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18 posts from December 2013

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.


taking sauna

I know I have talked about taking sauna, so the other day when we took sauna I brought my camera along.

Wood pile

Sauna 2

Window pane


Sauna 4

In the winter Mr gets fresh snow to melt for washing up and throwing steam.  We don't have running water and we finally have electricity instead of using an oil lamp which is very quaint and cozy at night, but electric lights are much safer.

Snow buckets

Melting snow

Filling up the reservoir

When the hot water reservoir gets hot enough we fill the buckets so that we are not washing up with cold water.

Hot water

Any water left in the buckets from the last time the sauna was used will freeze in the winter, then we have to melt it down.

Melting the ice

Sauna soap

This is the most traditional as you can get for a sauna.


Sauna has always been a big part of both of our lives growing up and as adults.  I've only come to really appreciate having a sauna at our fingertips.