Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Grandma's Chocolates

Well, I had hoped to post a few projects I have been busy working on this last week, but I don't have any real good pictures of any of them. So, I will try to post them tomorrow. Below is just a little something I wrote about a tradition that my Grandma started and one I hope to pass on to my family. My chocolates are still waiting to be dipped....but I did make them this year.
The story is told that one winter my grandma was very sick and bed ridden. Those who know her well, know that this was a very unlikely situation. It is very hard for my grandma to be “doing nothing”. Subsequently, she was reading through the newspaper and found a recipe for chocolate candies. She later tried the recipe and ever since made them every Christmas. As a child I especially looked forward to Christmas at Grandmas. They were few and far between since we lived in Brazil. I remember exactly how the evening would go. After a scrumptious meal, the dishes were cleaned up. My grandpa would read the Christmas story and we would exchange gifts. Finally, the desserts were served. Usually, homemade peppermint ice cream and a crown loaf. Don’t get me wrong, all of this was very delicious, but I believe almost all of us saved a special spot in our stomach’s with those chocolates in mind. We would all wait in anticipation to hear Grandma descend the stairs to the freezer where a sturdy, square, green box was kept with such care. She would then let them get to room temperature, (because this is how they tasted the best) before opening the box for us to savor them with delight. My mouth waters as I think of all the creamy, rich flavors...cherry, (with real cherries inside) mint, orange, raspberry, and walnut. I would not know how much love and care were poured into these special treats until one Christmas when I received “the Recipe” as a gift. It was not a card, but a detailed little book with pictures, and all the techniques my grandma had learned over the many years. Since then I have made these same chocolates every Christmas. I have learned a few secrets myself along the way, the kind of things you learn only by doing. They are truly an art I hope to master some day...but I will always treasure and appreciate my Grandma’s chocolates because they are by far the best I have ever tasted.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

Jocelynne was fascinated by the candles at the Christmas Eve service at our church. This is a little dark, but I like the way the candle lit up her face.

Gingerbread Houses

We were invited to make gingerbread houses at Erlenmeyers. What fun the kids had...eating candy that is. :) Cramers were there as well. Mark is such a smiley little boy.

Getting our Tree!

This year when we went to get our Christmas tree there wasn't very much snow, but we had fun finding our tree anyway. We stopped by Starbucks to get some coffee and warm up. I like the expression on Jocelynne's face.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Jocelynne has been stacking anything she can find lately. Then of course she knocks it over!

Imagine Children's Museum

Building a little car for Jocelynne to ride in. :)
Miss Bong the bus driver. Watch out everyone!
Jocelynne had fun milking this cow. Water would come out when you squeezed the tits.

The day after Thanksgiving we took Jocelynne to this museum in downtown Everett. It was so much fun. Jay and I were even having fun with all the cool stuff they had there!

Dinner Party Frock GIVEAWAY!!!!

Dinner Party Frock GIVEAWAY!!!!
What a fun dress! You should check out all of Grosgrain's outfits. They are so creative.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Holiday Baking!

Most everyone has tried recipes for leftover turkey. This year I was inspired by Chrissie from Flipflops & Applesauce to use my leftover pumpkins from Thanksgiving! Her blog: is packed full of fun ideas, crafts & recipes to try with your little ones. This recipe below is from her blog and is so easy. I of course used my own pumpkin, but the canned pumpkin is just as yummy!


1 box spice cake mix

1 15oz can pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)

4 egg whites or 1/2 cup egg substitute

2 Tablespoons water

Allspice-add to taste.

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl until creamy. Fill muffin cups. Bake at 350 degrees for 18-23 minutes.

1. Cut the pumpkin in half and remove seeds
2. Cut in chunks and steam. Cool and remove skin.

3. Puree the pumpkin.
4. Make these delicious, moist cupcakes. I made miniture ones for Jocelynne.
5. Serve while still warm. Jocelynne especially liked the bite size muffins. :)

Giving Thanks with Family

Plenty of cousins and Aunties to play with.
Plenty of yummy, delicious food to eat.
Reading our blessings & thankful messages from each other on our place cards.

Auntie Julie & Jocelynne.
Sitting around chatting and eating some more!

Is that three men in a tub???

Well, 2 little men and 1 little lady.
Having fun with the help of their daddys.
A noise maker.
A mess maker.
A hungry little eater.
Lets just say they all could fit any of these titles.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Downtown Holiday Jacket and Pant GIVEAWAY!!!!

Downtown Holiday Jacket and Pant GIVEAWAY!!!!
Such a cute little jacket and pants. I want to make one for Jocelynne now.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Thanksgiving Decorating!

This wreath I made in honor of Jay's 1st Pheasant Hunt.
The lantern was 1.25 bargain find as well as the old box, thanks to a dear friend. :)

I was listening to a talk show on "ways to cut costs during the holidays" I always love to get ideas and tips. So here are just a few I took note of:

1. Use Candlelight

2. Decorate only three focal points of your home: Front door, Mantle (or stairway) & Dinner Table.

Harvest Party!

Well, I couldn't get Jocelynne in her costume. It was a little big, so maybe we will use it for next year. We had fun at the harvest party hosted by Tim & Marla E.

A fun hayride for everyone! Jocelynne especially like it and kept asking for "trator"
A cozy place by the fire and lots of goodies to eat!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Our SD Trip

Visiting my sisters.
Jocelynne loved playing on the tractor at my Aunt Barb's.

Taking a wagon ride with Grandma.

Playing with Grandpa.

Fun with 2nd cousins and Joseph & Jesse.

Jay went Pheasant Hunting.

Almost forgot...

After, we had some of the most delicious, creamy Country Mercantile Ice Cream. mmmmmmmm.

Fun at the Pumpkin Patch

Well, this got uploaded wrong, but this was taken after we got home from the pumpkin patch.
Look mom, I found some corn!

Running between the rows of corn stalks.

We found the perfect pumpkin!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Marie-Therese Gown GIVEAWAY !!!!!!!

Marie-Therese Gown GIVEAWAY !!!!!!!

This creation is AMAZING! All the detail on this costume is unreal!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Shenandoah Costume GIVEAWAY !!!!!!!

Shenandoah Costume GIVEAWAY !!!!!!!
Isn't this costume so intricate and adorable!

My little girl is growing up.

I put Jocelynne's clothes on and then started doing stuff around the house. Not long after, she came out to show me that she had put her shoes on all by herself. She was so proud.

This is her demonstrating how she did it.