Thursday, October 20, 2016

It's a Christmas Tradition

It's rarely that you would stop by my blog and I would be sharing a "Paperless Post" lol  But today is one of those days.  I'm Collaborating with "Paperless Post" to do a blog post about Christmas Memories.  Paperless Post, has all kinds of great paper products.  Cards for all occasions, photo cards,  announcements, ect.      They are currently  partnering with the (RED) charity to create a special Christmas collection and ane donating part of each purchase in support of the fight against AIDS.
They have some super fun and creative things, so hop over and check them out if you can.

 It won't be long and Christmas will be here.  Time to pull out the boxes and decorations, get cards sent, and start the Christmas cookie baking.
Today I'm going to share a Christmas Tradition in our family, that involves just that. Baking..

In our family there is one special cookie that has stood the test of time and been shared at every Christmas for as long as I can remember ( I'm sure before I was even born). 
We always call them "Mom's Sour Cream cookies"   but the recipe was actually carried on by my mom from our dear Aunt ( Ede) Edith
Aunt Ede was the kindest sweetest most patience person you could ever meet.  She was my dads sister. She has been gone for 40 plus years not ,but we all loved her dearly, and have so many many fond memories of her.  She made these cookies often.. not just for Christmas.

After Aunt Ede passed ,mom started making these cookies for us each Christmas.  For those next generations who never had the joy of knowing Aunt Ede, the cookies suddenly became "Grandma Dunn's cookies".
Let me first let you know, ( if you aren't a regular reader and already know) I come from a large family.  I am the baby of 7.  I came along later in my parents lives as a bit of a surprise. lol Anyway, there are 7 of us kids, all of us have kids, some grand kids and some great grand kids.  We used to all gather at mom and dads for Holidays but as our family grew, it just became to many for one house. We talked about  having Christmas at home on Christmas with our own families and decided , that we still all wanted to be together no matter where is was we had Christmas.  Now we rent a place... and  we are TOGETHER.  It's not mom and dads but we are TOGETHER and that's what's important.  It took a while and it was odd at first, but now it's just "the norm",it's what we do on Christmas. It can be a bit of a zoo at times...but that's how we like it :)  It's part of being a big family.

That time always includes these cookies.

For years mom made many many batches of these cookies, and not only brought them to Christmas but also had containers filled with them for each family to take home with them.  She would start working on baking them in the weeks before Christmas and stick them in the freezer so they would be ready. She would take them out a day or two before Christmas and frost and decorate them.  As mom aged and arthritis took it's tole on her hands, it became hard for her to stir the dough for these multiple big batches, but she did not want to give it up, so I would drive into town and do the stirring part for her. ( our mom didn't let anything stop her :)

The last year of her life she was staying here at our house at Christmas time, so we baked together.  Her, my sis Jan , her daughter and my daughter in law.  I know my out of state sisters would have loved to be there with us.

This was a day that will be in my memories forever.  Mom showing us , teaching us.
Below is a photo of my sis and my mom. They are making another favorite cookie mom always made.  Date pinwheels.

One of us would do the mixing, one the rolling and cutting and the other the baking, and then we would switch.

This photo of my mom rolling dough is precious to me. She passed away just a month later,  after celebrating her 90th Birthday at the end of December.

It will be 5 years that mom has been gone.  We miss her so much and things are not the same with out her and Dad.  But we are carrying on the cookie tradition ( as well as many others).  We get together at my house and make batch after batch. 
In the photo below you can see, we have the photo of mom rolling out cookies taped up on the cupboard right where we are working.  It's the photo above of her standing in that same spot, her granddaughter stands now..... doing the same thing.

So... we know have our own tradition for getting together before Christmas to make "Moms Sour Cream Cookies".

Below is my Daughter in law Kate, frosting and decorating.

And my sis and niece decorating.

Pans and pans of frosted cookies ready to head to our get together Christmas Eve.

and join the table of other Baked Christmas goodies.

This is not even close to being the entire family but here are some of us.  It's hard to get everyone in one photo, because people are coming and going all evening. Some have to make it to their spouses family that night also.  You just gather them for a photo when you can. lol   Of course our sisters and their families out of state cant always be their that day with us..but they are always with us in our hearts, just as mom and dad are.
It's a fun crazy time that we wouldn't give up for anything.

