Sunday, November 30, 2008

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Friday, November 28, 2008

Happy Black Friday! (Or, Happy “Day After ThanksGiving, With Riot-Inducing Sales” Day!)

There was no way I would of gotten up early to go shopping this year...Thanksgiving wore me out...Just to dang old to be preparing a meal for a bunch of people...and now I have Christmas eve to do....Better be resting up now...To all of you that went Black Friday shopping I hope you had fun and got what you wanted...I sure did..Peace and Quiet...

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

I want to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Well Looks Like I Have Been Tagged By Two Friends!!..

Sara from Graphic Pretties and Kay from Peddlin Treasures have both tagged me...How very nice of them...
Here are the rules:
Rule #1 ~ Link to the person that tagged you.
Rule #2 ~ Post the rules on your Blog.
Rule #3 ~ Write 6 random things about yourself.
Rule #4 ~ Tag 6 people at the end of your post.
Rule #5 ~ Let each person know that they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their Blog.
Rule #6 ~ Let the tagger know your entry is up
What do you not know about me? How about these random things:
1-My grandson Derrick served for 16 months in Iraq.
2-Two of my daughters, who are in their 40's are in college.
3-Saturday a great grandson turns 7 and Sunday another one turns 8.
4-I am scared to death of heights...Just seeing it in a movie makes me sick.
5-I love "Gone With The Wind" the book and have been watching it since 1939..
6-I think the spirt of my daughter's dead horse, Quaker, lives in a Cardinal that comes to visit me all the time.
I tag:
1-Old Harbor Saltbox:
2-Prims By Pam:
5-The Holly Tree Blog:
6-The Cre8orstouch:
7-MommaB's Front Porch

Saturday, November 22, 2008

I Got A New Award!

I just received this blog award from Ewe And Me Creations. Thank you...
Now, the rules are keep the award active...just * Put the logo on your blog or post.* Nominate at least 5 blogs (can be more) that you think are Uber Amazing!* Let them know that they have received this Uber Amazing award by commenting on their blog.
I hope you enjoy your award ladies. You do a wonderful job on your blogs! Keep up the great work!

My Picks for This Award are:

Terry-Cider Moon Cottage
Sue-The Cotton Patch
Marte-Boggy Creek Botton
Tammy-Rock River Stitches
Kimberly-Brown Bag Studio


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Thursday, November 20, 2008

"Wonderful Christmas Ideas"


Martha Stewart Home for the Holidays

The videos and links below are from the P & R forum!

Be sure to scroll all the way down to get the wonderful recipe for "Peanutbutter Cup Cookies"
Click on- Christmas Note Book

You will get some wonderful ideas from this blog.....
Click on- Joli-Paquet

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Traveling In Your Car This Holiday Season!

Then you might want to check out these sites! Just click on the titles to go to them....


Things to keep children busy & happy during the trip...


Calculate the cost of your trip there and back...


If you have a lead foot you surely want to check this out right before you go "Over the river and thru the woods,To grandmother's house you go;

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Awesome Give Away! You Have To Sign Up For This One!!

On December 1st Primitive Sisters will be drawing names for theses two beautiful give aways...Click on Give Away and it will take you to their blog to sign up....

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Edible Turkeys! To Make With The Whole Family!

Cookie Turkeys

40 fudge-striped cookies
1/4 cup chocolate frosting
2 packages (5 ounces each) chocolate-covered cherries
20 pieces candy corn
Place 20 cookies on a flat surface, solid chocolate side down. With frosting attach a chocolate-covered cherry to the top of each base cookie. Position another cookie perpendicular to each base cookie; attach with frosting.
With a dab of frosting, attach one piece of candy corn to the front of each cherry for the head. Let stand until set. 20 cookies

Pilgrim Hat Cookies

1 cup vanilla frosting
7 drops yellow food coloring
32 miniature peanut butter cups
1 package (11-1/2 ounces) fudge-striped cookies
32 pieces orange mini Chiclets gum
In a small shallow bowl, combine frosting and food coloring. Remove paper liners from peanut butter cups.
Holding the bottom of a peanut butter cup, dip top of cup in yellow frosting. Position over center hole of a cookie, forming the hatband and crown. Add a buckle of Chiclets gum. Repeat with remaining cups and cookies..32 cookies

Turkey Cupcakes:

1-box devil's food cake mix
water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix box
2-containers (1lb each)milk chocolate frosting
1-tube(4.25 oz)white decorating icing
1-tube (0.68) oz) brown decorating gel
candy corn
chocolate candy sprinkles
Heat oven to 350%
make and cool cake as directed on box for 24 cupcakes
Frost with the frosting. Put the remainng frosting in corner of resealable freezer plastic bag. Snip off small corner of the bag..
To decorate each cupcake, pipe 1-inch mound of frosting on 1 side of cupcake to look like head of the turkey. Make the eyes with the white decorating icing and brown decorating gel; add candy corn for beak..To make feathers, pipe frosting on opposite side to hold candy corn; place candy corn upright on frosting to look like feathers.Sprinkle chocolate candy sprinkles near head and at base of feathers..If desired ad candy corn at base of cupcake for feet. Store loosely covered..24 cupcakes

Friday, November 14, 2008

Not So Good For You Yummy Goodies!

