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Christmas Eve

There was no snow here for Christmas…

in the mid 60’s…

BUMMER!…

but, we still enjoyed ourselves!

Cinnamon Roll Braided Wreath for Christmas Eve…
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I had found these brand new… boxed… Christmas Snack Dishes with Knives… at my Unique Thrift Store…

Perfect for my Cheese Balls to go with our Christmas Eve Dinner…

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Cream Cheese

Vegetable Soup Mix (DRY) Lipton’s

Dried Beef Shredded

Pecans

Shredded Fine Cheese

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We get together with my younger son and family… at their house…

there were 13 of us…

Dinner consisted of…

Ham

Rolls

Macaroni/Cheese

Green Beans

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Loaded Mashed Potatoes

Raspberry Cheesecake

Chocolate Eclair Dessert images

Christmas Cookies

A Pomegranite Sangria Drink that was delicious!… 20131010pom-pomme20131010pomprimary

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This is just the way my Jill does… as you can see!…

We played the Saran Wrap Game… Samples below…

Christmas Carol Game… I made this one up…

I read a line from a 16 different Christmas Carols… and the participants wrote down the titles…

2 people per team …

Team with most correct titles won a prize…

and Left-Right Gamerightandleftrudolph_i2_mzoom I used/read a different version of The Night Before Christmas…

Everytime I said “left”… wrapped gifts were passed to the left… Everytime you heard the word “right”… you passed the gifts to the right…

who was left with a gift in hand at end of story received the gifts…

Such fun!

My camera was left at son’s house… so as soon as I get it… photos will be another post!

 

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“Stocking Gift” and “Candy Wreath”

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Christmas Stocking for my two kitties…

BIG MISTAKE!…

I bought them some small containers of “wet food” Meow Mix…

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I divided a can between them… and as you see they loved it!…

So much in fact… that they would go to their stocking… hanging up and look at it and MEOW!…

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Jill got full quicker than Kit Kit… and left some of hers…

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Kit Kit spied Jill’s leftovers…

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and cleaned both plates!

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I saw this idea for a Candy Cane Wreath…

and even though it was Christmas Eve Day...

I decided to go through with the project since I had already bought the Candy Canes…

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It took two boxes… using 22 of the 24…

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Cutting out a circle from an old Christmas Card I had… It needed to be slightly heavy in weight…

I started hot gluing the canes with the cellophane still on along the straight sides…

in sets of 2… keeping them flat… 

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Gluing the tips of the crooked ends together and placing the ends on the circle of cardboard…

gluing them too!… leaving about 1/2 inch apart around the circle…

As you see… a heart-shaped pattern was forming…

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I cut out another piece of cardboard (old Christmas Card)… and placed it on top of the canes...

I then cut a circle of printed wrapping paper to cover cardboard…

A pretty picture on a card would be nice also… or even a photo… 

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Added a bow I had to center… and hung with a ribbon in my kitchen…

Simple and pretty!…

I might change out the center for Valentine’s Day…

since it is a heart design… and get some more use of this pretty wreath!

 

“Magical Christmas!”

Our plans for Christmas Eve were changed yesterday…

My daughter-in-law’s Dad has terminal cancer…

and had fallen in the morning…

He was just too weak to walk… and even in a wheelchair…

it would be impossible with the steps at their house to transport him to Melanie and Brian’s…

Talk of a simple ramp being made…  k17837622

Renting a ramp…

and finally a decision-making moment from my son…

“We’re taking the party this Christmas Eve to Joe”!… k4811396

Phone calls were madewp01p015 … presents packed up with all of the food k16003945 … and an earlier time was set!…

Of course we all agreed!…

and I prayed that this would be a wonderful Christmas... One that we would always remember…u15588648

Prayers were asked…

and ANSWERED!

We arrived to all being in good spirits… Joe… OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA …in the living room in the middle of all of the talking… dogs OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA … presents… kids… and TV blaring with “Polar Express”… 220px-Polar_express

Everyone greeting each other with hugs… and kisses… OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Dinner getting ready as dishes were brought in…

ham k5549144

broccoli salad k13415461

mac/cheese

hash brown casserole

meatballs 930516

ambrosia… 

rolls and all of the trimmings for a sandwich…

Fruit Punch with Pineapple Sherbet… cran-raspberry-punch

Drinks…

and Dessert later after the opening of presents…

Chocolate /Peppermint Poke Cake and Apple Pie… OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Food never tasted so good!

I had brought games for the younger ones to play after dinner… with prizes…

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Both of my sons HAD to participate with the young ones… wanting a prize as most “KIDS” do!…

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We had worn Ugly/Funny shirts and these were a few…

 

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Bobby’s shirt…                              My shirt…

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Kennedy’s shirt…                        Carson’s shirt (which he drew and included lights that glowed)…

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Melanie’s Shirt… “Jesus Is the Reason!…was adorable!

