Friday, November 26, 2010

Thanksgiving Favors

It is always a pleasure to make a little something for everyone to take home after a special holiday meal, and Thanksgiving was no exception!

I snapped many photo's but didn't have the best lighting and it is difficult to see that the little plastic tubes are partially lined with a festive scrapbooking paper and then filled with fall candy!

I saw this idea some time ago on a blog and filed it away in my head...waiting for just the right time. Ben found me some fluorescent tubing and cut it to size and then found some electrical "tops" that sealed off the tubes.

I found some ribbon to match the paper and then decided to gather a few acorns from the yard to add a little festive touch. Turkey stickers were placed atop the cap and to round out the idea I used my new paper punch for placecards.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Give Thanks!

The Good Lord continues to bless our family in so many ways and as we gather for Thanksgiving, we pause to give thanks!

We give thanks to Him for providing us with so much and we pray that we share our bounty with others not just on this Day of Thanks but everyday~

God, family, and friends are reasons to give thanks; along with good health, happiness, food, jobs...and the list goes on...

Thank you to everyone that makes my life complete and Happy Thanksgiving to each and every one of you!


Monday, November 22, 2010

Agnes' Sugar Cookies

If you ever have a craving for a melt-in-your-mouth sugar cookie, this is the go-to recipe!!!!
I snapped a couple of pictures but please don't judge the cookie by the poor photography...

Our family is honored to call Agnes Hardy a dear friend and this sugar cookie recipe comes from her. She is of Norwegian heritage and we credit her for many good cookie recipes...her krumkake are to die for! She also provided us with a yummy slush recipe that hits the spot in the warm summer months. When our two daughters were young and we would, as a family, go to see Uncle Dayton and Aunt Agnes...treats were always available. The girls always giggled when allowed to have a sip or two of the slush (it contains apricot brandy). Oh the memories...Uncle Dayton has passed on but Aunt Agnes continues on and blesses us more than she realizes!

Sugar Cookies:

1 cup softened butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup powdered sugar
1 cup oil
2 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
4 cups flour
1 teaspoon soda
1 teaspoon cream of tartar

Cream the butter, sugars, and oil together well.
Add the eggs and vanilla, beat well.
Mix flour, soda, and cream of tartar; add to the butter mixture.
Chill dough.
Shape walnut-sized dough into balls and place on ungreased cookie sheet (I use parchment paper).
Press each cookie with a glass dipped in sugar...I use an antique miniature glass that has a beautiful cut glass shape on the bottom for pressing.

Bake for 9-12 minutes at 350 degrees.

These cookies absolutely melt in your mouth and try to eat just one...just try!

Many thanks to Agnes for sharing this recipe! We give thanks to her (and Dayton) for so many "things" but most importantly, their friendship!!!!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Veteran's Day

Thank you to all Veteran's but especially my Dad, Evert J. Erickson, who served honorably in World War II and bless his heart he came home safely!

Not many war stories were shared, but he was proud to serve his country. He did share a few close calls but never complained, that was his nature. The smile in the above picture pretty much tells the story of his life...I could not have asked for a more loving Dad!

Thanks, Dad!!!

Let us pray for peace!!!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Remembering the Edmund Fitzgerald

Thirty five years ago tonight (November 10, 1975) the Edmund Fitzgerald ran into a violent storm on Lake Superior and sank with 29 crew members aboard. According to reports, the ship broke into two pieces and sank about 17 miles away from Whitefish Point, off Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The Captain lost radar and the light was not visible (or on) at Whitefish Point.

As you can see, in the pictures posted, thirty five years later, the weather is unseasonably warm and calm.

Various locations around the Great Lakes conduct memorial ceremonies every year to honor the crew members.

This is Lake Michigan on the night of November 10, 2010.

As the sun is setting one can remember the stormy night of November 10, 1975 and offer a little prayer for the tragedy...May the crew rest in peace and may the families know that we care.


Both of our daughters teach elementary school and it is fun to treat them to fun "holiday" items.

The little pumpkin mug mat turned out so cute (it is made of wool felt). The pumpkin mug is filled with a lot of goodies, including a pencil topper also made of wool felt...cute little kitty to watch over the treats!
Of course there is a book for the teachers to read to their classes!

Oh what fun to be on the look-out for clever holiday gifts!!!

Fall Decor'

There is usually food on this serving tier but this time non-edibles made an appearance!

As you can see, a few fresh mum clusters made their way to safety from the cool out-of-doors as did the vinca vine and also the invasive vine that loves to crawl everywhere (but I do love it)!

Pinecones, dried pomegranites, seed pods, faux pears and artichokes are included in the display. There are also some acorns and dried leaves but I didn't get a clear picture of those.

The candleholders came from Pier One and the candles from Olsen-Sayles along with the "rings".

Enjoy getting your home ready for Thanksgiving!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Pumpkin Cake Pops

I must admit that frustration was running through me as the orange candy melts just wouldn't melt...I attempted to melt them just as my handy dandy chocolate melting pot. But, this time, it was a no-go so on to a solution. There Ben & I stood at the kitchen island spreading, with a knife, orange chocolate on the cake balls...tedious to say the least! But, hey...time spent in the kitchen with your spouse of 38 years...a good thing!

The supplies for our Halloween treats had been purchased ahead of time, to be sure this would go off without a hitch...oh my!
I had ordered food writing pens on the internet because I couldn't find them locally and was pretty excited that I would draw faces on the "pumpkin" cake pops. I guess the pen will wait for the next brain-storm!

We "dusted" the so-called pumpkins with halloween sprinkles and added a little green stem on top (a little candy cut in half)...packaged them up and tied with a Trick-Or-Treat ribbon.

Please head over to Bakerella for the recipe!!!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Pumpkin Cheese Ball

This idea and recipe came from Taste Of Home and it made a nice little addition to the Halloween Family get-together! The spider was perfect!!!!!!!
You could surely use a chunky pretzel rod for the stem but the celery worked quite well!

Cheese Ball

1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
1 - 8 oz. carton spreadable chive and onion cream cheese
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
2 teaspoons paprika
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 celery rib (for stem) or pretzel rod
Parsley or celery leaves for decor' on the stem
Sliced apples and assorted crackers

In a small bowl, beat the cream cheeses together until smooth. Stir in the cheddar cheese, paprika, and cayenne pepper. Shape into a ball (pumpkin shape) and wrap in plastic wrap, refrigerate for about 4 hours or until firm.

Place on serving plate and add "pumpkin lines" to the ball...insert stem, etc.

Serve with crackers and apples for a nice fall treat!