Thursday, December 31, 2009
I love the red berries against the superwhite snow. Looks very festive.
A little bit of editing turns the trees into works of art.
Although nature does a wonderful job of artistry on her own.
While we admire the beauty of the snow, there's a definite downside to it. We're supposed to drive home tomorrow - 5 hours in good weather. We may have to wait over another day.
Amy and Curtis and kids started out from Edmonton today to come down for New Years, but they had to turn back because the highway was so bad.
Mary and Greg and kids left Lethbridge yesterday to head back to Oliver, BC. Their 10-hour trip through the mountain passes was made treacherous by falling snow. They made it home safely though and called this morning to tell us that the highway they drove on yesterday was closed today for avalanche control! So glad they got home safely when they did.
We take the good with the bad in this country, enjoying the beauty and trying to avoid the dangers.
Happy New Year!
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
They coated the melted candy with coconut, colored sprinkles, crushed candy canes and red sugar.
Elly had to try her hand at it too. She wants to be part of the big girls' fun. I gave her the broken pretzels and dipped them in the white for her and she had fun stirring up the sprinkles with them.
At times the girls were at cross purposes, with left-handed Kenzie reaching over right-handed Charlie in order to roll the pretzels in her choice of topping.
And Ellie just admired her own handiwork.
It was a bit challenging for the little girls to use both hands together - they weren't sure which hand to hold the pretzel in and which one to paint with. They soon figured it out though.
And were proud to show off their creations.
Elly ended up with as much candy and sprinkles on her face and hands as on her pretzel rods.
Monday, December 21, 2009
Here's the recipe for those delightful confections.
1/4 C. Margarine (I used butter)
1/4 C. Shortening
1/4 C. brown sugar
1 egg, separated
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 C. flour
1/4 tsp. salt
Heat oven to 350. Mix thoroughly butter, shortening, sugar, egg yolk and vanilla.
Work in flour and salt until dough holds together.
Shape dough into 1 inch balls. Beat egg white slightly. Dip each ball into egg white. Roll in nuts or coconut. Place 1 inch apart on sprayed cookie sheet.
Make indent in center of each with thimble (or thumb if you don't have a thimble collection).
Bake about 10 mins. Cool. Fill indent with jelly. I usually use grape, crabapple, and mint so I have three distinct colors, but this year I didn't have any mint jelly so used raspberry, crabapple and grape instead.
Saturday, December 19, 2009
We used to tease them that they could go on the road with their song and dance routine - after all Ann Murray is one of Canada's most popular female singers of the time, and everyone knows about Arthur Murray and his dance studios.
They settled down and raised a family of four children and are now happy empty nesters like us and just live a few blocks from us.
The two Ann Murrays.
The singer, Ann Murray, was in Edmonton in November to sign copies of her new book at a local bookstore. Our Ann went there to have her book signed and to introduce herself to her namesake (they are only three months apart in age). It was a very exciting meeting for Ann and Ann reports that Ann was very sweet and gracious!
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
And I laughed...and laughed.....
Monday, December 14, 2009
However, this past weekend we gained more bragging rights...check this out. For those still on the Fahrenheit temperature scale, keep in mind that 40 below zero F is the same as 40 below zero C.
Second only to a city in Siberia, Edmonton was the coldest place in North America. I feel so proud...NOT. Luckily, I stayed inside all weekend, not venturing out from Friday night till this morning when I went to work. It was 'only' minus 32 C this morning....still bitterly cold. But, hey, we chose to live in Edmonton so we tough up and take the good with the bad. Luckily by Wednesday we'll warm up to minus 6C.
Needless to say, Arizona is looking pretty good right now.
Saturday, December 12, 2009
I stored them in styrofoam and cardboard egg cartons and discovered that in the humidity of Nova Scotia, the styrofoam and cardboard stuck to the eggs and ruined a number of them. Now I wrap them in tissue before storing them.
I used to look for Christmas gift wrap that had small motifs on it that I could cut out and use to decorate the eggs.
I had made so many eggs that one year our tree was decorated entirely with the eggs. One year a child crawled under the tree and knocked it over. Not one of the egg decorations was damaged (and neither was the child).
There was the cross-stitched ones...
...and the knitted bells...
...knitted socks...there were also knitted mittens but I don't have any of them left...
...and beaded stockings....
There were also plastic canvas ornaments, thimble angels, and others, that haven't lasted through the years.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
The first step is to drain the cherries on a paper towel covered plate, and cut them in half (each batch makes about 24 cherry balls)
2. Combine the icing sugar, coconut and dash of salt in a mixing bowl.
3. Add one stick (1/2 cup) softened butter. Mix well. I start out using a fork to break up the butter but end up mixing it with my fingers.
4. Flatten about a tablespoon of the coconut mixture in the palm of your hand and center a cherry half on it.
5. Roll the mixture around the cherry forming a small ball.
6. Drop the ball into a bowl of crushed graham wafer crumbs.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
What happens when you toss these ingredients together with butter in the oven?