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Happy 2009….

Well….we made it.  It is 2009 and so far its been a lovely year!  The sky is blue, the ground is white and there is a still, crispness in the air.   Angelica Pickles is looking so pretty newyears2008-026this morning wearing a huge bow Kirsti newyears2008-022tied on her.   

I hope 2008 left with grace and no matter what you were doing the transition was happy.  Often times we have trouble staying up to midnight but we did so well last night.

Our friends came packed with unexpected goodies as well as their pajamas.  The Love Bunny and I were so pleased with the way dinner turned out.  I will  share the ClamChowder recipe we put together and served as one of our courses.   After dinner we watched part of ABBA’s DVD which had their song “Happy New Year”…and with the countdown at TimesSquare we greeted the new year with some champagne and Peter set his camera on tripod and timer to take a picture of all of us.   I’ll look forward to receiving the picture from him.

They brought a delicious New Year’s/Birthday cake we had at some point before our 2:00 a.m. bedtime rolled along. newyears2008-018  newyears2008-021I obviously took a HUGE breath to make sure I blew alllllll the candles out. 

 

 

 

We were up at 7:30 and the Love Bunny and I prepared brekky for us and we tried a new breakfast casserole recipe that was ready in only 15 minutes.  It was great because we didn’t have to prepare it the night before.  I’ll share the recipe tomorrow as well.  We served it with fried potatoes and toast and I can’t even imagine we were hungry again….ever after our grazing evening.  But today is a new day…a new year…a good day to start a diet…once again.  *g*.

Perhaps this will be a day you’ll visit with friends, or family…perhaps this will be a day to take down Christmas..or perhaps you’ll  relax and rejuvenate.  I’ll finish packing my Christmas decorations away and otherwise we’ll take it easy.  newyears2008-013Even my “buddies” will set aside their newly acquired New Year’s hats and slip away for another year.

Have a lovely day….*hugs*.  Judi

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Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays

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I am off work now officially on Christmas vacation until  January 5th.   Today we celebrate our family Christmas at my mothers.   She lives about an hour north.  I am cooking the turkey here this year and when its done we’ll grab it and the Love Bunny and I will be on our way.  We are so ready to be together with the family for a lovely evening.

To all my wonderful blogging friends I wish you a VERY Merry Christmas and holiday season with your family and friends.  Enjoy each other with good food, your faith, laughter and good memories.

This is a Merry Christmas “forward” I would like to share with you.  Its fun. Enjoy *hugs*   Judi

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Blue Monday – Christmas Buddies

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Its Blue Monday hosted by Sally from SmilingSally.   Be sure to click on Sally’s blog to see her Blue Monday and all the other participants.   The list is growing so take a visit through all the wonderful Blueness and don’t forget to leave a comment.   They’ll all be so happy to know you’ve been there!  Enjoy.

Some years ago I went with the Love Bunny to Houston, Texas the day after Christmas through New Years.  He had to finish up some work  there.  On one of those days he would drop me off to do some shopping while he did some inspection work in the area.   I found some wonderful after Christmas special.  Then he would pick me up and drop me off someplace else.  It was really rather fun  checking out new stores in a new place.  I just wish I had known Shelia from Notesongs then.  We might have met and she could have showed me her best shopping grounds.   I love to shop and I’m happy window shopping too! 

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I found these wonderful and cute buddies, Santa and BLUE Snowman.  Mr. Snowman is featuring his lovely BLUE jacket and BLUE and white scarf.   He has somehow lost his carrot nose I’ll have to fix that.

The Love Bunny looked at me and shook his head and wondered how in the world we could take them back by plane. I just loved them though and they were such a bargain and I HAD to get them and not just one pair but TWO.   One pair for me and the other I would split for each of my sons.  I couldn’t leave them behind.  I said we’d do it somehow!!  We only had little suitcases with us because we were only there for a few days.  As it was we had bought another one that was full of great goodies.  Well we worked at it seriously and somehow we managed to fold them up and get them home.  langstons-to-xmas-decorations-037 

 

Thank you for visiting on Blue Monday enjoy the other participants and have a lovely day…. Judi

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About Christmas This and That…

Oh my on Saturday it was -18C and you know we were off work for the afternoon because of the snow on Friday?  Well this morning I drove about 40 minutes southward to the next closest Pier 1 looking for another 2 of the red and white bird plates.  The roads were white and shiny slick because of the cold and it was a touch slippy too.  I was able to find another 2 of them oh I wanted to get another 6 to make 8 and probably I’ll be sorry later.  Anyway now I have one for each of the 4 white dinner plates I showed you on Friday.  langstons-to-xmas-decorations-002And I found these darling white birdie salt and pepper shakers to go with them.  Aren’t they lovely?  langstons-to-xmas-decorations-007 And I found these red on clear striped vinyl placemats they are sitting on.   I can really use them all year long so that’ll be nice.  *clapping*  Merry Christmas to Judi!

I’ve been looking at the gifts I am getting ready to wrap and I’m listening to Enya.  Do you like Enya?    langstons-to-xmas-decorations-014While I was at Chapters on the night I found the birdie plates next door in Pier 1 I stopped to listen to the music being played.  This is the 2nd time I’ve gone into Chapters and come out with the CD I hear them playing.   This is a new CD called “When Winter Came”.  I find the music so hauntingly beautiful.  It is suited for Christmas but also for winter and I know if I’m not sick and tired of it before long because I’ve been playing it over and over and over…I could listen to it all year long too…while I’m eating off the red and white bird plates all year long..*lol*. 

