Sunday, January 31, 2021

Love a Snowy Day!


 Hi friends! Just popping in with a big hello

on this beautiful Sunday winter morning.


Opened my front door and snapped this phone photo

 and thought the flag made it look so awesome.



Jan 31, 2021




I absolutely love beautiful snowy winter days.
I could never live year-round where there isn't 4 seasons.


(Though the older I get the more my joints + bones beg to differ.)

Now that I need not rush to work at the crack of dawn in this stuff
I do love snow much much better now!






I was so surprised to have our snow completely untouched.

It is seldom we don't see a zillion deer tracks all over.








What a pleasant bit of eye candy to discover
on this cold winter's morning!








It's a great day for sipping on some nice hot cuppas,
reading a good book, enjoying the warmth of a roaring fire....









Whatever you do today,
 I wish you peace and harmony and the joy of living.

God bless you and your families.


(And please remember to feed the birds!)






Finch Rest loves goldfinches and bluebirds best.







Stay home, stay safe, stay well.



~Michele



Thursday, December 3, 2020

Christmas Morning Biscotti Gifts!

 

Today I am sharing an adaption of a post
 I did last year - but was a little late getting it posted.

And I think good timing is everything -

so right now seems to be the perfect time to share this,

for early enough planning ahead!


CHRISTMAS BISCOTTI!


Biscotti is a double-baked dry crisp Italian "cookie,"

that travels well and keeps a while in an air tight container.




And just who wouldn't want a simple crispy crunchy biscuit

really good for dippin' and dunkin 

 in tea or coffee to start a morning off to a sweet start?

These easy-to-make baked super crunchy goodies
are the perfect answer!

I have been making them for years -
and last year had the idea (I got from Diana at Nana Takes a Break blog) to make them just 
the right size to fit inside Christmas card boxes
to give as gifts.

I love cleverly repurposing the use of things, don't you?

She made fudge for hers.

(I am adding this now- last year I had mentioned her and this year I omitted, so fixing now.)





 I always save these heavy-duty card boxes,
 and they'd been really adding up.

Last year I filled my seven boxes I had saved
 and dropped off to all my neighbors in my cul-de-sac.
(Hobby Lobby sells my favorite cards and have the best boxes.)


Of course biscotti individually wrapped up
 in cellophane & tied with a bow
 tucked into a jar or basket,
filled in a repurposed large jar, put in cute square cookie tins or filled up a cute holiday box...any contained works!







Two favorite recipes for fall & winter:



and



I cut up the cranberries much smaller and use less 

from the above recipes, which helps them

 keep their shape and stay together and not break too easily.

These make really great treats to mail to loved ones!




So, remember:

 SAVE YOUR CHRISTMAS CARD BOXES

 and plan to do some biscotti baking this year!


As always, thanks for your visit.


Hugs and prayers,


~Michele

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Wednesday, December 2, 2020

December's First Snow!


I sure enjoyed waking up

 on the first day of December to finding it had really snowed!





I do love having all 4 seasons here, and I do really like snow!

(Especially when I decorating for Christmas!)

It helps me really get into the spirit of it all!



I love the patterns the snow made

on the stone pavers...





And how the piles of snow sits on the branches of

the boxwood outside our kitchen window.






And on the lilac bush next to it on the right....





But the BEST part of a good snow day

 is when sweet little girls get to make snow angels!

Oh, the sheer joy of being a child!






Vivi says to herself:

"OK, I am going to look at my mommy. Smile, even. 

Think she will notice that I am making a snowball?

Don't look at my hands. Just focus. Just keep smiling at mommy.

I think I am almost ready to throw it at her..."


(Just look at that "innocent" look she's giving her!)

I know that look all too well myself! 

Seems sweet, but really is T.R.O.U.B.L.E!

Hahaha!





And of course there are no pics of the war that ensued!

Alas, the paparazzi were nowhere to be found.

(THIS grandma sure loved getting these happy pics from them!)

Incidentally these are her shiny new "Olaf" boots

 from the movie Frozen.




In pic below she is holding her Olaf plushie toy.

Yes, she still has a strong Frozen obsession.



 As always, thanks for your visit!


Hugs,


~Michele




Sunday, November 29, 2020

My Advent Calendar


 Happy First Sunday of Advent!

 Let our Hope Begin! 




What a wonderful time of year

 counting down the coming of our Lord's birth! ♥


Thought I'd pop in and share the cutest

 Advent calender

our eldest Evelyn made us a few years ago.






