Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A Little Baking

Gentle Friends, I found a really nice recipe Cranberry Bread - called "Christmas Cranberry Coconut Christmas Bread" - from over at Mennonite Girls Can Cook.......

.... easily gotten ingredients, and full, and I mean full of flavour!!!  I am loving this bread, and it will become a staple on our Christmas Morning Breakfast Buffet.

......  It was moist and just delicious - if you like a little sour and little sweet then this is the bread for you.

That's about it for today sports fans - thanks for stopping by, do stop again.

Take care,

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Some Wonderful Exchange Pieces Arrived.......

Gentle Friends I thought today I would catch you up on some of the really spectacular stitched lovelies I've received in the past few days.......  starting with an Exchange piece that was Angel Stitched by Terri over at Dixie Sampler.  She hosted a Haunted Harvest Exchange this Fall, and my partner had some serious family health issues so couldn't fulfill her obligation  - and - Terri jumped right in and a wonderful box arrived a few days ago.....  with this....

.... great Pyn Tray.....and also she also included with the Tray.....

........ some fun goodies......

I did a Private Ornament Exchange with Shirlee fromover at The Easily Influenced Stitcher....  she sent a super box of Christmas Cheer........

 .....  the box held a load of wrapped gifts, that went under the tree, and the ornament she stitched in our exchange this year for our tree......  we did it last year and I was so happy to do it again......  and planning for next year......   :)

.... and the last Exchange piece arrived yesterday..... I took part in the HOE Christmas Ornament Exchange and received from Jayne, from over at  Jayne's Stitching Tales, this super ornament....

.... along with Shirlee's lovely ornament it now graces the tree and they look wonderful!!!

That's about it for today sports fans, thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,

Friday, December 12, 2014

Castro Christmas Lights


Gentle Friends, here in the City, as with many cities, there are some really fun and lovely decorations for Christmas.......  here's a snap of the annual Christmas Tree on Castro Street.....

...... we were down there for dinner last week when I got the snap.....

Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Thrifty Thursday

Gentle Friends, I thought I should get a post up about some things I picked up last weekend........

....From l to r........   a little dish from Gray's Pottery, in pink lustre ware and art deco pattern with a ship, another small dish, unmarked but this time with shamrocks in each corner, a little trinket box from Wedgwood, and some DVD's....  I also found a great two handled Bunnykins cup with a Winter scene........

....... and this is the back side of the cup....

That's about it for today sports fans, thanks for stopping by do stop again.

Take care,

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Tree Decorating in Silver and Stitches

Gentle Friends, so today is my tree day posting..... as you recall I hauled out the silver ornaments and gave them a good polish so that they would be nice, shiny and reflective......

.... here they are after being dried off..... and here's our tree....

... we waffled back and forth as to using a real tree or our stand by artificial tree....... all afternoon..... by the time we finally decided to put up a tree at all, it was far too late to go get one, so out of storage and up went the stand by tree.  We got all the silver ornaments on and it looked nice, but then Rico suggested I get out the stitched ornaments and put them on also.... and now I really like the tree, seeing all lovely pieces I've been gifted over the years makes me feel all warm and fuzzy about Christmas....... and such they conjure such wonderful memories....... here's a few close ups.....

...... I am really blessed to have so many friends in the stitching world stitch such wonderful pieces for me to put on my tree.  It's one of the great things about Exchanges, being able to sit back and see all the warm hugs these great little Christmas treats represent!!!

That about it for today sports fans, thanks for stopping by do stop again.

Take care,

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Tree Decorating

Gentle Friends, over the weekend we decided that yes, we were putting up a tree.  For a little while it looked like neither of us could had the gumption or enthusiasm to get a tree up, lit and decorated.  

Once we got going it went up fast and the light got put on - Rico had an idea about this years tree -  to only use my silver ornaments with a few special others mixed in.......  so I hauled out the box of silver snowflakes and medallions and got to polishing  Now they are sparkly clean and up on the tree......  after tonight with the addition of a few other ornaments it will be a done deal.... and maybe I'll remember the camera....

Thanks fro stopping by, do stop again!!

Take care,

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Lest we Forget

Gentle Friends, "a date that will live in infamy"........  December 7th 1941........


"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."    George Santayana


Just some thoughts for the day.........

Friday, December 5, 2014

Visiting Country Cousins

Gentle Friends, over the weekend we had other visitors from the south..... Fresno to be precise.... my Dad would say "It was Grab-Ass heaven " for the who hounds!! 
 Here's a snap of a worn out Lolly and a super sweet Ju-ju  Bee.....  

.... and here are Nietzsche and Shunka.....  ready to "Not be left behind"  it seemed that anytime any one went near the front door every hound in the house would look to see if it was a chance to make a break and run down the hall barking.........  I know the neighbors loved it immensely!!

... and after all the excitement even the "Mokie" Dog needed a rest on a "Warm from the dryer" sheet!!!

That's about it for today sports fans - have a wonderful weekend.  We are expecting more rain WOOHOO!!!!!  It's been nice and damp for the last couple of weeks and I love it - we need every drop we can get!!!

Take care,

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Tis the Season.......

Gentle Friends, one of the things I love about the Christmas season, is anticipating the fun edible things that are only available during this time of year......  

...... over the weekend I found some of them.....  Bud's Egg Nog, an SF original and just grand with a hit of handmade Kentucky "NOG."  When I got home with the Bud's I found that we were out of MM - so back out to the store to buy more, what's "Egg" without the "NOG."  I also found  some Panettone and chocolate covered Lebkuchen - delicious!!  I was turned on to Lebkuchen when I was on vacation in Germany - in the lovely town of Nuremberg, Germany - I impatiently wait for this cookie every year and do a little jig when I find the first "kuchen's."  For me it jump starts the Christmas season!!  They also come with a plain glaze, but that touch of dark chocolate really is nice!!

Sunday I was still in the mood for some pie, pecan to be precise..... and I knew I had a recipe for Pecan Pie Bars from "Little Kitchen" Blog.  You cane click HERE to get the recipe.  What is so nice about these is a twist addition of chocolate!!


That's about it for today sports fans, thanks again for stopping by, do stop again!!

Take care,

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Visiting the Flower Mart

Gentle Friends, continuing our Thanksgiving Eve........ after we left the Mall we headed to the SF Flower Mart.  I've talked about it here in other Posts, but it is a lovely place and so much to see......

..... there is just tons of Christmas greenery everywhere including box wood, magnolia, all sorts of different pine, cedar, eucalyptus..... you name it and it can be found here......

..... there were lots of lovely wreaths, catering to all kinds of different tastes..... 

.... we were after flowers and came away with some really nice ones.....

.... but we'll be back to pick up some poinsettias and garland and maybe a wreath or two next weekend!!

Here's my annual snap of our Thanksgiving gathering, we sat down to dinner around 3 pm......   Turkey, dressing, sweet potato souffle, squash casserole, green bean casserole (a request), cranberry sauce, biscuits..... followed by Dot's Pumpkin Pie, Banana cream pie and Chocolate Mousse (another request).  It was a really lovely meal and a super afternoon!!

That's about it for today sports fans, thanks for stopping by, do stop again soon!

Take care,