Saturday, December 31, 2016

Happy New Year!

Wishing you all a very safe, happy
and healthy new year to you all!

And of course:


Ohio State Buckeyes

 at the Fiesta Bowl tonight!

See you all next year!



Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas!

This wonderful nativity was painted by my friend
(and daughter's mother-in-law)
 Patricia Reeve.

Friday, December 23, 2016

The Gift of Christmas Baking!

I have been baking my head off this week -
and thought I'd share what I am giving friends,
 neighbors and family.

I *always* make decorated sugar cookies and Russian Snow Balls.
Those are my two standard staple cookies for sure.

I love love love the smell of ginger cookies baking.

One of these days I intend on mastering the art of decorating with royal icing.

Practice, practice, practice, right?

I made a bajillion each of : decorated cut-out cookies, 
snow balls, chocolate peanut crunch balls,
amd Oreo snowmen truffles.

(My daughter made the chocolate one with candy cane on top.)

Some of these were quite labor intensive to make,
but I had lots of fun doing so.

But it sure helps me get into the spirit of the season.

All of our pretty snow is gone now.

We won't be having a white Christmas after all. :-(

I think our last snow storm just came in too early!

Here is my post on the last snowfall if you missed here. 

Here is where I found the recipe for those cute snowmen truffles.

And they're perfect alone as a tiny token to give someone.

It is especially well-received when in its own wee gift box
tied up with string.

Merry Christmas!

As always, thank you so much for your visit!


If you missed my last post: I shared the cute pics
 of my first grand daughter sitting on Santa's lap here.
She is just too sweet!


Thursday, December 22, 2016

First Visit With St. Nick!

Wow - Christmas is nearly here!

I just wanted to pop in and show off
 how cute the baby looked when she went to visit Santa!

Gotta start with the ruffles on her bottom -
 'cuz that wee skirt is so cute I am hardly able to contain my squeals.

 Yes, my friends, I have lost my little grandma mind, I tell ya!

And this is the look she's giving ME 'cuz I took this shot!

I am not entirely sure which one of us is the happier.

And nooooo, this isn't the best pic in the world....

But I simply had to share,
 because it was a very special occasion!

Here is baby meeting Santa for the first time
while he made an appearance at our church.

I cannot even believe she's five months old already!
Isn't she getting big?

As always, thank you for your visit!


xxoo   MERRY CHRISTMAS  ooxx

Thursday, December 15, 2016


and knowing my 5th blogger anniversary is Jan. 1st
(and PROBABLY won't much feel like blogging that day)

I am giving away a cute 
Christmas Snowmen Sugar and Creamer!

This is so whimsical and fun - hope you like!

Just be sure to leave a comment stating
 whether you want in on the giveaway!

Giveaway ends Sunday at EST 10pm
so I can get it shipped first thing Monday morning
for you all to receive in time for Christmas!

Also, be sure to check my last post here if you missed it -
I was fortunate enough to capture some true winter's beauty.

I just posted it late last night so I didn't give readers much time
to see it, and it's worth seeing - the snow and the full moon
is worth the few seconds it takes to see that short post, I promise!

It means a lot to me when you visit,
 thanks so much for being such wonderful friends
 and truly thought & loyal readers all year long.

Hugs. ♥


She posted about it here


Please forgive me for teasing, but this giveaway is limited to US only, to help keep rising shipping costs even doable for me.


Feathered Nest   *   Everything Else 

Winter's Day: Into Night Then Back Again

The perfect winter's day in Ohio?

Waking to this:

Then the snowfall seizing...

the day turning into the blue hour...

And then witnessing its grand finale:

The morning after - moon still out but waning:


I absolutely love it.

Do you, as well?

As always, thank you for stopping by.



Thursday, December 1, 2016

Baby, it's COLD Outside!

We have had such sunny warm and mild temps,
 but it just recently turned blustery!

I just had to share our most adorable
 Abomidable SnowBaby
in the history of ever.

Just sayin'.