It is a tree shaped wooden holder for wee clay "ornaments"

that are stamped with numbers 1-24!

 Isn't it just adorable?





It's got a farmhouse/Scandy/natural vibe

that fits in perfectly with the way I am decorating this year!

I used my Rae Dunn "Blessed" sign with it. ♥






 So let our countdown begin!

May each day of the Advent Season
 bless each of you abundantly.







The key to a happy Advent - feeling blessed.

Blessed with a roof over our heads, food in our tummies,
love around us in friends and family, relatively good health
and freedom to worship as we wish, without fear.


As always, thank you for your visit!

Hugs and prayers,

~Michele

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Saturday, November 28, 2020

FRESHA SOAP & FUN THINGS GIVEAWAY WINNER!



 Thank you everyone for entering our giveaway!

And a super huge thanks to those of you wonderful readers

 who purchased items from Fresha!



You are supporters of small business

 and generally fabulous human beings!!!!


Drum roll... and our winner this time is none other than


RITA 

from the blog Panoply


Rita wins a free soap & lip balm of her choice from Fresha,

(and a few random little surprises from me, too.)

Look for an email from Evelyn at Fresha soon.


You can find Fresha Soap on right side of my home page

or you can go here.



Visit the site to double check availability of choice products,

then just let me know via an email of your picks

along with your mailing address

 and we will get your goodies out to you asap!


Thanks again to everyone!


Was super fun hosting this giveaway!

Hope y'all had a fabulous Thanksgiving!

(If you celebrated it, that is!)


Time to bring on the MERRY! 

YAY!!


Hugs,

~Michele


Thursday, November 26, 2020

HAPPY THANKSGIVING! (And a Give-away!)


 HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Sending you all warm thoughts and prayers today.

Sharing our special card we received in the mail

 from my 4 year old grand girl.




She is doing well with her homeschooling.

She is learning her letters well!


Reminder:  

If you haven't signed up for our artisan soap n surprises giveaway 

it's not too late - will randomly pick a winner tomorrow.

Just leave a comment saying you wish to enter!

Click here.


Comments closed for this post so you all can enjoy

your family, and hopefully a nice dessert after your feasts.

And to our outside our borders friends,

let the Christmas fun begin! 


As always, thank you for your visit!


Hugs,


~Michele






Monday, November 23, 2020

Tea Time - Bird Theme


 I began sorting through all our Christmas bins and such

 over the weekend, mindfully choosing what to keep out.

I am decorating much earlier and differently this year,

 so it's a bit more challenging - but in a good way.

(More on that to follow in the days to come.)




We are going to follow our governor's mandate

 and not going to have any company in for Thanksgiving this year.

Our girls felt this way first, then we followed their leads.

So instead of being very sad, I am choosing to be busy!



(Thoughtful gift years ago from a dear blogger friend.)


Perhaps that is why so many of us are starting

 to decorate much more early this year....because 

We need a little Christmas right this very minute

Click on "We need a little Christmas" above and really listen-

these words never hit me like they did this past weekend.


~~~~~~~~~~*~~~~~~~~~~


This weary world needs to rejoice in its joyful hope

 of the coming of our Lord and Savior.

 Now more than ever.


 I think we all can agree that this year

 has been an absolute nightmare. 

 

I am making a promise to myself:

 to stay positive and focus on what's is happy and good.

(I guess I will just fake it till I make it!)






So what better way to start it all out than tea-for-one?

In the middle of what looks like Saint Nick's workroom

 with boxes and bits and baubles and all Christmas-y goodness

 strewn about, I made myself a pretty tea respite. 

I needed a quick easy nosh and a cuppa. 

 I put together a pretty little bird-themed Christmas tea.

I filled a pot and wrapped it with my beautiful cozy

made by blogger friend Bernideen.

She has an Etsy shop here





 I rested my mind, my back, my feet and my soul near a fire. 

And counted my blessings in prayer.

Then again got back to happy busy!




If you haven't yet checked out my artisan soap giveaway-

please check out a special web site filled with great gift ideas!

Just click here


Another great gift idea from another dear blogger friend

Angela from Tea With Friends.

You can find it on Amazon.




And last but not least, please join in the fun at

Rose Chintz Cottage's

NO PLACE LIKE HOME link party!




And as always, thank you for your visit + sweet comments!


Big happy hugs,


~Michele


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