Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas 2011

From our home to yours...
Merry, Merry Christmas!


Thursday, December 22, 2011

Christmas Cards

Among one of the most favorite of traditions around the homestead is Christmas cards. The children and I eagerly await the mailman. Such enthusiasm when we are the one that gets to collect the days treasures.
Christmas cards are a bother to some, but to me... they are a treasure. It means that someone cared enough to send a greeting to our family. And I feel the same, when I send one, it is filled with love as it goes out into the world.
I have said this before... My Nannie Red used to say it, My Moma says it and now I say it.
If someone loves you or thinks enough of you to send a Christmas card, then you think enough of them and display it somewhere in your home.
And, that is just what we do!
Along the cedar posts in our home, lined with garland hangs our Christmas cards.
Each one special and hold a place of honor in our home.

They make me smile, each time I look at them it feels me with special thoughts and thankfulness for those who loved us enough to send one our way.
So to those of you who have...
Thank you and know we are grateful for your kindness!
Merry, Merry!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Remembering Christmas...

I have had some requests from friends of things we have created and baked in Christmases pasts...
here are some of our favorites with links to correspond.

Christmas Breakfast Casserole

3-D Snowflakes

Paper Stars

Snow Cream.... sigh, if only we had a lovely snow this year, like we did last year!

The Advent Calendar I made my Sister.

And, last but not least...
Moma's favorite cookie

May you have the merriest of days!
Much Love...


Friday, December 16, 2011

This moment 12-16-11...

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.
If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.
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Inspired by... Soulemama

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Tis the season...

As we inch closer to blessed Christmas each day, there are things that are traditions here at the homestead... things that are special to our family.

  • cups of hot chocolate on cold wintry days
  • snuggles and quilts while reading together
  • games, oh the games that are played during this chilly season
  • music... always music
  • citrus, what a blessing to have excellent fruits in abundance
  • scarves, toboggans and mittens, oh my! The winter basket is full
  • Christmas plays at church
  • breaks from formal lessons
  • learning, we may be breaking from formal lessons... but we're always learning
  • gingerbread houses 
  • ornament making
  • elving (making, giving and or wrapping gifts)
  • candlelight in the evening
  • stockings
  • Christmas crafting
  • picture taking
Wishing you the Merriest of seasons!


Wednesday, December 14, 2011

How-To Class #2, Baking and Decorating 101

Being that we are right upon 'the most wonderful time of the year'... my friend had a good idea and we decided that baking and decorating would be just right for our how-to class this week.

We made up a batch of sugar cookies, which were probably the *best* I have ever tried.
And then we made up some mock royal icing.
Really easy and works great!
1 cup confectioners sugar
2 tablespoons milk
2 teaspoons light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
Mix to the consistency you desire adding more milk if necessary.
Separate into bowls and tint.

Carlie Jean, my little crafty child worked so diligently and carefully trying to make the cookies look just like the shape they were cut into.
Everyone had their own idea of how they wanted to decorate.

Completely covered.... lol!

Such uniqueness from each child.
In the rush of this season, I hope we remember to stop and make memories along the way... you may have many more Christmas seasons ahead of you, but you will never have this one again.
Make the most of it!
Merry, Merry!


Friday, December 9, 2011

Christmas Crafting 2011

I am sure you have seen Martha's No Knit Scarf floating around the internet. Well, let me tell you... it was so much fun! I made one this morning while the kids were doing their independent lessons and it was a pleasure. Just like making those friendship bracelets that we used to make... remember? :) Just like that... only HUGE!

I taped it right down the center of our school table and the children sat around the edges as normal. It was nice.
Here's a lovely mannequin modeling the finished project.

 Here's a frumpy Moma modeling a closer up view of the finished scarf.
I love how it turned out and I think it will make a nice Christmas  I mean, birthday present for one of my sweet friends today!

Hope you enjoy your weekend.
16 days til Christmas!!!

Merry, Merry!

****And when she says start with 140 inches in length... start with at least 140 inches. I did and I really wish I had went with 160-180. It turned out slightly shorter than I would have liked.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Homeschool Christmas Party

As a surprise to the children, we were able to attend a Homeschool Christmas party.
The kids had a blast, even though a couple were shy to begin with...

Look! So many bright, beautiful faces!
Four of those I especially love!
           *swoon* gushy Moma love!
A wonderful variety of ages and so much fun seeing the youngers and the olders playing and enjoying one another.
 A tender moment of seeing my *baby* playing so sweetly with a real baby. :)
 Girls game.
Passel of boys...

My two youngest enjoying some cookie decorating.
So fun and so yummy!
Many of the photos you see were snapped *of course* by Carlie Jean... I really like the fuzzy picture of Cameo above. She is beautiful even when the pic is blurry.
*sigh* I love my kids!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Our First Homeschool How-To Class

A friend of mine and I discussed having a day where we learn how to make herbal remedies, salves and such. We had our first lesson yesterday and it went over really well.
We started out easy and used something that I already knew how to do.
Elderberry Syrup
I printed out some facts about Elderberries and what they are good for... why they would be good for a homemade medicine.
We believe God designed everything we need. Certain herbs are good for certain troubles. Being that we are going into cold/cough/flu scene we thought something that would be good for boosting immune systems and helping with a nasty cough would be the perfect first project.
We started off by using 3 cups of water and 1 cup of berries.
After an hour of cooking, we strained the berries and added 1 1/2 cup honey to the juice.
Simmer the mixture until honey is completely dissolved.
Add 1 tablespoon of brandy or vodka to make it shelf stable, or omit the alcohol and keep in fridge.

Pour into your own container, make a groovy label and your ready to keep the cold and flu season at bay!

Here are some in action pictures...

We are very much looking forward to our next class, stay tuned!