Saturday, December 24, 2011

One More Sleep til Christmas

It took a little while to get to this...
from this.
Rudy (the Yorkiepoo) is visiting from NY with his family and Raider (the Schnauzer) has made great strides tolerating his presence.  First there was lots of barking from Raider and lots of instigating from Rudy.
Now they are becoming friends (almost)

Heading to Christmas Eve service at 5 them home for new jammies, yummy food and treats, a couple of stories by the Christmas tree and enjoying each other.
I suspect there will be more than just pups running around with all the grandchildren here.
Can't wait!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Crochet Wreath Tags

Super quick ~ Super easy
You can make a stack of gift tags to decorate your packages in very little time.

Tiny Crochet Wreath
I used worsted weight acrylic yarn for the white wreaths and cotton for the ecru wreaths with a G hook

chain 6
Join with slip st in 1st chain to form circle
Ch 1
15-17 (depending how tight you want your wreath) single crochets in ring 
Slip st in first sc
Finish off
Knot ends and cut away extra yarn.

Add tiny ribbon bow. (I used fabric glue but hot glue would work too)
Attach to a folded piece of card stock and you're finished :)

Instead of making tags...
Add a tiny pin to back to wear on clothing
Add a loop and hang as an ornament

Linking to
One Stop Shoppe @The Southern Product Queen
Made Up & Loved @Space 46
Show Me What Ya Got @Not Just A Housewife
Get Your Craft on Tuesday @Today's Creative Blog
Crazy Cute Thursdays @Between U & Me
Transformation Thursday @The Shabby Creek Cottage
Show & Tell Friday @My Romantic Home
Made By You Monday @Skip to My Lou
The DIY Show Off

Monday, December 19, 2011

Lemon Curd

Poured into pretty stemware (from the Christmas Tree Shop), covered with plastic wrap and bedecked with a satin bow, these sweet gifts will be given to friends.
A couple of months ago, I made my first batch of lemon curd.  My oldest grandson, Jared and I love all things lemon. And apparently my youngest granddaughter, Cambrie loves the tart, bright lemon flavor too.  With Cambrie sitting on my lap, I gave her a tiny spoonful of Lemon Curd. And then another... and another... and another.  No sooner had she swallowed, she was saying, "mor,  mor."

Unfortunately, I was not able to find that recipe so had to search again.
I followed the ingredient list from my friend Paula's blog and the directions from another blog.

Lemon Curd is super easy and fast to make using the microwave.
Spread it on toast or scones
use as a topping for berries or cheesecake
or do what Cambrie and I do... eat it with a spoon :)

Lemon Curd
Recipe adapted from Salad in a Jar and  My Baking Addiction 

Print Recipe
Ingredients:
3/4 cup sugar
3 eggs
1 egg yolk
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
grated rind from 2 lemons (I used about 2 rounded Tablespoons)
1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled slightly

Directions:
In a microwave-safe bowl, whisk together the sugar and eggs until smooth. Stir in lemon juice, lemon zest and butter.

Cook in the microwave, high power for 3-4 minutes at 1 minute intervals, stirring well after each minute, until the mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a metal spoon. (I cooked for 1 minute twice then 30 seconds and finally three times at 15 seconds). Pour into small sterile jars.

NOTES:
  • After squeezing the lemons, I poured the juice through a strainer to catch the seeds and pulp. The first batch, I did not strain out the pulp.   I did notice tiny bits of pulp in the finished mixture but  it was pleasant and I thought it added a bit of brightness to the taste.  If you want yours silky smooth, strain out the pulp.
  • I whisked the eggs well to be sure they incorporated completely with no pieces of cooked egg in the curd.
  • The Lemon Curd can be stored in the refrigerator for several weeks.  Paula said it can be stored in the freezer up to a year.
  • This recipe filled three glasses (each glass held about 3/4 cup) with a little leftover.
Linking to:
Tuesdays at the Table @All the Small Stuff
Get Your Craft on Tuesday @Today's Creative Blog
What's It Wednesday @Ivy and Elephants
Sweet Tooth Friday @Alli n Son
Table Top Tuesday @A Stroll Thru Life
Look What I Made @Creations by Kara
Home Decor and Organizing Party @Organize and Decorate Everything
Whatever You Want Wednesday @Free Pretty Things for You
Foodie Friday @Designs by Gollum

Sunday, December 18, 2011

A Child Again

it starts with the sound of the sirens in the distance...
and builds as the shrill intensifies and the fire truck rounds the corner with lights flashing...
a little girl of long ago, excitedly emerges and waves as Santa drives by the house...
I am transported back many years with the same excitement filling my heart... every year!
John asked, 'Doesn't it look a little silly you being out here waving to Santa without any children around?' Ah, but there is a child here!
For it is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when its mighty Founder was a child himself.

I assume I get this charge because my parents made a big deal of Santa when we were children.  My Mom and Dad did not come to know the Good News and embrace Jesus as their Savior until they were in their later years.  Though Santa was never the focus of our Christmas celebration of Christ's birth, and our grandchildren  have always understood the fantasy of Santa, I think their Mom-Mom will always run out to wave as the fire truck passes by. 
A photo snapped Friday evening, just before John & I left to attend his company Christmas Party.
We had a wonderful time.

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