Monday, February 22, 2016

Seasons Change

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September 2016: Update:   I'm back in the saddle again, working on some blogging changes and ideas, and creating classes on Skill Share .  I will be sharing the link to those classes, as I get them finished and added to Skill Share. So.... stay tuned until then, blessings to you all.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Valentines Marshmallow Pops

My girls and I had some fun making these Valentines Pops recently.   They had seen these for sale in Anthropology for $4.00 a piece.  Inspiration was born; they thought "we can make these easily". And then they inspired me as well. We shopped for  the ingredients we wanted and went to work, and let me tell you they were very quick and simple to make. They made delightful Valentines presents for several of the get-togethers we had, and they also made the cutest  Valentines Bouquet in our dining room. This is something that young and old alike will enjoy making.  You will have to be patient to let the kids have their turn... because other wise you might be tempted to do it all yourself.

Valentines Marshmallow Pops
Lollipop Sticks (found at craft stores or baking supply stores).
Clear Plastic bags (for wrapping each finished Marshmallow).
Ribbon (to secure plastic bags around lollipop stick).
1 bag Marshmallows: Large and extra large Marshmallows are what we used(in the picture above, Elizabeth is holding the extra large Marshmallows)
1 bag Melting wafers or melting chocolate of choice (we used 1 each of chocolate and pink melting wafers).
Assorted Sprinkles, Shredded Coconut or Nuts

  1. Prepare a work surface, by placing Lollipop sticks and Marshmallows neatly within grasp, various sprinkles in separate bowls, 2 or 3 mugs or cups to place dipped Marshmallows in for drying, and bags and ribbons for wrapping once dry.
  2. Heat melting wafers or chocolate in a double boiler and heat slowly and stir until melted and smooth.
  3. Form an assembly line with melted chocolate, Marshmallows, sticks and sprinkles with in grasp.
  4. Place a popsicle stick into the middle of a Marshmallow and dip halfway into the melted chocolate. Use a knife to help remove excess chocolate.
  5. Use one hand to hold the marshmallow, and the other hand to sprinkle the coconut or sprinkles onto the melted chocolate covered marshmallow.
  6. Set Marshmallow "stick side" down into a mug or glass, and allow to dry completely.
  7. Once dry, cover with plastic and tie a pretty bowl around the plastic to seal.
  8. Display or carry in a cute Valentines bucket.  We had some Florist Foam, that we put into a bucket and covered with confetti type filler.  Then each pop could be stuck into the foam and made to look like a cute bouquet; you could also use this as a way to dry your pops.

Have fun!
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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Cowboys and Indians

I've been enjoying my Florida grandkids the last few weeks.  We have had a long lovely visit with our girls and their boys.  It has been quite a few years since they have been back to Colorado together.  They have been catching up with our Colorado life, and old friends, including a  couple of early Valentines parties we went to, and an early birthday with Winston, all of which has kept us in continual motion around here.  I am relishing the hugs, the laughter and the delight of having cowboys and Indians running around our property again.  If any of you follow on Instagram, you might have had a glimpse of some of our doings.  As for blogging, it has taken me a little while to get here again. Hopefully I am on a roll now, and can keep at it.  I have missed visiting, sharing and chatting with you all and hope to be able to get over to your blogs and see what you have been up to these next couple of days. We have had quite a bit of snow since Sunday, which has kept us in the house since then. This morning my goal has been to Blog and clean out the pantry and refrigerator.  I can proudly say that the pantry and refrigerator are sparkling clean and organized, and now I am here with a little update in pictures. Happy Tuesday to you all. 

Winston and his dog Heidi.

 Winston and his cousins; telling us he is 6 years old now.

 The Three Musketeers.

 Birthday presents for Winston.

Elizabeth and I made this Igloo cake for Winston's birthday (Winston's request). It is an Ice Cream Cake.  It was delicious, and came out pretty cute. Might have to do a post on it one of these days.

Have a nice week everyone.

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Friday, January 15, 2016

Saying good bye to Jo

From Left to right: Sara Jo (Steve's Mom) , our grandson Winston, Steve, and our daughter Elizabeth.

I just wanted to post an update of what has been happening with us in this season.  We lost Steve's Mom after Christmas, from a battle with cancer.  Our loss is heaven's gain; we know that she is rejoicing there with Jesus and all her loved ones that have gone before her.  She will be greatly missed by our family, as she was a precious Mom, grandmother and great grandmother.  She was also a wonderful homemaker that inspired myself and my daughters with all of the ways that she made a home beautiful, practiced hospitality and cooked such delicious meals; she has had a great influence on our lives.  Our daughters and grandsons and our oldest son Nathan are here right now; such a joy and comfort to have them.  I have been a way from blog land for a short season as we have been in the midst of these things,  but today a little of the "normal" is beginning again. I will be back shortly, with a fresh start to a new season, and look forward to visiting with you all then.
 Blessings to you all.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Christmas Eve Dinner Ideas

When I was growing up, my Mom would usually make a special seafood meal such as Bouillabaisse or Linguini with White Clam Sauce for Christmas Eve, she was really a good cook.  We often said she was a gourmet cook and we did love those gourmet meals. My mother-in-law often made New England Clam Chowder for Christmas Eve, and it was always something everyone looked forward to. As we raised our children, Christmas Eve dinner was different almost every year and often something ethnic: Raviolis, Stuffed Shells, Spaghetti and Meatballs, Tamales, Shredded Beef Burrito, Enchiladas, Empanadas, Piroshkis, to name a few. Some of those choices have to do with our love of every variety of food, and some have to do with the ethnic variety in our family, which is quite large. Whether you love something simple, something gourmet, something exotic, ethnic or ordinary, there is a special memory that we all attach to Christmas Eve dinner, which always merits a little thought and pleasure in the imagining.  Here are some of the ideas I'm thinking about for Christmas Eve dinner. 

 My daughter in law's family make these at Christmas time, and they are just delicious. Himilce's family has their own recipe, but it is very similar to this one that I linked.

Shredded Beef Burritos

Chili Relleno Casserole

Reuben Sandwich Muffins

Calico Pie

and a few more ideas with links:

Beef Tamales
New England Clam Chowder
Spaghetti with White Clam Sauce
Seafood Gratin
Chicken Alfredo Pasta Bake
Stuffed Cabbage Rolls
Beef Burgundy
Chicken Piccata

What are you all fixing up for Christmas Eve?  I would love to hear your stories and ideas. Wishing you a special week full of memories and happy preparations for a Merry Christmas.