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Friday, December 31, 2010

Christmas Memories 2010

Another Christmas Season
Has Created Memories
That will Live
 Forever in Our Hearts
Sycamore Church

Grand Daughters
Arwen and Amber
 Madyson and Makayla

Connie cutting the Plum Pudding Cake
 Great Grandma Lorraine with  Bichon's
 Connie and girls celebrating on the 
Showboat Branson Belle
 Sledding in Wisconsin
Don't run over the cats...Madyson &  Makayla


Heading Home...That was a lot of fun
 Christmas 2010












 New Year Blessings to All
May your days be filled with
Joy, Peace and Love
                                      Connie


                                        



Monday, December 20, 2010

Baking, Stirring, Crafting ... Oh What Fun

Baking Christmas Cookies
Stirring up Batches of Blackberry Jam
Crafting Mini Stockings with Goodies
Listening to Manheim Steamroller while I post
You've got to love it...

Baking is almost done, 2 more pans of bars
Stormfitty Nut Cake ( Plum Cake)
Another batch of fudge
Gotta stop some time...

Shopping is done
Gifts are wrapped and under the tree

Work until 6:00pm on Christmas Eve
Retail ...   Bah - Hum -  Bug

Christmas Cookies
Yum


New recipe this year
Stormfitty Nut Cake (Plum Cake)
This recipe  was commonly called Plum Cake by the Pennsylvania Germans
is usually served as a Christmas treat
In the past "plums" meant raisins
From: Laura Henrietta (Hensel) Weaver, 1870-1900
Found in Early American Homes Magazine Dec 2000 Issue
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1 1/2 cups butter
4 eggs separated
1 teaspoon soda
1 cup raisins
1 small wine glass brandy    (1/2 cup more or less)
2 cups brown sugar
1 cup buttermilk
4 cups flour
1 cup chopped nuts
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Mix buttermilk and soda and set aside
Cream butter and brown sugar, beat in egg yolks
Blend in Brandy
Now, add buttermilk and flour adding in alternately
Fold in stiffly beaten egg whites
Fold in raisins and nuts
Pour into a  greased and floured bundt cake pan
Bake 350 degrees for 1 hour or until done
Let set for several hours and then serve
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Hopefully it is as good as it sounds
My German heritage tells me it will be
I think I will put a simple glaze on top and sprinkle on a few nuts

WOW...What a mess
Time to clean up....

  Basket full of Homemade Holiday Gifts


Each year I treat the gals at work with Holiday goody's.
Last year was a dozen  Amish Friendship Muffins
Year before that was homemade candy and cookies
And before that blackberry jam with muffin mix
Well, they sure missed the blackberry jam, so this year "Jam" it is
with a special mitten treat bag
 16 jars of homemade Blackberry Jam from blackberry's picked in my own berry patch
I love making jams and jellies
inherited that trait from my Dad

 I needed something special to go with the Jam.
So expanded on the mitten ornaments  idea I made for my tree
"Not A Creature Was Stirring"
I would use mittens for the tags
Supplies ...child's mitttens
muslin with stamped message
rusty bells and safety pins
candy goodies to stuff inside

 All Hearts Come Home For Christmas
God Bless Us Everyone!


Mitten Tag/Tree Ornament
Attached stamped message to mitten with rusty pin and bell
Stuff with greens, chocolate Santa, candy kisses and candy cane
Attached twine on back for a hanger

 Here they are...all lined up nice and pretty
Mittens are hanging from the lids
Can be removed and hung on the tree

 Basket Full of Jam 'n treats
2010 Holiday Gifts from the Heart
Oh dear, what will I do next year?????


All Hearts
Come Home
For Christmas

God 
Bless Us
Everyone

Thank You for visiting today.
Prim Blessings
      Connie

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Oh Christmas Tree...How Lovely Are Thy Branches

Abigal  Snow Lady 
Perched up high
For all to see
Just as lovely 
As She can be

This adorable Snow Lady was created by the talented artist Cathy 
Cathy's Blog

The detail is fantastic from the tip of her hat to the blades of her skates
Round head, painted muslin, black mittens
black ice skates with red laces, rusty bells and real blades
Face is embroidered with handmade carrot nose
Vintage green/black dress with burgundy red under slip
  Neckline, cuffs, skate tops and hat are trimmed with burgundy tinsel
Sculpted burgundy hat trimmed with green ribbon, tinsel, holly and rusty bell
She is holding a burgundy red  star burst
Final touch is a dusting of snow

Oh Christmas Tree, How Lovely Are Thy Branches
Afternoon Reflection



Abigals Silhouette -  Afternoon Suns Reflection 
Congratulations to Cathy on becoming the newest member of
WSOAPP
Cathy sells on Etsy as well as her website
Sungglebugprimblessins.com
Stop by and visit Cathy's blog and website
She is a delight


Not a creature was stirring

I made these little ornaments
mittens with mice peeking out
from under muslin stamped with
"Not A Creature Was Stirring"



Welcome Winter Friends

Painted old drawer by a local artist

Prim Annie holding a Christmas Card
Crafted by my little Sis,  Mary
She makes such lovely cards

New Annie  with baby doll
Sitting on a wooden crate in my kitchen

There is a story here
Our daughter and grand daughter visited from Wisconsin for Thanksgiving
They went Flea marketing without me, cause I had to work
They bought me this adorable black Annie after I told them
I did not have one and needed to make one
She is so cute holding her little baby doll

Peace and Joy
Hope and Love

Warm Prim Blessings to all
on this cold winter morning

Thank you for visiting
with me today.
            Connie