thanks so much for coming by and leaving a sweet comment.  If you visit me and leave a comment, then I am able to visit you back.  Recently I have "met" so many new to me bloggers, it has been wonderful!

I am joining Nita at Mod Mix Monday , it's a very fun party!  Check it out!

Warm hugs,

Cindy


Friday, December 9, 2011

~A Vintage Step Stool Redone~

Hello again,  so nice to have you here.  
While working on Christmas gifts, I have been working on a project for me, too.
This is a vintage step stool that my husband found on a curb, he finds the best things for me!!!  He knew I would love it and give it a new lease on life.  It's very sturdy and when I climb on it to reach the higher shelves I never feel like I could fall.


It was okay like this, but just okay, nothing special about it.


 

But now it's a sweet little step stool that looks like it belongs.  Don't you think?
Red is always my favorite color to use in my house.  You will find it throughout, so it was the perfect thing to use.  My daughter had given the Target tea-towel to me in September, and although I liked it very much, I thought it was crying out to be used in a different way. 

And now, I know you're wondering how I used the rest of the tea-towel...

 

...Ta Da!
The rest of it is now a pillow.  I made a five-minute (for me it's a 30-minute) envelope pillow case and stuffed an old pillow in it.

I hope your day is sunny and bright!  
It's chilly but very sunny here in Manitoba.

Warm hugs, 
Cindy


Hmmm...maybe I will use it on the dining room chair instead.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Gift Tag Tutorial

Hello my friends.
Today I want to show you an easy way to make gift tags.  This is something that girls would enjoy doing, other than spray painting it is well within the abilities of most children.
They could paint them with craft paint instead of chalkboard spray paint, then use a marker to write on it.


This is the finished product.  A little chalkboard gift tag that can be as large or as small as you like.

Okay let's get started.
You will need:
Chalkboard paint  (I used the chalkboard spray paint.)
Scissors
Light cardboard  (I used the cardboard that comes in pkgs. of nylons.)
1/4 inch wide ribbon
Hole punch
Chalk

First draw a pattern, such as a heart on a piece of your lightweight cardboard.  I drew half of a heart, bent the cardboard in two and...


...cut out a whole heart.



 Next,





Trace around the pattern as many times as you like, I fit three onto this particular piece of lightweight cardboard.



Spray paint the whole piece of cardboard on the opposite side of where you drew the pattern...




After giving the paint plenty of time to dry, get the scissors.

Cut out the pattern...which you will be able to see on the opposite side.



Punch a hole in one side, attach the ribbon and write on it the little chalkboard tag!

I know this is super simple, but sometimes that's what kids need, right?

I found the picture of the gift tags on Pinterest, but I can't find it when I need it, so if this idea was originally yours, thank you for the inspiration.  I love it! 

Have a beautiful day and we'll talk soon!

Warm hugs, 
Cindy


I hope your day is merry and bright!

Monday, December 5, 2011

A Christmas Mantle

This is the week for Christmas blog parties.
I have shown bits and pieces of my mantle and today I will show it in it's entirety.  I am just so glad that I have a mantle to decorate, it's one of my favorite areas to play with the decor.
I used fresh greenery on it this year, I will probably have to buy more shortly, this is drying out badly.
The pine cones, poinsettias and a gold Christmas ball or two are all the glitz that it needs with the wonderful lights that I have on it.



Doesn't that look like something straight out of the black and white photo era?  I found the little antique table that is sitting in front of the fireplace, at a thrift shop for $7.99, I grabbed hold of that table so fast, you'd have thought there were others there grabbing for it as well.  (Which there wasn't.)  But I was not going to let that one get away from me.  A couple of people asked me about it on my way to the cashier, but it was mine!  



Night time is not the best time to take photos, everything glows!



I hope you are enjoying another week, the count down is getting closer to the big day!

It was -23 Celsius when I woke up this morning, it went up to -11 deg C.  It was lovely for walking, I had a friend over for lunch and we went for a walk.  It sure makes you appreciate a warm house when you are done!
I'm joining this party today!





Have a listen to a 16 year old Winnipeg, Manitoba boy, sing and play "Little Drummer Boy".  This went viral today!  He is pretty amazing.  It shows some beautiful scenes from around our city, too.


Have a great day my lovely friends,
Warm hugs, 
Cindy

Thursday, December 1, 2011

~Christmas Decor on the Porch~

Hello my friends!
I can't believe that it's Thursday, December the 1st already.
 I decorated my tiny little space at the front door yesterday!




I quite like it, it's all stuff that I already had or found in someone's garbage pile.
That's where I got the skis and poles. 
The old crock is from my husbands family.  The skates were mine, I wore them for several years.  They hurt me so badly that I can't wear them any longer.
I made the little sign, the wood is recycled.
The lantern and door wreath are both thrift store finds
One of my children made the red star many years ago.








The little Christmas tree is one that I have had indoors most years, but I like it better outside!  All it needs now is for it to snow and it'll look more realistic.  It is supposed to snow this weekend.  YAY!

I have found the most amazing blog for Christmas ideas.  This blog has everything from food, decor, crafts and gifts.  Check out Welsh Cottage On the Hill.

 I hope December has dawned sunny and bright and that you are feeling the JOY of the Season today!

Remember that Jesus is still the Reason why we celebrate!

Warm hugs, 
Cindy