Trust me, just trying to gather this bunch is a chore. lol

It's all about ... family.

I could type up this recipe nice and neat, but that just takes something away from it for me.   Here is moms original.   With her adjustments made, .. showing age and lots of love from being used  so many times.

*note*  if you want to make them ahead, they freeze well, just dont frost until you are ready to eat them, as the frosting tends to get sticky when frozen.  
The frosting mom used was just a mix of an egg white beat until fluffy with powdered sugar and a bit of vanilla.  It sets up  when it drys and makes it easy to stack the cookies. 

Thank you for letting me share my favorite Christmas Memory/Tradition with you!

I always find it so fun and interesting to hear others Holiday traditions, please share one in the comments.  I would love it!

Thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, October 15, 2016

Framed layout - ADDORit Owl

These faces make my heart happy!   This is my niece Neely and her little Tennessee. I love this photo so much! Once I did this layout using these cute ADORNit papers, I decided I wanted to put it in this frame to give to my sis and brother in law.
I have to tell you I have this new found love for ADORNit papers.  I guess I had never really seen all the different papers and collections they have.  I just placed another order. lol    This Owl (Charcoal) collection is  one of my favorites..but it's hard to choose a favorite because I love so many of them.  Another favorite is the Timberland Critters Collection.  Oh.. so cute!  You can see it here if you are interested.

I've also been  having fun with the Paintable Art Play images.    I've never been much of a "colorer" when it came to stamping but this is so much easier for me.  I love the wider lines because they are so much more forgiving. I also always thought I had to have a hundred fancy/expensive markers and be a master at blending...but not true.  I never wanted to invest a lot in markers since I wasn't sure how much I'd do it.  I've been trying out some different markers to see which I like best .  I'll be doing a post about it soon.  I'd love your input on markers.  If you have a preference ... what you have experienced with different markers.

Here is Tenn with his Halloween card that came in the mail from Aunt Vicki :)
I cant believe he's going to be a year old this month!!

It's that time of the year :(   we have to watch the pretty pants and the garden  be taken by the first freeze. So sad.  Wes and Amy picked the last of the garden the other day, ( knowing it was going to freeze that night).  So I made stuffed peppers for Dinner.  I'm going to miss garden produce!!!
I couldn't let my deck plants go. I covered them the other night when it froze, knowing this week would be warmer.  I can enjoy them a few more days.

Oh, I forgot to mention that I spent  Monday in Lincoln with my sis , working on this mini album for Tennessee. We used the  Owl Collection and the Timberland Critters collections.

My sis has such beautiful eye for decor. I just snapped a few photos with my phone to share, but someday I will go back with my camera and give you the full tour. It's so pretty!

You can see in the photo below my sis collects milk glass cake plates.  I didn't begin to get all of them in a photo.  Here dinning room ( which I didn't get a photo of this time) is full of cake plates and other pretties.

 The next two photos are from the front room.

I think this dresser was one of the best deals we found on a junk'n trip. The patina is AMAZING!  I think it was like $15.  Bam... deal of the day for sure!

I was in Lincoln Monday anyway, as we were getting together to celebrate Wes's birthday.  We had planned to eat/drink at Blue Bloods Brewery, and then take the tour there of Robbers Cave.
It was a great night.  Cool place and the food was amazing!

The cave tour was SO interesting!  If you are ever near Lincoln, I highly recommend it!

Wow, this blog post got longer than I thought! lol  I'll close for now, but I'll be back soon.  Stop by Thursday when I'll be  collaborating with some favorite bloggers sharing Christmas family memories.

Until then! Enjoy life!

Thanks, as always for coming by!


