31 Flavors of SnowmenDecember 31, 2009 in Christmas, Crafts
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Happy Holidays!December 25, 2009 in Christmas, Holidays
31 Flavors of SnowmenDecember 24, 2009 in Christmas, Crafts
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To & FromDecember 19, 2009 in Christmas, Crafts, Creativity, Holidays, Scrapbooking
You can craft your own Gift Tags with these free downloadable designs. Print out the designs and mount on cardstock. Add a little glitter or some stick-on gems, fill in the “To and From” and they’re good to go. Spread your Christmas spirit!
31 Flavors of SnowmenDecember 18, 2009 in Christmas, Crafts
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31 Flavors of SnowmenDecember 1, 2009 in Christmas, Crafts
Now that Thanksgiving’s over and we’ve had a couple of snowfalls, it’s time to focus on my favorite snow-time friends and begin the countdown to the New Year. Over the last 25 years, I’ve drawn innumerable snowmen and I still love these chunky circles of snow. It is amazing how much personality emerges every time I put pencil to paper and begin the snowman sketching process. I thought you’d enjoy a rundown (better than meltdown!) of snowmen over the years, so I’ve picked 31 favorites and will present a new snowman each day during December for you to download and use for ornaments, gift tags, scrapbook pages or even an Advent Snowman Tree.
Use a scrapbooking tag template for a fun background shape
An over-sized grommet repeats the circular shapes
Embellish ornament with glued-on beads and glitterA grommet reinforces the hanger
Make ornament dimensional by affixing snowman to Styrofoam ball with ModPodge®
Lots of glitter and a ribbon add charm to the ornament
ALL-SEW DAYNovember 26, 2009 in Christmas, Crafts, Creativity, Holidays, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, Quilting, Scrapbooking Take it easy on your feet and make it Fabric Friday instead of Black Friday. With an assortment of panel prints you can whip out a fun selection of gifts and décor.
We have some darling soft books that your favorite little ones will enjoy. Coordinating Christmas tree skirts in your favorite family themes of Penguins and snowmen are available for your quick-sew pleasure.
New this year, we developed a couple panel prints to make gift bags and tags for the ultimate custom gift. (plus, you’ll love knowing that for years to come people will really enjoy re-gifting these special fabric bags.)
Set your goals and make it a SEW DAY, all day long. Happy Fabric Friday!
Happy Holidays!December 24, 2008 in Christmas, Holidays, Quotes
Christmas Cards — The Easy Way!December 18, 2008 in Christmas, Holidays, Technology, Weblogs
Even if you are one of the organized ones who mailed Christmas Cards this year you can still send an extra little Holiday Greeting using easy to send e-cards. The beauty of e-cards is that it takes just a few minutes, they’re FREE and you can say Happy Holidays to anyone (even work associates or Facebook friends) as long as you have their email address. The cool thing is you can send multiples at one time too. Remember, the greatest gift is spreading kindness.
Last Minute GiftsDecember 11, 2008 in Christmas, Creativity, Quilting
Still looking for some quick ideas to finish up your list with some real Christmas creativity? Anyone would appreciate keeping the chill off their neck with a colorful fleece scarf. And if you’re budgeting your time and dollars (who isn’t!?) – you can make four scarves out of one yard of fleece! (we wear them in the office whenever the temperature drops) And if you’re in the mood to work with fleece, try our new twist on a fleece throw. Keep peace in the family by making everyone their own personal cozy blankie. (No fighting over the fleece!) Gift baskets are always a favorite, and just to change it up a little we put a colorful collection of winter goodies in a bright, shiny bucket embellished with scrapbooking letters. And, don’t forget your favorite quilter. Our new book, “Cuddle Quilts for Little Girls and Boys” is now available. Good luck pulling it all together. Please click on photos to view the instructions.
Best Gift Ever!December 27, 2007 in Christmas
Merry Merry Christmas! I’ve been on holiday from “blogsville” over Christmas – but wanted to share with you my most wonderful Christmas moment and my funniest gift too.