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and…. I made some Swedish Nuts last week.   They are very yummy and very easy to make. 

To make them you’ll need:

3 cups of nuts – I used a mix of walnuts and pecans

2 egg whites

1 cup sugar

1 stick of butter

1 tbsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 325F

Whip the egg whites until you have soft peaks and then add the sugar and continue whipping to form harder peaks.  Then add the vanilla..whip that in.  langstons-to-xmas-decorations-112langstons-to-xmas-decorations-114 Stir in the nuts and continuing stirring until the nuts are well covered.

Place the butter in a jelly roll pan and into the oven to melt.  langstons-to-xmas-decorations-111

 

Carefully stir it around to cover the bottom as it melts.  Add the nuts mixture over the butter.   Bake for 35 minutes stopping to stir the nuts 4 times while they bake.  langstons-to-xmas-decorations-137

Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.  Keeps well in a tight tin container.  I keep some of it in this drinking mug which has a tight lid but not tight enough to stop nibblers from testing them.  Yummmmmmmm…

I am also sharing 2 of my favourite Santas.  langstons-to-xmas-decorations-132 The one on the right was a gift from the parents of a young lady Geoff went out with years ago.  The one on the left I made a dozen years ago.  His body is a wood block which I’ve fattened and softened with pillow filling.  I made his face out of paper mache and sewed his jacket and clothes which I think make him look quite festive.  His arms are padded and covered wire and they can be moved up and down.  His hair is a bit scraggly but I guess its wind blown from all that flying in his sled.   Every year when I take him out I think I’d like to make a few others that are different from him but so far I just enjoy him on his own.

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Glycerin Squeaky Clean

Its almost Christmas and I don’t have one bar of soap to give to any of the family this year!  Thats a good thing and a bad thing actually.   I make handcrafted soap and always give my family soap.  This year I reduced the usual quantity thinking maybe I could guestimate a smaller  amount.   Well that wasn’t a good idea because I made about 35 lbs that were approximately 4 oz each so that was quite a few bars and they’re all gone leaving some disappointed customers and now family too. 

I’ll show you what they looked at as I was making them… halloween-and-soup-010oh I was feeling so inspired and my place mmmmm smelled lovely….halloween-and-soup-027 A basket of some  of the bath bombs, in here Lavender and Red Currant and ThymeTea.  Do you use bath bombs?  They fizz so nicely in your bath releasing sea salts, mineral salts, skin softening sweet almond oil and lovely essential oils.   Wonderfully relaxing after a hectic day…

 Putting together little baskets  halloween-and-soup-068

 

are these not pretty?  Pretty cello bags and crates of wonderful bath goodness…halloween-and-soup-009

big baskets of goodies…

 

 

and little baskets of handmade bath products….

 

I was so pleased  this week for a request for 10 more soap…and 2 more small baskets…and whooops all gone…I’m thrilled, really thrilled but…no glycerin soap clean family this Christmas…..

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Snow Day and New Plates

Brrrrrr its a snowy, blustering, blowing kind of day out there!  AND we got a snow afternoon from work.  Our office closed at noon and I’m home with a free gifted Friday afternoon.  Love it! 

I wanted to show you the new plates I picked up at Pier 1 last night while on my way to Chapters Book store right next door.  Seeeee…peeking from under my white salad/soup plate?  langstons-to-xmas-decorations-004

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  Now they only had 2 of them left so I am going to call another location and have more put aside for me.  I just love them!  They go nicely with the white plates and are  one of my favourite colours…red.  I plan on making some napkins to go with them.

 

This Christmas as I’ve paid for items the cashiers have noted all the reds in my purchase AND my red coat too!  I hope others in my family are loving the colour because it looks like Santa in HIS red suit is sharing the colour this Christmas.

You know how I love salt and pepper shakers well here is another Fitz and Floyd set I have and love to put out at Christmas.   langstons-to-xmas-decorations-0301 

So what to do on this free found afternoon?  I came home and changed into something real comfy and I have the Christmas music on.  I have 9 dozen cookies to bake this weekend for Monday’s cookie exchange at work as well as finishing some Christmas shopping. 

Today I’ll stay inside and enjoy the day.  I hope you have a lovely day too!  Judi

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My Paint Job

I told you I did a bit of painting in my kitchen to include the walls and cupboards  a couple of weeks ago.  My kitchen is very small so the pictures only show bits and bites instead of the big picture but at least you’ll see some fresher changes.  The whole picture looks good.  Here are before and after views… this view langstons-to-xmas-decorations-012

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 One side of the  kitchen changed from langstons-to-xmas-decorations-0081this

 

 

 

 

 

 

 to this….

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 The other long side was like this…from here it looks real busy… langstons-to-xmas-decorations-009

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

now its this way.  I’ve added lights and greenery which looks like with the lighter cabinets and I think I’ll keep it like that and just add different seasonal flora throughout the year.  langstons-to-xmas-decorations-126It makes for such a nice atmosphere in there…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It really does look different in the kitchen and although I loathe painting walls I’m very happy with the outcome.  That was a successful project I think.

Have a lovely day today…. Judi

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