Happy New Year friends and family! I hope that this New Year brings you much love, warmth, and closer to Him! I look back on this past year and am thankful for all of the many blessings that our family has been granted! I pray that God will bless our family and use us in a mighty way this 2012!
Most of all...I am thankful for my husband and all of his hard work! He sacrifices so much for us, and it is my personal prayer that God blesses whatever he puts his hand to. The Lord has been gracious to us! Looking forward to His plan for 2012!
This was a fun thing for the kids to do...They were so excited to go to Grandma and Poppys house for a Christmas Party just for them...and this is what they came back with. They girls did the cottage above...and the boys the one below.
Mom had the very cool idea of the kids making luminaries out of pop bottles! She put salt in the bottom of them because salt wont burn...and that held them down quite well...and the sides didnt burn like other luminaries tend to...they were really quite pretty! They decorated them with a wintery looking glaze...
This was a gift I made for my Mother in law...It is supposed to be a table runner of some sort :-) I am really not a seamstress, but I am happy with how this turned out too..I love the vintage looking flowers. It has a lot of the colors of her dining room, so I think it will go nicely. I had one other gift that I did not manage to get done in time...perhaps I can still get it done if I work hard!
These were really fun to do...Freezer paper stencil silouettes. These ones are of my niece Ella. The one on the left is when she was a good deal younger...but the one with pig tails looks so much like her...I keep thinking of that little blonde haired girl on the golden books...she looks just like that profile to me :-) I was pleased with how they came out.
Okay...as usual I am behind in posting my shots...but I am more concerned about just making sure that the kids can see that I have documented them...even if it is after Christmas...and New Years Eve!
This was kind of different...it is not often I get my photo taken with the kiddos..and I seemed to have quite a bit taken on this day. I hope that someday when they look back and see the small amount of me and them, that they will be able to understand that it is me behind every picture...usually :-)
We were invited to have Thanksgiving with Cliff, Chris, and Ella this year. I always put my shots in out of order...but the kids and some of the adults who are still kids .... had a football game after all of the festivities!
Cliff planned the menu for Thanksgiving...he scoured magazines and he came up with some really delicious treats! Above were orange-gingered sugar snap peas...these were my personal favorite! I never seem to use ginger all that much...but it really has a clean fresh flavor..I have been using it more since :-)
This was a tasty pepper corn casserole...Two thumbs up!
I made the asparagus and tomatoes...I overcooked it...and it looked like strings...:-(
One of my personal favorite holiday treats is the pumpkin roll. Normally I am not big on sweet breads other than banana or zuccini bread....but this is amazing with its cream cheese filling...paired with a cup of coffee with extra cream and I am in la la land!
Moms rolls... and a dip that cliff made...I think it goes with the kielbassa...there was so much food, I really didn't get to try that dip.