Thursday, December 24, 2009

Holiday Visits

Grandma Eileen's new apartment!

Collin and Rylee are ready for Santa!

Dylan and Ben. Big brother comes home from college. Who is that guy and what is that on his chin?

Happy Grandma!
Ewwww! Carrots don't taste good! No more, mom!

We went to Hamilton to visit David and Julie, then Missoula to see Mom and Kathy and Ralph. On to Kalispell to spend a day with Jamie and Melissa, Collin and Rylee. Their houses were all decorated with outside lights. Melissa and Julie had decorated both homes with beautiful Christmas decorations. Collin and Rylee helped out too. We really enjoyed our visit with everyone!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Oh no! It's raining on all the beautiful snow!

It's a sloppy mess this morning. It has rained all night on our beautiful snow. I'm so glad we don't have to try to drive out today. I don't know if we could make it to the county road. I think I am finally finished with the tree and can now move on to baking some more cookies. It's time for gingerbread cookies and some divinity. I wish it would stop raining, but this is typical North Idaho weather. Jon and I were really enjoying going for walks in the snow. There was just enough of the white fluffy stuff to walk in not so much that we had to wear our snowshoes. Today it will be a sloppy mess. Oh well, back to the baking cookies thought...

Monday, December 14, 2009

Christmas Tree 2009

I just can't seem to get a good photo of the tree. I Give up!

We drove up the driveway, cut down the tree, tied it behind the Outback and drove back to the house. Six hours later....and here it is! Oops! Nope. Two days later. Still working on it.

Let it snow!

We finally have big time snow! Ten inches this morning. It definitely helps with my Christmas spirit. Jon and I are going to go cut our Christmas tree today. I have a red fir picked out that is not too far from the road. More later....

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Goodbye wonderful friend!

Our good friend, Julie Schultz, died this morning. Jon and I are so sad she is gone. We were good friends and worked with both Julie and Kent everyday for 25 years. We are sending our love to her husband, children and grandchildren.
The weekend is here and the weatherman says we are to get some snow. I am ready. Bring it on! I would at least a foot of snow for Christmas. Jon and I bundled up and went for our walk yesterday. It was a little warmer, but still brrrrr. Today we will head to Sandpoint to get our H1N1 flu shot. They give them to anyone now, even old people. Tomorrow we have a Krewe Band practice and I am looking forward to that. We haven't played any tunes for over three weeks. We will be practicing for our Christmas gig. White Christmas, Cougar Creek Band version!! Eat your heart out, Bing!

Friday, December 11, 2009

How to Make a Christmas Centerpiece with Fresh Boughs

I use a mixture of pine, red fir and white fir boughs and cedar boughs
Then take the rest of the strips and tape around the entire vase
Tape two of these to the vase. (I buy these at the dollar store) Plastic relish tray. Offset the strips so that they do not go over the center of the wet foam brick.
While it is soaking take a strip of duct tape and tear it into 1/4 inch strips

First soak your wet foam for a few minutes. Then cut off 1/3 of it for the centerpiece.
Add boughs to cover. Turn centerpiece and work from both sides.

Cover the foam, tape and vase with boughs. Cedar works well. Use the floral pins to attach to the foam.
Strip the bottom of each branch to insert into the foam.
Tools needed.
Tie with floral wire and then pull the loops around to make bow shape.
To make the bow with one-sided ribbon you must gather it in the center, twist and turn it. Then make another loop and keep adding to the bottom.

Well, if I ever figure out how to post the rest of the "how to" photos. I will update this.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies

I love this recipe and I have baked them every year for about 30 years. Dang, I'm old. It's from the Clarkfork Methodist Women cookbook and the recipe is from Mrs. Anna M. White.

1 c. sugar
1/2 c. butter
2 tsp. baking powder
Flour to make a soft dough
2 eggs
2 Tbsp. milk
1 tsp. vanilla

Cream butter and sugar well. Add eggs. Add baking powder to flour and sift, then add to butter and sugar mixture. Keep adding flour necessary until dough can be rolled very thin. Cut with cookie cutter. Sprinkle top with sugar. Bake in hot oven. 375 Degrees 7-9 min.

I prefer to frost them with butter cream frosting.

