Thursday, December 31, 2009
In memorium the past decade; I still miss them all tremendously:
In the middle: Edith Whitten, my grandmother: February 3, 2000. She wanted to see the turn of the century, and she made it with a month to spare. She was 90 years old.
Second from the right: Bill Whitten, Sr. My father: July 5, 2002. He was 70 years old.
At right: Anne Carter Whitten, my mother: March 31, 2002. She was 68 years old.
The two on the left are still thankfully with us...Eric and JJ. This picture was taken in November 1994, when I was pregnant with Nicky. JJ was 2 years old. My, how the years have passed.
Here's to 2010...may the coming year be full of joy for all.
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Bingo was fascinated by nearly every snowbank we passed...this is one of the only ones he didn't stick his leg up over.
The penguin did it! Doesn't he look guilty???? Knocking those sleds over...
I guess Santa is still sleeping...or maybe he's behind Door Number 2!
Poor reindeer...a week and a half after our blizzard and they are still buried in the snow!
I love this mailbox adornment right down the street from my house...simple and so pretty.
We need to do this more often!
Friday, December 25, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Yes, I helped, too! (A little!)
School has been officially closed the next 2 days...we are on Christmas break!
Saturday, December 19, 2009
We have a path to the driveway. It's filling in fast. And we can't really go anywhere. The plow hasn't come since last night and here's one of our cars:
I sunk up past my knees in one drift:
Salad, anyone? This is our salad table on the back deck. I don't think we'll be eating homemade salad anytime soon.
Here's the tree in the front yard. It's snowing so hard you can't see the Christmas lights are on.
Looks just like a Christmas card! (Except for the broom!)
My poor snowman's face is covered up!
Friday, December 18, 2009
It started about an hour and a half ago and here it is so far:
I have a feeling it's going to be a LONG winter!
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Now it really IS beginning to look a lot like Christmas!
Saturday, November 28, 2009
All the decorations on this tree were made out of old puzzle pieces! It was so cool! Here's a close-up of a couple of those ornaments:
The detail on the mouse and gingerbread man was outstanding. I liked the little nutcracker on the side, too.All Santa all the time!With my love of angels, I had to get this angel tree.
This is a freedom tree, in honor of our troops in service to our country.
I just love Christmas. I'm glad it's on its way!
Friday, November 27, 2009
I of course had the Chicken Caesar salad, in observance of my Weight Watchers lifestyle. But the kids tell me the pizza was awesome!
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Here's the table:
We used the china from Eric's parents for our wedding and our wedding flatware. Glasses from a long-ago Christmas present, and napkins to another long-gone tablecloth. Nothing really matched, but it was nice.
Dessert was my much-requested Poppy Seed Cake with Orange Glaze. It's not the holidays without it.
It's not kind to my Weight Watchers lifestyle, but the kids like it, and the small taste I had was so good!
Here's the recipe, courtesy of Bon Apetit magazine in 1992--enjoy!
Poppy Seed Cake with Orange Glaze
2 3/4 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract
3 cups white flour
2 tablespoons poppy seeds
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups milk
1 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup orange juice
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour (or use cooking spray) a 12-cup Bundt pan.
Combine first 5 ingredients in large bowl. In separate bowl combine flour, poppy seeds, baking powder, and salt. With a mixer, mix in dry ingredients and milk alternately, beginning and ending with dry ingredients. Add to pan and bake for 50-80 minutes, depending on oven. When tester comes out clean, it's done! Place pan on wire rack to cool for 10 minutes, then remove cake from pan.
Meanwhile, add glaze ingredients together and whisk until combined. Drizzle over warm cake. Enjoy!