I’ve blogged about our family’s annual White Elephant party before here and here. And yes, we’ve just had another one last weekend. Guaranteed to be a fun get-together. We have a pot luck dinner, gag gift exchange and then our notorious cookie exchange. We had two 6 foot tables of cookies for our cookie exchange. Let me tell ya, we have oodles of cookies for gifting (and eating if your waistline can handle it) once we’re done. The tradition is great as we get opportunities to taste different recipes. And our family has to be the kindest by letting allergy sensitive relatives go through the line first to prevent cross contamination. We don’t want our fam to be miserable. It’s a party for cryin out loud.
I decided to try out a new recipe this year for the cookie exchange. I chose the following book the hubster and i found at the VA hospital military canteen (a mini shop for veterans). I mean how can you go wrong with Amish cookies?
After cooking gluten free foods the past 9 years, I have been delighted with the new 1 to 1 flours available. I find they convert regular recipes into very near likenesses for my husband and daughter. And yes, they have been diagnosed. They don’t choose to exclude wheat from their diet. The hubster had a biopsy and daughter saw digestive specialists for a good year. They are legit. So save your G-free jokes for someone else. Not funny to those of us watching our loved ones suffer. ** Soap Box Finished**
I made mine mini-sized to allow plenty to share. No I’m not chintzy. What if the recipe wasn’t very good?! Luckily these were perfectly fine. Real orange rind in the recipe along with orange juice had just the right hint of flavor to set these apart from your regular sugar cookies. And they just seemed festive enough for a Christmas party. Does anyone remember getting oranges in their Christmas stocking on Christmas morning? ….the recipe’s next.
From my first Thursday Doors post of 2018, this was the Readers Favorite of the year. These stone houses are pretty common around the state of Missouri. Maybe I will feature some more in the coming year?
FaceBook followers ‘liked’ Broadway and Ohio post the most. This church must resonate with our local hometown folks and with good reason. It has been a comforting fixture for the last 133 years.
Instagram victory went to the Southwestern Pettis County entry. Who doesn’t love a barn in a setting like this? Makes me homesick everytime I look at it, but in a good way. Thankful that I’m not in a town that’s too big for me to escape once in awhile for a good old-fashioned country drive.
Special thanks to our Thursday Doors aficionado for all the encouragement through the year. As he takes a small, much deserved break until January, I’ll be stocking up on doors for your viewing enjoyment. As always, thanks to you all for reading, liking, browsing and sharing your thoughts through comments.
My typical blogging has been to enter posts over at Norm 2.0 for Thursday Doors. Even though I’m a bit burned out this week with a stack of Christmas orders and am trying to meet deadlines, I’ll still participate. Thankful there are a few extra doors in my stash and so for posterity’s sake, I’ll add a photo here in a few lines. Mainly to say thank you to my aunt who feeds my habit of collecting stuff. Thanks Aunt Maybelle!
So the gift from Aunt Maybelle(she has her own tag from so much generosity) this time is a salt and pepper shaker set that happens to present itself with a pair of doors. I was unable to attend our family Christmas party this year due to a terrible stomach virus and dining anywhere outside my own doors at home was out of the question. But I truly appreciate the thought she and my uncle always give to me.
Hope you’ll check back next week as Norm has scheduled our post to be a Year’s Favorite Doors theme. Should be a fun look at 2018 doors.
The Saturday after Thanksgiving was our final craft show for 2018. I neglected to photograph our booth for the first time in I can’t remember how long. But I definitely have a series of photos from afterwards. I’m sharing these this Thursday Doors. I hope you enjoy the simple beauty of this Missouri landscape of late November. And when you’re finished, I hope you’ll traipse on over to Norm 2.0, read his post where he’ll direct you to the rest of us door-seekers from around the globe.
I’m back with the Sunday Sampler this Christmas Eve 2017. And Quilting is the topic. I’ve been taking advantage of some time off for Christmas by readying some projects for time consumption. Winter keeps many of us indoors more and I am no exception. What better time to be reunited with one of my favorite creative outlets, quilting?!
The pattern above is shown with scraps but a grey background. I chose the tan instead. It definitely needs a neutral solid to make the colorful scraps stand out. The only downside is that I wish I would have made the blocks a little larger than the pattern dictated. It could have been much bigger had I done so. Noting it on the pattern for next time.
Larger view of the quilt. It’ll most likely be a table topper. Maybe for the outdoor patio table this summer?? (I say this as we’ve just received our first measurable snow for the winter.)
This is what we quilters call a OBW (One Block Wonder). I have more than one of these from my aunt but this one is the most complete so I have a plan for it once it has been quilted. Hand quilting is a longer process, but it is well worth it. Not to mention, this block deserves that tender care as it is old and a little fragile. Well worth saving.
Hope you’ll check out the other Sunday Sampler posts from past Sundays by clicking the tab at the top of this page. And…..
Wishing you all the very best in holiday wishes today as you celebrate!
As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. Joshua 24:15
Having reached middle age, the priviledge to take my mother places that she probably wouldn’t go on her own is ranking pretty high on my list. Not to mention being able to include other family members on these excursions. Such was the case for this Thursday Doors post.
I’ve mentioned a few times the Lawrence, Kansas destination we take and the main reason being to visit the eldest daughter, soon to be Dr. Daughter. (Pardon this outburst moment of pride.)
Sitting area overlooking a lovely view
Blake Hall to the right with Fraser Hall directly ahead.
The KU Campus was one of the places we took Mother, aka Grandma, to see. You can hover your mouse over each pic for a descriptive caption. It’s a lovely place to visit, with Fraser Hall’s flags flying in the above photo professing (no pun intended) its claim of being the highest point in Lawrence.
I present the only actual door for this Thursday Doors collection. I know there are many more eye-catching ones but, sorry, they’ll have to wait until next year.
A Bronze Wheat Bundle between Blake and Fraser Halls.
Waving the wheat is a long-standing KU tradition and this bronze is a tribute to that ritual as well as to the state of Kansas and its great farming legacy.
I hope you’ve enjoyed the Thursday Doors posts this past year and have taken a moment to check out other Door posts starting with Norm 2.0. Click the Blue Frog button at the bottom of his post for doors from around the world.
Everything was decided. We only had to add a flower to this one and the other one in blue.
My sister would have her two matching hats for her surprise gift. And in time for Christmas.
But then I had to dive into the yarn stash……and decided to experiment a little.
Now there are 2 versions. This one uses thicker yarn (Medium weight) and the first lighter weight and, to me, is more Springy. So the dilemma is now hers. Which one would be the better gift for Christmas?? As for me, I’m now working on those flowers.