Sunday, December 7, 2014

It's beginning .....

The decorating has begun
Better Late than Never!

Some of my simple solutions are these "icy" crown jar candles:

All you need is a jar (I like using
my vintage Crown jars with the zinc
rings and glass sealers),
some plastic wrap (the heavy duty kind that comes from the florist),
some water,
a bit of ribbon and sprig,
and T-lites.
It couldn't be simpler!

Just stuff the jar with the plastic wrap - fill with water - set the jar ring upside down on top of the jar creating a nifty little tray for the T-lite.

Any T-lites will do but 
these larger than usual T-lites from Ikea (Glimma 2 1/4 inch) are ideal. They burn for up to 9 hours.

Decorate the jar ring and there you have it - some icy looking jar candles.

Another quick solution is to add a few trees, mini candles and wreaths to my Noah's Ark, transforming it for Christmas. 

Even the little Noah's Ark Store just needs the fence and the lamp post turned around to reveal its Christmas bows and wreaths.
The snowman is about to lose his carrot nose!

The mantel is beginning to look

..... and the china cabinet is ready!

The tablescape for the upcoming office party
is starting to take shape.

I've been reminded several times today about the importance of preparations
and especially those of preparing one's heart for Christmas.

How are your preparations coming along?

Till next time .......... remembering that Jesus is the reason for this season!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014


How can this be mid-November?
It feels like mid-January - eek!

Disclaimer - no people or horses were harmed
while taking these pictures from inside my warm and cozy home......


Till next time .............. staying fireside!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Get Crackering!

Have you ever tried those tasty
crackers that come in the rectangular pretty boxes
and have the words Rain and Coast 
on the label?
You know the ones that feature dried fruits and roasted nuts...
they're a wee bit expensive but oh so good?

I found a great "knock off" and easy recipe on line.
I also remember that Kathy from
Mennonite Girls Can Cook also made these recently!
My rosemary is still green in the herb garden
in spite of the recent snow and freezing temperatures,
so it is perfect to use for this.

It's as easy as making quick bread!

Rosemary, Pumpkin Seed and Cranberry Crackers
2 Cups All-purpose Flour
2 tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
2 Cups buttermilk
¼ Cup brown sugar
¼ Cup honey
1 Cup dried Cranberries or Raisins
½ Cup chopped pecans
½ Cup roasted pumpkin seeds
¼ Cup sesame seeds
¼ Cup ground flax seeds
1 Tbsp. chopped fresh rosemary
Whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt and brown sugar. Stir together the buttermilk and honey and pour it into the flour, stir just till incorporated. Gently fold in the remaining ingredients just until blended. Pour the batter into 2 greased loaf pans and bake at 350F for 35 minutes or until golden and springs back to the touch.
Remove from the pans and cool. In fact, it’s best to totally cool them and even partially freeze them before slicing. You can even freeze them at this point and leave the slicing and crisping for another day.
Slice the loaves as thin as possible and lay the slices out in a single layer onto large ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 300F for 15 minutes on one side – flip them over and bake for another 10-15 minutes on the other side until crisp and deep golden.
This recipe makes approx. 8 dozen crackers. Store in an airtight container and try not to eat them all at once J.

These crackers are perfect for serving the Antipasto we
just made the other week.

Till next time ............. get crackering before the rosemary freezes solid!