Monthly Archives: October 2012

menu plan monday ~ october 29, 2012

On Saturday, our son and his wife came to help deep clean in prep for the Christmas Open House. They were a great help, and came back on Monday when my sister Genny was here to help, as well. They got a lot done. While they cleaned on Saturday, I made Brownie Biscotti, Raspberry Truffles, […]

macadamia nut shortbread cookies

I love shortbread and these cookies are no exception. I found the original recipe, Hazelnut Shortbread Cookies, on in 2006 and have been making them ever since, though I use macadamia nuts. Also, I like to add white chocolate, which the original recipe did not call for. Macadamia Nut Shortbread Cookies Ingredients: 1 c. […]

leaves of autumn

The Southern Pin Oak in the back yard is a gold cloud. Crepe myrtles are a great shrub. They bloom in the heat of summer when other flowers are beginning to falter. And the foliage is always beautiful in the fall. Into the woods… Mulberry leaves… Mimosa leaves… Redbud leaves… Sassafras leaves in the woods… […]

menu plan monday ~ october 22, 2012

Busy weekend. DH and the three girls saw Les Misérables, which took up most of Saturday. They had a wonderful time. My sister came on Saturday and helped put up Christmas trees. Yes, an early start, but we have to be done by the first weekend of December for our annual open house. And with […]

Christmas trees are going up

My sister came down this weekend and we worked on putting up a few trees. The Three Kings tree sits in the corner of the library. It displays a small collection of gold star ornaments and three wisemen figurines. The other tree in the library is the Nativity tree. I was contimplating trading it out […]

sour cream sugar cookies are headed to the freezer

The almond flavored sour cream sugar cookies are a favorite at our Christmas Open House each year. I made the cookie dough Saturday (I think…), popped it in the fridge, and baked the cookies today. If you can’t tell, those are wreath cookie cutters. The day before the Christmas Open House, the cookies will be […]

menu plan monday ~ october 15, 2012

DH and I enjoyed a country drive yesterday afternoon. It was very windy but a beautiful day. The color is wonderful this year. This is sumac. The hickory trees were in full color. We drove out to a quiet country cemetery. Does anyone else take “cemetery dates?” The ground was covered with hickory nuts. I […]

blue and silver tree

Well, DH brought the tree down from the attic for the downstairs bedroom. This is what it looked like last year. Not bad, huh? The tree was old when I first painted it silver in 2008. Painting it rejuvenated it. I got a lot of compliments on how pretty that old tree was. But the […]

more Christmas goodies

Recipes 6 and 7 are done and ready to put in the freezer. I made the centers for the Chocolate Creams. I’ll wait to dip them in white chocolate until after they are thawed for the Open House in December. The recipe makes about 100 – 110…depending on how large the centers are made. The […]

menu plan monday ~ october 8, 2012

I baked a lot this weekend. Made five recipes for the Christmas Open House. They are safely stored in the freezer. Two kinds of Biscotti…Christmas Biscotti (with dried apricots, Craisins, and pistachios) and Toffee Bar Crunch Biscotti (which seems to be everyone’s absolute favorite). I’ll post the Christmas Biscotti recipe soon. I also made Date […]