My so-sweet 18 year old son had three gifts for me (which just that in itself, was quite impressive). One was an envelope which he requested that I open last. I opened it up to find two pages of college rule paper filled with his handwriting. He had written no less than a small essay about his Mom and all the reasons he was proud of me and why he respected me. He let me know that he appreciated how I had handled the transition to college and that he had found a new level of gratitude for being at home with me (serving him homemade soup!). If this wasn’t enough, he also said he aspired to share my qualities. Wow! Naturally, I had to go find myself a Kleenex to get through the letter and respond. I told him that most parents will go a lifetime without ever receiving such a wonderful gift from their child. Everything else this holiday, has just been the “Icing on the Cake.”
My friend Robert gave me a Home Tool Kit along with an hysterical Diva Tool Belt (which I am modeling here). The belt, hammer, screwdriver and tape measure are decorated with black fluffy boa feathers and studded rhinestones! I love it! And believe it or not, I’ve found occasion to use them already. Makes me feel like a handy “broad!” Anna’s Mom made Murphy and Anna neck scarves out of DM fleece from JoAnn’s. Wasn’t that sweet – and aren’t they cute!
More Holiday Memories to come!
Christmas PageantDecember 20, 2007 in Christmas
I just attended my little friend Lena’s Preschool Christmas Pageant. She was obviously the star of this performance!
Christmas Party Recipes - Part 2December 14, 2007 in Christmas, Recipes
Hot Crab Dip - Oven: 375º
Makes about 2 1/2 cups dip
1 pkg (8 oz.) Cream cheese, softened
1/4 c. Grated parmesan cheese
1/2 c. Green onions, thinly sliced (1/4 c. for mixture; 1/4 c. for garnish)
1/4 c. Mayonnaise or salad dressing
1/4 c. Dry white wine
2 tsp. Sugar
1 tsp. Ground mustard (dry)
1 clove Garlic, finely chopped
1 can (6 oz) Crabmeat, drained, cartilage removed and flaked
1/3 c. Sliced almonds, toasted
Assorted crackers or sliced raw vegetables for dipping
Heat oven to 375º.Mix all ingredients except crabmeat, almonds, and crackers in medium bowl until well blended. Stir in crabmeat.
Spread crabmeat mixture in ungreased 9" pie plate, or shallow 1-quart casserole. Sprinkle with paprika, almonds, and green onions.
Bake uncovered 15-20 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Serve with crackers, veggies, or a sliced baguette.
Peach Cobbler - Oven: 350º
Melt 1 cube butter in loaf pan.
Stir in 1 c. flour and 1 c. sugar
Add 1 c. milk and stir well.
Add large can of drained peaches.
Bake 1 hour at 350º.
Let set for a few minutes.
Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream sprinkled with cinnamon.
Christmas Party Recipes - Part 1December 12, 2007 in Christmas, Recipes
Whenever I plan a menu for a group, I strategize about how I can get it all done and not wear myself down for party time. I like to choose some recipes that can be made ahead of time – so I can spend several hours before the party doing all the last minute preparations and put my make-up on! My strategy for this menu was to make the Chicken Divans and Brown Bread the weekend before the party and put them in the freezer. (Just remember to start thawing the day before!)
I baked the Hot Crab Dip right before guests arrived, but put it all together the night before so I just had to slip it in the oven. I mixed up the Cobbler before the guests arrived – but then put it in the over right after the Divan came out of the oven. Here’s the Divan recipe and Brown bread recipe that I’ve been using for years.
Bob's Brown Bread - Oven: 350º
2 1/2 c. Whole wheat flour
1/2 c. White flour
1/2 c. Powdered Milk
1/2 c. Brown Sugar
1 tsp. Salt
2 tsp. Soda
2 c. Milk
Heat oven to 350º.
Grease and flour two medium-size loaf pans.
In large mixing bowl, mix together all dry ingredients.
Add milk and mix until well blended.
Bake at 350º for 30-35 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center of loaf comes out clean.
Chicken Divan - Oven: 350º
4 Whole boneless, skinless chicken breasts (generally packaged chicken breasts are 1/2 of the breast so use 8)
Cook in salted water one hour
Chop chicken into chunks and place in buttered casserole dish with 2-3 cups of chopped broccoli.
2 cans Cream of chicken soup
1 c. Mayonaise
1 tsp. Lemon juice
1 tsp. Curry powder
Pour over chicken/broccoli.
1 c. Shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 c. Buttered bread crumbs
Sprinkle with parmesan cheese.
Bake at 350º for 45 minutes; longer if refrigerated.
Friday, I’ll post the Hot Crab Dip and Peach Cobbler Recipes.