Deep Fried Snickers

Snickers candy bars
funnel cake mix
frying oil


Push popcicle sticks into Snickers bar from the bottom about half way up.
Freeze Snickers until frozen solid.
For the funnel cake batter, you can either buy the mix at the store or make your own batter (there are several one's on recipezaar).
Dip frozen Snickers into the batter.
Fry in hot oil until golden brown (just a few minutes).
Remove from oil and drain.
Top with powdered sugar or caramel sauce if desired

Deep Fried Oreo's


1 cup buttermilk pancake mix
3/4 cup ice water
1 quart vegetable oil
1 sleeve of Oreo cookies (14 each)
2 tablespoons confectioners sugar
3-quart saucepan or electric deep fryer
Medium bowl
Metal tongs
Paper towels
Sheet pan
Step 1: Freeze cookies for 3 hours.
Step 2: In a 3-quart saucepot or deep fryer, heat oil to 350 degrees F (medium heat on stove top).
Step 3: While oil is heating, set up a sheet pan with paper towels for draining.
Step 4: In a medium bowl, stir water into buttermilk pancake mix with a whisk until thoroughly combined. Batter should be consistency of pancake mix, if not, add more water or mix accordingly.
Step 5: With metal tongs, dip each cookie one at a time into batter, making a thin coat completely around the cookie.
Step 6: Place coated cookie carefully into hot oil. Repeat for each cookie. Fry on both sides, turning over once until golden brown.
Step 7: Remove fried cookie from hot oil with metal tongs and drain on paper towels.
Note: The cookies inside should be soft throughout, if they are cold and hard reduce oil temperature.
Step 8: Dust with confectioners sugar.
Step 9: Let cool slightly (about 2 minutes) before serving
Makes 14 cookies

Deep Fried Twinkies

6 Twinkies
Popsicle sticks
4 cups vegetable oil
Flour for dusting
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons vinegar
1 Tablespoon oil
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt


Chill or freeze Twinkies for several hours or overnight.
Heat 4 cups vegetable oil in deep fryer to about 375 degrees.
Mix together milk, vinegar and oil.
In another bowl, blend flour, baking powder and salt.
Whisk wet ingredients into dry and continue mixing until smooth. Refrigerate while oil heats.
Push stick into Twinkie lengthwise, leaving about 2 inches to use as a handle, dust with flour and dip into the batter. Rotate Twinkie until batter covers entire cake.
Place carefully in hot oil. The Twinkie will float, so hold it under with a utensil to ensure even browning. It should turn golden in 3 to 4 minutes. Depending on the size of your deep fryer, you might be able to fry only one at a time, two at the most.
Remove Twinkie to paper towel and let drain. Remove stick and allow Twinkie to sit for about 5 minutes before serving.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

My Latest Listing On Ebay & A Present To You From Reene!

I Listed this Primitive Christmas Hen Pull Toy on Ebay tonight...She is 6-1/2" long by 8" high and is my original design...Click on My Ebay and take a look at her..

My friend Renee at BirchBerry Farms has a free tutorial for making this awesome window...It is her Christmas Present to you...Just click on BirchBerry Farms to check it out...

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Granddaughters & Their Children!

This is my oldest granddaughter Robin and her two boys on Halloween. The oldest is Timothy seven and Jessie three
This is my granddaughter Malinda on Halloween and her two children. Ethen who will be three the end of December and Evelyn who is 17 months old and my youngest greatgrandchild for now...
They are such good children and Ethen was playing that guitar and singing like crazy..
I know I am late with these but as usual I am, a day late & a dollar short...
I wanted to share the pictures with you...Being a grandmother is great, but being a great grandmother is even better....

Monday, November 10, 2008

The Origins of Veterans Day!

In 1921, an unknown World War I American soldier was buried in Arlington National Cemetery. This site, on a hillside overlooking the Potomac River and the city of Washington, D.C., became the focal point of reverence for America’s veterans.

