Tuesday, December 28, 2010

In the Meadow We Can Build a Snowman!

I looove Snow globes,

I have a cupboard
full of them, sadly they didn't
get put out this year.
there's always next year!

...and I also looove
this song!

Winter Wonderland
Sleigh bells ring
are you listening
in the lane
snow is glistening
A beautiful sight
we're happy tonight
walking in a winter wonderland

In the meadow we can build a snowman
Then pretend that he is Parson Brown
He'll say: Are you married?
we'll say: No man
But you can do the job
when you're in town...


Here's my Snow globe Snowman!

I bought the wonderful hat from
and estate sale years ago (it's from the 30's)
I use it to decorate with every year at

~top snow globe~

I think he needs a black felt or paper top hat...
Don't you agree?

I think I'll make one!

~middle snow globe

Vintage cottages and pine cone people
from my little village collection!

~Bottom snow globe~

Oops, my little bottle brush tree is leaning!

I've collected the little fish bowls from
my local thrift stores, they're perfect
for these little snow globe vignettes!

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Always, Debbie~

Twas The Night Before Christmas!

Where has the time gone?

Our home has been full of the
pitter patter of small dancing feet.

Much Merriment!



I can't believe how busy I've
been preparing for
Christmas Eve!

Cleaning, baking,
shopping, cleaning,
shopping some more!

We had a wonderful dinner of
lasagna, Caesar salad & garlic bread!

Then the festivities began!

The gift giving and receiving
was just as you would
imagine, especially with two
four year olds and a five year old!
Not to mention, all the adult kiddos!!!
It was loud, full of laughter
and lots of 
oohs & awhhhs!

I'm pretty sure a good time
was had by all!

And then,
just as the adults were done
their silly gift game.

Who should walk in...



Here are some pictures of
Night before Christmas!
All through OUR house...

~living room, the tree is to the left~

~dining room table~

~cedar boughs on chandelier~

~vintage St. Nick Stocking~

~a little greenery & glitter~

boughs & bulbs

~I have a collection of these wee little
pine cone folks along with their village~

~living room~
large wreath with vintage ornaments

~Oh Christmas Tree~

~sweet little vintage angel~

~Lulu with Santa~

~Trevor with Santa & Mrs. Claus
getting a moose with his jamies~

~Audrey hugging Santa Claus~

A special thank YOU
 Santa & Mrs. Claus
for stopping by our party on their way
back to the North Pole!

I hope your Christmas Holiday was
a Happy fun filled time
with loved ones,
friends alike!~

Merry Everything

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Saturday, December 18, 2010

Keeping the Sugar Plum Fairy Happy!

Has the sugar plum Fairy been
dancing around in your head yet?

I've had a couple of parties that I wanted to take
a plate of goodies too!

 Let me show you what I came up with!

~little candy cane hearts~

These are so easy, and really adorable on
the holiday cookie plate!

Candy Cane Hearts
1. mini candy canes
2.........almond bark

Melt your almond bark,
and spoon it into your little
candy cane frames and

Then chocolate
 lots of it!

~Hershey's chocolate~
(Sorry about this picture being blurry).

This is the start of my Almond Roca!

~chopped almonds and adding Hershey bars~

After covering the rest of the almonds,
Cook a pound of butter with one pound
of brown sugar on medium heat
(stirring constantly) until
the mixture goes up to 295 on a
candy thermometer.
Pour quickly but very
carefully onto your 
chocolate bars, this mixture
is very very hot, 
please be careful!

Cool overnight!
This is sooo yummy!


~I've just poured the mixture over the candy bars~

I almost always, make the same
candies and cookies
every Christmas!

I'm kind of boring that way...

I might try something new like the
mini candy cane hearts,
(and I've already decided,
they're going to be a keeper),
but if I make something,
and it just doesn't 
seem to be a winner, then 
it's out and I'm on 
to something new! 

Here's another one of my
Christmas regulars.

~mounds bars~

I use to make almond joys too,
but everyone preferred the
plain mounds, soooo
out with the almonds!

