Tuesday, December 12, 2017

A Little Baking

Gentle friends, once again this year I am in the kitchen baking up some treats for family and friends near and far..... and this past weekend was the weekend to pull it all together..... in the past I've done jams, jellies, candy and other things - this year I decided to make Biscotti... I found two really delicious recipes over at Sallys Baking Addiction a super cooking Blog that I read all the time.....

 ... the two recipes I made were a "White Chocolate with Pistachio and Cranberry Biscotti" and a "Christmas Spice with Orange and Walnut Biscotti"  the Spice/Orange with Walnuts one was based on her Dark Chocolate and Orange Biscotti, I tweaked the spices by deleting the cinnamon and adding a heaping teaspoon of my own Pumpkin Pie Spice Blend, since both recipes called for the same amount of cinnamon I wanted them to be a little more different in the flavour profile than the same..... and it worked a treat!!!

... here's a snap of them all ready for packing up!!  They are really GOOD biscotti and not dry and hard as so many of them tend to be... Sally hit a home run with this recipe!! 

That's about it around the old homestead sports fans, thanks again for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,

Monday, December 11, 2017

A Little Stitchin

Gentle Friends, still stitching away on Christmas garden and here's where I left off yesterday.....

... as you can see I've introduced another green into the sampler.  I thought about staying with the single, lighter shade of green but with three pine trees in the pattern and this being a "winter" sampler I wanted to include a darker green... and now that I see it stitched in I'm really happy with the results!!

Yesterday was the second Sunday of Advent and Mass included lighting the second candle on the Advent Wreath...  

... this second candle is called the Bethlehem Candle or the Candle of Preparation...

As is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet:  ‘A voice of one calling in the desert, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.  Every valley shall be filled in, every mountain and hill made low.  The crooked roads shall become straight, the rough ways smooth.  And all mankind will see God’s salvation.‘ ~ Luke 3:4-6

There you go sports fans, thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,

Thursday, December 7, 2017

December 7, 1941

Never Forget.....


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

A Little Christmas Cheer

Gentle Friends, over the weekend we started off the Christmas Season with the annual party at Chris and Mo's.... and of course, I took some snaps.... so enjoy this years edition 
"Christmas Cheer on Steiner Street".....

 ...the front of the house was is really pretty and looked great from the street.....
their tree is always the highlight of the evening as they put both regular white lights
 ...and then red candles for a traditional tree...

.... before the candles are lit the tree is ablaze with the white lights...

 ... here's a shot of the dining room table with some treats...

... the front hall was also decorated with lights along the banister...

... at about 9pm the white lights are turned off and the candles are lit.......

... and with the candles going and Christmas carols playing in the background the 
Christmas Season has begun!!! 

There you go sports fans, thanks again for stopping by, do stop again!!

Take care,

Monday, December 4, 2017

A Little Stitchin'

Gentle Friends, still stitching away on "Christmas Garden" and here's where I left off last night...

... I was very happy when the border met up - and now working away on the floral bits and pieces will keep me busy through the Christmas season.

Yesterday was the 1st Sunday of Avent and the Mass was a beautiful service - it is so nice to remember the reason for the Season and be a part of the lighting of the first candle of Advent - the candle of Prophesy and Hope.

And again, Isaiah says, ‘The Root of Jesse will spring up, one who will arise to rule over the nations; the Gentiles will hope in him.’  May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” ~ Romans 15:12-13

There you go sports fans, thanks for stopping by, do stop again!!

Take care,

Monday, November 27, 2017

A Little Stitchin'

Gentle Friends, it was a really nice few day off and Thanksgiving was just super!! 
 The stitching I've been doing lately is all border on "Christmas Garden".....  here's a snap....

.... the border has almost met up and then it's on to the sampler......

That's about it for now sports fans, thanks again for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,

Thursday, November 23, 2017

A Little Turkey Trot

Gentle Friends......

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...have a really fun Thanksgiving!!!!

Take care,

Monday, November 20, 2017

A Little Stitchin'

Gentle Friends, focusing on the stitching I've been doing for the past couple of weeks.... 

As you may remember I've been working on "A Yuletide Welcome"... well, that wasn't coming along as I had planned. After finishing up the border, I started working on the grassy area and the more I stitched the less I liked what I was stitching and how it was turning out.... until I finally just didn't want to work on it anymore. So I stopped stitching, folded it up and put it away until I can either make it work, frog what I have stitched or just toss the piece out.....

Now, with "Yule" not getting any more attention I pulled out "HEIOTS" and jumped back in on stitching the border..... 

.... sorry about the wrinkles, here's where I left off when I decided what I was going to work on........

So, while I stitched away on HEIOTS I thought about what I wanted to work on over the next month or so.... I had already done quite a bit of looking through the "Christmas/Holiday" stash heap and kinda had an idea what I wanted to stitch so it really just came down to making a decision.... and that dear Freinds was to start on a great piece by Blackbird Designs called "Christmas Garden."  It's a really lovely piece from one of my favorite designers!!  Here's a snap of where I am at the moment...

... I am stitching this piece on 36ct Navy Bean and have converted the recommended floss to colors I like better but are still within the color palette.  I love this border as it is very much like a sampler I stitched back in 2013 called "Mary Hutton" from Scalet Letter.

There you go sports fans thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,

Monday, November 13, 2017

A Little Break

Gentle Friends, I'm taking a week off and will be back next Monday.

Take care,

Thursday, November 9, 2017

A Little Thrifting

Gentle Friends, last Saturday we were out and about and I found a couple of really great things.....

... we hit the most of the same places we normally do and at the last "Goodwill" was this super, small ladderback child's chair.  I saw it sitting on the top of a dresser on the "on sale" side of the furniture room... so not only did I get a really wonderful early 19th-century chair - but I got it on sale.  I usually just glance at the furniture since our home is just stuffed with so much already.  However, occasionally there is that special little piece that I can "just" squeeze in.... so home it came.  I also found the pair of early and rare "Venice" transferware dessert plates. 

.... so what to do with the little chair.  I had packed up a little doll that my Grandmother had made back in the 60's.  It was one of the things I kept after she passed.  I remember it sitting in her kitchen when they lived in Charlotte before my grandfather retired and they moved to Florida.  All the years they lived in Florida I never saw it again until we were going through things after she passed.  So I kept it and now have a cute chair for her to sit on again.

That's about it for today sports fans, thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,