Author Archives: ~~Rhonda

Living in a small town, I share my life with my husband Russell (married in 1977), five children (one still at home), and six cats (one indoors, the others outside).

I teach an online class called “The Christmas Notebook” which is about all things holiday prep. The many facets of celebrating Christmas comprises one of my favorite hobbies. Other favorite things include gardening, reading, cooking, and scrapbooking.

Christmas trees

I haven’t taken time to get pictures of all the decorating yet, but here are some that my eleven year-old grands took for me just before the open house started. More about the open house soon! As you step in the door, just to the left is the living room. Here you’ll find the Family […]

Christmas prep installment

Time is flying by at our house. Yours, too, probably! Tomorrow we will enjoy having three of five children home with one of our daughters-in-law and two of the three grands in celebration of Thanksgiving. I am looking forward to that! I love it when the kids come home. We were told last week that […]

Christmas prep…ongoing!

During the past few weeks, I have almost finished all the cookies and candies that I can make ahead of time, to be stored in the freezer until the Open House in December. I think I have two more things to make. And then I might add a couple of new things… Sour Cream Sugar […]

mini putz house in teal and yellow

This mini Putz house has been listed to my Etsy shop.   ChristmasNotebook.etsy.com It is made from the same pattern as the last Putz house I made. I reduced the pattern to 85% of the original and reversed it when constructing the house. I rounded the fence. Thought about adding fence posts at the entrance, but decided […]

a putz barn and a putz house

This Putz barn was made months ago, but I hadn’t found a Christmas card that I liked for the base until a few weeks ago. The words, the harness bells and the trail of stars are picked out in a shiny gold foil. Santa is checking on the reindeer! A tiny deer stands in the […]

making progress with Christmas prep

Christmas preparations are well underway. I am cranking out the cookies and truffles! During the past week, I’ve made the following… Peanut Butter Cup Cookies I love to use this recipe for the peanut butter cookie dough. It tastes so good!   Honey Peanut Butter Cookies Unwrapping the mini peanut butter cups takes more time than […]

Christmas prep over the weekend

Genny arrived Saturday morning and we started on our Christmas preparations. I began by mixing together ingredients for two kinds of truffles. Almond Truffles and Raspberry Truffles. Both are easy to make. Later in the day, after the chocolate had hardened a bit, I used a small cookie scoop to portion out the centers. Then […]

this week’s Christmas cookies

Today I made three batches of cookies for the freezer in preparation for our annual open house in December. I made Holiday Oatmeal Icebox Cookies. I usually roll these into logs and roll them in green and red sugar. Today I just added coarse green and red sugar to the batter. I used a cookie scoop to […]

two Christmas trees started over the weekend

Yes, we’re putting up Christmas trees already. That’s just the way we roll around here. We do a lot of decorating, so we need to start early if it’s to be a pleasant experience! This past weekend, my sister came to help. We put up the “glass tree” which is an artificial tree decorated completely […]

checking in…

Update from my house. I haven’t done any crafting this week at all. I’ve been sorting boxes. Yes, mostly dull work. But a few surprises. During July I had help from my sisters, Genny and Margaret, to go through the attic, sorting boxes, pitching, donating, packing the kids’ stuff into taped-shut boxes for deportation to […]