Rainy Saturday

What do you do on a rainy Saturday and it is just a few days before Christmas.  I decided to cook.  I found a sugar cookie recipe on Pinterest  that I decided to give a try   They are amazing.  You can find it here http://addapinch.com/cooking/2013/12/04/chewy-sugar-cookies-recipe/#.UrXi-vRDua5  I was so impressed.  Didn’t know I could make such a delicious cookie.

From cookies, I went to a recipe for rolls.  I thought the Parmesan Pull Apart bread sounded good and they are.  They are flavored with garlic and Parmesan cheese, great for those Italian and French dishes or just a snack.  You can find it here..http://foodapparel.com/parmesan-pull-apart-bread/

I sent off all my Christmas cards last week.  Thank you SendOutCards!!  I had the job done in about 10 minutes.  To learn more about how you can save time and money sending greeting cards, go here  https://www.sendoutcards.com/69473/.  You can check out my Creative Cards  blog at cardpromptings.wordpress.com.  You can send cards for any occasion and you can create your own.

I have been having a lot of fun with my Advent Calendars from Jacquie Lawson at jacquielawson.com.  If you haven’t seen those calendars, you are missing some real Christmas fun.  There is a new activity each day right up to Christmas.  It is awesome to me to see the additions that occur each day in the entry scene.  These computer gurus are just so clever.  Wish I knew how to do some of those things.

Days get busier as Christmas gets closer, so in case I don’t post again before Santa comes, I want to wish you all a

Merry Christmas

 

 

Winter Diamonds

Winter came with a vengeance last week.  My power went off during the night and came back on at noon.  My internet was down until late in the evening.  It started with sleet all day and then most of the night, turning to snow all the next day.  The trees were covered with ice and soon the weight caused limbs to break.  A cedar that lives just across the fence of my back yard collapsed from the top.  I now have a damaged fence.  It required a chain saw to clear the limbs off my fence and storage building.  I now have a pile of limbs in my back yard that will have to wait for a thaw to be moved.

It has been a few days and the temperature has not risen above freezing.  The roads finally cleared enough that I felt safe driving so I made a trip to the store.  It is beautiful out there.  The trees and shrubs are still covered with ice and  the ground is still covered with snow.  The sun was brilliant in a clear sky.  A million diamonds flashed among the limbs of the trees.

I tried to capture it on film but was not successful.  The diamonds just would not show up.  I will just have to carry that scene in my mind.  Maybe I can capture it on canvas.

Are you ready for Christmas?  Have you sent your greeting cards yet?  I can show you how to get those cards off with a lot less labor.  Go to my blog Creative Cards at  http://cardpromptings.wordpress.com/

Thanksgiving Spirit

I always complain that the stores have Christmas decorations up sometimes even before Halloween and for sure right after.  Thanksgiving is a favorite holiday and I resent it being relegated to a back seat.  I love the fall colors on the trees and I love to bring those colors indoors.  I love to cook the turkey, stuffing and all the trimmings for the Thanksgiving meal. I love to fill my home with friends and family to share a delicious meal and good conversation while we remember all the blessings we have to be thankful for. We need to take the time to thank Him for all the good things He has done for us.  That is the Thanksgiving spirit.

I never get in the Christmas spirit until after Thanksgiving.  This year I have made a bit of a jump on that.  I received an e-mail from Jacquie Lawson (http://www.jacquielawson.com) advising the new advent calender for 2014 was out.  I bought the 2012 version last year and found it was such a fun activity that I knew I would have to buy it again this year.  Starting on December 1, there is a daily activity to enjoy.  There are new items added each day to amaze you.  It will take you right up to December 25th.  It is fun for both children and adults.  If you have never seen it, I recommend you check it out.  You won’t be sorry.