 

 

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It was time for presents…

Kids first!…  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

and from what I saw and heard ALL were very happy…

I had made {ordered} Family Photo Calendars OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA … with each month having photos of our family… for my son/daughter-in-law, Pam and Joe and Bobby/myself…

Melanie made me happy when she said, “This is my favorite gift!”…

We talked more… ate more… and as we all looked around… we  were struck at how wonderful this night had been…

It felt magical k6849846 … like it had been orchestrated…

God is GOOD!… and Blessed us with a beautiful memory of this Christmas of 2014…

 

 

How We Celebrate…

Christmas is celebrated with my “Little Family” on Christmas Eve k21000760at my son and daughter-in-law’s home…

We share gifts u11607740with the Grand-kids… have a wonderful dinner mainly prepared by Melanie…

 (I was asked to make a niece’s BEST macaroni/cheese)... They know how to put the pressure on me!…

No one makes it like Carol!… but, I will try my best!… k13270027

We play a game or two… (I usually come up with something)…

We are to wear ugly sweaters k8014957 … I choose ugly/funny T-shirts for Bobby and myself…

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These were last years… I’m still thinking on the new ones I picked up at the Thrift Store…

Sweaters are WAY TOO HOT for me!…

Of course the kids opening their gifts from all of us is the best part!… k22474553

I had a little trouble with shopping k20871573 for them this year… Oh, if they were small again!…

I have an 11-year-old Grandson… He wasn’t as bad!…

A 12-year-old “Pre-Teen”... most difficult one!… and usually my easy one!…

An almost 20-year-old... I know she probably would prefer gift cards /money...but, that’s not MY WAY!…

maybe one gift card… but, I love giving presents!… so we will see if my choices hit their mark!…

The adults draw names going on three years now… and that seems to work out just fine!…

We even put a few hints with our names to help with gift buying…

We are so blessed to have each other!…

but, we do have a slight sadness…

My daughter-in-law’s Daddy 1509067_10201246233379624_100685276_n has contracted cancer… I hate that word!…

but, for the moment is making it OK… and we will enjoy our Christmas this year with all of us!…

We will laugh… smile… hug…tear up…and be so thankful!… for all we see before our eyes…

Grateful k2882099for this year ending… We’ve had a few sad happenings… and looking toward 2015… k22297748

A New Year is like walking into the unknown…

We will take each day as it comes…

We really have no choice…

but, we do have the choice of how we react to the happenings…

Keep Your God close by… k20767102

Lean on Him in times of heartache…

Lean on Him in times of sadness…

and remember to lift up Praise to Him in times of Happiness!…

Merry Christmas Fellow Readers and Writers…

You have been an intricate part of my life for many years now…

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God Bless!

 

 

 

 

Candy Cane Cherry Pie and Brownie POPS

I’ve never baked so much as this Christmas Season

Cookies of all kinds… and then more cookies…

I was then asked to bring dessert for our Christmas Eve Party at my son’s…

I had seen a recipe… not really a recipe… just a design you can make with Crescents Dough and Cherry Pie Filling…

2- packages Crescent’s Dough…

1- Can Cherry Pie Filling

Powdered Sugar + Milk for glaze

Makes 2!

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Lay out dough in shape of Candy Cane

on a cookie sheet…

I love parchment paper for baking… slides right off…

Save a little of the dough for the stripes…

Spoon half of can of Filling over each candy cane…

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Bake for approximately 12-13 minutes until golden brown…

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Drizzle with a little glaze over the top…

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I just covered my baking sheets with wrapping paper to make more festive… and added a green bow of ribbon…

This was hit… served with Cherry Bourgoden Ice Cream with Chocolate Chunks…thCAGQO7WP

I then thought “CHOCOLATE!”… for the kids…

and bought “Fudge Brownie Pop” Kit…

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I made 2 packages for a total of 24 pops…

You make brownies as per recipe on package…

when cooled a little cut into 24 pieces…

(remember I made two packages)…

Roll each brownie while warm into balls…

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Cool in refrigerator… and then melt 1/2 of chocolate wafers in microwave…131224_008

dip sticks in melted chocolate and insert into brownie balls…

let cool in refrigerator again…

Take out and melt rest of wafers… dipping and spooning chocolate over balls… sprinkle!

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I tied little pieces of red and green ribbon to them… after cooling…

 a little time-consuming… but, all ingredients included in box except for the egg, oil and water…

and they look so cute… and really chocolatey!

With all of the cookies my daughter-in-law had made…we had plenty to choose from!

Great fun!

