Monthly Archives: October 2015

menu plan monday ~ october 26, 2015

Our older son and his wife and family came Saturday and stayed through Sunday to help put up some Christmas decorations. The dining room is done, including the Snow Tree. The Putz Tree is done. And the kitchen is festooned with snowflakes hanging from the ceiling and decorating the window garlands. There are a few […]

toffee bar crunch biscotti

Toffee Bar Crunch Biscotti is a delicious cookie that I make each year for our Christmas Open House. It is perfect with a delicious cup of freshly ground coffee. I made two batches of the recipe today, and that made five loaves. It is cut, set on its side, and baked a second time to […]

menu plan monday ~ october 19, 2015

Today I put the finishing touches on the ornaments I am making for my side of the family’s Christmas party. I am hoping we can get the Snow Tree and the Glass Tree up this week. Older Son and his wife/family are coming next weekend to help with more Christmas prep. Should be fun! Here’s […]

this and that…

Today was a bit chilly, but the skies were blue and the sun was shining. Works for me. It did put me in the mood for homemade chicken soup, so I made some this afternoon. A nice warm treat on a chilly day. We were out of bread, so DH kneaded a batch. I formed […]

menu plan monday ~ october 12, 2015

Today is Columbus Day and school is out. Youngest Daughter traveled to visit a friend at college this weekend. My sister came down to put up Christmas trees on Saturday. I was troubled by a stomach bug on Sunday, so I didn’t get much done. I’m still a bit on the queasy side today, but […]

twenty jars of spiced apple slices

I have always enjoyed home canning. Today I was able to share that with my Eldest Daughter. She hadn’t helped with canning before, but she was a trooper. Stuck with me until the end. Even through a couple of mishaps. But we did fine. The apples were beautiful. I used Jonathans. There were a couple […]

chalkboard tree in progress

Genny and I worked on the chalkboard tree last weekend. It is a labor of love, that is for sure! It takes much longer than we think it will and that’s after doing a chalkboard tree the past three years. You’d think we’d have it figured out by now! In a previous post, I showed […]

menu plan monday ~ october 5, 2015

We had a busy weekend. Genny came down to open our Christmas decorating season. Yes, it’s early. No, we don’t mind. DH brought down three trees for the addition. The blue/silver tree, the downstairs bath tree, and the Putz tree. The Putz tree had yellowed a bit, so DH gave it some spray paint treatments. […]

chalkboard tree 2015

October is here and that means it is time to get ready for Christmas at our house. Don’t tell me it’s too early. We know what we’re doing! My sister Genny is my right hand elf at Christmas time. She comes down on weekends when she is able and helps put up the trees and […]