Lrg. bag of Chocolate Chips
1/2 cake paraffin
Melt Choc. chips & paraffin
(I always use a double boiler for this)
1 can Eagle Bran Condensed Milk
1 cup of Butter
2 lbs. of powdered sugar
16 oz. coconut (flaked)
almonds (if wanted)

Mix the condensed milk, butter, sugar and
coconut together.

I put it in the freezer for awhile to set up a little.
Then I mold several on a cookie tray.
Put them back into the freezer for
a few minutes, (they work better
when you dip them, if they're
real cold)!


Lastly, whenever I have my
double boiler full of chocolate
use up the rest of my
chocolate by dipping
pretzels! They're very
much a crowd pleaser
and a quick way to
fill in your cookie tray!

I haven't made my cookies
yet, but they too are
always the same...
for the Italian side
of the family!

Sugar Cookies,
for the kid in me!

~there ya go, a yummy chocolate fix~

Let me know if the sugar plum Fairy has
visited YOU too!

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Be Merry,

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

A Castle for One of 'Our Little Princesses'

One of our Granddaughters is having a birthday
(December 11th.) I told her Mom I'd make her
birthday cake! I've made a couple of doll cakes
and since she'd chosen 'The Little Mermaid'
for her birthday theme, I thought how fun to make
a Little Mermaid cake.

Then her Mom told me that aprox. 16 children
were invited and because it was going to be at
Alfy's Pizza, their folks would be staying too! I
had to come up with a far bigger cake than just
a doll cake.

Finally, I decided to make her a
Little Mermaid Castle!

I looked online and found gorgeous cakes!
So between three of my favorites and a couple
of wonderful crafty people on Etsy,
(for their lovely die-cuts)
 I made one!

I'm not a cake decorator for sure, it wasn't easy and
I had a complete miss on my first attempt at baking a

Cake mix #1
I was thinking castle...BIG right?


I used
a LARGE chicken broth can...
and it was too BIG!

Tossed it!

Cake mix #2 (white cake)
I used a small sized
chicken broth can.
made two turrets
and one 6inch layer.

...and they were just right!

Cake mix #3 (chocolate)
9x13 for the bottom layer!

Cake mix #4 (strawberry)
for the middle layers 8in.pan!

Cake mix #5 (white)
I made the last two turrets
and the second top 6 inch layer
and had enough to make another
6 inch layer...however I didn't
use the last 6in. layer or the
4th turret!

I was really happy with the placement of the turrets
and how it all was coming together at this point...

Notice the top turret is on the back of
the cake?!!!

Do you notice the middle blue layer

Which meant the top layer was too
and sadly the top turrit was
really truly ready to
take a dive!!!

Now notice the placement of the top
turret!!! Still leaning...UGH!

Yep, I moved it towards the front
and caused it to list sideways
towards the front now....

Ignorance is BLISS! I threw myself into
this project without the slightest
knowledge of how to build a
sturdy TALL cake!

Sooo, I did the next best thing!!!

I speared it!!!

I sure did, I used skewers from the top,
through the sides...anyway I could!!!
It had to make it to Lulu's

I even tried fondant, I had a ball,
and even though I didn't know
what the heck I was doing, it
was a kick!!!


Lulu loved it!!!

~ceramic shell corner pieces~

~the cutest Little Mermaid die-cuts~
and more fondant....

~almost done~

~I'm not even sure if anyone noticed the listing~

I learned a lot with this cake and I know
I have a long way to go...

I truly encourage you all to try a
cake that you've wanted, but
were afraid to tackle...

If I can do it, so can

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comments and I
would be
truly honored
if you'd

Always, Debbie~


Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Our Snow Bunnies!

~An angel in the making~

~heart & soul~

~Audrey's snow angel~

~winter delights~

~our snow bunnies~

Audrey, Trevor & Lulu

Their beautiful snow people
were tattered with the leftovers
of a winter storm we'd just had...

However, I doubt they even
noticed their snow wasn't

To these snow bunnies
it was

These were taken on Thanksgiving day,
all the kiddos had a GREAT time...
Even their Dads!

Always, Debbie~