Saturday, December 29, 2012

"Journal Your Christmas" Album

This is my second year to create my Christmas album with,
I love her prompts and forum that she shares with us.  Through doing this I found
Purple Mailbox who has shared her album....she has inspired me so much and I have
used her ideas in many of my pages. 

Christmas Joy

Our Christmas was spent in South Carolina with my parents, and was able
to see my brother & his family as well.  Tons of food.....which did
NOT do my diet ANY good!!! And nice weather - no coats....however,
on the way back to Pa we ran into snow and today we are having a snow storm. 
Now, I MUST admit that I do not really enjoy the cold and snow, but it does seemto make things feel a little more like Christmas (maybe its just because I am use to that...orthat all the photos and movies depict Christmas with snow....hummmmm)
The fireplace -- gift from my honey

 Gotta have the red velvet cake

 Tracking Santas progres

 Picking up pecans from mom and dads tree
Lyssa made this beautiful blanket for mom & dad

Friday, December 21, 2012

No Place Like Home

 We have been enjoying many wonderful times just close to home
this year...plan to visit my parents soon but for now, just content
to enjoy family at home.  We have been doing a countdown...and enjoying fun
activities every day....above....we enjoyed red velvet hot chocolate with cream cheese
whipped topping.
 Visiting the ChristKindle Market.....good and cold but so many pretty
sights....and LOTS of food.

 Love visiting Country Cupboard and looking at
all the wonderful things there.

The elf has been getting into trouble.
 Fit some time in to scrabpook with my wonderful friend Sue...
she is such a honey.
 Getting gifts together for neighbors.

And sealing up some deer jerky that the great
white hunter got for us!!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Gingerbread House

This is our second year to do gingerbread houses....believe it is a  new tradition in the Stahl household.  Last  year I purchased the houses at our local Mennonite store.....And this year I did
the same for the kids but wanted to give a shot at making my own...and decided that if it works, we would do this in the future.  So, I went searching on a site that I find to be drool worthy!!!
PINTREST!!  Found this site....Sweetopia, on this site you will find a short video with tips on making your own creation.....gingerbread recipe and frosting AND a gingerbread
house template!!!!!
Here are a couple other templates I found if you are
 These are the little teacup houses we did up....Clay & Leen
decorated these....they have doors cut on either side so you
can sit them on the rim of your cup.
 My Gingerbread house.....can you tell what my favorite
color is?
Our countdown for the day....melted snowman ornament.
VERY ,VERY easy project and I think it is just
too cute!!!
Clear ornament, add some seasalt (or you could use epson salt),
2 peppercorns (or cloves) for the eyeballs....and make a little nose rolled
up from orange cardstock. 
I have a very small funnel I use in the kitchen so we used that and
the process went very quickly.  You could probably make a funnel with
paper rolled up as well to make life easier.
(I do have to admit that I found this cute idea on pintrest!!!  I LOVE pintrest!)

Monday, December 10, 2012

Gingerbread & More

 Alyssa was home this weekend....she had mercy for me and rolled the
oreo truffles plus dipped them for me.  For some reason mine never are as
round and pretty as hers!!!

 Countdown activity for the 9th was to play games and enjoy rootbeer floats.
Blokus and Masterpiece were the games....lots of lauging and fun!

 And today -- our countdown activity was to decorate our gingerbread houses.
Mine isn't finished because I was busy rolling and cutting dough.....
but you can see all the pretty pink and white above that I plan to use.
Clayton and Shalene seem to agree that this is one of their
favorite countdown activities.
Now we have abouat 20 or more little teacup gingerbread houses to decorate.
Pictures to come.