Saturday, December 12, 2009

Christmas Around the House

Just a few pictures of the very slow progress of the decorations around the house.
I don't know what it is this year, but I just don"t have enough steam to get everything
done like I use to. Maybe it's because on Wed. Dec. 5th I went shopping for decorations for
the church with a friend in the church, Thursday I spent 7 hours decorating the church with my daughter and my friend, Friday I spent 8 hours decorating the fellowship hall for the
ladies luncheon with another friend in the church, Saturday was the lunch, so we were there
for most of the day. Sunday was church and Monday my daughter and I decorated the fellowship hall again for the young unmarried class for thier Christmas party. Whew!!! I'm tired. But it's a fun tired and I just love doing and going during this time of year, I just don't have the energy I use to. I don't want to get old....
In between all that I have been tiring to get my presents made and bought, and decorate my house. My daughter helped me with the wreath over the fireplace, and I was thrilled with it.
I'll try to get more pictures posted soon... for now here are some teasers.
May you can guess what the first pic is?

Merry Christmas!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Thanksgiving Breakfast

Thanksgiving Breakfast was so yummy!
Especially when you get to eat
it with the ones you love.

Pumpkin napkin fold. I found this on the BHG web site.

These are our thankful papers.
We right down something or somethings, that we are
thankful for making sure to write the date down.
We pass our papers to our left
and we read what another family member is
thankful for, and the next one reads his/her paper
and so on...
We save the papers for the next year and read those
compared to the pervious year.
Sometimes we cry and sometimes we laugh make for a
nice way to start the day.

Pumpkin Pancakes with Maple Syrup and
a spray of Whip Cream.

Scrabbled Eggs with cheese and Bacon.

I'm so thankful for life it's self. All the wonderful
blessings and mircales of the year.
For my husbands job - when so many don't have one.
The list can go on and on.
I am Blessed!
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

This is our Thanksgiving Breakfast Table.
I will be making Pumpkin Pancakes with Hot Cider Syrup
and Nutmeg Whipped Cream, Bacon and Eggs.
Coffee, Hot Tea, Juice, Water...
Yum!!! I'm making myself hungry.

I found this cute little pumpkin napkin fold on the
Better Homes and Gardens web site. The only diffierent
thing I did was I didn't flip it back over the last time. I used the
little bit of napkin that sticks out as the stem of the pumpkin
because I didn't have the real or faux stems to put on the pumpkin.

Each little napkin is a different fabric... in fall colors.

Aren't they just the cutest thing. My family thought so.

I just love the way this pic turned out. I was getting a pic
of one of the glasses and notice the candle showing through.
Wow! I amaze myself. I'm getting better at this photo thing.

Lei-Lei and the babies, Baby Shower. Yes, she is having a little girl. We are so excited!
My parents are great-grandparents of 5 boys. This will be the first girl. Yipee!
This is Lei-Lei, my nephew Aaron's girlfriend. Such a sweetie!

The verse on the little card says:
A little pink bow on a cute little girl,
Lei-Lei is expecting a girl.

I had so much fun doing this cake. I'm not professional
or have had any cake decorating classes. I just love doing this
for my family and friends.

This game was so much fun! You had to find small little
saftey pins in a pan of dry white rice... blind folded. Honestly!
you could hardly tell the difference from the rice and pins.

Opening gifts.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Pink Baby Shower Cake

My nephew's girlfriend is having a baby...

can you guess boy or girl?

I had a lot of fun making and decorating this cake.
I will post more about the shower later
(which is tomorrow afternoon), with more pictures.

Hope you all are have a great weekend.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Chocolate Cold Water Cake (Depression Cake)

This is a chocolate cake recipe they would make during
the war when eggs and milk were hard to come by.
Chocolate Cold Water Cake


* 3 cups all-purpose flour

* 2 cups white sugar

* 1 teaspoon salt

* 2 teaspoons baking soda

* 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

* 3/4 cup vegetable oil

* 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

* 2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar

*2 cups cold water


Sift dry ingredients together into a 9x13 inch ungreased cake pan. Make a well, stir in liquid ingredients little at a time with fork. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 to 40 minutes, or until tooth pick inserted comes out clean. Frost with your favorite icing.

Veterans Day

Honoring the brave...
our protectors of liberty and freedom.
Blessings for all who have served our country.
Thank you, ~ Cindy

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Shabby White China Hutch

Shabby White China Hutch
I thought I would show you my Shabby China Hutch today.
Oops! I cut the roosters head off. I think I'll try that again...
Some close up pics of some of the china... I put this ivy in the teacup and saucer
to bring a little life, greenery and balance to the china cabinet.

One more pic of the ivy.

A friend found this cute tea bag holder caddy and bought it
for me. She knows how I just love tea things. Such a sweetie!

I have my mis-match saucers on a letter holder I got
at Staples'. I will one day get it painted white.

A saucer I picked up at the Goodwill for mere nothing.
I have two of these pretty little saucers.

Some litte tea sweets ... Yummy!

Here's one of my favorite tea cups... but I have several.

Some of the toile dinnerware I have been collecting.

Oh! there's the rooster... head and all.

Drop by some time and we'll have a cup of tea.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

I just love this painting by
Barbara Mock called "Time for tea."
It's one of those pictures that makes you
day dream. Who is coming over...
what kind of tea is in the teapot...
what is the special occasion... I could go on
but I think you understand.
I think that this chandelier would look nice with candles all lit... right over the table.
What do you think? Wish I could find one of those for over my table.
Thanks for stopping by. Have a great week... and smile it make people wonder
what you are up to. :)
Blessings ~ Cindy