Almost Christmas

December 23rd, 2012

It’s almost Christmas and I haven’t blogged FOREVER!  It hasn’t been for lack of things to share, but simply lack of time and energy!  It’s the end of a long, busy and very good day and while I should be heading for bed, I just felt compelled to take a few minutes to share some photos.

First up is a fun CAS card that I created awhile back using Taylor’s Poster Graphic Die set along with the Very Merry Outlines Die set. I had had this card in my head from the time I first saw that alpha die set.  I love how it turned out even though it’s so different from my usual style.

We finished all of our wrapping  and got all the gifts under the tree today.

Of course I had to get a pic of the pups with the tree.  Tessa had her winter coat on.

Roger will sit and stay, while Tessa (the little princess) pretty much does whatever she wants.  It took several tries to get this one shot of them.  LOL!

Today was baking day.  I actually started yesterday with these cream cheese mints.

I had pinned the recipe on Pinterest and then kind of forgotten about it until friends started talking about it on Facebook.  I decided I just had to try them.  They are quite yummy, but I had a heck of a time with them.  Apparantly I needed to add more powdered sugar – perhaps it was the humidity – but I had a sticky gooey mess.  I understand that they are not supposed to be sticky at all!  I just might try them again sometime.  I’d really like to dip them in chocolate.  Mmmmmm.  Recipe is certainly easy enough with just three ingredients – cream cheese, powdered sugar, pure peppermint extract.

Next on the list were Curt’s favorite – ginger snaps.

And then my favorites – Candy Cane Kiss Cookies.  The chocolate is so deep and rich.  YUM!!

In the midst of it all, we took a little break to take the pups out to get them Christmas sweaters!  I had hoped for something red or green for Roger, but he looks adorable in the black and gray one we found.  Both dogs seemed to like wearing the sweaters.  As you can see, they were totally relaxed.

Tomorrow morning, I need to bake a cake for Christmas Eve dessert.  My side of the family will be coming over for our traditional lasagna dinner.  Yep, it’s almost Christmas and I should be in bed.  I hope you are experiencing the joy of the season!  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Merry Christmas!

3 Responses to “Almost Christmas”

  1. Patsy Behrendt Says:

    I read you blog daily but have gotten quite a bit behind since my husband has been ill. I just went back to try and catch up on saved emails and found a post by you from last year where you are lamenting about Roger going to his new home probably that weekend! I kept thinking that I had just read a post in the last day or so with pics of Roger AND Tessa in new sweaters!! For my own curiosity, I had to double check on your blog to be sure you have both adorable babies still!!! And you do!! Once they come into your home and into your heart, it’s very hard to part with them. It would be like giving away one of your children!! So very glad you kept the little man and he and Tessa seem to be very close now!!
    Just wanted to tell you how glad I am that he still has the perfect home! I have been doing English Bulldog rescue for about 15 years and I keep more than I place in new homes!! There always seems to be a reason why I can’t let go! Lucky for me, I have a very dog loving husband that tolerates my “motherly instincts!”
    Happy New Year!

  2. Patrica Key Says:

    In a mixing bowl cream together 1/2 cup softened butter and 1/2 cup sifted powdered sugar until light. Add 1 cup flour; mix well. The mixture will be sandy. Pat mixture into a 9×9″ pan lined with parchment paper. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 12 to 15 minutes. The crust will puff up a bit, but will not brown.

  3. Odis Lloyd Says:

    Combine 1 cup of the above powdered sugar with 1 1/2 tbsp milk of choice and 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract. Use in place of regular powdered sugar icing, on cookies or cupcakes, etc.

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