Monday, December 29, 2014


Well, I haven't been out of the house since going to church on Christmas Eve.
I have what is known in our family as "the crud" - really nothing more than a nasty cold with runny nose and a cough.
But, I haven't moved out of my chair for three days.

Bob just brought in the Christmas tubs - I think he is telling me that it is time to get on with it.  I literately just turned around from my computer and took this picture - that's how much energy I have.  You know -- what's a blog post without a picture?

Christmas was good -- everyone was here - I cooked, and cooked some more!

When did boys start wearing culottes disguised as basketball shorts?  
At any rate, I was informed they were b-ball shorts!!!!

I'll be back when Christmas has been cleared away (but not from my heart!).

PS:  Guess I need to make a new header for the blog, also.  Tomorrow, tomorrow!

Saturday, December 20, 2014


I will be taking a little break from the blog world so that I may concentrate on
  the celebration of the birth of our Savior.
It is time for me to focus on what is really important -- our faith and our family.

May you also experience the joy and hope of this special season.


Wednesday, December 17, 2014


Did you think I would let the season go by without a post on plaid for Christmas?  For years I've loved plaid, especially at Christmas.  I can't believe how much plaid I have seen on pinterest and the blogs this year --- I'm finally trendy!!!  I know, however, that next year I'll probably be out of style again; but that won't stop me from pulling out the plaid during the month of December 2015.  It's just part of the Christmas season to me.
"Tartan" Christmas quilt I made in 1988 

Here are some pictures of the plaid that has exploded at our house this year ------

Christmas card I made in 2011
I'll always believe in plaid!

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Saturday, December 13, 2014


 Every year about two weeks before Christmas, I make this Frosty Fruit recipe.  It's great to have in the freezer to pull out during this busy season when you want a "not-so-sweet treat".  My family likes it as a side dish, a dessert, a snack, or even for breakfast.
Here's the easy and fast recipe:


1 12 oz. can frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
1 12 oz. can frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
1 16 oz. package frozen strawberries, thawed
1 40 oz. can crushed pineapple with juice
6 bananas, chopped
5 cups water
Mix well in large bowl, and set in freezer until slushy.
Pour into 9 oz. plastic cups and cover with plastic wrap.  Freeze solid.
Partially thaw (slushy and fruit still frozen) before serving.  Makes about 20 cups.
P.S.:  Gift giving spanning the generations -- that adorable Santa in the background was made by my grand daughter when she was in pre-school 15 years ago; and the pedestal wooden stand was made by my father in his high school wood-shop class 84 years ago as a gift to his mother.

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Thursday, December 11, 2014


Today is Vintage Christmas day at
Have A Daily Cup.  Since practically everything around here is vintage (including us), I wasn't going to miss this opportunity to celebrate with Jann.  Be sure to hop over and visit her delightful blog!

 In my last post I said I wasn't the glitzy, sparkly, glamour type --- well, I lied as I do have a fondness for shiny, vintage ornaments.
Ever since I inherited my parent's and grandmother's Christmas stuff in the 1990s, I have been searching for more vintage ornaments.  I've been keeping the collection under control, however, by buying only those priced way under the current market value.  My search centers on the balls with the cardboard hangers from WW II.  In all of the years I have only found three.  In our part of the country, they must not have been into conserving metal for the war effort; because they sure are elusive!!
In addition, I'm attracted to the vintage tree toppers and bottle brush trees.
I inherited several of the bottle brush trees from my grandmother when I received her collection of cardboard houses.  I love this little church and its tiny bottle brush tree.
We also like the old Christmas postcards which we display on this vintage grocery store receipt rack along with some pictures of our Christmases Past.
Look at this picture of our children taken 40 Christmases ago.  Santa has a death grip on Jenni, and Mike was ready to also grab her if she tried to escape.  Later in the day, we discovered that Jenni had come down with the chicken pox -- we have often wondered if we were responsible for Santa later coming down with the pox.  Plus, did he then have shingles later in life?  He looks a little scared, doesn't he?  I feel guilty........but at the moment we didn't know.
I guess you could consider some of our stockings vintage -- I knitted the first one for Bob before our first Christmas in 1958.
Another touch of vintage - my two grandmothers' and my mother's rolling pins.

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Monday, December 8, 2014


Even though I enjoy pretty dishes; I'm just not the glitzy, sparkly, glamour type.  I have scads of silver wedding dishes (1958 variety) which have been stored under the guest bed for 40 years; plus a lot of crystal which very occasionally sees the light of day.
But give me a homemade hutch and a cupboard salvaged 
from a farm out-building ----
combine it with 19th century brown transferware ---
and a candle holder made from a farm machinery part ---
then add natural Christmas decorations ---

And, I'm happy!!!

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Monday, December 1, 2014


I've made a start on Christmas Decorating Week.  
The first thing I did was to put some Christmas cheer in one of our tool boxes on the entry table.
In a desire to avoid some of my week-long mess, we moved in the tubs of stuff and instead of stacking them as usual in the dining room; we put them in the computer room.  We eat every meal in our dining room and it is right by the front door; so for a week it WAS always a mess and drove me crazy.  Duh -- move the stuff to a room where we can close the door!!  How come it took me 17 years to figure that out?
One of the things I like to do right after Thanksgiving is get out the Nativity set. 
 We actually have two sets -- we have an unbreakable one that the kids have always rearranged and played with. And then, we have this very special one. 
In 1968, Bob was gone on a business trip right before Christmas; and I was at home with a young baby.  He returned with my Christmas present -- Mary and baby Jesus -- a start of a Hummel nativity set.
  I was thrilled, and then over the last 46 years when finances and availability allowed;  one at a time he added Joseph, the shepherds, animals, the angel, and the three wise men.  It is one of my most cherished possessions, and always a reminder of why we celebrate Christmas.
In the next few days, I'll get out the other set.  As old as my grand kids are now, I will still discover after one of their visits animals laying on their sides taking naps or missing all together.  
But they know that the Hummels are Grammy's to rearrange!!!

Must get busy -- two big trees with 100s of ornaments to hang on each tree plus lots of vignettes to do.  It's just the start of things to come.

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