Saturday, December 27, 2014

11 years

Tony surprised me for our anniversary and took me to the Wild Goose Inn (B&B).  We spent a few days there for our honeymoon, so long ago, and it was a lot of going back. 
Thanks, honey!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Christmas Eve!

We did our caroling at the nursing home and then had lunch at L. George's.
We went to the Vos' and celebrated opening gifts and making snacks.  
I love getting to spend this time with family and eating yummy snacks.  I made egg rolls, fried zucchini, stuffed mushrooms, a vegetable tray and mini cheesecakes.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Christmas Baking '14

We did gingerbread houses this year, I just used my regular gingerbread recipe, which is really great, and then printed a pattern and cut it out of the dough.  The trick was to cut the pieces and pull out the excess instead of trying to transfer the cut pieces to the cookie sheet.  We need a little more practice in the construction department.  I also used my regular royal icing recipe, about the consistency of toothpaste, for the cement. For my neighbor and friend gifts I made fudge.  You know what?  I don't like fudge.  So I won't make it again.  I made old fashioned chocolate fudge and penuche fudge.  They were fine...I just don't like fudge.  I also made Mel's cinnamon caramels which were fantastic.  I could eat them all day long.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Lucy's Piano Recital

Lucy had her Christmas piano recital.  She did such a great job!
Tony recorded it but I'm still waiting for him to download it for me.  When I get it, I'll put it up here for you all to enjoy.  I was very proud of how well she did and all the practice time she put in.  Her teacher has been amazing  with her, and keeping her motivated.

Noah was excited for the cake pops. Just look at those eye brows.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

YW Christmas Party

I helped plan the YW Christmas party this year and I only took pictures of the food.  Lovely.
Oh well.  We had a good time singing carols, listening to the musical numbers and eating yummy snacks and desserts.  It wasn't so spiritual but it was fun.  We had a spiritual, christmasy lesson the Sunday before Christmas, so I guess it was covered.  You know, all the second guessing you do surrounding an event.  I think the girls and our invited guests had a good time.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Look who's 40!

Chris threw an amazing 40th birthday party for my sister.  It was a 16 candles theme.
We had fun planning and attempting to pull one over on my sister.  I'm convinced that's not possible.
We had such a fun time celebrating Jen, here's to the next 40!

Monday, December 08, 2014


I made croissants for Thanksgiving.
When they came out of the oven, I danced.
I danced around the kitchen in culinary victory.
I started them at 12am and they were done at 12pm.
I watched a video, several times, and read and reread the recipe to make sure I had it all right.
They came out perfectly.
These are a new Thanksgiving tradition and Tony asked for them for his birthday.
I want to start a cooking club.
I need ideas.