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Me and Christmas

1.  Wrapping paper or gift bags?  I really love wrapped presents.  But I enjoy the time you save on bags, so I do both! 2.  Real tree or Artificial?  I really wish I said real tree because they are so lovely, and smell good.  But the truth is my trusty artificial  one is going on 17 years, I believe?  It makes me sad to see a tree chopped down.  We live on a prairie and have spent just under the last two decades planting  hundreds of trees and shrubs on our property, turning it into a little wild life haven,  s o I really value the living life of a tree. 3.  When do you put up the tree? Usually, we wait until a weekend night just about 2-3 weeks before Christmas.  We like to make a family event out of this, with music and holiday treats. The kids want to hear the stories behind every ornament! 4.  When do you take the tree down?  I like to take the tree down just before New Years Eve.  My kitties have been sleeping in the branches

Chocolate Chip Cookies in Jar

Christmas is a wonderful time to share all your handcrafted talents. I wonder how many of you give away hand made gifts this time of year? What percentage of gifts you make? I know that I always make something for someone with my own two hands. I also prefer these gifts. These are gifts with real heart put into them. I have been known to be in my kitchen on Christmas Eve, still putting together all the layered cookie ingredients in a jar. (I have the recipe below.) Yes, I sometimes am that bad! It's usually not that I wait, it's that I plan too much for too many people. So being a little more organized and figuring out just how much time you can spend each day before gift giving day is essential! That is something I am going to focus on for the rest of this season. So plan on relaxing and enjoying the time you spend with your close ones, and enjoy the time you put into the hand made gifts you make. I am off now, to finish some pretty tree ornaments!  

Farewell Fall Leaves

With Thanksgiving past, and what a wonderful time it was, I am now switching gears to prepare for Christmas. For me this means saying farewell to the gorgeous Autumn color pallet. I will first take down all my Autumn leaf garlands and little pumpkins and gourds, etc. Out with the oranges, yellows, reds and browns. What a pretty pallet of colors. This always makes me a little sad because I don't believe my Harvest theme gets enough time to be on display. Next year I must start right in September! Just like my pretty trees, the leaves just start to glisten in gold and a cold snap hits and BOOM! They all drop to the ground! Don't blink or you will miss it. So I decided to share a couple of pictures I took of my large Cottonwood tree that was in full golden beauty just a few week ago. I really believe that trees change to these fire colors in the Fall so we will look at them in awe. Not to mention, make us feel as if we are really the worlds greatest photogra

Liebster Blog Award...My Picks!

Liebster Blog ... I received such a wonderful surprise! While looking at a comment on my Date Bars I received a message from Shirley of Zetta's Aprons . She informed me that she has chosen me to be one of her picks for the Liebster Blog Award.  This award is to showcase up and coming blogs with less than 200 followers. I am very happy to be recognized from a fellow blogger. I have only started my blog and want it to be a blessing. This award has made me feel blessed. It is a rewarding feeling to know that someone is enjoying my blog and wants to share that feeling with others. Thank you kindly, Shirley.  If you haven't visited her blog, I urge you to soon. Below you will find my picks. Congratulations, I pray that your blogs are a blessing and that anyone reading this post will take a peek at my blog pick's for this award, as well. They have been fun and rewarding for me to read. Donna at Donnas Lavender Nest Lady Farmer at Lady Farmer Parables Conni

Date Bars

While going through our recipes, my mom and I stumbled upon a favorite old time recipe. We upgraded to our own  tastes, but not much different from a recipe that Quaker Oats printed on the box decades ago. Originally this was a dessert square, but we decided that it makes a great Little Susie Home Maker breakfast bar, or snack when individually wrapped in plastic wrap and served on the go. The long rectangle cut instead of squares, makes them perfect for dunking in milk, tea or coffee. So I wanted to share this recipe and let you enjoy it as a dessert, or breakfast or snack on the run. I have inserted a few options for you to adjust to your liking, which we all like to do to recipes, anyways. If you try these out, come back and comment on how you like to serve it. I would love to hear from you!  Date Bars 1-3/4 cups old-fashioned oats 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup packed brown sugar 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup (2-sticks) cold butter, cubed

Little Susie Home Maker's Favorite Pumpkin Pie

Can you think about Thanksgiving without thinking about Pumpkin Pie? I know I can't.  It is probably the most popular Thanksgiving dessert. Yes, the Pumpkin Pie is famous. So, I wonder just what is the perfect one? Is it the one Grandma used to make? Is it Mama's special touch? Maybe Uncle Joe's was the best, but don't forget the great cook books, or bakeries. Now many people love canned pumpkin, and there is the completely from scratch group. Who can turn down the throw in the oven frozen kind? I have also come to realize that the Thanksgiving Pumpkin Pie, can be a matter of great baking contests! You know the kind of competition, I am talking about. Who will get boasting rights this year? Some people believe that, if you you want it done right, you have to make it yourself. Others, believe that someone else can provide it, and that's the best way to go. Here is my answer to this perfect pie. I truly believe that the best Pumpkin Pie, is the one shared with