Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Knifty Indeed

I think everyone has officially given up on my ability to learn to knit.  I swear one day I will sit down and not move until I have it, but until then I remain one of the unenlightened.  For this in between time, my grandmother was good enough to give me this wonderful Knifty Knitter Loom.  It is so easy to pick up and so fun to use.  I knocked out this hat in about an hour.  I am officially hooked and am scouring the internet for more fun patterns.


The inside of the hat on the loom


The outside of the hat on the loom


Stolen by a dirty-faced toddler before I even had a chance to wear it

Monday, December 28, 2009

Musings On the Holiday Season


  • The homemade gifts were the clear winners this year.  Will have to go whole hog on homemade for next year.
  • Being sick for the holidays three years in a row is no fun.
  • I love, love, love my new camera.  And, to think I didn't even think I needed a new one.
  • Knitting looms are great fun and perfect for snowy days.
  • The weather is so consistently bad at the holidays we no longer blink an eye at driving through rain, sleet, and snow (and that was all in one night).
  • I can't wait to make chicken and dumplings in my new cast iron dutch oven.
  • It feels like my house will never be clean and organized again.
  • I thought I would be taking a crafting break, but I have more projects than ever now.
  • It is a true blessing to spend the holidays with those we love.
  • I need a nap!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas


Have a very merry Christmas! We will be doing our annual tour of the state, enjoying family, traditions, and blessings. See everyone in the new year.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Cookie Dough Truffles - Part Three

Melt one and one-half pounds of chocolate candy bark. Dip each ball into the chocolate. I find a egg dipper from an Easter egg dying kit is really handy at this step. You can add additional decorations, like colored sugar or sprinkles now, or just let them be. Pop them into the refrigerator to set and you are done.

Note the little hand creeping into the picture. You have to be very careful of candy thieves with these.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Cookie Dough Truffles - Part Two


Take the chilled dough out of the refrigerator and roll into one-inch balls. You should have approximately five dozen little balls, depending on how many you eat along to way. If the dough gets too sticky stick it back in the refrigerator for a bit. When done, pop these little babies back in the refrigerator for at least an hour, I do another overnighter.


Friday, December 18, 2009

Cookie Dough Truffles - Part One

One of my all-time favorite candies to indulge in are cookie dough truffles. This decedent recipe only gets made once a year around my house, since it is so dangerously good. I'm usually pressed for time during the holiday season, so I break up the recipe into three parts. The following is the first step of preparation. Be forewarned, though, it is impossible to eat only one of these.


  • Cream 1/2 cup butter with 3/4 cup of brown sugar until creamy

  • Add 1 tsp vanilla

  • Gradually beat in 2 cups of flour

  • Mix in one can of sweetened condensed milk

  • Fold in 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

  • Pop into the refrigerator for at least one hour to chill. I usually allow the dough to chill overnight.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Two Years Ago Today..

...I was holding a brand new little life in my arms. She came early and taught me the fun of not planning everything. She came naturally and healed my heart. She came fiery and made me laugh at that beautiful intensity. She came different than I could have ever imagined and is a wonderful surprise everyday of my life. I am thankful for every moment I get to be your mama, little one.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Jubilation!

I am finally done! This last gift for Little Girl has been a work in progress for months for no good reason other than procrastination. I found this dirty little wood cradle, with filthy bedding stuffed in it, at Goodwill in the summer. I knew with a little love it could be a lovely birthday gift for my little one, so ten dollars later I was a proud owner. This afternoon I hunkered down in my bedroom, ignored the blizzard outside and finished it all. A good scrubbing and all new bedding, including my first crack at a quilt, has really transformed it. I hope Little Girl enjoys it as much as I enjoyed crafting it for her.

Interrupted


For the past twenty-four hours I have been trying to complete just one task, finish Little Girl's birthday present. It has not gone well. Besides the usual interruptions that come along with caring for a family with little ones I have burned my arm with grease, taken Little Boy to the doctor's office to discuss a swallowed dime, returned Little Boy to the doctor's office the next day for x-rays (dime was already out of the system), battled snow, sleet, rain, and wind, and somehow locked myself out of my own laundry room. Hopefully, I will be back later with a wonderful tale of how I completed it all, but until then say a little prayer for me.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Hello Snow

Snow finally arrived here late last night. It's only a month late. It finally feels like the holiday season. We are celebrating by having a slow day. I am working on finishing Little Girl's baby doll quilt for her birthday, putting finishing touches on the Christmas cards, and wrapping presents. The little ones are enjoy some down time and just happily playing with each other. I wish we could bottle these days up and save them for when we need it. The flakes are starting to fall again, so I think I am going to grab up the little ones, tuck us under a blanket, and enjoy the show.


Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Lasting Traditions - Advent Chain



A new tradition we are adding this Christmas season is the Advent Chain. Little Boy's aunt was kind enough to make this chain on Thanksgiving with him. Everyday in December one chain is removed to help with the count down until Christmas. Its simple enough for even the smallest little ones. Some folks even include a bible reading or reminder of the Christmas spirit on each link to be read on that day. Just be sure to let the little ones know you will be deconstructing their chain. I didn't give Little Boy the heads up and he was very upset with me.