HAPPY NEW YEAR - January 12, 2014

I keep looking at my Christmas Eve picture and realize that I should post something new!

2014 started out with good friends and lots of good snacks.  I haven't gotten any recipes yet but I'll share what I took. . .Something so easy, I should be ashamed of myself.

Cream Cheese Logs

3 - 8 oz packages Cream Cheese, softened
2 - packages Ranch Dressing & Dip mix

Blend cream cheese and ranch mix together  and then chill for about an hour.  Roll into logs - then roll logs in Lawry's Garlic Pepper.

Wrap in saran and chill.  Serve with Wheat Thins or your favorite crackers.

My diet never got anywhere in 2013, so I'm working toward losing weight in 2014.  Rejoined Weight Watchers online. Last time, I was able to lose 10 pounds.  It seems that I need to be accountable to someone!  And I MUST EXERCISE.  Anyone have any good motivation tips?

I just read the following warning listed here and wondered if this is what kept me from losing weight! Read all the way and find a new weight loss plan as well.  I'll let you know if it works. LOL


with love, I'm Carole


Started Christmas morning off right with Pumpkin Waffles - delicious.

Pumpkin Waffles

2 1/3 cups Bisquick
1/2 can Pumpkin
1 1/2 cups milk
2 eggs
1/4 cup oil
pinch of salt
3 tablespoons sugar
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon cloves
(spices can be adjusted to personal taste)

Mix together and cook according to waffle iron instructions.
Add butter and syrup and you have a wonderful waffle!

December 20, 2013 - Crazy About Christmas

I really thought I was putting up my Christmas trees early enough but with our ice storm - 4 days without electricity and the following slow down because of the damage all around - it just doesn't seem like I've had enough time to enjoy them.

I don't believe that there is a better time of year than Christmas!  It's such a magical time.

Some of our other trees.  We have some sort of tree in almost every room.  

These ornaments are some of the handmade ones we decorate with every year.
1. Wooden puzzle ornament that actually comes apart. I made it and a bigger puzzle when our grandson was about 3 years old.
2. Gift from one of my mother's trips.  This Santa is a soda can - smashed and painted.
3. Taylor's 2013 memory ornament. Started these last year.  Write the high points of the year and add a few embellishments.  I think they will be treasured in the years to come. (Just used Sharpies)
4. A beaded initial. Saw this on Martha Stewart.
5. One of my hand painted ornaments.  I used to make large wooden Santas from cedar fencing.  My scraps got turned into ornaments instead of kindling.  [I think they're probably happier this way : ) ]
6. Cinnamon stick ornaments.  I hang them in clusters so they can be seen more easily.
7. I don't know if this one is handmade - but it could be with sculptey clay and buttons. 

More Christmas Stuff - and I love it all!

My collection of Santas is around 150 and that doesn't include the Santa ornaments on the trees. I find such joy in my collection - wonderful memories of friends and family!

You can see my new French doors.  Still need to paint and add outside step.

This is part of the living room where the first tree I showed you resides.
Now the sad pictures.  The back yard after the ice.  It breaks my heart to see how many trees were lost.