Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year!

Well, hello! I'm so glad you could stop by to see me on this first day of the new year, 2010!

I do hope that however you spent it, you all had a safe and wonderful New Year's Eve! I'm happy to say that I had a really GREAT New Year's Eve!

During the day, I was a little worried about the weather here. The snow was falling, but it only accumulated an inch.. maybe two, at the most. While there was still a need for caution on the somewhat slippery roads, the kids and I still went out to dinner with friends, and had such a nice time!

Next, we went over to my brother and sister-in-law's house, to count down the final minutes left of 2009, then to toast 2010 together! We watched a movie, played some Guitar Hero, talked and laughed.. I was so happy for fun we had there too!

The ride home was a safe one. In fact, I was rather surprised how quiet the roads were, but I guess that's a very good thing! People are taking better care not to drink and drive!.. Arriving back home again, and calling it a wonderful night to remember, I am reminded of how thankful I am to God for how very blessed I am.

I'm not sure how we'll be spending New Years Day, just yet.. Having dressed up just a bit for last night, I may just spend a quiet day at home, in my jeans, sweatshirt, and slippers! I picked up a brand new skein of yarn, and I'm FINALLY bringing out my crochet hook! I'm going to start this new year by making a new hat to match the new pocketbook I got for Christmas!.. And hopefully, I'll be able to snap a nice, clear photo, to show you when it's done!

Best Wishes, with all my heart, to everyone for good health, wealth, love, happiness, and all God's blessings in the new year ahead! May your regrets be few, and all your dreams come true!...


Monday, December 28, 2009

How Was Your Christmas?

Did you hear the bells
on Christmas Eve,
from Santa's sleigh?
Did you believe?

Did you hang your stocking,
for when he'd stop by?
As the clock was tick-tocking,
did eight reindeer fly?

Did you leave out cookies,
or some kind of snacks,
So Santa could sit for a spell
and relax?

Did you then settle in
for your Christmas Eve nap?
Were you then paid a visit
by that jolly ol' chap?

Did you wake up to find
your gifts, many or few,
Did you feel like a kid,
a younger, spirited you?

Did you then remember,
a young babe who was born,
a long time ago,
on the first Christmas morn?

He was God's gift to us,
from Heaven above.
Do you share that spirit
of giving and love?

Santa remembers,
then just plays a part,
to spread love and joy
to all kids at heart.

May you hear the bells,
on every Christmas Eve.
May joy fill your hearts,
if you just believe!

Best Beansie Wishes,
to you and your kin...
May God bless you all
as the New Year rings in!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Pics to See, and a Recipe!

O.k. now, first I want to thank everybody for welcoming me back! I loved hearing from all of you, so much more than you know! Thank you! I'm definitely feeling that Christmas spirit!... and honestly, I'm trying my best to KEEP that spirit as I attempt to learn how to use my new camera! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ho! Ho! Ho!

I really do love it, but I'm afraid it took me some time.. TWO DAYS in fact, to LOCATE an owner's manual, ON LINE!.. Now, please tell me.. Is my blonde showing, or is it my age? Why does my NEW camera not come with INSTRUCTIONS?!

Having finally found them, it will STILL take me some time to read, understand, use, AND remember all the features and capabilities that come with my camera. I must say, I certainly did appreciate the info they gave me for maintenance of my camera!.. and I quote, "The digital camera is a delicate device. Please handle your camera with care to avoid damaging it." Period. That was it. Well now! I feel so much better knowing THAT! My camera should last another ten YEARS now!.. Thank Heaven I didn't skip over THAT vital dose of information!.. I mean, my gosh, when I THINK of what COULD have HAPPENED!.. Why, I just "SHUTTER" to think!!

(Sigh) So, anyways.. Do you like this photo?.. No, I didn't take THIS picture.. It just looks like these little guys have a far better understanding of their camera, than I do right now!.. I'm afraid my first set of test shots were not at all worthy of sharing! ALL of them were blurry! I am trying to feel out when to use the flash or not, and when to zoom in or out or not. The lighting is different in this house than it was at the old place. I also need to set up and learn to use whatever editing program I'm going to use too, so all in good time I guess.

My second set of photos look a little better, so I thought I'd share them today, along with a little peek at a few of the Christmas decorations in my kitchen, and then a recipe!

Well, most of you may know I love and collect anything "Peanuts". I love setting up my growing collection of Peanuts Christmas decorations every year! It just seemed right, at this time when I'm spending so much time in my kitchen, baking up batches of homemade cookies, to share a few pictures of some of my favorites. First up is my Peanuts Christmas Tree! It is the smallest of the three trees I have happily still managed to display in my new home! It stands only about 30" tall.. Actually, 33" with Snoopy placed up at the top! I love it! The lights are very pretty, but didn't show up well at all in this snapshot. (Oh.. and look a little closer. I still need to learn how to set the DATE! ha! ha!)

The following two photos are of the Peanuts stockings I made.. oh at least 4 or 5 years ago, I guess. Here you see them hanging on my kitchen hutch!

See my little rooster peeking from behind my stocking?! Does anyone remember him from when Barb, at Bella Vista, hosted the big "Show Us Your Roosters Party"?

Well, next up is a small sample of a batch of cookies I made yesterday! I never realized how many different recipes are out there for "Santa's Whiskers", but I nearly fell asleep on my computer last night, trying to look them all up! I gave up after a while, and just figured I'll show you how I did mine this year.

One thing's for sure.. Dear Son often likes to help, and he often likes to lick the bowl, but he doesn't reach for a cookie as quickly as I do, once they are baked and stored in their proper place! After making these, he ate at least 2 or 3, so that's about the highest form of flattery I can ask of him! I was so happy he liked them!.. and ooooooh, the kitchen smelled so-ooooo good!

If you would like to try MY recipe for how to make them, here it is...

Santa's Whiskers
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix the following ingredients..

3/4 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup crisco
1 egg
3/4 tsp. almond extract
1/2 tsp. salt
1 and 3/4 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
3/4 cup flaked coconut (and some extra to roll and chill the dough)
1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)
1/3 cup chopped and drained maraschino cherries, stems removed
Anywhere from 15 to 25 maraschino cherries, cut into desired sized pieces (halves or quarters) to place at cookie centers.
Vanilla frosting, either homemade or store-bought will do.

Once dough is mixed, sprinkle wax paper with coconut, and roll dough over the coconut, forming a log. Wrap wax paper closed, then refrigerate dough for at least 2 hours.

Take log out of refrigerator, remove wax paper. Slice and bake on lightly greased cookie sheets for approximately 10 minutes, being careful not to let cookies get too browned. Remove from sheets to cooling racks. When cooled, frost your cookies. I didn't, but you could, if you like, sprinkle the frosting with more coconut. Then, however you sliced the remaining cherries (either in halves, or in quarters), promptly place a cherry in the center. From here, I like to chill these to set, in my refrigerator, then I proceed to store them in my freezer for Christmas. Enjoy, and Happy Holidays! ~Beansie