Monday, December 27, 2010

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I can’t believe Christmas is over.  The months of preparation were well worth the effort with only one gift card in the missing. I’m sure it will turn up somewhere.

I love the cooking and baking for Christmas Day.  The wonderful aromas permeated the house making it smell just delicious for several days.  I always make wassail for Christmas Eve the day before so that the ingredients have time to meld together for that yummy drink.

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Sweet potatoes are our new best friend, they have so much more flavor then plain white potatoes.  These were for Sweet Potato Casserole which I could eat all day long. I like how they are mirrored in the bowl.

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Nothing smells any better then onions, celery and butter simmering on the stove for the stuffing. Again, I could eat this with a spoon!

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I use potato bread for my stuffing and this is drying out in the oven.

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I love cooking with the grand kids, they took great care in decorating these cupcakes for Christmas Eve.

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They also helped me arrange the gifts under the tree. I think a few packages were shaken when I wasn’t looking! :o)

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Opening their Christmas baskets.  The hit of everything that was in there was the $1.00 Whoopee cushions….ahem….

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Funsize and her beau. I love the new bangs FS!!!!

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A surprise for Son! I think he will hang this up in his office.

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Son and DIL opening their stocking.

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Christmas morning after I got the turkey in the oven we headed over to the kids house to watch the grands open their gifts.  Penelope the cat was VERY interested in the Dancing Mickey.

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Checking out the tree at their house.

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Miss T got this sweatshirt which is very true!

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Opening her gifts. Remember the guy on Tool Time that used to always have something in front of his face?  This reminds me of him.

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I have more pictures to download but this is enough for today.  It is WILD here today, we are getting the storm that has come all across the country but we are getting snow and not rain.  The roads are a mess, the driving is treacherous and I for one am staying home!

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Not sure just when this is supposed to stop or how many inches of snow we are supposed to get but we’ve got at least a foot already.  Yay, I’ll get to use my snowmobile this year!!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Christmas is coming!



It’s just a few days before Christmas so I’m sure you all are finishing up the little details as I am here in the north country. At the moment rain is taking away our snow AGAIN so I am not a happy camper but that probably change before long and we will have our white Christmas.


I am all finished up except for one gift card that I keep forgetting to pick up when I go to the grocery store.  It is so handy that they have the cards there this time of year.  All of my older nieces and nephews like gift cards now and also my grands like a few.  They are great for stocking stuffers.


We had Christmas with DIL’s family on Saturday.  There was much excitement with all the grandchildren together as you can well imagine.  I can’t post any pictures, well let’s see, maybe there are a couple that don’t show faces too much…….. This is Mr. D with a calendar with his favorite football player.

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This face I can show, this is Penelope the new ruler of the house.   She is a wonderful kitty and just loves everyone.  I guess this is as close to a puppy that Mr. D will be getting for Christmas.

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I love what the school is doing with the kids to make Christmas gifts.  Miss T drew the picture on the apron and Mr. D drew the picture on the note cards.  Somehow they have the pictures put on these things and of course grandmothers love them!


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The turkeys continue to move in on us.  Now some of them have gotten very brave and are coming up on the deck to eat the bird seed.

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Noodles was watching them thinking he was hidden behind these little branches.

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My sister and I were walking a few days ago and saw some more moose tracks.  Hope you can see it.  Sure wish we would see the whole moose!  I had my camera with me that day in hopes that he would appear.  Last night when I went to bed I looked out back and a beautiful ten point buck was standing there.  It was too dark to get a picture but believe me he was huge!

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Noodles and Munchkin get bored now that it is too cold for them to stay outside much so they fight just like two kids!  Look at those ears pinned back!

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Christmas Sunday was lovely as always.  There is just something about singing those old favorite Christmas carols that just makes you smile all over.  Here is a picture of my two kiddoes in the foyer at church.  They are growing up so fast.

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Miss T and I had a girls day out on Saturday.  We were looking for a new dress for her as she has outgrown almost everything.  We hit the jackpot at Burlington Coat Factory which is something like TJ Maxx and found this one that she has on, one for the Valentines Father Daughter Dance and one for Easter!!!! Next we went and got our nails done at the mall, she picked a pretty pink.  The mall was getting really busy so we didn’t go to lunch there, we came home instead after finding tights to go with the dresses.  It was a really fun and special day for us. :o)


Look what we found!  The Hubs and I held her before church and while her mom was on the platform Sunday doing a reading.  Don’t you love the bow?!

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I want to wish you all a wonderful Christmas!  It is such a special time of year when we celebrate the birth of our Savior! Enjoy every minute of it where ever you may be!

Church Mice Jesus

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Only in Maine

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Only in Maine.  The last week has proven to be a meteorologists delight with the weather changing minute by minute.  We started out with a snow day which the kiddoes loved, nothing like a day off from school to frolic in the snow.  Then we had rain, rain and more rain which took all that beautiful snow away and left in it's wake flooding!  I had to go a different route to get to my appointments as numerous roads were flooded here in town.  Next we had 50* temperature which was warmer then where my Snow Birds are in Florida!  Last night things changed again and we have snow again with more coming down all the time! Yay!

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The squirrels were tunneling through the snow to get the peanuts that I throw out for them.  I was taking these pictures through the glass so they aren’t really crisp but the squirrels had the cutest snowy faces.

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The turkeys were around too, scratching away like a bunch of chickens in a barnyard.  I need to make a run to the feed store today to stock up on their grain.  I counted 37 this morning.  The flock is growing!  Daily.  Hourly.

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I had a fun surprise the other day when a package arrived in the mail from my buddy Needled Mom.  It's a Mug Rug and isn't it the cutest thing?!  Great for your hot chocolate, tea or coffee with a place to put your gingerbread cookie on the side!  Thank you NM,  I love it!!!!  :o)   These little rugs seem to be so popular right now and some even have a little pocket to put the new tea bag in.  You can make them any color or for any season, there are lots of patterns on the Internet.

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I have hit an all time low.  I say this quite regularly these days.  I was so excited to be going to a Christmas party at Gillette Stadium last night and had my camera battery charging in hopes of getting some wonderful photos to post.  My camera was beside my purse which was on the kitchen counter by the door so that I could grab it on my way out, which I did.

We arrived at the party and were greeted by some of the little cheerleaders (and I mean little!) so I told the Hubs to stand there with them so that I could get a picture.  He didn't argue.

I pulled my camera out of my purse and tried to turn it on and it wouldn't budge!  I tried again.  No luck.  You guessed it, the battery was in the charger at home…………Waaaaaaaaaa!

All was not lost as there was a photographer there so she took some pictures for us which will arrive in a few days but I would have taken a lot more……

Had fun meeting some of the players.  I like Vince Wilfork and he was there so I got a picture signed.  You see these big men on the field being very intense so it's fun to see them in real life, smiling and being so nice.  This guy is a great big teddy bear!

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I got some other pictures signed, no not Tom Brady, he wasn't there. Sigh……..

I'm still working on decorating the house.  I love to decorate so it isn't a chore.  Taking everything down, now that's a chore.

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Saturday and Sunday nights we had our Christmas program at church.  We put up close to 20 trees on Friday!  I didn't take any pictures during the program but here are some shots as we put the trees up.  The sound board or maybe it's called the light board could change the colors on the trees, make them dim, blink, off and on from the sound room.  It was just beautiful and the real meaning of Christmas rang true all evening!  The church was packed both nights.  :o)

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Guess that's it for today.  The sewing machine is calling my name as I have a couple projects to finish up.  Hope you are all enjoying this holiday season!  :o)

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