Before I talk holidays, a few weekend ramblings... We woke up on Sunday morning to a fresh blanket of still-falling snow on the ground. It was one of those beautiful, gentle falling storms...the kind that makes you just want to sit inside by the window with a hot cup of cocoa, a blanket and a book. We didn't stay inside at all, but it was that kind of morning. I'd love a storm like that every single morning from now until March 1st!
Huge happening for me: On Friday morning, I mentioned to Doug that my six year old camera has been having issues. It's never given me a bit of trouble, until recently. The lens has started to freeze and doesn't adjust and it's slow, slow, slow. I assumed that it was just tired rechargable batteries. Doug did a little preventive maintenance on it and put in fresh batteries. It was still totally misbehaving, like I'd told him. And then. FREEZE. It died. Totally died. After much troubleshooting, Doug sent me to Best Buy to have the Geek Squad look at it. Dead. And there I stood, at Best Buy, in tears, grieving over the passing of my trusty Canon. I was devastated! Long story short. Denise called and knew something terrible had to have happened. She said, "You'll have a new one before the day's up. I know you." After many tears, several prayers and a little miracle, I am now the proud owner of a brand spanking new Canon camera and oh my, I am in love! Photographing my December tablescape was a dream!! HAPPINESS!! Stayed tuned!
Carol's tree.... Carol and I spent much of the weekend thinking about her tree. She'd purchased the lime green glittery tree decor but it needed something else to make it pop! White balls, ribbon and trim it was! Sunday afternoon, after a nummy dinner, I finished putting the finishing touches on her tree and I love it! White was just perfect! I could decorate a new tree every day in December! (And to be honest, I've thought of a few January trees too!)
Carol and I have traditionally spent a day out of the valley shopping for gifts and holiday decor in December. We've had overnighters and all-day long sprees over the years. This year, we made it a three day affair...spending Friday in Layton, Saturday more shopping and the amazingly wonderful performance of the American Festival Choir and then Sunday, dinner and decorating. Lots of fun!
A mama moment: Sunday was Fast and Testimony Meeting. (This, in the LDS Church, is a once a month event where members can, at will, stand and share their own feelings about gospel principles, the Savior, their feelings and testimony.) During the meeting, Quayd was shaking, his legs were bouncing. He was wringing his hands. I finally asked, "Are you okay, Lovebug?" He nervously said, "I have to go up there" and explained that he had been touched by the testimonies already spoken and the he felt impressed to do the same. And he did. My tender-hearted boy stood and spoke with conviction, sharing his deepest feelings. During Sunday School, one of the Bishop's counselors came to me and said, "What about that Quayd? He's really something." A mama moment indeed. I do love this boy!
Another rambling: The Belt, Part 2. When Doug was helping me bring in gifts from the truck after my shopping trip with Carol, he noticed that his belt was in my purse. I'd taken it along so that I could get the right size this time. He pulled it out of my open purse and asked, "Babe? What's my belt doing in your purse? Wait? Did you take it along as a weapon?" Oh, that man. Too too funny.
A little holiday fun...
- This weekend, Doug and the kids and I spent about four hours dejunking the storage room, the laundry room and ZJ's bedroom. I'm talking seriousdejunking. Doug took a van load of "stuff" to the Deseret Industries (the LDS GoodWill). It's a crazy time of the year to do this type of a project but it's great for two reasons...1. You are making room for the new that will be coming into your lives over the next few weeks. And 2. There are many people who can benefit from your old "treasures". Making this... a perfect time to do it and share! Even if you only give fifteen minutes a day for the first ten days of December, it's a great way to "prepare" for the holiday! It also teaches your children about giving and sharing. ZJ was a bit teary about a few items but she opted to give them away to good homes rather than just keep them stuffed in her closet. Tuesdays To Do List includes Gracie's, Quayd's and our bedrooms. Try it!
- A new addition to our hot cocoa bar menu: Hershey's Cherry Chocolate Cordial Kisses! A must try!! Maybe I should list a new item every day this month. A cup of cocoa a day keeps the winter blues away. Quote by Doctor Sophia. ha!
- Speaking for hot cocoa...I had several emails asking me about the chocolate spoons made for my nieces wedding a few weeks ago. They are very simple to make. Here's how. I used chocolate "wafers" from a local kitchen store. Melt chocolate in a double boiler or boil a pan of hot water and then put a glass container of chocolate chips or chocolate into water. Remove it from the heat and let the chocolate melt. (NOTE: DO NOT GET WATER IN THE CHOCOLATE.) If the chocolate hardens again, just reheat the water and put the bowl back into it. OR melt the chocolate in your microwave on the lowest setting. The double boiler method is much safer, as far as not over cooking the chocolate into a dry mess. Once the chocolate is melted to the point of being able to stir it, dip clear plastic spoons into the chocolate, completely covering the mouth of the spoon. Tap gently to let the chocolate drip off the spoon back into the pot and place them "spoon" up in a coffee mug. The chocolate will harden in minutes. After about a half an hour, the chocolate spoons can be put into plastic bags and tied with a cute ribbon. (I bought the bags at Kitchen Kneads too. They were about 1 1/2" x 3" bags, just the right size to put the spoon into the bag and tie it around the handle with a cute ribbon. $4 for 100 bags. These make a great neighbor gift... hot chocolate mix, a couple of mugs and chocolate spoons. Perfect!
- Denise called for a recipe a few days ago and I'm craving Christmas breakfast already! Here's a great Christmas breakfast recipe that I've shared before but it is well worth the reminder! Think ahead. Christmas morning is less than three weeks away!
10 flour tortillas
2 cups chopped ham (I'll use sausage or bacon.)
2 cups shredded cheese
1 bunch green onions
6 beaten eggs
2 cups milk
1 Tbsp. flour
1 tsp. milk
Mix ham, cheese and onions. Fill and roll into the tortillas (like enchiladas). Place in heavily greased 9x13 baking pan. Refrigerate over night. Bake at 325 for 1 hour, 15 minutes, covered with foil. Remove from oven and sprinkle more shredded cheese over top, if desired.
Happy Monday! Have I mentioned that my loverly Liza-Lu-Lu will be here a week from tomorrow! If you don't count today and you don't count tomorrow and you don't count the day she comes, that's only five days away! I. Can. Not. Wait! Enough said!
Blessed is the season which engages the whole world
in a conspiracy of love!