Let There Be Light

I found the neatest little LED lights that are on a timer. I have placed them on our dining room table. The cool thing about them is that they’re on a timer. Not the type of timer that you have to spin multiple dials………..this one is easy-peasy!! Push one button and it stays on for 6 hours – turns off for 18 and back on when you originally pushed that little button. No brainer!

I am still using the silver, gold and bronze theme on our dining room table.





Even placed them in an urn


We got our lights at Nell Hill’s in Kansas City………love her store. I found these online which I am pretty darn sure are the same thing.


Oh! It’s so much fun to decorate for Christmas!!  Just kinda dread the “puttin up” part!!

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Our Christmas Front Porch

I love decorating our front porch for the holidays. I was especially jazzed that I was able to use the same decorations we had in Texas which has been stored for the last two years. Of course I had to spiff em up a bit. The front doors we had before  our remodel were seriously ugly! Go check out this post and I am sure you will agree with me.

The red and lime green color combo stands out from the street.


 I love the pinecones I picked up at Home Depot several years ago. They still have ones similar this year.



 Our front porch at night – all sparkly and festive!!


I am going to be kinda sad to take down our decorations.  Things always look so plain after Christmas. A bit of a let down!!

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Gift giving at Christmas Time

It has been a  long time tradition that I make cinnamon rolls as gifts for friends & neighbors. We deliver them on Christmas eve and label them “Christmas morning cinnamon rolls”. Since we have moved to Oklahoma over 18 months ago our new friends and neighbors don’t know about the cinnamon roll thing and I wasn’t going to tell them. Whew – as yummy as they were they were also lots of work!!! Now the new tradition is Homemade Baileys Irish Cream!! Easy and oh so delish!! Lots of calories but who cares??

Homemade Bailey’s Irish Cream

(Make this recipe in your blender)

3 eggs – blend for 15 seconds

1 pint whipping cream

1/2 t coconut extract

3T Heresey’s Chocolate Syrup

1 can Eagle Brand Milk

1 1/2 cup Scotch ( 1 liter will make 3 times this recipe)

Blend all together

I get my bottles at Hob Lob when they are 50% off –  or if you are really have your act together you can save your pretty bottles during the year and use them.


Pour your homemade Bailey’s into bottles and decorate!! Easy!! Here is the clear bottle.


Here is the green one. I got the little ornaments at Dollar Tree for a $1 each.




And here is the red one – there are so many wonderful ribbon combinations that spiff things up!!




When delivering Christmas goodies, we can not forget our friends and neighbors who have fur children….i.e. “doggies”.  I saw a recipe in our Sunday paper for homemade dog treats and just cut them out with a Christmas tree cookie cutter! I know ……..kinda over the top isn’t it!!

 Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Dog Treats

2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

2 eggs

1/2 cup canned pumpkin

2 T peanut butter – I used a tad more

1/2 t. salt

1/2 t. cinnamon

1/2 cup water

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2.  Whisk together the flour, pumpkin, peanut butter, eggs,  salt and cinnamon. Add  water as needed to make dough workable, but the dough should be workable and not too wet. The dough should be a dry and stiff. Roll our and cut into desired shapes

3. Bake in preheated oven for about 40 minutes until hard.



Put em in little clear bags with ribbons.



Merry Christmas from Sedona & Bella (who are not so thrilled about having their photo taken)


It’s Christmas Eve………..wasn’t it yesterday that we were discussing Halloween decor. Time flies! I hope that all of you have a wonderful holiday with family and friends!!



Our Raggedy Christmas Angel

She’s not the prettiest angel you’ll ever see -but she does have history with our family. This little angel was among the first ornaments that my parents collected. I remember my parents telling me that when the company my father worked for was discarding old ornaments for new ones, he was able to bring this angel home to my mom. Over the years she lost her hair and I “sacrificed” one of my Barbie doll wigs for her.  I believe this little angel is probably 80 plus years old.  So, every year I tuck her somewhere in our tree and then when it is time to put up the decorations I return her to her little protective bag with a note about her history. I hope one of my children will add her to their Christmas tree one day. 


She has a cautious look on her face and pretty bright red lips.


You know the saying that “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”? I would say that is the case of our little raggedy family Christmas ornament.


Spiffing up a Tired Little Tree

Here is a little tree I did this week for our family room.  This was my mother-in-laws when she was in the nursing home. It is a sad little tree if left to stand alone so my challenge was to bring new life to it! It just needed to get all spiffed up for Christmas! Here is the cast of characters. The tree……………which already looks better put in this concrete container.     And some baubles and greenery to spiff the tree up.     Start adding some evergreen branches to make the tree look fuller Now add some great looking festive ribbon from Michaels Here are some ornaments that I found at Wal-Mart on the cheap And some red feather flower picks from Hob Lob Now add some  ornaments – I take the top holder off and smoosh it in the tree branch inside the ornament       Now start adding your favorite ornaments………     Keep filling your tree up just like those trees we see in stores at Christmas time – you know the ones with all those ornaments packed in on the tree. I love those trees!!   I always love how a  Christmas trees glows with all the lights out   I hope you are having fun decorating your home for Christmas. Thanks for stopping by.

Making Your Own Wreath

I love wreaths – always have one on our door for every season. Here is one I made this last week from items I picked up at HobLob half price. The wreath ended up costing right at $38.00 total. Not bad.

This is just a plain evergreen wreath-when you buy them at Hob Lob they are all smooshed! So you will need to run your fingers through the wreath to pick up all the branches to make it look fuller.

Now start taking your “pics” and poking them in. I do not use wire or hot glue………..I use two branches and tie them on top of the pic.


The pics need special attention…………since they have wire, the can be arranged to look like a natural flower

Always buy more than you think you need – trust me in that “more is better”. These will go at the top of the wreath once they are spiffed up.


Now lets start adding some ornaments. I found these at Wal-Mart.

I always take the top off and take one of the branches and stick inside the hole and then smoosh the ornament and branch into the wreath.  Oops – the photo is blurred. Sorry!





Keeping the Focus this Christmas

Thanksgiving is officially over and all the decorations put up! Why do decorations look tacky the day after a holiday?? We didn’t get back from our Thanksgiving holiday until Saturday and I was embarrassed for our neighbors that I had not taken all my Fall outdoor decorations down. Oh well – I was too busy cooking and they probably aren’t as anal as I am!!

When I was putting up the fall decor I spied the “Nativity” container and it made me pause and think! The voice was clear…….”put me up first so that I will be a reminder to your and your family what is truly being celebrated this season – the birth of MY Savior”! Sweet, sweet Jesus!

This is my Mothers Nativity Scene. I am the most sentimental person ever! Ever!! She went home to the Lord in 1993 and I think this nativity is probably 40 years old. I still keep it in the same box it came in and with the tissue she used. See I told you I was sentimental!!

I am not sure when I wrote the message on the lid that our youngest son Andrew would get Mom’s nativity?? Our other son who has his own home has his own incredible nativity scene that his God Mother started. He probably has maybe 50 nativity characters.

So here’s the big reveal…………it’s just a simple nativity and if you look at the wise men you can tell how old it must be. I think it is sweet – very sweet indeed! My mother liked it enough to buy it and that makes it even more special to me!!

This is a hand carved set that I got many year ago at a crafts festival – I just love the sweet smile on the  baby Jesus.


Hopefully this season I will not forget that still quiet voice I heard in my garage…………”put me out first as a reminder of what of what this season is really about”.

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