Merry Christmas to All and to All a Good Night!
To all the friends I have made in this virtual space, to all friends and family that see my little corner of the World Wide Web, I wish you a very Merry Christmas.
I apologize for my silence up to this point. Without internet in my home, I have to go elsewhere to post a blog. Eventually, when finances settle again (and the lawsuit is over!), I’ll be able to turn the internet back on. Until then, please bear with the occasional post instead of daily. There may also be more than one in a given day when I am out and have internet.
What have I been up to the last few days? It’s infinitely easier to look at pictures to see what I’ve done and when. So, let’s see…
Oh, yes. The first picture in the folder is my boys unwrapping peppermint candies for me. We used them for our hot chocolate jars. If you don’t remember, here’s a flashback to what we made.
We were going to make more of these but haven’t, as yet. We did have a great time smashing up the peppermint, though.
This was on Friday night and when we were done, we had quite a bit of peppermint powder at the bottom of the bowl. I separated it out to see what else I could find to do with it.
On Saturday, I had a bright idea! How about peppermint Madeleine’s? Oh, yes. And so delightfully yummy. I put a scant handful of peppermint dust into the mix but also dusted the pans with it before pouring in the batter to bake them.
Look at those yummy flakes of peppermint in there! I ended up using all of my peppermint dust but I still have the crushed peppermint pieces for my hot chocolate cans I wish to make.
I finally figured out the problem with the recipe from The Spiffy Cookie! At least, I think I did. Y’all will have to confirm it for me. Remember, the offer is still on the table for whoever solves the mystery! I might be willing to double it for someone to come up with a solution for me – after verifying that I am right. I really want the molasses cookies that spread and look so delightfully yummy.
The problem? I believe it is because I use Splenda White Sugar instead of “normal” white sugar. Just a thought. So, if y’all come with that being the cause and solve the dilemma of getting them to spread nicely for me, I’ll double my original offer to $20 gift certificate at any online store. Keep in mind, I own no “normal” sugar in my home. None. It has to work with Splenda White or Splenda Brown Sugar as it’s sweetener.
Jen made these cookies on Saturday, as well. They have mint chips in them. So, we’ve got red sprinkled Madeleine’s and Green Chip Cookies. Yeah, it’s Christmas.
My babies being silly with the balls on the Christmas tree.
This series of pictures was my son, Caiden, quilting that top I showed y’all quite some time ago. I wanted to do it myself but he saw it and asked if he could do it. He wanted to sew it. I showed him how to go down and back up and that’s what he was doing on Saturday morning while watching Christmas movies. We moved his single-unit touchscreen computer to in front of the fireplace so they could watch Christmas movies all day Saturday while I was playing in the kitchen.
I forgot to get a picture of what he has gotten finished already. The stitches are not even but the effort is there and I think it is beautiful. I need to get him his own piece of fabric, draw the lines and let him go to town on it. He does seem to enjoy it and it was a great activity for keeping him occupied for long periods of time.
Who would have thought Caiden would want to sew like Mommy so badly? I’m still flabbergasted.
These are a couple jar I found at the local thrift store on Friday. The next time we melt chocolate/candy for putting on pretzels or whatnot, I can use that chocolate melter. By doing that, the boys can join in the fun! As long as they don’t burn themselves, right? The one on the far left, I’m now using for my honey jar. It looks like a honey jar!
The following is what Jen’s mom gave my boys for Christmas. The only way I could think of to color the entire thing is to put it on the wall with thumbtacks. It was rolled up in tubes and so big! I just wish Caiden hadn’t gotten *back* into the mode of scribbling and only using one color. He was coloring so pretty, before.
I thumb tacked it to the wall downstairs. I figure it’d be easier to clean up the mess down there – when we finally get that wall on the right fixed, that is. Beautiful pictures and I could see them so terribly amazing if colored nicely. However, that would be just a little much to expect from boys. Right?
I skipped on getting the material to finish their Christmas quilts and did manage to get some toys and whatnot for under the tree. I’ll finish them in the next month or so. I really want them to have these when we go to that Forest Service Cabin again. They will be so warm!
Christmas came together quite nicely. I was surprised when we looked at the presents we have to wrap tonight. We’ll do that after they fall asleep. A little here and a little there and my boys are going to have an excellent Christmas. I can’t believe how well it came together – and yes, I still have the money I need for the mediation which is scheduled for the first week of January!
I’ll see y’all at some point tomorrow – after the Christmas hustle and bustle. I’m looking forward to it so much! I am excited to show the boys what “Santa” managed to bring them!
Oh, and I’ll be making my own special homemade lasagna. Maybe this year I’ll find a way to write up the recipe for y’all. It’s absolutely the best ever and I only make it at Christmas – it’s too expensive for any other time of the year.
Have a Merry Christmas, y’all. I wish everyone all the best and a great day with friends and family tomorrow.
P.S. – it’s been snowing since last night. We get a white Christmas! How about y’all?