Similar ceremonies occurred earlier in England and France, where an unknown soldier was buried in each nation’s highest place of honor (in England, Westminster Abbey; in France, the Arc de Triomphe). These memorial gestures all took place on November 11, giving universal recognition to the celebrated ending of World War I fighting at 11 a.m., November 11, 1918 (the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month). The day became known as “Armistice Day.”

Armistice Day officially received its name in America in 1926 through a Congressional resolution. It became a national holiday 12 years later by similar Congressional action. If the idealistic hope had been realized that World War I was “the War to end all wars,” November 11 might still be called Armistice Day. But only a few years after the holiday was proclaimed, war broke out in Europe. Sixteen and one-half million Americans took part. Four hundred seven thousand of them died in service, more than 292,000 in battle.

Armistice Day Changed To Honor All Veterans

The first celebration using the term Veterans Day occurred in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1947. Raymond Weeks, a World War II veteran, organized "National Veterans Day," which included a parade and other festivities, to honor all veterans. The event was held on November 11, then designated Armistice Day. Later, U.S. Representative Edward Rees of Kansas proposed a bill that would change Armistice Day to Veterans Day. In 1954, Congress passed the bill that President Eisenhower signed proclaiming November 11 as Veterans Day. Raymond Weeks received the Presidential Citizens Medal from President Reagan in November 1982. Weeks' local parade and ceremonies are now an annual event celebrated nationwide.

On Memorial Day 1958, two more unidentified American war dead were brought from overseas and interred in the plaza beside the unknown soldier of World War I. One was killed in World War II, the other in the Korean War. In 1984, an unknown serviceman from the Vietnam War was placed alongside the others. The remains from Vietnam were exhumed May 14, 1998, identified as Air Force 1st Lt. Michael Joseph Blassie, and removed for burial. To honor these men, symbolic of all Americans who gave their lives in all wars, an Army honor guard, the 3rd U.S. Infantry (The Old Guard), keeps day and night vigil.

A law passed in 1968 changed the national commemoration of Veterans Day to the fourth Monday in October. It soon became apparent, however, that November 11 was a date of historic significance to many Americans. Therefore, in 1978 Congress returned the observance to its traditional date.

National Ceremonies Held at Arlington National Cemetery

The focal point for official, national ceremonies for Veterans Day continues to be the memorial amphitheater built around the Tomb of the Unknowns. At 11 a.m. on November 11, a combined color guard representing all military services executes “Present Arms” at the tomb. The nation’s tribute to its war dead is symbolized by the laying of a presidential wreath. The bugler plays “taps.” The rest of the ceremony takes place in the amphitheater.

Veterans Day ceremonies at Arlington and elsewhere are coordinated by the President’s Veterans Day National Committee. Chaired by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, the committee represents national veterans organizations.

Governors of many states and U.S. territories appoint Veterans Day chairpersons who, in cooperation with the National Committee and the Department of Defense, arrange and promote local ceremonies.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

The Legend of the Poinsettia!

The local nursery is having their annual open house to start the 2008 Holiday Season next weekend...All you see is a sea of beautiful Poinsettias, so I thought I would post the Legend of the Poinsettia for you to enjoy...Will try and post some pictures of the sea of red next weekend...
A charming story is told of Pepita, a poor Mexican girl who had no gift to present the Christ Child at Christmas Eve Services. As Pepita walked slowly to the chapel with her cousin Pedro, her heart was filled with sadness rather than joy.
"I am sure, Pepita, that even the most humble gift, if given in love, will be acceptable in His eyes," said Pedro consolingly.
Not knowing what else to do, Pepita knelt by the roadside and gathered a handful of common weeds, fashioning them into a small bouquet. Looking at the scraggly bunch of weeds, she felt more saddened and embarrassed than ever by the humbleness of her offering. She fought back a tear as she entered the small village chapel.
As she approached the alter, she remembered Pedro's kind words: "Even the most humble gift, if given in love, will be acceptable in His eyes." She felt her spirit lift as she knelt to lay the bouquet at the foot of the nativity scene.
Suddenly, the bouquet of weeds burst into blooms of brilliant red, and all who saw them were certain that they had witnessed a Christmas miracle right before their eyes.
From that day on, the bright red flowers were known as the Flores de Noche Buena, or Flowers of the Holy Night, for they bloomed each year during the Christmas season.
Today, the common name for this plant is the poinsettia!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Christmas Project...Painted Baby Shoes!

I recently discovered this charming Christmas project, by Julia Borel, on the How To Arts and Crafts website.I wanted to share this with you but went about it the wrong way and so here is the right way...This way was also much easier to post....Be sure to check out this tutorial... If you would like to make these lovely painted baby shoes, see the step-by-step tutorial and photos on the How To Arts and Crafts website. Click on the words painted-baby-shoes and it will take you right there....Thanks Julia for all your help...