Friday, December 31, 2010

Year in Sewing, Crocheting, Knitting

Of all these things, my favorite thing to make had to be the dish cloths. I love the way they knit, and how they look when finished.  They also wash well...which is always a plus!!!
Most of these patterns can be found by clicking the "Crochet/Knitting" tab at the top of my blog.  Also, you may notice on the side of my blog, that the crochet round pillow has been the most popular post of the year. 
(Remember to look at any of these collages a little closer, just click on the picture.)

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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Year in Recipes

I have really enjoyed blogging about my favorite recipes this year.  One of the advantages for me is that I now go to my computer when I need a recipe.  I am also pleased that my children will have these recipes when they are older.

If you see anything in the collage that you would like to try, just click on my "Recipe" tab at the top of this blog.  You can click on "Older Post" to see past recipes.

And stay tuned to 2011...I still have lots of recipes yet to share.  In a few days I will be posting a recipe for Crockpot Pizza Lasagna.

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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Year in Flowers

It has been a little over one year since I started my blog. My how time flies. After looking through my pictures this evening, I am amazed at what all my family has done in just one year.

I thought I would choose some themes and share a few photos of the year. I have started with flowers. I do love flowers. I really had not realized how many flowers I come in contact with in a single year until I looked through these pictures...
and this is only a part.
(You can click on the collage to see the pictures up close.)

I will share another theme collage tomorrow.
Enjoy your last few days of 2010.
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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Knitted Scarf

 I have been longing for a day to stay home all day and knit.  Today, I finally got my wish.
I had purchased this Merino Bulky Wool called "Ushya" from the Knotty Ewe during my last trip to Lynchburg.  I had intended on making a hat, but opted to go for something a little easier and made a scarf instead.
With some rather large knitting needles and this bulky yarn, it is possible to knit a scarf in just a few hours.  I really enjoyed knitting with this yarn.
The pattern I used cast on 12 stitches.
K1, (yo, K2tog) repeat parenthesis to end of row, K1

Monday, December 27, 2010

Hallelujah Tree

It's time for my daughter and I to decorate our Hallelujah Tree for the birds.  If you don't remember this tradition, here is my post from last year...2009 Hallelujah Tree.

This year, we decided to try some different decorations.
We punched holes in stale ice cream cones and added jute hangers.  These cones were then filled with bird seed.
We also spread peanut butter on some stale hamburger buns and then dipped these in bird seed.
My daughter strung raisins on wire and formed them into the shape of a heart, and she strung cheerios and fruit loops on jute to make a garland.

Our Hallelujah Tree has really grown since last year.  We had to climb higher on the ladder to reach the limbs to decorate. 
And here it is...

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Christmas Dinner

The weather forecast called for snow on Christmas Day...and they were right.  We really did have a white Christmas in Tennessee.  Just a little dusting in the Big Woods this morning, and a little more snow tonight, but at least it has given us the feeling of Christmas.
We had a nice Christmas Eve with my Lynchburg Sister last night, then my Dependable Sister opened up her home this morning for a wonderful Christmas breakfast that we all worked to prepare. 
And finally this evening, my Nashville brother did the cooking.  Doesn't this turkey look divine??...Trust me, it was delicious.  He cooked it stuffed with lemons and moist and juicy.
Along with the turkey, he served this beautiful salad, colard greens, squash casserole...and
baked sweet potatoes!!!   It has been forever since I have had a baked sweet potato.  Yum.
This raspberry cheesecake with a chocolate graham crust was for dessert. 

Wonderful meal!
Wonderful family!
Wonderful day!
Merry Christmas.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas

Over 2000 years ago, God decided that something had to be done about the problems of the world.  So, he came to the earth as a human.  Let us remember that this is the reason we celebrate Christmas.  Merry Christmas to your family from ours.  May you share God's love as you give and receive gifts, share time with your family, and enjoy the blessings in your life.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Peach Pizza

One of the ladies I work with brought this unique dessert to our school Christmas Party.  It was a huge hit, and we all just had to have the recipe.  The dessert is made in three layers.

Crust:  1 cup pecans
             1/4 cup brown sugar
             1 cup butter
             1 and 1/2 cups of flour

Mix the softened butter and flour until they crumble.
Then, mix in the brown sugar and pecans. 
Place in a 9x13 baking dish.
Press to cover the bottom of the dish.
Bake at 300 degrees for 30 minutes or until light brown.  Cool.

Middle Layer:
        8 ounces softened cream cheese
        2 cups powdered sugar
        16 ounces cool whip
         1 large can peaches (drained)
Combine cream cheese and powdered sugar in mixing bowl.
Beat in cool whip.
Put over crust.
Spread to the edges.  (This layer is very delicious.)
Now, put on the peaches.

Top Layer: 
 4 Tablespoons flour
1 cup sugar
1 cup cold water
1 box (3 ounces) peach gelatin

Combine the flour and sugar in a sauce pan.
Add the water, mix well, and cook until thick.
Add gelatin, and stir until it dissolves.
Pour gelatin over peaches.

And now I have a surprise for my family.
They are constantly coming to my house looking for the food I have blogged about making...usually we have long eaten everything by the time I get my blog written.
But not this time.
Dear family, we will be eating this dessert during the Christmas holidays.
So get ready...I think you are going to love it!!!!!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010


It's the most wonderful time of the year! 
We are having a great week in the Big Woods.  Life is slow and relaxing this week as we prepare for Christmas.  It is such a blessing to have an entire week off from work to prepare.  We have been making candy, wrapping presents, and enjoying a little rest in between activities.  I hope all of you are enjoying your week, and using your time to enjoy the season.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Old Fashioned Christmas

It seems as if everything we have done for Christmas this year has had an old fashioned theme.  I spent the evening with my high school Sunday School class tonight at Pizza Hut.  We had our Christmas party there.  I wanted to give them just a little something, so I found these old timey boxes at a new store right off the square in Lynchburg.
I purchased some candy to fill the boxes, and I was delighted that some of the teens had never seen or heard of the slo pokes (We called them bats.) or the kits. (We called them kitkats.)

We had a great time.  I am fortunate to have a super group of teens to work with at our church.


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