Sunday, October 09, 2016

"Grandma's House" layout using Fancy Pants Designs

Do you every just wish you could go back in time and have a conversation  with someone who's now in heaven?  I think we all do. I look at photos of my Gram and think ... I wish I could talk to her now.  I mean, at my age, knowing what I know now.  She was still around when the boys were young, but I was a  young busy mom and although I loved all her stories and the time we got to spend with her, I wish I could just sit with her now and chat.   And if I'm going to dream, let it be sitting at the table in her pink kitchen with her,  chatting while we wait for the oven timer to go off, letting us know the homemade rolls are done.
The great thing about scrapbooking isn't just preserving the memories .... it's also about reminiscing about the people and places as you create the page.   I thought so much about all my wonderful memories of my grandparents when I was working on this.
Grandma and Grandpa where farmers, so the earlier memories were of the farm.  When they got older they moved to town, to this house. Unfortunately Grandpa passed many years before Grandma did. I remember Grandpa well, Dan and the boys never got to meet him, and I sure wish they could have because he was an amazing man.  Grandma stayed in this house until she was in her nineties.  Her house always smelled like some amazing home cooking. She  had the sweetest pink kitchen, and was always so proud of her windowbox of  geraniums.
This layout was fun to make and fun to remember as I worked on it.
I love the Millie & June collection from Fancy Pants.   They colors are totally my Gram!  And whats funny is I didn't even realize  until I was finished, just why I chose these colors.  They just felt right at the time.
Then I thought about it. I loved my grandmas pink kitchen and always remember being able to pick her house out from the hwy as we drove into town . (VERY small town lol)                           

This collection has so much cool coordinating things. Like the bows and Patterned Puffy alpha stickers.

LOVE the gold washi tape with this collecton!

 I've always loved this picture of my Grandma and her extension club.  They were obviously on a outing to a bigger town near by.

And here is Grandpa and Grandma!

This is a four generation picture with mom , Grandma , Great Grandma and I.

You now me , I just love photos so much , I had to share a few

I think I've already shared this card, but it's also made with the same collection.

Moving on with other things. I'm super excited!  I have a new Grandpup! His name is Jep!  Amy and Wes adopted him from Muddy Paws Adoption.   They are loving him!

We finally got to see meet him today. We met up at the park and walked the dogs together.  Trying to get them used to each other because Wes and Amy have a trip coming up and Jep will be coming to stay with us while they are gone.

Dan is still trying to recuperate from a bad cold.  I heard Jarad also had a bad cold, so I made a big batch of homemade chicken noodle soup , so I could send some to Jarad and Kate also.   Jarad said he really enjoyed it.

I made them some brownies for good measure.  Kate had been busy with play practice in the evenings after a full day of teaching, so I'm sure she was happy not to have to think about cooking after she got home. It's nice to be home more and not traveling so much so I have time to do things for the kids like this.  I love it!

Last night we went out with my sis and brother in law to celebrate Keiths and mine, October Birthdays.  We ate at a great place called "EAT" in Dodge.  What a fun place with amazing food. We will defiantly be going back often.   The restaurant  is run by Wyatt and Emmetts Grandma and Uncle.   It was so cute when I told Emmett where we were going for my birthday , he looked at me funny and said.. "MY DODGE" lol,   I guess he thinks he's the only one who can go there. lol

If your from around here anywhere near, I highly suggest it. 
    EAT restaurant in Dodge NE

and here is an article about them HERE

My sis brought that amazing Cake! Coconut.. my favorite!

It was a really nice night.

I'm hoping you all had a wonderful weekend also.

Tomorrow we celebrate Wes's birthday.   We are just party animals lately lol

Hugs all around!
Thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday, October 05, 2016

It's Fall Y'all altered project

Hey friends, just a quick share here, to let you know that I have a tutorial for this project up on The Little Blue House Blog today if you are interested.  HERE

Back soon with a full blog post!


Sunday, October 02, 2016

Florals in a jar (Thinking of you card) ADORNit

Hey everyone!  I hear to share the other card that I recently finished up using the ADORNit Paintables
I cant believe I'm so into this, as I've never really been into coloring stamps. It just seems so much more forgiving with the wider lines. And there are so many great images to choose from.  I'm telling you what, It's very addicting.  Momma needs to step away from her craft room and get some other things done. lol

The papers are also from ADORNit HERE
If you are on Facebook be sure to like ADORNit there so you don't miss their great giveaways. They are hosting one now that lasts until Oct 5, (Wednesday) 2016  You can see it here on their blog

I'm trying many different makers, colored pencils, watercolors to see which I like best. I just ordered some new prisma markers yesterday to give them a try.

