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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Our St. Patrick's Day

This St. Patrick's Day when the girls woke-up they discovered that silly Leprechauns had filled their shoes with treats!


I sent Grace off to school, wearing green (for some reason I didn't take a picture!) and with a very green lunch.


Jilian also had to get decked out in green and have her own green lunch.


During the day, Jilian and I baked Irish soda bread, oh so yummy! I got the recipe from Susan over at Days Too Short.



Once daddy got home we ate our corn beef, cabbage, Irish soda bread and daddy had to have a Guinness, of course!


Jeremy with his girls


Then I remembered "hey I can set the timer and be in the picture too!"


Hope you had a fun St. Patrick's Day!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Happy....

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

It's REDnesday!


It's Rednesday over at It's A Very Cherry World! Be sure to drop by to see the many RED goodies and perhaps a few GREEN for today!

Just wanted to share the little Primroses I treated myself to the other day. They haven't found their new home yet, will be planting them in the pots by our front door today (the sun is out, a little!)

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Yummy cookies!

I don't know what is wrong with me. I'm trying to loose those last few pounds of "baby weight" and I can't stop baking cookies! I don't usually eat the cookies, I eat the dough (no, I'm not afraid of raw eggs, I've made it thus far!). So, now that I am baking cookies on a regular basis, when ever the poor cookie jar is empty, I thought I would share one of our favorites. Enjoy!



White Chocolate Walnut Cookies

2 ¼ cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
¾ cup granulated sugar
¾ cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 cups (12 oz. Package) White Chocolate Chips
1 cup chopped walnuts (since macadamia nuts are so expensive I use walnuts)

PREHEAT oven to 375° F.
COMBINE flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels and nuts. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.
BAKE for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

St. Patrick's Day Vintage Postcard Blocks


This week for Vintage Thingies Thursday I wanted to share the blocks I made using vintage St. Patrick's Day postcards (reproductions). Be sure to visit the Colorado Lady to join in the fun!

My little blocks start out as simple 2x4 scraps from my husband's job site. I then sand the edges, spray paint them, choose my vintage image (there are many sites online that share them for free), print the image on card stock, add special touches such as glitter and ink, mod podge the postcard to the block and finish with ribbon. Not too hard and fun to make! They make me happy each time I look at them! :-)



Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Grace's cheerleading pictures

This year Grace got to be a cheerleader for her school's middle/high school boy's basketball team. She enjoyed the experience and had a lot of fun. We had a blast watching her cheer and cheering for our team! Go Panthers!





Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Mini Vintage Treasures


This week for Vintage Thingies Thursday over at Colorado Lady, I'm sharing my mini vintage treasures. They belonged to my grandmother and great-grandfather. Other than that I do not know much about them. They have no markings of any kind, other than the Ribe painted on the little wooden shoe. I've always been a sucker for little things! I remember seeing these as a child and loving them for their tininess. It is special to me that I ended up with them. They are kept on shelves in our bedroom, safe from little hands. Enjoy!

Champagne bottle with glasses and tray. The bottle is about two inches high and the glasses are about an inch tall. I believe they are brass.


Candlesticks, also made from brass and are about two inches tall. The linen underneath is also vintage. It was a gift from my sister when I was her maid of honor. She gave me a beautiful vintage jewelry box filled with vintage linens. I'll save those pictures for another VTT!


Black galoshes about 1.5 inches long. I believe these belonged to my great-grandfather. He was a dairy farmer so it makes since he would have galoshes.



So this is what I love about blogging and the Internet! Vintage Thingies Thursday encourages me to do some research. I have found out neat things before and I have once again. As it turns out Ribe is Denmark's oldest market town, where the country's first church was built in the year 854 (a hobby of mine is photographing old churches in my travels, so this was an extra special find). My maternal grandmother was from Denmark and came to the United States as a teenager. The galoshes above were her fathers. So, at some point, this little wooden shoe was brought here by my grandmother or great-grandparents. A little glimpse into my heritage, pretty cool!

The shoe appears to be hand painted. I think it might be a pin cushion of some sort since the gray material is soft and squishy like a pin cushion.




Just for fun I included a picture of Ribe I found online. If you're interested see HERE for more pictures of Ribe and to learn a little about it's history. This little town has a big history. It is now on my "places to go before I die" list. :-)

Signs of Spring in our backyard


Linking up for Wordless Wednesday over at the Miller Racing Family.

What a wonderful surprise!