Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Fa La La La La

'Tis the season for singing. And choir concerts. My husband, (the choir director) is very busy this time of year and is ready for a long winter's nap. :)
He really enjoys it, and we enjoy participating and listening to them. There will be two this weekend, so Fa la la la la!

Decorating update: I pulled out the boxes of decorations, and now they are all sitting on the living room floor. Next step: I'll open them!, hopefully tomorrow, but today was update day on the Merc. (TDIPT).

This month I made some "wintery" things. A snowman named Parson Parley Brown. He was quite a bit of work (my busy husband helped with some of it, ie drills, wood armature, etc.)~

And some sledding in silhouette form~

Click on over to see more photos: Pear Tree on TDIPT

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Launch Time

I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving. We ate well, but worked out later in the day.

(Yes, I typed the words, "worked out". My husband and I have been working out with Tony Horton of P90X fame.....I'll explain our craziness in another post, someday....when I'm ready to post those "Before" and "After" photos!)

After Thanksgiving, I try to pull out our Christmas tree, but I haven't quite gotten my Christmas decor out of the garage just yet, however; it is on the list for the week. Have you started yet?

Well, the artisans on TDIPT have some offerings you may want to take a peek at and perhaps add to your holiday decorating. This week on Ebay, TDIPT is having a "Winter Wonderland" Group Launch. I've listed two items, and have at least one more to list later this week. (Just click on each photo and it should take you to the auction.)

Winter Cardinal on Ebay

And to see all of the offerings from our launch, please click here:

TDIPT on Ebay

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving


For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter for the night,
For health and food,
For love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

~May you enjoy the blessings of the season with family and friends~

Friday, November 4, 2011

Fall's Favors and Flavors

Fall is a beautiful season. I think our family appreciates it even more after living in AZ for several years....not many colorful seasonal changes in the desert.
The show piece in our yard is our maple tree. I love seeing the leaves change from green to red, and yellow, then, they fall to the ground. THAT, I'm not so crazy about, the clean-up! But, when we all get outside and make it a family event of raking the leaves, it can be fun.

~So, this is what we will be raking this weekend~ (IF it doesn't snow...that is what the weather guys are saying. Snow and leaves mixed may be kind of difficult to rake).~

(I really haven't mastered the "fine art" of drizzling glaze, but this one turned out okay.)

This recipe makes 12, maybe next time I'll cut them into smaller pieces that aren't quite so big.

Last night, I really got into the "fall flavor" of things. With the "help" of our girls who provided the eggs for baking, I made some pumpkin scones. Now, I am NOT a cook, and I really haven't baked in several years. I just don't have the patience for cooking or baking, especially when your "creative endeavors" don't last for very long. Which is the point, I guess...but cooking really has never interested me. Thank goodness my husband loves it, or we would be eating a lot of take-out or pre-packaged meals!

So, I can't explain my recent culinary desire to bake, except that it sounded really good and the recipe looked easy enough for even me to have a modicum of success. And, I did!

These are SO yummy....I googled "Starbucks Pumpkin Scones" and came up with several sites. I chose this one: Pumpkin Scones, and the results have boosted my self-confidence when it comes to baking. They LOOK just as yummy as the TASTE!

("The Girls", minus one...who was a little camera-shy,
or maybe she is blending in with the color of the leaves!?)

Next on the baking list....Pumpkin Bread. I found a recipe of the same site as the Pumpkin Scones, and am just waiting for "The Girls" to lay a few more eggs so I can try it.

~Have a Beautiful Fall weekend~ and if you need a nice tea to accompany your scone or baked good this season, please check out my sister-in-law's website. She has some very nice blends.