Jarad and Kate are in Colorado this weekend with friends to see a show at Red Rocks, so Riley is staying with us.  We love having her here.  She fits right in. I'm glad they all get along well.

Lily got a new shirt. lol  She actually really loves wearing shirts because she is always cold.  This one was a great deal for $2 at Family Dollar.  whooot whoot

I had to laugh today when I was working in my room I kept hearing this clicking sound off and on.  I could NOT figure out what it was . It was very intermittent.   I finally figured it out.  See the piece of cardstock stuck to Rileys paw?  It had a bit of adhesive on it so it must have stuck to her paw when she was in my room.  I would hear it when she was walking on the wood floor but then when she hit the carpet... nothing.
Now she knows how I feel. There have been many times over the years when I was crafting late at night, went to bed, and in the middle of the night noticed a little piece of paper or sticker stuck to my arm.
Hazards of crafting I guess.

It's starting to feel a bit more like Fall each day.  I keep wondering when they will cut the corn field right behind our house.  Trust me, when I hear the machinery I look like a crazy woman running around shutting all the doors and windows.  The dust that it stirs up is ridiculous.  Not only is it not fun as far at dusting in the house, but with our Sinuses and Allergies it's killer.  When we first moved here it bothered me so much I had to get an inhaler.  Now I shut up the house and stay in. lol  It seems once it settles a bit it's fine.

I have taken MANY photos from this spot on the road over the years. I don't know why, I guess I just love seeing the road and the sky without any buildings obstructing the view. And also because it's  "the road home".   Home is just behind that bunch of trees. 

I will now force myself to get back to the mess I have in my room. ugh!  I have pulled a bunch of things out in my craft room to do some purging and re-organizing.   It always sounds like a great idea, until I end up with a pile of stuff that I have no idea what to do with.  Again...#crafterspromlems   lol

I hope your weekend was great and you are ready to jump headfirst into a new week! It's going to be a good one.. I promise!

Hugs all around,

Thursday, September 29, 2016

"Thinking of you" Adornit

Oh my!  For someone who really never liked coloring stamped images much, I am  absolutely addicted to coloring these images!!  They just feel so much more comfortable to me.  You can shade, or not shade, use any markers, watercolor pencils, regular colored pencils, water color crayons, watercolor paints, chalk... whatever!  I always felt like to be able to color, I'd need to buy a 100 different colors of copic markers. I know better now.
On this card I used fine tip sharpies and chalk. ( yes, chalk). I actually broke out the chalks I own, dusted them off and started using them again.  There are just some things that they work great for. Like highlighting letter and edging they image.  I think I've just found that you need to just have fun with it, use what your comfortable with and stop worrying what others are doing.   I was just putting too much pressure on myself .. thinking I had to have a plethora of fancy markers and be an expert "colorer".lol
Once I took that pressure off... it made all the difference. I enjoy it now.

These are some of the ADORNit paintables. There are tons to choose from. You can check them out here.
 Actually there are even more here... coloring books and coloring planners.
The background papers are also from ADORNit. Blender Basics. 

Well, I guess I have stopped coloring long enough to get a couple of other things done this week. lol   The kids were here for Dinner the other night. We had lasagna, and I actually took time to make a pie.  I used to love to make pies, but it seems like for the most part it's only Thanksgiving that I make them.  I love pie, Dan doesn't eat sweets, so that's a good reason for me not to make pies and have them sitting around here. lol
I do love cooking and baking for the kids tho.  They are always so appreciative of a home cooked meal ( no matter what I fix).  And they are always more than happy to take home leftovers :)

Oh, and I forgot to share a couple of photos from last weekend. Yes, yes, I did get to go see my favorite band.  Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers.
Wes's girlfriend Amy went with me. It was a blast.

A good time was had by all!

Amy even had her picture taken with Jim Dalton after the show. ( don't get jealous Wes lol_)

Thanks friends, for stopping by! You are the best!  I just went and looked and I've been blogging since 4/21/06   WHAT?  how can that even be??  Wow

Thank you , thank you for reading !