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Christmas Highlights

Posted on December 26th, by Amy in Celebrations. 9 comments

We had a blessed day yesterday! The snow was falling all day (about 18″) and we were happy to stay indoors, cozy and warm :) Everyone had something new to hold their attention and for the most part the little ones got along. There’s usually something that everyone wants, and Owen is too young to understand that not everything is his! All in good time :)

For Christmas Eve we went to a service at 3 in the afternoon. This service (1 of 5) was geared toward the kids, with young readers reading passages of scripture, and directed readings. There was also a kids choir for those that wanted to participate, Ella and Sophia happily agreed. We were so proud to watch them singing of our Saviors birth.Thankfully I had a couple of pads … Read More »


Christmas Breakfast

Posted on December 23rd, by Amy in recipe box swap. 9 comments

I almost forgot! In the midst of cleaning and cleaning today – I thought about this recipe a few times but have only now gotten to sit here :) Just in case you don’t have breakfast plans for Christmas morning – I want to share our favorite.

Oven Baked French Toast

Ingredients:1 loaf of French bread8 eggs1 1/2 C half & half1 C milk1 tsp vanilla2 T sugar1/4 tsp cinnamon1/4 tsp nutmegdash of salt

Prep:Slice bread into 20 one-inch slices. (Our local grocery sells an enriched egg loaf, made in the store. . . really good and eliminates cutting) Arrange in a generously buttered 9×13 baking dish. Layer and overlap the slices.

In a large bowl combine remaining ingredients – beat until blended but not bubbly. Pour mixture over bread slices evenly. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Praline Topping

Ingredients1/2 … Read More »


Finished Doll Quilts

Posted on December 22nd, by Amy in finished quilt. 8 comments

I am feeling a bit disconnected! I’ve had extra people in the house, some crazy back/shoulder pain, and lots of baking still happening – it all adds up to not much time for blogging.

This one is for Ella – the back is the same as the yellow binding, simple.This is for Emmalie, she’s been on a anti-pink thing lately, so it’s mostly not pink. I couldn’t resist the pink binding though :)

This is the backing – cute dog print.

And for Sophia the pink button print. With cute little clowns holding balloons on the back!I hope that all your preparations are coming together, maybe even winding down :) We’ve had a foot of snow in the last 6 hours – so I’ve been busy inside wrapping presents and trying out the last recipe I had on my … Read More »


Baking Day!

Posted on December 18th, by Amy in Baking. 9 comments

Oh my! We’ve spent the day baking and I am wiped! Each year I gather ingredients, and make a list of cookies to bake. And work a full day getting all the goodies made!

Here’s a list of what we made today:

Chocolate CrinklesPeanut Butter Blossom CookiesToffee Butter CrunchCran-Crazy CookiesGinger CookiesMeringe KissesEasy Fudge

I linked up to those that I could find online :) The girls love helping pour the measured ingredients into a bowl, or roll cookies in sugar as needed. And of course they love sampling the fruits of their labor! We will be parceling up cookies for the neighbors and mailman tomorrow and get them deliver right away. I don’t want to eat too many of the sweet treats :)

Owen cooperated and took a 4 hour nap this afternoon. The last couple … Read More »


Photo Challenge

Posted on December 16th, by Amy in tag. 10 comments

Audrey has tagged me! It’s a little different than the usual meme you see all over blogland – here’s the instructions:

Go to your fourth photo file.post the fourth photo.explain the photo.Pass it on to four people.

I recently put all my pictures on an external hardrive. I have this knack for clogging up the computer :) so this helps keep more space available. My fourth picture on my memory card – which was actually taken in May!I’m pretty sure this is the view from the kitchen window. See those tree branches on the bottom left? That’s how I know. Mt. Timpanogos, which have been completely covered in clouds/snow the last three days. I’m not sure why I took it but I do love watching the light play on the mountain peaks.

