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19 posts from December 2013

a year in review

I went through all my posts for the year and thought I would do a post on the best moments of each month.


This post, and this post, and this post are my favorite ones from January, because we got to spend time with family.

January collage


We got to babysit our grands for a few days.  The best part was again spending time with our grandchildren.

Watching grandpa


The first tap of the season is so exciting.

Hanging buckets


A new grand-baby came in April.

Baby A



I couldn't decide which one topped the other so I'm going to go with both the making of our barn and my sewing room.

May collage


For the month of June it was seeing our daughter, son-in-law and grand-kids on our way to Door County.

Fathers day


We were very busy this summer and had company a couple of times.  Guess who?

July collageAugust

There were quite a few posts in August that are memorable for me.  This one, this one, and this one.

The grands

Texas trip


We took our grand-kids out for the afternoon when they were visiting.



Grandparents day was at the top for his month.

Grandparents day 2013

Playing a game


Seeing our Texas son was such a treat, and babysitting the grands carving pumpkins was too, as well as Thanksgiving.

Checking the target


Thanksgiving collage


Winter solstice was a great moment.

Winter solstice

I have to say that looking through all my posts from the year without a doubt family time were the moments that I loved the most and ending 2014 was no different.

Lin collage

What an awesome way to end the year, we started with family and ended with family.

I hope everyone rings in the New Year happy and safely.


chocolate kisses

Bag full of kisses


Chocolate kisses

Kiss cookies

The house is quiet our company is asleep, Mr and our grandson went out hunting this morning, so I thought I would pop on the computer and finish up this post I had started a couple of days ago before our company came.

I did a bit more baking and I think this will be the last, if I eat anymore cookies I'm going to turn into a cookie ;0

I do love making kiss cookies.  I've posted way back in 2008 a tip on how not to bite into a hard chocolate kiss on your kiss cookie.

Wow, have I really been blogging that long.

Hint on the Kiss cookies, I bake mine for 6 minutes then put the chocolate kiss on, then I put the cookies back in the oven for 3-5 minutes more.  You won't be biting into hard chocolate anymore.

Once you try this you will never go back to biting into a hard chocolate kiss.

Tomorrow is New Years Eve, any plans of celebration or are you going to quietly bring in the New Year?

I think we are going to quietly bring in the New Year.


first attempt at candle making

I've been reading a blog Chickens in the Road for years and have been reading her posts on candle making and finally I got up enough courage to try it myself.  I also saw on SouleMama's blog where she made her candles in tea cups, and after reading that post I knew I had to make candles.  So off I went after purchasing my supplies I headed to the thrift store to see what I could come up with in regards to what I was going to put the wax in.  I hit pay dirt with these pretty glass cups, I think they went to a punch bowl set.

First batch

I think wanting to make candles stems from getting a candle making kit for Christmas when I was a child and never ever making them.  Talk about childhood issues right ☺ LOL  No seriously, I wonder why I waited so long to do this.

Burning fine

Love, love, love.

Punch cups

I wanted to keep on making candles, but I have to burn these first.


quiet and simple

We had a traditional Christmas this year, it was quiet and simple.  The menu was simple, the day was quiet.

Finnish christmas meal

I made homemade eggnog from this recipe, I used raw milk, farm fresh eggs, my homemade vanilla and our maple syrup.

Homemade eggnog

We didn't have all the traditional foods on Christmas eve, we just couldn't eat it all so we had some on Christmas day, rieska, smoked salmon and rice pudding.

Bread and fish

I have to show you my all time favorite gift which was from Mr, I already played around with it some and it is AWESOME!!!


We've had snow falling the past couple of days and it's beautiful!

The feeders have been full and the birds have been eating as much as we have.

Bird feeder

Blue Jay

I hope you all have had a wonderful Christmas.


winter solstice

Also known as midwinter.  We spent a wonderful day outside burning the huge brush pile that has grown over the past couple of years.  It was the perfect day to do it, the trees were all covered in ice and the ground was covered in snow, so the chance of anything catching fire was pretty low.

Huge brush pile

Brush pile


Icy fire



Tending the fire

It's no wonder Sadie burnt one of her paws digging in the burn pile for mice.

Sadie digging

Hot fire

Looking around I spied the sauna and loved what I saw.


Mr and I took a drive on the RTV around our property.

The farm

The view

Barn and house

Heading to the fruit trees they looked so neat with the icy snow on them.  We had some freezing rain yesterday and this is what came from it.

Apple trees

Frosty leaves


Icy branch

Icy leaves

The look from the road.

From the road

What a wonderful way to spend the day.  I eventually went inside and finished up making my Christmas butter cookies with the last of the dough, and Mr headed to the barn to do some things that needed to get done and didn't since we had been sick, and now that we are feeling back to normal it's back at it for us.

I'm feeling really blessed this holiday season, after being so sick for a week I realize how fragile life really is and I'm going to enjoy each and every moment of my life.