Contentment

I get up to two kitties greeting me… with this new addition… I never know if the older kitty will have a good or bad day… she is quite jealous szo0016of the little one…

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so far… so good.. .although the younger one decides to try out Jill’s favorite sitting and viewing site… by the window…

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and then of course there’s the feeding bowlk5896998

I have a grandson on the couch in the living room… sleeping… I steal a kiss… which he ignores… meaning he doesn’t mind…

He stretches and I cover him up better… and back to sleep he goes…

The house is quiet… leaving me to my thoughts…k14786957

the mind is funny… jumping from one thing to another…

My hot tea is soothingEMO0003 … later… coffee… and pancakes for my little visitor…k3554426

Jill comes by for a pet as I sit here writing…

The world is good at this moment…

I’m so content…

Later… Christmas get-together at my nieces house…

My contribution will be dressing to go with the turkey and ham she is baking…

and I need to decide on an appetizer…

I just can’t decide… but, it will be done…

We will take a $10.00 boy/girl gift… and play a “Dirty Santa” game of gift exchanging … that the guys just love!…

They tickle me as they exchange with each other… taking away and getting back some gift they all have decided is the best!…

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Ladies are more discerning… How pretty it’s wrapped… what they have decided is in it!…

Tomorrow… cousin and husband arrive for a week… from Tennessee…

outings are planned…

Christmas Eve 1525R-140129 at my son’s houseChristmas Day u30512130 at a nephew’s home…

and then it’s done…

All of the looking… gift buyingk7841113 … parties… baking Christmas-Cookies-Cutters… being with friends… Christmas cards u29520791 and music k7456554

and remembering of that tiny Baby that began this festive time so many years ago..k15617269.

I believe He smiles at our antics at times… and then can get sad at times… like we do when we remember times that have come and gone… with people who have come and gone…

Christmas… a memory maker for sure!…

God Bless Us Everyonetinytm_c( http://youtu.be/CC_lwk0UCe4 )

Enjoy what it is you do during this time…

will see you in the New Year… 2014…k16156552

Ugly Christmas Shirt and Spumoni/ Fruitcake Cookies…

I had read two cookie recipes k12782833 … I just had to make

These will be for us to have at home and any company that comes by…

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a fellow blogger mentioned Spumoni Cookies… and I love Spumoni Ice Cream k14020681 … so I had to try them!

and then I had forgotten about Fruitcake Cookies…

YES!…

I’m one of those that love Fruit Cake… full of candied fruit… nuts… spices…CB005631

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Before starting to bake…

I finished Bobby’s UGLY shirt for our Christmas Eve Party at my son and daughter-in-law’s…

Actually I think it’s quite cute!… I said, “I don’t or can’t make ugly… it’s just not in me!”…

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I found this T-Shirt at the thrift store…

Red… Christmas color!…

It just said “Sugar Daddy”… like the candy…

My mind starting clicking… Santa could be a “Sugar Daddy”…

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I added words…”I’m your…” pointing to Sugar Daddy…

 that was already embroidered on shirt…

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Santa “Sugar Daddy” with arms full of candy was added…

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Added stockings with hot glue like rest of additions…

filled with candy… Plus Gold Candy Coins…

Mine is in the making…

I’m stopping here to continue cookie baking…

Be back…

I have a few more batches to bake… then I’ll show you some yummy cookies that you could make for yourself…

I’m back! … cookies are finished and cooling…

Spumoni… A flavor of pistachio, chocolate and cherries…

Ingredients: 2 cups self rising flour, 1/1/2 cups butter (I used Butter Crisco Sticks),1 cup light brown sugar,1 large egg + 1 egg yolk,1 teaspoon almond extract,1 teaspoon vanilla extract…

Mix these ingredients together well…

then (fold in) …

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips, 1/2 cup chopped pistachios, 1/2 cup cherries… either dried, candied… I used maraschino cherries in jar (drained well on paper towels and chopped)

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Chopped Cherries, Semi-Sweet Chocolate, Pistachios

added to other ingredients…

Cover cookie sheet with parchment

Drop by spoonfuls on pan

350 degree oven for 13-15 minutes (when light golden brown)…

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Fruitcake Cookies… ( I put in small baking cups like miniature fruitcakes)… or you may bake as a cookie

Ingredients: 2 sticks butter ( I used Butter Crisco Sticks), 1 cup brown sugar, 3 eggs, 1/2 cup milk, 3 cups  self-rising flour, 1 teaspoon cinnamon…

Mix these ingredients together well…

then fold in…

18-24 oz. mixed candied fruit, 3/4 cup raisins (golden or regular), 4 cups chopped nuts (either pecan or walnut) …

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Chopped Candied Fruit, Raisins, Walnuts…

added to batter…

Drop by spoonfuls onto parchment covered cookie sheets or put into small paper baking cups like I did…

I also topped with more of the candied fruit before baking…

350 degree oven for 13-15 minutes… little longer for “small cakes”… light golden brown

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My husband couldn’t resist these k14902800Not overly sweet

Great with a hot cup of coffee k3702550or tea! k11396555