Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Winter Wonderland

There is nothing more beautiful than freshly fallen snow.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Merry Christmas

I know this posting is a couple of days late, but it's been a busy several days.  I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas with your family.  We went to Midnight Mass (actually 10 p.m.) and the church was decorated beautifully.  The trees with just white lights and the 60 plus red and white poinsettias (Mom counted them) looked perfect.  I kept thinking I needed to get a picture, but it just never happened.  It was a small gathering as the snowstorm kept several families at home.

It's been several years since I've made a snowman, but the snow was perfect on Christmas Day.  As my brother was blowing out the driveway, my sister and I decided to make a snowman.  We enjoyed every minute of it even though our jeans were wet to above our knees by the time we finished. We had quite the time getting the middle on because it was too heavy.  After finally making it smaller, we could lift it on.  Lisa, where's his carrot nose???

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Snow Day!

Even though I don't work in a school any more, I still got a snow day yesterday.  My mom and sister were snowed in with me.  What a perfect day...which is why my blog has the name it does.  We got two batches of Christmas cookies baked.  Mom took several home with her.  Now I just need to get them frosted.

I'm so thankful for the help I had in cleaning off the driveway.  I couldn't have done it without them.  This is what was out there Tuesday night.  Not too bad I didn't think.

However, Wednesday was another story.  The drifts were across the driveway, and the piles were getting too tall to throw the snow over.  My muscles are going to be sore for days.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009


Thanks to Elizabeth for designing my new header.  I love it.  It has two of my favorite and snowflakes.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Baking Day

Yesterday was our Annual Baking Day!  Lisa and I got an early start down to Mike's with Christmas music in hand for the car ride.  Lisa is great at making the Ritz cracker and peanut butter sandwiches which would later be dipped in chocolate.  We sure enjoyed the warm sun shining in too.

Mike was in charge of dipping the marshmallows in caramel for bunny tails.  These require quite a bit of patience to make.  Lisa and I then dipped them in rice krispies.  I made some notes on the recipe for next year so we remember what works and doesn't work.  The consistency of the caramel is key. 

Caramels are one of my all-time favorites.  I got the recipe from my aunt Darlene several years ago.  We made two batches this year.  Not sure what's going on here.  He's supposed to be wrapping them.  Hmmm....wonder what's in that Casey's mug??

A picture of the finished product. The three of us have lots to share with family, friends, and co-workers.  We'll take a few containers home to share with Mom too.

We had our list and got everything made on it. The cookies still need to be baked and frosted, but they are on the list for another day.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009


I finally finished putting up my Christmas decorations last night.  It was about a week-long process this year as I started before Thanksgiving so most of it would be done when I got back from my Thanksgiving trip. 

The tree is decorated with the ornaments that I received from my grandparents every year when I was young.  Mom has continued the tradition so I still receive a new one every year.  Of course, Scarlett and Rhett have their place at the top of the tree.

Now if it would just snow a little, it would really seem like Christmas!