~In the south and around the world.
Monday, December 31, 2007
Where ever you are, have fun and be safe. This isn't the ball you'll see in New York City, or the peach that will drop in Atlanta, or some of these other weird things that will drop at midnight...
Any idea where this one is?
Happy New Year Y'all!
One of my Slow Travel friends guessed... this is the Diana Memorial at Kensington Palace.
Saturday, December 29, 2007
Do y'all have your list ready?
Friday, December 28, 2007
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Sunday, December 23, 2007
We had quite a treat over the weekend. We had a cooking lesson from our very own Mrs. Margaret Brown. Over the years she has perfected the art of making peanut brittle. Lucky friends in Auburn cherish their gift of thin, crispy peanut brittle year after year.
I have her permission to reveal her secrets to my closest friends...
Start with raw spanish nuts, with the skins on. Use fresh baking soda, not the one that has been in the fridge absorbing odors. A good candy thermometer is a must! She uses a heavy duty cookie sheet, set on a moistened dish towel.
Follow the instructions, and it will be perfect every time.Peanut Brittle
Saturday, December 22, 2007
The packages are wrapped and waiting for Christmas morning.
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Now I am a little more creative. I cut strips of netting for my bows. They make great big fluffy ties. Then instead of using tags, I write names right on the package. For the little one's this year I painted some big letters in black. MaryJoan can use her letters later in her room.
Merry Christmas y'all!
Sunday, December 16, 2007
This guy has been in the family for years. He just makes me smile!
Isn't that what Christmas is all about?
I have received several entries for December. I will post them at the end of the month. You still have some time to email yours.
I need to get busy wrapping gifts!
How 'bout y'all?
Friday, December 14, 2007
Ginger grew up in the country in a very nice doublewide. Her parents had good taste.
Brad wanted more for his batter half. He decided to build her a mansion.
They lived happily ever after in their Ginger-Brad house.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
I'll spill more on that after the holidays...
We all shared a pinch of a cookie from the Fickle Pickle. They have a gingerbread cookie that had me dying for more. Since we are a long way from Roswell, I got out my apron and started adding a pinch of dis and a pinch of dat.
It may not be the real thing~ but I'll bet my Georgia lotto ticket you will love these
Double Chocolate Ginger Cookies
1 box gingerbread mix
1 Tbs cocoa powder
2 Tbs butter
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup diced ginger
1 cup chopped dark chocolate
1 Tbs flour
Pre-heat oven to 375°
Combine mix with melted butter and water. Add cocoa powder and stir until well combined. Add diced ginger. Combine flour and chocolate chunks and stir until blended. Using a small ice cream scoop place rounded scoops of cookie dough about 2 inches apart. Bake for 8-9 minutes. Cool on a rack.
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
First we have the winner of our Centerpiece of the Month. I promised a little sumpin' sumpin', and y'all voted for Kim at scrap-to-my-lu. Don't you just love that blog name? (why didn't I think of it first?) She had a timely centerpiece with pumpkins and berries for Thanksgiving.
I also need to pay it forward. I'm am putting a little something in the mail for Holley at Windy Corner and Kristen is dishing at Dine and Dish. They will in turn 'pay it forward' to their friends. I heard on the news today about a pay it forward at Starbucks, where each car was paying for the latte in the car behind them. That is the Christmas spirit! Just imagine what a difference we could make in this world if everyone would pay it forward.
So to everyone I am sending a pack of note cards. They are a collection of photos from our travels... I guess you could call it a whistlestop tour! They make fun cards for thank-you's or invites. Be thinking about your centerpiece for December. What's on your table today?
Y'all send it in!
Monday, December 10, 2007
Top each cooled cookie with a dollop of icing, spread to all the edges. Decorate with sprinkles.
This is a holiday tradition every year. I don't think there is anything more important than making cookies with your kids ~ fun too! Here our kids are grown, but they will be home in a week or two looking for some yummy cookies.Y'all think there will be any left?
Thursday, December 06, 2007
“I will send a handmade gift to the first 3 people who leave a comment on my blog requesting to join this Paying It Forward exchange. I don’t know what that gift will be yet and you may not receive it tomorrow or next week, but you will receive it within 365 days, which is my promise! The only thing you have to do in return is pay it forward by making the same promise on your blog.”
Monday, December 03, 2007
We are all in the gift giving mode and I wanted to let you know about this special Christmas Art Event. Wyanne is a wonderful multimedia artist and is having a special Blogging event on December 7th. Pop over and see what she has!
I will also mention that we have some great cookbooks and aprons~ shameless self promotion! We can get them off in time for the holidays. They make a perfect christmas gift. Visit our country store A Pinch of Dis and A Pinch of Dat for some gift ideas for that hard to find gift.
I'll even autograph my cookbook for blogging friends. Our kitchen is always full of friends and good food. The kitchen tree is decorated with candy canes and cookie cutters. It makes baking easier when everything is right at your fingertips.
Saturday, December 01, 2007
My entry was a simple bunch of gerber daisies in a vase of asparagus.
Joan sent in a picture of this centerpiece. The vase has golf balls in the bottom, can you see? She said that she has also seen it with eggs in the bottom~ which would have fit in with our theme.
Don't forget to send me a link for December~ what's on your table? I know there are some great holiday centerpieces out there.