And … Read More »


A Little Artist

Posted on December 16th, by Amy in My kids. 4 comments

While I was busy at the table this morning Sophia was happily drawing. She had pulled nearly every sheet of paper out of a pad she found on the shelf. Little monsters and letters. Emmalie and I agreed that the one on the right is a jellyfish, and on the left she wrote “LOL” at the top :) Too cute! I spent and hour shoveling the driveway, it’s been snowing all day. I like shoveling actually, our driveway isn’t big enough to warrant a blower, and the workout is satisfying. I need to run- I must get those Christmas cards all ready for the mail :) Hope you are well – Amy


Christmas Cottage – December Swap

Posted on December 15th, by Amy in Swap Til You Drop. 11 comments

Lish was the happy recipient of this mini quilt. I must give credit to Jacquie for her inspiration! You can see the Christmas Villages she has created here and here. It was really fun to make and I’m so glad that Lish is happy to have it her home :) If you want to see more of the swap mini’s check out the flickr group.

I’ve been working on my doll quilts for the girls, and doing some baking. Also, Jenna is home for a month so we have been catching up, and hope to do more baking this week. I will share my list – once I get it together :)Amy


Mountain Snow

Posted on December 13th, by Amy in My kids. 14 comments

It feels like winter is finally here – to stay too! I have a fresh homemade cappuccino here with me, and my Grandma’s Leaf Rolls are baking – filling the house with cinnamon-sugar aromas. My girls are watching Christmas movies after having tuckered out playing in the snow. It’s a great day!

Joe went out with the kids, while I was prepping my bread, after I finished up, I grabbed my coat, hat and camera. I just had a few moments to take pictures between fixing a glove or replacing a hat. Then Owen’s little fingers were cold and we were done!Sophia
Owen

Ella in the neighbors yard . . .

Joe throwing a snowball at his brother

See Zach there in the background?Emmalie and Owen too.

Joe laughing when he hit Zach!

Cold fingers – brrrr!

I hope that you are having a … Read More »


My Friday Evening

Posted on December 12th, by Amy in finished project. 7 comments

Once the kids were tucked into bed, I ran to the grocery store. . . I was in need of chocolate :) It has been one of those days – and I don’t keep it on hand as much as possible. With my fix taken care of – I got to work on these Christmas cards. In less than an hour I had my little forest complete, now I need to sit down and write. . . thankfully I have everything on hand! Hope you’ve had a good night! I love sewing in a quiet house :) Joe is here, his little brother (17) hangs out over here on the weekends, they tend to watch Discovery Channel and the like, while it is entertaining – I’d rather sew! Big surprise :)


I Am Thankful : : 9

Posted on December 12th, by Amy in Thankful. 4 comments

for ~

~ my warm home – it’s cold here.~ bloggy friends – the support and encouragement I’ve found here has been amazing! I’m even thankful for those of you I don’t know yet, I only hope I’ve inspired or blessed you while reading my blog.~ my family – even though they are far away (Hi!)~ a new haircut! I haven’t taken a picture that’s good enough to share YET. . .~ my errand day yesterday – I got it all out of the way, before the major storms! And now I can stay home a clean/sew today. The kids are thankful too – all day in the car was a tad much :)

You are welcome to join me in being thankful! I would love to know the blessings in your life – leave a comment and … Read More »


For the Dolls :)

Posted on December 10th, by Amy in work in progress. 10 comments

I managed to get these quilted tonight. Fun and fast little doll quilts, these will be wrapped up and under the tree for our girls. Can you guess which one is for which of the girls? Ella, Emmalie and Sophia have numerous dollies, we even weeded out a few last month, they were happy to pass them on to others that may not have dolls. If you would like to make your own doll quilts, AmandaJean has a quick tutorial for the dolls! Mine look nothing like hers, but she did inspire me!

Amy


Incidentals

Posted on December 10th, by Amy in give away, ramblings. 4 comments

So far this week I’ve been a little pressed for time to quilt. I did make simple doll quilt tops for my girls, for Christmas – they need to be basted and quilted. I am hoping to do so this evening. . . but I have to wait for them to go to bed :) I did manage to get my little swap quilt off in the mail – I will have to show you later this week

I made a simple Christmas card yesterday – I’m thinking about making 20 or so to send off this week. Not a very good pic – sorry.Just this morning I switched to Google reader. . . I had been procrastinating this. I had to be all caught up and make a current export of subscriptions, (I had … Read More »





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