3 Tsp. soft butter

Powdered sugar

3 Tsp. milk

1/2 tsp. vanilla

Blend until smooth. Add additional powdered sugar if it seems to thin.

Wine Cold Stablization

Jon and I racked all the wine into new carboys and moved all 5 carboys to our bedroom where the temp is Very cold! We have been in the single digits this past week and since we keep our window open, it's quite cool in there. Brrr! It's perfect for storing the wine for the next month or so. We tasted a sample from each carboy and so far they all taste good. If all goes well we have 5 gallons of elderberry-grape wine, 5 gal. grape wine, 5 gal. elderberry wine, 5 gal. white wine, 5 gal. elderberry blossom-white wine.

Should be an interesting wine year.

Under protest we bundled up today to go for a short walk. I just don't like it, I don't want to do it, and I am darn tired of walking outside when it's 10 degrees!!! Thirty-two degrees is not bad, even 25 degrees can be tolerated but nothing below 15! Ok.

Also, we do not have any snow. This is very upsetting. It is getting close to Christmas and it's very difficult to keep up the buying/spending spree without snow. The weather situation is just not working for me.


Ann's Christmas Decoration

Tuesday, December 8, 2009


Our Thanksgiving days were filled with lots of fun, games, baby hugs and kisses, good food and more! On to the next holiday! I have been listening to my Christmas CD's, and shopping online for just the right gifts. I hate shopping in stores so I am the perfect online customer. loves me.
Jon and I had our "night out" at DiLuna's. Dinner and great music. We listened to three different couples. Doug and Kim Bond playing acoustic guitar and string bass. Then Bruce and Beth played a variety of songs from Ticket to Chicago to Sixteen Tons to Christmas music. Bruce played acoustic and electric guitars and the weissenborn. The weissenborn sounds like a steel guitar. Talented musicians!
Ann and I cut boughs to make our wreathes and centerpieces on Sunday. The boughs smell so good! We used a mixture of pine, cedar, red fir and white fir. Ann made a wreathe for Kate that had a recorder, a sled and and a snowman on it. We listened to Christmas music and drank peppermint tea and made the wreathes. No, you can't drink wine and make wreathes, they turn out funny looking.

It's a lot of fun.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Thanksgiving Pies

Baked the pies and I hope they taste good. I used my "Canned Apple Pie" filling for the apple pie and added some pecans.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Thanksgiving Preparations

I am slowly getting ready for the big turkey day. A little house cleaning here and a little house cleaning there. Ppppfft! It's done! Just like magic. The fairy princess maid has been here. I love it! I hope you have a fairy princess too!
Now that my house is clean I can start baking and cooking all the yummy things for Thanksgiving. Hmmm. Not good for my diet...
We had a warm day so I put up my outdoor holiday lights and made a door swag with boughs, etc. I also have my pineapple turkey thanks to my good friend Ann!

Cute Grandkids!

We are having such great fall weather! I love it! I think my favorite temp is 40 degrees with a little breeze. We are getting some rain off and on, but nothing major yet. It's perfect for walking.

There's a lot going on at JP's house. First he brought home the venison and he and Melissa worked on getting it in the freezer. Not an easy job. He sent me Collin and Rylee's school photos! Cute grandkids! His company was bringing up a new project online so he had to work late Wed. night.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

New toy

I bought a new toy at the Goodwill yesterday! $3.99 and it sounds pretty good. It has full size keys, which is a nice feature. Look out Krewe Band!

New toy

I bought a new toy at the Goodwill yesterday! $3.99 and it seems to work fine. Look out Krewe Band.

Jon and I hiked around and hunted for oyster mushrooms several days, but there aren't many this year. Oyster mushrooms grow on dead birch trees, sometimes on alder. I have only dried about 4 trays. I don't think we've had enough rain this year. I love hunting for them. It's so much fun to be out in the woods. The air is so fresh and crisp, not too cold this year. Trying to spot those little jewels is just like hunting for Easter Eggs.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Elk Party

Elk Hunt Success

David went elk hunting in Montana and got an elk! Wow! We were busy then. It took him two days to get it all out as they had to quarter it, hang up the quarters and pack it out. Joe and Jens helped pack it out. We worked all day on Sunday to get it cut up, ground burger, etc. There were seven of us working on it. We finished at 9:00. It was a lot of fun and work.