Christmas PartyDecember 10, 2007 in Christmas
This last weekend, I had my annual Christmas party when I have my staff over for dinner. It was a lovely evening and I believe a good time was had by all. Everyone brought a gift for our exchange. I asked Kris if she would come up with an idea for how to conduct our exchange. It's fun to mix it up every year. Her idea was to read from our book, "Mummford's Home for the Holidays." Kris did the reading for us, and everytime she said "Mummford" we passed our gift to the right and everytime she said "Crystal," we passed the gift in our lap to the left. At the end of the story, we opened the package that we ended up with. As always, the game and gift exchange brought us many laughs. When I entertain, I try to keep my menu easy and I try to prepare everything that I can ahead of time. This year my menu was:
Hot Crab Dip with Baguette bread
Boursin Cheese and Multi-grain Crackers
Celery & Carrot sticks
Assortment of Olives
Bob's Brown Bread
Green Salad & dressing
Vanilla Ice Cream
(Recipes to follow throughout the week)
I wish you calmness and a few extra hours every day for your Holiday Entertaining! (not to mention - decorating, shopping, baking, wrapping and writing cards!) We must be nuts to do all this.
The Christmas RecapJanuary 1, 2007 in Christmas
Most of us seem to have survived the biggest bulk of the Holiday, by now. However, there may be a few Visa Cards out there that are just simply wore out...... Mine is well trained. Actually, I think it has a mind of its own..... it sits up on my shoulder (with those devil ears and tail) and whispers in my ear - "Debbie - Look over there - it's a sale on those sweaters that you like. Since they're half price - you'll regret it if you don't get it in a couple of colors." It seems to have this power over me - because then I end up getting new jeans to go with the sweaters. I must say, it is fun getting those good after-Christmas deals!
My visit in Seattle was fun and went as planned. We truly are a disciplined group - before any gifts are open - we do every combination of photos we can come up with - all the ladies, all the boys, the boys with Grandma, etc - I know you get the idea. I just can't seem to help myself - I turn into a "hambone" and am possessed by trying to crack up the poor innocent people that are genuinely trying to pose for the photo. When Mom and Julie and I were in position - I commented that most ladies suck in their stomach - but for our group - I said, OK, ladies, "Hold in your boobies!" Poor mom, lost all composure and we couldn't stop laughing!
Also, please enjoy a photo of my dear, old friend Gayle snuggling with her newest baby, Florence. Aren't they cute!! Oh, and Murphy and his girlfriend posed with Santa.....it's been a lot of years since he was willing to get any where near Santa....must be love!
Are we up for New Year's celebrations???? It's a wait and see.....
Merry Christmas!December 25, 2006 in Christmas
It's here, it's Christmas! Last night we celebrated my friend Neil's birthday in addition to singing a few carols and one more round of Lasagna. Today we fly off to Seattle to spend Christmas with my family. Hopefully, the airport will not be busy. This year will be a little different.......Murphy's girlfriend is coming with us and my Mom's new significant other will be with us too. My family is so small, I'm looking forward to expanding the family celebration to include them. My mom's relationship with Paul has been going strong for the last year now - so it's not really new - but new to have him at Christmas.
Murphy's girlfriend (Anna)is a vegetarian (fish and dairy are OK), so my sister, Julie, has kindly planned a Crab Lasagna for us. (Lasagna seems to be big this year!) And Uncle Ray (her husband) makes us his delicious Smoked Salmon every Christmas. In fact, it wouldn't be Christmas without that tradition. Ray caught both the crab and salmon (the Seattle advantage!). Sorry, I think his recipe is secret - but I really think it's his "touch" and years of experience that makes his the best I've ever had.
Tomorrow we've planned to see the new Ben Stiller movie (A Night at the Museum) and since I grew up in Seattle - I get to party with several old friends on the evening of the 26th. OK, well enough of my plans - I need to get to the airport and I better leave now!
Merry, Merry Christmas!
My Favorite Holiday MoviesDecember 22, 2006 in Christmas, Movies
My FAVORITE Holiday Movies List
My FAVORITE Holiday Movies List
starring: Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney (George's aunt), Vera Ellen
Others that I watch at least once every season:
- Love Actually
- It's a Wonderful Life
- Miracle on 34th Street (both versions)
- The Family Stone
- Little Women
- A Christmas Story
I also love it when I catch the PBS special of all the old Andy Williams Christmas specials. I wonder if you can buy that anywhere??
