Sunday, December 20, 2009


May your week be filled with Joy
 Comfort, and Love.

Saturday, December 19, 2009


So many Christmas Punch recipes are about Cranberry Juice which is lovely but I want to share a different recipe I think you will love.

My helpers here are my grandkids and the photos are from last year...yes this is a repost but I think you will love it just the same.  This recipe was created by Betty Reames formerly from Des Moines, Iowa and I first had it at my son's baby shower over 34 years ago.  Everyone loved Betty's recipe!

Here is the recipe:  1 large can pineapple juice, 1 large can frozen orange juice, 6 bananas mashed, 1 quart 7 up or gingerale, 4 cups sugar, 6 cups water and a jar or marachino cherries.

My little - but now bigger - Lily and Pete are going to town here on the mashing! This would make a lovely tradition for your family!

Mix and freeze the pineapple and orange juices with the water and sugar the day or night before.  Whatever you freeze this in needs to be smaller than your punch bowl.  When ready for the punch - dump the frozen mass into the bowl and add the mashed bananas, chopped cherries and mash together to form a slush - pour the gingerale over this and enjoy!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009


I never could ice skate very well but I do think they make a fun decoration.

For me Christmas is about the birth of Jesus - this is what Christmas means to me....

 No season is more of a pleasure to
decorate than at Christmas....

Tuesday, December 8, 2009


Last year I decided it was time to say goodbye to the old fake Christmas Tree! This year we have a white fir and I love it! I like a lot of space between the branches.  

I removed the antique lace tablecloths I had hanging in the window so the tree would show up better and guess what?  The lace was dry rotted from the sun and fell apart so now I guess we will be cutting those up for tea cozies.

  I am always willing to take a risk and do something knowing in the long run you might loose something.  I wear my Victorian Costume jewelry knowing occasionally I loose a piece.  I would still rather enjoy something than pack it up!

Saturday, December 5, 2009


It was a lovely day for a Beatrix Potter Tea Event at Bernideen's in Old Colorado City. Here is a photo of Gwendolyn Simpich and her mother, Debra Simpich as they pose outside after Gwendolyn did a lovely presentation reenacting Beatrix Potter....

We had  some darling children listen to Miss Potter read and talk about her life....

Beside the children and parents...we had visitors from the Victorian Society of Colorado Springs who caroled in Old Colorado City today!


 Today I am sharing an old Christmas Memory...well that's easy because that was the year I got this doll back in the l950's!  My Mother had wrapped a box of paper dolls in "tin foil" (I think it really was tin back then) I crawled under the tree to try and peak in the box and the whole tree fell on me breaking some of the glass balls - what a mess that was! Boy was that scarey for a kid.

Friday, December 4, 2009


I always love decorating but especially at Christmas...we have a live tree patiently waiting in the garage...a white fir....will show you later.  I grew tired of that old fake tree last year and decided it's day was over!

I have so much baking I want to do including steamed puddings. For weeks now I have been studying different recipes and am interested in one written by the Victorian Lady Fannie Farmer.