Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Winter solstice thought...

Be the blessing this time around...

Be the giver this time around...

Be the first to say thank you this time around...

Be the first to apologize this time around...

Be the first to forgive this time around...

Be willing to take the risk this time around...
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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Christmas Day, the rest of the best...

I had to wait until I had time to tell you about the rest of my gifts from Belinda.
When you receive a present from Belinda it will be very nicely wrapped, she foofs, and she foofs well! I wish I had thought to take a picture, but I couldn't wait to tear into my presents!
The first gift was this most awesome book by Darina Allen, which I had been coveting, Forgotten Skills of Cooking. Its magnificent, it tells you everything, I've only had small moments here and there to look through it, I can't wait to sit down and devour it cover to cover! The next gift was this pretty kitchen towel, the fabric used was a favorite print that a dear departed friend loved, Belinda knew I would appreciate that and I do, very very much. The last gift was a gorgeous wall quilt. I had read in her blog that she was making this, I had no idea at the time I was a recipient. Its really beautiful, my crappy pic does not do it justice. She is so amazing, she has no time at all, but she found time to make this and to get together with Kimber and I.
I thank God everyday for Kimber and Belinda, I wish everyone could have friends as kind, thoughtful and talented as these two, on top of it all, we just have a good time together. Every time I get together with them its a treat, and I do not take their time for granted, its too precious to waste.
They have both made this Christmas very special for me, and I do not know what I would do without them!
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Thursday, December 16, 2010

It was Christmas yesterday...

I had the joy to spend the day yesterday with my two best friends Kimber and Belinda. We did our gift exchange and wow! What awesome friends I have, as if you didn't know that already. I am always surprised, happily so, at their generosity. Not only in regards to gifts, but also with their time, talent and advice. Oh and their patience!
Today I will show you Kimber's gifts to me, and tomorrow I will show you Belinda's.
I cook a lot, and I have outgrown my recipe box. Kimber her extraordinary wisdom saw this and gave me this beautiful new recipe box, already loaded with some new recipes to try! I also have been attending the Prairie Women's Sewing Circle with Kimber, and being a newbie to Civil war fabric collecting, I received this great collection of civil war fat quarters. Then she gave me this little box, which the box itself was neat but I loved what she put in the box: a little folder of nifty post it tags, which I love and need, a lovely handmade vintage paper christmas box, and pretty little blocks of sticky notes. She's such a quilter, she knows I put sticky notes on everything!
It wasn't just the gifts that made it all special, it was spending time with these two beautiful and talented women, who both inspire me to be not only a better quilter and stitcher, but also a better person.
Tomorrow, Santy Claus Belinda!
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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Cinnamon Maple Honey Granola

Working on Christmas basket stuff and tonight was the perfect night to make this granola. Its cold cold cold outside but this made my house warm and it smells so good! One more thing, this isn't exactly healthy, its got lots of butter and sweetness!

Granola

1 stick butter
1/2 c honey
1/2 c real maple syrup
6 c uncooked old fashioned oats, or quick cooking oats
1 c brown sugar
3 tsp cinnamon
1 c sliced almonds (I omit)

Melt butter with honey and syrup, set aside.
Mix oats, cinnamon, sugar and almonds, if using.
Blend in butter mixture. Spread in well greased 9 x 13 pan, pack down firmly. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes. Remove from oven, turn mixture and pack back down, bake 15 min more. Turn out on foil to cool. Break into bite size pieces. Store in air tight container. Makes about 2 1/2 lbs.
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Sunday, December 5, 2010

Mitford

I think, now that I am on the fifth book in Jan Karon's Mitford series, I know one reason why I like it so much. This is just one of many: they love to help others. No one grouses about money or what's in it for them (pet peeve in regards to helping), they love to welcome people without complaining about being put out (another pet peeve). No wonder everybody wants to move there!
Oh, and its set in the south, so they cook REAL southern food, not just a bad imitation (okay, last pet peeve for this post).
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Thursday, December 2, 2010

That time of year...

Its that time of year, making gifts, decorating and trying to keep the focus. I miss my family so much this time of year! I have no family close by, no kids even in laws a hours away. But maybe I wouldn't appreciate or long for them so if they were closer.
I'm giving my good friend Trahvae some homemade liquors this year. He takes good care of my hair, I've yet to get a bad color or cut. Best part? I never have to worry about trying to describe what I want, he thinks about and plans my style before the appointment! He will receive a bottle of coffe liquor that I have been mellowing for a year now, limoncello, pear liquor, and when its ready spiced rum.
Last year for Christmas, my dear, sweet and awesome friend gave me Jam It, Pickle It, Smoke It, and its been my go to book. If. I could have Christmas wishes, one would be that everyone has a friend like Belinda, but I am one of the lucky ones because I do!
So, happy holiday preparation everyone!
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