Happy Friday before ChristmasDecember 22, 2006 in Christmas
It's the Friday before Christmas.......and no wild and crazy Christmas parties at my office (like they have in the old movies!). I always thought it would be fun to attend one of those - they pull a pitcher of martinis out of the bottom desk drawer, streamers fall continuously from the the ceiling and the boss and "secretary" dance the "watusi." We did our celebrating earlier in the week over Ham, Au Gratin potatoes and OK, maybe a touch of champagne. Just enough to make the afternoon a little more lively! I've had a tradition of making gifts for my staff for several years now - and it keeps getting harder to come up with ideas. For the ladies this year I made bracelets in their favorite colors. See them showing them off for the camera. Tom (not so much into bracelets, but loves music) got a CD instead. On their packages I selected a trio of ornaments that I thought suited their tastes and personalities. It was fun picking them out.
It was a nutty week, but we met all our big deadlines and we're all ready for a nice holiday break - especially my staff! And they deserve a nice break. Don't we all! Tonight's about last minute shopping, wrapping and parties - the Christmas weekend begins! I'm feeling under control and does that feel good. Maybe I'll have time to watch "White Christmas" again....... it's my all-time, hands-down favorite Christmas movie. I watch it MANY times every holiday season. This year they sold the soundtrack at Starbucks too - I was first in line to pick that up.
Three days until Christmas - Have fun!
Party TimeDecember 2, 2006 in Christmas, Food and Drink
Last night I had my annual gathering at my home with my staff to celebrate the holidays. I served my famous lasagne that seemed to go over with the group. Of course after a two hour cocktail hour, they would have eaten anything! Lasagne always seems to take longer in the oven than you think.....I made it last weekend and froze it. I thawed it in the frig for 3 days and it still took two hours to heat up. (good thing I had lots of appetizers!) We did a fun little gift exchange that Kris (my assistant) found on the internet for us to try. One at a time everyone draws a Holiday themed Trivia question. All the gifts have answers to the questions. So when you figure out the answer, you take the gift that has the answer on it. Many of the questions had to do with Christmas Carols, which instigated much singing! It was fun - gifts always seem to put a smile on everyone's face. I got a gift card to Jo-Ann Fabrics - lucky me!
Today is recovery day - I tried to sleep in. Why is it that when you really want to sleep in, you can't? I received a new piece of exercise equipment today. The treadmill gets a little boring all winter long - so I decided to get an Elliptical machine. I'll let you know what I think.
Happy Shopping! Debbie
Off and running....here I go!November 22, 2006 in Christmas, Decorating
Hi out there in blogsville! I feel a little awkward about writing to you in such a casual forum. I know it will take a little getting used to. I'm set up just how I need to be. It's after midnight, I have a glass of wine, I'm in my jammies, snuggled in my bed with my laptop. Well, at least I'm snuggled with "something" in my bed! Really, I'm exhausted and I should be sleeping instead of blogging. Sometimes you're too tired to sleep.
Ok, so you'll never believe what I did last weekend. It's not even Thanksgiving and I put up my Christmas decorations! I was getting stressed and trying to imagine how I was going to get it all done - and I said to myself, "Why don't you chill a little, and just get a start on putting up the decorations!" And now I feel so much better - I got it pretty much done. No, I didn't do the tree, and no, I didn't put up the outside lights. My neighbors would roll their eyes if my lights went up this early. I don't want to appear to be an over-achiever. This year I'm not having guests on Thanksgiving - so I thought I could get away with this plan!
I love pulling out the decorations - it's just like Christmas....hmm, I guess it's almost like Christmas. I have a personal goal to put things in different places every year. That way it looks different and fresh to me even if it's the same stuff. Well, I do add a few new things every year. I just can't help myself. There are so many wonderful decorations to choose from.
The Christmas to-do list is a big focus right now. Planning the calendar for a few parties and get-together's, making the gift list, figuring out if I can sell anything on eBay to raise shopping funds! Ha! The problem with Christmas shopping is I always manage to find more things for myself than the people on my list. I'm always real clear when I see something that I want - but a little fuzzy when it comes to picking things out for people on my gift list. Maybe we'll make it a gift card year. Those gift cards aren't particularly "romantic" - but they sure are easy! We'll see how it goes...........